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February 27th, 2013
11:35 AM ET

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(CNN)– Justin Bieber's pastor, Judah Smith, says his book 'Jesus Is" challenges people to have a discussion about who Jesus was.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. .

    Krishna is King of KIngs, Lord of Lords, Lamb of God, Redeemer, Savior, Good Shepherd, Son of God, Messiah, the Word, Emmanuel, Bread of Life, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Healer, Holy One, Forgiver of sins, Friend! Thank you Lord...

    February 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  2. .

    MIRTHA is King of KIngs, Lord of Lords, Lamb of God, Redeemer, Savior, Good Shepherd, Son of God, Messiah, the Word, Emmanuel, Bread of Life, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Healer, Holy One, Forgiver of sins, Friend! Thank you Lord...

    February 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • Jesus

      MIRTHA
      lol

      February 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Facts

      From a quick examination of the Mithras tradition, we can see that he is formed from the rock of a mountain. His birthday celebration was later adopted at the winter solstice, just as the Roman Catholics did for the birth of Christ. Mithras was not a teacher like Jesus. He did not have twelve disciples like Jesus. He may have offered his followers immortality, as this was common for deity mythologies of all kinds. He was believed to have performed miracles, like other deities. He did not sacrifice himself for the world as did Jesus. There is no evidence that Mithras ever died, was ever buried or ever resurrected. In a similar way, there is no evidence that Mithras was ever called the “Good Shepherd” or associated with the lamb. He was loosely associated to the lion in that he was a sun-god associated to Leo. Mithras has never been called the “Way, the Truth and the Light,” the “Logos,” “Redeemer,” “Savior” nor “Messiah.” He was called a “mediator” but in a very different way than Jesus. Followers of Mithras did celebrate on Sunday in the years FOLLOWING the Christian celebration of the “Lord’s Day”, and while Mithras followers did fellowship together, they did not celebrate a Eucharist of any kind. So in hindsight, how similar is Mithras to Jesus after all?

      February 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Facts

      Mithra
      Was born of a virgin on December 25th, in a cave, attended by shepherds
      Was considered a great traveling teacher and master
      Had 12 companions or disciples
      Promised his followers immortality
      Performed miracles
      Sacrificed himself for world peace
      Was buried in a tomb and after three days rose again
      Was celebrated each year at the time of His resurrection (later to become Easter)
      Was called “the Good Shepherd”
      Was identified with both the Lamb and the Lion
      Was considered to be the “Way, the Truth and the Light,” and the “Logos,” “Redeemer,” “Savior” and “Messiah.”
      Celebrated Sunday as His sacred day (also known as the “Lord’s Day,”)
      Celebrated a Eucharist or “Lord’s Supper”

      February 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Don't be a coward

      "Was born of a virgin on December 25th, in a cave, "

      Nope. An atheist's lie.

      February 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
  3. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill would not is not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well and don't want to violate their beliefs.

    Recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    On sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    =================================================
    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  4. M.Weber

    Jesus is real, and deals with real life in all its pain and hope, ugliness and beauty.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      prove it

      February 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • M.Weber

      Prove me wrong.

      February 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Roger that

      Nice come-back Weber. Moron.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:12 am |
  5. Correctlycenter

    JESUS CHRIST is King of KIngs, Lord of Lords, Lamb of God, Redeemer, Savior, Good Shepherd, Son of God, Messiah, the Word, Emmanuel, Bread of Life, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Healer, Holy One, Forgiver of sins, Friend! Thank you Lord...

    February 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      prove it *sigh*

      February 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • NClaw441

      Severe– This is not a matter capable of proof. It is a matter of faith. Some have that faith, others do not (yet?). Although I am of the Christian faith, I understand and tolerate that others do not believe as I do. Of course, I believe I am right, just as you do, but neither of us could ever prove our positions.

      February 28, 2013 at 8:35 am |
  6. Aydin

    ...not as original or special as his followers like to believe.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
  7. Satan

    my bitch.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      lol

      February 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • humanistJohn420

      ROFL

      March 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  8. Jesus

    A mythological figure who, Christians claim is the son of god and god at the same time. He impregnated his mother with himself so that he could later sacrifice himself to himself to free his creation from eternal torment that he devised as a punishment for failing to believe he is who he says he is.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Live4Him

      Jesus : A mythological figure

      Lets presume that you're right for a moment. At my natural death, I would be willing to go to the grave forever more if God does not exist. Now, lets presume that you're wrong for a moment. Would you be willing to spend eternity in hell if God does exist? How sure are you that your conclusion is right?

