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March 29th, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Joel Osteen dismisses "The Bible" controversy

By Jake Tapper, CNN

Televangelist Joel Osteen is a consultant on the History Channel's series, "The Bible," which has become a runaway success. More than 10 million people watched last week's episode, and nearly 14 million watched the debut. Osteen's friend Mark Burnett produces the show.

Osteen is not surprised by the success.

"There are a lot of people of faith still in our country and when somebody takes a step of faith like Mark and [co-executive producer Roma Downey] did, people want to get behind it and see good quality, you know, production of something that's ... dear to all of our hearts, and that is the scripture and the bible," said Osteen.

Osteen also dismissed the controversy surrounding the actor cast as Satan bearing a resemblance in some people's minds to President Obama.

"I felt like it was nonsense," says Osteen. "People can draw funny conclusions."

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity

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  1. YoMiracle

    When you make satan black and jesus white, you're really a PROPAGANDIST. LOL. Jesus was so old-school jewish/middle eastern looking, he looked like a TERRORIST.

    March 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • His panic

      Satan the Devil is in a total state of Panic because Jesus is coming back to earth soon to send Satan to Hell.

      March 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • fintastic

      Yea, that devil guy on the paint can with the red suit, pointy horns and pitchfork is really nasty! Look out!

      April 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  2. Joel Oilsheen

    Today is a great day to give me your MONEY so I can buy even more gel to put in my hair. I'm a walking oil slick. That's what I like to do with MONEY so please give me your MONEY. Jesus says you should give me your MONEY and I always know what he wants. I love MONEY.

    March 31, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  3. Name*K

    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    March 31, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • fintastic

      I renewed my mind when I realized that there is no god.

      April 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  4. Name*crossbreed

    Joel Osteen is an abomination to Christianity.. His religion is humanism with the Bible as a twist to gain money..There shall be some in the last days supposing that material gain is godliness, from such turn away..

    March 31, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • Jed

      Actually, Joel Oilsheen is fairly typical of Christians. He's just even more slimy than most.

      March 31, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  5. Vic

    !!!HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!

    March 31, 2013 at 9:21 am |
    • Geesh

      Thanks!!! HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!

      March 31, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • fintastic

      Happy Pagan fertility day!!

      April 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  6. Reality

    Joel, Joel, Joel,

    We are still awaiting your rebuttal to the following:

    Countering your curly hair and gift of thu-mping biblical nonsense :

    Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    March 31, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  7. In celebration of the resurrection of Christ

    Thank you Jesus !

    March 31, 2013 at 6:33 am |
  8. Badda Bing

    In case you are wondering, Joel Osteen's hair looks like that because he made a bad play speculating in Oil Futures, and he had to take delivery. Gotta do something with it.

    March 31, 2013 at 1:50 am |
  9. Mr Howdy Do Dee V 2 u 2 sir/madame

    The Chiristian church must begin to understand that it needs democracy and democracy CANNOT BE WITHOUT THE ATHENIAN PRINCIPLE of woship and allow others to worship as they will. The Athenian principle brings all things under the Olympian dome and allows all to compete with one another. Christianity will need to compete with Hinduism, and Judaism with Janism etc.....this is the nature of Democracy. This is the greatest challenge going forward for all religions. And the fact that there are so many Hellenic skeletons in all major branches of the Judeo Christian religion...including the Muslim...will serve as both the savior, and or potentially the destroyer for western religion.

    Its funny to me to hear Osteen say that we are the most perfect being that God ever created and asks each of us to acknowledge that before God and our own mirror, and then to realize that Walt Whitman said something very nearly the same two hundred years ago!!!! Pastors like Osteen want to let the sunshine in, and people sense that, and flock to him, but the challenge is going to come when the doors of the church are locked and the light still shines bright.....that's when a whole of adjustments are going to be necessary.

    March 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Austin

      People choose to worship God to glorify God. some people run in to church to get their religious obligations taken care of and put in check. Other go to support the ministry of outreach . And to sing and say

      OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD. MAY THE NAME OF JESUS BE GLORIFIED IN THE EARTH.

      And when times get tougher, the Holy Spirit will call the hearts of the church, and in time of persecution, and when it is least expected, GOD WILL INCREASE, our of nothing. He will take a baby thrown into a river. A boy sold into slavery by his own brothers, He will minister to the world through the killer of His own people.

      We do not know how God does the most incredible things in the least likely places. Glory to God in the highest. He is the Lord and He is risen. Jehovah Shammah The Lord is There

      March 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • Austin

      I am not down with Helinistic culture after reading Maccabees .

