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Online conversations around Sandy feature God, prayer and atheism
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October 30th, 2012
04:54 PM ET

Online conversations around Sandy feature God, prayer and atheism

By Conor Finnegan, CNN

(CNN) - As millions of Americans begin to clean up from Superstorm Sandy, many will  turn to insurance companies to cover damages caused by an “act of God.” It’s legalese for natural disasters.

Some of the online conversation around Sandy have treated it as such an act, with the term “prayer” trending on Facebook on Monday, as the nation awaited the storm’s landfall.

We noticed four themes emerging that touch on God and religion on Facebook, Twitter and in CNN.com’s comments sections:

1. God bless: It was a message expressed by well-wishers around the world. Those spared by Sandy took to social media to show their support and sympathy as the images proliferated of New York’s flooded streets and New Jersey’s eroded beaches. Despite different faiths and nationalities, the upshot was the same: Our prayers are with you.

From Facebook:

Waleed Obaid My Prayers to all family and friends in NY and the rest of East cost OH Allah please help People to stay safe and no harm...

Darlene Guillen Bohorquez if this storm knocks you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray, and I will be praying with you. Keep safe and remember to help those in need in the aftermath.

Andrea Holmes My prayers go out to all the people who are affected by this storm. And praying does help. God is in control of everything whether you like it or not.

From Twitter:

Bishop Hanson ‏@bishophanson
Merciful God, for the millions who this night are experiencing the fury of Hurricane Sandy we pray for safety and comfort. Amen.

2. Thank God: For those caught in Sandy’s path, the conversation was different. More than 7.5 million in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast were without power on Tuesday. Those who could post online expressed gratitude, with “thankful” the 8th most shared term on Facebook by Tuesday morning. And from Twitter:

Demetrius Minor ‏@dminor85
Thanks to everyone who prayed for us during Hurricane Sandy. We were not affected. I thank God for that. Please pray for those who were.

Sam Gentile ‏@SamGentile
Thank God we escaped unscathed from Sandy except for power last night. This is unlike a lot of South Jersey that had lot of damage

3. God’s wrath: A small minority saw Sandy as God’s judgment.

This Tweet is from a leader of Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas congregation known for its anti-gay pickets at military funerals:

Shirley Phelps-Roper ‏@DearShirley
We bow in humble thanks 2 God 4 Sandy! Thank God for a plain message delivered to a puddle of states that proudly flip Him off! #FagMarriage

We found these on Facebook:

Nikola Ilievski 24.03.1999. – 10.06.1999. God remembers everything, your NATO bombed us, now enjoy. Greetings from SERBIA!

Hassan Chandio -Disrespecting others religion. and destroying others country killing thousand and millions of people in afghanistan, libya and syria . this is what you get

4. God does not exist: Some used Sandy to question religion or at least the idea of blaming the storm on God, employing science, humor and venom. A back and forth between believers and nonbelievers sparked a tense conversation in the comments section on CNN.com.

From Facebook:

Johnny Trujillo Praying won't do any good. Send some aid or go volunteer if you really want to help. Talking to your imaginary friend won't do anything.

From Twitter:

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonNews
No, #Sandy is not evidence of God's wrath. It's evidence of our refusal to even discuss climate change & global warning.

What do you think? What role should faith or God play in the conversation about Sandy? Post your thoughts in the comments section.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Comments • God

soundoff (2,260 Responses)
  1. t3chn0ph0b3

    If you really want to help, give to the Red Cross or volunteer. Prayer is fine in your downtime if you want to waste it that way, but don't be fooled into thinking that it's actually doing anything but making you feel better about yourself.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • GAW

      Good point. For the religious folks out there remember faith without works is dead.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  2. GAW

    On the other hand catastrophes like this do bring out the good in people especially from humanitarian and charity groups, religious and non religious.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  3. Ana

    When my Dad was struggling with his college courses and became very sad, I wrote a letter to Santa and asked him
    to please help my Dad make it through his work and feel better. When the semester ended, my Dad did get better, and everything went back to the way it used to be. I'm very thankful for Santa helping my Dad when he needed it.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Clown Dentist Satan

      I had a stuffed animal called Fraidy Puppy who did all of the being afraid for us so that we didn't have to.

