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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

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Jesus

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  1. Bootyfunk

    jesus was a cult leader, like david koresh or any other.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      all religion is 'cultish'. I deludes the mind and dulls the senses.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
  2. Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

    Van Cliburn passed earlier today. As the front-page cnn-linked article notes, he performed for every U.S. president since Harry Truman. He was famous for winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 months after the Soviet Union stunned Americans with the successful launch of Sputnik I. Here is the first movement of his famous 1962 interpretation of Tchaikovsky's 1st Symphony.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M7M4UoqBpA&w=640&h=360]

    February 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

      Sorry – correction – Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto (not Symphony).

      February 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  3. the AnViL

    this is Justin Bieber's pastor..

    seriously

    imagine how absolutely crappy your world would have to be – if that was your claim to fame.

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    February 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
    • Chuckles

      I was thinking the same thing, what a sad ti.tle to hold.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Tommy

      It is better than being referred to as a Justin Bieber fan.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • ME II

      It's really really sad when someone can sell books based on being "Justin Bieber's pastor".

      February 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  4. emp

    Jesus was a philosopher whose beliefs were hijacked, adulterated, and turned into a religion.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  5. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Jesus is just this guy, you know?

    February 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  6. ..

    Don't know about Jesus, but the guy in the picture looks gay.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Doobs

      There's nothing wrong with being gay.

      There is something wrong with cashing in on one of your congregation's "celebrity".

      February 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      doesn't look g.ay - just deluded.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  7. Bootyfunk

    jesus is... a supporter of slavery.

    Luke 12
    37 "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
    38 "Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.”

    42 And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall set over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?
    43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
    44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath.
    45 But if that servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
    46 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful.
    47 And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes;
    48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more.

    love and comp.assion? jesus says to beat your slaves if they misbehave. and this is the messiah, huh? lol. you would think the bible would have gotten that one right. slavery, arguably the most evil inst.itution man has ever set on man - all supported by the bible. with slavery comes abuse, r.ape and murder. you would think they would have thought "No slavery" would be a better command than "No coveting", but you'd be wrong. slavery is a-okay in the bible. there are even rules for selling your own daughter into slavery in that book for an all-knowing god and his all-living son to support slavery tells you how twisted the concept of comp.assion is for christianity. you have to cherry pick the bible or it'll make you sick reading it.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Bootyfunk : jesus is... a supporter of slavery.

      We are all slaves of something – sex, drugs, money, power, etc. I'd rather be Jesus' slave than Satan's slave.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      but jesus wasn't talking about slaves to god. he was talking about slaves, the kind people own and abuse. and jesus gives his okay and even suggests when to beat them. stay classy, jesus!

      February 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      Britney Spears was a slave4you...

