Every day a National Day of Prayer

By Franklin Grahamevangelist Last Sunday the president of the United States came to visit my 91-year-old father, Billy Graham, and … Continued

By Franklin Graham
evangelist

Last Sunday the president of the United States came to visit my 91-year-old father, Billy Graham, and me at my father’s home in North Carolina. If either of us wanted to visit the president at his home or even just to speak with him on the phone, we would have to navigate one or more telephone operators, receptionists or executive assistants–and still might not be successful in reaching him.

This morning, and numerous times throughout the day, I spoke directly to the God of this universe–no switchboard, secretaries, call screeners or voice mail. What an amazing thing! Even more amazing, God was waiting on my call and anxious to hear from me and talk to me, no matter how many times I called. Prayer–talking to God–is a vibrant and vital personal practice; but it is also a very real part of our national history.

In 1775 George Washington and the Continental Congress requested the colonies to pray for wisdom in a war for independence. Nearly 100 years later, President Abraham Lincoln offered a proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer.” Almost a century later, in 1952, President Harry Truman signed a joint resolution of Congress declaring an annual, national day of prayer. President Ronald Reagan, in 1988 amended the law, permanently establishing the first Thursday of May as the National Day of Prayer, a tradition every president, Republican and Democrat alike, has honored by signing a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

President Barack Obama will recognize this special day despite a legal challenge to its constitutionality by a U.S. Dist. Court Judge in Wisconsin. Last week, I wrote to thank the president for his decision to appeal this ruling and his plans to recognize this 59th annual observance of a national day of prayer.

The Bible, which I believe to be God’s written Word to mankind, has much to say about prayer. It instructs us to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). It tells us to pray for one another (James 5:16), to pray for the sick (James 5:14) and to pray to avoid temptation (Matthew 26:41). Scripture even instructs us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). But the greatest prayer anyone can ever pray is the one the Apostle Paul talks about, the prayer to be saved: “whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Prayer is something in which no one has any advantage over another. The rich man’s prayer carries no more clout than the beggar’s; the king or president’s line to God is not any more open than the average citizen’s. As many of us gather in Washington, D.C., next Thursday to pray for our nation, no senator or White House official will wield any more prayer power than the cab driver or the doorman.

At least on May 6, let’s put aside our political labels, corporate titles, skin color and philosophical differences and reach out directly to almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of Life. Let’s pray for our president and his family; for those in authority, for those like my son wearing the uniform of our armed services, for those hurting financially and emotionally, and for God’s will to be done above our own. And while I pray that God would bless America, I also pray Americans would turn their hearts once more to the God of our fathers.

Franklin Graham is president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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  • GMartin-Royle

    Which god are you calling on? The human race has invented tens of thousands of them, you really should be more specific.

  • WmarkW

    This is the problem with a National Day of Prayer — the Pentagon is fine with nonsense like this; but say something accurate like “Islam is evil” and that’s not acceptable.

  • YEAL9

    “This morning, and numerous times throughout the day, I spoke directly to the God of this universe–no switchboard, secretaries, call screeners or voice mail. What an amazing thing! Even more amazing, God was waiting on my call and anxious to hear from me and talk to me, no matter how many times I called. Prayer–talking to God–is a vibrant and vital personal practice; but it is also a very real part of our national history.”Give us a break!!! Everybody, if you have not already done so, please watch Julia Sweeney’s monologue “Letting Go of God”. (Ex-Catholic, now atheist) Julia Sweeney’s monologue “Letting Go Of God” will be the final nail in the coffin of religious belief/faith and is and will continue to be more effective than any money-generating book or blog on the historical Jesus, evangelical wishful thinking/talking, atheism or secularism. Buy the DVD or watch it on Showtime. Check your cable listings.Five Star Rating

  • futuralogic

    Prayer is nonpartisanYes, but the same Prayer is nonInclusivistThat is the PROBLEM!

  • harveyh5

    “The Bible, which I believe to be God’s written Word to mankind, . . .”Need nothing more than this to expose Franklin’s irrationality. And Muslims believe the Koran is God’s (Allah’s) written word to mankind . . . Both viewpoints totally nonsensical, never mind the contradictions that litter the Bible and Koran. And then, “Prayer is something in which no one has any advantage over another. The rich man’s prayer carries no more clout than the beggar’s; the king or president’s line to God is not any more open than the average citizen’s.”Of course not, since a non-existant God or Allah has never interceded in anything. Thus, prayer or meditation can be of benefit only to the one praying, or meditating, by bringing comfort or inspiration to that person, or to others with knowledge of thoughts extended their way. As for being saved, a nice and obviously comforting illusion. Truth be known though, regardless of religion, we all end up the same way. With our bones or ashes disbursed on the Earth.

  • ThishowIseeit

    Franklin Graham, why it’s better to turn us into sheep than to turn us into freethinkers ?

  • areyousaying

    Keep your Muslim hating prayer and interference out of Government. There is no established religion in the US in spite of what you and Sarah Palin think.Pose, primp, pray, pretend with your own on Sunday and keep your Bible banging to yourself old man.

  • Kingofkings1

    Reverend, your actions contradict your words. Please be careful about the inconvenient topic of hypocrisy – it has been the source of failure for many otherwise worthy souls

  • qqbDEyZW

    Well at lease we know the bible was correct when it said Satan would have his followers use His Name. Actions of faith are not shown but words are used for greed. I watched evil come from the mouths of Priest, Law Makers, Leaders and many Americans while they preached the word of God. We see a Pope who acts like a God yet he molest kids. We see Law Makers like Senator Vitter, Ensign, Craig, Foley, DeLay, McConnell, Graham, Nelson, Bunting, DeMint and so many other use God and Religion while committing great sins and accepting millions in bribes. God will Judge all and He sees everything.

  • loveisgreatcn

    as a world citizen i believe there is a day we all people will unity together for our common dreams.the nation day of prayer deserves to cheer up .why don’t we abondon the difference and arrogance .

  • rcvinson64

    The Bible also says: And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. If you want a national day of prayer, have the churches arrange it. Why do you need government sanction? Is your faith so weak that it is render meaningless without governmental decrees?

  • ckaroline

    Isn’t it implicit in a National Day of Prayer that belief in a deity is endorsed by the State, and those who don’t believe are somehow lesser citizens because they can’t participate in this national call? Why not have a National Day of Talking to Your Imaginary Friend? Oops, you don’t have an imaginary friend? Then I guess you don’t count.

  • morryb

    And the beat goes on and on and on….

  • wturecki

    I’d like Mr. Graham to answer this simple question- how old was he when his mother and father brought him into the church?

  • wturecki

    The rich man’s prayer carries no more clout than the beggar’s.

  • ryannoodle

    I refer Mr. Graham and his cohorts to the First Amendment.

  • Chops2

    “This morning, and numerous times throughout the day, I spoke directly to the God of this universe–no switchboard, secretaries, call screeners or voice mail. What an amazing thing!”Did you ask god what the true faith is? Did you ask him why he tells some its Judaism, some its Islam and you Christianity? Is he a pathological liar or are you just speaking to yourself and reinforcing your own earthly beliefs?Why do u have this access but I do not? Is it possible that it was your subconscious?

  • jhadler1950

    In actuality, the GOD of Islam is the GOD of Christianity, the GOD of Abraham, Isaak & Jacob, and of Ishmael and Buddha, Krishna, et al.There are specific passages in the Bible which refer to the coming of Muhammad … the very word “Alleluja” is a derivative of “Allah.” So shut up and eat your pork.The “National Day of Prayer” is a farce because in proclaims that people only need to pray together one day per year. The rest of the time, these people refer to each other as heathens, infidels, etc. Or think that they are saved while people of another denomination of the same religion are really the devil’s advocate (listen to what the Jehovah’s Witnesses or Lutherans say about Catholics). It’s dismantling.Fundamentalists? Better restated as fundamentally without mental capacity. To think that the only Book about religion is the Bible? The Bible itself says that it is incomplete, as stated in the Book of John 14:15-26 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter … Even the Spirit of Truth will come unto you, … He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance …”This “Spirit of Truth,” “Comforter,” “King of King, and LORD OF LORDS,” is Some Other Being than Jesus Christ (He will have a NEW NAME … Rev. 2:17, 3:12, 19:12).Well, Christian folks, you’ve been duped by your POPES & PRIESTS & MINISTERS & PASTORS & MONKS & EVANGELICALS in general.Maybe it’s your prayers that aren’t heard because you are praying through the wrong Name! After all, it is a new age.Serves you all right for watching each other putting money on a plate …As to the thought that Islam doesn’t believe in Christ … read the Surih in the Holy Qu’ran where Muhammad calls the Christians and Jews “People of the Book.” Maybe more Muslims need to read that passage themselves.As to who really instigated hard feelings between Muslims and Christians … my vote goes with the Christians as early as the tenth century AD.As to 21st Century AD – 15th Century Islam, both are at fault. Neither can say that the other is right or wrong because they both are a source of inspiration which has endured centuries (Christians: read Acts 5:33-39) … and both are a source of wars between nations.There IS a better WAY … I won’t mention it here … you’ll have to search your souls and start sifting every grain of sand from the shores of TRUTH to find it. But if you seek it out in all earnestness, you will find it.

  • longjohns

    Mr. Graham missed the quote that Jesus said.Matt 65Now maybe Mr. Graham may just consider keeping those prayers in a closet like Jesus said.

  • barferio

    Every morning I speak to my cat, I say “good morning cat”.Hey, at least my cat is really here.

  • Booyah5000

    “put aside our skin color and philosophical differences.” Aren’t you the one who publicly said Islam was a wicked and evil religion? Did some arbitrarily designated prayer day temporarily change you mind?And on another note, does God talk back to you? How do you know you were actually conversing with God instead of talking to air?

  • mlipsius

    Rev. Graham—while you were having your little chat with God—did he happen to mention to you that conservatives in general and Republicans in particular don’t have a particular monopoly when it comes to believing in God. Did he also mention that Christians are not the only believers and that it is not ok to hate Jews and Muslims? Did he also mention that it is not all right to discriminate against those who are not lilly white? And, oh by the way—where in Christian bible text is it ok to tote around unregistered AK 47s while spouting anti Obama racist Tea Bagging rhetoric?Since when is being a minister a license to hate?

