Creflo Dollar's Prosperity Gospel finds followers and critics
June 10th, 2012
07:22 AM ET

Creflo Dollar's Prosperity Gospel finds followers and critics

By Melissa Gray, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - The arrest of Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar brought renewed attention to his message of the Prosperity Gospel, controversial to some and faith-fulfilling to its followers.

Dollar, who was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter, is the founder and pastor of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta.

It claims about 30,000 members and has a multimillion-dollar sanctuary that resembles a golden-domed spaceship atop a hill.

Dollar said in a statement he would never harm his children and that the facts in the case would be handled privately.

Prosperity ministers preach that God rewards the faithful with wealth and spiritual gifts. Pastors such as T.D. Jakes, Dollar, and Joel Osteen have become the Prosperity Gospel's most well known preachers, building megachurches and business empires with a message equating piety with prosperity.

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While popular in the black church, it is not a solely black phenomenon, as seen in the ministry of Osteen, a best-selling author and megapastor at Lakewood Church in Houston. The church website says it is considered to be the largest church in America, with more than 38,000 attendees.

The Prosperity Gospel is a form of evangelical Christianity that largely grew out of the booming economy of postwar America, says Jonathan Walton, a professor of Christian Morals at Harvard and author of "Watch This! Televangelism and African American Religious Culture."

The theology's emphasis is on God's promised generosity in this life and the ability of believers to claim it for themselves. If God loves us, it teaches, then God will reward us with a new home, a good job, or good health, Walton says. God wants us to be prosperous.

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One of the problems that conservatives tend to have with prosperity theology is its focus on material prosperity, says Ben Phillips, a theology professor at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Houston.

"The Prosperity Gospel tends to mask the greatest need that any individual has, and that's to be reconciled to God through faith in Christ," Phillips says.

"The point is that God is the ultimate good," he continues. "Knowing Him, being in a relationship with Him ... in which He is God and we are His creatures, that is where joy is found."

Believers may argue, however, that material wealth is evidence of being in covenant with God, says Michael Long, a teacher of religious studies at Elizabethtown College and editor of the book, "I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters."

Those believers might say material goods are a side effect of believing in God and Christ, he says. "The focus is on getting right with God, but you know that when you get right with God, you're going to get something for it."

While the theology may attract more followers in a time of economic boom, the fact that it focuses so much on the individual and controlling one's own heart is a comfort in tough economic times as well, Long says.

Tom Brown, senior pastor of the Word of Life Church in El Paso, Texas, says wealth and prosperity are what God desires for us.

"Just as any parent enjoys watching their kids have fun, God delights in watching His children enjoy what money can buy," Brown writes on the website for his ministry. "I believe God is love and He desires the best life we can have."

Believers must then use their wealth to help others, Brown says - and that to have money for its own sake is pointless.

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Phillips says it's true that the Bible teaches Christians to care for the poor, sick and needy, "but the Bible also teaches that God uses and permits suffering in the lives of people for His own ends and purposes."

He points to the Book of James, which says we must value the trials in our life because they shape our character.

"Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation - since they will pass away like a wild flower," it says in James 1:9-10.

Critics may say prosperity followers are wrong, but believers say they are sincere, Walton says. The pastors may be pop culture celebrities, but it doesn't mean their congregations don't find fulfillment in the message.

The pastors' wealth, derided by some as evidence of hypocrisy, could also simply be seen as evidence of their faith, Walton says.

"The wealth is part of their authority," he says.

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  1. Preston Lucas

    CNN just delights in this mug shot. I am pretty sure I'd say I HATE CNN if I was allowed to hate as a Christian....
    Sick and tired of the bullies that the media has become, just to make a quick buck. I will say and have always
    said, the modern media is literally the AMERICA'S CURSE.....


    June 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      P.T. Barnum was right.

      June 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      because this guy isnt out to make a quick million bucks?

      June 11, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • David

      @preston..but I thought God rewards those with riches who are most faithful. Look's like cnn is on God's good side.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Sunnylovetts

      God bless you brother!