      February 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  8. Terry

    Mithra is

    1.Advocate
    2.Almighty
    3.Almighty God
    4.Alpha and Omega
    5.Amen, The
    6.Ancient of Days
    7.Anointed
    8.Anointed One
    9.Author
    10.Author of Eternal Salvation
    11.Beginning
    12.Beginning and the Ending
    13.Begotten
    14.Beloved
    15.Beloved Son
    16.Beloved Son of God
    17.Blessed of God
    18.Bread of Life
    19.Bridegroom
    20.Bright and Morning Star
    21.Captain of Man's Salvation
    22.Captain of Our Salvation
    23.Carpenter
    24.Carpenter's Son
    25.Chief Cornerstone
    26.Chosen
    27.Chosen of God
    28.Christ
    29.Christ Child
    30.Christ of God
    31.Christ the Lamb
    32.Comforter
    33.Consolation of Israel
    34.Cornerstone
    35.Counsellor
    36.Creator
    37.Creator of All Things
    38.Deliverer
    39.Divine Son
    40.Door of the Sheep
    41.Emmanuel
    42.End of the Law
    43.Endless
    44.Eternal
    45.Eternal Father
    46.Eternal God
    47.Eternal Head
    48.Eternal Judge
    49.Eternal Judge of Quick and Dead
    50.Everlasting Father
    51.Example
    52.Exemplar
    53.Faithful and True
    54.Father
    55.Father of Heaven and Earth
    56.Finisher
    57.Finisher of faith
    58.First and the Last
    59.Firstborn
    60.Firstfruits
    61.Forerunner
    62.God
    63.God of Abraham
    64.God of Isaac
    65.God of Israel
    66.God of Jacob
    67.God of Thy Father
    68.God of Whole Earth
    69.God's Anointed
    70.God's Holy Child Jesus
    71.Good Shepherd
    72.Governor
    73.Great I AM
    74.Great God
    75.Great Shepherd
    76.Head of Every Man
    77.Head of the Body
    78.Head of the Church
    79.Healer
    80.Heir of All Things
    81.Holy
    82.Holy Child
    83.Holy Messiah
    84.Holy One
    85.Holy One of Israel
    86.Holy One of Jacob
    87.I AM
    88.Image of God
    89.Immanuel
    90.Jehovah
    91.Jesus
    92.Jesus Christ
    93.Jesus of Galilee
    94.Jesus of Nazareth
    95.Joseph's Son
    96.Judge
    97.Judge of Quick and Dead
    98.Just One
    99.Just, The
    100.King
    101.King of Israel
    102.King of Kings
    103.King of Zion/Sion
    104.King of the Jews
    105.Lamb
    106.Lamb of God
    107.Life, the
    108.Light of the World
    109.Light, the
    110.Lion of the Tribe of Juda
    111.Living Bread
    112.Living Stone
    113.Living Water
    114.Lord
    115.Lord from Heaven
    116.Lord God
    117.Lord God Almighty
    118.Lord God of Hosts
    119.Lord Jehovah
    120.Lord Jesus
    121.Lord of All
    122.Lord of Dead
    123.Lord of Glory
    124.Lord of Hosts
    125.Lord of Living
    126.Lord of Lords
    127.Lord of the Sabbath
    128.Lord Omnipotent
    129.Lord our Righteousness
    130.Lord's Christ
    131.Maker
    132.Man of Counsel
    133.Man of Holiness
    134.Master
    135.Mediator
    136.Meek and Lowly
    137.Messenger of the Covenant
    138.Messiah
    139.Messias
    140.Mighty God
    141.Mighty One
    142.Mighty One of Israel
    143.Mighty One of Jacob
    144.Minister
    145.Most High God
    146.Nazarene
    147.Offspring of David
    148.One Body
    149.Only Begotten
    150.Only Begotten of the Father
    151.Only Begotten Son
    152.Our Passover
    153.Physician
    154.Power of God
    155.Prince
    156.Prince of Life
    157.Prince of Peace
    158.Prophet
    159.Prophet of Nazareth
    160.Propitiation for Sins of Whole World
    161.Rabbi
    162.Redeemer
    163.Redeemer of Israel
    164.Redeemer of the World
    165.Resurrection and the Life
    166.Revealer
    167.Righteous Judge
    168.Righteous Man
    169.Rock, the
    170.Rock of Heaven
    171.Root of Jesse
    172.Sacrifice, the
    173.Savior
    174.Savior of Israel
    175.Savior of the World
    176.Second Comforter
    177.Seed of Abraham
    178.Seed of David
    179.Seed of the Woman
    180.Servant of Jehovah
    181.Servant of the Lord
    182.Shepherd
    183.Son
    184.Son of Abraham
    185.Son of David
    186.Son of God
    187.Son of Man
    188.Son of Mary
    189.Son of Righteousness
    190.Son of the Blessed
    191.Son of the Eternal Father
    192.Son of the Everlasting God
    193.Son of the Highest
    194.Son of the Living God
    195.Son of the Most High God
    196.Spiritual Rock
    197.Stem of Jesse
    198.Teacher Come from God
    199.True Vine
    200.Truth, the
    201.Unchangeable One
    202.Way, the
    203.Well Beloved
    204.Wisdom of God
    205.Wonderful
    206.Word of Life
    207.Word, the
    208.Worthy

