August 8th, 2012
12:16 PM ET

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  1. MakalethB

    Be NOT Deceived! Belial and his minions have taken you hold with their chirping cries of TEMPTATION! The song of the most HIGH has been drowned in the moon water abyss of the DEEP and the UNHOLY! Awake to the light that it is of the GRAIN and eat in splendor at the table of the HOLY! A is ALWAYS U! And the letters that spell the NAME will be spoken not in Belial's factory of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!

    August 9, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Huebert

      But Belial's brother Azmodan has sent his servents in to the castle larder to corrupt and devour the holy GRAINS. While Belial holds the city of CALDEUM Azmodan is free to surch for the BLACK SOUL STONE and attempt to use it to resurrect his lost BROTHER.

      Wait...you were talking about the plot of Diablo 3 right?

      August 9, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  2. Aldewacs

    What happens when two athletes who equally and fervely believe, compete with each other? Will their god turn the result into a tie, or does He love one more than another?
    Or could the difference be the result of training and conditioning after all?

    August 9, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • Kafir

      It'll probably go to whomever prayed so, so hard that they soiled themselves. God loves a good soilage.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Rundvelt

    Logic of the average Christian...

    Something good happens: God dun it.
    Something bad happens: It's your own damn fault.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • mikeh6280

      Isn't it amazing how losers like Rundvelt have not one better thing to do then to click on a story about god just to be hateful. That's all what trolls like him do. Tell sit on the computer just to put out there hate. Get a life Rundvelt go away.

      August 9, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Rundvelt

      > Isn't it amazing how losers like Rundvelt have not one better thing to do then to click on a story about god just to be hateful.

      Who's being hateful. I'm making a point about the thoughts of people who praise God. Because they clearly don't curse God when they lose do they?

      > That's all what trolls like him do.

      I'm not a troll. I'm making a legitimate criticism of a way of thinking.

      > Tell sit on the computer just to put out there hate. Get a life Rundvelt go away.

      I'm guessing you're the sort of person who thinks like this, sorry to burst your bubble.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Missy

      What Rundvelt said is no more hateful than someone telling you that black cats aren't really bad luck, or just because your girlfriend is an Aries and you're a Libra it doesn't mean that you're really compatible.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      Read "The God Virus". explains why Christians react in an agressive way to any sort of questioning of their faith, even the completely nonsensical parts.

      August 9, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  4. Rundvelt

    I love it how God gets the credit for athetes winning, despite them practing every day for hours nonstop and keeping this routine for years.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • blaqb0x

      I want to see Pure Prayer Athletic Training. No physical training, just praying that they will win. Then have them show up at the qualifiers to see what happens. How much will prayers help then?

      August 9, 2012 at 11:34 am |

      As you said previously, why would god choose, let's say, the GB Packers over the Detroit Lions? The answer is: god wouldn't choose, because it's not god's job. If god doesn't give a hoot about people in Syria, or Somalia, or insert your country of choice, then why would god care about an athlete? And if god makes an appearance someday, and wave his magical staff over our earth (that we are destroying) and make everything copacetic, then I'm a believer, but until then, nada.

      August 9, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  5. RFBJR

    Isn't it amazing that these world class athletes give honor to God when they achieve success beyond most people’s wildest dreams. Then you have the losers on this blog that curse God yet have accomplished absolutely nothing.

    Things that make you go hmmmm.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Rundvelt

      > Isn't it amazing that these world class athletes give honor to God when they achieve success beyond most people’s wildest dreams. Then you have the losers on this blog that curse God yet have accomplished absolutely nothing.

      Who curses God? Most people can't curse something that they don't hold a belief in. It'd be like me cursing leprechauns because I lost my car keys.

      August 9, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • BillyJ

      What are the Chinese praising then? Their athletes might turn out to be even more successful than ours when this olympics are over. And what about the British? Far more secular than the USA and the breeding ground of high-profile atheism like Dawkins. There as even a picture of Darwin on one of the horse jumps the other day. Is their success due to praying to God as well?

      August 9, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Pistis

      I would hate to say it Rundvelt, but you do "have a belief" when it comes to God. Your specific belief is that he does not exist. It is a belief in the sense that it can not be proven. The only way you can "not have a belief" is if it is something you are completely ignorant on.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • LinCA


      You said, "I would hate to say it Rundvelt, but you do "have a belief" when it comes to God. Your specific belief is that he does not exist. It is a belief in the sense that it can not be proven. The only way you can "not have a belief" is if it is something you are completely ignorant on."
      For most atheists, it's pretty simple. There isn't a shred of evidence that the Tooth Fairy actually exists. It is therefor not reasonable to believe she does, and most atheists just simply don't believe she exists.