      Fraidy Puppy works. Proven.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • theorycraft

      when i was 18 we had this guy named Obama. He said everything was going to be okay and that big government would end our troubles. I voted for him and supported him every day. When I was successful, he told me I didn't do that, someone else helped, so obviously we need 4 more years or else we're doomed without him....

      yeah ok, its the religious that are delusional

      October 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Zatronium

      @theorycraft

      You didn't do that. Your family, your friends, your coworkers, your clients, and even random people you don't know played a part in making you who you are today. Your religion has also played a part – it's helped make you conceited and closed-minded. Thanks to your unquestioning belief in a deity, you don't recognize the everyday miracles your fellow humans perform, because you're too blinded by a light that might not even exist. I don't deny the possibility of God, but I abhor those who forsake their fellow person in lieu of Him.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  4. right4life

    Caxton you are correct, we are sheep and Christ is the good shepherd. Hope you're in the flock before you die.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'right4life' is a form of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      October 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • OTOH

      right4,

      A shepherd takes good care of his sheep for a couple of reasons.

      - Profit from their wool, skins and flesh.
      - Dinner.

      The guy who thought up that analogy was just silly.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Fallacy: Check your sources. Pascal's Wager is not a valid fallacy.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Clay Felton

      Check your sources, L4, and try reading more carefully, stupid: Pascal's Wager has correctly been termed a "flawed argument". FS101 sure knows his stuff. The same can't be said for you.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Clay: How is it flawed?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • nojinx

      I have heard that Jesus isn't even in the top five of shepherds, but Allah is number one. How can I measure them personally? Is there an article on Consumer Reports?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  5. theorycraft

    It's funny if you think about it. Christians are here because they're offended and defending assaults on their God. Atheists are here to literally defend nothing. You can be a Christian and get A's in school. You can be a Christian and win the noble prize. Having people of faith does nothing to disrupt society. And if you're looking to convert some extremists, theyre probably not on the CNN comments section.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • blogo

      Operating based on delusions is dangerous as it's not based on reality. It's like driving under the influence.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • kenny

      how about xtians make rules based on their beliefs I don't wanna follow which restrict MY freedom and I'M having NONE of that ... you morronnic iddiiootttt

      October 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • laodegan

      There's more than just atheists and Christians here....And you are wrong about atheists defending nothing. They are here defending, nay dilligently practicing, their right to nothing but complete d*cks.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • nojinx

      It's mainly the children. I work to see that kids are allowed to believe as they with until they are at least old enough to vote and not forced or indoctrinated into one particular faith. For the benefit of their critical thinking skills, primarily, but also so they generally do not become society's robots.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  6. blogo

    Religion is just a sick dogma like Communism or Nazism. It's been around only because people are prone to self induced delusions.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Da King

      It is clear that you do not know God.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • blogo

      Change your name to Duh? King!

      October 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • GAW

      Name calling is a mark of extremism. I thought atheists knew how to critically think and reason.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • blogo

      All religions are hate groups. All claim they are the religion of "peace", but are in fact murderous. Nazism, Communism, religion – all substatially hateful dogmas to promote the self-serving interest of the groups.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • GAW

      All? Maybe some. Your logic seems flawed here. All or nothing mindset.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  7. Da King

    Sandy was not an end of times event, but a reminder. But ready and waiting. Just love Him back and believe in his Word. In the worst of times He provides peace which transcends human understanding to those who love Him. It is easy to be saved. You might as well start enjoying the presents of God's love in your life now. Accept the love of Jesus Christ into your heart. Pray with me for those impacted by this storm. Prayer works! Most of the comments on this blog will be negative toward God. Satin does have more hearts who respond than those who believe in the love of God through Jesus. Ignore them and pray.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Ignore satin? Are you from the cotton lobby?

      I understand women like to wear clothes from satin. Apparently it is also occasionally used for sheets.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • GAW

      Honey Boo Boo is a sign of the end.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  8. max

    For those that don't believe in God, he doesn't believe in you either.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Live4Him

      WWJD?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why would I care any more than I care if the Tooth Fairy believes in me?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Da King

      Sad but true.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Humanist11

      You sound like a christian who doesn't even know what is in your own bible. If you read it objectively I think you would become an atheist.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • prilyam

      oh is this supposed to make me feel bad or something?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  9. saggyroy

    Ezekiel 37? Is that supposed to be evidence of god?