      June 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  2. Nothing fails like atheism


    June 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If that were true, you'd have no compulsion to post this dreck repeatedly. That your belief is nonsense is proven by your constant repeat ition of lies. Why do you continue to undermine your own case? Are you really that stupid?

      June 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Tom, truer words were never spoken by you. I see you on these belief blogs daily. When will you finally admit that you are fascinated by Jesus? He is waiting to meet you brother. He longs to heal you and give you peace. Ask Him in your heart to speak to you. Then listen. Try it before you scoff. Or are you afraid?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Know What

      Bill Deacon,
      "Ask Him in your heart to speak to you. Then listen. Try it before you scoff. Or are you afraid?"

      I was a believer for nearly 50 years. I listened intently. I finally realized that I was talking to and listening to myself. There is no evidence of any supernatural being(s) up/out/under/over there or anywhere else.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  3. mickey1313

    Did not jesus aledgedy say that a rich man would have a harder time getting into heven than a camel would fitting thru the eye of a needle. Monsters like dollar and olsteen prove christian hypocrisy.

    June 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • skip

      you first need to know what it meant about an eye of needle that they were talking about during that time

      June 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      "you first need to know what it meant about an eye of needle that they were talking about during that time"

      well for starters they were not talking about a gateway into the city as there is absolutely no evidence at all to support that idea. However there is more than enough evidence to suggest a mistranslation of the word 'camel' as apparently it could also be translated as 'rope'.......which you must admit suddenly makes a lot more sense.

      June 11, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • MalB

      Sinners should prosper while Christians walk around in torn clothes and live out of cardboard boxes, really you all curse the christians for wealth when they display it and praise the sinner "non christian" when they display theirs. And its all about a Preacher correcting his child the way the Bible, not man say. I guess it would have been better to her she was seen at a party drinking and carrying on or seeing her picture on the net, and you guy would still blame the preacher. Many would say he want to lead his church but can't lead his house hold see how his children turn out.

      June 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      They prove nothing about Christianity

      June 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  4. realityville

    Rather than inculcating our children with the primary-color simple Sunday school legends and myths most people do, might I suggest the following ten comandments to enable them to think for themselves.
    1. DO NOT automatically believe something just because a parent, priest, rabbi or minister tells you that you must.
    2. DO NOT think that claims about magic and the supernatural are more likely true because they are written in old books. That makes them less likely true.
    3. DO analyze claims about religion with the same critical eye that you would claims about money, political positions or social issues.
    4. DO NOT accept it when religious leaders tell you it is wrong to question, doubt or think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars get frightened when you want to "look under the hood".
    5. DO decouple morality from a belief in the supernatural, in any of its formulations (Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.). One can be moral without believing in gods, ghosts and goblins and believing in any of them does not make one moral.
    6. DO a bit of independent research into whatever book you were brought up to believe in. Who are its authors and why should I believe them in what they say? How many translations has it gone through? Do we have originals, or only edited copies of copies of copies– the latter is certainly true for every single book in the Bible.
    7. DO realize that you are only a Christian (or Hindu or Jew) because of where you were born. Were you lucky enough to be born in the one part of the World that “got it right”?
    8. DO NOT be an apologist or accept the explanation “your mind is too small to understand the greatness of god” or “god moves in mysterious ways” when you come upon logical inconsistencies in your belief. A retreat to mysticism is the first refuge of the cornered wrong.
    9. DO understand where your religion came from and how it evolved from earlier beliefs to the point you were taught it. Are you lucky enough to be living at that one point in history where we “got it right”?
    10. DO educate yourself on the natural Universe, human history and the history of life on Earth, so as to be able to properly evaluate claims that a benevolent, mind-reading god is behind the whole thing.
    I sometimes think that, if we first taught our children these simple guidelines, any religion or other supernatural belief would be quickly dismissed by them as quaint nostalgia from a bygone era. I hope we get there as a species.

    June 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • mickey1313

      @relityville, i agree 100% the thiests forget a huge piece of logic, that absence of evidence of absence

      June 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Wunk

      It takes more logic to know God then to depend on worldly standards.