    February 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  9. Terry

    Mihtra is

    1.Advocate
    2.Almighty
    3.Almighty God
    4.Alpha and Omega
    5.Amen, The
    6.Ancient of Days
    7.Anointed
    8.Anointed One
    9.Author
    10.Author of Eternal Salvation
    11.Beginning
    12.Beginning and the Ending
    13.Begotten
    14.Beloved
    15.Beloved Son
    16.Beloved Son of God
    17.Blessed of God
    18.Bread of Life
    19.Bridegroom
    20.Bright and Morning Star
    21.Captain of Man's Salvation
    22.Captain of Our Salvation
    23.Carpenter
    24.Carpenter's Son
    25.Chief Cornerstone
    26.Chosen
    27.Chosen of God
    28.Christ
    29.Christ Child
    30.Christ of God
    31.Christ the Lamb
    32.Comforter
    33.Consolation of Israel
    34.Cornerstone
    35.Counsellor
    36.Creator
    37.Creator of All Things
    38.Deliverer
    39.Divine Son
    40.Door of the Sheep
    41.Emmanuel
    42.End of the Law
    43.Endless
    44.Eternal
    45.Eternal Father
    46.Eternal God
    47.Eternal Head
    48.Eternal Judge
    49.Eternal Judge of Quick and Dead
    50.Everlasting Father
    51.Example
    52.Exemplar
    53.Faithful and True
    54.Father
    55.Father of Heaven and Earth
    56.Finisher
    57.Finisher of faith
    58.First and the Last
    59.Firstborn
    60.Firstfruits
    61.Forerunner
    62.God
    63.God of Abraham
    64.God of Isaac
    65.God of Israel
    66.God of Jacob
    67.God of Thy Father
    68.God of Whole Earth
    69.God's Anointed
    70.God's Holy Child Jesus
    71.Good Shepherd
    72.Governor
    73.Great I AM
    74.Great God
    75.Great Shepherd
    76.Head of Every Man
    77.Head of the Body
    78.Head of the Church
    79.Healer
    80.Heir of All Things
    81.Holy
    82.Holy Child
    83.Holy Messiah
    84.Holy One
    85.Holy One of Israel
    86.Holy One of Jacob
    87.I AM
    88.Image of God
    89.Immanuel
    90.Jehovah
    91.Jesus
    92.Jesus Christ
    93.Jesus of Galilee
    94.Jesus of Nazareth
    95.Joseph's Son
    96.Judge
    97.Judge of Quick and Dead
    98.Just One
    99.Just, The
    100.King
    101.King of Israel
    102.King of Kings
    103.King of Zion/Sion
    104.King of the Jews
    105.Lamb
    106.Lamb of God
    107.Life, the
    108.Light of the World
    109.Light, the
    110.Lion of the Tribe of Juda
    111.Living Bread
    112.Living Stone
    113.Living Water
    114.Lord
    115.Lord from Heaven
    116.Lord God
    117.Lord God Almighty
    118.Lord God of Hosts
    119.Lord Jehovah
    120.Lord Jesus
    121.Lord of All
    122.Lord of Dead
    123.Lord of Glory
    124.Lord of Hosts
    125.Lord of Living
    126.Lord of Lords
    127.Lord of the Sabbath
    128.Lord Omnipotent
    129.Lord our Righteousness
    130.Lord's Christ
    131.Maker
    132.Man of Counsel
    133.Man of Holiness
    134.Master
    135.Mediator
    136.Meek and Lowly
    137.Messenger of the Covenant
    138.Messiah
    139.Messias
    140.Mighty God
    141.Mighty One
    142.Mighty One of Israel
    143.Mighty One of Jacob
    144.Minister
    145.Most High God
    146.Nazarene
    147.Offspring of David
    148.One Body
    149.Only Begotten
    150.Only Begotten of the Father
    151.Only Begotten Son
    152.Our Passover
    153.Physician
    154.Power of God
    155.Prince
    156.Prince of Life
    157.Prince of Peace
    158.Prophet
    159.Prophet of Nazareth
    160.Propitiation for Sins of Whole World
    161.Rabbi
    162.Redeemer
    163.Redeemer of Israel
    164.Redeemer of the World
    165.Resurrection and the Life
    166.Revealer
    167.Righteous Judge
    168.Righteous Man
    169.Rock, the
    170.Rock of Heaven
    171.Root of Jesse
    172.Sacrifice, the
    173.Savior
    174.Savior of Israel
    175.Savior of the World
    176.Second Comforter
    177.Seed of Abraham
    178.Seed of David
    179.Seed of the Woman
    180.Servant of Jehovah
    181.Servant of the Lord
    182.Shepherd
    183.Son
    184.Son of Abraham
    185.Son of David
    186.Son of God
    187.Son of Man
    188.Son of Mary
    189.Son of Righteousness
    190.Son of the Blessed
    191.Son of the Eternal Father
    192.Son of the Everlasting God
    193.Son of the Highest
    194.Son of the Living God
    195.Son of the Most High God
    196.Spiritual Rock
    197.Stem of Jesse
    198.Teacher Come from God
    199.True Vine
    200.Truth, the
    201.Unchangeable One
    202.Way, the
    203.Well Beloved
    204.Wisdom of God
    205.Wonderful
    206.Word of Life
    207.Word, the
    208.Worthy

