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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead the Angelus prayer from the window of his appartmnents on February 17, 2013 at the Vatican.
February 17th, 2013
01:57 PM ET

Pope delivers one of his final messages

By Hada Messia and Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI led tens of thousands in a prayer for strength Sunday and thanked followers for their support during his second-to-last Angelus prayer as pontiff.

"Today we contemplate Christ in the desert, fasting, praying, and being tempted," the pope said to an unusually large crowd at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

"As we begin our Lenten journey, we join him and we ask him to give us strength to fight our weaknesses. Let me also thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me in these days. May God bless all of you!"

Read the full story here

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 19, 2013 at 6:52 am |
    • Science

      Education changes things for children Prayer does not.

      The End is Here.

      A War Without End, With Earth's Carbon Cycle Held in the Balance

      Feb. 13, 2013 — The greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years – it isn't over yet – and until now no one knew it existed, scientists reported Feb. 13 in the journal Nature.

      Peace

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213132323.htm

      February 19, 2013 at 6:58 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~

      February 19, 2013 at 8:30 am |
    • ..

      Same fucking bullshit every day. Yawn.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • just sayin

      Prayer is always in season. God bless

      February 19, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  2. Sara Howells

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcyW7rMYR7A

    February 19, 2013 at 4:00 am |
  3. Berks

    I just got paid $6784 working on my laptop using these simple steps leaked on this web page. Make up to $85 per hour doing simple tasks that are so easy to do that even a 10 year old kid can do it and be paid weekly! Here's what I've been doing Rich45.cøm

    February 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
  4. Milton

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioLEFRZP-_A

    February 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  5. Universe

    Verses regarding Mary in Quran (Islamic Scripture)

    “Mention in the scripture Mary. She isolated herself from her family, into an eastern location.” [19:16]

    “While a barrier separated her from them, we sent to her our Spirit. He went to her in the form of a human being.”

    She said, "I seek refuge in the Most Gracious, that you may be righteous."

    He said, "I am the messenger of your Lord, to grant you a pure son."

    She said, "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me; I have never been unchaste."

    He said, "Thus said your Lord, `It is easy for Me. We will render him a sign for the people, and mercy from us. This is a predestined matter.' "

    When she bore him, she isolated herself to a faraway place.

    The birth process came to her by the trunk of a palm tree. She said, "(I am so ashamed;) I wish I were dead before this happened, and completely forgotten."

    (The infant) called her from beneath her, saying, "Do not grieve. Your Lord has provided you with a stream.

    "If you shake the trunk of this palm tree, it will drop ripe dates for you.*

    "Eat and drink, and be happy. When you see anyone, say, `I have made a vow of silence, [to the Most Gracious]*; I am not talking today to anyone.' "

    She came to her family, carrying him. They said, "O Mary, you have committed something that is totally unexpected.

    "O descendant of Aaron, your father was not a bad man, nor was your mother unchaste."

    She pointed to him. They said, "How can we talk with an infant in the crib?"

    (The infant spoke and) said, "I am a servant of God. He has given me the scripture, and has appointed me a prophet.

    "He made me blessed wherever I go, and enjoined me to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat) for as long as I live.

    "I am to honor my mother; He did not make me a disobedient rebel.

    "And peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I get resurrected."

    “That was Jesus, the son of Mary, and this is the truth of this matter, about which they continue to doubt.”

    “It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, "Be," and it is.”

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to visit whyIslam org website.

    February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • ME II

      Interesting... but what's your point?

      February 18, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • ..

      The point is that you are wrong.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  6. Morning

    To Saraswati
    I agree that replies only encourage those like answerman, but iI imagine that like those of his ilk he will eventually change handles and continue, to bad the report abuse feature is a bad joke.

    February 18, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Saraswati

      I suspect he may end up hospitalised, but there's not much we can do about it.

      February 18, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • ..

      He's already here.

      February 18, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  7. Science

    CNN should collect all data from these forums an publish an article on results of debates.

    Might be interesting.

    Peace

    February 18, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • December

      Nobody wins.

      February 18, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • Science

      Facts do.

      Peace

      The END IS NEAR and HERE !!! Facts work Best for children.

      A War Without End, With Earth's Carbon Cycle Held in the Balance

      Feb. 13, 2013 — The greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years – it isn't over yet – and until now no one knew it existed, scientists reported Feb. 13 in the journal Nature.

