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June 28th, 2012
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Would Jesus support health care reform?

Editor’s note: This piece ran earlier this year, but we’re spotlighting it now because of Thursday’s health care decision from the Supreme Court. The story generated more than 3,000 comments, including these two:

David Nelson
It is sad that Jesus has been demoted to being a politician. Jesus plainly said "My Kingdom is not of this world." Movements to use Him to promote their agendas, whether they be on the Left or Right, are extremely suspect in the eyes of this Christian.

kateslate
Jesus would SO have been a democrat. He taught us to care for the sick...not to profit off illness. I don't know how Republicans can live with themselves and call themselves Christian.

What’s your take?

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - He was a healer, a provider of universal health care, a man of compassion who treated those with preexisting medical conditions.

We don’t know what Jesus thought about the individual mandate or buying broccoli. But we do know how the New Testament describes him. The Gospels are filled with stories of Jesus physically healing the most vulnerable and despised people in his society.

References to Jesus, of course, didn’t make into the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s hearings on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Yet there is a moral dimension to this epic legal debate:

How should the nation help its “least of these,” an estimated 50 million Americans who can’t afford health insurance, as well as those who could go broke or die because they can’t afford medical care?

Christians are as divided about this question as others. Many cite Jesus, but come up with completely different conclusions.

Trust God or government?

Tom Prichard, a Lutheran and president of the Minnesota Family Council, said it’s ultimately about faith.  Who do we trust – God or government?

He opposes “Obamacare” because he has more faith in the market and people, than government.

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“Here Jesus’ words come to mind about not worrying and trusting God to meet our basic needs,” Prichard wrote in an online post warning about the dangers of “government run health care.” “Or if we believe it all depends on us, we’ll look to government.”

When reached at his Minnesota office,Prichard elaborated: He said the nation should empower families and individuals to make health-care decisions. If families can’t afford health insurance, private and public entities like churches and nonprofits should step in, he said.

“We all have the same goal,”Prichard said. “We want all people to have health care, even people who can’t afford it. I would argue that having the government be the primary vehicle for providing it is not going to get us to that goal. It’s going to make the situation worse.”

Carl Raschke, a religious studies professor at the University of Denver, evoked Jesus’ words about Rome and taxation.

Raschke cited the New Testament passage when Jesus, after being asked if Jews should pay taxes to Rome, said that people should "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."

Jesus was against strictly political or economic solutions because he thought they were too easy when it comes to the real challenges of human life, Raschke said.

“Writing checks won’t solve social problems,” Raschke said. “One has to get involved. If we see someone in need, we just don’t throw a dollar at him or her. You get to know them, you offer yourself, and ask what you can do for them.”

Helping the Good Samaritans of our day

There are some Christians, though, who say that charity isn’t enough to solve the nation’s health care problems.

An estimated 32 million Americans could lose health insurance if “Obamacare” is struck down, including children who can stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26 and seniors who get help paying for their drug prescriptions. Most observers say health care costs would continue to rise.

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Some people believe the health care situation in America would be scandalous to Jesus because he was a prophet concerned about social justice.

Steven Kraftchick, a religious scholar, said Jesus comes out of the tradition of Jewish prophets who preached that the health of a society could be measured by how well they took care of “its widows and orphans,” those who had the least power.

Kraftchick said there’s a famous story in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus heals such a person. He was the man who called himself Legion. He might have been called homeless and mentally ill. The man roamed a graveyard, so tormented that even chains could not hold him and everyone feared him, Mark wrote.

Jesus healed the man not only physically, but socially as well, according to Mark. The man returned to his community with a sense of dignity, said Kraftchick, a professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.

“A move toward universal health care would be fitting with the prophetic traditions,” Kraftchick said. “When you read the New Testament and look at the signs of the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God, it’s always connected to being physically healed.”

Yet Marcia Pally, an authority on evangelicals, said many evangelicals are wary of government doing the healing.  Their reasons go back centuries.

Many are the descendants of people who fled Europe because of religious persecution from countries and state churches. They fought a revolution against a government in England.  And they settled a frontier, where the virtue of self-reliance was critical, said Pally, author of “The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good.”

Suspicion of government is part of their historical and religious experience, said Pally, a professor at Fordham University and New York University.

Those attitudes, though, may be changing. Pally said she spent six years traveling across America to interview evangelicals. She discovered that a new generation of evangelists now believes that certain issues are too big and complex to be addressed by charity alone.

“Some note that charity is very good at the moment of emergency relief but it doesn’t change the underlying problem  unless structures that keep people poor, sick or deny their access to health insurance are changed,” she said.

No matter what the Supreme Court decides, the legal debate will continue. If more Americans go broke or die because they do not have health insurance, more Americans may ask, what would Jesus do?