    February 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  10. Terry

    Mithra forever more will be God

    February 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  11. the AnViL

    ha!

    the zombies think it's a contest

    too funny

    February 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  12. 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 |
    • Bootyfunk

      there are no surviving original christian writings either. all are copies hundreds of years old that were changed multiple times. so you point is?

      February 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • Topher

      Bootyfunk

      "there are no surviving original christian writings either. all are copies hundreds of years old that were changed multiple times. so you point is?"

      True, we don't have any original copies. But the copies we have are not hundreds of years old. We have some within 25 years of the originals. And since we have these, we know the Bible of today is the same as then. Check this out ...

      Here's a look at the time gap between the original and first surviving copies of some very important books that give us information on important historical figures ...
      Bible: 25 years
      Homer: 500
      Demosthenes: 1400
      Herodotus: 1400
      Plato: 1200
      Tacitus: 1000
      Caesar: 1000
      Pliny: 750
      Now, here's a look at how many of those manuscript copies we have ....
      New Testament: 5686
      Homer: 643
      Demosthenes: 200
      Herodotus: 8
      Plato:7
      Tacitus: 20
      Caesar:10
      Pliny: 7
      Yet we put more faith in that we know what happened in the Gallic Wars than what happened in the NT.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Bootyfunk : there are no surviving original christian writings either. all are copies hundreds of years old that were changed multiple times.

      The earliest extant manuscript dates from about 125 AD. Historical figures have quoted all but 11 verses of the entire NT in their writings. Computer comparison between different copies of the same book reveals that they are 99.9% identical.

      In short, all of your claims have been falsified.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Facts

      There are 4 gospels with similar stories about Jesus.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      New Testament Manuscripts Lectionaries
      Century Papyri Uncials Minuscules Uncials Minuscules
      2nd 2 – – – –
      2nd/3rd 5 1 – – –
      3rd 28 2 – – –
      3rd/4th 8 2 – – –
      4th 14 14 – 1 –
      4th/5th 8 8 – – –
      5th 2 36 – 1 –
      5th/6th 4 10 – – –
      6th 7 51 – 3 –
      6th/7th 5 5 – 1 –
      7th 8 28 – 4 –
      7th/8th 3 4 – – –
      8th 2 29 – 22 –
      8th/9th – 4 – 5 –
      9th – 53 13 113 5
      9th/10th – 1 4 – 1
      10th – 17 124 108 38
      10th/11th – 3 8 3 4
      11th – 1 429 15 227
      11th/12th – – 33 – 13
      12th – – 555 6 486
      12th/13th – – 26 – 17
      13th – – 547 4 394
      13th/14th – – 28 – 17
      14th – – 511 – 308
      14th/15th – – 8 – 2
      15th – – 241 – 171
      15th/16th – – 4 – 2
      16th – – 136 – 194

      February 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      sorry, the bible written 25 years after? wow, that's just a blatant lie. 100s of years after.

