A new study finds churches are faced with a disturbing trend

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There has been a steady decline in church attendance and membership for decades as churches struggled to make the necessary cultural changes while holding fast to biblical Truth.

Too many mainline Protestant and Catholic churches stopped preaching the Word of God.

And a new study finds churches are faced with a disturbing trend that could fundamentally transform America.

They’ve been accused of destroying everything from mayonnaise to golf with their appetite for avocado toast.

But now there is a much scarier development taking place and millennials are once again at the forefront of this destruction.

Because American churches are in a disturbing decline as millennials disappear by the thousands.

While those churches who have stuck with conservative Bible-based theology are faring better, even those churches are seeing a decline.

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical denomination in the United States last year reported their lowest membership in 30 years.

And the trend is becoming very disturbing.

According to Pew Research a shocking 4 out of every 10 Americans in the millennial age range of 23-38 now state they are “religiously unaffiliated.”

According to John Stonestreet of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview, this is “the biggest drop in religiosity between generations ever recorded.”

And while for years the theory has always been that young people leave the church during their college years but come back later, this current generation of millennials seem to be different.

According to a study by the respected American Enterprise Institute, millennials who drop out of church are more likely to stay away from church and never return to their Christian faith.

Part of this problem though cannot be blamed on millennials but instead on the fact that they were not raised in households with strong religious beliefs.

They instead come from “E and C” Christians, the tag given to those “Christians” who only attend services at Easter and Christmas.

But probably the scariest and most disturbing part of this trend is that a large number of millennials do not believe Christianity is a necessary part of teaching their children morality.

The age of moral relativism, where as long as people are generally “good” and “kind” means everything else is accepted, has corrupted an entire generation of Americans.

And unless there is a change in culture, this thinking threatens to continue devastating the American Evangelical movement.

What does this mean for the future of the Christian church in America?

Unfortunately, unless there is a change from the current course, both within the church, and in American culture, we are losing an entire generation of churchgoers – and they are not coming back.

And the result could fundamentally transform America.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

133 COMMENTS

  1. Churches in Johnstown Pa are closing left and right and then being converted like elsewhere to simple wedding reception halls,restaurants and museums. Most are simple boarded up and ignored until they collapse.. A few have been preserved. The irony of it all is that “EVIL” Russia is having a resurgence of belief AND their once forcibly closed churches are being re-opened and refurbished. Most of W Europe’s traditional Christianity is being destroyed as MORE evil filthy Mosques are being built than churches..FACT. This is where the jihadists TAKE their training ! Eastern Europe, (mainly Poland and Hungary) AS before are providing the bulwark of forces, barriers and LAWS in stopping the Islamic Invasion. Their faithful’s churches are fairing much better.

  2. This has been also brought forth in the bible. satan has been very busy gathering as many souls as he can because he knows his time is going to end on Earth soon. So of course anyone that hasn’t been brought up with a strong religious background isn’t really interested in saving their souls or attending church. Money is their god. But in all fairness, some of our supposedly Christian churches have turned away from preaching GOD’s word too. They are catering to the alphabet people and what ever is PC just to get people to attend their church. This is why I do not attend A church any longer. I do bible study.

  3. Many vegans are deeply spiritual, are looking to traditional religion for inspiration, blessings, and support, and walking away bitter, cynical, and empty-handed.

    Animal activist Sandy Kirschberger and I were matched on a vegetarian dating website, VeggieConnection.com. She emailed me from Simpsonville, SC in the fall of 2006:

    “I wonder if it could be divine intervention that lead us to be communicating with each other because I have been praying for some time now for more understanding about the whole animal rights and religion thing. Maybe this book will help in that area. I am sure that it will also arm me with some valuable information that I will be able to use while doing my KFC demos, especially since I am living in the ‘Bible belt.’ I have had a few people try and challenge me on the Christian aspect. I need to be prepared for future discussions.”

    I sent Sandy a copy of my 2003 book on religion and animal rights, They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy. And on October 16, 2006, she wrote:

    “I’m so glad you sent me a copy. I am finding your book to be probably one of the most interesting books that I have read, and I mean that sincerely. I definitely put it in the same category as Peter Singer’s ‘ Animal Liberation…

    I had no idea the Bible… really supports a vegetarian and a humane treatment of animals lifestyle.

    “With all of this known, I wonder why it is that no church or synagogue that I know of has forbidden killing animals for food. Could it have something to do with the political ties that I often suspect that many of today’s churches and synagogues may have with agribusiness and corporations? Which is one of the many reasons that I do not go to church anymore. It seems to all just be a big business. Men in suits trying to sell something, like as if God is a car or a house. I am curious what your thoughts are on that?

    “As I am sure you can see, I am really getting a lot out of your book so far and this is all just from one chapter. It must have taken a long time to do all the research on it. How long did the whole process take you? Do you ever think of writing any more books?

    “I also really like what Bruce Friendrich wrote in the preface of the book.

    “As I said before, it is such an amazing coincidence that I was really looking for some answers in regards to all of this. I probably could not have gotten the book at a better time. I was almost going to order the book ‘Dominion,’ that I have heard some mixed reviews on, but I suppose I can hold off on that now.”

    And on November 21, 2006:

    “I was actually just reading your book before I decided to put it down to write to you.

    “I really enjoyed chapters 2, 3 and 4.

    “It is so interesting how you point out that the Bible seems to depict John the Baptist as a vegetarian and that Jesus seemed to be quite heavily influenced by him.

    “As well as that, you have also pointed to a multitude of evidence that would almost clearly indicate that Jesus more than likely followed a vegatarian diet.

    “I heard the quote, ‘mercy and not sacrifice’ before, but I was not really quite sure what it meant. I had no idea that it was referring to animal sacrifices and burnt offerings and I also did not realize that part of the reason that Jesus knocked over the tables in the temple was to do with the selling of animals for slaughter, sacrifice and consumption.

    “This really makes me think of some churches around here, one in particular, that I’ve seen advertised, on the local TV, for some kind of wild game expo thing that they were doing, where people were to bring to the church birds that they hunted and killed and I guess they were planning on doing some kind of big cookout. This was a couple of years ago now, of course, I was so disgusted that I tried to call the church to say something but I never got an answer. There is so much unbelievable ignorance around here. It is actually very scary.

    “You also point out the clear possibility that Jesus may have been an Essene, who were strict vegetarians.

