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August 1st, 2014
08:48 AM ET

Sudanese Christian woman who once faced death penalty arrives in U.S.

(CNN) - A Sudanese Christian woman once sentenced to death in her native country because of her faith arrived in her new home, the United States, on Thursday.

Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, her husband and two young children were greeted by a large crowd of supporters at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire. Ibrahim, whose sentence was overturned a few weeks ago, didn't speak with the media.

Her brother-in-law, Gabriel Wani, said there was "a lot of happiness right now."

New Hampshire's senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, sent staff members to the terminal and sent out a news release welcoming Ibrahim to the state.

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- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. austin929

    awesome prophecy
    third part zech 13:9

    And I have brought the third into fire, And refined them like a refining of silver, And have tried them like a trying of gold, It doth call in My name, and I answer it, I have said, 'My people it is,' And it saith, 'Jehovah is my God!'
    Parallel Commentaries
    Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

    13:7-9 Here is a prophecy of the sufferings of Christ. God the Father gave order to the sword of his justice to awake against his Son, when he freely made his soul an offering for sin. As God, he is called my Fellow. Christ and the Father are one. He is the Shepherd who was to lay down his life for the sheep. If a Sacrifice, he must be slain, for without shedding of the life-blood there was no remission.

    August 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
    • austin929

      the third part is a reference to the trinity

      August 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm |
      • tallulah131

        Isn't it astonishing how you can assign any meaning you want to ambiguous natterings? It didn't take much googling to find a few other interpretations. I guess inconsistent interpretation is a problem among christians. Why else would there be over 30,000 denominations based on the same book!

        August 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm |
    • TruthPrevails1

      http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Failed_biblical_prophecies
      You might wish to open your closed-mind and read that.

      August 4, 2014 at 6:21 am |
  2. jhg45

    can't wait to see the comments on the next subject. ought to be fun.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm |
    • TruthPrevails1

      Can't wait to laugh at your inept arguments on the next article...should be entertaining!

      August 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm |
    • TruthPrevails1

      Comments are closed on that article. However, do you REALLY feel it is fair not to tax churches when the revenue from doing so would greatly reduce the national debt, help with education and social programs or do you not really care about anything other than your imaginary friend and yourself??

      August 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm |
      • jhg45

        I know you misunderstand me since I agree those churches should be taken down, or taxed and soon will be. their wealth and piousness will come to nothing. they owe so much they can never repay except with their very being. that is why Rev.18:4,5 says" get out of her if you do not want to share in her sins and receive part of her plagues for her sins have massed together clear to heaven and God has called her acts of injustice to mind"

        August 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm |
        • TruthPrevails1

          What is going to make the church crumble is the lack of attendance. As people become better educated and see the logical fallacies within the bible, they tend to fall away.
          infidels.org is a great site for showing you where and why the bible is not correct.

          August 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
      • tallulah131

        Comments are open on the story on the main CNN site.

        August 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
  3. Vic

    ♰ ♰ ♰ Jesus Christ Is Lord ♰ ♰ ♰

    Freedom American Style

    As Merriam Ibrahim first touched down in the United States at Philadelphia, PA, the City of Brotherly Love and home for the Declaration of Independence and Liberty Bell, Mayor Michael Nutter presented her with a mini Liberty Bell as a symbol of U.S. Independence and "Freedom," and he called her a "freedom fighter."

    God Bless America.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
    • tallulah131

      I prefer to thank our Founding Fathers for creating a nation where those who are prosecuted for their beliefs can seek asylum in place where all beliefs (even no belief) are given equal standing.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm |
      • jhg45

        persecuted too.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm |
        • tallulah131

          That too.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm |
        • igaftr

          America persecutes all atheists every day, so no...persecution continues from the christians to non-christians, and especially atheists.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm |
    • igaftr

      vic
      Why do you command your god to bless only America?

      August 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm |
      • jhg45

        what makes people think they can command God to do anything?

        August 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm |
        • igaftr

          What makes people believe there are any gods with no evidence anywhere?

          August 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
        • jhg45

          c'mon look around, plenty of evidence just in the way we are made and the universe? No intelligence? everything shows more evidence of intelligent design than some foolish big bang theory.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm |
        • igaftr

          Not even close to being true. What you just said is the same as this.

          I see the wind, see it's effect, therefore the giant invisible dragons that make the wind must exist.

          There is no evidence anywhere of any gods, and no sign any form of intelligence was at work. There is simply nothing that you can follow that shows the effect (the universe) being caused directly by anything. We simply do not know.
          All you can see from the universe is that it exists, what caused it is still being examined, but there is no evidence anywhere to support any "intelligent design" or any gods.

          You are completely bypassing logic in favor of belief...baseless belief at that.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm |
        • tallulah131

          Scientific ignorance isn't proof of god. It's just proof of scientific ignorance.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
        • TruthPrevails1

          "c'mon look around, plenty of evidence just in the way we are made and the universe? No intelligence? everything shows more evidence of intelligent design than some foolish big bang theory."

          Nice God of The Gaps argument. "I don't see how it could be anything else, therefore God"...the height of intellectual dishonesty and willful ignorance!!

          August 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
        • jhg45

          Earth's location in the Milky Way and the solar system as well as the planet's orbit, tilt, rotational speed and unusual moon the magnetic field and atmosphere that serve as a dual shield; the natural cycles that replenish and cleanse the planet's air and water supply, so many other features can not be a product of blind chance but only of purposeful design. take this thought from the largest existing life form to the smallest and the chance if coincidence is impossible.