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

      The four Gospels were done well before the close of the first century. If Mithraism wasn’t even known in the Roman world in the first century, as the Encyclopedia Britannica says, then it is misguided to suggest that teachings regarding Mithra influenced the Gospel writers.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • .

      Encyclopaedia Britannica,

      The most plausible hypothesis seems to be that Roman Mithraism was practically a new creation, wrought by a religious genius who may have lived as late as c. AD 100 and who gave the old traditional Persian ceremonies a new Platonic interpretation that enabled Mithraism to become acceptable to the Roman world.

      Whether or not they were rivals, it is certainly possible that these two contemporary communities had some influence on each other. In at least one area, it is clear that Christianity adopted an aspect of Mithraism – the celebration of the birth of Christ on December 25, a tradition that began in the 4th century. A Christian writer admitted this in 320 AD, explaining:

      We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of him who made it.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Topher

      Bootyfunk

      "sorry, the bible written 25 years after? wow, that's just a blatant lie. 100s of years after."

      That's not what I said. We have copies of the Bible within 25 years of the originals.

      Also, assuming Christ died around 30 AD, we have all books written within 60 years. The last book, Revelation, was written between 94-96 AD. So no, they weren't written hundreds of years later.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Wooo more Topher lies. He really really likes the Martin Luther style of "Lie for Jeebus".

      February 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      topher, that is a lie.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • Topher

      Bootyfunk

      "topher, that is a lie."

      Which part? And why do you think so?

      February 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
  13. Bootyfunk

    Jesus is.... cruel and racially prejudice.

    Mathew 15:21-28
    21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
    22 A Canaanite WOMAN from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
    23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
    24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
    25 The WOMAN came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
    26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
    27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
    28 Then Jesus said to her, “WOMAN, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

    hmmm... jesus doesn't seem so compa.ssionate in this story. making a woman, who's daughter only you can help, call her entire race "dogs" before you will help is disgusting and inhumane. but of course once jesus hears the woman call herself a dog ready begging for scraps, he cures the little girl and tells the WOMAN she is worthy. wow, jesus really hated Canaanites. but he says straight up there that's he's here to help Jews, not other races. yep, cruel.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Bootyfunk : Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon ... wow, jesus really hated Canaanites. but he says straight up there that's he's here to help Jews, not other races. yep, cruel.

      You obviously don't realize that Tyre and Sidon were non-Jewish cities. Why do you suppose that Jesus sought out the peopl in these cities if He wasn't there to help other races?

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

      of course, you're dodging - what about the fact that jesus made a woman beg and call her race dogs before he would help her?

      “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
      that means Jews, btw.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ L4H

      Why do you suppose that Jesus sought out the peopl in these cities if He wasn't there to help other races?

      Then why did he call the Canaanite woman a dog?

      February 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Live4Him

      @Bootyfunk : of course, you're dodging

      Quit dodging, just answer the question.

      Why do you suppose that Jesus sought out the peopl in these cities if He wasn't there to help other races?

      February 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • ME II

      @Live4Him,
      "Why do you suppose that Jesus sought out the peopl in these cities if He wasn't there to help other races?"

      Where does it say Jesus sought out the people of Tyre and Sidon? He went there, but in the very next verse, after the quoteed ones, he left again.