    “As well as this, there is also the story of how Jesus told Simon, when they were on the lake to drop his net and he wound up bringing up a tremendous amount of fish. I however, did not realize that the fish wound up back in the lake. It seemed that this action may have been more of an example of how from that point on they would be catching men.

    “It is also really fascinating how you explain the various different versions of the story of the fish and the loaves. Some versions indicate that only the bread was distributed and other accounts would indicate a more symbolic meaning behind the entire story. And of course, there is always the possibility that fish was only added, as a symbol to enhance the miracle when making copies of the Bible.

    “And I guess that so far from my reading of your book one of the most compelling evidences that Jesus may have been vegetarian is when you point out the story of the Last Supper and how the crucifixion took place on the same day and that this brings about several different arguments. One being, that it would make no sense that the crucifixion took place on the Sabbath, since Jewish laws would forbid such a thing from taking place on that day, which would then indicate that the Last Supper was not a Passover supper with lamb, as I and many others have been lead to believe. Still then leading to the possibility that Jesus may have been a vegetarian.

    “My heart broke when you mentioned the extraordinary coincidence that Jesus died at the same time that countless innocent lambs were killed for the Passover supper, depicting the analogy of Jesus being the lamb of God, as with almost everything I had read so far in your book, I again had no idea of what that actually meant, however it makes perfect sense now and reading this actually left me speechless!

    “I am also so happy that you covered I Timothy 4:1-3. This is the one verse that people just love to use to defend meat eating on a biblical level. As you say, the word ‘meat’ had several different meanings throughout the Bible. The word ‘flesh,’ is the more accurate description as the word we have come to know as ‘meat’ today. Therefore, all verses containing the word ‘meat’ must be used in the context that it was meant.

    “I often noticed throughout the Bible myself the clear association with the animal world and it really makes perfect sense that the Bible does indeed have a message of compassion toward animals. Very sadly, however, this message does not get taught in today’s western religious traditions. Even in the past, when I went to the different churches that I have attended ( I have attended many different sects within the christian religion, including, catholic, born again, and baptist) I don’t think I once heard a single prayer for an animal.

    “Do you think that the churches will ever come around to a more humane approach to animals? Just as they eventually did regarding slavery?

    “I understand that the new Pope denounced factory farming. I wonder, however, if he still eats meat.

    “I think the hardest ones to convince would probably be these backward Baptist and born again Christians that I unfortunately live around. Some still think that slavery is alright. At least that is what some man told me when I was doing a KFC demo once, he came over to tell me that I should not be trying to help the animals, that instead I should be protesting an abortion clinic. He told me that God does not care about animals and that I was just wasting my time and when i tried to explain to him that at one time slavery was considered alright, he told me that it is still alright according to God.

    “It is these types of people that I believe will never see things differently, completely closed minded and like I said, incredibly ignorant. Anyway, I am really enjoying your book, as I am sure that you could tell. I hope this book will reach a lot of people because I know that it has the power to really change people’s lives.”

    And on November 24, 2006:

    “You mentioned that the karmic reaction to the torture and death of innocent animals would be things like abortion and war. I have heard this before.

    “I do tend to believe in the power of karma and I think that it may even be consistent with the Bible-‘you reap what you sow.’ However, you would probably know about that more than I would.

    Earlier, I told Sandy that Reverend Frank Hoffman, who, with his wife Mary, runs the http://www.all-creatures.org Christian vegan website, admitted in a phone conversation a few years earlier, when it comes to social progress, the Christians are usually the last to jump on the bandwagon. Sandy wrote:

    “In regards to your comments in your letter about Christians being the last to jump on the bandwagon of change. I could not agree more.

    “I have come to be very scared of religious people. Once I attended a Baptist prayer meeting. It was a church that I walked into from off the street. It was just the pastor, myself and a parishioner. The pastor was taking prayer requests, so I prayed for world peace. They both looked at each other and then looked at me and said something to the effect, that I should not pray for world peace because it is not biblical. This was a church in Long Island, NY ( where I am originally from). It was around that point I realized how scary religious people really can be and now living here, it rings true.

    “Anyway, I’ll write again as I continue along with your book. Please feel free to write to me whenever you would like, and by the way, I agree that it would be nice to meet someday. I may go back to NY for a little while. Maybe that can work out good for you or maybe I can go to San Francisco one of these days.

    “Peace-Sandy”

    Sandy Kirschberger had already heard that abortion is the karma for killing animals!

    Again, these ideas are in the mainstream. When I attended the first planning meeting for the West Coast Walk For Life in San Francisco in the summer of 2004, someone suggested ordering for pizza. I immediately said, “I’m vegetarian.” Dolores Meehan responded, “You’re vegan?”

    At a Respect Life conference at the Diocese of San Francisco in September 2004, I managed to distribute copies of my book on religion and animal rights, They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy, to a few priests and a nun. Vicki Evans later told me in a phone conversation, “Somebody distributed PETA literature!”

    “I hate to say it,” sings Sting, “but it’s probably me.”

  4. Linda M.; I understand fully what you are saying. My church has strayed away from God’s teachings as well. So my family and myself stopped attending. I do not want my children being taught incorrectly. So we have have a small bible study group too. God bless and we will keep praying for our nation and our fellow Christians.

  5. Millennials can be blamed for a lot of things -and some of these correctly- but the ‘War Against Faith’ was not really started and pushed forward by them. It has been a political movement on the move since the 1970ies, based on rejection and hate of Family, being born into One Sex, and a Community held together by Common Religious and Moral Rules. That is why we have so often seen the parole of “No Rules” – i.e. “NOT FOR ME!”
    It is the “Doctrine of Personal Entitlement” in which “I am that I am” and that means “Who I wish to be!”
    And from this False Extreme “Individualism” whose “individuals” are “self-created”, “self-related”, “self-directed” a false doctrine of “Gender” arose which pretends that all these ‘Self-Imaginations’ are Real and “Gen-based” – therefore “GEN”der.
    This doctrine fitted extremely well into the political plans of the similar pseudo”feminism” coming up after the disappointing failure of the “Flower Power” dreams, especially in the USA where it ha turned into an extremist Man-Hate (‘Misandry’ – now, by far exceeding ‘Misogyny’) which declared “All Men Are Rapists” and, consequently, even produced a program of ‘Male Holocaust’ (the S.C.U.M. Manifesto for which its author was appointed “Forefighter of Wymmin’s Rights”).
    Needless to say: This program did not attract a majority among real women – but a less obvious side path towards the same goal developed in the antisexual behaviors of what became organized in the LGBT: First, defamation and separation of the Two Natural Sexes; then, selective abortions – and the way to a dream world of an “All-Female-Brave-New-World” is open.
    Mr. Obama’s 8 years Presidency gave this direction the status of a ‘New State Religion with Special Rights’, and it will need a massive effort of what is left of Christianity (as well as Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism) to stop this new Dogma. It has developed fast, and with great financial backing, unfortunately also with the support of some who were, originally, scientists but fell for their Behavioral Dispositions. As a result, we have now an Ideology developed to a “Science”, just like with Hitler’s “Racial Theories”. And that is dangerous.