          August 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm |
        • igaftr

          " so many other features can not be a product of blind chance but only of purposeful design"

          Nice way to leap to an unjustified conclusion.

          Why can't they be?
          By all means, show the math proving an impossibility... a tiny probability is still a possibility. Just because you say so, does not make it so.
          As far as the planet, it's location etc...Life adapts to the available energy around it. There is nothing showinig that anything was set by any "intelligence"...nothing at all. That is merely an hypothesis, does not even qualify as a theory.
          Your argument continues to get weaker.

          August 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
        • tallulah131

          Wow. Again, jhg, your scientific ignorance isn't proof of god. This planet has changed radically several times since it first formed. Ninety-nine percent of all species to evolve are extinct. The species that could adapt were the ones to survive. This planet was shaped by the forces of the solar system and by it's own structure, not by any divine hand. Life had to evolve to survive on this planet, not the opposite.

          August 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm |
        • jhg45

          proof? no just evidence of enough intelligence in the universe, galaxies, solar system, planet, people etc. down to the smallest item you can identify and it is sufficient to tell me there is a being and not just a bang.

          August 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm |
        • observer

          jhg45,

          Even if Intelligent Design were proven to be true, there is ZERO PROOF that the designer was God. It could be Zeus or a committee of zombies among an infinite number of possibilities.

          August 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
        • tallulah131

          As I previously said, jhg, your ignorance is not proof of a god. Instead of waiting for honest truth, you simply stopped looking when you found the answer you like.

          August 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
        • jhg45

          wrong tal I never stop looking for truth but what I have seen at jw.org seems to be worth looking into or maybe you have stopped looking. check it out to learn what the Bible really teaches.

          August 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm |
        • midwest rail

          "...can not be a product of blind chance but only of purposeful design. "
          We're here. I'd say the chances are very good.

          August 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm |
        • tallulah131

          What you can't seem to comprehend is that it doesn't matter what the bible teaches. It's a book of human mythology. It has no more authority than other collection of myths. There is no evidence for the existence of ANY of the thousands of gods worshiped by humans. Your scientific ignorance is not proof of god. You simply found an answer you liked and stopped looking for the truth.

          I'm more than happy to wait for the honest answers honest people are still looking for. I have no need for myths or play pretend.

          August 3, 2014 at 10:53 pm |
        • TruthPrevails1

          You stopped looking for the truth the second you invoke god and tell people to look to the original book written about that god for answers.

          August 4, 2014 at 6:05 am |
  4. Reality

    The moderators did it again as they have a "Add Comments" line on the previous topic about bishops living un-Christian life styles only to have "Comments Closed".

    So to get around this problem, let us make our comments about said topic starting now:

    Money wasted as the "vomit-inducing" ped-ophilia and coverup will simply hasten the decline of all religions as they finally go extinct from their own absurdity.. It is time to replace all religions with a few rules like "Do No Harm" and convert all houses of "worthless worship" and bishops' homes to recreation facilities and parks.

    August 3, 2014 at 10:31 am |
    • Reality

      And if Francis were really into this vow of poverty life style, he would sell off the treasures of St. Peter's Basilica and distribute the monies to the poor. Ditto for all cathedrals.

      August 3, 2014 at 10:37 am |
    • tallulah131

      It's rather ludicrous. I wonder, what are the religions of those who moderate this blog and why are they so protective of American bishops?

      August 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
    • jhg45

      we finally agree but "have faith" it will be their downfall. (it is prophesied) see Rev. ch.17 and 18 to start.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm |
      • TruthPrevails1

        And perhaps you should realize that biblical prophesies have failed.
        Open your mind and do some research.
        http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Failed_biblical_prophecies

        August 4, 2014 at 6:14 am |
    • tallulah131

      It's on the front page of CNN and you can comment there.

      August 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm |
      • Reality

        Danke Schoen!!

        August 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
  5. 19covenant19

    The Words of Jesus Christ has been proven TRUE

    –Scientifically and Mathematically–

    for all Nations on earth now,

    see it with your own eyes to belive it.

    19covenant19.com
    BIBLICAL EXCELLENT MIRACLES -3-

    August 3, 2014 at 6:20 am |
    • Reality

      If God were involved in our daily lives, "cures" would not be needed.

      August 3, 2014 at 10:27 am |
    • bostontola

      Your website exemplifies a key reason why theists and non-theists talk past each other, you regard unsubstantiated assertions proof. As long as that remains, true discourse is futile.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:11 am |
  6. new-man

    Don’t Be Judgment-Focused [2 Cor 5:19 …God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them…]

    On which two ancient cities did God rain brimstone and fire? If your answer is Sod.om and Gomorrah, you are right. But if you think that God was all eager to destroy the two cities, you are wrong!

    God wasn’t willing at all. He was not on a sin hunt. He was on a righteousness hunt so that He could spare the cities. (Genesis 18:23–32) And I believe that if Abraham had asked God, “What if You can find just one righteous man?” God’s answer would have been the same: “I will not destroy the place for the sake of one righteous man.”

    Today, the righteousness of one Man—Jesus—has come. Jesus died for our sins and rose again for our justification. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not counting our sins against us!

    Therefore, no judgment will fall on you today because it fell on Jesus 2,000 years ago at Calvary. And if God was gracious enough to remove Lot and his family before the judgment fell (Genesis 19:12–22), how much more will He do for you who are no longer under judgment!