  • edallan

    First, unlike Franklin Graham’s God and the God of Job’s wife and children, I’m sorry that anyone died to prove a point.But didn’t everyone else notice that the massive tornado earlier this week sliced across several of the states most infested by Christianists, coinciding with the administration’s decision to continue with the “National Day of Prayer” despite the court ruling otherwise? Is it not evident that the states most afflicted by “acts of nature” (and Nature’s God) such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, drought are the ones where Christianists like Franklin Graham have the greatest sway? (They seem also the ones most afflicted by “acts of man,” such as violent crime, unstable marriages, obesity, and a belief that all men are NOT created equal, perhaps coincidentally.)What a coincidence, the people most opposed to broad-based health care are the fundamentalists. Despite claiming that the Bible is the word of God, they seem never to have read Jesus’ explicit teachings in Matthew 25:41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ Incidentally, according to the Charity Navigator, Billy Graham’s son pays himself $416,987 for his work as CEO of Samantha’s Purse. Until it came to light last year, he also paid himself simultaneously another $600K for being Billy Graham’s son, for a total extraction from the faithful and the gullible of $1.2 million — a year.

  • f0rTyLeGz

    If prayer worked then wouldn’t we see some results? Vain glorious blowhards have had so many on their knees over the milenia… to what good? A national day of prayer is pure politics.Your article makes me want to throw-up.

  • barferio

    “This morning, and numerous times throughout the day, I spoke directly to the God of this universe–no switchboard, secretaries, call screeners or voice mail.”And no god either. How can anybody take this guy seriously?

  • qrsi

    Doesn’t the Washington Post have anything better to print than this garbage from a despicable bigoted delusional money making hanger-on? The arrogance of all “preachers” no matter their religion is sickening.

  • amasiam

    Mr. Graham

  • John1263

    Isn’t this the same franklin graham who a few days ago was in the press calling more than 1/3 of the earths inhabitant evil because they pray using a different text than he does?

  • austininc4

    Matthew 19:24You’re a pseudo Christian, and there’s “Spiritual about You. When you pray I suggest you ask GOD to give You a Conscience.

  • patmatthews

    Faith is universal. Prayer is individualized and unique. If there is to be a national Prayer Day, it needs to include ALL faiths, and not just Christians. America was not founded on a Christian society, but a free and diverse society.I am an American Nichiren Buddhist for my entire life, and pray just like you Christians, Catholics, Jewish, and Muslim faithful.It would be refreshing to be included instead of excluded of being considered of having faith in America, not just in GOD, but perhaps something meaningful in the reality of this moment, people.Faith in people, and their ability to be truly happy throughout past, present, and future existences. Eternal Happiness through the Mystic law of Life and Death.Patrick

  • davidmswyahoocom

    Mr. Graham is a hypocrite and bigot as mentioned above; his father had class and respect for all religions of this world while believing and preaching for his own. His son is on an ego trip clamoring for attention and doing harm whenever he writes or shows. Thankfully, the DOD recognized the danger in this man’s words – a terrorist in his own way!

  • OldRedneck

    “The Bible, which I believe to be God’s written Word to mankind, has much to say about prayer””The Bible” also has much to say about how your god requires that we treat the poor, the elderly, the children, the weak, and the down-trodden — all of which you and your rightwing friends ignore in favor of “ten commandments.”By the way, Mr. Graham, I’m guessing that being an “evangelist” who sits on top of a multi-million-dollar business complete with private jets and tailored suits is a much better lifestyle than being a cocaine-snorting, skirt-chasing drunk. Right? You should know.

  • honorswar26

    Well, I see that the hate of the left-wing haters of Christianity is out in full force. Funny how you find it so difficult to criticize the hate speech of Islam, yet are all too willing to come out of the woodwork to criticize a Christian public figure like Franklin Graham. I think that he just might know the Scriptures a bit better than you do. After all in the Bible, Jesus did say “I am the Way, the Truth and the Light. NO ONE comes to the Father except by Me.” That seems to leave out any other religion like Islam. So you think that Franklin Graham is being hateful or intolerant by his statements that Islam is an evil, truly intolerant Satanic creation because it goes against Jesus’ life and words as well as many Biblical prophesies (and no, Allah was not predicted in the Scriptures as God’s messenger and has absolutely nothing to do with the phrase Alleluia) The Good News of Jesus Christ is out there for all to read and consider. But if you choose to reject Him as the Son of God, the blood sacrifice for the sins of Mankind and your personal Lord and Saviour, you will learn someday just how poorly you have chosen. It is your choice, not forced upon you by the sword or other form of coercion like Islam has forced so many to choose. Choose wisely. Your fate in eternity will depend upon it.

  • SoldiersMom

    Everyone has a right to pray if they wish.

  • 44fx290

    That you pray does not offend me, but it does amuse me, confuse me, and confound me. That you say prayer is not political stuns me nearly to silence…but not quite.

  • samscram

    After reading that Mr. Graham is in contact with God several times throughout the day, I am at a loss as to why he’s not calling for the immediate dismantling of our armed services and Intelligence establishments.Does he daily forget to ask God to protect him, our nation and its people from our enemies?Or, is it that he’s not confident of God’s ability or will in that regard. There are other possible reasons, but I’ve not the time to list them, now; I’m shortly going to visit an outspokenly Christian lady afflicted with cancer who’s opted for the power of medical science rather power of prayer, in her quest for a cure.Her family approves.

  • khafeez1

    I would have believed Franklin Graham if he was not to demonise other religion. as a man of GOD he should declare the WEALTH he has acquired and how he lives in MCMANSION, How much is his monthly expenses. Did JESUS needed a Taj MAhal and Gucci Loafers to delivers sermons of HATE and berating others. Did he ask GOD if POPE Benedict was really involved in Child Molestation. If he got the answer would he want to share it with rest of the WORLD. Jesus never called people of other beliefs and religion devils or EVIL doers. In order to get traction and to walk in his father’s shoes he has been calling other religions names. A spoiled BRAT whose only qualification is he is the son of most famous preacher. A true believer would be living like his FLOCK not OFF the hard earning of the FLOCK.

  • JuniusPublicus

    Why is the “Don’t Tread on Me” crowd so willing to force its religious beliefs on others? Apparently, freedom from government only extends to the things they don’t like, not to a universal belief in individual rights, for the things I don’t like.

  • 44fx290

    Clearly, the reason prayer doesn’t work for most is because Billy and Franklin Graham are hogging the line. Get off the phone Grahams, other people want to use it too!

  • _Cowabunga_

    Religion for profit. Excuse me if I don’t cotton to the Grahams of this world. Pius pastors do not go Hollywood.

  • moemongo

    Stop crying for me Argentina! You sound like someone who is protecting his daily bread.

  • DanielintheLionsDen

    Will Christians stop hating the gays on the National Day of Prayer? On a normal non-National-Day-of-Prayer day, the Fundamentalist-Born-Again-Christian-Evangelicals claim to pray for the gays, but that is really more of a political act of hostility directed against gays, than a real prayer of concern. So on the Natioal Day of Prayer when the Fundamentalist-Born-Again-Christian-Evangelicals set aside their partisan concerns, does that mean they will stop praying for gay people, and just instead, love them without qualification? I am not counting on it.

  • randysr

    My fellow Americans that are posting here … you sound a lot like what Noah’s neighbors must have sounded like. You sound angry, godless, intolerant, unbelieving, and … lost. Seek God and He will reveal Himself to you. That’s a good thing to pray about.

  • hohandy

    sure dude – no problem – but only if you also put aside your differences and take honest and earnest part in a national day to honor athiests. I’m sure you’re down with that.

  • BrianX9

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  • randysr

    HOHANDY: Bingo! That’s a perfect thing for us to pray about … that your spiritual eyes would be opened; because somebody has closed them. This is what Christians do. We pray for others, we help each other, we do our darndest to reflect God’s love. A Christian is no threat to you or anyone else in this world.

  • sux123

    Mr. Graham writes:So, pray already. Pray all day everyday. Whay do we need a “National Day of Prayer” for you to do it? Maybe we should have a national Day of Meditation, incense burning, marihuana smoking, bell ringing and all the other religious rituals out there. If your religion and your god are so great why do you have to puch it on everyone else??

  • Grandblvd03

    The bible also tells us to pray in private. Why did you leave that out? Is half the truth still the truth? Is there such a thing as a “sin of omission?”

  • Catken1

    “And while I pray that God would bless America, I also pray Americans would turn their hearts once more to the God of our fathers.”The one who authorized slavery and told women that any attempt to be something other than their husband’s property, a brood mare for him to breed children on and a servant to look after his needs first and foremost, was a sin? (There’s a reason he’s called “the God of our fathers,” rather than “the God of our forebears,” or “of our mothers.”)Our fathers were not perfect, nor were the Gods they imagined. And if this country ever turns back to those Gods (because no two people ever imagine the same God), we will be poorer and less free for it.

  • Casey1

    What a great thing it is to read these comments. Maybe, at last, non-believers are coming out of the closet! Religion has become the scourge of mankind. Everything that is rotten in this world is out there for everyone to see — and a whole lot of it is generated by religion and its true, brainwashed devotees.There is no God, there is no redemption and no forgiveness folks. This is it. Our world is the only paradise we will ever know, and it is our responsibility to those coming after us to preserve it and care for it.There is no God and there is no “right” religion. They are all creations of men to salve the terrors and tribulations of life, and, often, to make a boodle in money and power for their leaders. Religion is the cave-writing of the modern world, but with great production values.Religious people do good deeds for sure, but for all the wrong reasons. It does no good to feed a starving person, if you goal is merely to sign him up to your particular version of the god-myth. That’s like promising a terrorist 72 virgins when he gets to heaven.The politically organized prayer-palooza is ALL politics. Keep the masses yearning for their virgins and they won’t notice the corruption, greed, murderous, meaningless wars and the continuous destruction of our mother earth.If there were a hell, one would have to agree that the world is going there in a handbasket. As long as people keep praying, maybe they won’t notice …

  • robmartlaw

    “Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” — Blaise Pascal

  • slenon

    The Grahams, and all the other evangelists are snake-oil salesmen, preying on the fears of the sick,the lonely, the poorly educated. They preach “pie in the sky” but can’t seem to wait for their own reward in the after life. Of course, I guess those designer label suits could appear in their closets by magic; but I doubt it. I was introduced to Billy Graham as a small child. It took forever to wash the unctiousness off my hand.