      June 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Preston Lucas

      DO NOT go to HELL over an idiot that won't believe.

      I don't have enough faith to be an atheist..... PERIOD.

      June 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      One way you know you are a confused Christian:

      You READ the bible and don't understand it.

      June 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Preston Lucas

      You said, "DO NOT go to HELL over an idiot that won't believe."
      Do yourself a favor and google "Pascal's wager".

      You said, "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist."
      I'm willing to bet that you are an atheist. I'm almost certain that you are more of an atheist than I am. I am almost certain that you reject, with certitude, all gods other than your own. I bet that you rely exclusively on faith to be that atheist.

      June 11, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      How to know you are self satisfied: You are often wrong but seldom in doubt.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  5. realityville

    Top Ten Signs You're a Christian
    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    June 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Preston Lucas

      One sign you are an atheist:

      1) You have not read the Bible with an open heart.

      June 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Darryl


      You just proved reality's point...

      June 11, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Shadowflash1522

      And you're such a True Scotsman, aren't you? Anyone who disagrees with you will automatically be labeled "doesn't have an open heart", no matter how open their heart/mind may be.

      June 11, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      One sign you are a Christian:

      1)You have not read the Bible.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  6. Takes faith to know God doesnt exist

    Case closed!

    June 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Most atheists don't say that god doesn't exist for sure; they say that there's no reason to believe in a god that's not been demonstrated to exist. We can't be sure that unicorns don't exist either. The "unicorns don't exist,' or "god doesn't exist," is just a time saving measure. Of course, unicorns might exist somewhere in the cosmos, but that doesn't justify believing in them or stating that possibility when you say you don't believe in them. Same deal for god.

      June 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Takes an education to use an apostrophe.

      June 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Most atheists do not stay god doesn't or can't exist. What they say is that religion is wrong for making claims worth no evidence. I can't say that there is no god, what i can say is that if the god of the christians is real, it can't not be what their book claims, because an all power full god and an all loving god would not allow good honest people suffer, that is not all loving

      June 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Takes faith to know God doesnt exist

      "Good people"

      You so sure about that?

      " There is none that does good no not one"

      Throws your entire case out

      June 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Rebel4Christ

      It takes a ton of faith to be an atheist in fact it takes more faith to be an atheist than a Christian!

      June 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, it doesn't, Rebel, and claiming it does make you look dumber than you really are.

      June 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      Umm Rebel for Mithra... that is the biggest CROCK perpetuated by Christians. It takes NO faith to simply follow the FACTS to their logical conclusion... There is simply NO god/s.

      June 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      @ Moby – But no one is blogging anywhere right now about the existence of unicorns. Isn't it interesting that non believers are compelled to come here and passionately discuss what they don't believe in? I find the fascination with God and Jesus remarkable. My personal belief is that people of all types, haters, non believers, misguided believers, lovers of Christ, are all compelled to Him by his call and love. He truly is the center of all creation. Otherwise, we wouldn't be discussing a carpenter who lived for 33 years over 2000 years ago!

      June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  7. Cecil Nixxon

    Prosperity Gospel says it right there. Deceived! The only reason God might even want to bestow wealth on believers would be the expectation that every penny of it be spent on the poor. Creflo ought to hook up with my neigborhood MegaChurch Pastorette Joyce Meyers. They can exchange notes on how to funnel money from their flock and become rich, while at the same time conning their followers into believing that making Creflo and Joyce rich will somehow "trickle down" to them.

    It's the same old con game but with a different twist: God. That there Satan dude is pretty crafty, and sheep have higher intelligence than these "flocks." So sad.

    June 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  8. Bootyfunk

    go to jail, directly to jail, do not pass go.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  9. Alien Orifice

    I am disappointed by all those who cling to religion and continue to endorse it as reality and insist that it somehow should govern morality and law-making. One can lay out all the evidence and build (and have built) an airtight case against every single religion on Earth past and present, but still believers will not budge from their point of view, even when presented with the lies and contradictions in the very scriptures they base their beliefs on.

