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Do you believe in God?

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  • atheist posted at 6:36 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    atheist Posts: 1

    I voted NO and registered only because so many people just could not believe that this was a real count. As a general rule the more educated a society is the less likely they are to believe in these myths. Non believers are much more likely to keep their opinions about God to themselves unless someone asks. We do not find a need to bring you over to our side so sure it sounds like more people believe in God because they never shut up about it or stop judging those that dont (which Im pretty sure Jesus says not to do but I digress) bottom line is perhaps you should look at something else as the reason instead of trying to negate the realities of the poll

     
  • Mahiun posted at 7:42 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Mahiun Posts: 4965

    So, Maureen, you're just going to let this run until you get the results you're trying for?

    It has already run longer than nearly every other Press poll. Close the poll, live with the results of this very unscientific "water cooler" poll, and let's move on....

     
  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 8:42 am on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 643

    Cccar67, I'm not sure what "Christian" church you were attending but it doesn't sound Christian at all. Jesus two greatest commandments were about love. "Love God with all your heart" and "love eachother as I have love you." And it has nothing to do with good or bad, because in actually we are all bad if you go by the standards set by God.

    The difference is forgiven or unforgiven due to denial.

    I can tell you that homosexuality is a sin and you will not be allowed into Heaven if you are a homosexual and not hate you. It is because of love that I tell you, in fact. Does that mean I will let you starve to death or go unclothed? by no means at all. Now will I tell you what God tells me about homosexuality? Yes I will, as I give you waht you need in the meantime.


    It sounds like you had a very bad experience and I'm sorry for that. My pastor is always talking about the dangers of religion. "Religion killed Jesus," he says. It makes him very sad that so called Christians give Christianity such a bad name.

    "Christianity is an exclusive, proud and arrogant religion" Now how is that when Jesus Christ told us ANYONE can go to Heaven if they repent and follow Him? Does that sound exclusive? Not to me it doesn't. How is it proud when Jesus tells us through Paul that there is nothing to be proud of in being a Christian because your salvation is a gift of Grace from God not earned works? What you say contradicts that. Arrogant? Again, we are told there is nothing to be arrogant about. My salvation was not earned by me but by Jesus Christ. I didn't do it so how can I be arrogant about it? ANYONE, can be where I am at. The butcher, the baker, the garbage man, the prisoner, the convict, the murderer....ANYONE who repents and asks Jesus into their life and truly repents. Is that exclusive? Is that proud?

    I think you just got caught up with some wolves in sheeps clothing, my friend. I am sorry for that. But that shouldn't affect your relationship with God.

     
  • EddieCox posted at 4:28 pm on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    EddieCox Posts: 50

    So I guess you agree. The "creator" in "endowed by their creator" refers to whoever brought you into existence - which would be your parents.

     
  • Cccar67 posted at 3:03 pm on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    Cccar67 Posts: 20

    It would be great if people could see one another as the same...just human. But Christianity and other religions divide people and think in dualistic terms which makes one group good and another bad. I've been privileged to step out of a dogmatic (Christian) mindset to find there's a whole world of people out there who are kind, forgiving human beings who understand that the concept of God is man-made and nothing more.
    They are not mindless bums standing on Appleway asking for a handout. They are teachers, military, government workers, nurses and all walks of life. Christianity is an exclusive, proud and arrogant religion. I have to agree with others here...I want no part of this loveless, fearful religion and the God it represents.

     
  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 12:10 pm on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 643

    Mahiun, I really don't know what you are refering too as far as me taking your comments out of context. Would you give me an example, please.

    Additionally, I've noticed that you often come back as if you are being attacked and that is not the case in at least my position. I am attempting to answer questions you pose. I am by no means attempting to misrepresent you.

     
  • Mahiun posted at 11:25 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    Mahiun Posts: 4965

    If it's people that are holding you back, look past them.
    It's not. Or it's not just that, rather.