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

      perhaps he was doing what all cult leaders do - converting. that's not the same as helping, fyi.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Check

      Live4Him,
      "Why do you suppose that Jesus sought out the peopl in these cities if He wasn't there to help other races?"

      From one of your own guys:

      "New Testament visits to the region may be a reminder that the Promised Land extended as far north as Sidon. While full of non- Israelites, it was still part of Israel’s inheritance."

      –http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2010/01/26/the-biblical-cities-of-tyre-and-sidon.aspx#Article

      February 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • Doobs

      No one is dodging anything but you, L4H.

      Jeebus had just been interrogated by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. It's far more likely that he "withdrew" to that area to get away from the Jewish leaders by hiding out in an area that was largely non-Jewish than that he went there to "help" them, considering he insulted them and called them dogs.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Check

      Live4Him,

      Why did Jesus not pop on down to Botswana, or over to China, or down to the Amazon jungle, the Yucatan, Polynesia and the Maoris' homeland (I know that the Mormons say that he bopped into North America!)

      All you have is an ethnocentric super-hero from a tiny area in the Middle East/Mediterranean area.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
  14. 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 1:07 pm |
  15. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus of Nazareth is the embodiment of the Father. If you have seen Jesus you have seen the Father

    February 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  16. Robert Brown

    Jesus is

    1.Advocate
    2.Almighty
    3.Almighty God
    4.Alpha and Omega
    5.Amen, The
    6.Ancient of Days
    7.Anointed
    8.Anointed One
    9.Author
    10.Author of Eternal Salvation
    11.Beginning
    12.Beginning and the Ending
    13.Begotten
    14.Beloved
    15.Beloved Son
    16.Beloved Son of God
    17.Blessed of God
    18.Bread of Life
    19.Bridegroom
    20.Bright and Morning Star
    21.Captain of Man's Salvation
    22.Captain of Our Salvation
    23.Carpenter
    24.Carpenter's Son
    25.Chief Cornerstone
    26.Chosen
    27.Chosen of God
    28.Christ
    29.Christ Child
    30.Christ of God
    31.Christ the Lamb
    32.Comforter
    33.Consolation of Israel
    34.Cornerstone
    35.Counsellor
    36.Creator
    37.Creator of All Things
    38.Deliverer
    39.Divine Son
    40.Door of the Sheep
    41.Emmanuel
    42.End of the Law
    43.Endless
    44.Eternal
    45.Eternal Father
    46.Eternal God
    47.Eternal Head
    48.Eternal Judge
    49.Eternal Judge of Quick and Dead
    50.Everlasting Father
    51.Example
    52.Exemplar
    53.Faithful and True
    54.Father
    55.Father of Heaven and Earth
    56.Finisher
    57.Finisher of faith
    58.First and the Last
    59.Firstborn
    60.Firstfruits
    61.Forerunner
    62.God
    63.God of Abraham
    64.God of Isaac
    65.God of Israel
    66.God of Jacob
    67.God of Thy Father
    68.God of Whole Earth
    69.God's Anointed
    70.God's Holy Child Jesus
    71.Good Shepherd
    72.Governor
    73.Great I AM
    74.Great God
    75.Great Shepherd
    76.Head of Every Man
    77.Head of the Body
    78.Head of the Church
    79.Healer
    80.Heir of All Things
    81.Holy
    82.Holy Child
    83.Holy Messiah
    84.Holy One
    85.Holy One of Israel
    86.Holy One of Jacob
    87.I AM
    88.Image of God
    89.Immanuel
    90.Jehovah
    91.Jesus
    92.Jesus Christ
    93.Jesus of Galilee
    94.Jesus of Nazareth
    95.Joseph's Son
    96.Judge
    97.Judge of Quick and Dead
    98.Just One
    99.Just, The
    100.King
    101.King of Israel
    102.King of Kings
    103.King of Zion/Sion
    104.King of the Jews
    105.Lamb
    106.Lamb of God
    107.Life, the
    108.Light of the World
    109.Light, the
    110.Lion of the Tribe of Juda
    111.Living Bread
    112.Living Stone
    113.Living Water
    114.Lord
    115.Lord from Heaven
    116.Lord God
    117.Lord God Almighty
    118.Lord God of Hosts
    119.Lord Jehovah
    120.Lord Jesus
    121.Lord of All
    122.Lord of Dead
    123.Lord of Glory
    124.Lord of Hosts
    125.Lord of Living
    126.Lord of Lords
    127.Lord of the Sabbath
    128.Lord Omnipotent
    129.Lord our Righteousness
    130.Lord's Christ
    131.Maker
    132.Man of Counsel
    133.Man of Holiness
    134.Master
    135.Mediator
    136.Meek and Lowly
    137.Messenger of the Covenant
    138.Messiah
    139.Messias
    140.Mighty God
    141.Mighty One
    142.Mighty One of Israel
    143.Mighty One of Jacob
    144.Minister
    145.Most High God
    146.Nazarene
    147.Offspring of David
    148.One Body
    149.Only Begotten
    150.Only Begotten of the Father
    151.Only Begotten Son
    152.Our Passover
    153.Physician
    154.Power of God
    155.Prince
    156.Prince of Life
    157.Prince of Peace
    158.Prophet
    159.Prophet of Nazareth
    160.Propitiation for Sins of Whole World
    161.Rabbi
    162.Redeemer
    163.Redeemer of Israel
    164.Redeemer of the World
    165.Resurrection and the Life
    166.Revealer
    167.Righteous Judge
    168.Righteous Man
    169.Rock, the
    170.Rock of Heaven
    171.Root of Jesse
    172.Sacrifice, the
    173.Savior
    174.Savior of Israel
    175.Savior of the World
    176.Second Comforter
    177.Seed of Abraham
    178.Seed of David
    179.Seed of the Woman
    180.Servant of Jehovah
    181.Servant of the Lord
    182.Shepherd
    183.Son
    184.Son of Abraham
    185.Son of David
    186.Son of God
    187.Son of Man
    188.Son of Mary
    189.Son of Righteousness
    190.Son of the Blessed
    191.Son of the Eternal Father
    192.Son of the Everlasting God
    193.Son of the Highest
    194.Son of the Living God
    195.Son of the Most High God
    196.Spiritual Rock
    197.Stem of Jesse
    198.Teacher Come from God
    199.True Vine
    200.Truth, the
    201.Unchangeable One
    202.Way, the
    203.Well Beloved
    204.Wisdom of God
    205.Wonderful
    206.Word of Life
    207.Word, the
    208.Worthy