      Peace
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213132323.htm

      February 18, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • December

      Love wins. 🙂

      February 18, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Science

      Biologically love is a survial tool hard wired.

      Peace

      No reply needed

      February 18, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • December

      Spiritually love is unconditional and beautiful. It is not just something we learn about from a biology book.

      February 18, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • ..

      *eye roll*

      February 18, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • ..

      smug smile.

      February 18, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Rollo Tomasi

      Since religious people have no evidence for anything they claim, the book would be on the fallacies they use to in place of facts, evidence, and proper argumentation.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  8. Answerman

    Some 88% of US adult citizens claim "Christianity" as their religion, with millions more being legal and illegal immigrants making that same claim of Christianity.
    The remaining 12% of American adults belong to non-christian religions or simply are among the very small minority of people with no belief in God at all.
    How did these "christians" come to have a nationwide AIDS epidemic? A natiomwide obesity epidemic? With a court system bogged down by so many law cases both civil and criminal?
    And is why God does not hear most prayers nor answer them. The "power of prayer" claim is one made by those who only claim to love Jesus yet do not know him because they do not follow his way of life nor do they follow his commands. They write and sing songs about Jesus and try to make Jesus appear to be a good buddy, one recent country&western hit made Jesus out to be a prospective drinking buddy...another calls God "the man upstairs" of all things.
    Jesus Christ is not anyones buddy. He is the king of God's kingdom.

    February 18, 2013 at 9:28 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      AvdBerg is a TROLL on this site, they are proven liars and are only here to sell their book and website for their cult.

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll !

      February 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • End Religion

      Answerman, can you tell us about the Nephilim and their connection to pharmakeia? Were there Nephilim men and Nephilim women?

      February 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  9. Morning

    Let us all hope that Answerman has access to a computer from the inst1tution he is currently incarcerated in; failing that I hope he will not be able to find the key to his parents gun locker.

    February 18, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  10. Answerman

    Yes. 11 Catholic Archdicese have filed for bankrupcy relief not being able to afford out of court settlements offered to victims families of boys rayped by priests.
    That men calling themselves "christian" do these sorts of things is no reflection on Jesus Christ nor his heavenly Father. These are just further evidences as to why God will allow governments to bannish even Christian religions of America. Most all are led by filthy rich men made fat from money dedicated to God, also religious organiziations not paying taxes on profits. And all Christian religious leaders keep child molesters secret from the police as do their gossipy wives.
    Just for failing to alert the proper authorities about child abuse in the church FOR DECADES, these religions should be shut down and with many religious leaders imprisoned.

    February 18, 2013 at 9:07 am |
    • ?

      Yes. You are delusional. Please seek help immediately.
      In addition to being profoundly delusional, you are misogynistic and extremely self-centered.

      February 18, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • Saraswati

      Please folks, look up logorrhea and schizophasia before bothering to answer these and like posts. I don't think this guy is even reading the answers, but some of these folks are.

      February 18, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      AvdBerg is a TROLL on this site, they are proven liars and are only here to sell their book and website for their cult.

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll!,

      February 18, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • ME II

      @Saraswati,
      Thanks for the word: schizophasia
      It seems like a perfect diagnosis for Lionly Lamb and his perambulating wordisms.

      February 18, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • Saraswati

      @ME II, Lionly Lamb is an interesting case because his fluency varies from day to day.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • End Religion

      yes, "logorrhea and schizophasia" seem to cover about 40% of the religious posts here.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @End Religion, Though I wouldn't put the estimate quite as high, it certainly is a pretty large percent. I guess once you're exhibiting logorrhea you can counted on to take up more than a representative share of space.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  11. Answerman

    True that most all prayers go unheard by God. God only listens to honest hearted individuals whom His son has approved. There is only one way to get God to listen to your prayers, and that way is your obeying Christ's commands.
    "If they truly loved me, they would follow my commands" said Jesus Christ of those claiming to know and love him, yett did not follow him and The Way he made for us to appeal to God in prayer.
    Sadly, most prayers are not in line with God's will and are made by people who do not even know what commands Jesus gave let-alone follow the ones they do know of.
    If your son died saving other peoples lives, you yourself would not listen to those people if they dissed your son.

    February 18, 2013 at 8:50 am |
    • ..

      Vain asshole, aren't you Nothingman? You really have no shame at all, do you??

