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February 27th, 2013
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Fill in the blank: Jesus is____

(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. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus of Nazareth forever more will be God

    February 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus of Nazareth was God

    February 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  3. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus of Nazareth is God

    February 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  4. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus of Nazareth is Savior of the world

    February 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  5. Bootyfunk

    talk to the zoroastrianists - they still believe in mitra.

    sorry, christians, you're reaching. it's obvious christianity took EVERYTHING from mitra/zoroastrianism. the concepts of one god, judgment, angelology, apocalypse, concern for life after death and satan were plagiarized. chrstianity wouldn't exist without it having "borrowed" from other mythologies/religions. want to read about the garden of eden before there was a bible? check out the epic of gilgamesh - garden, tree of knowledge, talking snake and all.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Jerry Fallswell

      It is hard to copy something that came after the original events.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      it sure is. but i'm sure your point is that mitra came a 1000 years before yahweh.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Jerry Fallswell

      Impossible, YHWH was the name given of the creator God.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  6. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus is Lord

    February 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Jack is Lord...Star of the original Hawaii Five-0

      February 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  7. Madtown

    Fill in the blank: Jesus is____
    ---
    ...........someone who not everyone in this world has heard of. The teachings credited to him are good, however many of God's human creations won't ever learn of them, because of a lack of access. How can his message be the "only way to God", when so many won't even know of it? Quick answer is, it can't.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • lol??

      Not to worry, they're your relatives.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • 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 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  9. HotAirAce

    very likely a fraud, worshipped by the mentally ill.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Hit Like button

      February 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  10. Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

    Jesus is quite dead if he even existed at all

    February 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  11. Newton

    An absent father

    February 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  12. Which God?

    Jesus is... a myth.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      well he was allegedly male so wouldn't he be myth-ter.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Mike Tyson

      @ Richard Cranium

      Thath's tho true!

      February 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Which God?

      RC. That was a three pointer.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • sam stone

      Thinth he hung out with a bunth of guyth, I suppose the mythter thing would be right

      February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  13. Richard Cranium

    Jesus is....my mechanic. Jesus Martinez....good mechanic fairly priced.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • Which God?

      AIIIIIIIR BALL. Super old and overused joke.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • Which God?

      A scro.tum sukker is using my handle. A real tw.at.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • sam stone

      Jesus Martinez was a great character on Hill Street Blues.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  14. Athena

    Zeus is LORD! To the glory of God the Father.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  15. Paul

    Jesus is Attis

    February 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  16. Topher

    ... LORD! To the glory of God the Father.

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

      as if capitalizing the whole thing makes it real.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      If Christians shout it loud enough they can't hear anything but themselves... which I believe is the point.

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

      The truth is so wonderful it makes me want to shout. Sorry if that offends you.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • sam stone

      The father must have real issues to need to be constantly glorified

      February 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      It amuses us for a human being to think that they are in possession of The Ultimate Truth (TM).

      February 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  17. Sharon

    Jesus is MIthras

    February 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  18. Doobs

    an easy way to make beaucoup tax free $$$, especially if you're lucky enough to have a "celebrity" in your congregation.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  19. .

    Horus 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 12:24 pm |
  20. .

    Mithras 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 12:24 pm |
    • Topher

      We already established months ago that Mithras stole its tenants from Christianity.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ Topher

      We already established months ago that Mithras stole its tenants from Christianity.

      No, you decided that. Just like you decide the truth for everyone every day.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Facts

      From an 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 12:33 pm |
    • Facts

      Mithra
      Was born of a virM/b>gin 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 12:36 pm |
    • Which God?

      Topher, you are dead wrong. The Mithraic religion is much older than your cult is. You are a disengenous liar. Please show evidence that you religionis older. Bo not use your babble verses, Use cold, hard facts. Opinions not welcome, they aren't facts.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Topher

      Nope. Not my decision. Google it. It's just a fact. Mithra around before Christianity and looked nothing like it. Then the events of the Bible happened. Suddenly, it looks a LOT like Christianity. Mighty convenient.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Facts

      The Mithraic religion WAS SUPER SECRET.