  6. We, the christens left. Need to do work for our friends and family and bring them to church. As Jesus said “ go out and love one another. God bless. Doug

  7. Falling away from God in times of prosperity is a natural occurance due to human nature. This leads to selfishness, anything goes, as I decide what is right for me without relying of the eternal principles of God. I in effect make myself god of my existence causing chaos in my world at large. It’s here, and may be irreversible. We need a spiritual awakening in the Western world. Nothing else can turn it around.

  8. I begged churches in the early 80’s to please minister to the widows and the fatherless. I was told by Focus on the Family back then that they were the most underministered to population in our country. No where I lived was I able to make a dent in that. I was a widow at the time and my fatherless child was raised with a strong sense of GOD and the Bible, BUT not the church – they weren’t there. He saw the way I lived and the people I ministered to.
    I also tried to get churches to provide after school activities and tutoring at a minimal charge so that more parents and single moms would be willing to bring their children there. In small communities I suggested that the churches work together and break up the groups ages so that all the children would be provided for afterschool. NONE of them would talk to me. Had this been done then the effects of what was taught in our schools would have been minimized. My suggestions don’t change even today. If they don’t think you care about them then they will leave for good. I wish I was wrong.

  9. Apostasy allows a church to be “more inclusive”, but at what cost ?
    “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matthew 16)

  10. It is time for REVEVAL in America! . . . This happens when it seems as if the Christian faith is at it’s lowest ebb, only to find that – GOD’S Revival STRIKES again! It’s about that time again, and I believe that THIS COMING Revival will be ONE of the BIGGEST and BEST. Be PRAYED up and PREPARED, and as the Bible says “examine yourselves to see if ye be in the faith”. It’s COMING, be prepared for this Revival and his coming. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  11. babblical truth, ROFLMAO, I just read another alleged truth peddled through the fables of your good book, that Jeebus will return in less than 6 years, yes some nonsense about the passing of 6,000 years that lame to fame scripture must refer to the even lamer claim of creation.

  12. But unfortunately we learned about many problems with the priests and ministers who were taking advantage of young boys of single mothers. The church needs to look within. It wasn’t every church but is was a horrible situation that was horrible.

  13. Where is this God? Where is the love? These churches have nothing but themselves to blame with their sexual attacks on women and children. My wife opened my eyes with one simple question, can you prove there is a god without the use of your bible? when she asked a Mormon elder this one day he invited her to his hotel room to prove it, she was 13 at the time. Religion is nothing but Jews trying to control the world, and I have never experienced any God like thing that would have me believe in this trash, all they do is go to war, all these religions just want war, they all think themselves better than the rest, and they can all rot in their man made hell.

  14. People have always drifted away when things are going well. Let us have a plague, or a major military disaster, and THEN we’ll see. If things go south, and people STILL stay away…I’d say it’s pretty much over. But we haven’t arrived at that point just yet.

  15. As it states in the Bible, “YOU CAN FIND GOD BEHIND EVERY BUSH AND UNDER EVERY ROCK” You don’t need too go inside of a building and listen to some person yell how you are sinners then they pass around the collection plate. Look at the Mayans, Aztecs and how they sacrificed women and child all in the name of their Gods and their whole culture was for it and how we today say “HOW COULD THEY HAVE BEEN SO STUPID” If humans survive, let’s say 2, 3 thousand more years and beyond they will look back at us and say the same thing.

  16. Why can”t Catholic priest give a uplifting sermon?? I stopped going to mass because priest are liberal and make no sense with sermon.

  17. Atheism requires as much blind faith as religion. To somehow imagine that all the material of the universe just HAPPENS to be there…and always has been, in one form or another…that’s a lot to accept, in and of itself. But the atheist has to go BEYOND that. He has to believe that, somehow, all of this started in motion…ALL BY ITSELF. Without any external influence acting to influence or affect it in any way. We see a leaf moving, we automatically assume that something is compelling it to move…the wind, or the water, or an insect…SOMETHING…But for the atheist to be right, we have to believe that the motion began WITHOUT any stimulus…Sure, it’s possible, but it’s certainly not that much harder to envision than the possibility of a Creator who exists OUTSIDE of nature.

  18. Churches need to start preaching the WHOLE TRUTH of the Bible and not worry by who gets a bit offended by it!!

  19. The good thing that the above article accomplished, is that it has driven and inspired me to further study and dig deeper into the TRUE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD. This time, the above article backfired on satan.

  20. What did you think would happen when church leaders are rape kids and cover it up . It’s sad when you can’t trust so called gods helpers . Bad enough they don’t have to pay taxes for the money they take from people who want something to belive in . Makes one wonder … is there really a god ? I mean the same ones that preach the word of God are the biggest sinners of all . First you can’t trust the government , and now the church . Our forefathers are turning over in their graves with shame for the way our country is ran now .

  21. our country changed after the kennedy assasination and the viet war.We must turn around and seek christ if this country is going to get back on the right track.

  22. Absurd. There are plenty of devoted priests and ministers. You don’t really think the media is going to spend any time talking about THEM, do you? They don’t talk about the good priests, just like they don’t talk about the good cops, or good businessmen, or good soldiers….Oddly, those are precisely the institutions the mass media is seeking to undermine. The Church…the police…the military…the free market…What a coincidence…

  23. Its been my experience that all organized religion is wrong. The churches I see should go out of buisness. They truly tear familys apart in my experience if you don’t agree with their views your condemned. God is not a religion. Churches need to be forced to stop coating their wallets with money’s they call tithing and really is just donations to serve pastors and higher up “church officials” they need to pay taxes like any other cooperation is made to. Churches are not “the Lord’s house. If they were then anyone could go without recommends and JUDGEMENT! #GOD IS NOT RELIGION THATS DIVIDED! Lds, 4 square ,as far as I’m concerned get rid of them all and lets really see how fake these establishments are.