      February 18, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • Science

      660 million paid out for s-ex crimes in L A

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-pope-resignation-immunity-idUSBRE91E0ZI20130215

      February 18, 2013 at 9:03 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      God allowed us to be deceived? Why is that? Isn't all this a bit like a parent bringing children to a park populated by dealers of meth and crack and allowing those children to run freely among them and make friends with them?

      February 18, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • Madtown

      ...and that way is your obeying Christ's commands
      -----–
      "But, I've never heard of Christ. How can I obey his commands, if I don't know what they are?"

      – signed,
      A human being WHO GOD PLACED in an area of the world where christianity doesn't exist, and isn't practiced(meaning it's not a universal truth for all of humanity).

      February 18, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      AvdBerg is a TROLL on this site, they are proven liars and are only here to sell their book and website for their cult.

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll!;

      February 18, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • tallulah13

      Hey, maybe one of you true believers could ask god why there is no evidence to support his existence. Maybe you could ask him why all the big, showy miracles stopped by the time the bible was written. You could ask him why nowadays the best he can do is a picture of Jesus (or perhaps the Zig-Zag man) on a piece of toast.

      And maybe you could ask him why he had to wait 1500 years for his believers to take him to the New World. Couldn't he have gone ahead without them? He's the omnipotent creator of the universe, right? Why did he need a boat?

      February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • .

      T13, the Zig Zag Man? ROTFLMAO! Yanno...now that you mention it...

      February 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  12. Morning

    The rumor is they are going to try and pass old Ratzinger through the eye of a needle one little chunk at a time so he can make it to heaven, with all his other sins he wouldn't possibly make it.

    February 18, 2013 at 8:43 am |
    • Science

      660 million paid out for s-ex crimes in L A

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-pope-resignation-immunity-idUSBRE91E0ZI20130215

      February 18, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  13. Answerman

    Evil did not always exist for mankind. Adam, a man identified as genuine by Jesus Christ and also listed as one of Christ's ancestors in Luke ch. 3, was not created as an evil man. He was perfect just as Jesus was perfect as a man.
    After Adam spent untold years giving names to every single animal,and insect in his garden homeland, he became lonely for a mate and saw all the other aninals had mates. And so God made Eve for Adam.
    Just as Satan tempted Jesus for 40 days and offered him anything he wanted...even all of the kingdoms of the world that are all owned by Satan were offered trying to decieve Jesus, so did satan try to decieve Adam but couldn't just as he couldn't decieve Jesus no-matter what he tried. Both were men, and both were perfect.in mind and body.
    Satan had very little trouble decieving Eve though, and Eve was able to decieve Adam into breaking God's law with her.. THIS is how evil entered the world of mankind, and so evil did not always exist for mankind as many claim.

    February 18, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Why are you rehashing that old mythical tale?

      February 18, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • ..

      OMG, shut the fuck up! Pompus azzpuppet! Answer some questions, ANSWERMAN!!!!

      February 18, 2013 at 8:41 am |
    • Mirosal

      If you REALLY believe the Adam and Eve story, please seek intense therapy .. NOW. There are just too many things wrong with that whole set-up to be even remotely believable.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:43 am |
    • Saraswati

      I find it difficult to believe that anyone who's taken even basic undergraduate psych classes could be this misinformed about how humans function. Just out of curiosity, have you taken even the most basic education in psychology?

      February 18, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • Science

      Are you choking on the talking snake ? Sounds like it !!!

      February 18, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • Morning

      What you are posting is BS, if you agree, please, make another post, thank you.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • sam stone

      answerman: posting drivel from your book is not an answer to anything, other than about the book

      February 18, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • ..

      Here's one of his gems:
      Answerman says:
      February 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm
      The reason why guns and bloody violence play a larger role in cases where people addicted to SSRI anti-depressants go on shooting rampages is due to SSRIs being designed to inhibit the REM sleep cycle and these addicts spend so many thousands of hours playing violent RPG video games that feature guns and so these are the thoughts pounded into the minds of addicts experiencing daytime induced walking nightmares.
      He also said that Ritalin and Chrystal Meth are SSRI's in another post! Clearly this nut hasn't any idea of what he's talking about........he needs to get a clue.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:48 am |
    • Saraswati

      Unfortunately he reads like someone who just went off his meds, which would account for the anti-pharmaceuticals rant. I hope there's someone nearby to catch things before they get worse. (Since this is starting to look like a mental illness problem it might be best just to stay out of it.)

      February 18, 2013 at 8:53 am |
    • ?

      If I had to make a Dx, based on these posts, I would Dx a bipolar disorder with a borderline personality disorder.