  • DavidCurrier1

    Why should we promote a bunch of insecure people to talk (more) to themselves. They might as well talk the the family cat and ask for guidance. The cat’s response will be more enlightening.

  • johnnormansp

    If it didn’t have great political meaning, Graham and other fanatics would not be so up an arms about this question. Christian faith begins with a lie — the person tells him that he “knows” something the he doesn’t really know, just chooses to believe. After that, the lie just gets bigger and bigger, until people like Graham write something like this, with ulterior motives running opposite to the stated intention. –Either a deceit of others, or self-deception, probably a mix of both. Like the old adage goes, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive.” If they would only follow their own Bible in terms of this issue — The Bible says when you pray, don’t do it in public, but in a closet. That would be nice, because then we don’t have a religious majority shoving their religion down other people’s throats — the exact opposite of the Golden Rule. Christians get on a power kick and forget their rightful aims and their honesty.

  • willemkraal

    oh pleeze graham its all a money scam you guys deal in hokus/pokus!!

  • alatatema

    What wrong has he done? Franklin is a fine and God fearing man. I did not expect such anger against this well written and inspiring essay! Instead you need to have faith and call to the Lord and he would reveal himself to you. Dont allow this synicism about God continue in your heart and mind. You are crucifying him just as they did to Chist about 2000 years ago. And you know who did it? Don’t be on his side! Love always.

  • spidermean2

    Truly Doomsday is coming. Who are the people to be burned then if there are no unbelievers? There are lots of them in this thread.The Bible is truly accurate.

  • Kingofkings1

    “Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” — Blaise Pascal——————————————We need Pascal now

  • spidermean2

    “How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city, where all who had ships at sea became rich from her wealth, because has it been destroyed in a single hour!” (Rev. 18:19)I think this just describes the first volley of nukes. What about the counterstrike?Doomsday is coming to harvest all the unbelievers and on towards the eternal oven of God. The Bible is truly accurate.

  • randysr

    Christians: please pray with me:Heavenly Father; help us to know You, to serve You, and to serve others. Help us to love each other as you love us. Please open our spiritual eyes that this great land … this great land of great people … would hear Your voice and answer Your call. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

  • randysr

    Shut up, spidermean2!

  • spidermean2

    Kingofkings1 wrote “We need Pascal now”.Pascal was describing about false religions. When Franklin Graham tells the people the same thing, He was criticised by the idiots of today. Maybe Pascal was also criticised during his time.The stupidity never ended. Doomsday is coming.The Bible is truly accurate.

  • dane1

    Too bad there isn’t a God that would rid us of these Bible-thumping, thieving hypocrites, and their homophobic, race-baiting, gun-totin’ followers.

  • dpc2003

    Pretty rich guy for a preacher.

  • marecek

    Fine comments, Rev. Graham, but this still does not change the fact that comments you have made previously about Islam are heinous. Prayer is not political, but hateful comments in the public arena at events sponsored by the government are highly political. If your views are not consistent with our national values, you are not welcome to speak at government sponsored events. Full stop. Please rethink your heinous positions and try being a genuine christian instead of a hateful zealot.

  • arhoades22

    shameful that the washington post even takes this guy’s thoughts seriously enough to print. if you are foolish enough to actually believe in this fiction, please have the “Christian” decency to keep it in the private sphere.

  • PaulEVirgo

    A National Day of Prayer is nice, but not necessary, nor demanded of God. We Christians are putting too much stock in the things we do as men, and not in the promises and hope of God. We are using opinions on things to define how ‘Christian’ we are, vs. actually following the ‘template’ our Saviour laid out for us. Our words are often filled with shrill, scapegoating, and blame that others are blocking our blessings from God–rather than sharing the hope, love, and joy that God is offering to all people. Thus the angry comments-I predict that those who write this have seen our version of ‘Christian’ in action, and are appalled–as is our Saviour Jesus and God the Father. Satan, on the other hand, is having a field day. He dangles these ‘easy to handle issues’ in front of us, so we ‘lean on our own understanding’ vs. listening to God and following His directions. It’s easy, these days, to define your Christianity by how many times you carried a G.A.Y (God Abhors You) sign at a gay rights festival vs. how many gay AIDS patients you visited, gave water to, and prayed with, letting them know Jesus loves them as they are, but that He refuses to leave them where they are, He has so much more for them. *Sigh*.

  • spidermean2

    “Likewise, their men have given up natural sexual relations with women and burn with lust for each other. Men commit indecent acts with men, so they experience among themselves the PUNISHMENT they deserve for their perversion.” (Romans 1:27)so they experience among themselves the PUNISHMENT they deserve for their perversion.Probably it will include the gay supporters too for embracing perversion. Doomsday is coming folks. The PUNISHMENT is coming.The Bible is truly accurate.

  • gss49

    As Christians, you should try to emulate Christ. Never did He try to alter the government that ruled at the time, but rather suggested His followers should “give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” He seemed to be the first to understand the absolute separation of Church and State. With infinite power, He submitted to the state and was crucified. Could it be that involving Religion with politics is the surest way to corrupt Religion. Pray if you wish, but do not ask the state to sponsor or even endorse your prayers. Keep them absolutely separate. Keep Religion pure.

  • Phil5

    Silly, foolish man. Study science instead of wasting your time on religion.

  • cjbass55

    Franklin Graham writes an article about his daily prayers to GOD, and 90% of the respondents basically tell him to go to Hell.

  • jonstewart1

    Hey Spidermean2, did the bible get this one right?”However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.” (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)Or how about this one? Truly accurate?”When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.” (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)Or do you just think the passages that seem to justify your own bigoted views against gays are the “truly accurate” ones?

  • spidermean2

    Phil5 wrote “Study science instead of wasting your time on religion.”The science he means is that his brain evolved from a bacteria millions of years ago. Science indeed, coming from monkey brains.

  • spidermean2

    The Old Testament are not to be read literally. When it said that we should not work during Sabbath Day, it doesn’t actually mean not to work. It means to be merciful to your servants and to people who needs help.Jesus Christ illustrated it by healing the sick during the Sabbath Day and he was almost stoned to death coz the Jews didn’t understand the Sabbath law.The Bible is not for idiots.

  • rlj1

    Please spare us. Write what you want to but you said what you said and that’s how you are being judged. Perhaps your words would carry more weight if you asked forgiveness from those you insulted/besmirched/degraded.

  • soumyakumari26

    “There IS a better WAY … I won’t mention it here … you’ll have to search your souls and start sifting every grain of sand from the shores of TRUTH to find it. But if you seek it out in all earnestness, you will find it”I found it, it is YOGA. it is here

  • spidermean2

    Here’s another example how Jesus illustrated another Old Testament law.”And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? He lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee go, and sin no more. “

  • jonstewart1

    Spidermean – is there a figurative or metaphorical way to read the old testament’s passages on slavery that is acceptable to you?And when you quote the passage below and rely on it to justify punishment for gays, are you doing something other than reading that passage literally?

  • zukermand

    “Last Sunday the president of the United States came to visit my 91-year-old father, Billy Graham, and me at my father’s home in North Carolina”Amazing, half of what’s wrong with America in one sentence.

  • theobserver4

    Spidermean is my favorite commenter on the WaPo boards. He’s an endless well of comedy material.

  • spidermean2

    What the New Testament says about homosexuality is very clear. It is as literal as it can be. God will punish it.”Love thy neighbor as thyself”That New Testament verse nullifies slavery in the Old Testament. Why it was written, I don’t have a clue. But surely there is a deep meaning to that which I can’t comprehend.

  • spidermean2

    theobserver4 wrote “He’s an endless well of comedy material.”But the real comedy is when people pay their teachers to tell them that their brains come from a bacteria and their great great grandpa was a relative of chimps.Nice. Sounds like taken from an old comic book.

  • spidermean2

    When the Bible told a story about a talking snake, it was meant as a metaphor. When unbelievers tell story about bacteria turning into brains and monkeys as kins, these guys are dead serious.What a bunch of comedians.

  • littleoldlady

    Well yes, Mr. Graham … but as I recall you grant no legitimacy to other faiths. All faith is just that … FAITH. Not certainty. And it would be impossible to declare one or the other the true faith and all other believers as infidels. Wouldn’t it.What a hypocrite you are.

  • dricks

    Mr. Graham urges “let’s put aside our … differences and reach out directly to almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of Life.”

  • waveskiboy

    Uh, Dr. G, if you get through so easily when calling on the “god of this universe,” maybe it’s because nobody else is talking to him…..

  • dataflunky

    The National Day of Prayer is a Cold War relic that should be consigned to history along with “duck and cover” drills and backyard fallout shelters.

  • honorswar26

    If you really want to know a truly right-wing intolerant religion, read the Quran.If you want to know the Good News of Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life that he offers you with a love that is more tolerant than you dare imagine, read his words and life in the Bible.Christians hate the sin, but always love the sinner. That is why Christians wish to witness to all about Jesus Christ because we wish to share the joy and peace that we have. We want you to have eternal life in Jesus as well. Does this mean that we are going force you to convert? Not at all. Because all true faith comes from free will and a free choice even in the midst of all of the false directions and choices that we have in this world. Maybe the real issue isn’t about Christians forcing their faith upon others, but instead that many people don’t want to make a committment that requires that they give up sinful ways and to put others ahead of yourself. The real hate clearly is being expressed on this forum by the critics of the Grahams, not by the Christians who have chosen to speak out.