    And because God does not judge you, don’t be like Lot’s wife, who became a pillar of salt when she turned around to look at the brimstone and fire. (Genesis 19:24–26) She wanted to see God’s judgment, even though the angels had warned, “Don’t look back, lest you be destroyed.” (Genesis 19:17)

    So don’t be judgment-focused and look back at the sins you have committed. God is not against you. He is for you and on your side. He remembers that He has already judged and punished your sins in the body of His Son. And because He is faithful to His Son and to what His Son has done, He will never judge or punish you. Any trouble that you might have today is not from Him. But He will show you a way of escape because He is on your side. He loves you and has your best interests at heart.

    Beloved, God is not out to get you. He is out to bless you. And He wants you blessed more than you can ever ask or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)

    JPM

    August 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm |
    • Reality

      And now moving back to the 21st century:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
      prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 5-30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 5-30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      August 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
      • jhg45

        keep parroting this stuff and maybe you will convince yourself some day.

        August 3, 2014 at 10:02 am |
        • igaftr

          So that is how you convinced yourself the man made book is more than the works of men.
          Too bad there is no evidence that any of the supernatural claims of your book are accurate and not just made up.

          August 3, 2014 at 10:25 am |
        • TruthPrevails1

          Oh the hypocrisy in such a short sentence...ignorance must truly be bliss!

          August 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm |
    • jhg45

      Lot's wife looked back at the things behind. yearning for the materialistic, immoral world she was told to leave instead of focusing on the blessings and world ahead that God had promised, same for us today, (see Luke17:31,32) do not look back," remember the wife of Lot"

      August 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm |
      • LaBella

        Lot argued with the angels, got them to okay going to Zoar instead of the directive of fleeing for the hills, and afterward slept with his daughters, but Lot's wife died because she was curious, and you feel it's because SHE was materialistic, etc?
        She was curious, and Lot gets to play drunken incestuous games with his daughters, and she is in the wrong. Sure. Lot was an argumentive old codger, but he was "righteous". Nice morals.

        August 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm |
        • jhg45

          sure good to know that God is the one who reads hearts,(see 1 Sam.16:7)

          August 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm |
        • igaftr

          You know nothing of the kind.
          Belief is not knowledge.

          August 3, 2014 at 10:26 am |
        • jhg45

          do you not know what you believe?

          August 3, 2014 at 11:49 am |
        • igaftr

          Yes you can know what you believe, but that does not mean what you believe is knowledge.

          August 3, 2014 at 11:54 am |
        • jhg45

          sorry but what I have come to believe is what I have come to know.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm |
        • LaBella

          Such a pity you extrapolated what you believe God knew in Lot's wife's heart, as Genesis 19 said nothing of the sort.
          All of your postulating about poor Mrs. Lot was your beliefs, not what was written.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
        • tallulah131

          jhg45 heard a story he/she likes, and he/she has chosen to believe it. No amount of logic, honesty or fact will trump the emotional addiction of a "true believer".

          August 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm |
        • igaftr

          The ability for you to go from a baseless belief, to "knowing" it is called self delusion.
          You still do not know.
          You have only convinced yourself that what you believe is true.
          You do not want knowledge, you want your belief to be true.

          August 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm |
        • jhg45

          Remember the wife of Lot. it will be useful knowledge one day.

          August 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
        • jhg45

          also I have to leave for a little while but am sure we will come across one another again, see above for example.

          August 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
        • LaBella

          Yes. Remember a woman who was killed for being curious while her argumentative husband was rewarded with drunken incestuous relations with his daughters. Quite the moral lesson. Sure, no conflict there.

          August 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm |
      • Reality

        And another "th-umptation" hits the dust of historic non-authenticity (Luke 17: 31-32). e.g. http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb064.html

        August 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm |
  7. Doris

    Labella: "And every single one of your posts doesn’t reflect atheism, either."

    truthfollower: "Which post are you referring to?"

    – – – – – –

    truthfollower: "You could choose to believe that ra-pe is morally good"

    Labella: "You are describing horrific sociopathic acts "

    truthfollower: "Let's say someone believes the Holocaust was morally good. "

    Labella: "Do you know what a sociopath is, truthfollower?"

    truthfollower: "So if someone disagrees with you, you label them a sociopath?"

    ====

    My goodness –the cheese must have fallen off truthfollower's cracker a long time ago.

    August 2, 2014 at 11:37 am |
    • LaBella

      Disingenuousness is strong in that poster.

      August 2, 2014 at 11:56 am |
  8. truthfollower01

    Night all.

    Remember,

    Answer a few questions for me if you would.
    1. How many lies would you say you’ve told in your life?
    2. Have you ever stolen anything regardless of its value?
    3. Have you ever used God’s name as a curse word? (called blasphemy)
    4.have you ever looked at a woman/man lustfully?(if so, Jesus said you have committed adultery with that person in your heart.)
    If you’re like me, you are a self professed lying, stealing, blaspheming adulterer at heart or some form thereof. A holy God must punish wickedness, otherwise He wouldn’t be just. Given your confession, will you be guilty or innocent? If you’re like me and everyone else on this board, you are guilty. However, God provided a way for salvation through the blood of His innocent Son who took the punishment on the cross, that we might be declared innocent. Think of it like this. You’re in a court room. you’re guilty as you’ve professed. Someone walks in and pays your fine for you. Now the judge can legally dismiss your case and let you go. This is the gospel message. What you must do is repent (turn from your sins) and follow Jesus as Lord. This following is enabled by God when He gives you new desires and a heart that wants to please God instead of the flesh.