  24. We don’t need to worry about going to hell, since I am quite sure it is pretty well filled already with priests, Cardnals, and a few Popes.

  25. geez craig, are you so insecure that you need to attack Christians to beef up your self esteem? You don’t know any more that those you criticize. When were you born, 2005?

  26. There actually weren’t that many, and the number has dropped sharply as the Church has responded to the problems with new rules, better seminarian formation, and more openness when problems are reported. However, you won’t see that reported in the news, because even other conservatives don’t seem to have a problem misrepresenting the Catholic Church. But take a close look at the dates of these reported abuse cases. Very, very few have been reported as happening in the last 20 years. Of course, any abuse is wrong, and should be dealt with legally and openly, but the Catholic Church actually has fewer recent cases than any other institution that deals with children. Why do they never mention that?

  27. I left my Protestant denomination when it went totally P C years ago. Instead of a need for prayer, now it’s “I’m ok, you’re ok”.

  28. I have not attended church for some time not because I don’t believe but because I was tired of hearing them talk about what they thought they knew and not teaching the good book. yelling and tell people how bad and they need to repent and not showing us the way to the good as they call it being helpful so disappointing. and with there hand out for money and making you feel bad if you can put anything in the pot. some times it seems that’s the only reason they are there. anyway, that’s my thinking.

  29. Much of the decline in membership can be attributed to prechers literally selling their souls to maintain tax exemptions(make more money).
    Since every trait that is considered moral can also be considered a political position. Now prechers are sculpting their sermons to avoid political landmines that could risk the church being attacked. I have personally witnessed this for decades and it is troublesome on many levels. A current moral issue being pummeled in churches is homesexuality. It started out that preachers were backing off this issue (as with many others)because it was politically sensitive & now many are even trying to figure out how to incorporate homosexual behaviours as acceptable. All in the name of being WHAT? Morally Mature – I’m Okay Your Okay?
    I paraphrase;
    “Mans righteousness (morality) is as dung” – so why are we trying to make our Creators word conform to “current” social beliefs. Though Sodomy is not really a current social tendancy. It was obviously considered as socially destructive even before the great flood.

  30. Fellow Catholics: You have all described the problems correctly. As for Emily and I, we believe it will take Divine Intervention to bring people back to the Faith. In my opinion, Michael Javick’s description of what is happening is spot on. If our Holy Mother Mary intervenes, it will be joyous. However, if it is The Second Coming of Our Lord, Jesus, it will be very painful. He will not come back as The Lamb, but as The Lion. Pray for our children and grandchildren……

  31. Mike: You don’t need too go inside of a building and listen to some person yell how you are sinners then they pass around the collection plate. Mike, you have apparently had some bad experiences with a church or some churches. My United Methodist Church is nothing like that. It teaches love and community and is active in the neighborhood by providing books, food, Christmas gifts and other necessities to a couple of schools students and meeting facilities for several community organizations who deal with subjects ranging from homeless women to Boy Scouts. No one in my church has ever yelled anything about being a sinner, although they do pass the collection plate because maintaining a facility and staff along with other charitable activities is not free. You need to try again.

  32. The one thing we need to be aware of is that the Bible warns us of the great falling away” that would occur in the last days:
    “2 Timothy: 3:2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,” (NIV).

    Consider: “But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of
    themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good,…”
    (Berean Study Bible)
    The “last days” could go on for many, many years, but bear in mind that in Africa, China and other places around the world, people are coming to Christ in large numbers. Christianity is in decline in Europe, UK, Scandinavia, and the USA, but Christianity is exploding in China, Africa and other places where the church is persecuted. Christianity usually grows when it is persecuted. We in the West have turned our backs on the Foundation of Western Civilization and look at what we are becoming. “Lord have Mercy!”

  33. Dorothy Nelson-Suter; I now do bible study because my church, and many around me, forgot what their business REALLY is; teaching GOD’s word. Accepting Jesus as your personal savior. It has become a money business and being PC. for so many churches. This is why I stopped going.
    You don’t need a church to honor and love GOD . But you do need GOD. Do bible study and perhaps you find others near you that will join you. But never give up hope and know GOD will never abandon you. I will be praying for you Dorothy.. God bless.

  34. I remember being saved in the revival of the 70’s. As a teenager it was other teenagers that took me to church. I will pray for a revival in America and especially amongst our young people. It is true the children often reflect the level of commitment as their parents did but not always. At some point they must choose for themselves. To comfort you all I encourage you to read life without lack by Dallas Willard. He talks about the 23rd Psalm In a beautiful way. The man was a professor who taught many a young adult what a full life can be. I accidentally found it looking for something else in the library. It will change the life of any young or old that reads. God Bless America

  35. Hello Jacqueline,
    Bless you! I can see where everything that is written in His name, is coming true.
    I, over the years, have slipped away and fallen away from my faith in the Word. However, finding E Mail streams, and articles such as yours, gives me strength to re-ignite my studies and re-build my faith.
    In America, it takes much strength to be a true Christian. It is very easy to not be.
    Please continue your work, and perhaps we can share the new things that we discover through our studies.

  36. Jacqueline: You are quite right. But we MUST remain faithful to our GOD and our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep praying for our great nation, our sitting president and all that are faithful to HIS word. May HE indeed have mercy on us….

  37. TRUE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD? The so called WRITTEN WORD OF GOD was written in the 14th Century by the Catholic Church. ITS A MAN MADE BOOK, NOT A BOOK THAT FELL FROM THE SKY!!! All Religion derived as a means of CONTROL.. Man made laws was not enough to keep people in line so thousands upon thousands of years ago they realized that and BANG, here came religion. Our way of thinking is as backwards as the Mayans and the Aztecs, the ONLY difference is we don’t sacrifice women and babies like they did but give us time.

  38. Johnny Jones: Even though your comment was not meant for me, I do want to make a comment to you. Just because we are Christians, that does not mean we will not stumble and falter many times before we die. And yes, especially in this day and age, it does take great strength to remain a Christian. But nothing worth having is easy, is it? You still have GOD with you. I can tell just by your comment. You are not bitter or blaming GOD for any misfortune you have experienced. So please continue on your journey knowing GOD is always with you. Just ask HIM for guidance. HE will show you the way. I wish you well and may GOD bless…

  39. This is great news! Finally, people are beginning to actually think and evaluate their lives and beliefs. They are using ethics as their base rather than the bible, a morally ambiguous text, as a guide to their lives. Now, 1 in 4 Americans are “nones” and not indoctrinating their offspring in unnatural, inhumane rules created to subvert and oppress a population by the ruling class. Let’s hope the secular movement continues to grow and Humanist principles completely replace religious oppression.

