Katy Perry opens up on religious upbringing
August 2nd, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Katy Perry opens up on religious upbringing

Katy Perry sang about kissing girls, and now she's talking tongues: In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Perry reveals that her Christian minister parents spoke in tongues when she was growing up.

The California girl, who has "Jesus" tattooed on her left wrist, tells the magazine, "Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as 'Pass the salt..' It's a secret, direct prayer language to God." Perry, 25, adds that her dad usually speaks in tongues while her mom plays interpreter. "That's their gift," she explains.

Speaking of gifts, Perry reportedly bought fiance Russell Brand a $200,000 ticket to outer space aboard the Virgin Galactic for his 35th birthday.

But if Perry feels lucky to have found love with the British comic, she'll never admit it. In the Perry household, she explains, "I wasn't able to say I was lucky because my mother would rather us say that we were blessed, and she also didn't like that lucky sounded like Lucifer."

In fact, the quirky brunette reveals, "I wasn't allowed to eat Lucky Charms, but I think that was the sugar. I think my mom lied to me about that one."

The new issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands on Friday.

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    February 17, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. JK

    I believe God is doing something in Katy Perry's life. Though her upbringing may be a bit bizarre, Gods love for her is totally pure and He desires to have a relationship with her. I chose the purity in Gods love towards us than the misinterpreted beliefs and actions of others.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aubrey

    No one cares.

    September 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Trevor

    Katie is a very boring individual.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    you Christians are all mental ..seriously. No other religion is quite as mentally insane as yours ...majorly insane indeed. Enjoy your hell, it's ALL in your head ...literally

    August 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. courtney

    I still can't see her with Matt Thiessen... I wonder what he thinks about all this and if they're still friends at all.

    August 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matthew Lewellen

    We will pray for Katy. And the many other Hollywood stars who could use their influence to save souls. The time is short, be alert..

    August 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    Someday I hope Katie repents and restores her walk with Jesus.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Blessed Geek

    "Speaking in tongues" is a subject to provoke extremities of positions between "liberal", traditional and radical fundamentalists. The poor in spirit will sit under their table and pick the falling scraps of their arguments and go the heaven. And then they would beg father Abraham to let them cross over to be with those poor in spirit to quench their thirst, but Abraham would reply "sorry, there's too wide a gulf between us."

    August 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brandy

    Anything that comes from the Bible should not negatively distorted by others. Speaking in tongues is a sign of the Holy Spirit. But for Katy Perry to say that she is a Christian is a LIE. Maybe she grew up that way but she is NOT a christian. On Youtube there are many videos that shows her revealing that she SOLD HER SOUL TO THE DEVIL. Along with many other music artist.This article about her religion is a way for her to cover up her real religious beliefs, so that she can still be seen as wholesome and win her fans and others approval.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZAch

    I saw the california video and it can only be explaned by saten. Especially the evil gummy bears. I hope she can repent of having Snoop Dog in the video also.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. MAP

    To Sherke, and to all the above who won't listen to Jesus know in your heart, your day is coming where you WILL answer to HIM then. Ms. Perry is absolute sane, and in good standing in what she has said about tounges. I believe and yet I still have fleshly desires. But God is GOD, and all need to Accept HIS Son JESUS as the savior of SINS. The trick of demons is to make you believe there is no Jesus and you can accept Him but not live totally perfect to make it to Heaven. Listen Please all , God Is LOVE. and He is watching and listening for your Call

    August 3, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. kimmer72

    Well, even though she has strayed from her upbringing (agree with it or not), I find it very interesting that she still defends her faith and speaks rather respectfully of her parents. Maybe she'll figure out her own Christianity and come back to God.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  17. louis

    Read about Speaking in Tongues at Verse by Verse Ministry or any verse which you would find difficult
    to understand. You are welcomed to write to the Website and will be entertained. by Stephen Armstrong.
    The Bible says many are called, few chosen, at the Great Flood only few were saved, Sodom and
    Gomorrah, the same happened. The Bible tells us that many will say to the Lord that they did signs,
    miracles and wonders in His name and he replied that He did not know them, are workers of iniquity,
    and to leave! Type "The Woman Who Rides The Beast" to find out who is the deceiver of all times and times
    to come. A contrite and repentant heart is what God wants from sinners not show of worship!

    August 3, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  18. John in Tennessee

    While I respect everyone's feelings about the Bible, I cannot agree that the KJV is the true Word of God. The books that became the Bible as we know it today were written in languages such as Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and probably many others. English did not exist as a language 4000 years ago. Also, no matter how correctly you translate from one language to another, some of the original can be lost. I can only imagine if something is translated incorrectly.

    Jesus said you can move mountains if you have faith the size of a mustard seed. Faith can be very powerful, so if someone handles a poisonous snake, I can see how they could survive if bitten. Personally, I don't believe that God insists that we show our faith by handling snakes.