    August 2, 2014 at 12:39 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      You should really work on some of those personal issues. Self hatred isn't the answer.

      August 2, 2014 at 12:59 am |
    • tallulah131

      Wow, you sound like a jerk,"truthfollower". If you need to believe in a cosmic daddy in order to be a decent human being, please do so. Most people don't need that sort of delusion to be a decent human being.

      August 2, 2014 at 1:39 am |
    • TruthPrevails1

      Same old rhetoric. Can't come up with any new questions?
      As Tallulah said, you sound like a jerk!

      August 2, 2014 at 6:32 am |
    • ausphor

      tf1
      On Christianity, let us assume that the majority of self declared Christians are not self loathing psychopaths like yourself. You really should seek treatment, help is available. Of course I meant About Christianity not On Christianity, you may also want to learn the difference.

      August 2, 2014 at 7:02 am |
      • LaBella

        As TF doesn't know the meaning of the word sociopath, it's doubtful TF knows the meaning of psychopath either.

        August 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm |
    • harlow13

      The toothflower sounds like a wretched fellow. Please, toothflower, endeavor to define and practice decency.

      August 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm |
  9. austin929

    if asteroids fell to earth and boiled the ocean, then could that have altered the decay rate of uranium lead?

    August 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm |
    • austin929

      that may be a dumb question. but my experience with the supernatural is not dumb.

      August 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm |
      • TruthPrevails1

        Claiming you have had experience with the non-existent is dumb.

        August 2, 2014 at 6:35 am |
    • MidwestKen

      Don't uranium fueled nuclear reactors run at pretty high temperatures?

      August 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm |
    • Reality

      Austin,

      When you finished perusing the suggested studies on the historical Jesus, I suggest you study the physics of radioactive decay, then get back to us.

      August 2, 2014 at 12:11 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Austin,

      You are really working to hard at this...just convince yourself God changed the decay rate with magic.

      August 2, 2014 at 1:40 am |
  10. austin929

    @ truth follower

    Rev 11:18
    " to those who destroy the earth"

    does that not include people who drive cars? and did God like nimrods tower?

    I am puzzled at the literal interpretation of "those who destroy the earth"! global warming? I would hesitate to say "no"

    Truth........what does destroy the earth mean? does it mean blow something up? i think it means pollute the streams, the oceans, waste the water table............ect. I think we all have to question if this means "worship the works of their hands" such as guns and cars.

    What if global warming is true? that verse would apply to cars. That God hates them.

    August 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm |
    • TruthPrevails1

      "What if global warming is true?"

      It is true and for you or your friend to deny it proves how intellectually dishonest you are! Wake up both of you, denying what the scientists who study this are saying is showing that you both are causing more harm than needed and are both therefore blemishes on our species!

      August 2, 2014 at 6:40 am |
  11. truthfollower01

    As taken from Dr. William Lane Craig's teachings on the Doctine of Man:

    "It has been very interesting to note more recent philosophers like Alex Rosenberg that I debated in February at Perdue[9] or Joel Marks[10] are biting the bullet with respect to this question and are saying what Sartre felt he couldn’t say – namely that our lives are utterly meaningless, utterly valueless, and to think otherwise is to lack the courage that the atheist needs to have if he is to stare the consequences of atheism in the face without blinking.[11]"

    August 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Your moral high ground is a mirage. When faced with the exact same behavior by the "saved" that you gleefully condemn the nonbeliever for, what do you do ? Invariably, it is to blink.

      August 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm |
      • truthfollower01

        I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

        August 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          See 2 Tim. 1:12

          August 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm |
        • midwest rail

          That's wonderful. It in no way addresses my post, but I've grown accustomed to that.

          August 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Is your post concerning hypocrisy of many professing Christians? Is there a question you had?

          August 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm |
        • midwest rail

          It is a statement regarding the majority who post here, and the non-reaction to them by the vocal minority. In short, you do exactly what you accuse the non-believer of doing. You blink.

          August 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Blink in the face of what?

          August 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm |
        • midwest rail

          Good grief. You blink in the face of vile behavior by the believer. The vocal minority of believers here regularly ignores personal attacks, insults, and assorted bad behavior by the Christian posters, all while condemning nonbelievers for the same. You have abdicated the moral high ground. Long ago.

          August 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Speaking of addressing posts, how does this in any way address my initial post?

          Anyway, I don't blink in the face of some comments that I've read by professing believers on here. Some astonish me. Ultimately, it is God who knows each person's heart and whether or not they truly belong to Him.

          August 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm |
        • midwest rail

          "... how does this in any way address my initial post? "

          That's easy. You make the same point time after time. You claim a moral high ground that simply does not exist. It is a fabrication.

          August 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Are things like child molestation and ra-pe really morally bad? As a Christian, I ground objective morality in God's nature so things like child molestation and ra-pe really are morally bad. On atheism, morality is illusory. It's a matter of opinion, similar to whether you think a bowl of cereal is good or bad. On atheism, morality is just a matter of personal taste.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm |
        • LaBella

          Doesn't seem to stop all of the Christian pedophiles and murderers, does it?

          August 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Why do you say they're Christians? Is it merely because they claim to be?