      The earliest writings we have by them are in the 4th Century. And even that text is highly questioned by experts.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Science

      Topher your jesus is a piece of ___________ stuck on your shoe

      February 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Facts

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithra

      @Facts

      Mithra
      Was born of a virM/b>gin 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”

      There is No support for this.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • Topher

      "While there are several sources that suggest that Mithraism included a notion of rebirth, they are all post-Christian. The earliest...dates from the end of the second century A.D."

      Bill Wilson from "The Best of Josh McDowell

      February 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • Doobs

      You mean Josh McDowell, the christian apologist? Not exactly an unbiased source.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      the jesus myth is plagiarized from other mythologies. follow the trail and compare. Mitra, Dionysus, Osiris and more. there is no good evidence jesus was ever a real person. sowwy.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Really?

      "From an examination of the Mithras tradition, we can see that he is formed from the rock of a mountain"

      As the incarnation of Ahura-Mazda on earth, Mithras's job was to be the "judger of souls." He labored to protect the souls of the righteous from the demonic hoard of Ahriman. Persian tradition said Mithras was the one born of Anahita, the immaculate virgin called "the Mother of God." She conceived him from the seed of Zoroaster (later called Zarathustra by the Greeks) that had been preserved in the waters of Lake Hamun in the province of Sistan in Persia. Called "the Light of the World," Mithras was the mediator between heaven and Earth. Born in midwinter, he remained celibate all his life.

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

      We have as much evidence of Jesus and Mithra as we do of Mithrandir.

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

      "Allegations of an early Christian dependence on Mithraism have been rejected on many grounds. Mithraism had no concept of the death and resurrection of its god and no place for any concept of rebirth - at least during its early stages...During the early stages of the cult, the notion of rebirth would have been foreign to its basic outlook...Moreover, Mithraism was basically a military cult. Therefore, one must be skeptical about suggestions that it appealed to nonmilitary people like the early Christians."

      R. Nash from "Christianity and the Helenistic World

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

      @ Doobs

      http://www.sullivan-county.com/bush/mithraism.htm

      "I have no use at all for fundamentalist Christians and have never been a Christian. Yet when I find nonsense such as that below on the web, I have to take issue with false information. The article cites no sources nor can I even locate who wrote this article. Very simply Jesus was not Mithra, Zoroaster, or Buddha. He also wasn't the Jewish Messiah, while Mithraism certainly had no trinity."

      February 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • Doobs

      Robert Nash, another christian apologist. Do you have any unbiased sources?

      February 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Tommy

      Jesus is just a combination of different aspects of different gods who were worshiped in the area. They just took the parts they liked and made up a story.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Facts

      Mithra was born in a cave or emerged from a rock (not a virgin birth)

      the cult excluded women (Christianity didn't)

      and had seven levels of ascension (Christianity didn't)

      and was tied heavily into astrology, which Christianity wasn't.

      Further, Mithra was a warrior, Jesus was no such thing.

      While it is true the later Christian Church grafted common aspects of paganism onto the faith (Mithra's birthday was December 25, Jesus birth date in not stated in the Bible and is unknown),

      doesn't distract from the fact the two faiths had nothing in common.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Really?

      " Mithraism certainly had no trinity."

      The faithful referred to Mithras as "the Light of the World", symbol of truth, justice, and loyalty. He was mediator between heaven and earth and was a member of a holy trinity.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      talk to the zoroastrianists - they still believe in mitra.

      sorry, christians, you're reaching. it's obvious christianity took EVERYTHING from mitra/zoroastrianism. the concepts of one god, judgment, angelology, apocalypse, concern for life after death and satan were plagiarized. chrstianity wouldn't exist without it having "borrowed" from other mythologies/religions. want to read about the garden of eden before there was a bible? check out the epic of gilgamesh - garden, tree of knowledge, talking snake and all.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Really?

