The Gospel of Stephen King
Is this a vampire from Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” movie or a character from one of the author’s "sermons"? Both, pastors say.
June 2nd, 2012
10:00 PM ET

The Gospel of Stephen King

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When the horror novelist Stephen King was once asked why he wrote such gross stories, he said he did it because he had the heart of a small boy - which he kept in a jar on his desk.

With his beady eyes and I-just-killed-the-cat grin, King looks and sounds like a horror novelist. But when the Rev. Paul F.M. Zahl read several of King’s novels, he learned something new about the author: There’s a lot of faith behind his fright.

Zahl says some of the most stirring affirmations of Christian faith can be found in the chilling stories of King. The horror master has been preaching sermons to millions of readers for years, only most of King’s fans don’t know it, he says.

“People tend to think that Stephen King is anti-religious because he is a horror writer, but that’s completely mistaken,” says Zahl, a retired Episcopal priest who has written about King’s religious sensibility for Christianity Today magazine. “Several of his books are parables of grace in action.”

Want to read a powerful meditation on Jesus’ sacrificial love? Check out how King links the death of the mammoth death row inmate John Coffey (note the initials, J.C.) to Jesus’ crucifixion in “The Green Mile.” King’s “Storm of the Century” is a creepy retelling of Jesus’ eerie encounter with the demon called “Legion” in the  Gospel of Mark’s fifth chapter. And King’s epic apocalyptic novel, “The Stand,” reads like a contemporary retelling of the Book of Revelation, with a little Exodus thrown in, Zahl says.

Zahl’s claim about King's faith may sound ludicrous. King, who just released his latest novel, “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” has written at least 50 horror novels such as “Carrie” and “Misery.”

Yet there is an actual body of literature devoted to King’s religious sensibility. Several pastors and authors say King displays a sophisticated grasp of theology in his books, and his stories are stuffed with biblical references and story lines taken straight from the Bible.

“If God brought lawsuits, Stephen King would face a charge of plagiarism,” says J.M. Rawbone, an English horror novelist who has written an essay about the Christian themes in “The Stand.”

King, whose publicist did not answer a request for an interview, has talked about his faith before. He describes himself as a Christian on his website and elsewhere has said he was raised as a “hard-nosed” Methodist taught to believe in the Antichrist.

Some of his literary influences are Christian authors. In one interview, King said he was shaped by C.S. Lewis, author of “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Lord of the Rings.” Both Lewis and Tolkien were devout Christians who layered their fiction with Christian themes.

“I’ve always tried to contrast that bright, white light of real goodness or Godliness against evil,” he said in a 1988 interview. “I’m not a proselytizer, and I hate organized religion. I think it’s one of the roots of real evil that’s in the world. If you really unmask Satan, you’ll probably find that he’s wearing a turnaround collar.”

The best way, though, to understand King’s faith is not through his words, but through his stories. There are at least three biblical themes that run through them.

A child shall lead them

Every horror writer seems to write a vampire story eventually, and King is no exception. “Salem’s Lot” is one of King’s most popular novels. It depicts a vampire’s attempt to colonize a modern-day New England town.

Traditional vampire stories are loaded with Christian symbolism, but King inserts another biblical theme into “Salem’s Lot” that would reoccur in many of his books.

It comes in a scene showing a standoff between a priest and vampire. Father Callahan tries to protect a teenage boy with him by brandishing a cross. The vampire dares the priest to toss the cross away and face him on faith alone.

Father Callahan hesitates, his faith long diluted by alcohol and skepticism. The vampire wrenches the cross from the priest’s hands, while the boy escapes and becomes one of the vampire’s most formidable enemies.

When the Rev. David Squyres read this passage from “Salem’s Lot,” one of Jesus’ most popular sayings flashed before him: “… Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

In the moral universe of King, children get God better than the adults, Squyres says.

“The vampire humiliates the priest because the priest doesn’t have real faith, but the kid has real faith,” says Squyres, pastor of the Palms Baptist Church near Palm Springs, California.

“The priest represents the Pharisees. They believe in relics. But the children, and the teenager, have a simple faith. They don’t put their trust in institutions. They trust in the Lord,” says Squyres, who has written about King’s Christian sensibility at his website, "talkstephenking."