    Understand, I am not talking about a belief in God. I do understand that. I am talking about religion. Every one of which has been empirically proven false but yet clings like moss to ancient rocks.

    I believe the single most important factor in this inability to see through the foolishness of religion is fear. Children’s stories of heaven and hell. The initial indoctrination for many, simply cannot be undone.

    Secondly, there is a feeling of community that comes with any “club” Naturally this is not relegated to religion so it does not qualify as an excuse.

    Finally some minds are unable to think creatively enough to imagine the more plausible alternatives. What are those alternatives? Well we have to turn to science, but also we have to accept what we don’t know and keep looking. And in truth, we don’t really know anything about how the universe came to be, what came before and where it is going. If there are multiple universes and time lines through which we move, these would be marvelous discoveries. There is a wonderful article in Scientific American this month regarding a new spin on the Quantum theory. That being the quantum universe could have foamlike fluctuations that rule spacetime, not unlike the 0’s and 1’s that are the foundation of computing and storing information.

    If we wish to believe in the supernatural, we have to make things up. Hence religion. It doesn’t mean there is no god, or gods, or aliens, but it does mean that we don’t have the answers and most likely never will.

    Now we arrive back at fear. What will happen to me when I die? For me, I look forward to an eternity of nothing. Others fear this prospect and prefer to believe in fairies and fantasies and are not even ashamed that their mental description of an after life is akin to that of a 5-year-old’s picture book.

    I believe the Universe and the “everything” are FAR more bizarre than we could ever imagine with the faculties we have thus far obtained via evolution on this planet. And I wonder how many millions of civilizations across the vastness of space and time have pondered likewise.

    Finally, the entire planet is affected by the irrational belief systems of the various mainstream religions. It affects the global economy, it affects world peace, it affects our secular life style in the United States. These ancient belief systems are based on superst.ition and mythology. One would think humans would have moved forward by now but instead we as a species behave in the same self-destructive manner now as we did thousands of years ago with more at stake then at any other time in history. It matters.

    Religious nuts are dangerous fools. Religious leaders far more so.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  10. Nude Nuns with Big Guns

    The latest quote from Pastor Dolla', "Hey, I didn't choke the biitch! If I did she'd be with the good Lord right now, praise God. What? She was 15? Whe looked 18 anyhow. What? She was my daughter? Dam crack be messin' me up man. Just trying to keep my pimp hand strong. What's a brutha gotta do? Praise God.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • skip

      you need help

      June 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  11. Alien Orifice

    The vestiges of pagan religion in Christian symbolism are undeniable. Egyptian sun disks became the halos of Catholic saints. Pictograms of Isis nursing her miraculously conceived son Horus became the blueprint for our modern images of the Virgin Mary nursing Baby Jesus. And virtually all the elements of the Catholic ritual – the miter, the altar, the doxology, and communion, the act of "God-eating" – were taken directly from earlier pagan mystery religions.

    Nothing in Christianity is original. The pre-Christian God Mithras – called the Son of God and the Light of the World – was born on December 25, died, was buried in a rock tomb, and then resurrected in three days. By the way, December 25 is also the birthday or Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus. The newborn Krishna was presented with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Even Christianity's weekly holy day was stolen from the pagans.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Not to mention the term amen, comes from amon, the sun god in Egypt

      June 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  12. Alien Orifice

    Fun with Solipsism

    The Universe ceases to exist at the moment of your death. Likewise, the Universe springs into existence at the moment of comprehension. “Reality” is personal. It is not universal. What I believe, is true. What I perceive, is real.

    Therefore, there is an infinite number of realities (call them universes) both coming and going at all times for infinity. The reason physics breaks down as we get close to that frightening doom is because we realize at that point that WE are the God we seek. We create our reality only to destroy it and start again for all of eternity.

    Nothing can be proven beyond the existence of the self. No perception felt by the mind can be regarded as truly verifiable, and so its existence is not certain. Hence, nothing outside the mind of the observer can be rationally confirmed.
    Carry on all of you illusions.