  • douglasstinson

    One of my favorite presidents Harry Truman had a gift for cutting to the chase. He saw right through Billy Graham. There was little Graham would not do to get attention; he was the ultimate sycophant. I was sickened by Graham’s taped conversations with Richard Nixon, during which he expressed the most disgusting sort of anti-Semitism. As for Harry Truman, this is rougly what he wrote in reference to Rev. Graham “That man likes to have his picture taken with presidents”. As the old saying goes, ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’.

  • grashnak

    If you don’t want prayer to be political, you might want to stop “praying” about things that have nothing to do with your relationship with your god. Like, for example, who other people want to love.

  • bucinka8

    No, prayer isn’t political. But the Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, and people like you (and, sadly, your father), just had to go and make it political, didn’t you? You reap what you sow.I will pray when and how I please. NO ONE has the power to tell me otherwise.

  • spidermean2

    dricks wrote “He should take his own advice and not describe Islam and other religions as “wicked” and “evil.” “But many religiosn are actually religions of the devil. What’s wrong about telling the truth?If the water is dirty somebody should tell us otherwise we will get sick.Doomsday is coming coz only a few people are telling the truth nowadays. Expose the stupidity to avoid Doomsday. “The truth will set you FREE”. It will also save you from harm.

  • grashnak

    @Honorswar26 – The entire christian religion is supposedly, according to people like you, based in all forgiving love. Except that its central message is that if you don’t believe in jesus, you will be either destroyed or eternally tortured (depending on which christians you listen to).So pardon me for not feeling particularly “loved” while I wait for my eventual doom because I don’t believe jesus is god.

  • DanielintheLionsDen

    SpidermeanHow are things in the Philipines?

  • saami

    Mr. Franklin, I find you most offensive because you think everyone believes in a god. I am an atheist and do not pray nor talk to an invisible friend. Keep religion out of the political and governmental sphere. The Bible is just a book of myths to me and should be read no differently than stories of Odin and Thor or Jason and the Golden Fleece; they all have the same validity.

  • kidsinthehall45

    Mr. Graham,When you speak directly to the ‘God of this universe’ does he ever speak back to you directly? If so, what has he told you? Isn’t it great to be able to speak to a God that can’t respond!!!

  • LeeH1

    Franklin Graham criticizes Obama for having layers to go through to contact him directly. Obama, the head of a national government and object of assasination, has a number of layers of officials to protect him.Why does Rev. Franklin Graham have the same levels of bureacracy as the president? If he wants to be your pastor, why can’t you call him directly on the phone? But try to speak to him directly as the BGEA

  • umok

    Prayer is a personal act and keep it that way. There is no point in bragging about your praying. You do not need national day for praying. May be that would give you a chance to show off your peity but such prayers are worthless because you should not be praying as a show off. Instead of praying for so many useless things, pray for some wisdom so that you won’t write such stupid columns in the future.

  • LeeH1

    jhadler1950: You said that the God of Christianity is the same Allah of Islam. This isn’t true. If you said that God and allah were the same in a Moselm country like Malaysia, you would be executed under state laws for blasphemy.

  • FredEvil

    When is it time for a nod to the Flying Spaghetti Monster?! If your god gets a shot, mine must as well!

  • HereWeGoAgain1

    RANDY SR said:The HOA called, said something about a limit on the number of pets you’re allowed, the smell coming from the backyard, and the late night lumber deliveries. Got some kind of special project going on over there or what?Cuckoo.

  • grashnak

    @LeeH1 – Um, I have lived and travelled in muslim countries and I have never met a muslim who denies that the god of the bible is also the god of the koran. And the torah. And no, I have never been charged with blasphemy.

  • dolph924

    This guy is just another huckster seperating fools from their money in the name of “god.” Who pays for all his mansions and limo’s? Fools who think he has a pipeline to “god.” Man created “god” in his own image — probably during a thunderstorm. Of course this national recognition of religion is unconstitutional. Does it matter? Not to me. I really don’t care that much that charletans like Graham sell the placebo of religion to fools willing to give them money. The Reverend Ike used to make a great living selling “prayer rags” over the radio to profoundly stupid people in the D.C. area. Is Graham any different? Only in the size of the donations he manages to con out of his followers.

  • ThomasBaum

    Franklin Graham You wrote, ” But the greatest prayer anyone can ever pray is the one the Apostle Paul talks about, the prayer to be saved: “whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).”Do you truly put this prayer above the one that God-Incarnate, Jesus, taught us?I am not ranking prayer here but I think it can be rather selfish when one cares more about picking up what some seem to think is a “get out of hell” card than praying for God’s Will, which is for ALL to be saved, not just for one’s own salvation.Christianity is about a relationship between God and a person but it is not about the “salvation” of just a person but of all humanity and all of creation.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • whm99

    My personal savior, Thor, is going to whip your gods’ asses in the Giant Invisible Talking Person In The Sky Throwdown Match. Jesus, Allah, and all the rest are just bench players. You’ve been put on notice!

  • Chagasman

    Prayer is not political, so keep prayer out of politics by ABOLISHING the National Day of Prayer. Keep your prayers to yourself, Mr. Graham.

  • LaBarge

    Well, actually, Jesus says in the book, quite clearly, that when you pray you should do it in the privacy of your own room, and not out in public, and that when you pray you should not pray for things you want or need but rather pray what we now know as the lord’s prayer.Religion is one of the few places where people can announce their direct talk with supernatural beings and not be considered insane.

  • ThomasBaum

    grashnak You wrote, “@LeeH1 – Um, I have lived and travelled in muslim countries and I have never met a muslim who denies that the god of the bible is also the god of the koran. And the torah.”Are you saying that the Muslims you have met think that Jesus is God-Incarnate and not merely a prophet?Are you saying that the Muslims you have met believe that God Is a Trinity?Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • jonstewart1

    Spidermean – the new testament doesn’t also endorse slavery? “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)Anyway, I’d be very happy to accept that “love thy neighbor as thyself” acts as a nullification to the slavery mandates of the Old Testament (did God’s mind change, or did the authors of the OT just get it wrong in the first place?). But if we accept that premise, why wouldn’t that passage nullify the passage calling for punishment of gays? Same with the New Testament passage on throwing stones, etc. I don’t see how condemnation of our gay brothers and sisters comports with those teachings at all.

  • groucho42

    Religion and politics are inextricably intertwined. Graham ignores the simple fact that those people who are agnostic and atheist don’t pray. To have a formal day of prayer is to politicize religion.As to the “God of our Fathers”, there are two problems. First, the oldest gods in anthropological records are female deities. It’s only since men finally figured out our link that men used violence and subjugation to create a male god.Second, Texas recently changed the rules for teaching sociology. Jefferson, one of the greatest of the founding fathers, was removed from reference. Why? In a large part because people similar to the Graham family are upset he may have been an atheist of an agnostic.

  • rfmilly

    Protestants used to object to the Roman Catholic doctrine that there was no salvation outside the (i.e. their) Church. Now it seems protestants have adopted the same doctrine, which, if I’m not mistaken, the RC Church has abandoned. Ironic, eh?I recall that quite a while back, a Protestant leader opined that “God does not hear the prayers of a Jew.” What presumption–the Jews invented God.

  • ThomasBaum

    kidsinthehall45You wrote, “LeeH1: allah means god in arabic…”Yes, Allah does mean God in Arabic just as God means God in English but the definition of the word “Allah” is not, I believe, what LeeH1 was pointing out.Both Christians and Muslims in Arabic speaking places refer to God as Allah but that does not mean that the god of Islam and the God of the bible are the same.Point 1: Muslims believe that Jesus is a prophet and just a man; Christians believe that Jesus is God-Incarnate.Point 2: Muslims believe that God is One and most definitely not a Trinity; Christians believe that God is One and a Trinity.If I am wrong, you can point it out to me but doesn’t the god of Islam get quite perturbed if anyone calls themself the Son or the son or daughter of God? Also, if anyone says that God Is a Trinity?The god of Islam and God in the bible are not the same and the words of the Koran, as least concerning the Son of God and the Trinitarian God confirm this, do they not?As I have said, God is a searcher of hearts and minds, not of religious affiliations or lack thereof and It is important what one does and why one does it and what one knows.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • washpost29

    “National Day of Wishful Thinking” would be better – inclusive beyond ecumenical, even the atheists could join in.

  • ThomasBaum

    rfmillyYou wrote, “I recall that quite a while back, a Protestant leader opined that “God does not hear the prayers of a Jew.””I guess, if that would be true, than God the Father did not hear the prayer of God-Incarnate since God-Incarnate, Jesus, was a Jew.You then wrote, “What presumption–the Jews invented God.”Actually, before God chose Abram and then formed the Jews, there was not a Jew, much less Jews.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • Alex511

    fr alatatema:>What wrong has he done? Franklin is a fine and God fearing man. I did not expect such anger against this well written and inspiring essay! …franklin is NOT a “fine and God fearing man”. He is an ignorant bigot of the worst kind.

  • groucho42

    RFMilly, it wasn’t just one preacher. Bailey Smith, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said it and then Jerry Falwell openly agreed. Thomas Paul Moses Baum, don’t try to use logic to argue someone didn’t say something illogical. Of course, after all the flak, Falwell openly stated he changed his mind:

  • kidsinthehall45

    thomasBaum:I’m aware of the distinction said poster was making: “If you said that God and allah were the same in a Moselm country like Malaysia, you would be executed under state laws for blasphemy.”writing the ‘allah means god in arabic’ is a simple way of saying that his/her assertion isn’t true and doesn’t even need to be discussed on the merits of the argument. also, many people don’t know that when a muslim uses the term allah, they are simply saying ‘god’.But if you insist: if you were in an islamic country (evidently an islamic theocracy as evindenced by the poster’s reference to ‘state laws’) you wouldn’t be executed for blasphemy bc the notion that the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions share the same central deity is PART OF ISLAMIC DOCTRINE and wouldn’t be treated as controversial. You can disagree all you want and say that as a christian you disbelieve this, but you can’t insist that a practitioner of Islam would/should see it your way.

