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October 20th, 2013
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CNN exclusive: Chris Tomlin's new music video

By the CNN Belief Blog Editors
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(CNN)– One of the most popular artists on the planet, Chris Tomlin, is about to release a new music video, and CNN's Belief Blog has an exclusive first look.

Next week Tomlin is releasing a deluxe CD/DVD edition of his chart-topping album "Burning Lights."

The CNN Belief Blog is the only place you can see Tomlin's new video, "God's Great Dance Floor," filmed live at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

In March, we profiled the popular Christian singer, whose songs are sung by as many as 30 million people each week at churches across the country.

CNN Belief – Chris Tomlin, king of the sing-along

As lively as (Tomlin's) shows are, the point is not to get you inside the doors. The point is to get you singing in church.

“I strive for trying to write something that people can sing, that people want to sing, and that people need to sing,” Tomlin explained before the show.

Tomlin is the undisputed king of worship music, a genre of Christian music sung on Sunday mornings all across the world and increasingly played on Christian radio stations. The music is simple, devotional and easy on the ears.

“We would say that Chris is the most prolific songwriter in the United States now, in this past decade,” said Howard Rachinski, CEO of Christian Copyright Licensing International, the company that tracks what music is used in churches around the world.

In 2012, CCLI paid out $40 million to artists and musicians, and Tomlin got a healthy slice of that pie. Churches around the world used 128 songs he wrote or co-wrote last year, Rachinski said.

CCLI estimates that every Sunday in the United States, between 60,000 and 120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs. By extrapolating that data, Rachinski says, “our best guess would be in the United States on any given Sunday, 20 to 30 million people would be singing Chris Tomlin's songs.”

Chris Tomlin's "God's Great Dance Floor" video from "Burning Lights" Deluxe Edition CD/DVD appears here courtesy of Capitol Christian music group.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Music

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  1. Realist

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    ... http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com ...

    ... and thank goodness ...

    ... because he emanates from the ..

    ... http://www.EVILbible.com ...

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    October 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  2. Shout out to Tomlin!

    Tomlin was born in Grand Saline, Texas in 1972 to Connie and Donna Tomlin. He has two younger brothers, Ryan and Cory.[2] Chris Tomlin first learned how to play the guitar by playing along with Willie Nelson records.[3]

    Tomlin wrote his first worship song at age fourteen. He entered college planning to study physical therapy, but says he felt God's calling to something else.[citation needed]

    In the mid-1990s Tomlin was a worship leader at the Dawson McAllister Youth Conferences, as well as at various church camps in Texas.

    Tomlin attended Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M University. After college, Tomlin and the band developed while working with the Harvest Ministry at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas in the late 1990s
    -Wiki

    October 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • 90210

      Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, Tomlin!

      🙂

      October 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
      • Teresa

        AMEN!

        October 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  3. To the belief blog editors

    Not sure if you are aware of an on going problem with this blog, but many comments are being deleted.

    Not sure if this is a
    a) bug within Word press that allows commenters to misuse the "report abuse" link or,
    b) someone(he/she) to whom you have granted the "Moderator" access to moderate posts is misusing this privilege.

    We can understand that "spam" must be deleted, but what we observe is otherwise–
    in most cases scripture verses posted on faith articles that are relevant to the topic under discussion are getting deleted.
    Also, few Christian posters who have responded to comments see their posts vanish. On the other hand You tube videos such as
    "12 tribes of Israel", "Neil De grasse", "Hamster wheel", "Benny Hinn" videos, barrage of Scripture verses from "Bob", lengthy posts from "Colin"
    that are totally irrelevent to the opinion piece/articles is allowed to stand and is not touched.

    Based on this observation, it appears that most Christian posts are getting deleted.

    Most of us enjoy reading articles posted on the belief blog and like to share our thoughts and views, but in the absence of tighter controls over comment deletion,
    this message board is becoming unpleasant to deal with.

    Can you please look into this?

    Thank you!

    October 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • speltomqt

      Thank you. Someone needed to say that.