      March 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • sensible

      Austin...how you know that god does anything?? How can you determine exactly when god steps in to "help" or if its something that just happened in your favor. How do you know its not some other invisible fictional character pulling the strings?? How about when the situation turns out bad as it often does?? Is it god's will or the devil won that particular match??

      March 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • Austin

      @ Sensible
      Jehovah Shammah
      the Lord is There

      The Holy Spirit is a sanctifying spirit that bears the truth of Gods word on a persons heart.

      <>
      King James Version
      26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

      March 31, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  10. Atheist, me?

    I mean Gospel in the sense of the xtian message. If you post such long ones it renders the meaning redundant just like spam.
    Just post shoryer ones on the same tather than one long one!

    March 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Austin

      Its all worth reading.

      Were the Nazarites, or the priesthood, the group Sampson was in........ how they weren't allowed to go near a vineyard.......
      I was wondering, did Christ as the high priest from the order of Melchizedek, did He fulfill the priestly duties to a T?

      When people say He drank wine, "He came eating and drinking" how does this mean He drank wine?

      John the baptist did not, he had his own style. But I head wine refers in the Hebrew and New testament language it has like 8 different definitions, and some are "jam" "jelly" and they would take a jam paste and put it into their wine skins full of water because the water had microbes in it that needed to be treated with the alcohol to keep it drinkable. And also the term wine referred to a watered down wine that was 1/10 as potent as modern wine.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • clarity

      @Austin That is disgusting.

      March 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
  11. Vic

    ..

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/29/joel-osteen-dismisses-the-bible-controversy/comment-page-2/#comment-2250673

    Reading comments on this thread reminds me of:-

    – The movie "Grease!!"
    – The infamous "Drill baby drill!"
    – BP oil slick!
    – Offshore Drilling Moratorium!
    – The magazine "Car & Driver!"
    – Cheese Cake Factory!
    – The cartoon series "South Park!"
    – Armageddon!
    – The movie "Thriller!"
    – Zombies & the series "The Walking Dead!"
    – Cash cows!
    – The Civil War!
    – My dental amalgams!
    – Halloween masks!
    – The "Late Night Show" with David Letterman!
    – The "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno!
    ..and the list goes on and on and on..

    All stand up comedy material!!

    I think Joel Osteen is topping the charts already!!

    LOL!!

    March 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  12. Gadea

    There is no invisible man, with a long white beard, sitting on a golden throne, in the sky.
    There were no Virgin births in that time.
    Sperm had to fertilize an egg.
    Nobody walks on water without drowning.

    March 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • TANK!!!!

      Let me try my hand at a little apologetics.

      "There is no invisible man, with a long white beard, sitting on a golden throne, in the sky."

      You don't know that.

      "There were no Virgin births in that time."

      Who knows? God may have eja-culated outside Mary's genitals and had the sperm swim in to meet the egg.

      "Sperm had to fertilize an egg."

      Maybe humans could reproduce ase-x.ually then.

      "Nobody walks on water without drowning."

      Maybe the water was frozen.
      -------------------------------------------------

      How did I do?

      March 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Since we have virgin births now maybe the prediction was just off and the little Jesus baby is with us now!

      Hey, wait, I want to use that in my religion...

      March 31, 2013 at 12:11 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    March 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Get over yourself tbt.

      March 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Writerscramp

      Read a few actual history books sometime ... More people have been killed in the name of Christianity in the past 2000 years than just about any other other cause

      March 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      So you're 'writerscramp' now eh tbt?

      How the hit and run proseltyzing business going?

      Any new converts to your lies today?

      March 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Or more likely, our handle thief.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:26 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!,

      March 31, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier, and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 31, 2013 at 9:50 am |
  14. John the Historian

    All Osteen wants is his collection plate and his mansion home paid for. Who will remember his dogma when he is dead. Just like the bulls of a dead pope. Who cares. Where is his love, charity, understanding, tolerance, compassion, and giving nature. The number of atheists and agnostics is growing. The division between Christian denominations is very great. Many Christian groups support President Obama and also Gay rights. How much charity would his bank account and home help pay for. He is being very disingenuous by saying the politics behind his movie isn't poltically motivated. Osteen's religion is about power and money. His hairsplitting dogma means nothing and does not make people's lives better.

    March 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  15. Paul

    Joel Oilsheen didn't really need to "dismiss" anything. He just let it slide off his greasy locks – problem solved.

