Skip to comments.Finding His Faith (Obama's Christian Journey)
Posted on 07/12/2008 4:20:59 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
So much has been made about Barack Obama's religion. But what does he believe, and how did he arrive at those beliefs?
In 1981 Barack Obama was 20 years old, a Columbia University student in search of the meaning of life. He was torn a million different ways: between youth and maturity, black and white, coasts and continents, wonder and tragedy. He enrolled at Columbia in part to get far away from his past; he'd gone to high school in Hawaii and had just spent two years "enjoying myself," as he puts it, at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In New York City, "I lived an ascetic existence," Obama told NEWSWEEK in an interview on his campaign plane last week. "I did a lot of spiritual exploration. I withdrew from the world in a fairly deliberate way." He fasted. Often, he'd go days without speaking to another person.
For company, he had books. There was Saint Augustine, the fourth-century North African bishop who wrote the West's first spiritual memoir and built the theological foundations of the Christian Church. There was Friedrich Nietzsche, the 19th-century German philosopher and father of existentialism. There was Graham Greene, the Roman Catholic Englishman whose short novels are full of compromise, ambivalence and pain. Obama meditated on these men and argued with them in his mind.
When he felt restless on a Sunday morning, he would wander into an African-American congregation such as Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. "I'd just sit in the back and I'd listen to the choir and I'd listen to the sermon," he says, smiling a little as he remembers those early days in the wilderness. "There were times that I would just start tearing up listening to the choir and share that sense of release."
(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...
What kind of “Christian” faith does it take to kill babies born or unborn because they are unwanted?
Geez...another “Newsweak” exclusive. Someone tell the editor that the bias is so overwhelming that one has to wipe the reporter’s drool from the pages of this commie mag.
Black Liberation Theology is hardly Christian.
In Indonesia, Obama has said, he saw women with and without head coverings and Muslims living comfortably next to Christians. He has said that his life among Muslims in Indonesia showed him that “Islam can be compatible with the modern world.”
Sounds like he has had language barrier problems for some time now....
Sorry, I'm not buying what Newsweek is selling...or, what what Obama sells either. Niether of those dogs will hunt.
Black Liberation Theology is nothing more than a religious construct over the top of abject marxism. It is based on the same "theology" (which in reality is nothing but marxist ideology) that was pushed in Central and South America so the peasents there, who were catholic and would not support a godless revolution, could be persuaded and indoctrinated into supporting marxism with this new construct and twist.
It is, in reality, sacreligious and a perversion of Christian theology and ideals.
Barack bought whole sale into that for political purposes...to futher his own political career and agenda on the south side of Chicago where such teachings and far left liberalism were in vogue.
The souls of the murdered unborn beg to differ with you Barry.
And my what strange company you've kept for such a "moral" and "ethical" man.
Barry, you're just an empty suit, say anything, lying, crud politician with an extreme inferiority complex causing you to have a life long obsession for power and control.
You couldn't give a dam* about anybody else but yourself.
He’s a fake, fraud and liar...he’s just another Jesse Jackass....in name ONLY [believer]...no substances to him at all. Dobson has proven Obambi is nothing more than an empty suit.
Christian? BS Let’s hear him tell that to his Muslim family and friends.
Again, trying to straddle the fence.
Why is this not in breaking news Barack Hussain Obama has converted to Christianity. Do we have video of him walking the aisle? Perhaps video of him repenting of his non Christ like political stands? I see its the Jimmuh Carter christian variant! Second term for Jimmuh! Clinton was a better fakir than this guy.
The cross under which Obama went to Jesus was at the controversial Trinity United Church of Christ. It was a good fit. “That community of faith suited me,” Obama says. For one thing, Trinity insisted on social activism as a part of Christian life. It was also a family place. Members refer to the sections in the massive sanctuary as neighborhoods; churchgoers go to the same neighborhood each Sunday and they get to know the people who sit near them. They know when someone’s sick or got a promotion at work. Jeremiah Wright, whom Obama met in the context of organizing, became a friend; after he married, Obama says, the two men would sometimes get together “after church to have chicken with the familyand we would have talked stories about our families.”
Also real Christians are not going to let YoBombo pull the wool over their eyes.
Not much of an achievement.
What a sweet story of personal journey searching for the religious idenity in which he could find comfort and fulfillment, finally finding his religious home with a rascist America hating bigot. How inspiring.
And Obama also wandered in the wilderness for 40 days, and was tempted of the devil. Then the devil offered him all the kingdoms of the earth if he'd worship him, and Obama said: "Deal!"
For anyone that doesn’t want to read it all.... I read it for you, and here’s the gist of the article:
So a spoiled commie brat spent a few weeks fasting, reading books, and secretly crying in the back of black churches in New York.
He found the perfect religion in black liberation theology, as it perfectly combined communism and Christianity. But he didn’t attend much because of his kids.
He’s now floating around in commie religious purgatory, but still prays and reads his bible everyday. And his race speech was really a speech on religion:
As the struggle to overcome race problems in America has to be supported by faith, because race equality will be a messy process he intends to accomplish.
He has yet to find it.
Keep looking obama, keep looking.
LOLOL!! Hey, Smedley!..... By the way you are getting some mail.
lol! Yeah, I would figure that "religious communists" would often find themselves crying over that dysfunctional marriage of ideas.
Thanks for the summary. I don't think I could have read the whole thing without throwing up, as my gorge starting rising just from reading the intro.
Anyone notice that we haven’t heard the word “Genius”, like we normally do of the dem candidate? Maybe his grades sucked when he was partying at school...
Has he found it yet?
Obama is a Muslim. The evidence is OVERWHELMING.
NO man on this earth can claim the “Hindu Monkey god” as his favorite god, and still be a Christian. The first commandent says, “Thou shat have no other Gods before me. I suspect Obama to be a Marxist Communist more than anything else. Mrs Obama said her family ate bacon when she was on the View.
"My particular set of beliefs," Obama says, "may not be perfectly consistent with the beliefs of other Christians."
In other words he is admitting in his weaseling way that he is NOT a Christian. You are either a Christian or not a Christian.
I remember once in 1993, someone left a copy of this rag on a table at work. I skimmed through it. Now,this is when the clintons, after less than a year were in a serious crash and burn. An article describing the “strength of their faith” was featured,with a large (top half of page)photo of Herself,kneeling,in a church. It was taken in the heroic pose, looking up at her. They gave her a halo. It’s been getting worse since then. I read page one of this screed, and I submit it as proof.
How many “Christian” churches do you know which invites and welcomes Muslims as members? Obama’s church does.
True Christian believers have no doubt.
I said he wasn't a Christian for the following reasons:
1) He spent 20 years in a church that specialized in Black Liberation Theology. There is none of Christ in any of that.
2) He supports abortion and even fought against protecting the survivors of abortion.
3) He lacks even rudimentary humility. He permeates arrogance on the order of Benito Mussolini or Hugo Chavez.
4) He professes 'faith' but will not have that faith questioned. Christians are supposed to be able to give a good account of their faith. He can do that without being dogmatic, if he has a biblical and practical faith in Christ on which to comment.
As far as the Monkey God goes, Barry has an inordinate proclivity to 'misspeak'. Perhaps he just liked the artwork. I don't know enough about that issue right now to say. But what I have said is based on what I have observed.
If Obama is Christian then so is Karl Marx.