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Why I've Turned To God At Nearly 70, by Ringo Starr
TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 02/06/2010 | Dan Wooding

Posted on 02/06/2010 6:39:28 AM PST by Patriot1259

..former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr has found God at nearly 70 years of age.

This was revealed in a story written by Ben Todd who said, “John Lennon caused a worldwide storm by claiming that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

“Now, more than four decades on, it seems his former bandmate Ringo Starr has acknowledged a humbler place in the grand scheme of things.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecypresstimes.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Religion
KEYWORDS: bornagain; christians; epiphany; jesuschrist; johnlennon; ringostarr; seniors; thebeatles
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1 posted on 02/06/2010 6:39:28 AM PST by Patriot1259
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To: Patriot1259

And in other news, they baptized Jessy Taylor in Cedar Creel last Sunday.


2 posted on 02/06/2010 6:41:25 AM PST by csmusaret (Right wing extremists: Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Paine, and me.)
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To: csmusaret

Cedar Creek


3 posted on 02/06/2010 6:41:58 AM PST by csmusaret (Right wing extremists: Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Paine, and me.)
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To: Patriot1259
Thomas Acquinas wrote, "The christian faith is the worst possible faith to live in, but the best possible to die in." (loosely paraphrased).

Ringo's no dummy....he knows he can say he's sorry, and a lifetime of - lets just call them "mistakes" - goes away, and into heaven he goes!

Smart cookie, our Ringo!

4 posted on 02/06/2010 6:42:52 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.)
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To: Patriot1259

Imagine there’s a heaven
It’s easy if you try
As you approach 70
And prepare to die...


5 posted on 02/06/2010 6:49:02 AM PST by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: Patriot1259

Correction: God has found him.


6 posted on 02/06/2010 6:49:29 AM PST by firebrand
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To: Logic n' Reason
Gideon walked out
And left it no doubt
To help with good Ringo's revival
7 posted on 02/06/2010 6:50:11 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Alamo-Girl; AmericanGirlRising; autumnraine; bergmeid; bethtopaz; Brad's Gramma; Dewey Revoltnow; ..

I’m not a beatles fan, but thought some of you might find this interesting.


8 posted on 02/06/2010 6:50:59 AM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Patriot1259
Why I've Turned To God At Nearly 70, by Ringo Starr”

Because he can't get it up any more, in order to be chasing young women all over the planet?

9 posted on 02/06/2010 6:51:07 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: firebrand
God ALWAYS knew where he was ;)
10 posted on 02/06/2010 6:51:46 AM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Patriot1259

Pascal’s Wager at work?


11 posted on 02/06/2010 6:51:48 AM PST by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: firebrand

I’m quite certain God never lost sight of Ringo.

But Ringo appears to be saying he lost sight of God.


12 posted on 02/06/2010 6:53:01 AM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: Patriot1259

Quess Ringo figured his time is running out.


13 posted on 02/06/2010 6:55:17 AM PST by mefistofelerevised
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To: Patriot1259

Very cool about Ringo. Sad about John.


14 posted on 02/06/2010 6:59:00 AM PST by rae4palin (islam is of the devil)
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To: Patriot1259
Probably more at this:
15 posted on 02/06/2010 6:59:40 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Logic n' Reason
Thomas Acquinas wrote, "The christian faith is the worst possible faith to live in, but the best possible to die in." (loosely paraphrased).

Aquinas must have been looking in from the outside...I know for a fact that the Christian faith is by far, the best possible faith to live in...The fact that Aquinas didn't know this tells me all I need to know about Aquinas...

Ringo's no dummy....he knows he can say he's sorry, and a lifetime of - lets just call them "mistakes" - goes away, and into heaven he goes!

That's the reality of the deal...Salvation doesn't come to only young people...

And this one will probably irk you to no end...

***Turner revealed that it was in the spring of 1977 that Lennon suddenly announced to close friends that he’d become a born-again Christian.***

Imagine that, John Lennon a Christian...