  • mickle1

    I am so tired of these money grubbing modern day Elmer Gantrys. The simple fact that they feel the need to have an officially proclaimed “day of prayer” when they have one day each week for their fantasy demonstrates just how insecure they are with their beliefs.

  • Casey1

    Please quit quoting scripture! One could find crap in that book that would justify anything — good, bad, evil, viscous and hateful. It’s all there and it’s all defended by one writer or another.Get your heads out of the Bible and into the real world. Forget your ancient texts and your facile quotations and learn something meaningful to the hideous problems we face in this world.God (imaginary) isn’t going to help you. Neither is the Bible. There is no forgiveness, no heaven, no hell. Those things do not exist.We exist. Our earth exists. Only we can save ourselves. Those who spend time quoting scripture have made themselves irrelevant. They are dead weight that we must endure as we struggle to solve our problems, save our environment and behave decently to our fellow humane beings.

  • Freestinker

    Frank,For millions of Americans, prayer to the Abrahamic god of the Bible is completely useless and is certainly not something that unites us in any way. Pray to and for whoever you like but please do so on your own time and your own dime. And if you really do honestly want civil unity, quit dividing Americans on the basis of religious opinion. Otherwise you are just another phony TV preacher looking to manipulate others and line your own pockets under the pitiful guise of patriotic unity. Freedom of religion is patriotic, government-sponsored religion on the other hand, is Theocracy plain and simple.

  • truthhurts

    psssst, get a grip Casey1, it’s a free country, is anyone forcing you to read scriptures ???

  • joneu316

    Thank you, Mr Graham, for this fine column. Just from many of the responses to your name (I don’t believe most of the mean, demon-inspired comments came from folks who actually read your words) the need for prayer for our country and our people has never been greater. Thankfully, there’s a merciful and patient God in heaven and that in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, before whom every knee will bow, we can have our requests answered.

  • Kingofkings1

    Dear Mr. Graham,

  • jonstewart1

    You know Casey, I am not a religious person. But this is a forum for discussing “faith” and, guess what, that makes it perfectly appropriate to quote from and discuss scripture.Its atheists like you that give us a bad name.

  • joshuaostevens

    I’m sorry, I don’t understand, Mr. Graham. If, as you say, every day is a day of prayer, and politics has nothing to do with it, why ever would you accept an invitation to give a blessing during a ‘national day of prayer’? doesn’t that very act contradict everything else you are saying? why would you accept an invitation to share a podium, on a ‘National Day of Prayer” with those you believe to be preaching evil?

  • rajeetishi

    I agree with your negative views on Islam. It is a danger to humanity.

  • gratianus

    It is wonderful that Mr. Graham and many others believe they communicate directly with god and that his bible instructs him to pray. However, regardless of whether Harry Truman wished there to be a national day of prayer, the founding fathers were wise to distance government from religion. They recognized that not only was the right of kingship from which they sought to be free was viewed as a divine mandate but also that if anyone believed they were communicating with god, that person’s ability to accept the contrary views of mere mortals and to reach compromises with them would be almost impossible.

  • kemcb

    “This morning, and numerous times throughout the day, I spoke directly to the God of this universe–no switchboard, secretaries, call screeners or voice mail. What an amazing thing!” Hey, this guy is nuts like Falwell besides being a racist! The Bible is no more the “written word of God” than a Batman comic book! When one persons “talks” with a god they are considered mentally ill but when millions are led by Graham and Palin in talking with a god, it is a religion and must not be criticized! The U.S. is NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION and many of the Founding Fathers recognized the threat of religion to the newly acquired “freedoms” and promoted a separation of church and state. Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Jackson are stated “We are not a Christian Nation” in one form or another. The Abrahamic Desert Religions of Death, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, essentially the same religion, are the worse evil ever imposed on humanity with their intolerance, bigotry, racism, misogyny and hatred of anyone who disagrees with their mythological beliefs; beliefs based on their faith, which is blind trust or belief without any empirical evidence, none! The likes of Graham, Palin, Falwell, Robertson, Warren, Huckabee, Dobson, The Family, etc. all long to establish a theocracy in America to hasten the Second Coming of a mythological god. These “Christians” would murder today, if they could, anyone who advocated and/or practiced a woman’s right to privacy or any homosexual or anyone else who defied their myths and dogmas! Just ask Dr. Teller!

  • ashevilleshep

    No, Franklin: the President came to visit Daddy, not Daddy and you. How petulant and power-hungry you sound! You might want to talk to Dad (the mortal one, I mean) about the virtues of humility.

  • soumyakumari26

    HONORSWAR26,You said – Jesus did say “I am the Way, the Truth and the Light. NO ONE comes to the Father except by Me.” That seems to leave out any other religion like Islam.What about Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism etc., For you abrahmic creeds are there no religions? Christianity is no different than Islam with it’s my way of the highway cultish mentality.And you ought to know how your cult is being spread by your creed in pagan lands.Rigveda is not Indian says missionaryXian pastor claiming Tiruvalluvar as a Xian saint.Mary wears Bindi & Sari , Joseph wears Turban in “Indian” Bible to fool Hindus

  • kuvasz

    Look Mr. Graham, you don’t seem to be living your religion, so why should anybody listen to you?

  • Miovski

    Mr. Graham,You and all are welcome to pray this day and every day in any form you please. But understand that, even those with strongly-held relgious beliefs do not approve of using a civic podium for public prayer.The problem with attempts to make prayer a part of civic life is that, intentionally or innocently, they define this country to be a “Christian” (Protestant) country, excluding those of other faiths. While you think praying to “God of our Fathers” reflects ecumenicism, it doesn’t.This country is made up of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Shinto, Jains, Sikhs, Baha’is, Native Americans, Santeros, and those who adhere to a host of other religions. And those who are agnostic and atheist as well.You fail to recognize that many of those who colonized this country were fleeing religious persecution. They were hostile towards establishment of any religion. And Thomas Jefferson, a Deist, drafted the First Amendment to our Constitution to prohibit it.Given your public disrespect of Islam, it is unlikely that Muslims would feel that “God of our Fathers” includes them.And for those who worship Goddess, “God of our Fathers” doesn’t sound very inclusive at all.So please let’s nurture religion in our homes and houses of worship, but keep the civic arena religion-free. Let’s respect all religions but insist that they not impose their beliefs or practices on others.

  • abu_ibrahim

    A disgrace! Thursday, the sixth of May, it is a Thursday, Thor’s day, yet Franklin Graham, he ignores Thor, just as his predecessor, King Olaf of Norway, did centuries ago. Thomas Carlyle tells the story:King Olaf, the Christian Reform King, is sailing with fit escort along the shore of Norway, from haven to haven; dispensing justice, or doing other royal work: on leaving a certain haven, it is found that a stranger, of grave eyes and aspect, red beard, of stately robust figure, has stept in. The courtiers address him; his answers surprise by their pertinency and depth: at length he is brought to the King. The stranger’s conversation here is not less remarkable, as they sail along the beautiful shore; but after some time, he addresses King Olaf thus: «Yes, King Olaf, it is all beautiful, with the sun shining on it there; green, fruitful, a right fair home for you; and many a sore day had Thor, many a wild fight with the rock Jotuns, before he could make it so. And now you seem minded to put away Thor. King Olaf, have a care!» said the stranger, drawing down his brows;–and when they looked again, he was nowhere to be found.–This is the last appearance of Thor on the stage of this world! Franklin Graham, have a care!

  • Casey1

    Jonstewrt1 – I think we ARE discussing faith here. The foolish faith that says a prayer-palooza is going to accomplish anything.The people who quote scripture are merely cherry-picking little bits and pieces to make a point. Anybody else could cherry pick and find exactly the opposite points. The Bible is not the word of god, who doesn’t exist. It is the words of religious zealots who wrote it 2,000 years ago, all by themselves.There’s wisdom in it, and pages and pages of crappola, but it is 100% man-made, and a product of its time. It is not relevant today.

  • lafayette89

    jhadler1950: You said that the God of Christianity is the same Allah of Islam.

  • kinkysr

    Aside from from the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS the Grahams have scrounged from poor, ignorant “worshippers,” what BLESSINGS is is Franklin referring to?

  • abu_ibrahim

    Franklin Graham writes:«And while I pray that God would bless America, I also pray Americans would turn their hearts once more to the God of our fathers.»Bless «America»? Is that North America, or South America, or maybe Central America? And other continents, ¿what about the other continents? Why only America? More inclusive, Percy Dearmer was more inclusive, in 1929 he asked the LORD to«Remember all the people«Some work in sultry forestsThe Son, no man cometh unto the Father save through the Son, so Mr. Graham, please ask the Son to bless the poorest continent of all, with its «sultry forests» and «mighty rivers», and its snow on Mount Kilimanjaro::«Christ bless Africa,«From the deserts,

  • redd_robber

    When I was a kid (in the early seventies), I was strongly encouraged to sit through Billy Graham’s televised crusades. His version of the fire and brimstone that was waiting for the unsaved was very compelling to a 11 year old kid. I remember his vivid description of the sound of the trumpet call that would signal the end times and how all the unsaved would be left behind to their ultimate doom.One day, not long after sitting through another of these tirades, and refusing to listen to the “still small voice of god” he said was calling to me, I was outside playing and heard the trumpet blast as clear as a church bell. Immediately, I was convinced it was the judgement day, and I ran inside to find my mother, hoping against all hope the she hadn’t been raptured up and left me to fend with the upcoming horrors. When I couldn’t find her, or my more believing sisters, I was convinced I was doomed, and my panic and dispair was palpable. For about five minutes, I was convinced I was headed straight to hell, about to burn for eternity. When I shortly realized my mother and sisters were not raptured up but were instead picking vegetables in the garden, the overwhelming relief almost knocked me over. In some cases, I think this experience could result in finally giving in to “that still small voice” and accepting Billy Graham’s version of salvation. I know many of my friends went down this path and gain comfort believing they are ready for the coming judgement day.But for me, after I overcame the fear I felt, I became less blindly trusting, and more sceptical. It didn’t happen all at once, and I did actually become “born again” more to please my parents than out of any real feeling on my part. But as I look back on that experience, and while I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, it enabled me to take a clearer look at what I was being taught and gave me the strength to reject it as I learned to think rationally on my own.So, perversely, I would like to thank Billy Graham for his help in making me confident in my agnosticism today.

