The 8 best tweets about Tim Howard and Jesus
Tim Howard's saving power has the Twitter masses crying for more.
July 2nd, 2014
09:07 AM ET

The 8 best tweets about Tim Howard and Jesus

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor

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(CNN) - Yeah, but can he walk on water?

After Team USA goalie Tim Howard's divine performance in Tuesday's World Cup match against Belgium, some folks - ok, a lot of folks - were comparing the devout Christian's saving power to Jesus.

There's even a Twitter account called simply, @TimHowardJesus

Here are some top tweets about the Man in Goal and the Man from Galilee. If you see any good ones, please send them to me @BurkeCNN.

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Filed under: Christianity • Jesus • Social media • Sports

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  1. monica7c


    July 12, 2014 at 9:58 am |
  2. Salero21

    JAJAJA... oops... pardon me please... I meant to say again... HAHAHA and more HAHAHA. Extremely hypocritical and Compulsive lying atheists are sending me Spam mail from CNN and WordPress.

    July 11, 2014 at 11:04 am |
    • midwest rail

      The 4th of July was last week. No one is interested in watching your head explode – again.

      July 11, 2014 at 11:06 am |
  3. lookatuniverse

    Quran says (Islamic Scripture)

    “Do you say that Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs were Jewish or Christian? Say, "Do you know better than God? Who is more evil than one who conceals a testimony he has learned from God? God is never unaware of anything you do." [2:140]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    “It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” [19:35]

    “No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. ... [35:18]

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “Recall that your Lord said to the angels, "I am placing a representative on Earth." They said, "Will You place therein one who will spread evil therein and shed blood, while we sing Your praises, glorify You, and uphold Your absolute authority?" He said, "I know what you do not know." [2:30]

    “They say , "We live only this life; we will not be resurrected. If you could only see them when they stand before their Lord! He would say, "Is this not the truth?" They would say, "Yes, by our Lord." He would say, "You have incurred the retribution by your disbelief." [6:30]

    “We have honored the children of Adam, and provided them with rides on land and in the sea. We provided for them good provisions, and we gave them greater advantages than many of our creatures.” Quran [17:70]

    “O children of Adam, when messengers come to you from among you, and recite My revelations to you, those who take heed and lead a righteous life, will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.” Quran [7:35]

    “O children of Adam, do not let the devil dupe you as he did when he caused the eviction of your parents from Paradise, and the removal of their garments to expose their bodies. He and his tribe see you, while you do not see them. We appoint the devils as companions of those who do not believe.” Quran [7:27]

    “Losers indeed are those who disbelieve in meeting God, until the Hour comes to them suddenly, then say, "We deeply regret wasting our lives in this world." They will carry loads of their sins on their backs; what a miserable load! [6:31]

    ‘Say, "We believe in God, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters." [2:136]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to visit whyIslam org website.

    July 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
    • Reality

      Again what lookatuniverse forgot to add to his koranic list:

      o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)
      "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

      "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

      "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

      "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:29-)

      "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

      "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

      "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

      "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

      "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

      "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

      "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

      "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

      "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

      "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

      Quran (8:12) – "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

      Quran (9:5) – "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them."

      July 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm |
  4. His Panic

    I watched the game. Certainly there are many reasons why is call the "Beautiful game". Is elegant and a game that requires extraordinary ability to move and handle the ball with the feet like that, contrary to many other sports, where brute force, strength and superior size/weight is the determining factor in the final result.

    One thing I can tell and it is, that he was not in a state of Panic, though he may have been anxious and stressed out. That's because he does Trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son. Those who Trust in God and in Jesus Christ WILL NOT Panic. All others Will.

    July 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm |
    • His Panic

      He did not save all however, but Jesus WILL save ALL who Believe.

      July 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
      • meatheist

        And of course you are of that special group?

        July 3, 2014 at 11:47 pm |
        • nclaw441

          You could be in that group also.

          July 7, 2014 at 7:52 am |
        • midwest rail

          If that group includes the likes of Theo, fred, scot, Salero, ad nauseum, I will pass, thank you.

          July 7, 2014 at 8:19 am |
  5. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    What is the difference between Tim Howard and Jesus? Tim Howard exists.

    July 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
    • nclaw441

      I would just note that it is 2014, A.D. This man you say does not exist is the basis for the very calendar the world uses, and this is the least of His accomplishments. Many have sought to disprove His existence and His divinity (including the resurrection) and all have failed. Some, in their efforts to discredit Him, have come to believe in Him as Savior of the world.

      July 7, 2014 at 7:55 am |
      • igaftr

        Your calendar assertion is ridiculous. There are many calendars the world uses. He was not the inspiration for the calendar, just a believer happened to change the one that they were using at the time in his tiny part of the world. We were able to tell time, and were on a 365 day calendar long before your Jesus was created.

        Stop being absurd.

        July 7, 2014 at 8:23 am |
      • igaftr

        Why are the months of the year named for gods other than yours? the days of the week?

        Saturday is named for Saturn...does this validate believing in him too?

        Drop your ridiculous calendar garbage.

        July 7, 2014 at 8:59 am |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        The forced conversions of people to your religion and the use of your calendar is proof that your Jesus exists? LOL. Not everyone uses your calendar... most continue to use it out of convenience since it has been adopted as a secular standard for trade. Is that proof? The days and months are named after Norse, Roman and Greek gods... ergo, that must mean they are also real.