16 posted on 02/06/2010 6:59:50 AM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: mountn man; MortMan

“Lost sight of” is a better way to put it. God was never lost. Ringo was.


17 posted on 02/06/2010 7:02:20 AM PST by firebrand
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To: SmokingJoe

What a Nast thing to say.


18 posted on 02/06/2010 7:03:05 AM PST by Hildy
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To: SmokingJoe
Because he can't get it up any more, in order to be chasing young women all over the planet?
I don't know about that. He's been married to Barbara Bach for almost 30 years. And I doubt she still looks like this.

19 posted on 02/06/2010 7:03:25 AM PST by Krankor (nO)
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To: Logic n' Reason
As “my years dwindle down, to a precious few” I've found myself giving more to charity than I ever have in my life. Am I trying to buy my way in to heaven? I'm honestly not sure. For the most part, it just seems like the right thing to do.

I've also taken to a great deal of reminiscing. There are things I've said and done that I'm not very proud of. Where possible, I try to make amends. Some things, for any number of reasons, I cannot make right. When they come to mind, I've taken to telling myself, “Now there's something I'm gonna have to pay for down the line.”

20 posted on 02/06/2010 7:03:31 AM PST by Roccus (ABLE DANGER?????...................What's an ABLE DANGER???)
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To: Patriot1259
It's not on the excerpt-only list...


WHY I’VE TURNED TO GOD AT NEARLY 70, BY REFORMED RINGO STARR

Published 02/06/2010 - 5:48 a.m. CST

Ringo Starr born-again at almost 70
44 years after John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus.  Lennon, however, also announced in 1977 that he had become a ‘born-again’ Christian

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS) -- Britain’s Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk) is reporting that former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr has found God at nearly 70 years of age.

This was revealed in a story written by Ben Todd who said, “John Lennon caused a worldwide storm by claiming that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

“Now, more than four decades on, it seems his former bandmate Ringo Starr has acknowledged a humbler place in the grand scheme of things.

“The drummer says he has found God - after taking a long and winding road to enlightenment.”

Todd said that Liverpool-born Starr admitted he lost his way when he was younger, both as a Beatle experimenting with marijuana and LSD and afterwards when he suffered alcohol and cocaine problems in the late 1970s.

“But the musician, who has since become teetotal and quit his 60-a-day cigarette habit, says that religion now plays an important role in his life,” said Todd.

He reported that Starr, who turns 70 later this year, said: “I feel the older I get, the more I'm learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it's all about finding yourself.

“For me, God is in my life. I don't hide from that. I think the search has been on since the 1960s.

“I stepped off the path there for many years and found my way back onto it, thank God.”

Starr was speaking at an event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Todd went on to say that it was in 1966 that his late bandmate John Lennon announced that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ.

In an interview with the London Evening Standard, Lennon - who was murdered in 1980 - said: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that. I'm right and I will be proved right.

“We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity-Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

Todd said that when a U.S. magazine reprinted some of the interview, protests broke out in the States and Beatles records were publicly burned. The protests then spread to other countries, including Mexico, South Africa and Spain.

In his latest interview Starr - a vegetarian who is married to former Bond girl Barbara Bach and now splits his time between homes in Los Angeles, London and Monaco - also told how he finds it far easier to deal with life now he is approaching his 70th birthday in July.

But what about John Lennon? Did he ever find Christ in his life?   The answer is yes, according to British writer Steve Turner who revealed in an excerpt from The Gospel According to the Beatles published in Christianity Today that John Lennon actually became a Christian for a period while living in New York. Turner revealed that it was in the spring of 1977 that Lennon suddenly announced to close friends that he’d become a born-again Christian.

“He had been particularly moved by the U.S. television premiere of Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth, starring Robert Powell as Jesus, which NBC showed in two three-hour segments on Palm Sunday, April 3, 1977,” said Turner. “A week later, on Easter day, he took Yoko and Sean to a local church service.