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

      Sweet baby Jesus! that's a long list.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Robert Brown", but all that is unfounded.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Live4Him

      Great compliation! 🙂

      February 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      oh you forgot one!

      jesus is a myth!

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

      You missed a few letters of the alphabet – here's one to add:

      Zombie, dead, never to return.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • PopesGoneWild4Him

      hmm, not sure about a some of those . . .

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

      Robert Brown has a creative imagination. Now I know some might call it outright lies and fabrications based on nothing but his own crazy ramblings, but we should accept Robert and his wild fantasy for what it is and let him give his invisible friend as many names he likes. Here's one he apparently forgot:

      209. Harvey

      February 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Billy

      210. Defender of the Dashboard

      February 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  17. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus of Nazareth is the living God

    February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  18. Sheri

    Jesus Is Lord and Saviour, Son of the Living God!
    He loves everyone.
    He gives conditions if anyone rejects Him!
    Read Holy Scripture, which I realize was compiled with much work. At our level, it is difficult to realize how well Scripture came to us. Take note of the Dead Sea Scrolls in which Isaiah was exactly the same as what we have!

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

      Bullshit. Isaiah is just as valid as a carnival fortune teller. Stated in vague, broad terms that could apply to almost anyone if you try hard enough.

      February 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  19. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus of Nazareth is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world

    February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  20. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus is the word of God

    February 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
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