          Also, your post does nothing to change the reality of morality in general on atheism.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:27 pm |
        • LaBella

          Why do you deny that they are?

          August 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm |
        • LaBella

          And every single one of your posts doesn't reflect atheism, either.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          I don't even know who specifically you're referring to. What I do know is this.
          Jesus said in Luke 6:46 "46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?"

          Matthew 7:21-23
          "21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [n]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’"

          Notice that it is those who DO the will of God.

          Also, read Matthew 7:24-27. Notice the difference between those who hear Jesus' words and put them into practice and those who hear and do not.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          "And every single one of your posts doesn’t reflect atheism, either."

          Which post are you referring to?

          August 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm |
        • LaBella

          Every single post where you pretend to know an atheist's morals.
          And state "on atheism, [...]" as if it were factual.
          Although it must be discomfiting to know that atheists are every bit as moral as you, nonetheless it is true.

          What you describe is not atheism. It is sociopathy, and guess what? Christians can be sociopaths as well.

          August 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          LaBella,

          On atheism, morality is based on subjective opinion. Your morality can be whatever you want it to be. Let me put it this way. You could choose to believe that ra-pe is morally good or you could choose to believe it's morally evil. Each position on the matter carries equal authority on atheism. You may believe that the Holocaust was morally evil. Hitler may have believed it to be morally good. On atheism, neither one of you is really right or wrong. Your opinion carries equal authority with Hitlers. What foundation, other than your own opinion, do you appeal to to say that Hitler was morally wrong in what he did?

          August 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm |
        • LaBella

          Who told you that atheists believe morals are subjective?

          You are describing horrific sociopathic acts as something that all atheists would agree are moral. You are incorrect.

          August 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          LaBella,

          Do you believe morals are objective? If so, what is the foundation for this?

          August 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm |
        • LaBella

          I believe people are inherently born with a moral compass, and I believe our upbringing has a lot to do with how well that compass works.

          August 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          This moral compass you speak of. Let's say someone disagrees with you on a certain aspect. Let's say someone believes the Holocaust was morally good. Why are you right and they wrong?

          August 1, 2014 at 11:41 pm |
        • LaBella

          Do you know what a sociopath is, truthfollower?

          August 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          So if someone disagrees with you, you label them a sociopath? Why are they wrong and you right? What makes your view right?

          August 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm |
        • LaBella

          No, I don't think people who disagree with me are sociopaths, because I actually know the meaning of the term.

          Do you know what a sociopath is?

          August 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
    • LaBella

      Facepalm.

      August 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "Never again," cried the man, "never again will we wake up in the morning and think Who am I? What is my purpose in life? Does it really, cosmically speaking, matter if I don't get up and go to work? For today we will finally learn once and for all the plain and simple answer to all these nagging little problems of Life, the Universe and Everything!" ... – Douglas Adams

      The answer really is no, or 42, depending on your perspective.

      August 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm |
      • truthfollower01

        Is your answer supposed to be encouraging for atheists?

        August 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm |
      • evolveddna

        Gopher....thanks for that..great author..pity Douglas is gone. He had a truly brilliant perspective on life...

        August 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm |
    • austin929

      As a Christian, i have to admit that all atheists are wired with God given emotions, and they simply deny God. They don't know He isnt there because He is there. and therefore , they are still wired to value life, they just obsess over deception like its a syndrome.

      And maybe they do believe the data about the uranium. thats fine. i believe they do. but they also want to find reasons not to believe in God. and yet they still value life though.

      saying life is valueless is just a bad atti.tude and a bad lie.

      August 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        The stupid is strong in you

        August 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm |
      • evolveddna

        Austin..Atheists fully value life..We fully understand that this is it..you may think it continues after death but we do not so make the most it. We savour life and embrace it..and value those around us l have no idea why you would think otherwise We see beauty in the world ..Why you would need a god for these pleasures make no sense.

        August 2, 2014 at 1:14 am |
      • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

        As an atheist, I have to admit that all Christians are wired with evolved emotions, and they simply pretend they know God.

        August 2, 2014 at 1:21 am |
      • tallulah131

        What a steaming pile of dung, Austin. Stop pretending that you are some sort of authority. You're not. You are just a sad little boy who needs to pretend to be important because you can't stand the fact that you are no more special than anybody else.

        August 2, 2014 at 1:31 am |
    • In Santa We Trust

      Just because life does not have the meaning you imagine does make life meaningless or valueless; I know of no atheist who believes that life meaningless or valueless.
      If you could show evidence that there is a god, that there is a heaven, and that humans go there after death well that would be a game-changer as far as the meaning you imagine is concerned, but until then, I for one could not be happier.

      August 1, 2014 at 9:53 pm |
      • In Santa We Trust

        Missed an important "not" ...
        Just because life does not have the meaning you imagine does not make life meaningless or valueless; I know of no atheist who believes that life meaningless or valueless.
        If you could show evidence that there is a god, that there is a heaven, and that humans go there after death well that would be a game-changer as far as the meaning you imagine is concerned, but until then, I for one could not be happier.