    It's that I cannot reconcile the entire Christian mythos with logic. I cannot make it make sense, I cannot make it not seem silly, nonsensical, and cobbled together from at least a dozen other earlier sources. I cannot make it seem any more believable than the stories of Aphrodite springing full-blown from the foam of the sea, or the Phoenix rising from the ashes of its charred body, or Shiva destroying and re-creating the world again and again --- or vampires, or unicorns, or Snow White, for that matter!

    Face it, you're atheist about 99.99% of all the gods ever known to mankind. I just go one god further, that's all.

    But based on what I have seen in these comment threads, and what I have observed first-hand as a native NIdahoan, if I believed in Jesus the Christ, I would probably pray to him, "Lord Jesus, protect me from your followers!"

    And Jittle (JITL), you have (in another thread) taken several of my comments rather egregiously out of context, in an attempt to warp their meaning. I forgive you, but please don't do it again. It is an underhanded technique, and not worthy of someone who claims to be a follower of Jesus the Christ.

     
  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 10:56 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 643

    Mahiun, a man who calls himself a lawyer but has no degree is not a lawyer, and the person who calls himself a Christian but has no understanding of Jesus Christ is not a Christian.

    Look the bottom line is this. If human beings are involved in ANYTHING, there will be problems and that includes Christianity. If it's people that are holding you back, look past them. Even among the 12 apostles there was one who was bad. I don't really think a guy named McNasdy is really a Christian. When Jesus Christ enters your heart, that anger is released.

    CcCar67, you must not have been surrounded by real Christians if you felt you couldn't enjoy your life and it's people. Unless you mean saturating yourself with stuff and material possesions. You must not have had a good teacher. I'm sorry.

     
  • Mahiun posted at 8:50 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    Mahiun Posts: 4965

    ...soulless, a-moral, no values democratic voting atheists...looking for handouts up on Appleway.

    If this is what your belief does to you, if this is the kind of person your religion turns you into, then no, thank you --- I want no part of it, now or ever!

     
  • Cccar67 posted at 8:14 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    Cccar67 Posts: 20

    I believe this poll is absolutely correct! I just had to sign up to post here which is why some might not have taken the time. I voted "no" and after my registration I wasn't able to vote again. It could be that science and more information about the biblical and traditional fallacies are catching the ears of more people than is believed. Also, the bickering, immoral behavior and worldly activities of many churchites is getting more attention in the minds of "thinking" people.
    I was a born-again believer for decades but I finally saw the real light and have never been so free to explore our beautiful world and enjoy its beautiful people. My study has opened doors that truly lead to love and life right here and right now. It thrills me that a majority others have also found this to be true!

     
  • McNasdy posted at 4:21 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2012.

    McNasdy Posts: 17

    The poll has obviously been skewed. This is North Idaho not Berkley California. There are a couple soulless, a-moral, no values democratic voting atheists around here but only a few. You can usually find them looking for handouts up on Appleway.

     
  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 1:12 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2012.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 643

    Mahiun would you be offended if your children didn't recognize you as their father? God is no different.

    I wish you would let go of your hurt.

    It is the dog that yelps loudest that is hit the hardest with the stone.

     
  • Joseph Jr posted at 7:10 am on Sun, Aug 5, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    Also, if there are large numbers of "NO" votes, those people would be posting here also.

    Another screwball at the press?

     
  • Joseph Jr posted at 7:08 am on Sun, Aug 5, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    The webmaster for the CDA PRESS, should check the IP addresses, and post the number of people voting, instead of percentages which at face value appears quite impressive for those "Free Thinkers."

    I am suspicious the local "Free Thinkers", have their friends and families voting "NO" from all over the universe.

     
  • COG777 posted at 6:37 pm on Sat, Aug 4, 2012.

    COG777 Posts: 339

    Hopefully there is a logical explanation rather than the PRESS being that out of touch with so many in the area. I believe nationwide more tha 75% claim to believe in GOD and there are many area churches. So it would be interesting to see if the PRESS has actually alienated most of the area believers or if it is just the online crowd.