    I gather that Katy Perry had a Pentecostal upbringing, as I don't know of any other Christian faith that has speaking in tongues. As conservative as Baptists and Nazerenes are, they don't speak in tongues.

    To close, I would just say, trust in God, but don't trust those who tell you to trust in God.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. bebe

    My mom used to talk in tongues all the time when she was driving, and it really freaked me out. She also used to throw holy water on me when I was sleeping and say things in tongues.

    My mom was a certifiable crazy, nut, bi-polar that spent most of her adult life physically locked up in mental hospitals, so, you can see why anyone that talks in tongues I think is a nut. I once came home and my mom and about 10 other nut cases were all sitting around speaking in tongues. I'm still trying to figure out how they did this or wanted to do this without drugs.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rick

    ooba loo gaka shenaka booga booga, yaba daba doo, rut roh rorge. Wow you folks are right I feel like I never have before!!!!!! I guess I am going to heaven now. I'll have my wife come on later and translate for you all.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ken

    Of course they did, how do you think she was conceived...

    August 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  22. kazz

    how do you say "take off your shirt" on tongues?

    August 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. LOL

    I find it so funny that even the holy rollers on here can't even manage to agree. Sigh. silly silly little people. When will you wake up and realize that religion is just wool that you have so gladly pulled over your eyes?

    August 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  24. bailoutsos

    I spoke in tongues once, but all that came out was, "YABA DABA DO."

    August 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  25. jimbo

    I hope the ticket was one way

    August 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  26. AH

    After reading the following posts, I realize that there are some people confused regarding some issues, but the one thing I see most is how words are used for the purpose to hurt others. Once words are spoken the damage is done. Be careful what you say about others because you won’t be able to take your words back. Once they’re out there, they’re out there. Your words either condemn you or justify you. If you desire life, want to live a long time, and experience good things, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil and do right. Seek peace and pursue it. In the years to come, everyone on this blog will change their opinions about things because their thinking will change. So watch what you say and try to speak only positive things. And if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all. People will probably like you better.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dave

    I see everyone found a way to argue about the Bibles legitimacy.. Leave the Bible alone it is legit. What we have here is a girl whose parents play with demons and so does the girl, just in a different way. Why do I say this? Because the Bible reveals that the gift of tongues would be done away with and it was. God no longer uses that form of miracle to preach his message which was understood by the people speaking the languages in the past it was a way to spread God's messages to other nations. Instead of the gargle being passed off today "speaking in tongues" clearly the work of demons. And the girl encouraging lesbianism also the work of demons. So there you have it. They have no right to boast of God or belief in him because they work for the opposition.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • blzahbubby

      Satan luvs you Dave!

      August 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • RF

      Dave, you are missing out on such a wonderful experience. It is so sad. You can't deny an experience. My daughter received the Gift of speaking in tongues in the first grade, my son at age 10 and myself not until I was 26. You see, I know the other side. I lived it. I was addicted to coke, meth, crack, pills – all of it. My mother overdosed from heroin when I was 18 months old. I hit bottom. I found myself at a "holy roller" church 19 years ago and never looked back. The Lord changed my life. We dont fake this experience, it is real. How would you feel if you knew something was real because you experienced it for YOURSELF, and you have all these people telling you you dont know what you are talking about. It not only saved me, but my husband, who was hooked on PCP. Dont tell me there is no God. Demons? i think not. Demons would still have me on drugs. Thanks

      August 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Thomas

    people here are taking scripture out of context. The bible gives different examples of the manifestations of tongues. The Apostle Paul writes that he who speaks in tongues edifies himself (builds up). But he also places emphasis on when speaking in tongues to pray for the understanding.

    I know 24years ago I was living a total life of debauchery and going nowhere. Then one day watching the 700 club on T.V. I decided that I had had enough and committed my life to Jesus. I felt a change immediately and I could not get enough of praising God. That night I went to bed and still I could not get enough of praising God Even in my sleep. Then suddenly in the middle of the night I woke up. I raised up and said Lord help me! and instantly the power and presence of God filled my room. The change was like turning a light on in a dark room and having the darkness flee. As soon as God's presence filled my room I felt a knot in my stomach begin to travel up from my stomach towards my mouth. And about the time it hit my throat and all of a sudden it was like a champagne cork going off. I began to speak in other tongues praising and glorifying God. All of this happened before even going to church.

    One thing I have come to learn is this experience though it may manifest in different ways it is by the same Spirit of God. However don't get lost on the issue of tongues. What really matters is do you know where you will spend eternity if you died today? Or your life maybe in complete turmoil like mine was 24 years ago. But I can tell you from experience that God has a perfect plan for your life, one of hope and peace. All it takes to bring that plan into effect for your life is faith in Jesus Christ. Which means understanding who he is and why he came to this Earth (which is historical fact).