      February 18, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • Madtown

      Adam was perfect just as Jesus was perfect as a man
      ------–
      "Perfect" beings don't make mistakes. Perfect beings don't "sin". Therefore, no fall of man. Without the fall of man, christianity falls flat. I'm so sorry for your loss.

      February 18, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  14. Answerman

    It is not in the nature of humanity for nationwide obesity epidemics to happen, aaand it certainly isn't natural for parents to do nothing as their children and pets also start to become obese.
    And it's a no-brainer that Christians would treat their own body as a temple unto The Lord and never allow ANY mind-altering drugs to alter their minds and would seek wisdom rather than pharmakeia for dealing with depression related issues.

    February 18, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • 100 million year old crocodile

      Go find Topher, Chad, Live4Him, Robert Brown, Fred, John, Red , and December they MIGHT be able to help....

      But have not heard from them for awhile so it might be hard locating them Chomp Chomp Chomp...

      From the swamp.

      OK

      February 18, 2013 at 8:20 am |
    • ?

      Pure, unadulterated vanity writing. That's the bad part of humanity's nature.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • sam stone

      'And it's a no-brainer that Christians would treat their own body as a temple unto The Lord and never allow ANY mind-altering drugs to alter their minds and would seek wisdom rather than pharmakeia for dealing with depression related issues."

      Faith IS a mind altering drug

      February 18, 2013 at 8:49 am |
    • sam stone

      Also, "answerman" go to a church social and see how many obese christians treat their bodies as temples......meaning further and further expansion onto it

      February 18, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  15. Answerman

    ALL modern bible translations mistranslate the original word bible writers used to describe the taking of mind-altering pharmaceuticals. 'Pharmakeia' is the original word and it literally means "druggery" in english, and is the greek word we derive our words 'pharmacy' and 'pharmaceuiticals' from. Every single modern bible claims phaarmakeia is the practice of witchcraft, sorcery, and spiritism.
    If one wants to know what God's word truly says, one must check the manuscripts used for translating the bible that one is reading or one can never be sure if the translated words aren't mistranslations..

    February 18, 2013 at 8:02 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      You mean what man says, not god.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • ?

      Uh huh. Everyone translated it incorrectly except YOU. Such hubris!

      February 18, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • lol??

      Besides playin' with the genetics of drugs they're doin' it with the food, too. Think that'll work out??

      February 18, 2013 at 8:17 am |
    • 100 million year old crocodile

      Go find Topher, Chad, Live4Him, Robert Brown, Fred, John, Red , and December they MIGHT be able to help....

      But have not heard from them for awhile so it might be hard locating them Chomp Chomp Chomp...

      From the swamp.

      OK

      February 18, 2013 at 8:18 am |
    • Morning

      Last try to get an answer out of this freak poster. Intresting that god being god and all, would set down his word in different languages and in such an ambigious fashion that there are so many interpretations of the "word". Kind of makes your mythical god look pretty stupid, don't you think, then again you probably don't think on your own. do you?

      February 18, 2013 at 8:20 am |
    • Saraswati

      It looks like there are a few people traveling down this particular path of lunacy. Here's a whole page on it, but it was too incoherent for me to get through much:

      http://www.theopenscroll.com/pharmakeia.htm

      There's some good stuff on how the olympic rings are "evangelizing for Zeus".

      February 18, 2013 at 8:34 am |
    • End Religion

      Saraswati, thx for link. I liked the "In Closing" which, after relentless and unrelated paragraphs of insanity, begins, "There's an obvious lesson here."

      He does have some good advice for those who need medication (with a tip of the hat to the mighty Led Zeppelin), imploring them to relabel their meds with: ""Warning," taking this drug may increase your susceptibility to demonic influence. Long term use may lead to unpleasant side effects such as but not limited to falling under satanic spells, demonic possession, and antichrist delusion. Destruction may occur. If a bustle occurs in your hedgerow while taking this drug, please stop taking it immediately and call your friendly ministering saints who can seek the Lord with you for deliverance.""

      Bob Schlenker is a party animal!