    March 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
  16. Marie

    Ewww! A bunch of oily stuff came out of my USB ports as soon as I arrived at this article. Yuk.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Zombie Jesus Has Arisen from the Grave, and He Wants Brains! (Christians, being brainless, are safe)

    Joel Osteen needs more money now!!!

    Operators are standing by to save your soul with a range of payment plans.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Joel's favorite hymn

      Oh lord won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz and the sheep oblige, Janice RIP.

      March 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  18. Peter. The theory of uniformitarianism

    Peter. The theory of uniformitarianism
    3Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    Feast of Unleavened Bread

    Israel was a slave in Egypt. God delivered through power and spokesman Moses the ten plagues, after warnings to release Israel . The tenth plague , the death of the first born, was on a night that Israel had taken unblemished lamb sacrifice, and the put blood on the doorpost. At midnight the blood set Israel apart in Egypt, so the spirit passed over these homes . There was chaos at night and Israel was ready for the escape through the prophetic power and deliverance.

    After they came up out of Egypt into the desert, God ordained the festival calender that has stood to this day.
    Unleavened bread festival, Nisan 15, symbolized the "raising up out of bondage from Egypt".

    The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

    4“ ‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: 5The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. 7On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. 8For seven days present a food offering to the Lord. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.’ ”

    Offering the Firstfruits

    9The Lord said to Moses, 10“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old without defect, 13together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephaha of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hinb of wine. 14You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

    The Festival of Weeks

    15“ ‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord. 18Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the Lord, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 19Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offeringc and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. 20The priest is to wave the two lambs before the Lord as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the Lord for the priest. 21On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

    This all is a foreshadow of who Christ was, day for day, festival for festival. God is supernatural and all powerful. He is risen.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Peter. The theory of uniformitarianism
    Isaiah 53 >>
    New International Version
    1Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
    2He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
    He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
    3He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
    Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
    4Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
    yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
    5But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
    6We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
    7He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
    he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    8By oppressiona and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.b
    9He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
    though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
    10Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makesc his life an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
    11After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of lifed and be satisfiede ;
    by his knowledgef my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
    12Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,g
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,h
    because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
    For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      I as a Xtian love for u to share the Gospel but could u do it with more meaning!

      March 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "3Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires."

      Wow, so he predicted people would not argree with his apocalyptic ramblings and labeled those who would not believe him in the future "evil".....you do realize that is right out of the manual of any apocalyptic cult and is not impressive in the least.

      March 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Cheesemaker
      You do realise that you are a member of a cult that deifies Reason contrary to the scientific fact that men are emoyional beings and can't be rational without self actualization.

      March 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "You do realise that you are a member of a cult that deifies Reason contrary to the scientific fact that men are emoyional beings and can't be rational without self actualization."

      1. What cult am I a member of? Don't even think of responding with "Atheism". Theism and Atheism are responses to the question "do you believe in a god". As such atheism is no more a religion than theism is. Theism is not a religion, neither is atheism.

      2. What are you refering to that "defies reason"?

      3. Please explain why one can't be "rational" without "self actualization"? You may have a point with this one but I want to hear your explanation.

      March 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      While you are at it I posted a question to you about slavery on the previous page. Please address that as well because it goes to the heart of why I think the god of the bible is man made fiction. Here is your chance to change my mind.

      March 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • @ atheist me?

      You are asking me to present the gospel with more meaning?
      What I posted, were not "gospel verses." Not one of those passages were per say "gospel verses". That being said, do you appreciate prophetic scripture and history? Today is saturday. yesterday was friday. tomorrow is sunday. those are all great days.

      My point is this. Certain parts of scripture as I learned them left me awe struck. That is up to the Holy Spirit.

      And so there is no way I can add meaning to anything. It is not for me to add meaning a person will realized the value in something or they will not. But this is certain, the recurrent pathway i ones mind can hit home at any time in a persons life. it might be five years from now through a side trial or experience where God uses any circu.mstance, good or bad, to work for His glory and purpose.

      Are you implying that I should present the gospel? What are your thoughts? I think the festival of unleavened bread has significance today do you ? Israel and Egypt , and sin and unleavened bread on this saturday?

      March 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Pete
      Just shorter posts no matter what your take is!

      March 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Cheesemaker
      I love the way you make Theism and Atheism out as opposites but this is wrong. Theism and Non-theism are opposites in this sense. There are several non-theistic religions like Stoicism, Confucianism, and of course Atheism

      March 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Cheesemaker
      I also said deifies (makes a god of) not defies(resists) Reason!
      Also you cannot be rational in thought without first being emotionally intelligent which is a hallmark of self actualisation!