    That's not to say you will not have some hard times in your life. Becuase it is through the hard times that we grow in life. God promises though that he will help you through the hard times. That he will NEVER leave you or forsake you. Even when you mess up. Which we all will becuase we all fall short of the glory of God. But becuase of his grace and the Fact that Christ paid for are sins past, present, and future. God forgives as as we realize the mistakes and ask forgiveness.

    Just a Christians perspective! You may agree with it or you may not. You may look at it as foolishness or you may feel that tug in your heart to want to know more. if you want to know more then simply find a Christian church in your area and start checking it out.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bill Holt

    It would seem that the crazy apple falleth not far from the crazy tree.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Abigail

    What utter c r a p

    August 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Mr. Gi Gantic-Weiner, III, Esq.

    I'd ribbon snake her face my with giant load.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  32. cacmacac

    Ever since I read that Russell Brand described Katy Perry as being extremely flatulant, and extremely smelly in her flatulence, I have trouble even seeing a picture of her without thinking she is farting.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ldpresso

    Forget "speaking in," I'll go with "sitting on."

    August 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. mam

    so what kind of drugs are they using. anyone can speak as an idiot and claim they speak in tongue.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. jummie

    Let's not forget the real story here...Russell Brand is being sent to Space! The existance of God will be proven only if it is a one way ticket.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Heidi

    And Peter said unto them repent and be baptized in the holy spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Believe what you want. I believe in the holy one.Amen!

    August 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Radagast

    I've heard people "speaking in tongues", and it's not language, it's babble. It tends to be the same half dozen syllables reshuffled and repeated over and over. Just meaningless babble. It's not complex and it follows no rules of grammar.

    Anyone who believes in that sort of thing needs to watch "Religulous" and get a clue.

    August 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  38. SYLV

    And we should care why?

    August 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Dave Wyman

    @ BewdyCall

    "Terrty: Actually, that verse you just referred to is symbolic, not literal, as is much of the Scripture found in the Bible."

    Just as Jesus is a symbol, as well as is the story of his crucifixion. There is no evidence in such a person or what happened to him, but as symbols, as metaphors, they tell a larger truth. Christians, though, cherry pick what they want from their bible, so the nonsense they don't want to believe literally becomes "symbolic," while the nonsense they choose to believe is "literal."

    August 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Landru

    I'll take a putty knife with me.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  41. kelly

    hey i think it's pretty cool that she's ok with her parents being mentally insane. shows her to be a big person.

    we should love our parents no matter how crazy they are. good stuff.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Landru

    Fruitcake? Maybe. Weak? Absolutely! However.....I'd hit that!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • doll collector

      you like painted plastic look? You can probably get that at any good adult video store.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. I_Hustle

    LOL @ all you idiots hating on her because of this. She is just saying that she grew up with this and that it is normal to her. I can say the same thing. I grew up around this kind of stuff at it doesn't freak me out one bit. I don't do it but at the same time if I were to hear someone doing that it wouldn't freak me out. You Christian haters are so funny to me. You cry and complain and about Christian people shoving thier beliefs in your face but then you turn and do the same thing. I wish both groups, the over the top Christians and the I'm so smart atheist, would cage fight for my amusement. Both groups are full of ignorant idiots.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • HP

      People should realize we are made up of body, soul and spirit. We still have a lot to learn. Don't laugh at something you know very little about, rather try and find out more about Jesus and what he did for us.

      August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Doll Collector

    Is that her real picture or some painted up doll? Her features just don't look real.
    Probably as fake as her yelling and tongue wagging...
    I mean singing and speaking in tongues.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Joe B

    I lost all respect now that shes a confirmed brainwashed sheep

    August 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  46. artdude102

    @ Terry- try some cyanide. You'll have about 5 seconds to squeak out a prayer before you suffocate. But that should be enough to save you. I mean if it's in the Bible, go ahead chug some cyanide and see if you are "good" enough.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ice From South Texas

    Were is a east Texan to round us out?

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Ben Smith

    This is America's problem. We tolerate stupidity too much.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Trevor, Austin, TX

    Not only is she a nut job, but she's so desperate to hold on to her boyfriend she spent a quarter of a million dollars on him for his birthday. I guarantee he leaves her in less than a year.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ben Smith

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  51. Technomancer

    Being stupid is equally natural apparently. Some linguists once studied folks speaking in "unknown tongues." They found that without exception, the unknown tongues consisted exclusively of phonemes peculiar to the normal native languages of the speakers.
    Ie: They make nonsensical noises and gullible religious idiots think they're talking.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  52. kh

    If her parents thought Lucky Charms were bad.. what do they think of her songs?

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Good Grief!