Many of King’s most popular novels are filled with young heroines driven by faith. It’s a reflection of a famous passage from the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament: “And a little child shall lead them.”

In “The Talisman” and “It,” King features adolescent heroes who risk their lives battling evil, according to Marylaine Block, who wrote about King’s religious sensibility in an essay called "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

“In both novels, the adults are incapable of understanding the evil that is about to envelop and destroy their world. They see the signs, but choose not to understand them. Only the children know what is happening, and know that it is up to them to save the people they care about,” she wrote.

God can be cruel

King’s most explicit Christian novel is “Desperation,” which features another adolescent hero driven by faith. The boy, David, is converted by a miracle and prays to God for help. King depicts his faith without irony and with reverence.

“Desperation,” though, contains an unusual description of God that reveals some heavy theology from King, several pastors say. During the bloody climax of the story, a character tells the boy that God is “cruel.”

That line caught the attention of Zahl, the Episcopal priest. It speaks to what he calls “the answerable sovereignty of God.”

Zahl says King is depicting a side of God that’s woven into the Bible. It is not the God whose eye is on the sparrow, but the Holy Other, incomprehensible, the one who allowed Job to suffer.

It’s the same side of God that the narrator in “The Green Mile” reflects on when he reminisces about the death of the innocent John Coffey, the Christ-like figure who never hurt anyone, but perished while a villainous guard lived on.

Zahl points to this passage from ”The Green Mile”:

“Yet this same God sacrificed John Coffey, who tried only to do good in his blind way, as savagely as an Old Testament prophet ever sacrificed a defenseless lamb. ...  If it happens, God lets it happen, and when we say, ‘I don’t understand,’ God replies, ‘I don’t care.’ ”

Zahl says King can say things about God in books that pastors can’t say in the pulpit. In King’s novels, people often suffer while doing good.

“Americans generally want to hear that everything is really terrific all the time,” Zahl says. “Americans want to control and manage everything, and they’re eager for anything that pumps them up. When you preach a message from the Bible that life is much more difficult, and there’s a huge amount of suffering, those messages don’t always go down well.”

'God chose the weak things'

As a teenager, King used to collect scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings detailing the crimes of serial killers, says Stanley Wiater, co-author of “The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King.”

King's mother grew so concerned that one day she asked him why he kept the scrapbook.

Wiater says King answered with: “I think there’s evil out there. I want to know what it is, so when it comes, I can recognize it and get out of the way.”

In King’s books, characters can’t avoid evil. They have to confront it, but they often don’t fit the conventional definition of heroes.

“The Stand,” another explicitly Christian novel, illustrates this pattern. A plague has wiped out mankind, and a group of unarmed survivors are dispatched via a vision from God to confront a satanic figure called the Darkman.

The group seems to have no chance. One is an elderly, genial professor; another a deaf mute, and a third figure is a genial man with the mental capacity of a child. Against them: the Darkman’s ruthless army, which literally crucified its foes.

The makeup of the group underscores another popular religious theme in King’s work that’s reflected in this line from the apostle Paul in the first Book of Corinthians: “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Zahl, the Episcopal priest, says so many heroes in King’s books are broken people: physically frail, alcoholic, disabled and lonely. Even the evil people are rendered with compassion.

“King understands grace at a deep level,” says Zahl, author of  "Grace in Practice." “He typically concentrates on the marginalized and the outsiders who ultimately carry the day. God often does his work where people are the most messed up.”

King may have converted Zahl, but the priest and others admit there’s a risk invoking the horror novelist in the pulpit.

When Zahl mentions King in church, he says many listeners think first of books they want to keep away from teenagers.

Still, there are secret converts.

“Half of the other people in the congregation have read Stephen King, though they may not want to shout it out to the world,” he says. “They know what I’m talking about. They come up later and they say I’m really thrilled that you know about him.”

The doubters shouldn’t be surprised that King’s stories contain religious themes, says Rawbone, the English horror novelist and author of "Bunker."

The Bible is filled with terror: demons, ghosts, floods wiping out mankind and the rising of the dead.

“Good horror examines the struggle between good and evil,” he says. “The Bible is the history of that struggle.

“The Bible is in many ways the ultimate horror novel.”