      October 21, 2013 at 12:40 am |
  4. Kman

    Hey Colin. My point in the Dead Sea scrolls is the ties to human history not just to some myth or story. I know the scrolls were kept by the Essenes but in the scrolls a number of manuscripts that are contained in the bible both old and new testaments including one of the gospels. There are countless events recorded in the bible that have been validated by archeaological discoveries such as accurate historical facts about ancient Egypt and Babylonia. The bible is not some fairy tale or story. We might be better off today when it comes to materialistic or physical things but when it comes to a moral compass we are not any better off now than what was going on 2 thousand years ago. this is not about a religion its about a cure and a relationship with God. God gave us a cure for our sin and leaves it up to us to either accept it or reject it. To know that Jesus came willingly to suffer and go through a horrific crucifixion because he wanted me to have a relationship with with Him and to know forgiveness and His love changed my life. Is Jesus who He said He was is the real question. We know He existed we have secular historical writings to confirm that He existed and was crucified as well as our current calendar. It's not about religion its about Him. It was nice conversing with you.

    October 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • bacbik

      Too much BS.. too much unnecessary capitalization.. too long.. too boring..

      October 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      The Dead Sea scrolls are basically religious texts – they are not archeaological support for the bible.

      "There are countless events recorded in the bible that have been validated by archeaological discoveries such as accurate historical facts about ancient Egypt and Babylonia."
      This is not true – a people and a few more places but none of the foundational stuff: garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Noah, etc.

      October 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  5. Bootyfunk

    zomg! breaking news on the Onion:

    God Reveals He Occasionally Eats Humans
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/god-reveals-he-occasionally-eats-humans,34264/

    October 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Oh Thank You

      that was wonderfully entertaining. Of course, in the extremely unlikelihood that God exists as depicted in the Bible, it's perfectly reasonable to think he might behave that way.

      October 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  6. Idol family

    We are here. What can we do for you?

    October 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • O'Really

      Do you have a life outside of this blog or do you sit here deleting comments all day long?

      October 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
      • Idol family

        Why are you tormenting us with scriptures?

        October 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
        • Teresa

          Why do you continue to read and comment on this blog that is all about scripture and "God" if you don't want to find out more about Him?

          October 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Actually Teresa, it's a belief blog. So comments are not restricted to your god or praise of it.

          October 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
        • Teresa

          You are absolutely correct comments are not restricted.

          October 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
        • Teresa

          You still did not answer my question as to why you are on here. Since it is a "belief" blog, you must be in search of the TRUTH.

          October 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
        • Crom

          I came here to post this. It is my only function at this time.

          October 21, 2013 at 12:42 am |
        • G to the T

          "you must be in search of the TRUTH" – Nope. And I would never trust someone who says they KNOW the TRUTH. Certainty is the end of knowledge, not the beginning.

          October 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  7. Bootyfunk

    there is nothing worse than christian cult music.

    October 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      here's a much better song about god:

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

      October 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WANNqr-vcx0

        October 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  8. Lionly Lamb

    The city lays awaiting for to be occupied... Built upon the dawning moments by predetermination the city now sleeps... Which one among us will be the city's 1st occupier..? Who among us knows well the truthful whereabouts of God's kingdom city domains..?

    Luke 17:21 "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

    October 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      1 Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."

      October 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        yikes, sounds like a slave/master relationship.

        October 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        Sired Booty...

        God labors together with us all equally and in timely measures upon the inside dimensions of our individualized body's spatial conformities... For without inner space there could be no outer space and without supreme beings living upon inner space there could be no beings living upon outer spatial domains... We all are mere constructs ever to be housed by the families of Godly supervised beings culminating beyond our fathomable abilities toward rightfully understanding natures of Cosmological Orderliness Ways...

        October 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
        • Doris

          Oh no no no. Stop holding that stuff inside. Let it go. A few prunes before bedtime might help.

          October 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          is there some sort of Rosetta Stone i need to translate your babble into a comprehensible language?

          October 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sired Doris...

