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  • Dain

    Religion is indeed part of the problem. However, the crazy notion that a big skydaddy is going to fly in and make things right is also a problem, and is not above religion.

  • Dain

    Merely pick and choose. In various ancient records, you can also find writings of various gods demanding war. The solution to terrorism does not reside within religion or notions of deities, but within us.

  • Kerr

    Dain, it’s also a typical “my god is bigger/better than all those other gods” line of dangerous nonsense, that Stephen is presenting.

  • Mike

    I don’t think Paul actually believed in substitutionary atonement. The church was tasked with making a pivot – a pivot needed because of the Christ Event. The church couched the crucifixion in temple sacrifice, which originated with Abraham and Isaac, to close the door on it. If people had been told God never required blood to be spilled in order to forgive, they wouldn’t have accepted the Gospel. So, Paul used a tool to get people to move beyond understanding God that way and relating to God through sacrifice in order to make room for understanding God according to how the Father is represented by Christ, “the exact image of the invisible God.”

    This is a short summary response to your comment of “Pauline Christians” because I think Paul is misunderstood by many.

  • Tom Downs

    For hundreds of years Christianity was one of the most powerful religions in the East. Today it’s all but gone. There were several reasons, but the rise of Islam wasn’t the most important among them. The fundamental cause was the politicizing of Christianity, the submerging of the faith within the local secular power structure. So aligned with the state were they that when one nation was conquered so was the local version of Christianity. Over and over again, as nation fought nation (each with its own version of Christianity), the faith was the ultimate looser. Over time this internecine warfare so weakened the faith generally, that when another young faith, Islam, arose, this one also co-opted but this time by a stronger state, they were no longer a match for the invader. The Christian faith was wiped out along with the nations they were so closely identified with. Today the Sunni and Shia are caught in the same death spiral–two versions (with lots of subsets) of the same faith, co-opted by various nation states–and used to justify what is in fact a secular competition for power. The President is basically right. Unfortunately, as the Crusades demonstrated, for outsiders to undo what the local Christians in the East had done to themselves over hundreds of years proved to be impossible. However, given enough time the Muslims of today in the East might well kill each other off as the Christians did. Only in places where church and state are separate does religion flourish in the long run.

  • Larry

    With extremely few exceptions* putting the brakes on religious fanaticism only comes from imposing limits from outside one’s faith. Only by promotion of secular society and government has such limits been successful. 2 simple concepts: separation of church and state and free exercise of religion.

    And yes, Christianity as an entire faith is as prone to fanatical violence as every other faith. Claiming anything specific to a faith makes them more or less prone to such behavior is complete fiction.

    *Only those sects which eschew any entanglement of religion and government appear to be immune to this. They are also by and large pacifistic and very small minority sects.


    To: His Majesty

    From: Jennifer Psaki, Office of Public Affairs, Department of State

    Re: Recent remarks re “Religion” reported in USA Today

    Date: 19 February 2015

    Stop Digging!!!

  • Fourth Valley

    Ahhhh. The typical political habit of saying one thing and doing another. Stating no religion causes terrorism while simultaneously launching a counter-terrorism initiative aimed at detecting early signs of terrorism targeted almost entirely at Muslim communities.

    Not exactly the right approach towards dealing with a religion that views hypocrisy as a grievous sin…

  • Karla

    Kerr and Dain-God is real and there is only one God and He will come
    back to set things right but in His timing cause He allows the people to
    Repent cause He does not want anyone to perish/go to hell. Prophecy
    had to be fulfilled to prove Jesus is the Messiah. For that many people
    and different writers/prophets to all get it right/say the same thing over
    thousands of years proves the Bible was inspired by God proving God
    is real and that Jesus is God. God/Jesus/the Holy Spirit. The one God
    with the three parts but one. It’s called the Trinity/Godhead. Godhead
    appears in the Bible a few times plus Jesus said before Abraham I Am
    so the birth of Jesus was a miracle not a creation. Read all of the Bible
    prophecy that came true about Jesus like in Psalm 22:16-18 and also
    Isaiah 53:3-7. Romans 1:18-32 says that God is real and He makes it
    known through the miracle of creation but man chooses to deny God
    because of sin/they love their sins more so they don’t follow Him/God.

    If you created something should someone else get the/a credit for it?
    No they shouldn’t! It is the same with God. Only one God went to the
    Cross because there is only one God/the God of the Bible/Jesus and
    saying all roads/gods/truths are all the same doesn’t make any sense
    because each belief system teaches something different. Jesus is the
    Messiah and the only way to heaven! Jesus among other gods by the
    author Ravi Zacharias is a good book to read/check out. God bless.

  • Fran


    The solution to all terrorists, and for that matter, all wicked ones on earth, will never be realized by imperfect man nor his imperfect governments.

    True peace and security, along with true brotherhood of man (all races and cultures) will only soon be realized by God’s kingdom or heavenly government, of which Jesus preached and taught while on earth (Matthew 4:17), and of which he is King.

    As prophecied about Jesus and his upcoming rule over earth by the prophet Isaiah:

    “He will judge the lowly with fairness, and with uprightness he will give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and put the wicked to death with the breath of his lips.” (Isaiah 11:4)

    God’s kingdom has the ability to read the hearts of people and really know who they are; man and his kingdoms cannot.

    As prophecied by the psalmist, this is the future that all sincere and meek persons on our planet can look forward to with real faith, since all of God’s promises come true and man’s hardly ever do:

    “Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more. You will look at where they were, and they will not be there (even in the Middle East!). But the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of PEACE.” (Psalm 37:10,11). This can and only will come about by God, whose name is Jehovah (Psalm 83:18), and not by man.

  • Fran


    Your footnote would include 8.2 million of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, in 239 lands, from 115,416 congregations, preaching the good news of God’s kingdom or heavenly government as the “only hope” for mankind; and who definitely do not get involved in politics and/or wars.

  • The president would do everyone a favor
    if he would just admit that he is an Atheist.

    I predict he will do that someday.

    Religion is not the only cause of Terrorism.

    But it offers the blueprint for how to conduct it along with the excuse to perform infinite evil at its direction.

  • Fran


    No, he’s a God of love who will bring to ruin those who are ruining our earth, others’ lives, animals, and the quality of life.

    The good news of God’s kingdom has to be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations before the end of this era comes (Matthew 24:14), and Jehovah’s Witnesses are accomplishing that work.

    Google International Assemblies of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and you will see the love and unity among peoples of all nations, races and cultures; even among those who had been long-time opponents, such as Jews and Palestineans (the convention was in Tel Aviv) or warring tribes in Africa with resulting genocides (such as Rwanda).

    As to your other allegations concerning those you mentioned, whether true or not, I would not know. However, we are all accountable to God for our actions; and God’s kingdom will make the correct judgments individually in that regard.