- CNN Writer

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  1. Bible Clown©

    In King's work, God is always a faint voice trying to lead you out of danger. Often he comes in dreams, or hunches. In Peter Straub's work, there's a way out, but God won't help you. Find it yourself . . .

    June 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Hoopla12

      Your God is evil

      June 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      He ain't my God, he's Stephen King's. A big bop from the Clown Hammer™ for you!

      June 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Jessie

      I've read almost all of King's books and never noticed that. Can you give examples?

      June 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  2. Todd

    I have read all of King's books. He is not trying to preach a sermon. He is merely depicting the christianity he sees around him. If you follow his readings, nearly all of his novels has some aspect of religion in it. He is quoted in many interviews as saying that religion is everywhere you turn, he can't imagine folks not turning to it in a desparate time.

    His stories puts ordinary people in extraordinary situations. In most cases, religion will come out.

    Read the STAND. Completely laced with religion and the battle of good versus evil. Randall Flagg is the main bad guy in this book. He reappears in many others. He is the main bad dude in The Dark Tower Series. His name isn't mentioned but his initials are, RF.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Cq

      Religion isn't always shown in very positive light. Carrie's mother, an ultra-conservative Christian, is an absolute monster, and the minister in Salem's Lot is a very flawed individual, unable to combat the evil of the vampires. That's what we can see around us now; both good and bad applications of religion, despite what it's ideally meant to do.

      June 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  3. rooivalk

    I haven't read many of King's books, but i somehow fail to find the Christianity in IT with the fornication between the girl and a few boys while others are fighting IT...

    June 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Beam

      And no one fornicates in the bible? Parts of the bible should be rated X! While the author of this article didn't explain it very well...SK books are so very popular because he makes the characters in it SO real. Human nature is ugly and imperfect at times...those same descriptions found in the bible. Imperfect people struggling to either do God's will or fighting against it. Moses murdered. So did King David but in a cowardly way to hide his adultery from others..King Saul flat out disobeyed God...many of the 'Kings' in the OT did horribly gruesome things following along with the pagan ways back them and sacrificing babies and little children to those pagan gods but having them burned alive. Then we have the shinning stars in the bible that overcome so much! And do fight against the evil going on. The themes are there in both the bible and SK books.

      June 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • sam

      The best part of this post is that you actually used the word 'fornication'.

      June 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  4. Pamela Andrews

    This idea was already written about by John Eldridge in his book Epic. ALL good stories get their main themes from the world's best seller...the Bible.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • sam


      June 4, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • sally

      Not a single quality book that isn't derived from the bible? That is the silliest thing I've ever heard.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Cq

      Not all, but a lot. Much of our English literature is also inspired by the works of Shakespeare, and Greco-Roman myth. The recent Hunger Games series is largely based on the Greek myth of Minas and the Minotaur. It's a time-honored method of authorship to use old themes in modern works. Have you considered just how much the Bible actually borrows on preexisting myth? Quite a bit, it turns out.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Look up Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey, or the Golden Bough. These are ancient stories, older than the one about Jehovah and the burning bush.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I cannot help but to comment on the plagiarism remark above. For those familiar with the genre, King's joking comment about having the "heart of a small boy – which he kept in a jar on his desk" was a complete and total rip-off of the same reply by Robert Bloch back in the early 60s, before King ever sat down at a typewriter.

    June 4, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  6. Raymond Takashi Swenson

    The reason King's stories are popular is not because they depict horrible things, but because they assert that ultimately there is justice in the universe that is more powerful than evil. The Bible is very ckear about personifying evil as Satan, our adversary, against whom we struggle daily. Evil denies its own existence, while.justice spotlights evil and reveals its true nature.

    June 4, 2012 at 5:37 am |
    • Bo

      I don't know if I have ever watched any movie adapted from a Steven King novel other than "The Green Mile", (I didn't know Steven King was the author. I'm not exactly what you could call, a “movie buff”. I generally pay little attention to the credits of a movie or the players.)
      While watching "The Green Mile" I felt I could relate a lot of it to the Bible because of the evil vs, good, I felt the convicted prisoner, a supposed killer, to be so much like the Christ (the convicted prisoner I felt was also the main character, not Tom Hanks) I thought the evil guard to be so much like Satan and all unbelievers, who wished to cause as much pain as possible to the convicted prisoner: the Christ. The innocent little mouse was so much like converted Christians: Satan wants to destroy them also as did the evil guard who wanted to destroy the mouse. Tom Hanks, the only actor in the movie that I recognized, and supposedly the star of the movie, filled the role of God who believed in the innocence of the the convicted prisoner, but could do little about it, because of the choice of the evil unbelieving people.
      If this was the purpose of Steven King's story, he had it right.

