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January 20th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

Obama chooses Bible steeped in history

CNN's Lisa Sylvester is given access to the Bible President Barack Obama has chosen for his inauguration, a tiny book used by Lincoln.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Bible • Obama • Politics • TV-The Situation Room

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  1. Bring it here

    To CNN
    Please post front page article below on belief blog for comments Thank you.

    Presidents should not swear in on a Bible

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/17/opinion/obeidallah-bible/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    January 21, 2013 at 6:09 am |
    • Science

      The above article

      Creates a hornets nest if you think about it. Mom/Dad why does the Pres. say so help me god, what or who is that MOM/DAD ???

      January 21, 2013 at 9:00 am |
  2. kevobx

    What would Esau do about the 2nd amendment? His manner was to be a cunning hunter of the world but sold his birthrights away to the younger Jacob for food, making God is his belly. (*Philippians 3:19*) *Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof, if not, where, and who is he? *Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.

    January 21, 2013 at 3:59 am |
  3. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Bibles, though steeped in blood, should be black.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  4. Bob

    It's just paper and ink. It would make more sense if the president swore the oath on his wife or daughter.

    January 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  5. HEY LOOK IT'S HERBIE THE WONDER BOY TROLLING WITLESSLY AGAIN!

    herbie, AKA:
    Jenny,
    captain america,
    truth be told,
    etc
    etc
    etc
    etc............

    pervert alert,
    chad,
    atheism is not healthy,

    January 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • HEY LOOK IT'S HERBIE THE WONDER BOY TROLLING WITLESSLY AGAIN!

      etc
      etc
      etc
      etc..........

      January 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • .

      Don't forget to add Marie

      January 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  6. Mohammad A Dar

    well someone should verify all pages are there in the Lincoln bible.

    January 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  7. John P. Tarver

    Mathew and John were both educated wealthy men who could have produced written accounts of Jesus imediately.

    January 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Reality

      Please provide reliable references supporting your comments.

      January 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • TANK!!!!

      You're asking a religious loony for proof? Might as well ask a cow to do calculus.

      January 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  8. John P. Tarver

    Once Relativity cancelled the big bang, the Bible was back as an historic and scientific text.

    January 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • TANK!!!!

      How many times have you been lobotomized?

      January 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  9. John P. Tarver

    Only 1% of species exist from the last mass extinction, yet some fools still hold to Darwin's racism as science.

    January 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • TANK!!!!

      Nonsense.

      January 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  10. John P. Tarver

    The child of an African slaver President of the USA, who would have thought it? This is a proud moment for the KKK and their Democratic Party.

    January 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Obama's father was never a slave, but a free man, more than us, in Africa.

      January 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
  11. Colin

    Smithsonian. Before the Bible's creation story and history of the Jews was proven beyond all sane doubt to be mere mythology, it WAS touted as a book of science and history. Now that we know it is all BS, all of a sudden, it is not a book of science and history. That is a total cop out. apologist BS.

    The Bible is a collection of Pre-Dark Ages Christian supersti.tions stapled to the back of late Iron Age Jewish mythology. Its morality is barbaric, its literary style largely incomprehensible and its factual accuracy and internal consistency virtually non-existent.

    So knock off the slippery excuses and accept that your holy book is, as Jefferson put if, one big dunghill.

    January 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  12. End Religion

    NEXT: Obama Chooses Bible Steeped in False Claims

    January 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  13. Bob Fates from Chicago

    So nice to see that the hypocrite athiest, 'honest' Abe, owned a bible.

    January 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • dcmoser

      Also nice that Abe thought black or white, they have rights, and while Obama condemns Russia and China for 'human rights' infractions, during his presidency 6 million babies have been murdered. The US leads the world in genocide. Hitler's not even close to the lives we've taken....

      January 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • Bob Fates from Chicago

      Lincoln couldn't give a flaming rats @ss for the blacks. Not surprising, considering that he was responsible for the needless slaughter of 600,000 – 800,000 American citizens.

      America's greatest despot, propped up on a throne and worshipped in pertuity by a land of Clovers.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Larry of Nazareth

      So how is your Chicago branch of the KKK doing these days, Bob?

      January 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      dcmoser,

      The judicial trump card has given the American tramps and harlots their rights to kill children at will without physical ailment being the culprit for abortive reasoning. Is American rationales ever to seek the bucket's bottom dwellers?

      January 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bob Fates from Chicago

      Larry, I see comprehensions not your thing.

      January 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Akira

      Ll, being that 83% of those women getting abortions are Christians, you may want to re-think your misogynistic label of "tramps and harlots".

      January 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  14. Reality

    The Code of Hammurabi and/or the Egyptian Book of the Dead would have been a better choice from an historic perspective.