        August 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          On atheism, "meaning" is whatever you want it to be. If you want the meaning of your life to be murdering or ra-ping others, then that is a valid meaning for your life.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm |
        • LaBella

          Just ask all the Christian rapsits and murderers in prison.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm |
        • In Santa We Trust

          tf, Are saying that without your faith you'd spend your time murdering and raping? I can asure you that my life has plenty of meaning and I have never murdered or raped and never will.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Santa,

          Let's hypothetically say that a person decides that the meaning of their life is going to be helping the malnourished in Africa. They could also choose the meaning for your life to be murdering and ra-ping. Each path carries equal meaning.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Santa,

          For example. Let's say that Hitler decided that the meaning of his life would be to exterminate the Jewish race. On atheism, he wasn't wrong.

          Your "meaning" is whatever you want it to be.

          August 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm |
        • In Santa We Trust

          tf
          You're making the erroneous presumption that an atheist believes there is no meaning to life and that that also somehow means no ethics. Not true. Atheists also give to charity, do good works, and volunteer. As I said before would you be out murdering and raping without your faith?

          August 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm |
        • MidwestKen

          truthfollower01,
          "On atheism, he wasn't wrong."

          You misunderstand. Atheism does not provide any basis for meaning or non-meaning, it is simply a lack of belief in most cases.

          August 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          "You’re making the erroneous presumption that an atheist believes there is no meaning to life and that that also somehow means no ethics."

          I didn't say that an atheist believes there is no meaning. It was Alex Rosenberg in my initial quote who believed that. If the atheist doesn't want to stare the true consequences of atheism in the face, then they can invent meaning for their life.

          " Not true. Atheists also give to charity, do good works, and volunteer. As I said before would you be out murdering and raping without your faith?"

          Your missing the point of the argument. On atheism, there is no real moral difference between giving to charity and murdering. It's just a matter of opinion or personal taste.

          August 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm |
        • LaBella

          Who taught you your philosophy on atheism, TF? Because they certainly taught you a line of bull.

          August 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          LaBella,

          Concerning morality, if someone disagrees with you, do you label them a sociopath? Why are they wrong and you right? What makes your view right?

          August 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm |
        • truthfollower01

          Midwest,

          To clarify, atheism is the view that there is no God. It is not merely the absence of believe of any deity. Atheism carries huge worldview implications.

          August 2, 2014 at 12:11 am |
        • redzoa

          "On atheism, morality is based on subjective opinion."

          On theism, morality, its alleged objectivity and the alleged source are likewise based on a framework of subjective opinion, i.e theistic faith. Even if you grant the most basic definition of "objective" as referring to an independent outside source, there still remains the subjective opinion regarding whether the alleged independent outside source is reliable. Were I to claim a painting was objectively beautiful because it conforms to the beauty guidelines promulgated by the American Academy of Art Critics, I could claim my determination and the guidelines were objective; however, I am still employing a subjective opinion in choosing to grant first, credulity, and then second, deference to these otherwise objective guidelines.

          August 2, 2014 at 1:04 am |
        • redzoa

          "To clarify, atheism is the view that there is no God. It is not merely the absence of believe of any deity. Atheism carries huge worldview implications."

          Atheism can generally be divided into strong and weak. Strong atheism asserts that there is no god and IMHO, is akin to a faith position. Weak atheism, however, is, again IMHO, more of a probability assessment, i.e. there is a lack of evidence supporting the existence of a god and therefore, god is highly unlikely and unworthy of belief. Weak atheism retains by necessity the probability, however insignificant, that it could be wrong, but in the absence of evidence for the proposition, the weight of the evidence favors a conclusion against the proposition. This is distinguishable from pure agnosticism which asserts there is insufficient evidence to warrant a conclusion either way. Some would refer to weak atheism as a middle ground between pure agnosticism and strong atheism.

          August 2, 2014 at 1:09 am |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          "To clarify, atheism is the view that there is no God."

          To clarify , you are talking out your backside.

          August 2, 2014 at 1:15 am |
        • redzoa

          One last point because this horse isn't just dead, it's been ground up and turned into dog food. The practical implications of whether one chooses (again subjective) to adopt an "authoritarian rules" based framework of morality or one based in empathy (e.g. the golden rule) has demonstrated "worldview" implications. In Oliner and Oliner's "The Altruistic Personality," the authors examined rescue behaviors among various groups during WWII. What their data showed was that those who adopted "authoritarian rules" based moral frameworks were less likely to rescue than those who based their efforts on internal notions of empathy. There were certainly theists who rescued based on belief that it was their duty to their faith; however, this notion of deference to authority was recognized as a predisposing factor for non-rescuers and those who were actively antagonistic. The reason offered was obvious; one who adopts an external "authoritarian rules" based moral framework is more susceptible to co-option of a given rules framework by those with malevolent intent. As was clearly demonstrated by the Nuremberg Trials, such "just following orders" justifications are inherently abhorrent.

          August 2, 2014 at 1:18 am |
        • MidwestKen

          truthfollower01,
          "To clarify, atheism is the view that there is no God. It is not merely the absence of believe of any deity. "

          Since when do you get to define the position of others? Do I get to define who is Christian and who is not?

          "Atheism carries huge worldview implications."

          Only in a sense of potentially removing certain options. A lack of belief in some ideas does not, in itself, posit a "worldview". That would need a different foundation.

          August 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "Dr." Craig ... lol. You are obviously not too bright to use him as a reference.

      August 1, 2014 at 9:53 pm |
    • MidwestKen

      We give it meaning and value. What other meaning or value would you have assigned to it?

      August 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm |
    • tallulah131

      Your source is an evangelist. His opinion is duly noted and given the consideration it deserves. Next!