          My leavings of worded blissfulness hangs apart from those who climb the vineyards drink... The budding flavonoids of weedy contorts congeal in puffer residuals heading out into and beyond any and all ill-natured aspects of neuronal receptors spreading apart and onto all embodied nomenclatures of the physically woven fields of Life...

          Sired Booty...

          Timely austerity may well one day lead those who dare want are willing able to wantonly follow... As Cannabis once again rises above any nation's ill-conceived prohibitionist propaganda, its medicinal effects will render the world's medicinally needy; reason for want of Life and living it...

          October 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  9. Teresa

    Matthew: 11“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    October 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      that's great to hear because christians insult, persecute and say evil against atheists all the time.
      so i'm going to get in good with a god i don't believe in because of the christian haters telling me i'm going to hell for not believing in god?
      shweet.

      October 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
      • Jesus' Beloved

        And this is the real reason you're so angry. You think you're going to hell.
        A wise teacher teaches: "
        ALL mankind will ultimately go back through the passage way at the east of the garden of Eden where the fiery sword and the cherubim are. If we seek the Lord now and are baptized in fire,...
        On the other hand, those that dawdle and remain two eyed will continue on their merry way until the end of this age is rolled up like a scroll.
        Then, the procrastinators will be forced to take the only passage out which is through the fire.
        What is for us the baptism of fire, becomes a "hell fire" for them as they are suddenly forced to face their own carnality.
        For if we seek the Lord now, the refining process is a more gradual one and when it is completed, we will welcome rather than dread the end of this age.
        But, in any case, the objective of the process is to free man from his carnality, not to destroy him.
        For it is the carnality that is to be burned up root and branch."

        He that has an ear, let him hear... remember we are destined to reign with Christ... how can one reign if they aren't trained (i.e. go through the refining process)...

        You'll never know how much God Loves you until you realize how much he Loves his Son Christ Jesus.

        October 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          No evidence of hell. No evidence of heaven. No evidence of a god. Nothing to fear from the supernatural.

          October 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
        • Teresa

          You along with all creation are the wonderful evidence of God and He loves you just as much as He loves anyone else He has created!

          October 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
        • Richard Cranium

          Teresa
          it is just as equal evidence that we were put here by aliens or that we are in the matrix.

          October 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
        • Teresa

          I don't agree but that is the beauty of the God I believe in and love. He gives us that choice to either believe or not. However, if your belief is aliens or the matrix, how do you explain their existence?

          October 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
        • Richard Cranium

          teresa
          I didn't say that is what I believe...simply said your evidence...that we exist...is NOT evidence of god, or the matrix, or aliens. It only shows we exist....does not address how we got here.

          October 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
        • sam stone

          teresa: why is it so important for you to believe that "god" loves you?

          do you feel inadequate without it?

          October 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
        • Teresa

          I know He loves me and yes before I accepted salvation that He gives freely to anyone who is willing to accept what His son did on the cross for us, I felt a huge void in my life but once I accepted and invited Jesus Christ into my heart that void was removed and He has done great things in my life. That is one thing I am not ashamed to admit! 🙂

          October 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
        • Nada

          Teresa

          Do you hear gods voice talking to you?

          October 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • sam stone

      isn't that sweet?

      you are sufferring just like jeebus

      he must be fully engorged for you

      October 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  10. Lionly Lamb

    God's Spirit being Nothingness, holds in God's Spiritual Bosom; the Allness of Everything Materially Consecrated...

    October 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  11. Hymns for real people

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKjJsM5AuIs&w=560&h=315]

    October 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  12. Lionly Lamb

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTHrTOzfqhg&feature=player_embedded

    October 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  13. Tim

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=l6YCrWhUdDs

    October 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Kim

      What cheesy "music". Painfully sugarcoated junk. Stinky poo!

      October 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • El Pibe

      Tim – "Chris Tomln – Our God".... Which God? The money god? Asking to compose "christian" music for free and watch him run away from "his God"

      October 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Brent

      Great worship songs by Chris Tomlin.

      Passion city must be blessed to have his lead them in worship!

      October 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
      • Brent

        *Passion city must be blessed to have Chris lead them in worship!