    October 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Live4Him

      That's evidence for an omniscient God.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Ezekiel 37 is prophesy of the Redemtion of Adam's birthright by mankind. The first half is the Resurection and the second half describes the Redeemer; King of the Jews.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, it's not. The bible isn't 'evidence' of anything factual at all. Not a single thing.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Tom: Poor Tom. Doesn't even know the definition of "evidence".

      October 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure I do. Produce yours. Prove your claims without using the bible, which is not a source of factual information under any circu mstance.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Tom: Evidence is that which is observable. Can you see a Bible? Yep.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Posts by 'Live4him' contain instances of the Fallacy of Circular Reasoning.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      October 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Fallacy: Non sequitur

      October 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Frank

      LMAO. Is that all the religious nutcases have to offer for evidence of God is the Bible? A book of unproven claims and fable that is based on other fable? I have better fiction in my library that's equally as credible.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • theorycraft

      um... the bible must be the only proof to itself for if the word of god relied on something mortal for assurance... we'll that's not a very powerful word at all...

      October 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  10. Live4Him

    What's the evidence for atheism?

    October 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why would a lack of belief need evidence, you moron? No one can "prove" that unicorns don't exist. One cannot "prove" a negative. Anyone who ever made it through a decent high school would know that already.

      How fvcking stupid are you?

      If you want to convince anyone that a god exists, then the burden is on you to provide evidence for one. Go right ahead.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Tom: Your lack of reasoning skills is showing. Please try again.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Bob

      Hurricane Sandy is a prime piece of evidence for the non-existence of Christian god.

      In contrast, there is zero firm evidence that anyone has ever presented for the existence of Christian god.

      Show some guts, and try to live for yourself, not for some fuzzy blanket sky fairy, you coward.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • allenwoll

      THe evidence for Atheism is precisely the same as that for Theism : Neither has any verifiable evidence.

      Agnosticism is the only rational path.

      "Faith" would be fine IF ONLY people of Faith did NOT INSIST THAT THEY ARE CORRECT ! ! !

      October 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Try what? To grow you a brain? Sorry. You'll have to go elsewhere for that. Try your mother and her genetic makeup.

      Don't even bother trying to pretend you have a clue as to what you're talking about. Anyone who ever argued on a debate team knows that one cannot prove a negative. The onus is on the claimant to prove that what he claims exists, does, in fact, exist.

      Get it? If not, don't even bother. I'm not interested in debating with a dolt.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • kenny

      the fact that you relgious fools can't agree on a single religion ... and that the rules that come with them seem awfully close to the rules your average king/emperor would come up with to keep people in line and his country strong... you know go forth and be plentiful/make me more soldiers or soldier makers(women) along with a stable environment to turn babies to soldiers (marriage for life) and then of course the other tenents for a stable society... DUH

      October 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @allenwoll: Atheism is based upon the denial of evidence. Christianity is based upon plenty of evidence:
      1) The unmoved mover
      2) Ezekiel 37
      3) The UPC code
      Just to name a few.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • saggyroy

      So I don't collect stamps, I guess my denial of stamps is proof they don't exist.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Clown Dentist Satan

      The evidence is every last shred of evidence in the known universe, from the tiniest subatomic particle to the order of the whole universe. That entire spectrum of everything always operates according to natural laws 100% of the time, without fail. Absolutely no evidence anywhere in this vast range of evidence has ever even hinted at any deity or supernatural force.

      The complete lack of evidence is itself massive evidence that there is nothing to religion, just as it is that same lack of evidence supports the disbelief in leprechauns, ghosts, invisible rabbits . . . which you yourself accept for every subject but your own religion.

      Is it 100% sure? No, but 99.9999999999999999999999999999999% sure is quite convincing.

      As to the notion that agnosticism is the only reasonable position, then agnosticism towards the existence of invisible magic talking bullfrogs that live in your derriere is the only reasonable approach to a belief or disbelief in invisible magic talking bullfrogs that live in your derriere. Get it?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • nojinx

      Why would you need evidence to not prove something?