    Katy Perry is a gross weirdo. People who think they can pick up vipers without getting bitten are just stupid. Speaking in tongues is at least as idiotic as anything else I've ever heard. That being said, I'm sure her parents were speaking in tongues when she kissed a girl and she liked it. LOL!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tom

    As a born-again Christian for 17 years now, I read the Bible daily to seek God's guidance and to ensure I walk close to Him, but In regard to speaking in tongues, yes it is in the Bible, but it was meant for the time at Pentecost (hence Pentecostals), and occurred again in Caesarea 38 years after Pentecost, but the Bible is clear in regard to the person speaking in tongues. It has to be of edifying the church (not some pig latin that Kate's father does), plus there needs to be 2 people present to be witnesses to what the person is saying. For just her mother to "translate" is for show. Here is the Scripture regarding speaking in tongues: 1 Corinthians 14:27-28 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Gecko

    Another fruitcake with loopy ideas about God and faith. How does speaking in tongues make anyone any better????? Gift......oh puhleeeeease.......

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jb

    Huh?! in the old testament speaking in tongues, refer to the apostles speaking a different language. It wasn't random gibberish they were speaking known languages that members in the crowd could understand, and otherwise would have had no knowledge of what the apostles were trying to say. It be as if I started speaking Spanish but had no knowledge of Spanish, so a Spanish audience could understand me.

    How it turned into randomly talking nonsense is beyond me.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Thugliest

    there is no god, the bible is fiction!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  58. adrifter

    I saw someone speaking in tongues once at a business conference, believe it or not. It was the most patently absurd thing I've ever seen. The main speaker started babbling and a half-dozen or so other people joined in. Bizarre and funny. If Christians want their religion not to be viewed as foolish mysticism, dropping this speaking in tongues nonsense would be a good start. This religion stuff is strange enough without making it even stranger.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Brooke

    Oh Petey Petey Petey. As far as I know, I wasn't "accepting blah blah at face value blah blah" I was commenting on the fact that she is a hypocrite, nothing more and nothing less. So why don't you eat some of that "self righteous, reading too much into others writing and spouting random crap" soup ya got there for yourself. A. I could careless about her or God or Jesus and b. i was commenting of her getting up in arms about OTHERS depiction of biblical things being blasphemy when her images are considered that way to others. So shut your hole wang chung and talk at someone who cares.

    @Bewbycall- yeah i dont care about specific references, if shes gods soldier, or an atheist. I just was pointing out that she's a hypocrite... she just happens to be one in a religious context. If she condemned people for eating doritos and was photographed with a bag my comment would have be similiar. I don't care about the religious aspect as I am not religious. XD but thank you for the specific references.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Tom

    she has absolutely got to have a divorce lawyer already on speed dial

    August 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Joe

    the god i serve isn't that great, but i get 5% cash back!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Katy My

    Katy My Lady is the owner of perhaps the nicest set of boobs in Southern California, so if she says speaking in tongues is ok, i support her 100%!!!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Eat a Peach

    Who cares! She's HOT!!! I would tell her: Make more records and then get in the kitchen and make me a sammitch pronto! My tee time is in 30 minutes!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Me

    I just don;t gt it. See it or anything else. Mediocre music average looking girl.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Dennis Menace


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  66. manny

    Speaking in tongues and praying in tongues are different things. Many Pentecostals pray in tongues. Very few speak in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:2 talks about speaking in a tongue "does not speak to men but to God." Speaking to God is prayer.
    It says that "no one understands him; he utters mysteries in his spirit."

    In verse 4, the Apostle Paul writes that "He who speaks in tongues edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church."

    So speaking in tongues, in terms of Acts 2, was a prophetic utterance. Praying in tongues, which I would suspect Katy Perry and her family did, are actually prayers to God.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  67. MzFlint

    I am a proud Christian. I serve an amazing, loving God. I have not personally been annointed with the gift of tongues, but several people in my church have. It is a truly amazing experience. Someone does not speak it in every service, but when the Holy spirit is truly moving, God does amazing things. I have witnessed with my own eyes, people's lives being transformed. You have to let go, and let God. When you have a relationship with our savior, you can feel his amazing presence and when you serve the kingdom, you will see how your life can be blessed. John 3:16.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • keeneye

      Anyone who babbles and then claims to speak in tongues, as a "gift" from God, is lying. The Bible clearly states that the apostles were given special gifts by the holy spirit. Those gifts included speaking in tongues, casting out demons, etc. The apostles also had the ability to pass on those gifts to anyone on whom they laid their hands. There is no indication that the people who had the gifts transferred to them directly from the apostles could then pass on the gift again, however. So, that is where it ended. The apostles are long dead and the people to whom they passed on those gifts are also long dead. No one alive today has those special abilities. And, as has been accurately noted by many here, speaking in tongues is not random babbling. It means to speak in a language which you otherwise don't understand but that can be understood by the hearer. I don't speak Greek but if I had the ability to speak in tongues, then I could say something to a Greek person and they would understand me in their native language.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Klaatu

    Katy is hot enough to speak Klingon and still be attractive.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gort

      Klaatu barada nikto.