      The same goes for Pink Unicorns, Bob the Magical Blue Sock, Santa Claus and other mythical creatures, including gods. There simply is no reason to believe any exist.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Pistis

      That is all well and good. My only point was to say that saying someone lacks a belief does not apply in this case.

      As referring to evidence for Christianity, there is plenty of evidence, the question is whether or not you find that evidence convincing. A small difference, but a difference none the less.

      When people say that they do not believe in God like they do not believe in Santa, or the Tooth Fairy, I would like to point out that both Santa and the Tooth Fairy are physical beings, so the evidence would be more testable, then a God that is claimed to work outside of space and time. There is alot more arguements for God, than either of the other two.

      I am not taking one side or the other, I just want everyone to stay honest, and think things through rationally.

      August 9, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Pistis

      Edit: Santa and the Toothfairy, as described in story were physical beigns. I do not personally believe either exist.

      August 9, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • jayjay


      If you believe in a personal God who interacts with the physical world (through miracles, answering prayers, revelation) than this God is just as testable as Santa and the Tooth Fairy. Jesus was also a physical being who is identified as God (or part of God? 1/3 of God?).

      There is also the issue of the improbability of a "being" outside of space and time. Not to mention that no one is praying to Thor, Zeus, a pick uniciorn or whatever other "being" someone made up that can exist outside of space and time.

      August 9, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • blaqb0x

      "When people say that they do not believe in God like they do not believe in Santa, or the Tooth Fairy, I would like to point out that both Santa and the Tooth Fairy are physical beings, so the evidence would be more testable, then a God that is claimed to work outside of space and time. There is alot more arguements for God, than either of the other two." – Pistis

      Pistis, I would love for you to try to argue this by calling into "The Atheist Experience" show.

      August 9, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Pistis


      You could test for miracles, there are stories of miracle healings, and that type of thing. Miracle by definition is unexplainable, so if you find a story that you can not explain I suppose that would work.

      You can easily test for Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy. Check for any wierd blips on airplane radar, and ask parents if any random gifts or money showed up inside their house without them knowing.

      Most biblical scholars (Athiest and Thiest) believe that Jesus the man existed, they vary on the divinity. Also, I know it would be impossible to test things outside of space and time, that wording is scary, but if you go by the Big Bang theory then space and time started at the singularity. For something like that to happen there are two choices.

      1.)It popped out of nowhere
      2.) Something caused it.

      If 2.) is the case, then something is outside of space and time.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Pistis


      I am not sure what to debate, realyl. my statement was "There are more arguements for God, then the Toothfairy and Santa. What I did not say was: "There is more proof for God then the Toothfairy or santa"

      I can think of some pretty easy tests to run to disprove Santa, and the Tooth Fairy.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Rundvelt

      > I would hate to say it Rundvelt, but you do "have a belief" when it comes to God. Your specific belief is that he does not exist. It is a belief in the sense that it can not be proven. The only way you can "not have a belief" is if it is something you are completely ignorant on.

      Actually, I don't have a belief. I have a conclusion. My conclusion is based on the available evidence that I have before me. I'll take you through the steps that lead me to my conclusion.

      Fact A: There has been no evidence for the existence of a God.
      Fact B: There have been a myriad of religions that make all sorts of claims, most, if not all have major logical holes and/or are proven factually wrong.

      Given fact A and fact B, you would be without reason to hold belief in a God. Because there's no knowledge available that we can demonstrate to be true. And if you can't demonstrate knowledge to be true, then it's not knowledge, it's blind assertion. Which isn't worth jack.

      Now, in reality there are in fact two options. Either a God does exist or a God does not exist. And this is true regardless of what we think on the matter. However, when considering this with fact B, there are only two conclusions that I can draw (fill me in if I'm missing any)...

      1) God does not exist.
      2) God exists, but doesn't care about us and doesn't want us to know about him.

      Now, here's the thing. While there is a difference between 1 and 2, namely the existance of a being, to our frame of reference, they're exactly the same. That is to say, we have a non existant god, which is unknowable, or we have a God which is not providing information, which is also unknowable. So we have a situation where God existing and God not existing appear exactly the same.