    You complete me.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Logic

    To all religious people out there: Thanks for hating/discriminating against gays. Thanks for all the molestations and cover ups. Thanks for the idiotic theory of creationism. Thanks for 9-11. In general, thanks for being the worst people on the planet.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • JWT

      that only describes a small minority of the religious people. most people – religious or not are good people.

      June 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      JWT, you miss the point. You are on the wrong team. You empower the bad guys.

      June 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • JWT

      i've been ont he right team sone the moment of my birth.

      June 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • mickey1313

      @jwt, most people are good. Really? You must live in a different worlds then me.

      June 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How sad for you, mick. Most people ARE good and it doesn't require some sky-fairy to enforce their ethical beliefs.

      June 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If most people weren't good, law-abiding citizens, then crimes would be so ho-hum they'd never make the news. That isn't the case and anyone with two brain cells to rub together would know it.

      June 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      The truth is no people are good. None. Not any. There was only one and we all crucified Him. We all continue to crucify Him when we beat our children, or steal others money, or hate, or refuse to forgive, or condemn, or neglect the poor, or act in anger. If you doubt me, just read these blogs, you'll see a cross section of intolerance, bigotry, crudeness, hate and anger. As it has been and will be. Come to us Lord Jesus, come, please.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  14. Logic

    Out of the infinite number of solar systems and planets in the galaxy, how likely is it that the one true god focuses only on planet earth?

    June 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Portland tony

      If there was a God, he'd be trying to correct his one big screw-up:: Earth.

      June 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      God didn't screw it up, we did. He offers redemption. Do you accept it?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  15. Theistville Dog

    Mega-church pastors/preachers are selfish and would rather pay the high cost bills of their ministerial businesses then feed to very poor within their flocks' communities! Maybe Creflo's actions against his daughter is just a reminder of keeping the family values attuned and tenured toward Christendom and not the monetary riches of religious hood-winking!

    June 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  16. Logic

    If heaven is paradise, how can the death of Jesus be considered a sacrifice?

    June 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • JWT

      they had to advance a runner.

      June 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • tallulah13

      So what you're saying, JWT, is that the whole crucifixion thing was a bunt?

      June 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • JWT

      The holy ghost was on 2nd and they really needed a runner in scoring position. The cruxifiction was just to make it obvious to everyone. The early days of christian baseball. So different than the current game.

      June 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • JWT


      Jesus was a little slow on getting the sligns so god had to make it obvious to him to sacrifice.

      June 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  17. Tim Tebow

    All religious people wil be dead in less than one hundred years as our beautiful species finally evolves past the dark ages of ignorance.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Yes and then there will never be evil again. Moron.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  18. junior

    Not that many atheistic posts. Oh yeah, Their parents must have taken them to church.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • JWT

      Depsite being an atheist for all of my life my parents did force me to go to church when I was a child. They tried again as a teenager – and realized that some things are just not going to happen.

      June 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • junior

      You are right, but we as people cannot ever seem to find satsifaction. Nothing on this earth truly satisfy's us.

      "Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You" – Saint Augustine

      June 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I don't know about the other atheists, but I was out getting the oil changed in my car.

      June 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I was out buying plants for my garden.

      June 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  19. No proof for "No God" claim

    Case close!

    June 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No proof of God. Case closed.

      June 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Brad

      No proof for no flying spaghetti monster claim. Case closed!

      June 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • junior

      Flying Spaghetti monster cannot exist for these reasons:
      I may suggest the flying lasagne monster, flying ravioli monster, flying manicotti monster, flying chow mein monster, flying sopa monster.

      June 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Portland tony

      Yeah you are right.....Look at Dollar. He prayed for suckers to give and they did .....making him a wealthy "man of God". Ah the power of greed. Oh, sorry, you call it prayer!

      June 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Pastor Schmastor

      Portland tony,

      Yep, PAYERS change things.

      June 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Brad

      In your mind. Doesn't seem to do much for real world issues though.

      June 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • 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 11, 2012 at 10:29 am |
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