      She appears weak, and unlikely to survive combat.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  69. jenkoosh


    August 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Collin

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say NO ONE IS GOING TO CHANGE ANYONES OPINIONS ABOUT RELIGION. Give it up. I get so sick of people going back and forth about issues like religion and politics thinking that somehow it will change anothers opinions. People believe what they believe, its not a choice. So just leave it alone.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  71. One_of_Jennifer

    I like that she's not afraid to open up about her family like this. Speaking in tongues isn't particularly my cup of tea but genuine ability to do that is pretty interesting.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  72. char

    My grandfather was a pastor and speaking in tongue was a normal thing. When I went to another church with my father and step mother, i thought it was strange that no one there did. Its all in how you were raised. I would never judge people on what their religious beliefs were....thats just wrong

    August 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  73. john the baptist

    all pretend persons and their families speak in tongues and are only able to say what their managers tell them to say so they will sound normal

    August 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Real Dude

    The bible states that "Speaking in Tongues" means that EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND the speaker. There is no need for an interpreter. Anybody who speaks so that noone can understand in possessed by a demon!

    Acts 2: A crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. ...How is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? ...We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"

    August 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  75. tom Thump'm

    Please go right at it, handle poisonous snakes, imbibe the poisons of the earth, and talk about it in tongues. The more the better, and we all have fewer of those cretins to deal with.. what a relief!!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Tevii

    It saddens me when I read stuff like this as well as some of these responses. We, as a people, want to believe we're not the primitive barbarians you read about in history books. But these responses, and believing in the glorified comic book, we call the bible, proves how incredibly primitive people still are.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  77. John

    If the bible is the inerrant word of god, then it must be taken literally. If you are interpreting it, or listening to someone's interpretation of it, then it is, by definition, flawed. Take your pick. I'm getting off my soapbox now. Going out to stone some adulterers to death....'cause the bible tells me so.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  78. pkfops

    Too Funny. My brother belongs to one of those whacked out churches where they speak in tounges and flop around on the floor like a fish out of water. All they ask for is 15% of you income. I'm sure god is laughing at those fools.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  79. J

    Nutty as a squirrel turd!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Jackson

    A secret, direct prayer language to God? It's 2010 people! If you subscribe to this crazines, do the rest of us a favor and drink the kool aid.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Eli

    To my knowledge she told no one in this article that they had to speak in tongues, she only said growing up that is how her parents did. Why is everyone trashing her for this. Im sure everyone on this page or their parents do something that others would find different. Hey people its what makes the world go around. It is so funny how everyone says Christians should allow people to be themselves but then us "sinners" go off the same way we say they do. LIVE YOUR ON LIFE!!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I agree. Is she forcing anyone to do this. I DONT THINK SO!

      August 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      It is funny how we are always saying dont tell me what to do, then we start trying to tell others what to do or that they are wrong for what they are doing. Folks she did not say you had to do this, she said that was how she was raised.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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      August 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Exhale

      Seriously this entry allowed me space to breathe. Thank you. The fighting, although it intrigued me to read both sides, was really stressful to read. I so agree with this. Thank you for a balanced, objective view of this, and your word usage was very comprehensive. I heard a Katy Perry interview, and honestly, I don't hear her preaching about what others need to believe. She was actually really polite, and pretty crazy fun. Open, enough. I kinda think if she's open enough to both experience the indoctrination of her Christian fundamental upbringing and still enjoy the freedom to explore other modes of life, that she is both brave and well raised. But again that's me totally throwing YET ANOTHER opinion out there. Our differences are a fact of life, and somehow they even unify just because they are that fact. Thanks again.

      August 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Jeremy from Hawaii

    all the crazies are from texas and the rest of bible beltway is a joke

    August 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsLady74

      Guess we will just have to see then now won't we.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      yo ms lady, cut the 'holier than thou' crap. how many are you condemning to hell by acting so superior? it's such a turn-off!

      August 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Colin

    It's not outer space... $20 million will get you to the Space Station, $200G will not

    August 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Queen

    Every knee shall bow, and every tongues shall confess that He (Jesus) is Lord! Go ahead and laugh, make your jokes. But the end you will see who will be laughing..or crying that is!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sybaris

      So heaven to you is knowing that some or all of your loved ones are burning in hell for an eternity. That's a fine religion you got there.

      Free your mind

      Hate the religion, love the person.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus_H_Christ

      You condemn people based on a 2,000 year old book written by nomadic shepherds, interpreted numerous times by inherently flawed men? Did you know the bible doesn't say that Jesus was born of a virgin? That's from a mistranslation into Greek in the 3rd century. You really need to do some research.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |

    Speaking in tongues is a GIFT from GOD not something to be MOCKED!! It's sad that SOOO many people are WILLINGLY going TO HELL. And hell was NOT made for MAN but was made for SATAN AND HIS ANGELS. MEN send themselves through their rebellion and unbelief of who JESUS is. Jesus is the SON of the LIVING GOD!! JESUS was sent to be a FINAL SACRIFICE for ALL SINS! Simple Grace.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      So.....I take it you have internet access in your rubber room? How do you type in the straitjacket?