      June 4, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • Bo

      After I made the above post, I realized that King did have it right, but not complete. If it were complete he would have somehow included the fact that although Jesus the Christ did die a torturous death he died not just “because” of the sins of evil mankind, but He died “for” the sins of mankind, that is He died in man's place. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” Romans 6:23
      Jesus loves you and me so much, that rather than destroying sinful mankind as he deserved He left His glorious home, took on the the degenerated body of man and took his place and died the death that he deserved that he may be saved. For with God nothing shall be impossible.Luke 1:37
      The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is long suffering to-ward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9. This is the mystery of the love of God: this is a mystery of love that we can not comprehend.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Cq

      Actually, I find that his writing tends to highlight the evil within ordinary people, and in ordinary situations. In Carrie, for example, it's the ultra-conservative Christian mother and the school bullies who make Carrie snap; and in Firestarter the real villains are government agents after the girl. Recognizing the hurtful things people do to other people is where King's work really is instructive.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 4, 2012 at 4:31 am |
    • ZackBauer

      Go away, creepy troll.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      June 4, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Which God?

      Hey not healthy, I see that your total lack of crediblity is still showing you for the 4th grade education you recieved. BTW which god/dess to you pray to? Or is the the muslim god you go for? A real Fluffer Nutter.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  8. Nii

    Its like watching The Matrix and not recognizing the obvious Zen Bhuddhist undertones. You will have to be rock bottom dumb for that to pass over your head!
    It is a skill I learnt from reading Christ, the Apostles n Prophets. You can seek a deeper meaning.

    June 4, 2012 at 2:55 am |
    • mickey1313

      @nii Or, you see what you want to see. Look up the watchizsi (sp) brothers, and see if they are Buddhist. I truthfully don't know. I do however know a lot about tolken, and he clearly said HIMSELF, their was no alagory in his works, so i believe him. And i don't see Buddhist beliefs in the matrix, again you see what you wish to see

      June 4, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • mickey1313

      And as far as my reading skills, I've read the bible, new t and old t, and the quran, and the bagniva gita, and many eastern books as well. I read around 200 pages a day. So don't judge my skills, ps the lotr movies are not nearly like the books, and i never said token wasn't religious. And Lewis was an ultra racist.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:10 am |
    • Nii

      It seems u have a sort of lack of literary intelligence. They don't have to be Bhuddhist silly. Martial arts of the Far East is part of Zen Bhuddhism. It doesn't take long to make that connection at all like the MATRIX being a self-conscious Universe or The One being reincarnated! Its there!

      June 4, 2012 at 3:15 am |
    • Nii

      And about contextual reading! There is a reason why King James' English uses the word understanding for wisdom rather than knowledge. If u don't understand the Matrix or The Lord of the Rings u can read Bah Bah Black Sheep and not understand it as well! Read Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias!

      June 4, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • Nii

      I don't just read the Quran I've read and listened to commentaries on it as well! Gathering kknowledge is important but understanding is far far better. You can understand a single passage which will change you!

      June 4, 2012 at 3:26 am |
    • mickey1313

      So nii, you are saying shrinking anything using martial arts is budest, that is a streach. As far as lotr, 1, magic anathema to christianity, and their is no christian story i recall that dreams with the destruction of a magical evil artifact. So if you are generalizing the fight between good and evil, then again that is a streach. And it is nearly 2am here and i gotta go to bed, i hope to ttyl

      June 4, 2012 at 3:39 am |
    • Nii

      From the way u talk u r an undergrad or HS grad. However there is nothing that says magic is anathema to Xtianity. Spiritual powers are forbidden to be used for profit. Also spiritism is forbidden. Gandulf did neither in the story. I believe u do know miracles cud b called magic.