    "Hail to thee, great God, Lord of the Two Truths. I have come unto thee, my Lord, that thou mayest bring me to see thy beauty. I know thee, I know thy name, I know the names of the 42 Gods who are with thee in this broad hall of the Two Truths . . . Behold, I am come unto thee. I have brought thee truth; I have done away with sin for thee. I have not sinned against anyone. I have not mistreated people. I have not done evil instead of righteousness . . .

    I have not reviled the God.

    I have not laid violent hands on an orphan.

    I have not done what the God abominates . .
    .
    I have not killed; I have not turned anyone over to a killer.

    I have not caused anyone's suffering . . .

    I have not copulated (illicitly); I have not been unchaste.

    I have not increased nor diminished the measure, I have not diminished the palm; I have not encroached upon the fields.

    I have not added to the balance weights; I have not tempered with the plumb bob of the balance.

    I have not taken milk from a child's mouth; I have not driven small cattle from their herbage...

    I have not stopped (the flow of) water in its seasons; I have not built a dam against flowing water.

    I have not quenched a fire in its time . . .

    I have not kept cattle away from the God's property.

    I have not blocked the God at his processions."

    "The Book of the Dead was written circa 1800 BCE. 2 The Schofield Reference Bible estimates that the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt and the provision of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai occurred in 1491 BCE., some three centuries later. Many religious liberals, historians, and secularists have concluded that the Hebrew Scripture's Ten Commandments were based on this earlier docu-ment, rather than vice-versa."

    January 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Jenny

      The truth about Jesus was word of mouth for centuries because believers were tortured or killed for their beliefs. Symbols were posted for believers to make their way to hidden locations to exchange his truth. Scrolls of his truth were hidden for safe keeping. I can go on and on, but, you'll deny my post just the same.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Reality

      Jesus was an illiterate, dirty, sometimes sick, Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      January 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Don't let facts get in the way of your delusion, Jenny.

      January 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  15. Banjo Ferret

    This displeases Tim the Destroyer of Worlds. Obama should whip out his smartphone and swear on the Tweet According to Tim. Only then will his presidency be legitimized. Ferretianism is the one true religion. Repent! (banjoferret d c)

    January 20, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • Zombie Squirrels Shall Feast Upon Your Nuts!!!

      Tim isn't the Destroyer Of Worlds! He is the Destroyer of AMC Pacers!!! Little weasel steals every one he can find, then zooms down the street. But his little legs just aren't long enough to reach the brakes, so invariably he slams into the nearest Chik Fil A, ruining both the Pacer and oh so many Jesusy deep-fried-fat sandwiches, and sending the spherical Christian customers rolling down the street for blocks and blocks.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  16. Origin of Life

    Evolution wins thumbs up, time for religion to get the hell out of the way !
    Morality is for chimps too go figure !
    Morality: It's not just for humans !
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/19/health/chimpanzee-fairness-morality/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    January 20, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • Jenny

      Evolution theory is a direct rip off of childbirth. If you had a brain, you'd see it.

      January 20, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Reality

      o More details from National Geographic's Genographic project: https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/
      "Our spe-cies is an African one: Africa is where we first ev-olved, and where we have spent the majority of our time on Earth. The earliest fos-sils of recognizably modern Ho-mo sapiens appear in the fossil record at Omo Kibish in Ethiopia, around 200,000 years ago. Although earlier fossils may be found over the coming years, this is our best understanding of when and approximately where we originated.

      According to the genetic and paleontological record, we only started to leave Africa between 60,000 and 70,000 years ago. What set this in motion is uncertain, but we think it has something to do with major climatic shifts that were happening around that time—a sudden cooling in the Earth’s climate driven by the onset of one of the worst parts of the last Ice Age. This cold snap would have made life difficult for our African ancestors, and the genetic evidence points to a sharp reduction in population size around this time. In fact, the human population likely dropped to fewer than 10,000. We were holding on by a thread.

      Once the climate started to improve, after 70,000 years ago, we came back from this near-extinction event. The population expanded, and some intrepid explorers ventured beyond Africa. The earliest people to colonize the Eurasian landma-ss likely did so across the Bab-al-Mandab Strait separating present-day Yemen from Djibouti. These early beachcombers expanded rapidly along the coast to India, and reached Southeast Asia and Australia by 50,000 years ago. The first great foray of our species beyond Africa had led us all the way across the globe."

      And for your $199 check made out to National Geographic and a DNA swab:

      "Included in the markers we will test for is a subset that scientists have recently determined to be from our hominin cousins, Neanderthals and the newly discovered Denisovans, who split from our lineage around 500,000 years ago. As modern humans were first migrating out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals and Denisovans were still alive and well in Eurasia. It seems that our ancestors met, leaving a small genetic trace of these ancient relatives in our DNA. With Geno 2.0, you will learn if you have any Neanderthal or Denisovan DNA in your genome."

      January 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • It is Called

      It is Called Principles not theories.

      Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122)

      Geology and climate have shaped the development of life tremendously. This has occurred in the form of processes such as the oxygenation of the atmosphere, mass extinctions, tectonic drift, and disasters such as floods and volcanic eruptions. Life, particularly bacteria, has also been able to impact the geological makeup of the planet through metabolic processes.

      00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction
      02:16 – Chapter 2. The Oxygenation of the Atmosphere
      09:08 – Chapter 3. Evidence of Climate Change
      17:36 – Chapter 4. Geological Impact on Life
      29:37 – Chapter 5. Mass Extinctions
      42:19 – Chapter 6. Earthquakes, Eruptions, and Floods
      46:38 – Chapter 7. Conclusion

      Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

      This course was recorded in Spring 2009
      Category
      Education

      January 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Jenny, before you deign to tell us about evolution, it would behoove you to actually know what it is.

      January 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • IkeNewton

      So, Origin of Life, your creation myth (as a rational, nothing-but-the-facts atheist) is the following: Your deity, the Big Nothing (street names Biggie Nuttin', B. Nuttin', Biggie Nutt) created and designed all that exists from his Nuttin' brain. His Nuttin'ness could even violate the law of convservation of energy by creating Everything from Himself, that is from Nuttin'. In spite of His Nuttin'ness violating the laws of science, His followers (His "Nutt Jobs") view themselves as the apex of scientific thought and feel obliged to spread the Nothing to others. Incredible faith you guys have. Let us now join in the ancient Nuttin' Hymn, Dust in the Wind (and ignore its author's heresy in converting to Christianity).

      January 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • origin of Life

      Glad your principles are not mine.

      January 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  17. John Stefanyszyn

    Jan20:08:37/ President Obama will place his hand on the bible ( which declares the ONE God & Christ as His Son) ... BUT President Obama confesses and advances to all peoples and nations that it is RIGHT TO BE FREE to worship any god.

    He advances a "god of fortresses" which magnifies one's self rights, placing this way above the Holy Mountain, denying Christ as the One and Only True Way.

    BUT ONLY CHRIST WILL RULE.

    January 20, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • nope

      Christ is (and always has been) a lie.
      Sorry!

      January 20, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • End Religion

      Your god and book are a fraud. Obama's simply running he country the best he can. And look at that, it is rebounding!

      January 20, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Origin of Life

      Sorry john

      Evolution wins thumbs up, time for religion to get the hell out of the way !
      Morality is for chimps too go figure !
      Morality: It's not just for humans !
      http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/19/health/chimpanzee-fairness-morality/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

      January 20, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • Banjo Ferret

      I believe you mean that only Tim the Destroyer of Worlds will rule. Ferretianism is the one true religion. Repent! (banjoferret d c)

      January 20, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • Jenny

      Nonbelievers on this blog are the biggest whiners in the world. Congratulations. You finally arrived at being the best at something.

      January 20, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  18. AtheistSteve

    46 pages of marginally useful bits out of 787 pages(my KJV). Yeah that's about right. Although I would argue about it having the "most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man".

    January 20, 2013 at 7:45 am |
    • captain america

      Although the land to the north is our satellite we never need any input from its serfs, take a hike canuk you have no voice in Washington and your opinion rates less than an American dogs crap. There's your sign

      January 20, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • End Religion

      an average 10th grader could write kinder rules than exist in the bible.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • Jenny

      End Religion, "kinder rules"? You sound like a typical wimp that refuses to grow.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • End Religion

      Jenny doesn't your religion profess to be based on love? I would think it's rules would be kinder.

      January 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  19. truth be told

    All so called atheists are liars and this colon idiot is no exception in fact it is a prime example of what a dirty lying atheist does. Blatant lie or hidden lie or contextual lie it is all the same – a lie. All decent people are aware of how useless these atheist slugs are they only speak to themselves. What one atheist lies to the others swear to. An atheist has no use in this world or the next.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      You lie.

      Colin is correct. Thomas Jefferson did indeed publish an edited version of the Bible. History and truth are not on your side.

      January 20, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • captain america

      What part of your country was Jefferson from? Take a hike loser. There's your sign

      January 20, 2013 at 7:52 am |
    • truth be told

      What one atheist lies to another will swear to. Thanks for proving my point "stevie"

      January 20, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      captian america

      Jefferson is an element of history. A history we all share.

      TBT

      All I did was prove your lie. Easy to accomplish with idiots like you. Keep on demonstrating your ignorance for all to see.

      January 20, 2013 at 7:59 am |
    • End Religion

      Stephen Feinstein is that you?!?

      January 20, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  20. Colin

    I wish he had chosen the Bible of the man many regard as America’s greatest statesman, Thomas Jefferson.