      August 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casey

      Speaking in tongues is a gift from god? How about something that can be learned like english, spanish, or even short hand note taking... And to the rest of your babling HAHAHAHAHAHA your complete beliefe with out question is great and i am glad all the cults of the world can pick through normal people and find the ones like you... go ahead drink the punch hahahaha if the only people who talk to god think its ok to touch little kids and hide people who touch little kids then obviously God and I have a lot to talk about

      August 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casey

      Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits

      The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sybaris

      You do realize that if you were born and raised in Saudi Arabia you'd most likey be Muslim.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • griz5106

      Someone help me understand exactly how Jesus being sacrificed on the cross helped absolve me of my sins. Not being sarcastic, I just don't get it.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      So, by your lights, someone will spend an eternity in torment simply due to a cognitive error? I know the boilerplate evangelical answer is, God doesn't sent anyone to hell, we chose our fate. But imagine the average Mormon. From birth he or she has been taught that their faith is the "true" one, and that what most consider normative Christianity is apostate. Marinated in this faith, he or she has been taught also what apostate Christians will argue, and why their reasoning is faulty, and why Mormonism is true. Steeped in this from birth!

      And yet you assert that this belief is willful, volitional "rebellion" against God? How absurd!

      August 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  86. joe

    Coockoo for Cocoa Puffs

    That's one nutty wench.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jake

    Wow. That is absolute, utter nonsense on more levels that I can count. What a brainwashed idiot.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Queen

    Just another Christian who has sold out to the world for the love of money, fame & fortune. Those tongues she's making fun of now, is the same tongues that got her where she is today. Not to be the sale-out she has become, but for her to be an example to a lost hollywood/music industry. Wearing Jesus on your waist does not make you a Christian, or but having a real relationship with Him. She is totally lost....I Kissed A Girl....um. Katy Perry you are a sell-out and a embarassment to the Christian faith.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |

    I am a Christian and I can speak in tongues DAILY. I am SOOO HAPPY that JESUS is REAL and for those who don't believe in HIM, it's your ETERNAL LIFE you are gambling with NO ONE has a hell or heaven to send you to, so basically, you can save yourself by just simply HAVING FAITH IN GOD'S GIFT through JESUS CHRIST!. FREE WILL! In today's society it's cool to be ignorant, selfish, and perverted, but if you want to live a HOLY life you're weird!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sybaris

      If the Bible said that eating pigeons was the mark of a true Christian you'd be doing that too.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  90. BewdyCall

    @JAB: Yes, I appreciate what you are saying, brother, however, the Holy Bible is still man's written "version" of The LORD's original Word. Even the King James Version is still just a "version" (refer Joe's comments above). And for centuries, that very same Bible has been translated and then re-translated into several DIFFERENT "versions", all with, guess what? TOTALLY DIFFERENT WORDING!!!! Did The LORD HIMself not say (through Darius the King) that we are not to alter HIS WORD?
    So, in other words, unless you are quoting directly from original manuscripts written by those who were in HIS presence when HE first uttered them, in HIS original language as spoken, I'll take MY Word direct from The Source, if it's all the same to you. GOD bless. 🙂

    August 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Siara

    QUOTE: The California girl, who has "Jesus" tattooed on her left wrist, tells the magazine, "Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as 'Pass the salt..' Figures. Let's face it, American culture is sliding back in barbarism

    August 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Ace

    Its sad that people truly proclaim to believe in God and Christ but know nothing of the power of God's spirit.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sybaris

      It must not be all that powerful. God doesn't answer the prayers of amputee's.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Justin

    Hmmm, I dunno. I think if I had a prospective girlfriend over for dinner at my parents, and my Dad was speaking 'in tongues' and my Mother was translating, she'd probably be running for the hills.

    And I wouldn't blame her.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Erik

    My guess is that they actually have tourettes.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Benson

    I believe in the gift of speaking in tongues, but I don't believe it when I'm in a church full of people rolling all over the floor and babbling. Scripture is pretty clear that there must be order and an interpreter. I also don't claim to know which parts of the bible are literal and which aren't. I know I don't have to handle snakes to be a Christian, so I won't be doing that. Also, I don't speak in tongues, and I don't claim to be able to "interpret" the bible (to me, it says what it says and I just try live by it without pushing it on people). I just don't see the point in trying to overspiritualize everything to do with Christianity. God likes spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Atheist