      June 4, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  9. Mother73

    I find it interesting somebody actually wanted to devote so much time to King, and Christianity. Personally, I think King's work has much less to do with religion that it does humanity. Religion is not necessary to distinguish between good and bad. People can be moral without a bible or religious belief. I would really love to see a story about the correlation between King's universe, and multiverse theory. I think the way characters shift between stories and the whole basis of the Dark Tower is multverse theory.

    June 4, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • Nii

      People cud theoretically be moral without the Bible or religion for that matter. In fact Germans teach ethics to children in a secularized environment in school. You will most often miss the mark if u r not taught though. Conscience in humans is easily over-ridden by legalism.

      June 4, 2012 at 2:42 am |
    • HeavenSent

      O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? Selah.

      Psalms 4:2


      June 4, 2012 at 3:12 am |
    • mickey1313

      I agree, same with tolken. But those who believe in religion think morality and thiesm go hand in hand. Tell that to the victims of the pederast priests

      June 4, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I see the atheists are changing their foolish name again ... to continue pushing vanity as their theory.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:17 am |
    • HeavenSent

      mickey1313, those priest are blinded by the sin of lust of the flesh, as are most non-believers. Therefore, those priests belong in your camp. Christians know them as wolves in sheep's clothing.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:19 am |
    • Max

      I'd like to see that too or to any number of mythologies that have good and evil.

      June 4, 2012 at 4:57 am |
  10. David

    Show me the way to go home, I'm tired and I want to go to bed. I had a little drink about an hour ago, and it went right to my head. Where ever I may roam, on land or sea or foam. You will always hear me singing this song. Show me the way to go home.

    June 4, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Hobo Row

      One evening as the sun went down
      And the jungle fires were burning,
      Down the track came a hobo hiking,
      And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning
      I'm headed for a land that's far away
      Besides the crystal fountains
      So come with me, we'll go and see
      The Big Rock Candy Mountains

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
      There's a land that's fair and bright,
      Where the handouts grow on bushes
      And you sleep out every night.
      Where the boxcars all are empty
      And the sun shines every day
      And the birds and the bees
      And the cigarette trees
      The lemonade springs
      Where the bluebird sings
      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
      All the cops have wooden legs
      And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
      And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
      The farmers' trees are full of fruit
      And the barns are full of hay
      Oh I'm bound to go
      Where there ain't no snow
      Where the rain don't fall
      The winds don't blow
      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
      You never change your socks
      And the little streams of alcohol
      Come trickling down the rocks
      The brakemen have to tip their hats
      And the railway bulls are blind
      There's a lake of stew
      And of whiskey too
      You can paddle all around it
      In a big canoe
      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
      The jails are made of tin.
      And you can walk right out again,
      As soon as you are in.
      There ain't no short-handled shovels,
      No axes, saws nor picks,
      I'm bound to stay
      Where you sleep all day,
      Where they hung the jerk
      That invented work
      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

      I'll see you all this coming fall
      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

      June 4, 2012 at 2:51 am |
  11. Richard

    King's always had religious connections in his works. Did Zahl think King was a devil worshipper or something? Maybe Zahl should've started reading him sooner.

    Oh, and as a bit of a writer myself, even though I'm not Christian anymore, I'll use Christian terms since people understand what the symbolism means.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Cq

      King writes about the occult and that's enough to make some folks want to ban his books, no matter how illustrative of religious themes they are. Just look at all the calls to literally burn the Harry Potter books, and Harry is actually more of a Christ-like figure than any of the characters in either the Lord of the Rings, or the Narnia series. Funny how fickle Christian readers are, wouldn't you say?

      June 4, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  12. Roger

    You can make up any stories you want about how someone else's writings relate to the Bible, but that doesn't make it true. Years ago someone wrote a series of books called "The Gospel according to Peanuts", claiming that Charles Schultz's popular comic strip had religious meanings. But Schultz himself stated that there were no such underlying meanings.

    The same holds for Stephen King.

    June 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Good point!