But don’t expect any easy answers from the Bible, said Raschke, the religious studies professor at the University of Denver.

“People are always looking for support from the Bible for American political positions,” Rashke said. “Would Jesus be against abortion, or would he support a woman’s right to choose? It’s almost become a standard joke in the theological world that you quote Jesus in American politics to support your political views.

“The teachings of Jesus do not fit into the views of any political party."

- CNN Writer

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soundoff (5,234 Responses)
  1. Steve Lyons

    One should praise and follow the EXAMPLE of Jesus by GIVING of themselves.
    They should NOT worship big government and TAKE from others through the force of taxation.
    The Federal Government is NOT the equivalent of Jesus.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  2. Christianity is not healthy for children and other living things

    Christianity takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Christianity makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Christianity prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Christianity makes you fat.
    Christianity wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Christianity contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Christianity fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Christianity can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Christianity reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Christianity exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Christianity makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Christianity makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Christianity makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Christianity gives you knobbly knees.
    Christianity makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Christianity dulls your senses.
    Christianity makes you post really stupid shit.
    Christianity makes you hoard cats.
    Christianity makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Christianity wastes time.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Rockgod

      'Christianity wastes time.'

      Are you the TIME POLICE?

      Somehow you have the moral obligation to dictate how a person 'wastes' time?

      You don't want a person to be Christian, so what do you want them to be?

      Scientists, mathematicians, artists, actors, or just atheists.

      What problem should be solved?

      There is only one universal problem that needs to be solved. Everything else is just an inconvience next to it.

      DEATH.

      Suffering, evil, loss, pain, starvation, and all other problems are insignificant compared to universal death including Christianity.

      So what progress have you made on this most pressing of issues to the human family?

      Take your time I will wait for your answer.

      Are you wasting your time not solving this crisis to the development to the human race or is this why you believe some person somewhere believing in Christianity is wasting your life because they are not solving the problem of death?

      A Christian somewhere of the millions of believers is causing your chance to not die is wasting your precious life! How selfish of them. Don't they know you only have so many years to live? Doesn't that Christian know her or his own life is wasting way too?

      That Christian might have the secret receipe to help all humanity yet they will not give up the idea of life after this one to be with an invented lie of a man that rose from the dead. Somehow this Christian needs to know the urgency of your life slipping away. To stop believing in myths and fairy tales. Then this former Christian will get to the most important work in saving your life.

      Then other former Christians will get on with the work of improving humanity. Space travel, colonization of space, genetics, and other advances yet to be discovered to improve your now prolonged life because some Christian somewhere is no longer wasting their time.

      They are not wasting their time comforting the widow. They are not wasting their time feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, loving their family or their enemies.

      The former Christian will no longer serve or volunteer without price or compassion.

      The former Christian will seek to tell other Christians to get on the business of solving humanities problems because their life is precious so everyone else needs to stop wasting time.

      April 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Grace S

    Chrsistians should all hope to die of a God-given disease as soon as possible to get to heaven quicker. Why would any Christian want to trust in the "foolishness" of human-made science and medicine when there is prayer and their invisible Jesus friend?

    April 4, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  4. Rational Libertarian

    Actually, if Jesus returned today, he'd forget about Revelations and Armageddon and open up an alternative healthcare business. Who needs modern medical science when Jeebus could rub his "healing hands" over you and solve any maladies, including death? He'd make billions!!

    April 4, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things. Need proof? Read above

      April 4, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Dong, where is my automobile?

      April 4, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. 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!

      April 4, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • just sayin

      yes it do

      April 4, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • Jesus

      "yes it do"

      more lies and desperation, especially since you use different handles to post. What an idiot.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  5. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things .

    April 4, 2012 at 5:37 am |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      ~Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. 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!`

      April 4, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  6. Paul

    The only answer to this question is to look at what he did when on earth nearly 2000 years ago. Did he try and change the Roman yoke on the people? No, he said pay back Caesars things to Caesar. Did not accept people wanting to make him king. We gather from this he refrained from political movement.
    What he did do was preach about the Kingdom of God, part of his work was healing which demonstrated what he was going to do in his future kingdom.
    Something else he did was turn over the money tables in the temple. Indicating he hates religion profiting from people worshipping God. I wonder how many religions would have their tables turned today?
    So the answer is, he would not get involved in reform for today. His Kingdom will resolve all problems we face today. Instead of reform he will replace an inadequate and corrupt system with one governed from heaven with permanent solutions, not patching up what exists today. Hence the Lord’s prayer says; “Let your Kingdom come.”