      August 2, 2014 at 1:36 am |
      • LaBella

        I find it amusing that in his Wiki entry, he lusts his religion as "a Western Philosophy."

        August 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
    • TruthPrevails1

      Thank you for providing us with some comedy. WL Craig is too funny and crazy to be taken seriously.

      August 2, 2014 at 6:42 am |
  12. Reality

    The 21st century stain of terror and horror on the universe? ISLAM !!

    August 1, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
  13. thesamyaza

    we cannot let the refugees across the border....

    August 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      land of the free and home of the brave... if you can get across the border...

      August 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm |
  14. bostontola

    I'm glad that this women was not killed. I feel bad for the thousands killed in Sudan in the last year that weren't as lucky. We have a hard time keeping our eye on the ball.

    August 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Lets put aside human decency and compassion for a minute... why do "We" need to keep an eye on their ball? Because to be brutally honest... they could all extinguish themselves and I would count the planet and humanity better for their loss.

      I especially have no desire to see any more of our troopers bleeding out into their soil.

      August 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
      • Alias

        That was a 6/10 on the EVIL scale.
        Not bad.

        August 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          I was swinging for at least an 8...

          August 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm |
        • Alias

          I think you need to avoid disclaimers to get above a 7.

          August 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
      • thesamyaza

        agreed leave them to their own affairs.

        August 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
      • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

        ".... why do "We" need to keep an eye on their ball? ....

        I especially have no desire to see any more of our troopers bleeding out into their soil."
        ----------------–
        We left the Monroe doctrine behind in the rear view mirror well over a century ago. I agree that the US does not need to be the world police, but it begs the question in a highly connected, globalized world what role the US plays, or should play, to protect our interests.

        US citizens who go to Iran or North Korea to distribute bibles should be on their own, but when do places like Nigeria (boko haram etc) and the Central African Republic begin to threaten our interests?

        August 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm |
      • guidedans

        Lucifer,

        What do you think humanity's overall goal is? Just to keep on advancing until we either go extinct or somehow find a way merge with robots and live forever until the universe ends?

        Is that all we are here for? Just to look out for our own interests until we die? Even the broader goal of looking out for humanity's own interests is futile in the end. One day, everyone will be dead and humanity will no longer exist. Why do you value survival of the species when that goal is impossible to maintain?

        Life should not be about staying alive for as long as possible, it should be about being the best possible person you can be.

        August 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          Not sure what your post has to do with mine... but survival is the goal of all species

          Also, my name is not Lucifer.

          August 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Yes, it is a good thing that she is alive.

      I wonder who owns her shopping mall interests in Sudan now?

      August 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm |
      • LaBella

        I suspect her brother.

        August 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
        • ausphor

          The Walton family has a history of scoping up malls in distress, going global?

          August 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm |
        • LaBella

          They weren't in distress until her brother stepped in...

          August 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm |
        • ausphor

          Walmart loves minimum wage, can you imagine how low that would be in American dollars in Sudan? Like the religions cash flow is the BUSINESS.

          August 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
        • LaBella

          Walmart – destroying small businesses on a global scale... SMH

          August 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

        Without knowing anything, that would be my guess too.

        August 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm |
  15. neverbeenhappieratheist

    I know this is off topic but I saw this in my local sheriffs log today and had to share:

    Date of Report: 7/31/2014
    Time of Report: 14:13
    Deputy Name:
    Report Number:
    Charges:
    Suspect Arrested Y/N: No
    Arrestee: None
    Location: King city
    Synopsis: Vicitm reported his daughter stole his debit card and check book while he was in the hospital. His daughter then made approximately $6,000 in withdrawls from the victims acc o u n t. His daughter then removed him from the hospital and dropped him off at a Scientology compound near Santa Cruz to recover. He was forced to escape from the Scientology compound.

    August 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm |
    • G to the T

      Bet I know where that 6K went. Scientology... wow... just wow.

      August 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm |
    • tallulah131

      Oh, the humanity!

      August 2, 2014 at 1:35 am |
  16. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    She barely made it out of Sudan alive... you would think they would be a happier looking bunch.

    August 1, 2014 at 11:54 am |
    • redzoa

      Ever fly 6000+ miles with young children?

      August 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        Good point. When my wife flew by herself from MD to Panama to join me with 3 kids... she got off the plane and the first thing she did was hold out my then 2yr old son to me saying 'Here!" Nothing else needed to be said, I knew she was pissed.

        August 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm |
        • redzoa

          Yep. Been in those shoes and I've also had my share of changing blown-out diapers in an airplane bathroom. My favorite experience was standing in the line of fire when my (at the time) 3 yr old son was dropping a deuce and forgot to aim downward for the urinary finale. Good times . . .

          August 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
    • Vic

      Besides the heavy toll of the entire ordeal, there is also the shock of appreciation.

      God Bless America.

      August 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        Yes, and Satan Bless America too...

        August 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm |
      • neverbeenhappieratheist

        I wonder how many of those children showing up on our southern borders are Christians. I bet quite a few, so I suppose we are greeting them the same way, yes?

        August 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
      • ausphor

        Come on Vic shouldn't your mythical God be blessing the whole world? Sh!t, I keep forgetting that your God forgot everybody but his chosen people. Your goofy God was a bigot, not surprising we now have Southern Baptists.

        August 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm |
  17. noahsdadtopher

    Welcome home, Mariam!