  40. If you are going to church to make yourself feel good about your sins…then you are going to church for the wrong reason. Religion and Church is ‘Man-Made’…We, God’s Children are the Church, not the building or the doctrine that is established by man. The Bible, God’s Word is all we need to have a “Relationship” with Jesus. It is good to be able to congregate with like people, but the Bible and His Word needs to be the ultimate foundation!!!

  41. HCB; You know you poor misguided person, you always have to make sure you post your hateful, rude comments, don’t you? Does it make you feel better about yourself by trying to belittle others, especially Christians? I know you are true Democrat because of all your posts. Especially since the Demon party has thrown out GOD you come out cheering. Well, you continue to follow on your current path and your eternity will be one of torment and pain. Not my choice for you but yours. Sad……

  42. They do not mention it because it is not a true statement. The key word is “reported” cases. According to law enforcement statistics, less than 1% of abuse cases are reported. However, cases involving ministers get a lot more publicity than cases where ministers are not involved.

  43. Let me ask you Eleanor, you believe all that is written in the Bible, right? Then let me ask you, when you wake up each morning do you go up to the first male you see and say “THANK YOU?” You should. After all, Adam gave up a rib too create Eve which means, according to the Bible, you wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for A MAN. OH MY, don’t tell me that you, like most, only pick and choose what you want to believe and what NOT to believe.

  44. Let me ask you Eleanor, you believe all that is written in the Bible, right? Then let me ask you, when you wake up each morning do you go up to the first male you see and say “THANK YOU?” You should. After all, Adam gave up a rib too create Eve which means, according to the Bible, you wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for A MAN. OH MY, don’t tell me that you, like most, only pick and choose what you want to believe and what NOT to believe.

  45. Have any of you seen the passage in the Bible that states, “THE CURE TOO ALL ILLNESS LIES WITHIN OUR OWN FOUNTAIN??” That passage means “URINE.” Check it out. GOOGLE, URINE THERAPY.

  46. Mike – I wake each morning and give thanks to the Lord Jesus for giving me life. Jesus gave his life so that you and I can be forgiven our sins, and upon death, enter the kingdom of heaven. I trust in the Lord and hopefully He will hear my prayers and help us.

  47. I believe this has become a “Design Your Own Religion” Society. You aren’t even required to bring, much less read your Bible in church!

  48. Well Eleanor, I wonder if the children who were born with cancer would say the same thing. Listen, I know that this thing called “LIFE” is not by chance but come on, if there truly is a “GOD” like people believe then he/she, whatever, is sure doing a poor job. We as people are so far from truly knowing the truth that if we did know it would blow our minds.
    No Priest, Pope, Bishop, whatever knows any more then you or I. They are in the business of “BRAIN WASHING and MANIPULATION”

  49. I’m not asking you too. All I am saying is open your eyes, look around, study a little of history. I have been holding back but just listen. We did not come from here. We came from another place hundreds of thousands of years ago. Europeans came from one place, Africans came from another place, Asians from another place and so on. This Planet is one big experiment too see how we can get along and we have failed miserably.

  50. One last thought Eleanor, I guess you also believe that Mary, you know, the mother of Jesus, was a virgin. Think about this. Over 2000 years ago in the Middle East, she was married and they were poor, just your average people and she was a VIRGIN?? Come on, even today in the Middle East it would be very hard to find a girl over the age of 14, 15 years old who is still a virgin. To read the Bible is like reading a comic book. Have a good night.

  51. Mike, please show me or give me the site where you say that Mary, the mother of God, was not a virgin and was a married woman. I think you must have written your own bible. And how would you know that 14 or 15 year olds are not virgins? Perhaps you have visited the Middle East and had your way with those 14 or 15 year olds. Have a good night and God bless you.

  52. Eleanor, I am talking common sense and don’t put me in a category of a pervert. look at the thousands of people who fell into the spell of Jim Jones or the Waco Texas group and many other “NUT CASES” just in our life time in this country. People are gullible and most will fall for anything, that’s how scammers stay in business.

  53. Mike, you have still not led me to the site where you found that Mary was a married woman. Where can I find this? I am well aware of the Jim Jones story that happened in Guyana. There are always going to be people that will drink the kool aid be brainwashed by false prophets. I have a strong belief in my Lord. I really need to see where you got your information.

  54. I believe mercy triumphs over Judgement. But we do need to ask for it. God is a God of Justice but his goal is always to restore and heal whether it’s a nation or one person. Grace is a mystery that meets us where we are but doesn’t leave us there. When we see how big and how high, how wide his love is we realize he doesn’t want to take away our freedom but rather set us free to be the awesome unique individuals that shine a pure sweet love of Christ.

  55. HCB, you will know that God is very real the moment you die. It is very clear that you know NOTHING at all about the Bible or what it teaches. You are a fool. The Bible predicts EXACTLY what is happening. satan will rule for a time before Jesus comes to judge us. It will be a terrible time of hate, chaos, and evil, so your hope is very ignorant. Religious oppression????? Please explain what oppression you are talking about. Christians follow Jesus, who teaches us love, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, and helping others. Please explain how this is oppression. Jesus has a great love for us and came here to save us from our sins. Sin is not allowed in Heaven so He willingly paid the price for us. YOU have the choice to follow Jesus to Heaven or satan to Hell. The choice is yours and yours alone. It costs nothing ot come to Jesus and be saved. He paid it all on the cross.