        October 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • El Pibe

        The message born agains give to non believers is this – " You can gain salvation, but you have to pay first, if you cant pay, sorry , you cant be feed spiritually"

        October 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
        • Teresa

          That is an untrue statement. 🙁

          October 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Uggg

      Would it have killed the guy to buya few more chords? Now I need another espresso.

      October 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  14. El Pibe

    "Born Again" churches really need to review their motives of serving God. Religion has became now a days a big business. Please read the bible properly and try to find out what was the motive, of Christians of the first century for serving God. Please review these bible passages carefully, and evaluate your or your Pastor or churches motives to serve God...If its for the wrong motives you could be in for big trouble, and be a victim of spiritual exploitation:

    Mat 10:8 – "...You received free, give free." Jesus words

    1 Thess 2:9 – "Surely you remember, brothers, our labor and toil. We were working night and day, so that we would not put an expensive burden on any one of you, when we preached the good news of God to you." Apostol Paul

    2 Thess 3:8 – "On the contrary, by labor and toil we were working night and day so as not to impose an expensive burden on any one of you" Apostol Paul

    October 20, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    •  Good old Saul

      The Joseph Smith of the NT

      October 20, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • El Pibe

        The OT predicted the coming of the Messiah and Jesus accomplish all the prophecies regarding him in the OT...Joseph Smith didnt accomplish non of them. And unfortunately the Jews, even though they saw the signs of the Messiah, they preferred not to recognize it...they preferred sticking with there old traditions, even after the predicted destruction of the Temple in 70 AC!

        October 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
        • Lol

          You didn't think they could get the new screenplay for Gullible's Travels – Part 2 to fly without making it fit well with Part 1, did you?

          October 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
        • G to the T

          So either Jesus was son of god and fulfilled prophecy OR the writers of the bible WANTED jesus to fulfill prophecy (even when the "prophecy" in question has nothing to do with a messiah) and wrote the stories accordinly.

          Now which is more propable?

          October 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  15. romeomilea

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    October 20, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Lionly Lamb

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SmVAWKfJ4Go

      October 20, 2013 at 11:46 am |
  16. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    You can be free of the moribund imaginings of relgions that have lived on us, taken so much from us, and given so little in return. The door is open. Reality is bright and full of possibilities. Leave the doddering old eminences to the dust of their hymnals and bibles. Get out and be real.

    October 20, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Lionly Lamb

      Imagine that.... Freedom to do as one so pleases with no worry of doing wrong should one venture down the wrong path...

      October 20, 2013 at 11:17 am |
      • Which

        keeps up stepping on each other's toes more – religion or out common law?

        October 20, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  17. Kman

    It is reasonable to be a skeptic Colin.but I am curious as to just how much time you have spent in the Bible or looked into its historical accuracy. Have you ever heard about the Dead Sea scrolls? A time capsule up to the 1900s.You say it is outdated morality and that it condones certain horrific behavior. The Bible gives a clear description of our behavior not Gods and just tells it like it is and clearly does not condone it.Not much difference in our behavior today is there ? I wonder what the world would be like if we actually heard and applied Jesus teaching in His Sermon on the Mount. How outdated is that? Just curious. The Bible is a book about redemption from start to finish. Looking at the state of affairs in the US and around the world it is clear that we need healing and redemption that is far beyond our reach without Gods help. God doesn't force anyone to believe in Him.He leaves it entirely up to us. His existence is clear in His creation so that every man is without excuse. Its your choice if you reject Him not His.

    October 20, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • Bob

      Kman, those are the same standard hackneyed Christian lines you presented. They are fallacious. A closer look at the bible readily reveals that it is internally inconsistent, often wrong, and has awful guidance like the following in it. Better to look elsewhere than the Christian mythbook for moral and life guidance:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      October 20, 2013 at 10:50 am |
      • Robert

        You and many atheists don't educate yourselves before speaking. Sadly many Christians don't either which simply exacerbates the problem. I don't mind if someone doesn't believe.. It's reality that other people will have different beliefs and that's just dandy with me. In fact the new testament offers us many opportunities to embrace those with different life styles and beliefs. So here you are quoting a bunch of old testament stuff that isn't relevant to Christianity.