  • _Cowabunga_

    e·van·gel·ist (-vnj-lst)1. One who practices evangelism in the persuit of personal monetary gain.

  • ktunks

    I think we all should listen to Mr. Graham. After all, talks to God all the time. Mr. Graham knows what’s best for all us poor sinners.

  • gtinla

    Mr. Graham’s god is a projection of himself: a supernatural white male who provides comfort and support for an insecure human race. Such a god does not exist, and we must get over this notion. If prayer is not political, then why do evangelicals pray for the war in Iraq? Why do they pray for the United States? Why did the Founders pray to win independence?

  • theFieldMarshall

    You’re right, it’s delusional

  • bklyndan22

    Explain to us Franklin, your trashing of a religion that worships EXACTLY the same God you do. To those too ignorant or prejudiced to acknowledge it, the monotheistic religions all are tied to Abraham and the Old Testament concept of God. Directly. See if you can actually comprehend the significance of the story of Isaac and Ishmael.

  • AR11

    Appears Frankie is a little delusional regarding his relationship with God. I think it is commonly called “hearing voices in your head”. Easily treated.

  • dhilleub

    No, prayer isn’t political. It’s just silly.

  • miknugget

    Religion is for pea-brained simpletons that need imaginary friends.

  • Chaotician

    Every day is an opportunity for the Christian business to rip off it’s followers and I see little reason to give their extortion’s a day when they are considered special! It is undoubtedly a low day in the Obama administration to grovel at the feet of this entertainer and pretend to believe any of the nonsense this man and you extol to fleece your flocks of the indoctrinated and the ignorant! The absolute absurdity of Christianity and the notion that “preying” would be beneficial to the penitent through some divine response to a prayer… well it begs the imagination how anyone could begin to believe such silly assertions! I’m sure every “good” Christian thinks it is absurd to call to Thor, or the Great Spirit or Buddha or Shiva for salvation but swallow the notion that a intertwined man-god Jesus is different because someone priests wrote a book to say so!

  • gwcross

    A “National Day of Prayer” will become apolitical only when it is accompanied by a “National Day of Thoughtful Analysis” or a “National Day of Skeptical Inquiry”.Until then, it is one of the most political and most divisive proclamations that can possibly be made.To hear this coming from someone who has libeled the religion of a billion or so muslims, and who routinely tells millions of atheists like me that we are damned for eternity, is absurd and obnoxious.

  • LeeH1

    Hmm. To many Moslems haven’t been reading the news. On Dec. 31, 2009, the Malaysia court decreeded that the Herald, a Catholic newspaper in Malaysia, could use the word Allah for God. “According to Malaysian Muslims, the good and strict ones that is, it’s an attempt to confuse and trick Muslims into worshiping the wrong god, perhaps resulting in conversion.””The overturning of this ban was apparently so upsetting to some Muslims that they were driven to fire bomb and vandalize 11 churches, the offices of the Catholic newspapers attorneys, two Muslim prayer halls, a Mosque, and a Sikh Temple.”These Moslems are saying that the God of both Jews and Christians are not the same as Allah, and his name should not be used to refer to the same God. See:

  • Fabrisse

    From the article:”At least on May 6, let’s put aside our political labels, corporate titles, skin color and philosophical differences and reach out directly to almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of Life. “My ‘label’ is atheist. Stop telling me to reach out to something I don’t believe exists, and please stop making this nation less inclusive. There is no one stopping you from praying. There is no problem with churches getting together and proclaiming a National Day of Prayer; I don’t think it should come from my secular government.

  • geezjan

    evangelist: A bearer of good tidings, particularly (in a religious sense) such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbors.

  • newagent99

    how about you sell your millions of dollar house, your mulitple cars, get rid of your boats..and stop spreading hate in the name of Jesus?I’m so sick you fake Christians

  • Chaotician

    I have prayed daily for the Christian God to come Rapture his people of my planet and everyday they are still here… thus proving beyond doubt that prayer does not work or the Christian God just does not give a sh!t.

  • fizzy1

    When Reverend Billy stood with Richard Nixon in the Oval Office and shared their disdain for Jews and their role in Government (caught on tape), Billy lost any pretense of being non-political.

  • PatC1

    Whose God shall we pray to, Mr. Graham- yours?

  • AnOhioan

    National Prayer day? Let’s make superstitious nonsense official, why don’t we? You want a day of self-reflection. Fine. But a day of asking someone else to solve our problems? Please, be serious.

  • Freestinker

    Frankie,You really should have stayed with the Mouseketeers. They are a much better fit for people who believe in fairytales such as yours.

  • kidsinthehall45

    LeeH1:do you realize that the links you provided as source material take you to an article written by–and I kid you not–Donkey Kong. Seriously, the article says it is written by donkey kong. the other is a blog post!!! How can you expect us to take your point of view seriously if this is where you get your info!

  • pgr88

    “Prayer Isn’t Political”Really? Then you haven’t met an Communist or Socialist yet then, have you? It’s the most political act they can imagine.

  • jdadson

    Jesus instructed his followers to pray in the closet, where no-one could see or hear.Messrs. Obama and the two Grahams choose not to follow those instructions. Their choice. But keep it out of government.

  • patriot0523

    Mr. Graham won’t be this philosophical or magnanimus if the prayer is of the Jews, Hindus, Buddhists or the Muslims. As long as it is Christian prayer, it will be heard by the the right God, and we can all go home happy. OK?

  • MaxSewell

    A National Day of Prayer? Yes, please let’s establish a formal day to talk to our invisible friends.

  • Brittman1

    Cut the crap, Franklin. Prayer may not be political, but you certainly are. You’re far more like Jerry Falwell than you are like your father.

  • nvamikeyo

    Checking out these comments is refreshing despite their cloying, self-righteous negativity of their own. At least people are starting to wake up to the realities of religion and prayer. A reaction like this wouldn’t have been possible 20 years even if there HAD been a widespread internet.

  • solsticebelle

    Pray till the cows come home.But DO IT ON YOUR OWN TIME!!!!!!Keep YOUR religion out of my government.You would make Jesus puke.

  • rd3

    Screw god. If he was truly the mythical god of love and goodness described in the Bible then he’d have already taken his holy finger from out of his butt and plugged up the oil leak in The Gulf of Mexico. Guess he’s too busy.

  • Darwin26

    Why do you insist on invisible superstitions? Prayer is the 1st sign of mental health issues.

  • Secular

    This article is the most self-serving one. This clown spoke to the Dog several times just today, Imagine that. These kind of charlatans should be run out of town, no no out of the damn country itself.

  • lufrank1

    Posted by: WmarkW | April 28, 2010 5:41 PMThis is the problem with a National Day of Prayer — the Pentagon is fine with nonsense like this; but say something accurate like “Islam is evil” and that’s not acceptable.So sad that a person of authority in any religion (Like Pope or Billy graham) can actually believe that THEY speak to and are spoken to by GOD. Madness!Not Nobody; Not Nohow KNOWS who, what of if about GOD . . . an thas’ a Fac’

  • spidermean2

    “How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city, where all who had ships at sea became rich from her wealth, because has it been destroyed in a single hour!” (Rev. 18:19)I think this just describes the first volley of nukes. What about the counterstrike?Doomsday is coming to harvest all the unbelievers and on towards the eternal oven of God. The Bible is truly accurate.

  • spidermean2

    If all the comments here are positive with the National Prayer Day, would you think God would allow Doomsday to occur? Of course not. But we see that the time is ripe just by reading the comments here. The Day of Prayer these people abhor may become eternal days of prayer to end their misery in hell.

  • veerle1

    Whatever, Frankie. You don’t look or fit the part. You’re better suited in appearance to sell snake oil, which is very similar to what you’re doing now.

  • BigTrees

    Prayer isn’t political? Bull shorts! Right-wingers have made prayer an issue for decades.As for right-wing religions, most are charlatan-led by snake oil salesmen – at least three named Graham – with the single minded goal of separating poor, gullible, uneducated laborers from their money. I submit Billy Graham in his walled and guarded home in Montreat, NC, and Pat Robertson of the 700 Club in his mansion and four-figure suits.

  • spidermean2

    “Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”Looks like describing people hit by nukes – consumed away while still standing. With all the unbelievers abounding and very quick on insulting a prophet of God, who would not believe that Doomsday is near? The Bible has prophesied it and in just a matter of a few years, we can see its realization.Myth? Let’s see. The Day of Prayer these people abhor may become eternal days of prayer to end their misery in hell.

  • Brittman1

    We get your point, Spider. We’re all going to hell unless we believe in your God. Very Taliban-like.There’s no need to keep repeating yourself. Do you have anything else to say?

  • wjkx999

    Got God Ganggood reporting grahamthis is where i am in the biblepsalm 127fyi i’ve been walking with the Lord Jesus for over 38 yrs and i believe more today than everi can prove that there is a God and with the help of modern science can explain some of the myths regarding christianitythis is where we are in the usa today” desolation of sacrilege “this is when the people no longer show christians respectfast forwardthey’re making fun of santa claus etc etcfyi me and santa go way back and is treated like a member of my familybehave or begone yallshow me respect and i’ll show you respectif you need to reach me, washington post knows how to contact memore later….

  • spidermean2

    Brittman1 wrote “We get your point, Spider. We’re all going to hell unless we believe in your God. Very Taliban-like.”Taliban-like means there is no choice. With me, you are still allowed to be stupid. I just want to make sure that you folks understand what you’re doing. Im just making sure that you understand the equation of gravity and that if you jump from a tall building, the same equation will crush your bones.Gravity is real and so are the words in the Bible. “Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”What a clear description of a nuke detonation scenario written even at a time where nukes never existed.The unbelievers eternal days of prayer to end their misery in Hell is ever clearer.