  56. Old Wolf, God is very real and He loves you very much. ALL who come to Him will be saved. There are still many ministers/priests who preach the Bible and would never harm anyone. God warns that satan will rule for a time before Jesus returns. That is falling into place. But those who deny God cannot win. They will follow their master satan to Hell. There will be true peace when Jesus comes back and we will never have to deal with the dems, atheists, communists, muslims and all others who deny God again

  57. God said that He will destroy the world with fire this time, not a flood. But all who belong to Him need not worry about it. We will be in Heaven

  58. Craig, you will know that God is very real the moment you die. The Bible is the true word of God. You can deny truth, but that makes you a fool. You will meet Jesus when He returns. FACT!!!!! And God created the universe and put us on this earth. You are truly clueless. There is evidence for creation everywhere, but you deny it. Instead you believe that something just suddenly came from nothing, which is much more unbelievable in so many ways. God gave us science to study His wondrous creation. The science and history in the Bible are sound and science is proving creation. And only God knows when Jesus will return. Jesus loves you so much that He came and gave you a chance to be saved from your sins. You have the choice to follow Jesus to Heaven or satan to Hell. You have chosen satan. He has you very brainwashed

  59. joe, there is evidence for God everywhere. You have chosen to deny it. That is on you. God is very real and He loves you very much. But He is not going to force Himself on you. YOU have to come to HIM and repent and accept Him into your heart. Jesus came to save you from satan and Hell. It is your choice to accept His great gift and serve Him or follow satan to Hell. It costs nothing to be saved. He paid it all on the cross

  60. Dorothy, Jesus is the Church and all who belong to Him will spend eternity with Him. A church is just a building but Jesus is always there for us if we come to Him. No one can take that away from us.

  61. Mike, God does not give children cancer. He loves us all and wants only good for us. All evil comes from satan who hates God and all He created. There is a war going on between God and His people and satan and his people. God wins. All who belong to Him will spend eternity with Him in Heaven where there will never be any more sickness or any other evil because satan and all who belong to him will be gone.

  62. Mike, the Bible is the true word of God. Every word is the truth. It was given to us by God and He does not lie. You have no concept of what it teaches. Study it and you will know its truth

  63. Donna, that is true of a lot of churches, very sadly. A lot of churches have thrown out God and His Word and make it up as they go so they can appeal to non-believers. But God will not be mocked. What He says is truth. But truth means nothing anymore. sad

  64. Mike, Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant with Jesus, as it was God who put Jesus in her womb. She married Joseph later. You can read about it in the New Testament. Jesus loves us so much that He willing came here to become one of us so He could save us from satan

  65. Give me a brake. In the Bible, the first page at the bottom it says “COPY RIGHT” just like any book has. Let me ask you, let’s say something really bad happens and most of humanity is wiped out but after 6, 7 hundred years we rebuild and they find a Sherlock Holmes book, are they going to believe that he was a real person? Wake up and smell the air of REALITY!!!

  66. Forgive me but OH MY GOD, are you nuts? We are talking about the Middle East over 2000 years ago and a woman having a baby out of wedlock would had been a death sentence

  67. They do not mention that because the main stream media are liberal and not interested in truth. If it doesn’t conform to their agenda, they won’t print it.

  68. Your total lack of knowledge about the Bible is on full display. Too bad you don’t want to take the time to learn about the Bible before commenting about it.

  69. Too bad he is not there for everyone. I am sure that the children in the cancer wards would like for him to be there for them.

  70. There is a passage in the scripture related to your topic. I have heard only one minister speak on this topic. This is why it is imperative for everyone who has a Bible to read it in its entirety. Because of this “lack of knowledge”, this country is on the verge of collapsing. I recently Googled this question: What is the percentage of homes that have Bibles? The answer came back, 87%. I then Googled again: What is the percentage of the people whom have read the scriptures in it’s entirety? The answer came back 9-11%. Therein lies our problem. If the only knowledge that we receive of the Lord depends upon “What my preacher said”, there will be several opportunities to to become deceived. The Word of God has to be embedded inside of every Christian. That what the Lord meant when he commanded Ezekiel to “Eat this Roll”: Ezekiel 3:1 “Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.” However, the scripture which I referred to at the beginning of this article is: Peter II 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
    Peter II 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
    Peter II 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
    Peter II 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
    Peter II 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
    Peter II 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
    Peter II 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
    Peter II 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
    Peter II 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
    Peter II 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
    Peter II 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
    Peter II 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
    Peter II 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
    Peter II 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
    Peter II 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
    Peter II 2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
    Peter II 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
    Peter II 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
    Peter II 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
    Peter II 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
    Peter II 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

  71. Mike: I do know why you have centered out Eleanor D. to show much hate and hostilely to. She did not say or do anything for you to attack her the way you have.. This forum is not for theology lessons or to question others religious beliefs .
    If you don’t believe, or your faith has been in question, we can’t help you here.At least not for what you are seeking. This not the proper place. But let me make point to you VERY clear. You have brought up more than once about children with cancer. My older brother died after enduring a very long and painful illiness because of a brain tumor, which was cancer. And he was very young. But NEVER once did he blame GOD or curse his fate.Until he went blind, he read his bible every day. Bad things happen to good people. But this is not because of GOD. satan, and because of man’s free will, give us all this evilness.
    If you really are seeking answers to help you spiritually, then join a bible study group. But if you are here to belittle others, then please find another forum. Only GOD has all the answers….. Thank you.

  72. I was having a discussion with Eleanor I wasn’t attacking her. She, as you, are probably great people but just as you said, me attacking her is the attitude I find with most people who claim too be Religious. In my many years of life I have found that many, many people who go too Church on Sundays are jerks the other 6 days a week with you being a prime example.

  73. To both you and Linda. I hear you and it was a long road before I found a church that did teach gospel and it turned out to be my mother’s old church.

  74. Sorry but the millennials are offsprings of the liberals who started their drivel in the late 60s and the indoctrinated carried on.

  75. Linda, I apologize for saying your a jerk, I am very sorry and should not have said that. Listen, I am a Vietnam veteran/Police Officer for 20 years who have seen alot of horrific things you could not even imagin. I went too Churches and talked with alot of the leaders of these churches and I have also read the Bible throughout the years and NOTHING, too me, made sense. I am also a big history buff and have studied the different Religous beliefs of many current and past civilizations, going back thousands of years. People have ALWAYS needed some “HIGHER FORM” to explain behavior and too also control the masses. Have a nice day.

  76. Mike: First you claim I am a great person then you call me a jerk 6 days a week. Well Mike, you are entitled to your opinion as misguided as it is. But I will tell you Mike, what you think of me , someone you really no nothing about, has no bearing on my life. I KNOW who I am and what I stand for, and that’s all that’s important.
    I know you were having , as YOU call it, a discussion with Eleanor. But you were forcing her to give you a theology lesson and making her uncomfortable. I was coming to her defense. I will not apology for that…
    And , if our opinions, especially about religion, upset you perhaps you should find another forum. Thank you.