        Jesus represents the new covenant and the new testament is what Christians follow. So everything you quoted with the exception of Revelations, which is out of context BTW, is not relevant to Christian beliefs.

        Sadly many Christians with hate in their heart quote non-relevant old testament stuff as well in order to keep people like gays from having the same rights in this country as we do. In fact the new testament and the teachings of Jesus allow for gay marriages. The teachings of Jesus even offer opportunities to believe in evolution and reveal to us that God shows things to us as time goes on. When fact is revealed to us by God via scientific endeavors of man he even says we're foolish to not believe what he's revealed to us.

        That is the reality of Christianity that many don't understand or refuse to follow. That's due mostly to the Christian church system which has it's roots in the mid 1600s and continues to this day. The good news is that because of modern media the church is changing to meet those who require a more common sense approach. Chris Tomlin is one of the leaders of that movement and I'm happy to see more people like him bringing the ancient systems of the Christian church into relevant times.

        You're in a country where you are free to believe what you want and you're clear that you don't believe in Christianity. However I suggest that in the future you quote relevant parts of the bible in your arguments. I think you'll have a hard time finding hateful and ridicules statements in the new testament. In fact educating yourself with the teaching of Jesus might even be enlightening.

        October 20, 2013 at 11:36 am |
        • Bob

          Robert, you are an idiot. Read again. Some of my quotes are from your foul new testament, dummy. As usual, the atheist knows your horrid mythbook better than you do:

          Numbers 31:17-18
          17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
          18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

          Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

          Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

          Leviticus 25
          44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
          45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
          46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

          Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

          Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

          And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

          So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

          Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
          Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
          http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

          October 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
        • Kenny

          It's the Robert-Bob wars. But Bob sure nailed you to the wall on that one, Robert. Looks like you lost round one.

          October 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
      • laceydon

        Bob, I commented on your post earlier, but I'd like to say something about the sacrifices.

        The sacrifices were not for God; they were for people. They were not supposed to be pretty. Rather they were horrific, even to those who practiced them. They we're supposed to called attention to the horrific nature of sin – and to God's forgiveness.

        October 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
        • Bob

          Baloney, lacydon. The sacrifices were to and for god. That is what your nasty holey book says that your god demands. So go jump that goat, stupid, or your god will burn you forever.

          October 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Colin

      Hey Kman, sorry I took so long to respond, I just saw your post. First, the Dead Sea Scrolls are not Christian writings. They were written by the Essenes, an extremist sect of apocalyptic Jews who advocated extreme asceticism, abstinence and isolation from the broader community. I don’t quite get the point you are trying to make.

      As to your point about morality, yes, the Sermon on the Mount does contain some beautiful morality which is consonant with today’s ideals of morality. The problem is the Bible also contains a lot of brutal, bloodthirsty morality, including genocide, r.ape, murder and the death penalty for the most trivial of peccadilloes. My point is, this is entirely consistent with it being a product of man over an extended period, not the word of a timeless, all loving, all knowing god.

      Finally, as to your point about the World today, we are actually in much better shape than many previous generations in terms of security, health, and length and quality of life. An argument can be made that religion and religious differences fuel many of the disputes in the World today – Muslims v. Christians in Egypt; Sunni v. Shiite in Iraq; Protestant v. Catholic in Northern Ireland; Buddhist v. Muslim in Myanmar; Alawite v. Sunni in Syria; Jew v. Muslims in Palestine.

      October 20, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  18. Music Critic

    The music itself is quite generic, the lyrics are formula. His voice has that annoying crack in it, and he himself has only so-so talent.
    No Better than a C. Average, formulated and as far as music, uninspired and generic.

    October 20, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    •  

      (sheeple fodder)

      October 20, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  19. Who?

    Jjust reading about Christian music has killed the effect of my first cup of espresso. Time for another.

    October 20, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • Bob

      Same here. Cheers to you, Who?.

      October 20, 2013 at 10:51 am |
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