    April 4, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  7. Aaron

    Insurance companies are a rip-off...That is all

    April 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  8. thecollegeadmissionsguru

    When faced with undeniable evidence, when shown that there was no historical Jesus, when proven that the myth is nothing more than a compilation of a number of older deities, Christians refuse to accept the obvious and come back with some goofy retort that makes no sense. Seriously people, I encourage you to read about Horace, Mithra, Buddha, and any number of about fifteen other pre-Christian deities who were born of a virgin, performed miracles, walked on water, had 12 disciples, had a "last supper," were crucified in some manner, rose from the dead, ascended into some heaven, and even many of them were tempted by their "devil" or evil one. Read, research, study, ask questions, and seek the REAL TRUTH!

    April 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Horace the poet?

      April 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Not seeing the similarities. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Seek and you will find.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Kebos

      I'm way too busy to seek. Could He just come and find me instead. Or better yet, send me a tweet.

      April 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • dennis

      Just because you choose not to see something doesn't mean it isn't there, christian drone...you probably aren't familiar with THAT truth, and it isn't a coincidence,

      April 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  9. Reality

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    As a good student, you have read the reiterations of the "fems" (flaws, errors, muck and stench) of religion. Therefore the seeds have been planted in rich soil. Go therefore and preach the truth to all nations, reiterating as you go amongst the lost, bred, born and brainwashed souls of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as Rational Thinking makes its triumphant return all because of you!!!!

    How much money would the following save the US taxpayers with some of these savings being used to pay for universal health care ?????????????????????????????????????????:

    There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror

    – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

    – Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

    – Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

    There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

    – The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

    – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

    Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

    April 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  10. rob

    Jesus is not a republican

    April 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • R. Glenn

      Maybe so, but he wasn't a Democrat either.

      April 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      Jesus was definately a Republican. No other group would accept a make believe deity, as Jesus was. Jesus is nothing more than a compilation of Horus from Egypt, Buddha from the Far East, and Mithra from Persia, just to name a few. There is NOTHING about Jesus that wasn't already a part of an older religious text. READ something people!

      April 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Jesus (from the Bible anyway, who knows what the actual Jeebus was like, or even if he existed) was a liberal d ouche.

      April 4, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • just sayin

      I know Jesus is. God bless

      April 4, 2012 at 5:50 am |
  11. Shane

    Fair question.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  12. catholic engineer

    WWJD about health care reform? Physical or spiritual? In John 6, Jesus is quoted as saying "The flesh is useless. It is the spirit which gives life."

    April 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Reality

      But did Jesus really utter John 6:63 ? As per many contemporary NT scholars, he did not. e.g. http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?ti-tle=354_Division_over_Jesus and Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, 473-475.

      With respect to John's gospel:

      From Professor Bruce Chilton in his book, Rabbi Jesus,

      "Conventionally, scholarship has accorded priority to the first three gospels in historical work on Jesus, putting progressively less credence in works of late date. John's Gospel for example is routinely dismissed as a source......
      From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John#Authorship

      "Since "the higher criticism" of the 19th century, some historians have largely rejected the gospel of John as a reliable source of information about the historical Jesus.[3][4] "[M]ost commentators regard the work as anonymous,"[5] and date it to 90-100."

      "The authorship has been disputed since at least the second century, with mainstream Christianity believing that the author is John the Apostle, son of Zebedee. Modern experts usually consider the author to be an unknown non-eyewitness, though many apologetic Christian scholars still hold to the conservative Johannine view that ascribes authorship to John the Apostle."

      And from Professor Gerd Ludemann, in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416,

      "Anyone looking for the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John. "

      See also http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/1john.html

      April 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Ann

      Comparing Obamacare to the likes of Jesus is insulting to Jesus. He would never deny treatment, or ration needed care as Obamacare promises to do. He wouldn't jeapardize businesses, penalize those who would not want a change to their government that would be denying individual freedom. Today, it's called Socialism. Definition always associsates with Communism. If you all would take the time to be a student and research and read Obamacare for yourself, you wouldn't be chastizing. You'd be screaming for impeachment. Shame on comparing this to Jesus.....

      April 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  13. travcat

    This has gotta be a new low. CNN speaking for Jesus against healthcare? I don't care what the excuse is it ain't good enough. Heads need to roll. You're not going to be able to live this one down .I intend to see to that. WWYT? (What were you thinking?)

    April 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer

    April 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer is a waste of time. 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.!`

      April 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Changes

    April 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Jesus

      Yes Atheism is the truth for humanity because your god can't change crap since it doesn't exist.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Things

    April 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  17. BurntOffering

    How bout just Love God with all your heart, Honor your Mother And Father, Love thy Neighbor as thyself; and do this in rememberance of HIM? That really would be so heard to do; and I wish America would stop talking about In God We Trust; and tell the rest of US the Truth.
    r

    April 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  18. mb2010a

    Actually, Jesus told us to heal ourselves...