      June 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Kyle

      Actually in his book on writing Stephen King changed the characters name in Green Mile to have the initials JC, on purpose near when he finished the book to basically just put the bridged meaning in there as an after thought and a lot of his critics gave him grief for it.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Alicia Townes

      True or not I like Steven Kings novels even if I had never read them I rather watch the movies than read his novels

      June 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed, just like they shove christianity on tolken, i have read his works and see no christian parallel. Just like people say tolken wrote about the danger of nuclear weapons, even though he personally said there was no allegory in lord of the rings. Just jesus freaks grasping at straws.

      June 4, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • Nii

      Tolken converted CS Lewis to christianity! He wasn't a lukewarm Xtian at all. I read about his xtianity after the 1st film but I did see the xtian symbolism before that. Its strange u cudn't! Its as if he rewrote the Bible! I think being a Jesus freak will help ur reading skills!

      June 4, 2012 at 2:50 am |
  13. 1word

    Matthew 18:6-10

    King James Version (KJV)

    6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

    7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

    8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

    9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

    10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

    June 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • sick of christian phonies


      June 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So? You figured out how to cut-and-paste Bible passages. Big deal.

      When are you going to demonstrate your ability to tie your own shoes and brush your own maggoty teeth?

      June 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Quoting the bible is worthless. You basically wasted everyone's time with your worthless quote. Thanks for nothing.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • sick of christian phonies

      HOW YOU KNOW THE BIBLE IS MADE-UP NONSENSE: Numbers 5:11-31 say that you can tell if a woman has committed adultery by mixing water, dust, and barley- having her drink it- and if she is guilty her "thigh will rot and belly will swell". HOW CAN ANY CHRISTIAN CLAIM THIS NONSENSICAL BOOK IS THE DIVINE WORD OF GOD, AND THE BIBLE IS LITERALLY TRUE? Case closed.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

      Psalm 40:4


      June 4, 2012 at 5:13 am |
    • sarahsaint

      @ sick


      It actually makes sense. You just have to put down some of that hate and willful ignorance.

      June 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  14. Bob the Cat

    Religion attempts to borg all in its path. Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.

    We think not!

    June 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  15. PhilG

    King writes because he simply cannot-not- write.

    The man is possessed by his stories and must get them out of him before they kill him.

    It's simply amazing how prolific he is and how much he must have had to carry to get these stories out of him and on the written page.

    King almost died after being hit riding a bike a few years ago.

    I'm just glad he's still around and still sharp as he ever was.

    June 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Kyle

      He wasn't riding a bike genuis, he was on one of his walks which he takes frequently. He's also included parodies of the accident and what he knows and remembers of it in several of his stories. As well as is semi-biographic book on writing.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Kyle

      yes in irony or my own insult I spell genius wrong... *sigh*

      June 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • Which God?

      Yeah, King is as sharp as a felt tipped marker. His writings are turgid to say the least. Long winded at best.Terrible writing. I have never gotten past the 2econd chapter in at least four of his bboks. H.ell, the libray wouldn't take them, and they were brand new.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  16. Brad Snow the World's greatest horror writer

    Quit giving the phony Stephen King credit for everything. He has been a hack for decades. The heart of a small boy quote is from Robert Bloch NOT Stephen King. Please correct

    June 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm |

      CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are the 500th person to mention the Bloch misquote on this story! You have won:

      A heated kidney shaped pool,
      a microwave oven–don't watch the food cook,
      a Dyna-Gym–I'll personally demonstrate it in the privacy of your own home,
      a king-size Titanic unsinkable Molly Brown waterbed with polybendum,
      a foolproof plan and an airtight alibi,
      real simulated Indian jewelry,
      a Gucci shoetree,
      a year's supply of antibiotics,
      a personally autographed picture of Randy Mantooth
      and Bob Dylan's new unlisted phone number,
      a beautifully restored 3rd Reich swizzle stick,
      Rosemary's baby,
      a dream date in kneepads with Paul Williams,
      a new Matador, a new mastodon,
      a Maverick, a Mustang, a Montego,
      a Merc Montclair, a Mark IV, a meteor,
      a Mercedes, an MG, or a Malibu,
      a Mort Moriarty, a Maserati, a Mac truck,
      a Mazda, a new Monza, or a moped,
      a Winnebago–Hell, a herd of Winnebago's we're giving 'em away,
      or how about a McCulloch chainsaw,
      a Las Vegas wedding,
      a Mexican divorce,
      a solid gold Kama Sutra coffee pot,
      and a baby's arm holding an apple

      June 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Tommy O

      the phoney Stephen King? What happened to the real Stephen King? Why have I not heard anything about this and how come no one is looking for him?!