“Over the following months he baffled those close to him by constantly praising ‘the Lord,’ writing Christian songs with titles like ‘Talking with Jesus’ and ‘Amen’ (the Lord's Prayer set to music), and trying to convert nonbelievers. He also called the prayer line of The 700 Club, Pat Robertson's program. The change in his life perturbed Yoko, who tried to talk him out of it. She reminded him of what he'd said about his vulnerability to strong religious leaders because of his emotionally deprived background. She knew that if the press found out about it they would have a field day with another John and Jesus story. John became antagonistic toward her, blaming her for practicing the dark arts and telling her that she couldn't see the truth because her eyes had been blinded by Satan.

“Those close to the couple sensed that the real reason she was concerned was that it threatened her control over John's life. If he became a follower of Jesus he would no longer depend on her and the occultists. During long, passionate arguments she attacked the key points of his fledgling faith. They met with a couple of Norwegian missionaries whom Yoko questioned fiercely about the divinity of Christ, knowing that this was the teaching that John had always found the most difficult to accept. Their answers didn't satisfy her, and John began to waver in his commitment.

“In an unpublished song, ‘You Saved My Soul,’ he spoke about ‘nearly falling’ for a TV preacher' while feeling ‘lonely and scared’ in a Tokyo hotel. This must have referred to a trip to Japan at the end of May when he stayed at the Okura Hotel for over two months while Yoko visited relatives. Feeling isolated because of the language barrier, he locked himself away in his room for long stretches of time. At night he suffered terrifying nightmares. According to John Green, who makes no mention of the born-again period in his book, John told him, ‘I'd lie in bed all day [in Tokyo], not talk, not eat, and just withdraw. And a funny thing happened. I began to see all these different parts of me. I felt like a hollow temple filled with many spirits, each one passing through me, each inhabiting me for a little time and then leaving to be replaced by another.’

“The image was remarkably like one suggested by Jesus and recorded in Luke 11. It's hard to imagine that John was unfamiliar with the passage. Jesus was warning of the danger of merely ridding oneself of evil spirits without taking in the good. He says that an unclean or evil spirit, finding nowhere to rest, will return. ‘And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

“Whatever happened in Tokyo, it marked the end of his personal interest in Jesus.”

Starr and Lennon were not the only Sixties music icons to embrace religion.

In 1978, Bob Dylan became a born again Christian, but by 1983 this period appeared to end and the singer reportedly reverted to his roots in Judaism. Those close to Dylan, however, say that he has never publically renounced his faith in Christ and they point to his recent Christmas album as proof that he is still fascinated with Christianity.

21 posted on 02/06/2010 7:07:21 AM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Patriot1259

It’s never too late to find the LORD - Halleluhah! Ringo seems to be the smartest Beatle after all.


22 posted on 02/06/2010 7:11:46 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: Krankor

I stand corrected.


23 posted on 02/06/2010 7:11:57 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Hildy

How so?
He wouldn’t be the first old man that “discovered the Lord” for such reasons.


24 posted on 02/06/2010 7:20:10 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe; Krankor
You were saying ...

Because he can't get it up any more, in order to be chasing young women all over the planet?

Maybe that's why God lets some people live longer, to understand the error of their ways and turn to Him...

That could very well be true and he now realizes it was no big deal after all... and that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the "real big deal" in this world... :-)

25 posted on 02/06/2010 7:21:12 AM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: mountn man

Yes indeed. Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 02/06/2010 7:25:06 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Roccus
We mellow with age.

I think it was Dorothy Parker who said, "I used to admire witty people, now I admire kind people."

27 posted on 02/06/2010 7:26:57 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: Krankor
Jan 31, 2010 at the Gramy Awards.

See More at her site!

Wowser

28 posted on 02/06/2010 7:48:16 AM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: Roccus
“Now there's something I'm gonna have to pay for down the line”
I know what you mean there. That is what the grace of God is for. We all have made so many mistakes, both willingly and unwillingly, that we can never make amends. Its a very humbling and embarrassing realization. There are some things I can not forgive myself for, I'm just praying God will.
29 posted on 02/06/2010 7:50:05 AM PST by WILLIALAL
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To: OKSooner

Read later.