    Actually, religion should be bashed, this girl is insane.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  97. mts007

    there are way too many religious quacks/whacko's in this world and speaking in tongues is such a crock of crap it's unbelievable. religions should be outlawed – no mormonism(a business),catholosism,scientology(cult),especially islam(religious whackos of all religious whackos, etc. religion is bringing this world down.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Rob

    Speaking in tongues isn't a bad thing. At least I don't think so.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jersey Dude

    Color me shocked!....this nut basket is marrying someone almost as big a no talent loser as she is!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  100. someone

    Speaking in tongues is more ignorant than giving your income to a church that says its god's will to part with a certain percentage of what you make. I can't wait until religion is dead and we look back on it as we do when the Egyptians had gods for everything from the sun to the rain.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Michelle

    I am so glad I am Catholic. Mass is a beautiful, relaxing, spiritual experience without any surprises. I once went with my Baptist friend to her church and there was a big screen t.v. people yelling out all around me. I felt like I was at a sporting event. Nothing wrong with it just not for me.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      Ha, at you probably not knowing anything abou what you believe. Catholics=Clueless

      August 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      You and your friend both believe in fairytales and do absurd things as a result. Stop patting yourself on the back.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  102. MandoZink

    I find "speaking in toungues" to be quite a hilarious Penecostal delusion. The actual term is for it is Glossolalia. I happened to be very good at it from the time I was a child. I could impose various accents on the utterances, too, implying different lauguages. The brain can often pull this off very easily, having become familiar with the cadence and structure of speech. As an atheist, I wonder just who I might be talking to. My pets do seem to understand it if I do give it an emotional feel.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Mike

    I wonder if that ticket to outerspace is a one way ticket.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  104. MasonDixonLIne

    Well aint that nice you sing about kissing girls and do your videos half naked. But then you go home and speak in tongues (btw what the heck is that) Way to live a "pure' life katy!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Gene

    God made people, and he made poisonous snakes. He gave us certain common characteristics, and he gave poisonous snakes common characteristics. A common characteristic of a venomous snake is to bite some fool that doesn't have enough sense to stay away from him.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  106. OKx3

    Haha, "the one that got away" from me; her parents attended a church where they spoke in tongues. I was asked to attend once and witnessed it for myself. No, I did not participate. And yes, that was the end of the relationship. Not by me, but because I wouldn't go with the flow. Too each is own, but if that is the basis for being accepted into the family, see ya later.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  107. MsLady74

    @allanhowls – You sure have a lot to learn....speaking in tongues is SO far from baby talk. It is sad you can't see the beauty in the ability to be able to go to GOD and speak to him on a Spiritual level. Perhaps you can't understand it because your not on the same Spiritual level.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  108. I Spoke in Tongues and I Liked It

    I knew she had a strict Christian upbringing, but I did not know she was an still is a Pentecostal.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Sizzle

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. THIS is the #1 story on CNN right now? A stub about some bimbo who can't even sing and her crazy fundamentalist family? America is doomed.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      And it is amazing to see how many comments here are from people who think speaking in toungues is anything other than made up nonsense.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Lizzy

    Man that chick is weird!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Lawrence

    Yes,speaking in tongues is the most beautiful experience in life.Better than drugs,and other false pursuits of peace and joy within.In Acts 2:38 it has the plan of salvation.Baptism in Jesus name.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  112. allanhowls

    Speaking in tongues?
    Yeah, the only true measure of faith is how incomprehensible you make it. *eyeroll*
    Right up there with snake handling and witch-burning. Let's give up all of our little magical incantations and join the 21st century, OK?

    August 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  113. JHR

    They just fired a church pastor who spoke in tonques in Gainsviile, FL (its the same town that is going to burn the Quran in puiblic on 9/11/2010).

    Arm yourself people.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • allanhowls

      Speaking in tongues is a fraud, just like Joseph Smith's getting inspiration from inside his hat. It's a trick to impress the weak-minded.
      You do know that most protestant denominations believe that tongue-speaking was reserved for the apostles who were supposedly more directly connected to Christ, right? It wasn't for the laypeople.

      Anyway, if I arm myself, it'll be against babbling, glazed-eye zombies who think that God wants us to follow him by making up baby talk, rather than speaking in words that can inform, inspire, and enlighten us all.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Suz

    Hey, I'm sure all the Jews during Jesus' time thought he was a little wacky, too.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Psychiatrist

    They all need a good shrink.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  116. LOL

    Cuckballs! Katy and her crazy-*ss'd parents! Notice how her oh-so-religious parents stand by her on the Red Carpet's, etc. for their moments of worldly fame. They don't believe in Jesus. He's just a convenience.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  117. A Human

    She sold her soul to the music industry. She has become The Lady in Red – a distraction from everyday life. Perry is chasing fame, there's no passion in her lyrics.
    This whole article's basis is that they are telling little ones that its okay to kiss girls and chase fashion and material looks, and at the same time still say that you are religious. The two cannot go hand in hand, that's a fact. Media has somehow managed to convince us otherwise. Read this – http://www.grassapplekids.com/A13-read-books.html

    August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Matt

    reason #10,000,000,001 why religion is for the insane. BS it's a 'direct prayer language to god', all you do is make words up. Give me a break.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Twinkles

    The whole lot of 'em are screwed up!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  120. William

    How do I know when I am speaking in tongue or just high?