    August 1, 2014 at 11:28 am |
    • Alias

      Didn't you question what kind of christian she was in the last article, or do I have you confused with another theist?

      August 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm |
      • TruthPrevails1

        Yes it was topher...taken from page 1 of the other article
        noahsdadtopher

        Great news.

        Now the question is ... is she Christian or Catholic?

        July 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

        August 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
        • noahsdadtopher

          Yes, I asked if she was Catholic or Christian. The story was conflicting.

          August 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
        • joey3467

          Only to the brain dead amongst us who continue to insist that Catholics aren't Christians.

          August 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm |
        • thesamyaza

          that is like saying is she baptist or christian

          August 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm |
        • ausphor

          Topher proves once again that he and his fellow Baptists are bigots and are going to reside in their mythical heaven with their bigot of a god.

          August 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm |
        • joey3467

          As a general rule the Catholics I know act about a 1000 times more Christ like than any Baptist I have ever met.

          August 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm |
        • LaBella

          The story wasn't conflicting at all. It stated that she met with the Pope. Big freaking deal.

          August 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm |
        • ausphor

          Where I live there is a degree of gang/drug related killings and shootings. Passing strange that the majority of the thug victims funerals are at one Baptist church or another. Strange fruit.

          August 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm |
        • Doris

          One thing to keep in mind since there is a lot of specifics on denomination already in this thread is that there are a lot of very different kinds of Baptists in the same way that there are a lot of different kinds of Christians in general.

          August 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm |
        • Doris

          there are a lot

          August 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm |
        • ausphor

          Doris
          I really did not know that, I believed that there were only the Southern crazies and the mainstream Baptists. So we can increase the 40,000 number of Christian cults if Baptists are split into dozens/hudreds of factions/cults. Yet they all band together and shout that there are over 2 billion Christians, yet deny each other that handle, amazing hypocrisy.

          August 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm |
        • joey3467

          Since I am yet to meet two people who have the exact same beliefs about the Christian god I count it as over 2 billion separate denominations as each individual is a denomination all by themselves.

          August 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm |
        • ausphor

          joey
          I'll drink to that if the plonk doesn't change to some god's blood, yuck. Of course if you talk to our Topher, there are only about a hundred or two really, real Christians, I bet Topher can name them all.

          August 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm |
        • TruthPrevails1

          "Yes, I asked if she was Catholic or Christian. "

          And have you yet realized the contradiction there?

          August 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm |
        • Doris

          Yes, they are quite the varied bunch. I found this on the wiki page which applies I think to many Baptists:

          "Most Baptists hold that no church or ecclesiastical organization has inherent authority over a Baptist church. Churches can properly relate to each other under this polity only through voluntary cooperation, never by any sort of coercion. "

          So there is everything from the infamous Westboro to very liberal churches. Consequently, I think as we see gay marriage expand through many states, for instance, don't be surprised when you hear about various Baptist churches, especially those in AWAB for instance, becoming some of the first "independent" churches to perform gay marriages in those areas. That might already be the case in some northeast states and CA.

          I do agree though, that it seems too often the claims as "as one" while calling each other non-Christians.

          August 1, 2014 at 3:07 pm |
        • Doris

          the claims are "as one"

          August 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm |
        • austin929

          I personally think that Christians that you call bigots, are Christians who should judge another church's doctrine and possibly reject it as being apostate.

          it is extremely easy to find certain churches you go in and they tell stories about farm animals because they dread the word of God. There are countless churches that reject the word of God.

          Hitler was not truly a Christian. He was an apostate.

          August 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm |
        • LaBella

          Austin,
          And Catholics are still Christian.

          August 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm |
        • TruthPrevails1

          "Hitler was not truly a Christian."

          Geez, you're dense Austin!! He followed your god making him a true Christian. You got drunk and drove your car, smashed it in to a church and before doing so put people lives at risk...guess you're not a true Christian either!!
          YOU don't have the right to judge anyone.

          August 2, 2014 at 6:48 am |
    • thesamyaza

      she was kicked out of her home.

      August 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
  18. zhilla1980wasp

    don't care, just another person to live off the system until they get a movie/book deal.

    August 1, 2014 at 9:54 am |
  19. Chris

    What about Pastor Abedini?

    August 1, 2014 at 9:46 am |
    • noahsdadtopher

      It's very odd the complete silence on this, isn't it?

      August 1, 2014 at 11:27 am |
      • joey3467

        Generally deals such as that are brokered behind closed doors, and out of the public eye. And if Iran says no then there really isn't much we can do about it. Unless you are willing to start World War Three.

        August 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm |
        • noahsdadtopher

          If the answer is 'no' and there's no chance of negotiating, then we should come out and say so. It's been 2 years.

          August 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
        • LaBella

          As unfortunate as this is, two years is, in itself, an answer.

          August 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm |
    • Alias

      Unfortunately, the media is about entertainment.
      Viewers do not wan to hear about a story every day for 2 years that isn't changing.

      August 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
  20. Vic

    ♰ ♰ ♰ Jesus Christ Is Lord ♰ ♰ ♰

    God Bless The USA

    August 1, 2014 at 9:40 am |
    • James XCIX

      Just curious, why not ask him to bless the entire world?

      August 1, 2014 at 9:58 am |
    • Vic

      Galatians 6:2

      "2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ." (NASB)

      God bless.

      August 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm |
      • tallulah131

        That didn't answer the question. I guess if you don't have answer, you just throw in a pointless bible verse.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm |
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