      March 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      A non-theistic religion is a religion without the belief in a god.....hence an atheistic religion....you can't be serious.

      ase xual (without s ex) ......atheism (without theism). Stoicism and confuscianism are a religion because they have tenents they follow. Atheists do not have a tenent, you can call me a "non-theist" if you like but if you are going to say I am in a cult you need to explain exactly what cult attributes I follow.

      How does one "make a god of" reason. Reason is a mental tool. It is the tool we use to determine what is actually true and real as opposed to delusional thinking.

      "Also you cannot be rational in thought without first being emotionally intelligent which is a hallmark of self actualisation!"

      That did not explain anything. I can say "you can't be emotionally intelligent without being rational". One does not come the other they are developed together. You are not saying anything.

      March 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Cheesemaker
      If you will be so kind list the nones. Do you realise that Non- is used rather than A-.
      Atheism has tenets unless you are ignorant of them.

      March 31, 2013 at 2:02 am |
    • Saraswati

      @Atheist, me?

      could you please give your definition of atheism?

      Thanks.

      March 31, 2013 at 2:09 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Apparently I am ignorant of them and the rituals that atheism uses as a religion. Sounds you could list them for me with your vast knowledge of what atheism is, please do.

      March 31, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      Cheesemaker
      1)The Basic tenet of Atheism is that if knowledge cannot be assessed through the five rational senses then it is to be rejected as unfounded.
      I thought u knew this!

      March 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Wrong. As usual. As always.

      There are no "tenets" of atheism. Go love yourself a neighbor.

      March 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Tom
      If there was not we wud all be Atheists as some of you erroneously claim. There is a specific set of beliefs Atheists expound. In fact a second well-held belief is that Atheism is not a religion. As I say always if you don't believe in anything then you are simply not human!

      March 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Nope,

      There are atheists that believe in ESP. Knowledge is not assesed through our senses, it is gathered, it assessed by our brain.

      Definition of assessed as you are using it:

      to estimate or judge the value, character, etc., of; evaluate: to assess one's efforts.

      I would ask you a question though, do you think there is another way to obtain information than through our 5 senses?

      I find it interesting you seem desperate to define atheism as something other than a lack of belief in a god.

      March 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "There is a specific set of beliefs Atheists expound. In fact a second well-held belief is that Atheism is not a religion. As I say always if you don't believe in anything then you are simply not human!"

      The one belief you have listed is wrong. The second in your statement that I quoted you on above is not a belief in the sense you are using it. You are doing the same thing many believers to and conflating mutiple definitions of the term "belief" either through ignorance or in an attempt to confuse the debate.

      Here are beliefs I hold that are not tied to atheism:

      Humans do not require a god to be moral.
      Religion divides more than it unites.
      It is untrue that atheists “believe in nothing”.
      It does not take more faith to be an atheist.
      Atheists do not deny god because they wish to be god.
      Religion and science are incompatible.
      Complexity does not equal design.
      The scientific method trumps primitive anonymous texts.
      The scriptures are ridiculous, offensive and demonstrably false.
      One does not require an afterlife to have a meaningful life.
      Threats of eternal punishment betray a weak argument.
      Schools should be filled with facts, not fanatics.
      Your personal experience does not prove god.
      An inability to disprove god does not prove god.
      Not knowing what caused the big bang does not prove god.
      Even if you prove evolution is completely wrong, it will not prove god.
      And if you believe in any gods the burden of proof is on you.

      March 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • fintastic

      @Atheist, me?.......... just because you decide to change the definition of a word does not make it so.

      Atheism = Lack of belief in god. It's really that simple. Nothing more.

      April 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • fintastic

      @cheese..... "I find it interesting you seem desperate to define atheism as something other than a lack of belief in a god."

      Isn't it sad when someone lies out of desperation?

      April 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "There is a specific set of beliefs Atheists expound."

      No, there aren't. If there were, you could list them here, right now. You're an idiot, Nii, and you can't read to save your life. No wonder you have to love yourself. No one else does.

      April 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  19. Shout-Out: TheBibleReloaded

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSKAGA7AwLQ

    March 30, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Doris

      LOL!

      March 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Hilarious.

      March 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    I am hearing voices..... They aaaare baaaack !

    March 30, 2013 at 11:26 am |
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