      February 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @End Religion, LOL, good stuff.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  16. Answerman

    Only those ignorant of God and God's word believe the earth was created in 6 literal days. Nowhere does the bible say how long God spent. "In the beginning" is all that the bible has to say about when God created the universe and the earth. AFTER creation, God then spent a few of His huge days as He prepared the already created earth to be inhabited.
    Those who claim God causes earthquakes or that God made AIDS to kill hom ose xuals do not know God at all, and certainly don't take Him on his word. Both AIDS and earthquakes kill innocent victims, something that God has never done nor ever would do.
    And this idea that God sends people to a place called "Hell" is utterly rediculous and nowhere to be found in God's word. The word 'hell' wasn't even in ANY bible until more modern translations were made. In our oldest bibles and manuscripts, the word bible writers used was 'grave' or 'pit', NOT "HELL".

    February 18, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • ?

      Yep. Just rambling on without responding to anyone. I'll bet he runs around telling people he's a famous internet blogger, since he posts things and never replies. Writing for himself. Arrogant.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Your imaginary never killed innocents? Wow, haven't read your buybull have you???? I think you're missing the apparent flood here.
      Not to mention the numerous killings that have been done in the name of your imaginary friend.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      oops should have read 'Your imaginary friend'

      February 18, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • Morning

      Why would you come to a blog to cut, pasre and post your BS that can be found on any christian apolgetics web site and not answer the other posters questions? Your handle Ansewrman should be Aszholeman or you could just STFU.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 18, 2013 at 7:21 am |
    • nope

      nope

      February 18, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • yup

      YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 18, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Oh look. The illiterate hillbillies are at it again.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • Science

      The END IS NEAR and HERE !!! Facts work Best for children.

      A War Without End, With Earth's Carbon Cycle Held in the Balance

      Feb. 13, 2013 — The greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years – it isn't over yet – and until now no one knew it existed, scientists reported Feb. 13 in the journal Nature.

      Peace
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213132323.htm

      February 18, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~

      February 18, 2013 at 8:32 am |
    • ..

      Afgain?

      February 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  18. Answerman

    Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and one of them was his true love, and so his personal lifestyle choice left him with no other choice than to hope there is no God who considers extramarital affairs violations of law just as Americans used to. What sodomite hopes God's words of law are true? What greedy person hopes in God? What warmonger believes God's word to beat our swords into farming tools?

    February 18, 2013 at 7:12 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Hope isn't required to dismiss the concept of a god. Only the opposite requires hope...and gullibility.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:18 am |
    • ?

      You're sounding more unbalanced with every post..lol...don't think your gonna convince anyone to drink your kool-aid...

      February 18, 2013 at 7:20 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Answerman hasn't even figured out how to ask any questions let alone arrive at any answers.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:24 am |
    • ..

      TJ saw the wisdom of separation of church and state, thankfully!!

      February 18, 2013 at 7:24 am |
    • ?

      Yeah, what's up with that? Is he just posting to see himself published? Who needs lectures, especially those as boring as these? Lol!

      February 18, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • Morning

      What greedy person hopes in god?
      You are kidding! Every RCC pope since Paul got the scam up and running thought more about the bottom line and accu*mulation of wealth than the welfare of the sheep, biblical greed indeed.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      I'm thinking his presuppositional apologetics provide all the answers he needs to describe reality as he sees it. It's sad really. Rather than find the true motivations behind the things he posts he finds himself mired in "God did it" or "the Devil is at work" pitiful excuses.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:36 am |
  19. Answerman

    Americans are more enslaved to drugs and money these days than ever before. Proof can be seen in a nationwide war on drugs that has yet to be won and the fact that Americans now spend more on drugs than on national defense. America's ginourmous government debt and huge public debt are proof of US pursuing fleeting riches on the biblical scale where money eventually becomes as worthless as toilet paper.
    Nationwide obesity epidemics are not natural and have never occured in all of the histories of nations. Greed has also reached biblical proportions even to the point where some even say greed is good and they have big bones, not obesity.
    If there is no God, there is no future. Something as simple as the AIDS pandemic could erase humans off of the earth forever if there was no true God.

    February 18, 2013 at 7:02 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      There is no God and the future will unfold just fine without one.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:07 am |
    • ?

      Oh are you that same guy that posted here about two months ago, named I think Philip or Patrick or something like that? He was talking about the same stuff you are. Except about Nazis and Flying saucers too. Hilarious! And lots of folks think that god GAVE the world AIDS. Hmmmm?

      February 18, 2013 at 7:07 am |
    • Science

      Fossil find is oldest European yet
      !,2 million years old
      http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080326/full/news.2008.691.html

      Fossil record also works !

