Reposting this entry from July 16, 2007. I received an email about people who mocked God and what happened to their lives. I’m sure some of you have come across this forwarded message over the past few years. When I read it the first time, it was so easy to see that it was misleading. To see the original message, you may click on this LINK. If you’d like to take a look at the original post, here is the link to my Multiply .
Good day everyone! I was just checking my mail and came across this article. As much as I am happy that it supports the notion of the omniscience and omnipotence of GOD, I found it misleading.
It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):
” Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever
a man soweth, that shall he also reap. –True
Alright, some people would think that “God killed all these people who doubted him”. If there’s anyone who has the right to kill people because of sin, it’s God. Why? Because he is holy. Now, I’m not saying that God killed all those men and women who denied him. God is merciful. Remember Paul? The apostle Paul was a persecutor of Christians. Aside from putting them in jail, he made sure that he had them killed.
Here are some men and women who mocked God:
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American Magazine, he said:
“Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not
have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was
ok, but his subjects were too simple, Today we are
more famous than Him” (1966)”.
Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.
Here is the story on that John Lennon controversy:
On 4 March 1966, Lennon was interviewed for the London Evening Standard by his friend Maureen Cleave and made an off-the-cuff remark regarding Christianity.
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink…. I don’t know what will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. We’re more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
The article was printed and nothing came of it — until five months later, when an American teen magazine called Datebook reprinted part of the quote on its front cover.
A firestorm of protest erupted across the American Bible Belt in the South and Midwest, as conservative groups staged public burnings of Beatles records and memorabilia. (The Beatles at first viewed this in a wry way, saying, “They’ve got to buy them first before they burn ’em.”) Many radio stations banned Beatles music, and some concert venues cancelled performances.
On 11 August 1966, The Beatles held a press conference in Chicago, in order to address the growing controversy.
Lennon: I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a journalist friend, and I used the words “Beatles” as a remote thing, not as what I think — as Beatles, as those other Beatles, like other people see us. I just said “they” are having more influence on kids and things than anything else, including Jesus. But I said it in that way, which is the wrong way.
Reporter: Some teenagers have repeated your statements — “I like The Beatles more than Jesus Christ.” What do you think about that?
Lennon: Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact, and it’s true more for England than here. I’m not saying that we’re better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing, or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it’s all this.
Reporter: But are you prepared to apologise?
Lennon: I wasn’t saying whatever they’re saying I was saying. I’m sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologise if that will make you happy. I still don’t know quite what I’ve done. I’ve tried to tell you what I did do, but if you want me to apologise, if that will make you happy, then OK, I’m sorry.
The Vatican accepted his apology, but the Southern Baptist Convention (the predominant religion in the U.S. Bible Belt) did not. Lennon wrote later, “I always remember to thank Jesus for the end of my touring days; if I hadn’t said that The Beatles were ‘bigger than Jesus’ and upset the very Christian Ku Klux Klan, well, Lord, I might still be up there with all the other performing fleas! God bless America. Thank you, Jesus.”
During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.
*Update: Tancredo Neves ran for the presidency of Brazil and he won. He fell ill and had to undergo surgery (before he even took his oath), which led to his death. He is still recognized as one of the official presidents of Brazil as a matter of honor BUT THERE IS NO PROOF that he made the statement that “even God cannot remove him from presidency.”
THE MAN WHO BUILT TITANIC:
After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: “Not even God can sink it”
Thomas Andrews was known to be very particular about details and as the ship went on it’s voyage, he kept on taking notes on what should be improved about the ship. The statement above says that he answered “not even God can sink it”, when asked by a reporter.
Again, I have not been able to find references that he said that. IF he did say it though, it goes to show that he did not recognize the authority of God over the forces of nature. This is misleading in the sense that it shows God to be unmerciful. God is very wise to be hurt or broken by a claim made by man. Yes, revenge belongs to God, but I believe God does not pour out anger and revenge on petty, trivial affairs. All that He is, and all that he’s done is enough to speak for his defense.
I think the quote used by the writer of this article was taken from the Titanic movie. Now we know that in movies, dialogues have the tendency to be exaggerated for impact, or as the plot demands.
presentation of a show. He is a preacher and
Evangelist and the Spirit of God had sent him to
preach to her.
After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she
said: “I don’t need your Jesus”
The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979
Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive. JESUS!!!
Jesus said “If you get embarrassed about me, I will also get embarrassed about you before my father -I think the writer meant Mark 8:38 “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
What benefit does it have, if a man gains the whole world but loses his soul?
What can man give in exchange of his soul? (Mathew 16:26). -Matthew 16:26 “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. – psalms 91:11