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February 27th, 2013
11:35 AM ET

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

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Jesus

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  1. thecollegeadmissionsguru

    Jesus is.... the greatest HOAX perpertrated on the Human Race.. EVER!

    February 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Thecollegeadmissionsguru,

      What do you suppose would be someone’s motivation for perpetuating what you call a hoax?

      February 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • Age of Reson

      ...millions of well meaning and trusting people (throughout the ages) believed that Jesus would answer their prayers and never did! But, then FAIRYTALES do not answer prayers!

      February 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • learn b4 u speak ignorance

      re: age of reason

      "Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

      Thy will. Not my will.

      Do we think God answering our prayers means Him doing what we ask?

      Or do we pray for God's guidance knowing that God's will be done? Not ours. No matter how hard we pray for what we want. Sometimes God's answer is no. When some people realize this, they turn away.

      February 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Praying for god's will to be done is stupid. It's going to be done anyway. That's like yelling at the sun to shine.

      February 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • lol??

      You doubled yer prices in the last ten years, hoaxster. Slave maker bigot??

      February 28, 2013 at 3:44 am |
  2. Robert Brown

    My favorite is savior, followed by lord and king, and we can’t leave out a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Peace.

    February 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Hello Robert,

      I remember someone characterized Krishna as a friend to everyone. He did not come to save, or justify or anything. He seemed to like people. The New Testament never gives me the feeling that Jesus, or God, actually likes us. Love is another thing altogether. Do you think Jesus, as you feel you know him, likes us?

      February 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Hey Tom,

      Yes, I think he likes us and even more, he loves us. He gave his human life to reconcile us all to God. He dreaded what was coming so much that his sweat was like big drops of blood as he prayed to the father. I think he dreaded the separation from the father as the sins of mankind were laid on him, more than he dreaded the physical pain and death. In the end, he said, not my will but yours. As he was hanging on the cross, he said, forgive them father for they don’t know what they are doing.

      There is only one way you can know and experience his love.

      February 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • Science

      Robert

      Provide a 2013 picture of your fairy in the sky please.

      Peace

      February 28, 2013 at 3:52 am |
    • lol??

      Science, that's gay. The camera would melt, bigot.

      February 28, 2013 at 4:02 am |
  3. Jason R.

    There's a book on Amazon called 300 times 0 which talks about the prophecies of Jesus.
    Looks like a must read!

    February 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • o

      Satan is having a hard time giving it away at $0.00 each

      February 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
  4. once [dead] now ALIVE

    Reblogged this on once [dead] now ALIVE.

    February 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • End Religion

      Is this a Walking Dead blog?

      February 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
  5. Tim Olsen

    As it is written, He comes in the volume of the book. In Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
    He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end the first and the last the Almighty.

    February 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • Gwen

      Never seems to get out of that volume of a book, does he...

      Rather a "circular" fellow, donchathink?

      February 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Called as Ellah, Ellohim and Allah, truth absolute, By Moses, anointed one, son of blessed Mary and Mohammad Pbt, not Jesus as you hind fabricate in your hindu fabrication called Christianity. Son of blessed Mary never called himself, Alpha, all powerful and Omega, all authoritative, but as it is stated in book of Mithra ism savior ism, Christianity bible, I CAN DO NOTHING ON MY OWN, AND HINDUISM FABRICATION JESUS IS ALWAYS REFERRED TO AS he, never HE. Take your hindu magi ism filthy tricky and shove it in your hindu crook teachers hind, your hinduism absurdity is proven wrong by your own hindu fabricated book bible.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • SUCK IT

      SUCK IT MOHAMMAD A DAR

      YOU ARE A FILTHY LYING HINDU SUCKER AND NOT EVEN GOATS AND DOGS WILL TOUCH YOU

      February 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Very good, Tim.

      February 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Science

      I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

      February 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
  6. Terry

    Mithra is Lord of Lords and King of Kings

    February 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Mohammad A. Dead

      and who is Mithra exactly?