        July 8, 2014 at 10:37 am |
  6. Vic

    How about this:

    In sports new, inspired Apostle Tim Howard heroically defended Team USA against a hail of Belgium waffles...oops, I mean soccer shots.

    July 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
    • Reality

      Obviously, he "waffled" two of them so as was with Jesus, Timmy's flaws are part of the human condition.

      July 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
  7. Jack

    Someone send Tim Howard to the Middle East and let's just save that situation too

    –That is a very poor joke, people are dying, losing their homes and are being displaced by the millions, to make light of that situation is very uncool & unchristian!

    July 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      What a strange thing to say... killing people who don't believe what you do is VERY christian...

      July 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
    • thesamyaza

      that's right, sending a A bomb on Jerusalem will do more to save the situation

      what do you get when you combine New Jersey and Los Angeles with that film that develops in the back of your toilet after leaving it for a week after a three day party with over 50 guest from the Obesity United?


      July 3, 2014 at 11:56 pm |
  8. tallulah131

    I hope they are similarly getting rid of the Coldplay spammer. I hate that crap.

    July 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
  9. dimaggio65

    I tried to follow Tim Howard on Twitter but he blocked me...

    Still, I liked this highlight montage reel someone sent me on his saves http://bit.ly/1gDYU64

    July 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm |
  10. tallulah131

    Of course this brings to mind that old comedy standard:

    Jesus saves.... But Gretzky gets the rebound and SCORESSSSS!!!

    July 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm |
  11. Jack

    Jesus saves your soul &#9787
    Howard just saves your goal!!

    July 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
    • Jack

      Jesus saves your soul ☻
      Howard just saves your goal!!

      July 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm |
      • Reality

        Obvious failure on the part of both.

        July 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm |
      • G to the T

        "Soul" – well there's the rub now isn't it? I words like "soul" and "mind" are placeholders for processes we don't completely understand at the moment. So if I don't believe in the existence of a "soul" the rest of the Christian theology kind of falls apart.

        July 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm |
  12. Jack

    Jesus saves sinners for an eternal goal,
    Tim Howard saves a goal and tweets for Jesus!!

    July 2, 2014 at 11:43 am |
  13. Vic

    Think about it this way, every time Tim Howard was defending a shot, he was calling Jesus Christ.

    p.s. I am not into soccer but GO TEAM USA in everything!

    Also, speaking of goalies, Hope Solo has a run-in with the law recently.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:19 am |
    • igaftr

      Why do people think that their god cares at all about a game? If there are 50000 people praying for a goal, and 50,001 praying for no goal, and no goal is scored, does it show "god" cared?

      Millions of people prayed the twin towers would not fall, and only a few prayed to bring them down.

      Associating belief in a game is simply ridiculous.

      July 2, 2014 at 11:28 am |
      • Vic

        It's not really anything but a sentimental notion to pray for a score in a game or so. People of different walks of life do it, regardless of who their Deities or so are, it's like a lucky charm, I believe.

        Also, I was just following the gist of the tweets which the Blog post is about.

        July 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
  14. Rynomite

    Arrggh now the insufferable world cup has invaded the religion blog! Darwin save us from soccer!

    July 2, 2014 at 11:17 am |
    • In Santa We Trust

      Outside of the USA and a few other countries it is the biggest sport. Soon there'll be no avoiding it.

      July 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm |
      • tallulah131

        I'm not a fan, but I can turn off the TV and not click on the internet stories. I will always love hockey best, but I can see how it will never catch on in nations that simply don't have the ice.

        July 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
  15. G to the T

    "Jesus saves... and takes half damage"

    July 2, 2014 at 11:11 am |
  16. MadeFromDirt

    It's really not a joking matter to compare salvation of our eternal souls to goaltending, even in the World Cup. God doesn't care about performances or wins and losses in our earthly fun and games.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:05 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Tell that to NFL players scoring touchdowns.

      Or NBA players winning championships.

      Or Serena Williams winning tennis championships. (Not this week.)

      I saw a awful lot of signs of the cross before penalty kicks at the World Cup.

      July 2, 2014 at 11:15 am |
    • evidencenot

      Isn't it funny how god doesn't exist yet there are people that claim to speak for him.

      July 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
      • MadeFromDirt

        I do not speak for God. God does not need any man to speak for Him. God has spoken objectively in the Bible, and in His Creation, and His people can only relay the truths that can be found there. One of those truths is a warning about deceivers who claim subjective communication and knowledge from God, elevating themselves in self-idolatry, like the deniers, and that is not funny either.

        July 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm |
  17. G to the T

    Meh – I could take or leave most sports. The way I see it, they are all a metaphor for combat, so I just skip the middle man and watch MMA.

    July 2, 2014 at 10:29 am |
  18. Reality

    Unfortunately, our best athletes play football, basketball or baseball. Until this changes, the USA will never win the World Cup.

    July 2, 2014 at 9:18 am |
    • Rynomite

      It's not unfortunate. Why would anyone with a $ in their pocket actually want to play that sport?

      July 2, 2014 at 11:18 am |
      • igaftr

        Baseball is the most boring sport ever conceived, yet millions love it.

        Most of the time, you are watching two guys play catch.

        July 2, 2014 at 11:36 am |
        • G to the T

          Only thing worse than watching baseball is watching golf (or possibly bowling)...

          July 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
        • Reality

          That is why all sport events should be taped. If your team wins, watch the highlights which typically takes about two minutes of your time no matter what the sport might be. If your team/guy/gal loses, relish in hitting the Delete button.

          July 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
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