    Jefferson considered the authors of the four canonical gospels to be totally untrustworthy and compiled his own bible in which he rejected the supernatural acts attributed to Jesus, including his resurrection. Jefferson instead focused on the moral and philosophical teachings of Jesus, which he regarded as the greatest moral code ever provided to mankind. It was Jefferson’s refusal to subscribe to the nonsense of the supernatural and his enlightened and deistic views that caused his opponents in the 1800 election to call him a “howling atheist.”

    Jefferson literally cut out the parts of the gospels he did accept and pasted them into what has become known as the “Jefferson Bible”. He called his work “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” He described his efforts in a letter to John Adams dated October 13, 1813 as follows:

    In extracting the pure principles which he taught, we should have to strip off the artificial vestments in which they have been muffled by priests..… or, shall I say at once, of nonsense. We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus, paring off the [ambiguities] …... There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book, and arranging the matter which is evidently his, and which is as easily distinguishable as diamonds in a dunghill. The result is an octavo of forty-six pages, of pure and unsophisticated doctrines.”

    In writing that he was extracting “diamonds from a dunghill” in excising the supernatural acts attributed to Jesus from his book, Jefferson came as close as any President of the United States to calling the gospels, well, a “pile of bulls.hit.”

    January 20, 2013 at 6:59 am |
    • Jenny

      Colin, in 2026 will be 200 years since Thomas Jefferson died. With that said, every year God unveils more of his truth written in the bible for those that seek. I am in awe of what has been unveiled up-to-date. Sorry to hear that this excitement escapes the nonbelievers.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • Akira

      What does the length Jefferson has been dead have to do with anything?
      His writings have remained as unchanged as the Bible's...

      January 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Jenny

      Akira, in the 200 years since Jefferson's death is 200 years of more unveiling of God's truth. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what I posted.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your post makes no sense whatsoever, Jenny.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Jenny

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, I see you crawled from under your rock today. Or, should I post, you jumped out of your banana tree to post a backup to your other handle. You are a joke and a liar.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • End Religion

      Jenny you have something backward. Every year, the bible's fraud becomes more clear. Evidence has mounted to the point that we know your favorite book is a total fraud. Churches are marrying gays. Priests are still molesting children left and right. MMA fighting means gladiatorial games are back in style. We understand your anger that religion has crumbled around your feet. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, accept you were scammed and get back to building a life being nice to people without the phony threats of an otherworldly concentration camp. Time for you to put on your Big Girl Pants.

      January 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Smithsonian

      "Colin, in 2026 will be 200 years since Thomas Jefferson died. With that said, every year God unveils more of his truth written in the bible for those that seek."

      The stories found in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1-12, such as the flood story, the record is quite different: the time period under consideration is much more ancient. The factual bases of the stories are hidden from our view archaeologically. The stories remain a part of folk traditions and were included in the Bible to illustrate and explain theological ideas such as: Where did humans come from? If humans were created by God (who is perfect and good), how did evil among them come to be? If we are all related as children of God, why do we speak different languages? It must be remembered that the Bible is primarily a book of religion, a guide to faith. it was not a book of history, poetry, economics, or science. It contains all sorts of literary genre, which are used to teach about the relationship between God and mankind. Even biblical history is edited history: events were chosen to illustrate the central theme of the Bible. The Biblical writers did not pretend they were giving a complete history; instead they constantly refer us to other sources for full historical details, sources such as "The Annals of the Kings of Judah" (or Israel).

      It is therefore not possible to try to "prove" the Bible by means of checking its historical or scientific accuracy. The only "proof" to which it can be subjected is this: Does it correctly portray the God-human relationship? In the best analysis, the Bible is a religious book, not an historical document.

      January 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • Colin

      Oh come on, Smithsonian. Before the Bible's creation story and history of the Jews was proven beyond all sane doubt to be mere mythology, it WAS touted as a book of science and history. Now that we know it is all BS, all of a sudden, it is not a book of science and history. That is a total cop out. apologist BS.

      The Bible is a collection of Pre-Dark Ages Christian supersti.tions stapled to the back of late Iron Age Jewish mythology. Its morality is barbaric, its literary style largely incomprehensible and its factual accuracy and internal consistency virtually non-existent.

      So knock off the slippery excuses and accept that your holy book is, as Jefferson put if, one big dunghill.

      January 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Akira

      No, Jenny, but your post obviously needs a Jenny decoder ring because what you said made no sense.
      So, 200 more years of God's truth has been revealed since Jefferson lived?
      Has the Bible been re-written to include said truths?
      No?
      Then what I wrote stands.

      January 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Akira

      Wait, what, Jenny?
      You think I'm Tom, Tom?
      Oh, that's hilarious!
      No, I'm not Tom, Tom....but I usually find that those who accuse others are guilty of the same behavior.

      January 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Thomas Jefferson has been dead for 200 years and christians continue to deny reality.

      January 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
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