      February 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Truth

      Some god that just appeared – as an adult – from a rock.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism, fabrication of hindu dark ages, to make some human gods, followed by others to be Mithra s, saviors, as kings and their priest, source of hinduism corruption of truth absolute religions to deny humanity their equality.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • ?

      "Some god that just appeared – as an adult – from a rock."

      The Virgin Mother Anahita

      Unlike various other rock- or cave-born gods, Mithra is not depicted in the Roman cultus as having been given birth by a mortal woman or a goddess; hence, it is claimed that he was not "born of a virgin." However, a number of writers over the centuries have asserted otherwise, including several modern Persian and Armenian scholars who are apparently reflecting an ancient tradition from Near Eastern Mithraism.

      "The worship of Mithra and Anahita, the virgin mother of Mithra, was well-known in the Achaemenian period."

      February 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Truth

      Hey "?" What is your source? I can't find anything from a reputable scholar source that suggests Mithra was the product of a virgin birth. Just the rock story.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • SUCK IT

      ISLAM SUCKS

      MOHAMMAD, NO ONE CAN TELL WHICH END OF YOUR MOM THEY'RE LOOKING AT, SO MAKE SURE BOTH ENDS STAY COVERED SO AS NOT TO SCARE PEOPLE

      February 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • LOL!

      @Truth that's because you only look on your Christian websites and they lie. LOL!

      February 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Truth

      Wikipedia?

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

      It is sometimes said that the birth of Mithras was a virgin birth, like that of Jesus. But no ancient source gives such a birth myth for Mithras.

      All I see are loony atheist sites that state this. And nobody of any reputation is using those sources. At all.

      February 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Duh!

      Truth there are 3 different versions of Mithra which one are you using....that's a hint.

      February 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • The Truth

      During hellenistic period, Anahita was associated the worship of Mithra. An inscription dating from the year 200 front. J.- C. dedication a Séleucide Temple of Iran with "Anahita, Immaculate virgin, Mother of the Mythras lord ". The Temple of Anahita with Kangavar in Iran is one of the most important temples dedicated to the goddess.

      February 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • Ok

      200 years after the birth of Jesus?

      February 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Reality

    Moving now to the 21st century with an updated Creed:

    The Apostles' / Agnostics’ Creed 2013 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (References used are available upon request.)

    February 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
  8. the AnViL

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    all gods are flatly fictional.

    those who believe in the existence of flatly fictional beings are delusional.

    delusional thinking is a form of mental illness.

    mentally ill delusional people who believe in the existence of imaginary men in the sky should be prohibited from voting, serving on a jury, seeking or holding any public office, purchasing / owning firearms, or teaching public school.

    tolerance of religious idiocy has to end.... and it is.
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    ffrf.org.
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    February 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Esquire

      Sigh...Const.ituion? We don't need no stinking Const.itution!

      February 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • the AnViL

      interesting to note – the constitutions of several states prohibit atheists from serving on a jury – holding public office...etc..

      and while it may be unconstitutional – that stuff's still in there.

      so tell me – why should we allow those suffering from delusional thinking to purchase or own firearms – or help make decisions for the general population?

      how is that good??

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      February 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • agnostic al

      the AnViL: I'll let the best doctor who happened to be Christian operate on me over the worst doctor who happened to be an atheist. Wouldn't you?

      February 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Exactly what point are you attempting to make, agnostic al?

      February 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I can see that. Doctors of equal skill and compassion. One believes that you're going to hell if you die just now, the other believes you'll just go nil like you ultimately must. The deluded one is more motivated.

      February 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • agnostic al

      I don't think that all of the billions of religious people in the world are just mentally ill.

      And that the poster "the AvViL" is capable of determining what a mental illness const.i.tutes (a guy who posts manifestos on a religious blog? that doesn't sound healthy at all)

      February 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Oh, I would never have gotten that point from your question. Thanks for explaining.

      I tend toward AnViL's point that America strips many of its citizens of their rights under religious bigotry. Why kind of whiny-bee-atch society is so scared of atheists that it won't let them hold certain political offices. Why shouldn't AnViL hold the opinion he does considering the opinion that's being directed at him?