      Peace

      February 18, 2013 at 7:11 am |
    • Morning

      Speaking of greed, the RCC is ramping up the sale on indulgences (get out of purgatory quick card) and Ratzinger will do a meet and greet for a discount price before he shuffles of the scene, only ten days left. Getting enough cash flow from the sheep is a challenge since all the payouts to the se*x scandal victims and the shut down of the lucrative money laundering business.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • Morning

      Off not of.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:26 am |
    • ?

      Purgatory. Limbo. Baloney.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:29 am |
    • lol??

      "AtheistSteve
      There is no God and the future will unfold just fine without one.".............Prophecy. Ain't that an A&A doin' some copy cattin'? Lookin' mo and mo like a religion. Tricky.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:45 am |
    • ?

      So weathermen giving the forcast is prophecy as you define it, lol??

      February 18, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      @lol??

      No prophecy involved. The future will unfold just fine on its own. I didn't say the future of mankind will also. Big difference there.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:52 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      oh but Steve, speaking to Lol is like speaking to the snow on your car...rather pointless in the grand scheme of it.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:57 am |
    • lol??

      AAaahh, I see. A weasel bigot prophet.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:58 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      lol: Congrats on properly labeling yourself and Answerman!

      February 18, 2013 at 8:10 am |
  20. Answerman

    Hogwash. Every single prophecy Jesus ever made has come true, other than the few that remain to be fulfilled.
    A hundred years ago, if someone were to say men would be legally getting married, you and everyone else would laugh. Yet over 2,000 years ago, in Christ's prophecies concerning the end times "men marrying" was one of the nearly 200 prophecies that have been fulfilled. "Love of the greater number cooling off" is another prophecy that has come true and can be seen by simply observing how we treat each other on the road while driving compared to years ago, and by noting our old near-zero % divorce rate compared to todays 85% rate.
    "Men living in fear in expectation of things occuring on the earth" is clearly a true prophecy fulfilled as fears of terrorism and earthquakes are projected as certainties for the future have reached epidemic proportions as never before.
    Also prophecied is mankind soon coming to enjoy the most prosperous and peaceful times ever known, with worldwide peace being declared.

    February 18, 2013 at 6:41 am |
    • End Religion

      None of it is prophecy. The entire book is fiction. With your logic, Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs & Ham is prophecy because it talks of someone eating ham. You're just a small-minded human lost in superstition.

      February 18, 2013 at 6:52 am |
    • Science

      To Answerman the END IS NEAR and HERE !!! Facts work the BEST.

      A War Without End, With Earth's Carbon Cycle Held in the Balance

      Feb. 13, 2013 — The greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years – it isn't over yet – and until now no one knew it existed, scientists reported Feb. 13 in the journal Nature.

      Peace
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213132323.htm

      February 18, 2013 at 6:57 am |
    • Reality

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther once "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      February 18, 2013 at 6:58 am |
    • ?

      No reason men shouldn't marry. Women either. Sometimes even to each other. Pretty much nunya.

      February 18, 2013 at 6:59 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Hogwash is precisely the term needed to describe anything in the Bible as fullfilled prophecy. Much like all the hullabaloo attributed to Nostadamus. Vague generalities can be assumed to be prophecy of whatever one wishes.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:00 am |
    • Reality

      And some final words from Thomas Jefferson:

      "And the day will come,
      when the mystical generation of Jesus,
      by the Supreme Being as His Father,
      in the womb of a virgin,
      will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva
      in the brain of Jupiter.

      - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
      Letter to John Adams, from Monticello, April 11, 1823.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:00 am |
    • Sue

      Answerman, your claims about Jesus' prophecy are complete baloney. Enough stuff happens over time that you can "prophecy" a whole lot of events and eventually, they will happen.

      Easy to say "bad stuff is gonna happen" and some time later, that will surely be right, but present even one prophecy that has a specific date in it, and then show how the prophesied event later happened on that exact date. So far, no one has ever been able to do that reproducibly.

      Present proof, or have enough fiber to retract your claims if you can't present proof, please. Actually, if you don't present the proof, we'll assume that you've retracted.

      February 18, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • ..

      Sue, he hasn't answered yet...and I don't think he will. I saw this same guy on the prayer prevents violence blog, and he went on and on and on and then just said later....without answering any questions about his outrageous bull. A bloviating blow hard.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • Saraswati

      Where do you get an 85% divorce rate? That is an absurd figure out of line with every research statistic and demographic analysis. Please provide a source because it is clear to anyone with basic statistical knowledge that you are either making stuff up or talking about some obscure marriage statistic.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:42 am |
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