  • metroman76

    I pray that like Franklin Graham I can make over 700 k a year doing the Lords work……Thank ya Jesus.

  • Farmer4

    God would listen better if Mr. Graham should pray for the earth and nation quietly at a quiet place, like a North Carlina hill, at night. The God I know does not like showing off. If not God, to me, what he is doing is nothing but politics and for himself.

  • fd09102

    I pray to the Lord to help Franklin. The bible if full of pretenders and fake worshipers. Franklin is like W.Both had enormously talented and dedicated fathers. Both “look to a higher father” to hear them tell it. But they like Jerry Falwell’s son and others should not try to be greater than the father the Lord gave them and feel inferior when it is clear that W will never be the man his father HW was or is. Nor will Franklin be the man his father is and has been before God. Does Oral Roberts have a son?

  • spidermean2

    Being the Chosen Nation of God and blessed to rule the world for the remaining thousand plus years this world has, it is only fitting that America continue to celebrate the National Day of Prayer in a show of humility and thanksgiving to the Almighty Father who never fails in his promise. “Therefore say I unto you (Jews), the Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a NATION (America) bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Mt 21:43)

  • reasonable3

    It’s nice to hear that politics and religion don’t mix. Can you please explain the spit-drooleers that post on facebook to pray for the death of Obama ? Certainly not religious, but supported by some godless ministers, this example of the politics of losers wrapped in Christian piety is disgusting, yet there are over a million idiots who subscribe to it. This seems to be the level of dialogue among the ignorant.

  • revbookburn

    In a true democracy and diverse nation, religious practice and “prayer” is a personal and private matter. That is what makes us different than the Taliban. Unfortunately, there are too many Christian-supremacists who seek to be Taliban-wannabees, including in government. Those kinds of people should imagine a rival belief system being inappropriately imposed on them. Just insert the word Jewish, or Islam, or Santa Claus, or Satan, and see how fast just jokers start demanding the removal of all inappropriate artifacts.

  • spidermean2

    What else is that Chosen Nation? Of course the nation who believes in the unerring truthfulness of the Bible and of Jesus Christ. All other else is just a joke.If not for this chosen nation of God, there will be no such thing as freedom of religion but continuous religious wars which happened for centuries in Europe and the rest of the world.

  • FredfromPescadero

    Why does a respected newspaper liker the Washington Post publish this sort of incoherent tripe? For that matter, why does someone who thinks that an omniscient, omnipotent God exists also think that he can change that God’s mind with a request? The whole idea of prayer – at least prayer as a request – simply makes no sense.It’s fine for Billy Graham to preach whatever he wants, and for Franklin Graham to continue the franchise, but it’s profoundly insulting for the Congress or the President to impose these ideas on the rest of us. This is a matter of private belief, and has absolutely no business being discussed in the halls of government. That includes the Pentagon.

  • jp1943

    A prayer and $1.19 will get a cup of coffee.

  • Ruth1940

    The comments here are sufficient to show that a national day of prayer divides rather than separates, as if there were any doubt.SPIDERMEAN2 doesn’t know the bible. Both the OT and the NT contradict themselves:“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. — Matthew 10:34You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. — Leviticus 19:18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.”— Matthew 5:17But many miss the point. There should be no national day of prayer. I remember that when the law was first passed in 1952, many people of faith were against it.Not only atheists feel alienated by it; some Jews, Christians, and people of other faiths are also opposed to the law. Not all Buddhists believe in a God, and Jesus taught to pray in private, after all. (See Matthew 6)I suggest that folks read the ruling for themselves at Follow that by reading an excellent editorial that gives the founders’ intentions: Many would like to rewrite history. James Madison wrote in 1822: “We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.” Urge the Administration to not waste time and money on an appeal!

  • fd09102

    Robertson was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1952 upon his return to the United States. He then went on to receive a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale University Law School in 1955. However, he failed to pass the bar exam,[9] shortly thereafter underwent his religious conversion, and decided against pursuing a career in law. Instead, Robertson attended the New York Theological Seminary, and was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 1959.

  • Hempy

    We don’t need the government to tell us that it’s time to pray for the nation. If you’re a Christian, you’ll pray for your government daily.Keep government out of meddling in religion. That’s the whole idea behind the separation of church and state principle of the First Amendment.

  • natecar

    If you support the National Day of prayer and also support the notion of the 1st Amendment, then you MUST also support having an equivalent day for each religious choice not served by the National Day of Prayer. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

  • spidermean2

    The voice of stupidity versus the voice of reason. The brains cannot just exist from soil and water without a supreme intelligence behind it. That is very basic science. It just can’t happen that a brainless soil can make a brain.Those who side on the idea that what we have is godless universe and oppose a government acknowledgement of a Supreme Being is just plain STUPID.I don’t think it is right that the voice of reason be subservient to the voice of stupidity. If the National Prayer Day alienates the idiots, that’s the cause of being idiots in the first place. You should be very tahnkful you’re not locked up in a mental institution. Freedom of religion does not mean hearing or following the idiotic clamor of the idiots. They can say what they want, just don’t expect the government to listen to them. Unless of course the government is headed by an idiot.

  • papafritz571

    I am all for a day of prayer if the only thing you are reading from is U.S.Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Neither document should be offensive to all citizens for they are the law of this land. Neither tells us who to hate or who to denounce for the sake of politics. Neither tells us there is only one God or that we must hold reverence to the God aligned with Christianity only. My prayer is that people employed in the Religion Industry keep their product out of our government policy. In America, religious leaders are fantastically wealthy from the sale of God. They claim He speaks to them personally and claim they alone know what He wants of us. These very public celebrity religion leaders are very very very wealthy men and their family religion businesses are carefully passed down from father to son. The Catholic Church has religious museums all over, needing great amounts of money to maintain, this while zillions of people are starving and homeless, mentally ill or obstracized.

  • austinhook

    Prayer isn’t political, more or less true, but on the other hand it is religious. It’s not particularly controversial since it’s generally harmless to others. Talking to unseen friends, ghosts, or even vocal or subvocal begging indulgences of good or even evil spirits does help reinforce thought patterns not to question the reality of those unseen phantasms. It’s a kind of autosuggestion or self-hypnotic process, which is of benefit to those who want to lead large groups of the self-mesmerized. That’s why various leaders routinely call for it. Obama does it, the Pope does it, the Graham dynasty does it, your local civic leaders and your priest do it. After a while, you make it a part of your own sense of belonging, and you find that encouraging others to do the same creates a warm and fuzzy feeling, just like many another shared fantasy. However there are other ways. A extra good deed would be more useful, and probably make you feel better, and be a far more interesting, much less boring, part of your day. Why do I tell you this? I figure it’s a good deed to help you wake up, folks. It may be a bit jarring or painful in the immediate to appreciate a new perspective, but getting a better grip on reality is going to improve your chances for avoiding unpleasant surprises in the long run.

  • spidermean2

    It’s not surprising that the Bible appears to have many contradictions in the mind of unbelievers. That is what it was designed for. It is to confound the unbelievers but a useful guide to believers. God is not in the business of giving blessings to the idiots and the unthankful. When confronted by unbelievers, Jesus makes himself very hard to be understood to further confound them. They don’t deserve pearls of wisdom so he covers the pearl with mud.

  • austinhook

    Prayer isn’t political, more or less true, but on the other hand it is religious. It’s not particularly controversial since it’s generally harmless to others. Talking to unseen friends, ghosts, or even vocal or subvocal begging indulgences of good or even evil spirits does help reinforce thought patterns not to question the reality of those unseen phantasms. It’s a kind of autosuggestion or self-hypnotic process, which is of benefit to those who want to lead large groups of the self-mesmerized. That’s why various leaders routinely call for it. Obama does it, the Pope does it, the Graham dynasty does it, your local civic leaders and your priest do it. After a while, you make it a part of your own sense of belonging, and you find that encouraging others to do the same creates a warm and fuzzy feeling, just like many another shared fantasy. However there are other ways. A extra good deed would be more useful, and probably make you feel better, and be a far more interesting, much less boring, part of your day. Why do I tell you this? I figure it’s a good deed to help you wake up, folks. It may be a bit jarring or painful in the immediate to appreciate a new perspective, but getting a better grip on reality is going to improve your chances for avoiding unpleasant surprises in the long run.

  • spidermean2

    austinhook wrote “but getting a better grip on reality is going to improve your chances for avoiding unpleasant surprises in the long run.”It sure reflects your ignorance of the prophecies in the Bible. Speaking of unpleasant surprises, prepare for the biggest surprise.

  • holzhaacker

    Prayer is non-partisan? Somebody should let the Republicans know.They’ve been campaigning on Jesus for the last 20+ years. By mixing politics and religion, the Republicans have taken a non-partisan act like prayer and turned it into a political statement.

  • MartinZook

    Graham senior has always struck me as delusional, and I have never ceased to wonder that presidents have seemingly invested his delusions with such credibility.The son sounds like a shadow of the father.

  • ronin12

    interesting to read a rant about humanity from member of religious”clan”/enterprise who made fortune by spreading hate,bigotry,intolerance against people from other faiths.last week Islam was a wicked and mean religion and today he is preaching power of prayers to bring love and peace to inner self (except muslim prayers as Muslims are infidels).

  • larmoecurl

    “Every day a National Day of Prayer”No it isn’t.

  • spidermean2

    For a change, Franklin Graham should praise Islam when one of its adherents follow the Koran by the book and crash a plane in New York the second time around.Let’s see what would be the reaction of those who criticise him now.What is so wrong when he criticise Islam for teaching that it is righteous to kill a fornicating daughter?I think what America needs is a year of preaching and not just a day of prayer. The stupidity has grown intense.If one can’t criticise stupidity, why are you guys in America in the first place? This is suppose to be the land of liberty. The liberty to expose stupidity, primarily.The First Ammendment made sure of that.