      So to my mind, regardless of whether there is a God or not, to our minds, to our intellect, the only conclusion we can reach is that "there is no God."

      August 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Kafir


      False dilemma fallacy.

      "I don't know whether a god exists" is a valid third option.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  6. Everett Wallace

    GOD don't tweet and rarely do I speak. I am the radiance and glory of GOD of all. HE is the ALMIGHTY.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Missy

      So, you're basically saying that you're "God's Gift"? Big ego you've got there Everett.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  7. Bootyfunk

    i wonder if jesus would have competed in the olympics. his washboard abs are hawt.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Whatever event he participated in, he would surely take the gold, the frankincense, and the myrrh. (sorry)

      August 9, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Rundvelt

      Well, he'd be a horrible diver probably, what with slamming into the water as if it was solid and all.

      August 9, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  8. noillusion


    August 9, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Missy

      Yup, it is arrogant to assume that the most powerful being imaginable loves you so much to help you in sports, or your music career. Have you ever seen the music awards shows? Pure ego!

      August 9, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  9. Jack

    Hello folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 9, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      go spam the commercial for your webstie somewhere else.


      August 9, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  10. LIberalsSux

    Don't tell liberals there is a God that's not Obama!

    August 9, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • BillyJ

      Difference is, Obama's real!

      August 9, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • tallulah13

      And what exactly does that have to do with the topic????

      Oh, I get it! You're just insulting people you don't even know to make yourself feel better. Did it work?

      August 9, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Ever since you atheists had the Bible removed from the schools and public places (1962-63), then the removal of silent prayer 1985 was forced, our country has gone down hill. You even had George Washington's farewell address removed from the text books for students. Our kids are not learning this country's heritage, but, the big egos of today that hold office. Illuminate this fools. It is only going to get worse until the biblical principals of how our country was founded is put back in it's righteous place.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Let's pretend for a moment that America has gone downhill since the 1960's. That was exactly the time that the Born Again movement really took hold in the United States. It would appear, then, that America has gone downhill ever since the Evangelicals gained an influence.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      don't tell conservatives they're morons and that prayer = talking to yourself.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      yes, since 1960, blacks have gotten the right to vote. blacks and whites can marry. g.ay rights are coming in.

      but i guess heaven sent longs for the days of segregation, the good ol' america.

      things are getting better, not worse, you short-sighted nutjob.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Rufus T. Firefly, stuff your lies back down your own throat. Christians are tired of all your lies. You own them, stop spewing them our way. Everything sky rocketed in this country since the biblical principals were removed.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Bootyfunk, shut up with your issues to correlate them with gay issues.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Bootyfunk, why don't we write the truth. How you hate gays and only want them to enjoy their life on earth without caring about their souls going on through eternity.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Nobody lies more than Christians, and this is coming from someone who is definitely NOT a liberal.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I always vote the democratic ticket Rational Libertarian. Again, you know nothing.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:55 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I know that Christianity is a load of bs.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Rational Libertarian, you and other atheists destroyed our democratic party. I can't believe they let you morons vote.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Rational Libertarian, I noticed you referred to the followers and not Jesus Christ's truth.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • tallulah13

      Oh, stop pretending that religious discrimination against gays is 'love", HS. It doesn't matter how much nonsense you spew. You are nothing more than an ignorant bigot.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:00 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tallulah, it's no use writing to a fool who refuses to learn and abide in Jesus' truth. The atheists ego has destroyed this country. Your egos are so big, you haven't a clue that you are the problem.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tallulah, my gay friends have been celibate for years and are Born Again. That's the difference of wisdom learned through experience versus young gays who know nothing yet. I'm sure with age, they will reflect and find their way back to Jesus' truth.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • tallulah13

      Because believing that a being capable of creating the universe is actually interested in your every thought and will let you live forever in paradise if you say you love him best is so darned humble, HS?

      Discrimination is not love, no matter how many bows you try to put on the package. You are an ugly human being. Defending your own bigotry, while insulting those who fight for equality shows just how ugly you are.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • tallulah13

      HS, many of my gay friends are in loving long term relationships. They are contributing members of their communities and are happily living the lives that nature intended for them. I pity any person who suppresses their own true nature in order to please bigots like you and your pretend god.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • HeavenSent

      tallulah13, if anyone is discriminating against anyone, it's you atheists against Christians. You know nothing but ego nonsense whereas true Christians who actually read the Bible know Jesus' wisdom.