      What is the evidence for aminotaurism? Can you prove minotaurs don't exist? If not, do you then have to believe in minotaurs and anything else you cannot prove the non-existence of?

      October 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  11. Ken

    Option 4 is the correct one.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  12. Mike V

    God has as much a role in this disaster as Santa Claus. It's 2012. We're adults. Let's start acting like it.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      The story of Saint Nicolas is as relevent in 2012, as when he was alive.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Mike V

      John, Google "Fallacy of Equivocation".

      October 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @John P. Tarver

      What does Saint Nicolas (270 – 6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, have to do with Christmas as it is celebrated in the United States in 2012.

      Please be honest in your reply.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  13. Caxton

    Religious people are just a bunch of sheep looking for a place to fit in in the world. Best just stay behind the fences of your fairy tales and holy book. Did Walt Disney write the bible? Bahhhh, bahhhh

    October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • yokar

      LMAO...

      October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  14. People

    Both religious and atheists are wacko's. One says that Sandy was wrought forth because god's children violated his word. How evil. Then the non-believer insults the believer and its a back and forth that never ends.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • GAW

      They need and feed off each other.....

      October 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Ken

      Well, religion does seem to be on the way out, partly thanks to storms like Sandy, so maybe the back and forth will actually subside as the meme known as religion finally fades.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • nojinx

      We don't hate the believers. We hate their beliefs.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  15. No fool

    "Dieu a créé l'homme à son image. L'homme le lui a bien rendu." (Voltaire) "God created man in his image. Man did return the favor."

    October 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Love is a delusion and so may be faith, but I like them.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • MarkG

      I would say... "some men" do not return the favor. There are still many of us humbled and awed by a mighty God.

      Go in peace.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Ken

      Yeah, as in humbled by what a vindictive jerk Christian god would have to be if he existed. Glad he doesn't exist.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  16. right4life

    Welcome to the consequences of a fallen world. This has nothing to do with Global Warming, that will come later courtesy of the Creator.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      More bullsh!t from a fvcktard.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Most of North America was a sheet of ice 15,000 years ago.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Bob

      So, r4, your god is a violent monster who does retribution way beyond the scale of the supposed crime and hurts, even kills, innocents.

      No thanks. You can keep your nasty jerk of a Christian god. To yourself. Quietly, please.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Gunmother

      The problem with scientific advances is that they prevent Nature from taking care of the stupid!

      October 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • allenwoll

      The Creator of Existence and the Designer of Universes are busy on new projects.

      You might wish to check in with the OPERATOR of OUR Universe ! ! !

      October 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Humanist11

      Yes! Let's control the masses with imaginary fear.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  17. GAW

    Let's say hypothetically that such natural disasters are an act of God's wrath against humanity for whatever reason. Then why isn't there a voice from heaven signifying the reasons. The most that religious people can do is speculate and guess as to why they happened. Often the reasons coincide with one's moral hang ups....

    October 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      How much of the Islamic World prays for the destruction of New Amsterdam every day?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Live4Him

      Would the cause of flunking an exam be the lack of studying for it? Yes. One doesn't need to reason this fact out. Likewise, turning away from God results in the lack of His blessings / protection.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Slender Bender

      The reason is and will always God works in mysterious ways.... Remember religious folks always are offering cop-out excuses in the name of their 'god"

      October 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • GAW

      If a parent disciplines a child a good parent will explain why the disincline was being applied and what was done wrong. A 1000 reasons could exist IF God was behind the act of natural disasters. But yet there is no clear reason why only myriad of hypothetical explanations.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Live4Him

      " Would the cause of flunking an exam be the lack of studying for it? Yes. One doesn't need to reason this fact out. Likewise, turning away from God results in the lack of His blessings / protection. "

      You are guilty of committing a 'false equivalencies' assertion.

      One of the reasons for flunking an exam certainly could be from lack of study. This is true, without question, as it is ultimately verifiable.

      You then attempt to say that turning away from God = or causes lack of protection.

      Problem is... God is a concept. Your assertion is based on pure unverified speculation.