      February 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • agnostic al

      You put some kind of faith in religious people everyday, no? Pilots, police officers, soldiers, leaders? All mentally ill? Come on!

      February 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • the AnViL

      it's not like anyone's proposing that we bring back old-school coliseum style lion feedings.

      simmer down!

      also – as an aside.. wouldn't it be grand if we brought back old-school coliseum style lion feedings??????

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      cha cha chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      February 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • a PsyCho

      the Anvil: How about bringing back concentration camps? Which religious group should we eliminate first? Do you imagine shooting, poisoning or drowning them? Or something better? Pleeease telll me!!!

      February 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
    • the AnViL

      a PsyCho spittled: "the Anvil: How about bringing back concentration camps? Which religious group should we eliminate first? Do you imagine shooting, poisoning or drowning them? Or something better? Pleeease telll me!!!"

      is that the best you can come up with? shooting? poisoning? drowning?

      one would think that a person using the alias >>PsyCho<< would be a little more creative in dealing with the religious idiocy problem the world is facing.

      my advice to you:

      seek therapy – attend art school – and stop smoking pot.

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      kapow!

      February 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus is the man by whom all men are measured

    February 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • Hike Muckabee

      I hope he wasn't hung like a horse, then.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  10. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus is my eternal hope

    February 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  11. Jerry Fallswell

    Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings

    February 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Hike Muckabee

      What, you didn't think of these earlier, so you need to spam again?

      February 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  12. Wow

    Found content for Jesus in the 'Encyclopedia of Myths'

    February 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  13. JayA

    I knew this topic would bring some great insights from CNN readers.

    So most answer out of ignorance. That will cost you. Ashame.

    February 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Hike Muckabee

      Ooh, will there be a lake of fire??

      February 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  14. Fuster

    Jesus is a fictional character.

    February 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  15. Bob

    The real question is, who is Chad-Rachel going to pose as today?

    February 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Larry King

      Chad is posting as Chad. Scroll backwards. Rachel has not been posting for awhile. I will let her know though 😉

      February 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Jizelle

      The bigger question to you is, have started reading the scriptures? Have you started to pray to God?

      February 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ Jizz

      No, why would I do that?

      February 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Hike Muckabee

      It was under 'Don't be a coward' with lots of BS earlier.

      Jizz-elle, no one wants to read your crap book of boring fairy tales, it's too gory and full of incest.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  16. Doan

    Jesus is a slippery used car salesman in Alvarez.

    February 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  17. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Jesus is .... in a circle jerk with a bunch of choir boys and some priests.

    February 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
  18. Russ

    “Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead," The Misfit continued, "and He shouldn't have done it. He shown everything off balance. If He did what He said, then it's nothing for you to do but throw away everything and follow Him, and if He didn't, then it's nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him. No pleasure but meanness."

    -Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"

    February 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • TANK!!!!

      What?

      February 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Digger

      A good, smart Russ is hard to find, and this here Russ sure ain't one of those.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Tank & Digger: you don't have to agree with Flannery O'Connor to appreciate a great American writer. It's clear you haven't read her short stories – much less understood her criticisms of "the Christ-haunted South."

      February 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • ..

      A hard man is good to find.

      It's also clear that Russ thinks his intellect is far above everyone else's. Such a self-effacing man, isn't he? Not.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • End Religion

      Russ is like my dog when I put a pair of glasses on him to take a funny picture.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Gwen

      Russ understands much less.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Russ

      All this talk about Russ is a great way to avoid Flannery O'Connor's point.

      February 28, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Saraswati

      This has similar problems to Pascal's Wager in that it assumes there are only two very narrow possibilities to describe reality. It also seems to assume that there canbe no morality without a Christian god, though I'd need to read the quote in context.

      February 28, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • Russ

      @ saraswati: yes. read the quote in context.
      found it online here...
      http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/goodman.html

      "She would of been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

      February 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  19. Answer

    Jesus is your disease. I hope you will get over it.

    February 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • o

      Jesus is the cure for sin

      February 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
  20. Booty on duty

    Thanks coach!
    Badabing Badaboom, found content for mithra in the 'Encyclopedia of Myths'

    February 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
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