      February 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      Live4Him,

      Lets presume that you're right for a moment. At my natural death, I would be willing to go to the grave forever more if God does not exist. Now, lets presume that you're wrong for a moment. Would you be willing to spend eternity in hell if God does exist?

      Yes, because that is not a god I would want to spend eternity with.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Tommy

      My version of hell is spending more than 2 hours within 10 miles of Live4Him.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
    • Aydin

      Jesus, that pretty much sums it up.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ L4H

      How are you sure that your god is the right one? What if Quetzalcoatl is the true god?

      Is Pascal's Wager the best you can do?

      February 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • Genious!

      @Tommy

      Yet you keep coming to this blog. And reading what he says. Sounds like you want to be in hell.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Jesus

      @Live4Him
      How sure are you that your conclusion is right?

      Probably as sure as your conclusions about Zeus, Odin, Ra, etc, etc…

      February 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Really?

      "Yet you keep coming to this blog. And reading what he says. Sounds like you want to be in hell."

      Hell does not exist.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • *

      @Genious, (?) Are you full of Genis or something?

      A genius you are not...

      February 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • Genious!

      Hey Mr. Really? "My version of hell is spending more than 2 hours within 10 miles of Live4Him. – Tommy Tommy believes in hell. It exists for him.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      lives4him

      AGAIN your arguments are not enough to convince me of anything. Go home

      February 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Lie4him again using pascals wager as an argument

      February 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @myweightinwords : Yes, because that is not a god I would want to spend eternity with.

      Well, at least you were brave enough to answer the question directly. But I do feel sorry for you. 🙁

      -------

      @Doobs : How are you sure that your god is the right one?

      Pretty sure. All the evidence points that direction.

      @Doobs : What if Quetzalcoatl is the true god?

      Then so be it.

      @Doobs : Is Pascal's Wager the best you can do?

      It was enough that you were afraid to answer the question.

      -------

      @CrossCountry : AGAIN your arguments are not enough to convince me of anything.

      Would any arguments convince you if they were contrary to your apriori conclusions?

      February 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Tommy

      Except, I am not within 10 miles of Live4Him. Laughing at his stupidity on the internet is a far cry from having to deal with him in person.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      lives4him

      I am open to reasonable discussion. You don't bring that to the table.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • NClaw441

      Live4Him– I am a Christian. It is my faith, through grace, given by God (Eph. 2:8). I don't think we can deal with faith as you suggest. I don't think we can simply choose to believe or not. We can search for God, and be open to faith, but we can't reduce it to mere logic. Your argument about believing in God is better, whether it turns out that God exists or not is a great argument, but not a basis for belief.

      February 28, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  9. Shazam

    A legendary super-hero, perhaps based on a real itinerant preacher in ancient Palestine.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  10. Doc Vestibule

    The Easter Zombie

    February 27, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Science

      Hey Doc

      With nuts in the basket.

      February 27, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • CrossCountry

      I am allergic to nuts...of the peanut variety...

      February 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  11. Satan

    Muhammad is Satan.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • BurntOffering

      No he is not; I Am Satan, Risen and Reborn In The Flesh of a Woman

      February 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  12. LOL!

    a liar and a copy of other pagan Gods.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  13. Hahahahahahahah

    a liberal. All you GOPers and read it in the bible (a.k.a how NOT to be a GOPer). Hahahahahahahaha

    February 27, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  14. Rundvelt

    false.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:50 am |
  15. Woody

    A long dead Jewish hippie, possibly mentally ill, executed for trying to fight City Hall. The "dying for your sins" story was invented much later.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  16. Kenton

    Just alright with me.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Kenton

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3aYJibxMOQ

      February 27, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • Akira

      Like.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  17. Kee

    ...Lord.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Tommy

      Yeah, if you believe everything you read.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
  18. Doobs

    fake.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • Science

      Maybe nuts.(haha)

      February 27, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      and he was prob gay

      February 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  19. Michelle

    awesome!

    February 27, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Yes he is..he is a great landscaper for A & A Lawncare

      February 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  20. Jizelle

    The Messiah, savior of mankind!

    February 27, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      proooove it

      February 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Deborah from Judges

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7NoF-N0y1aA

      February 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
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