  77. Mike: I just got your apology .I type very slowly. LOL!! It’s takes a big man to say they were wrong and I really appreciate it.It shows you have a good heart and are honorable.
    Believe it or not Mike I was in Nam myself. I was hired by the Army for a very specific job. So I fully understand the horrors you witnessed and lived through. Especially when you come home and so many of your buddies did not. Not to mention , when you did get home, so many disrespected you your service to our great nation..
    I could tell by your questions to Eleanor, you are seeking answers. Hoping she will say something that makes sense or you can believe and finally get your faith restored. All I can tell you Mike, keeping your belief in GOD is not easy. Especially in this day and age. Even pastors, priests and etc. are more concerned in being PC than preaching GOD’s word and making sure you understand the bible and it’s meanings. That’s why I do bible study. I still have questions about what’s written in the bible. I must confess, I too at times say that doesn’t make sense. But we must also realize the bible has been translated from many different languages and I feel some of the true meanings are lost in those translations. Does that make sense to you?
    Just trust GOD Mike and pray. He does answer all prayers. Even at that particular moment the answer is no. But every time I feel upset because something I prayed for didn’t come about. When time goes by, I realize GOD had a better plan for me.
    I TRULY hope you will receive what you are seeking and find peace. I will be praying for you and if you want to just “talk” I’m always lurking about posting here and there…Thank you again Mike..

  78. Mike, the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and asked that she be the mother of God, to which she answered yes. She was conceived immaculately. She later married Joseph who was to be the stepfather of Jesus. The bible is the truth of God who so willingly sacrificed his life for the sins of man and the promise of eternal life with Him in heaven. Please find a bible study group and learn all about Jesus’ love for all mankind. I trust fully in God and will for the remainder of my life and one day will be united with Him.

  79. Lea Novak,

    I believe most of the people coming forward nowadays, were paid off by the Catholic Church when the abuse was identified and their received cash settlements as well. This is how the matter was settled back then.
    They are coming forth for a second payoff.

    Also, these crimes are portrayed as pedophilia when they are actually more of a homosexual attack by the priest. The victims have reached puberty. While it is still a crime, just a different crime. the Gay lobby does not want it known that Gay men like little boys.
    There is a movement in which some people want the age of consent removed “so that a child can experience a loving relationship with a caring adult”. Those are the words of Justice Ginsburg before she was appointed to the US Supreme Court.

  80. Joe
    Perhaps nobody can prove God exists, but many have faith that he does. I would rather live my life as though He exists and that there is a Heaven and Hell rather than to live a life of evil only to die and find out that it is true, God really does exist. Here is my experience that reminds me that there is an afterlife. My mother was terminal with cancer in the early 1970’s. During this time my wife was pregnant with our fifth child and due at any time. Mom wanted so much to see her latest grandchild, always asking if the baby was born yet. She didn’t make it. She died ten days before our child, a girl, was born. About two years later our toddler was walking down the hall singing a song that I recognized as one my mother used to sing when I was a child. Neither I or my wife taught her the song, so we asked our little girl where she heard it. Her reply was “from the nice lady who visits me at night”. The story gets even more bizarre. My Dad had passed and we sold the home where I was raised. One night at my sister’s house we were sorting through things we collected from the old house, including old photos. Suddenly our young daughter, she was about three at this time, excitedly picks up a photo and exclaims, “This is the nice lady who visits me at night!”. The picture was of my Mom taken when she was very young. I know many will scoff at this story, but for me it’s proof that my mother did get to see her granddaughter. Believe what you want, but there are so many things that we will never fully understand until THAT day. I can only hope that I am worthy of entering Heaven when my time comes. And if it turns out that there really is no Heaven, will it even matter, other than I tried to live as good a life as I could?

  81. Robert – that is a wonderful story, brought tears to my eyes. Just more proof that there is a God and I, like you, will not deny the fact. God bless your Mom in heaven and thank her for being an inspiration in your daughter’s life. God sometimes works in mysterious ways. He is always good.

  82. Eleanor: Thank you, and you are so right… God acts in mysterious ways. I am saddened that so many have pushed Him away, especially from our schools and from our government. I thought it so very wrong when Obama announced that we are no longer a Christian nation and then held Muslim prayer services on the White House lawn. America was founded on Christian/Judeo principles. How dare he wipe away our heritage! While I didn’t particularly like him, I’ve come to appreciate what Trump is trying to do. I don’t see any of his 2020 competitors praising God for the blessings He bestowed upon America. Instead, I see an America that has become increasingly evil: in its politics, entertainment and behavior. Sad, that even wishing someone a “Merry Christmas” has to be done with caution for fear that someone will be offended. God Bless!

  83. We should examine the current collection of churches and pay attention to those which have been careful to follow God’s Word: Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for example.

  84. Mike, is this something you have actually experienced or just something others have told you happens in churches? If you’ve actually experienced it, you’ve gone to the wrong church. I’ve been going to church all my life (three quarters of a century). I’ve visited or belonged to dozens of churches in that time, and I don’t recall ever being yelled at about being a sinner. The collection plate was almost always passed, but many churches made it clear that they didn’t expect nonmembers to give anything. Also, please tell me the Scripture that says, “YOU CAN FIND GOD BEHIND EVERY BUSH AND UNDER EVERY ROCK.” That’s not in my Bible. It does imply that God is everywhere and that looking at the masses of stars in the heavens is an indication of an Almighty God, but that’s not exactly the same thing. It also tells me that if I want to really know God, I need to find Him in the beauty of His creation, but I also need to spend time with His people, edifying them and allowing them to edify me.
    I never cease to be amazed at all the misimpressions and misinformation people outside the church have about the church and Christians.

  85. Mike, as others have stated, it’s quite clear you have no idea what you are talking about. You need to do some research at the very least on the origins of the Bible.
    We know for a fact that the Old Testament existed at least as early as the 2nd century BC. (It’s actually much older than that, the very newest parts dating to at least the 4th century BC, but that’s for another lesson.) The reason we know this is because a group of 70 scholars got together around approximately 250 BC specifically for the purpose of translating the OT from Hebrew into Greek. The job of translating all 39 books (Protestant count; Hebrew count is lower) was finished around 50 BC. How did they do this if the Bible wasn’t going to exist for another 15 or so centuries?
    This is just one point to refute what you said. We have fragments taken from the New Testament which are dated as early as the first or second century CE. Where did they come from if the Bible was made up by Catholics in the 14th century?
    Finally, of course, all 66 books in the Protestant Bible (Catholics add a few books which Protestants do not accept as part of the cannon.) were written down on paper, parchment, papyrus, etc. by humans, as you say. However, people who accept religion as something more than a way to keep people in line are willing to allow for a spiritual or metaphysical aspect to religion, i.e., that God can intervene in human activities and that He inspired those men (and women?) in what they wrote down. Given that they were actually written over a period of some 2,000+ years by a minimum of 40 different authors and that they all agree in principle about who God is and what He asks of us, the idea of an overarching Spirit taking part in what they wrote doesn’t seem much of a stretch.