    April 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things. .

    April 3, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Primewonk

      How did prayer work for those christians shot yesterday?

      April 3, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Darnell

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things, Amen Brother, them atheist better watch this cause im not sure what Jesus thinks about health care but i know this is what God thinks about the atheist, this is FACT! the pics are from NASA! http://animoto.com/play/UToxjqOcvQ8W3Ntdv1i5JA

      April 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Jesus

      ~No it doesn't you are so full of crap and lies. 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.!`

      April 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "How did prayer work for those Christians shot yesterday"
      They would love to tell you, but once they left this world, they went into the presence of God. Their troubles are over. They wouldn't come back if they could....
      But you have to find this out for yourself, how prayers work, what difference does it mean praying them, and what happens when one does not pray them. And you will find it out, in your appointed time! Just don't waste it while you still have it. On how you spend it, depends the destiny of your own soul.

      April 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      @PRISM... What a wonderfully Christian appologetic answer. Do you have any empirical proof that those people are with your god, that they are better off? What evidence, other than the Bible and what your preacher has taught you since you were a little girl, do you present to back up your claim? Nothing??

      April 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  20. mandarax

    Only in America would we find people so brainwashed that they get out and angrily demand that we NOT have universal healthcare. And insist that the "Prince of Peace" wouldn't want people to have healthcare either. Guns, god, and gullibility.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      It's sad to have to agree with the ungodly And godless on issue what is just and what is unjust and plain evil. When even the ungodly recognize the nature of Prince of Peace and His character, but those who claim His Name don't, It only shows in what shape the Christianity in this country is, and our society as a whole!
      Yes, I agree... only in America. But it's not God's doing, it's man's loosing the sight of Him. What a tragedy, that even the ungodly see waht is right and what's wrong, and those who claim to know God are blind and can't see through hypocrisy of those which they follow!

      April 3, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Bob

      PRISM 1234, the message of Christianity is not justice. It is actually one of astounding injustice. It is very clear in fact that Christian god would be a complete asshole if he actually existed, so good thing he doesn't. Seriously, this is a god that purportedly will threaten and punish you with torture forever if you so much as doubt his existence or think a different god exists, or even if you put a foot slightly wrong in your short mortal life.

      Any modern human court would consider such punishment barbaric, to say the least. And the threats of torture purportedly by your god could consti-tute criminal assault. Your god would be tried and easily convicted by the UN for human rights violations. Seriously. Think about it.

      And then we have your god's explicit instructions to torture and rape. This kind of stuff is common in the bible:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      And then there are the explicit demands god makes in the OT for brutal animal sacrifice. note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      That's one very nasty god you've made for yourself there. Look into the eyes of a suffering victim of any of the multiple disfiguring, debilitating, painful diseases that your "loving" god has purportedly created. Then you might understand that Christian god as described in the bible is not loving, doesn't give a hoot about human suffering, and in fact does not exist.

      It's obvious that Christian god does not exist. Grow some courage, get over your silly sky fairy stories, and get with the modern world.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      April 3, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Bob, you can not know God unless you know Jesus Christ. Why is it that you search, examine and come to conclusions you are claiming, without looking to Jesus Christ? Is it because you don't want to face the fact who He is, and what He says you must do to come to Him ?

      April 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • just thinking

      PRISM, how about you try actually responding to Bob's post instead of trying to dodge the issues by asking a question. He makes some very good points that you should think about, although you probably aren't smart enough to figure them out.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      just thinking,
      I responded to Bob's questions in the same manner he responded to my post above (under mandarax)
      Did he not "dodge it Issue" of Jesus Christ, going to Old Testament which can not be explained and understood properly without knowing the New Testament and Person who represent it? Why digging into the shadows, when the real thing came and explained it?
      But it's not your aim to understand, it's to attack and demean... Because every one who is set out to do so, always bypasses Lord Jesus Christ, because they don't' want to face HIM, because HE cuts through the facade of their pretending, exposing real motives of their hearts. Here lies the REAL EREASON!

      April 4, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • jason snowpeas

      You all missed out the part where the Christian God has a huge ego and is very insecure. So much so that he created an entire universe of people because he needs to be remembered, praised and worshiped for his abilities. I like that 3G comment, I have God because I am Gullible and need Guns to protect me from reason.

      April 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      snowpeas,
      you must have never had a mother and father who loved you so much, that they grieved when you rebelled and had no gratefulness in your heart toward them for all the love they shown you and all that they've done for you! if you did, you may understand.....

      April 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.