      Let's see, egos of the atheists that erase God out versus Christians who actually study and abide in Jesus' truth. No contest, I'd take a Christian who studies and abides in Jesus' truth any day over a lying atheists that waffles and changes his/her opinion no matter which way the tumbleweed blows.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • tallulah13

      Oh, do get over yourself. You don't get to play victim when other people do the right and decent thing by not letting you discriminate against minorities. What a despi.cable creature you are!

      August 9, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tallulah, the honey moon stage of any young couple. Are you going to be there for them when their illusion collapses and they want to know what life is all about? No. You'll just tell them there is more fish in the sea, get back on the horse and ride, whereas Jesus will be there for them when they seek His truth about life and the hereafter.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tallulah, of course my post is being blocked. You're still a fool.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:42 am |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      HeavenSent, your rantings are a greater deterrent to Christianity than anything any non-believer could post. You're a poster child for smug, unthinking, religious self-righteousness.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Rufus T. Firefly, smug? Blocking a Christian's post is beyond being smug. How would you know anything, if only atheists can post any/all of their baloney, but, when a Christian posts truth, it's blocked and only the atheists lies make it to these articles.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:49 am |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      The Persecution Complex is strong with this one, especially considering there is no moderator on this website. Of course, paranoia fits right in with your belief that there is a magical being obsessively watching your every move. Now put down the communion wine and go to bed. The Lord is waiting for you where he always is – only in your dreams.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:56 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Rufus T. Firefly, you atheists only know how to talk the talk. I'll listen when any of you cowards walked the walk through the fires of life to ensure something gets done. Until then, keep your talk, talk, talk paranoia garbage to yourself.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:01 am |
    • jack

      Do you believe, as jesus did, that diseases are caused by demons? Its the 21st century, put away those primitive bekiefs.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      LS, you don't know a damned thing about liberals.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • BillyJ

      Your timeline also parallels the rise of evangelical power here in America, so maybe you're placing the blame on the wrong people?

      August 9, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • WASP

      @HS: so you will listen if we have " walked the walk"
      how about walking the walk in a war-zone, then come at me with some of your BS. so i expect you to be true to your word and listen as i "talk the talk" as you claim we atheists only do.
      truly take a minute and look around your home; how did all your things get there? did god hand them to you or did you work hard and pruchase them? how did that tree in your yard or the grass on your lawn grow? did god snap his fingers or did those plants convert water, sunlight and nutrients in the ground to make basic sugars for it's own needs? watch a thunderstorm that has lightning hitting the ground and think that not too long ago people thought THOR or ZUES was hurling those to the ground in anger, sounds funny if you just sit and view nature through unblinded eyes.
      i grew up hearing my preacher telling everyone to keep blinders on; the type you put on horses; so they couldn't be tempted by this worlds' riches, you know the funny thing about walking around with blinders on, you fail to see that cliff you're being lead toward........... so please just sit and view the world as we see it for one moment, it may change your life.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      WASP, I worked in God's grace each day to get my degrees and any possessions. Then the big ego atheists took everything for themselves. Yes, America has gone down hill since those in power no longer believe or trust in God but pledge their allegiance to satan as they believe themselves to be special.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Translation of HS's post: WAAAAAaaaaaah! The bosses were MEEEEAAAAAAN to me!

      August 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Judith

      Heaven Sent bigotry or prejudice like yours in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tom and CNN cannot stop me. Jesus's Truth always wins.


      August 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And more from HS's litany of woes–the obnoxious jerk couldn't get along with ANY of her colleagues, wouldn't adhere to company policies, refused to collaborate with others.

      And she ran. WITH SCISSORS!

      August 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually, Tom, my bosses were just as perverted as you with their big egos going haywire, never to learn or practice Jesus' truth. You haven't a clue to where or who I worked for because you are an idiot. Can't say fool, because you haven't a clue to what that means.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      HeavenSent knows I'm an ass that knows nothing, does nothing but complain.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Cindy

      Judith, what society are you referring to? The perverted society of those that need to destroy Jesus Christ's truth because they're blinded and over powered by their carnal lust. You're a joke. Accept this truth.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  11. Angel

    All religions bow before the mighty dollar. Jesus wept.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • HeavenSent


      August 9, 2012 at 1:47 am |
    • BillyJ

      He meant yours too, HeavenSent.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Billy, I don't attend any man made church that preaches man's lies. I read the Bible.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • BillyJ

      reading the bible is still religion

      August 10, 2012 at 12:30 am |
  12. Missy

    What happens if they praise Jesus for the victory, and then fail the drug test?

