Utahns of several faiths unite to hear Pastor Joel Osteen's message of hope

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  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Oct. 16, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Man... I guess I am in the wrong profession. Let me read to you from the bible, and you pay me to do so, then I can be rich too. What a scam!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 13, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    According to the teachings I have learned, Jesus was a poor carpenter. He was not paid to preach, nor did he use his capabilities to get rich. He could perform miracles, yet never used them to financially enrich himself.

    While Joel Osteen may have a positive message, amassing $40 million of personal wealth seems contrary to any religious teachings that I have seen.

    Who would put money in the basket knowing it would go strait into the pocket of the messenger?

    Bottom line? - I don't trust religious leaders or Religions for that matter that are extremely wealthy.

  • woolybruce Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 12, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Joel Osteen has a positive message. A message about changing one's life for the better. This message is in contrast to those that preach that God is going to stomp on us if we make a mis-step. Perhaps both messages point us toward changing one's life for the better. The difference is being motivated by positive encouragement and the other being threatened by condemnation. I prefer the positive motivation instead of being threatened by a not so friendly God.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    "'Never once does God say one denomination is better than another,' Archuleta said."


    That statement seems very naive and ill-informed.

    After 63 years of speaking with people who are/were members of all sorts of religions/churches/sects/etc., all over the U.S. and many other countries, the message I got was that many, if not most of them them believed they are/were members of their religions/churches/sects/etc. precisely because they think "God" told them, in various ways, mostly non-verbal, that their religions/churches/sects/etc. were "better" than the others.

    In fact, it would seem silly to belong to ANY organization that you didn't think, at least at the time, was "better" than the alternatives.

    The point of it all to me is not which organization is better than any other but rather which idea of "better" is better.

    In other words, it's most important to me to know I've got the right criteria for determining WHAT is better, not which organization's tenets agree with mine. Consequently, if I find a group of people (an organization) whose beliefs agree with what I consider the truth then, **great**. If not, great.