  • RichardHode

    Spidermean2, you trusty, reliable old kook, I love you. You are our resident prophet, always ready with a good jeremiad. “Repent, O ye unbelievers! Repent or God’s wrath shall strike the U.S.!” etc. etc. You can always be relied on to supply entertainment value. When I saw the headline for this column, “Every day a National Day of Prayer,” I said to myself “I bet Spidermean2 is coming all over this article. Better go look.” And was I wrong? So far, I have counted no less than *26* Spidermean2 posts on this thread! Go to it, Spidey! Tell us how we will fry for our iniquities. A rollicking good jeremiad is a lost art form. If you read the Bible you’ll find many good examples of prophets chewing the scenery, such as the guy who was teased by a bunch of kids and had God send a bear that ate 42 of them. Now, that’s creative storytelling and the kind of material I want, hell-fire, brimstone (whatever that is,) and creative threats of damnation. More, Spidey, more! Get creative! The audience is listening.

  • futuralogic

    SpiderMEAN2 should check this out

  • spidermean2

    Richardhode wrote “such as the guy who was teased by a bunch of kids and had God send a bear that ate 42 of them.”Biblical stories has many meanings. They can be literal, a metaphor or just another type of figure of speech. Example is the story of the talking snake which should not be taken literally coz it’s a metaphor. A snake would never be able to talk.Strange but many bible stories are just a reflection of what man does or will do to himself. The story of the kids teasing Elisha could well be a prophetic story what will happen to people in the future who made fun of a prophet of God. The “bear” could mean nukes licking them who are making fun of Graham. That is just an example but not actually farfetched from happening.

  • spidermean2

    It would be well appreciated if Yeal can also show us information how the Graham family spends the money they receive.Also, a “vow of poverty” is not part of true Christian doctrine. Christians were promised to inherit the earth and not to wallow in poverty. “Ask and it shall be given”. Only idiots would ask to be poor.

  • spidermean2

    Yeal wrote “Not bad for preaching mostly words of myth!!”The bible said “Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.””How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city, where all who had ships at sea became rich from her wealth, because it has been destroyed in a single hour!” (Rev. 18:19)Myth? We’ll see who’s been dreaming a few years from now.

  • edallan

    “Even more amazing, God was waiting on my call and anxious to hear from me and talk to me, no matter how many times I called.” And God talked to George W. Bush also. It is not clear whether God told W NOT to tell lies about a country that didn’t really have weapons of mass destruction so that he (W) could become a mass murderer in order to make a name for himself, in which case God presumably allowed the massive suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in order to make a case for “free will,” or he told W TO tell the lies. In neither case does God come off as anything that anyone decent would want to have anything to do with.Franklin Graham says that God was and is always anxious to talk with him. He doesn’t say whether God ever answered any of his prayers or was just stringing him along. And if God DID answer any of his prayers, what was he praying for? From the looks of things, it wasn’t for positive things to happen either for the world or for our (American) part of it. Or is it the old, “God answers every prayer. Sometimes the answer is ‘No’”?

  • edallan

    Spidermean, I thought that the Fundamentalist Christianists like Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell claimed that the Bible was the literal word of God?This literal interpretation, incidentally, is a view that the mainstream of Jewish theological thought discarded over 900 years ago.

  • Zino

    Why is it that some religions, Christianity and Muslim for example, find it so necessary to involve non-believers in their practices? I mean, fine… pray. PRAY! But leave my country OUT of it, please.What’s the point of coercing (through social pressure and the threat of rousing armed extremist members of the sect) secular government officials and policies and LAWS to support THIS religion over all others?And for the people who think America is “God’s chosen nation” or whatever superstitious belief, get a CLUE. Just because you prefer believing that Earth was created in 7 days by a willful “God” prone to retribution and punishment… suspiciously just like the 1st-century geezers who wrote the books that got cobbled into the Bible… well, fine, if that works for you. JUST KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES!Go ahead and believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause… but keep it in your churches, temples and homes. NOT in our public schools and public institutions.Just wake up please.

  • jonstewart1

    Spidermean2:It’s not surprising that the Bible appears to have many contradictions in the mind of unbelievers. That is what it was designed for. It is to confound the unbelievers but a useful guide to believers. God is not in the business of giving blessings to the idiots and the unthankful. Well, I guess that ends our friendly debate. Your position is apparently that you know which are the “right” lessons and mandates to take from the bible, because you are a Believer. But I think we established that you can quote any number of bible passages to justify or condemn almost any aspect of human behavior. Ever consider that you are projecting your own value system onto the bible, and not the other way around?At the very least, if your debate point is that I have to be blessed by a supernatural being to understand what you’re saying, I think you’ve lost the right to claim your position is based on “reason”

  • ThomasBaum

    kidsinthehall45You wrote, “You can disagree all you want and say that as a christian you disbelieve this, but you can’t insist that a practitioner of Islam would/should see it your way.”I am not saying as a Christian or not a Christian but as a fellow human being, I said I have been told, since I have not read the Koran, that even tho the god of Islam says that Jesus is his prophet, this god gets mighty perturbed if someone says that Jesus Is God-Incarnate and that God Is a Trinity, even tho the trinity spoken of in the Koran, as far as I know is not referred to as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.Does the Koran say this or not?Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • ThomasBaum

    lafayette89 You wrote, “First of all, the Quran reproduces the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,”Doesn’t it also put Ismail in the place of Isaac?You then wrote, “(while it does not recognize that Jesus is the son of god).”That God became One of us Is Christianity, without it, Christianity does not exist.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • YEAL9

    “That God became One of us Is Christianity, without it, Christianity does not exist.”Finally and Amen!!!!!

  • DanielintheLionsDen

    ArminiusI know you take an interest in Spiderman. So, I thought I would tell you that I did a little internet experiment, that blew-up in my face, but gave me some unexpected information about Spiderman. He is sending his comments from a computer that is in the Philipines.

  • KeithGold

    Mr. Graham writes that: “This morning, and numerous times throughout the day, I spoke directly to the God of this universe–no switchboard, secretaries, call screeners or voice mail. What an amazing thing! Even more amazing, God was waiting on my call and anxious to hear from me and talk to me, no matter how many times I called. Prayer–talking to God–is a vibrant and vital personal practice; but it is also a very real part of our national history.”This is nothing short of insanity. He further states that, “The Bible, which I believe to be God’s written Word to mankind . . . .”This is ludicrous – as many, if not most, religious people now acknowledge. has much to say about prayer. How Mr. Graham purports to know any of the assertions that he makes is not only mind-boggling but is (among other things) an exericse in pure solipsism.

  • skealh

    “This morning, and numerous times throughout the day, I spoke directly to the God of this universe–no switchboard, secretaries, call screeners or voice mail. What an amazing thing! Even more amazing, God was waiting on my call and anxious to hear from me and talk to me, no matter how many times I called. Prayer–talking to God–is a vibrant and vital personal practice; but it is also a very real part of our national history.”Millions of people around the world have this same experience with God as Franklin describes – every day. I do myself. Unless you are omniscient and omnipresent, I doubt you have the resources to question this. Because it is not in your experience does not mean it does not exist. Judgment of others based solely on the measure of your personal experience is the height of arrogance. Please.

  • KeithGold

    Skealh,Believing that it is ludicrous when someone claims to hear a voice in his or her head from an invisible being who does not deign to make his appearance plain is not arrogance, and is not based on personal opinion. It is based on reason and an evaluation of the evidence at hand. For example, the overwhelming evidence does not support the existence of God anymore than it supports the existence of the flying spaghetti monster. For example, there is abundant evidence to support evolution, even putting aside the fossil record. Indeed, evolution is taking place before our eyes. Another example is so-called intelligent design. A simple analsyis of human beings reveals that we are not intelligently designed, and, indeed, are miserable failures when it comes to successfully passing on healthy DNA. Have conversations with an invisible being if you will, but be ready to be criticized in good faith.

  • barferio

    Because it is not in your experience does not mean it does not exist. Judgment of others based solely on the measure of your personal experience is the height of arrogance. Please.

    How do you know your experience is not delusion? If you want us to consider your experience as “real”, then we require you to examine carefully the possibility that your god experience is simply the result of a wish-fulfilling delusion.You know for sure if you heard someone telling you about how Zeus or Mithra or Quetzalcoatl answered their prayers you would consider that person delusional, possibly insane.Please, it’s only fair.

  • Cass3

    Franklin Graham asks us to “put aside our political labels, corporate titles, skin color and philosophical differences .” He does not suggest we put aside gender, and in his column, everyone (including God) is presumed to be masculine. It is sometimes said that the term “man” includes woman , and that “God” isn’t necessarily only male. So perhaps he does intend to include women. [L]et’s … reach out directly to almighty Goddess, the Creatrix and Sustainer of Life. Let’s pray … for Goddess’s will to be done above our own. And while I pray that Goddess would bless America, I also pray Americans would turn their hearts once more to the Goddess of our mothers.The rich person’s prayer carries no more clout than the beggar’s; the sovereign or president’s line to the Deity is not any more open than the average citizen’s…. [N]o senator or White House official will wield any more prayer power than the cab driver or the door guard.[L]et’s … reach out directly to the almighty Deity, who creates and sustains Life. Let’s pray … for the Deity’s will to be done above our own. And while I pray that the Deity would bless America, I also pray Americans would turn their hearts once more to the Deity of our parents.

  • skealh

    GATEKEEPER-EDITOR:Are you really not going to post my comments? How disappointing. Your decision tarnishes the image of genuine liberal journalism, which should allow and encourage all voices to be heard. You diminish the Post even more.

  • skealh

    KeithGold:Ah, if it were only as non-sensical and easy to dismiss as a ‘spaghetti monster’, I might take you seriously. However, there is over two thousand years of cummulative experience of people engaging with God. An experience that has shaped the history of our world. And, despite the immense effort to dismiss, even destroy, the movement that comes from this experience, belief in God continues to grow in the world today. Whether or not you approve. Thank God for a free marketplace of ideas.As for ‘evidence’ against faith, I fear it is only for an audience of the ‘converted and convinced’, preaching to the choir if you will. This audience will not question the underlying assumptions. These foundational assumptions, on which the chains of logic for this ‘evidence’ is based, are themselves faith statements. ‘God does not exist’, for example, is as much a faith statement, and unprovable, as ‘God exists’.