      June 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  17. 1word

    God is Good!

    June 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • And that 1word is "moron"

      Good? That's pretty faint praise. God is great to Muslims, so they must have a better god than you.

      June 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Kebos

      God is good.....why would you ever say anything so ridiculous? And, please provide some proof to back up this silly claim.

      June 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm |

      Satan is better!

      June 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Susan

      Reality is the best, however!

      June 4, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • HeavenSent

      This scripture needs reposting.

      Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

      Psalm 40:4


      June 4, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • Cq

      Why do creationists lie so much about evolution, then? That can't be a very "Blessed" thing to do, right?

      June 4, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  18. O M G

    Atheists/Agnostics were nazi... cannot believe them

    June 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Surprise Surprise Surprise

      Google "Gott Mit Uns".

      June 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Get it right

      Actually, Nazis were christian (Hitler was a devout catholic.. Just google pics of Hitler and the pope. Also note, the vatican was never bombed.)

      June 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • tallulah13

      During the Nazi era, Germans were mostly catholic or lutheran. Without the backing and support of these christians, Hitler would have been nothing more than a forgotten sociopath with a bad mustache. But thank you for showing your ignorance.

      June 4, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • Nii

      HITLER'S FATHER WAS AN AGNOSTIC CATHOLIC, THE APPLE DID NOT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE. HE FOUNDED HIS OWN AGNOSTIIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH FOR NAZIS! and those who have not lived under a dictator before have no right to question a German. Google also Storm Troopers n then the Confessing Church too!

      June 4, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • sally

      Agnostic Christian Nazi church? Wow, that is quite an accomplishment, given that if you are a Christian you cannot be an agnostic by very definition of the word!

      June 4, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Jessie


      June 4, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Nii

      The dictionary is sadly not the brightest book for definitions. There are Encyclopaedias for much more advanced info. The non-theistic religions like Confucianism, Atheism, Deism n Agnosticism are often synchretised with Theistic religions like Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Google this!

      June 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Sorry, Nazis were Catholic and Lutheran. Everyone knows that except you, I guess.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  19. tony

    So is he saying make Stephen King TAX exempt.

    June 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Larry Bob Nosferatu

      King would refuse. He is a liberal Democrat who has recently stated publically that rich people like himself should pay MORE taxes. Seriously.

      He has also made a number of quotes referring to organized religion as a societal evil, and one of his characters was a werewolf that masqueraded as a preacher (no obvious symbolism there or anything).

      All of which makes these dingbats who are claiming King bases his stories on Christianity rather absurd.

      June 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Cq

      Not King, but Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins might get that status for their Left Behind horror fiction.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Nii

      A werwolf masquerading as a preacher is a direct symbolism to the teaching of Christ n the Prophets calling religious leaders of their day wolves masquerading as shepherds n devouring the flock. haven't understood the Bible much havve you?

      June 4, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "A werwolf masquerading as a preacher is a direct symbolism to the teaching of Christ n the Prophets calling religious leaders of their day wolves masquerading as shepherds n devouring the flock. "

      Look at Wolf in THE TALISMAN: he locks himself up so he won't hurt the sheep he raises, or anyone else. This is specifically religious to him.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  20. Tyronne Foodstuffs

    Why white people alwayz lookin at me funny when I pays wit food stamps at the sto ? Me and my baby mama like to eat steak too you jive turkey's.I be lookin at em back like ' oh no you ditn't." betta talk to the hand!!!

    June 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Let me guess........

      herbie attempts (yet again) to be funny.........
      and, (as always), fails.....

      June 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • George and Weezie Jefferson

      Jive turkey? Nobody has said the phrase "jive turkey" since 1973, but it is really far out and groovy of you! I dig your bag. Did you pass the acid test? Don't trust anyone over 30, uh, or in your case 80.

      June 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • At death atheists believe

      Um..people in every race can be poor

      June 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      ADAB, do you ever get tired of being an idiot?

      June 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      don't retort, report

      June 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
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