     
  • COG777 posted at 5:41 pm on Sat, Aug 4, 2012.

    COG777 Posts: 339

    Wow this is very interesting. Huckleberries has the exact opposite much more that do believe in God. I wonder if those people do not post on here or have not enjoyed reading the CDA Press for some reason.

    I know in the past many of CDA PRESS polls have proved to be wrong. Maybe the online crowd is not really repreentative of CDA and the area.

    Since there are so many churches and people in CDA area that do believe in God maybe this is an indication that CDA PRESS needs something more to involve them in readership or win them as customers.

     
  • Mahiun posted at 12:27 pm on Sat, Aug 4, 2012.

    Mahiun Posts: 4965

    Why does it matter? Is "God" so insecure that he (or his posse) gets bent out of shape if he doesn't win a popularity contest?

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:33 am on Sat, Aug 4, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I have to agree that there is something wrong.

     
  • BoxcarBill posted at 12:47 am on Sat, Aug 4, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    Gotta be something wrong with all the religious screwballs around here. Maybe they don't get on this site?

     
  • yarply posted at 5:24 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    It could be a tech glitch where all the votes for yes are being posted as no?

     
  • voxpop posted at 11:38 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    For those who don't, it's your choice. Just remember, the only unforgivable sin is to deny the existence of God. If I'm wrong, so what. You, on the other hand ...

     
  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 10:52 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 643

    LOL, wow. Ummmmmm yeah, there has been some manipulation there whether from within the Press or from a bunch of athiests posting and reposting as other people.

    This is North Idaho. My church alone has 7,000 or more members and there are many other churches. These numbers are false.

     
  • yarply posted at 3:42 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    False science and the public schools have done a good job turning people into animals and the worship of the creature instead of he who created all things.
    It is he that sits on the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in:
    He stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth on nothing.

    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

    And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail has God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

     
  • Keven Johnson posted at 1:15 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1290

    Obviously the poss has been manipulated in some way, because I don't think anyone really believes that 83% of Cda Press online readers don't believe in God.

    If that were the case, and if it reflected popular opinion nationwide, God and religion could no longer be used to control or divide us, or as a justification for going to war against countries where the predominant religion is something other than Christianity.

     
  • Keven Johnson posted at 1:12 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1290

    Yarply, read what you just wrote again - - it does NOT say "...they are endowed by YARPLY'S GOD with certain unailienable rights....:" . What id says is all men are endowed "by their Creator" with certain unalienable rights.

    So NO, I do not concede or Give up any of my rights as a Human and as an American simply because you disagree with me on what "my creator" is. By the same token, I would never presume to deny you your rights because you believe a supernatural being is your creator and I don't.

     
  • Joseph Jr posted at 7:15 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    I agree, someone messed with the poll.

    Probably some "freethinker" at the CDA PRESS who wants to TELL you what to believe in, and believes in nothing.

    The poll wasn't wasn't posted late last night.

    I doubt people were up in the middle of the night, voting no.

     
  • yarply posted at 3:55 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    Procreated. Produce young; reproduce.

    Created. Bring into existence:

     
  • icantbelievethis posted at 7:34 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    icantbelievethis Posts: 5

    "Do you believe in God?" Very simple question...and I answer "Yes" very simple question and answer...I was also created because mom and dad had sexual intercourse and created me..that's the way God planned it..and I know what those words mean to me!

     
  • FFandCS posted at 7:09 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    FFandCS Posts: 1

    I dont think those words mean what you think they mean..... What creator are we talking about... My mom and dad had sexual intercourse and created me.....

     
  • icantbelievethis posted at 7:09 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    icantbelievethis Posts: 5

    Amen yarply....What is wrong with this poll? Everything!!! It is not true and someone ##*#sed with the numbers...I can't believe this ! And I won't!!

     
  • yarply posted at 5:57 pm on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,


    So I guess the 85% who don't believe in God give up their rights.

     
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