30 posted on 02/06/2010 8:06:18 AM PST by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - James Bond to P. Galore in "Goldfinger".)
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To: SmokingJoe

I don’t think Ringo was like that. He had other substance problems, which were bad enough.


31 posted on 02/06/2010 8:11:07 AM PST by Fudd Fan (Ants have the proportional strength of Dick Cheney.)
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To: Iscool
***Turner revealed that it was in the spring of 1977 that Lennon suddenly announced to close friends that he’d become a born-again Christian.***

Dude, we're getting the band back together!

32 posted on 02/06/2010 8:39:16 AM PST by sportutegrl (VETO PROOF MAJORITY)
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placemark.


33 posted on 02/06/2010 8:43:56 AM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: mountn man

Hey there MM...thank you for the ping. It’s always a great thing to read accounts of people turning to Christ. And to read the Lennon did so......well I’m so glad he did before his death.

Hope things are well with you. Thanks again

OW


34 posted on 02/06/2010 9:01:11 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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To: firebrand

I am pretty sure God had more important things to do. And anyway, God is not that hard to find. Just ask his kid for directions.


35 posted on 02/06/2010 10:18:29 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I am light skinned and don't speak with a dialect. Can I be President?)
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To: LRS

The lyric is “imagine there is NO heaven.”


36 posted on 02/06/2010 12:09:55 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Patriot1259
“I stepped off the path there for many years and found my way back onto it, thank God.”

Just like many of us. Good on Ringo for spreading that word.

37 posted on 02/06/2010 12:13:50 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Outlaw Woman; SaraJohnson

If you look at the lyrics of some of Lennon’s last songs it appears he had “stepped back on the path” too.

example..from “Beautiful Boy”:

Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster’s gone
He’s on the run and your daddy’s here

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It’s getting better and better

...etc.


38 posted on 02/06/2010 12:20:00 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Amazing...thank you for sharing.


39 posted on 02/06/2010 12:29:11 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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To: Logic n' Reason

Death insurance.


40 posted on 02/06/2010 12:58:03 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: Vermont Lt

He is the ultimate multitasker, always there for whoever turns to Him, never too busy for us.


41 posted on 02/06/2010 1:41:48 PM PST by firebrand
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To: SmokingJoe

But who are you to make that assumption? He’s been married to the same woman for decades. Maybe it tell me something about you?


42 posted on 02/06/2010 1:42:18 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Let’s just say, I am just sceptical of people who spend a big part of their lives living contrary Christian principles, but then turn round and “discover Christ” when they are put in jail or when they are too old to be doing much sinning.


43 posted on 02/06/2010 1:51:17 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe; mountn man; Patriot1259
We might diminish sinning as we get older, but we have to live with the sins of our youth.

Praise God that this prodigal son has come home.

44 posted on 02/06/2010 2:05:18 PM PST by happygrl (Continuing to predict that 0bama will resign)
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To: Patriot1259

Good for you, Ringo...very VERY wise decision you’ve made. Walk with your Lord...you’ll NOT regret this decision!


45 posted on 02/06/2010 4:27:36 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Here's a thought!! Donate to the website you are on RIGHT NOW!!)
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To: Patriot1259

Good for him. May God bless him.


46 posted on 02/06/2010 4:29:00 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Oh no:

Matthew 10:
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Ringo was very important to God, as we all are.


47 posted on 02/06/2010 4:35:36 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: SmokingJoe

At least for people who are in jail, I think it is a rock bottom place. In jail, it may be, that God has the ability to “speak” and you have no choice but to hear. The same situation may hold for people as they get older. The soul has time to hear.


48 posted on 02/06/2010 4:37:06 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: SaraJohnson

I think you missed his point. You should read the post again.


49 posted on 02/06/2010 5:19:58 PM PST by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: Patriot1259; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
bad Christian Rock PING!
50 posted on 02/06/2010 5:25:14 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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