    August 9, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Nick

      Well,, Jesus was a hippy.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • BillyJ

      And Moses inhaled from the burning bush. 🙂

      August 9, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i buy my pot from a guy named jesus.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • HeavenSent

      There wouldn't be an issue of drug enhancement use, if biblical principles still existed. All this drug enhancement use started after Jesus Christs teachings were removed from society. Praise the human ego mantra heard around the globe bunk.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • BillyJ

      Come on, Jesus like a few glasses of good wine just like all the after work, drinking women of America do, and don't tell me that he experienced that whole thing with the Devil in the desert without taking something.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • HeavenSent

      BillyJ, you've never read His truth on moderation?

      August 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Cq

      There's moderation, but why do so many Christians consider the drinking of any alcohol at all a sin when Jesus himself drank? During the miracle of the wedding at Cana the guests drank all the wine quickly, but Jesus didn't have any qualms about making more, and better wine for them. Moderation hadn't crossed his mind during that one, right?

      August 10, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  13. Angel

    What about sacrificing a virgin before the race? That religion doesn't count?

    August 9, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I don't suppose you could every expand your knowledge to learn what the definition of virgin means in Jesus' truth.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:53 am |
  14. Mitt the Twit

    Mormons get to wear special underwear that help them win.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  15. Tom Joad

    And the losers can go to hell. Religion is followed by self serving, righteous individuals. So much time and energy wasted.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  16. Reality

    How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?: And how many “souls” would be saved?

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    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 LIKE 9/11.

    – 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.

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
    There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

    – The Mormon ti-the 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.

    – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    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!!!!


    August 9, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  17. Garth

    We choose to praise the name of Jesus, believe what you want.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Missy

      Would Jesus help Christian athletes from this country defeat Christian athletes from another country?

      August 9, 2012 at 12:23 am |
  18. David Nicholson

    It's quite depressing, really. All that talent yet they are unable to think rationally enough to realize that their fairy tale beliefs are such obvious nonsense.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      I think you are right David. It can be depressing as well as frustrating to watch such talented individuals condition their minds and their bodies to extremes and then just pass if off to God. To me it's a huge let down, basically they should be saying "Man, I worked my butt off and it paid in the end, I've learned one thing today, never ever let anyone tell you that you can't do it."

      August 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Phillip

      No, what's sad is that you're too dense, irrational and philosophically bankrupt to comprehend that your athiestic worldview is a shallow as a rain puddle when actually scrutinized.

      August 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist


      How so Phillip?

      August 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Atomico

      @TheVocalAtheist: "Man, I worked my butt off and it paid in the end [...]" is not sufficient but necessary to win an Olympic medal. For the medal winners, faith is sufficient in strong effort that leads to an Olympic medal.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • BillyJ

      Perhaps Phillip is saying that mythology appeals to our emotions more, and paints a more colorful story than reality does?

      August 9, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • tallulah13

      It's amazing how "god" answers your prayers when you work really hard to achieve the goal of that prayer and have massive financial backing behind your efforts. It's equally amazing that those who pray but don't do the work or don't have the facilities or financial support generally don't succeed. Sort of makes you wonder what exactly it is that god does...

      August 9, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  19. db

    They're ain't nothin and their isn't nobody greater than GOD. Prays Jesus.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Maya

      I agree with David and Vocal. The years spent training, the hours upon hours of hard work that they do becomes completely irrelevant when they pass it off to a pretend and imaginary being. The sacrifices their families made and the money spent becomes invisible when they attribute all their hard work to this mythical idea of some deity looking down upon us.

      It's so sad. I wish they would instead thank their parents, trainers, friends and supporters instead. It would just make so much more sense.

      August 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Absolutely, Maya.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • BradC

      Preach it db. The people on here mocking a belief in God have unfortunately made a horrific choice for eternity. God does not pick winners and losers but it is clear from the Bible (Joseph for example) that he works to give opportunities to those to use their talent and ability to honor Him. None of these athletes would tell you that God made them win, However as the actor in Chariots of Fire says "I believe he made me fast for a reason, and when I run, I feel his pleasure". As a child of God, these athletes understand that.

      August 9, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Kafir


      They'll be in for quite a shock when they get to heaven and Zeus is there to meet 'em, sharpening his trident.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  20. D.C.

    This is beautiful!

    August 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
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