      "Mithra was a warrior, Jesus was no such thing. "

      “And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. And his eyes are a flame of fire, and upon his head are many diadems; and he hath a name written which no one knoweth but he himself. And he is arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure. And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty. And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev. 19:11-16).

      February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      You have to love it when mentally ill delusional believers argue that their imaginary friend is not some other imaginary friend. You'd think they'd be able to come up with some independent, verifiable, objective, factual evidence that proves their beliefs rather than playing "my god is bigger, better than your god."

      February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Fact

      "Mithra, also spelled Mithras, Sanskrit Mitra, in ancient Indo-Iranian mythology, the god of light, whose cult spread from India in the east to as far west as Spain, Great Britain, and Germany. The first written mention of the Vedic Mitra dates to 1400 bc. His worship spread to Persia and, after the defeat of the Persians by Alexander the Great, throughout the Hellenic world." britannica.com

      February 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Facts

      @ Really?

      "The faithful referred to Mithras as "the Light of the World", symbol of truth, justice, and loyalty. He was mediator between heaven and earth and was a member of a holy trinity."

      There are no surviving "Mithraic Scriptures" . Where did you get this idea about the "Holy Trinity"??

      February 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Yup

      "Mitra dates to 1400 bc."

      So they couldn't have stole from Christianity.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Fact

      "the cult excluded women (Christianity didn't)" except for not allowing them to be teachers of the word, just like the followers of Mithra...

      February 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ Facts

      I've never said that Jeebus was Mithra.

      Lewis Loflin credits Wikipedia as his major source for that article. It's not peer reviewed or verified in any way. Just because a non-christian wrote it doesn't make it somehow more "damaging". He's just some guy who appears to have a lot of time on his hands and loves Wiki.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Facts

      @ except for not allowing them to be teachers of the word, just like the followers of Mithra...

      Jesus revealed himself to women, first. They were the first teachers of the word.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Sowhat

      "Jesus revealed himself to women, first. They were the first teachers of the word."

      So what that just one small piece compared to all the rest of it. Christianity was stolen from Mithraism.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Facts

      __Yup

      __"Mitra dates to 1400 bc."

      __So they couldn't have stole from Christianity.

      __http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/386025/Mithra

      Mithra, also spelled Mithras, Sanskrit Mitra, in ancient Indo-Iranian mythology, the god of light, whose cult spread from India in the east to as far west as Spain, Great Britain, and Germany. (See Mithraism.) The first written mention of the Vedic Mitra dates to 1400 bc. His worship spread to Persia and, after the defeat of the Persians by Alexander the Great, throughout the Hellenic world. In the 3rd and 4th centuries ad, the cult of Mithra, carried and supported by the soldiers of the Roman Empire, was the chief rival to the newly developing religion of Christianity. The Roman emperors Commodus and Julian were initiates of Mithraism, and in 307 Diocletian consecrated a temple on the Danube River to Mithra, “Protector of the Empire.”

      According to myth, Mithra was born, bearing a torch and armed with a knife, beside a sacred stream and under a sacred tree, a child of the earth itself. He soon rode, and later killed, the life-giving cosmic bull, whose blood fertilizes all vegetation. Mithra’s slaying of the bull was a popular subject of Hellenic art and became the prototype for a bull-slaying ritual of fertility in the Mithraic cult.

      As god of light, Mithra was associated with the Greek sun god, Helios, and the Roman Sol Invictus. He is often paired with Anahita, goddess of the fertilizing waters.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Don't be a coward

      attn: Sowhat
      attn: Bootyfunk

      Who started Mithraism?

      When and where did Mithraism get started?

      How did you come to your conclusion that Christianity is a copy of Mithraism?

      What books did you read?

      Have you read any books or articles that respond to those claims or allegations? If so, which ones? If not, would you be willing to read one and let me know what you think?

      What stories specifically in the Bible were "cherry picked from Mithraism"?

      Can you tell me the original places (chapter and verses) in the ancient writings where those stories were taken from?

      February 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • lol??

      A&A's stole from superman. Don't ferget he committed suicide.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
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