      In other words... these 2 things(this ana- logy) that you used is *not* the same thing. **Faulty An-alogy** 😯

      Peace...

      October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • GAW

      Flunking an exam could be the result of numerous reasons. Your worldview is too neat and tidy.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  18. Robert

    An athiest is an a55 hole who thinks he's important.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • midwest rail

      I'm sure you say that with all the Christian "love" you can muster.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Robert,

      what's an athiest? Is that the most athy one can be?

      athy
      athier
      athiest

      October 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • kenny

      a theistic is an a55 hole who thinks he's important enough for a being more powerful than we can imagine to PUNISH him if he jacks it in a sock or cuums in another persons a55 hole ....

      October 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Robert: first, stay in school and learn to spell. As for the rest of your rant... as Stephen Roberts wrote: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” Perhaps some day you'll be able to understand it...

      October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Ken

      Robert is an asshole, period.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  19. Gene Grubb

    I believe many natural disasters occur as result of God's children violating His Word. In His love, though, He warns us all of these consequences, and urges His true believers to intercede to hold it back.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Which "God" did you have in mind? There have been so many it's difficult to tell...

      October 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Seejay

      well. that's because you're an idiot

      October 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Humanist11

      If that is true then your god is playing a sick game. That is a vain and petty thing to do to your own creations.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Frank

      You mean like the flood? I don't want anyone peeking over my shoulder, thank you. I'm doing just fine at hold things back till just the right moment.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Gunmother

      I guess my Godmother was really bad. She died of Alzheimer's and was so contorted they couldn't close the casket.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • CTed

      So let's see... judge not, lest ye be judged.... but if my neighbors don't pray hard enough, he sends a hurricane my way? Really? That's like using a Nuclear bomb to kill a terrorist cell in New York..... doesn't fly.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  20. Live4Him

    @Goofiness: All religions are based upon a mixture of evidence and faith. You've presumed that Christianity is 100% faith based, when it isn't.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • saggyroy

      "All religions are based upon a mixture of evidence and faith..." What evidence?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • limbictides

      There is no evidence. None. Zero. Citing a text that was written by man and changed countless times over centuries to fit the political needs of the time is not a valid move. All known evidence points to there not being a supreme being. Faith is the expression of fear of the unknown, and a deliberate attempt to shut down one's own rational faculties.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Saggyroy: Religion is evidence of the gullibility of mankind.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • saggyroy

      Thanks limb, but I was waiting to hear from Live4...and still waiting. Probably be waiting for a long time.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @limbictides: Ezekiel 37: Re-birth of Israel after a very long period of time. It happened in 1948.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Limbictides: you wrote: "All known evidence points to there not being a supreme being." I beg to differ... Have you never heard of Diana Ross and the Supremes?

      October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • saggyroy

      That would be 3 supreme beings. Then there is the Burrito Supreme.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Mike V

      This statement always reminds me of the YouTube video called "The Faith Cake", which essentially deals with the problem of claiming that religion is part faith and part evidence. In actuality it's all faith, since there isn't any evidence for the supernatural that isn't much better explained naturally.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • saggyroy

      Ezekiel 37? Is that your evidence? Aint making it. Cinderella tells us that pumpkins turn into carriages.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • prilyam

      right.. well.. if someone told me the sun was a golden chariot driven across the sky by flaming horses I'd laugh at them, too.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Gene Grubb

      The Bible claims in Hebrews 11:1 that faith IS evidence, just not external. Faith has enough internal evidence to bring a conviction just like jurors must have sufficient proof in a court case. For Christians, this faith comes when God's promises, commands, prohecies, etc. move from his head to his heart. Sometimes this illumination comes the first time they hear it, sometimes it comes through diligent meditation on it.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Gene Grubb

      If you read your Bible enough, it becomes very clear that God is equally loving and just. He has given us His Word which shows us how to live and please Him. He lays out the god and bad consequences for obeying and didobeying that Word. Time after time, he has reminded, corrected, and warned the disobedient. He even sent His only Son to pay the price for our disobedience if we will only accept Him and get back on track. If we deny Jesus, what is left for Him to do? God is bound by His Word.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:17 am |
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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.