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Was Steve Irwin a Christian? (Rumors denied by Snopes investigators)
Snopes.com ^ | September 19, 2006 | Barbara Mikkelson

Posted on 09/21/2006 3:50:33 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

Claim:   Crocodile hunter Steve Irwin became a born-again Christian a few weeks before he died.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, 2006]

Yes, we now have confirmation of Steve Irwin's decision for Christ.



I want to inform Creation Ministries International, that Steve Irwin became a born again Christian two and a half weeks ago at the Kings Church AOG Buderim, Queensland Australia, going forward publicly before the congregation to ask Christ to become his Lord and Saviour.

Many of us will now spend eternity with him. I am sure Terri is comforted as a Christian in the fact that she will be with Jesus and also Steve again for eternity. Steve declared the day before he died that he was the happiest he had ever been in his whole life.


Origins:   Scant days after the untimely death of television's famed Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin from a stingray wound sustained while filming off north Queensland, this e-mail about his purported conversion to Christianity began circulating on the Internet.

While it does seem from the response to it that many of his grieving fans and admirers would draw at least a modicum of comfort from hearing he'll be greeting them in Heaven when they eventually arrive, it appears the report of his conversion should be taken with a grain of salt.

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


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: crocodilehunter; irwin; rumor; rumors; snopes; steveirwin
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Strangely, to make the formatting clear, I copied the HTML source code, and found a sentence in the page that does not appear on the page:

"All of this information, however, is second-hand, so while at the moment all signs point to this tale about a last-minute conversion being false, we'll leave the "Undetermined" status in place until such time as a member of the Irwin family or someone speaking on its behalf addresses the rumor, either to confirm or dismiss it."

Which is unusual, because the page declares the rumor false, not undetermined.

1 posted on 09/21/2006 3:50:34 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I never watched the guy's show, but I was sad he died, and posted about the jerks who say he deserved to die. But I have reached saturation level on stories about his death. He's gone, he's been memorialized, let him rest in peace. (And no, I'm not saying you can't post about him, merely expressing one opinion from someone who wasn't one of these life-frightened Irwin bashers/) Enough already.


2 posted on 09/21/2006 3:55:57 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Republican, atheist, pro-life, anti-illegal, book-reading no-goodnik!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It is false, sad to say.

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s06090076.htm

Sunday, September 17, 2006

"A Wrestle With the Truth"
Steve Irwin fought crocodiles but now it’s rumours that need to be tamed
By Ramon Williams
Special for ASSIST News Service

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (ANS)


3 posted on 09/21/2006 4:04:17 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I would have thought that he would have been a devotee of the Egyptian deity SOBEK ;-))). Sobek was the crocodile god.


4 posted on 09/21/2006 4:07:25 PM PDT by Macoraba
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It's sad to spread lies about someone, regardless of how good the intentions are. Let God decide on Steve, he certainly has more info on his heart than us mere mortals. Rest in peace Steve.


5 posted on 09/21/2006 4:10:26 PM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: DarkSavant

There you go. I hadn't considered the religion question until now. It looks to me like Irwin lived a good clean life and I'm a believer in a mercifull God.


6 posted on 09/21/2006 4:16:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

What possible business is it of anybody's? He spread Love and Joy and inspired Love and Joy - and that's all that really matters, to me.


7 posted on 09/21/2006 5:31:10 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: DarkSavant

God is the one who decides life and death. There is no telling what might pass between God and any man at the moment of his death.

It's simply not my call.


8 posted on 09/21/2006 5:39:19 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troo This means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I didn't even realize this was a rumor.
9 posted on 09/21/2006 5:51:08 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

No one really knows the answer to this except God. How silly this is.


10 posted on 09/21/2006 5:54:28 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: DaveLoneRanger

But it doesn't sound like he was baptized. Hmmmm.


11 posted on 09/21/2006 5:59:00 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Macoraba
Sobek was the crocodile god.

Steve jumped on his back and gave him hell.

12 posted on 09/21/2006 8:39:41 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Born-again or not, I thought he had previously been a Christian.


13 posted on 09/21/2006 8:41:25 PM PDT by dangus (Pope calls Islam violent; Millions of Moslems demonstrate)
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To: Cindy

We can hold onto the hope, still, because only God can judge a heart. Yet "by their fruit ye shall know them" and one does not observe much inherently Christian fruit. :-(

From the article you list:

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One little boy was crying bitterly as he could not obtain a ticket, when a young man noticed his disappointment and gave him his own ticket. A nearby lady had obtained two tickets, so gave one to the young man, so that he too could gain admittance.
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Wow.


14 posted on 09/21/2006 9:02:38 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: Rte66; escapefromboston; Salvation
What possible business is it of anybody's? He spread Love and Joy and inspired Love and Joy - and that's all that really matters, to me.
Those of us who are sure of a future in Heaven hold hopes to meet many people there, and since Steve was a favorite of many of us, we'd love to hold out hope that he will be there as well.
I didn't even realize this was a rumor.
Nor I, until I heard it this morning.
But it doesn't sound like he was baptized. Hmmmm.
Heck, the guy was in the water in his last minutes. But Christ alone is sufficient to gain access to the kingdom. Not Christ and sacraments, or Christ and baptism. Christ alone.
15 posted on 09/21/2006 9:06:27 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I understand that, as I also have Christ as my Lord and Savior. I'll get Steve a guest pass, if it comes to that, but I'm not worried about it and really wish the subject hadn't come up.

If he coulda been prayed into Heaven, he woulda been the past two weeks, lol.


16 posted on 09/21/2006 9:28:13 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: dangus

I do not subscribe to the belief that Christianity is something you can fall into and fall out of. Either yer in, or ye ain't.


17 posted on 09/21/2006 9:29:22 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Irwin was, of course, most surprised to find that God is really an alligator.


18 posted on 09/21/2006 9:45:20 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Macoraba

Darn you. LOL!


19 posted on 09/21/2006 9:47:06 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Salvation

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........


20 posted on 09/21/2006 11:20:28 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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