  86. Craig, lots of people have come around since the time of Christ claiming to know when the world will end. Dates have been set and passed ad nauseum in the last 2,000 years. Most Christians know to ignore all such predictions. Jesus said even He didn’t know when the end was to come, only God the Father. So trying to judge whether Christianity is Truth by various predictions of the end is an exercise in futility. You’ll get a lot farther trying to discern whether our faith is true or not by studying the life of Jesus of Nazareth–what He taught, what He did in His life, how He treated others, than by listening to any modern day “prophet.”

  87. I weep for my generation. Reverence to faith needs to return and things like prayer bashing need to be socially unacceptable.

  88. You have to pick and choose what you believe and what you doubt, and what you reject as fable or as malicious untruth. If you don’t, then you are denying the power that God gave you, the power of the human mind. This is what makes us different from animals, and if you deny it, then you are cattle. Much of the Bible is fable, but illustrates great moral truths. I do not believe in talking snakes, knowledge by eating fruits instead of studying, and people running around stark naked in a garden that provides for every need. But I do believe that a capacity for sinfulness exists in human nature, and also a capacity to do good. And that religion can be a great help in the search for GOOD. The best parts of the Bible are the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and Jesus. I can do without the slavery, polygamy, leprosy, curses, wars, tortures and impossible myths. That is a picture of what life was like before Jesus, who is still improving the world. His work has taken thousands of years. Christianity and Judaism are GOOD, but Islam is a step backwards; the Koran has worse butchery in it than the Bible, and they are breeding like rabbits.

  89. Caassandra…NONE of the Bible is fable!!!! Every word of it is the truth that God gave us. God does not lie. And ALL THINGS are possible with God. It was satan who disguised himself as a serpent. He has powers, too. And knowledge comes from God however He gives it to us. You need to study the Bible and learn its truths. God created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden of Eden and HE provided for their every need. So you are doubting the truth that God gave you in His word. And all those things you said you can do without are because of the sin that satan brought into the world. Jesus came to save us from our sins. Sin is not allowed in Heaven so He willingly came and died in our place and went to Hell and overcame satan, sin, and death so that we can have eternal life with Him in Heaven, but I guess you think that is a myth, too

  90. Mike, you need the great love and sacrifice of Jesus. And God forbids human sacrifices. No, you don’t have to go into a church to worship God, as God is everywhere, but He does prefer that we do. God is everywhere and He has created all that has ever been created. Have you even read the Bible?

  91. Mike, you are WRONG!!!!! The New Testament was written LESS than forty years after the events happened and the Old Testament was written at least 700 years before the New Testament and it was NOT written by Catholics!!!!! And, yes, it was written by men, but with direction from GOD on what to write. Every word in the Bible is the TRUTH. You can deny truth, but that just makes you a fool. Try actually reading the Bible. It is nothing at all about control. It is about the great love that God has for us. All good things come from God who created us. It is satan who brought sin into the world and all evil. We are all sinners and Jesus loves us so much that He came to save us from the sin of satan so that we can be with Him for eternity. He has no desire to control you. YOU get to choose whether you want to follow Jesus to an eternity of love and peace or satan to an eternity of hate and torture. Jesus is waiting for you to come to Him. It costs nothing to be saved. He paid it all on the cross

  92. All who follow satan will join him in Hell, and he gets more recruits every day from the dems, atheists, communists, muslims and all others who deny Jesus

  93. Nancie, absolutely!!! We are all sinners worthy of eternity in Hell. But Jesus loves us so much that He came and died in our place so that we can avoid Hell

  94. vasu, I read your first sentence and that is very obviously because they have not found God. God fulfills our every need. Only God who created us can fulfill us and you have no clue who He is as you have rejected Him

  95. jackass, you can deny God all you want, but that will never change the fact that He is there. You can choose to follow Him to Heaven or satan to Hell, but you must choose God before you die. He will not be there for you afterwards.

  96. Mike, it is YOU who is denying reality!!!! The Bible is the true word of God. FACT!!!! Yes, it was written by men, but under direction from God. You can deny God. He gave you that choice. But you WILL know that He is there the moment you die and you WILL stand before Jesus to be judged. ALL who come to Jesus KNOW that He is there. You have the choice to follow Jesus to Heaven or satan to Hell. You have chosen satan. He has you very brainwashed. And please take an English course. It is “break’, not “brake”

  97. Mike, your total ignorance of the Bible is showing. What is says is the truth and ALL things are possible with God who created all things. You can deny truth, but that is very foolish. There is historical evidence that Jesus was here. And the New Testament tells the truth about Him and why He came

  98. MIke, Jesus did not come here to control us, but to show us the way to Heaven and to save us from our sins and the evil satan. He is there for all who will come to Him. I hope that you will allow Him into your heart and you will know the truth. It costs nothing to be saved. He paid it all on the cross

  99. Mike, God loves children very much and is ALWAYS with them!!!!!! God did not bring sickness into the world. ALL evil comes from satan, NOT God. God hates evil and sent Jesus to save us from satan and sin. He does not wish evil on any of us, esp. children

  100. Mike, God IS there for everyone!! He is there for all who will come to Him. But He does not force Himself on us. We must come to Him and ask forgiveness and accept Him into our heart. I pray that you will come to know Him

  101. I’m 62 and started questioning the discrepancies and hypocrisies of my church in 3rd grade. By the time I was in high school I seldom went to church. My father was a “pillar” of the church we went to, and all the minister was concerned about was that, since I was first-born, I follow in my father’s footsteps. More like some kind of country club rather than a true church. I tried several other denominations, Episcopalian being the one I stayed with the longest, but ultimately nothing came close to answering my questions.

    It’s been years since I set foot in a church yet I still remain steadfast to the teachings of Yeshua, the Christ. I’ve had many of my questions answered by being open to teachings that are based in Christianity, yet take the answers several steps further than any church minister ever did, or perhaps could. I am so much better off without the contradictions and evasions I encountered no matter what church I attended.

  102. With large segments calling themselves Christian,7 while abandoning, the Teachings if Christ, (Hope, Love and Tolorance) in favor of
    supporting mans desires, decay will expand.

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