    August 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  121. c

    all she is a great rack with a nice body.......too bad that seems about it

    August 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Johnny D

    I can't believe our society rewards these people with enough money to buy a ticket to outer space. Just think how much more productive our species would be if people like Tesla were rich and these idiots had to actually work for a living.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  123. DrDoom

    I'd tongue her. Several times over.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  124. brownie1

    Diana: Are you serious??????

    August 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      Serious? Yes, I am. I don't find my position on this so incredible it warrants three interrogative punctuation marks.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsLady74

      @ Diana: what kind of GOD do you believe in then?

      August 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbear

      Are you saying that Diana needs to believe in some sort of god???

      August 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Mr. Man

    The fact that this "news story" made one of the top headlines on CNN makes me think it is time to boycott CNN. What a joke.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Diana

    Um, there is no god. Certainly not the kind referenced here...the personal -type god who cares (mostly) about what we do naked.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  127. MsLady74

    It is so sad the the devil has so many of you fooled. The greatest thing he ever did was to make people believe he doesn't exist. Well GOD said that there will be two roads one wide traveled by many and one narrow traveled by few. Sounds like most people on this board will be on the wide road. Which is truly sad I hope that you open a BIBLE up one day and truly read it with an open heart and mind. For what does it profit a man who gains the whole world but loses his soul????

    August 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wise

      You do know there are far more believers in religion than non believers. I think you might have your roads mixed up.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      The devil has US fooled? I think your preacher has you fooled... if you believe yelling a bunch of made up words gets you closer to god.... wow. You do know the bible states the Devil can only be at one place at one time. Thats the difference between him and god. God is supposedly omnipresent, and the devil is not. Anyhow, its a bunch of make-believe so.... grow up?

      August 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsLady74

      @ Wise – re-read my statement apparently you misunderstood it. @ Matt – I know you think you know so much but keep reading!

      August 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  128. anonymous

    Well not to be mean but that is a little wierd. You sing about kissing girls and then you say you are a true Christian. And what the heck is tongues?

    August 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Ms.Kay

    We as people are far from perfect since the birth of sin. That is why Jesus Christ came to die on the cross. He was perfection in human form. The ultimate sacrifice. Yes, people will disappoint us. Yes, there will be false christians, prophets etc. But OUR heavenly father is very REAL. It is important to develope a personal relationship with God. Christians are supposed to reflect God's characteristics alot of people struggle with that but it doesnt mean he loves us any less....Lets not judge one another. Everyone will be held accountable for their actions.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsLady74

      AMEN! As long as we are made of flesh we are going to be tempted to sin but as long as we have that personal relationship with GOD and have been born again of the water and the Spirit then he forgives us and we will spend eternity reaping all that he promises he will deliver.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      man... I'm an Atheist and apparently I know more about the bible than you do. That's sort of sad. It says right there in the bible that only approximately 14,000 souls get into heaven. SO even if there IS a god, trust me when I say you're going to purgatory anyway. heaven's full.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      That was inspiring Ms. Kay. I think you probably converted, like a million people with that blog post. You are at least one step closer to salvation!

      August 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanW

      @Matt: Wow, dude. Don't pretend you know the Bible with junk theology like that. Both the prophet Daniel and the John in the Book of Revelation told of seeing an innummerable sea of people gathered at the throne of God.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms. kay

      Entrance into God’s kingdom is possible only by faith and obedience to the only living God – Jesus Christ. Regardless of our confession of faith, church attendance, or intellectual knowledge of God, only those who are obedient to God and fulfill his Word shall enter into His kingdom.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      Nowwadaminit. I thought that you had to accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal savior for salvation, and that nothing you could do, no matter how good or evil you were, would matter one iota toward that goal. Which of course means that, if neither accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts as their personal savior (a pretty safe bet), both Anne Frank and her murderer, Adolf Hitler, are equally suffering eternal torment in hell as we speak. By which many find Christian salvific doctrine utterly absurd and evil. It isn't a matter of "denying the Holy Spirit", it's about, well, if this is the truth, I can see groveling before this God in sheer terror, as with most "gods" in human history, but I'm kinda missing the love and compassion part.

      And, now you tell me that I WILL be held accountable for my actions?

      Imagine my confusion.

      Now you're telling me that we will be held accountable for our actions?

      August 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Chris

    Great voice, excellent song writer, cute as a button, killer bod, enormous bank account balance. I think she may just be the total package. But enough about Susan Boyle, that Katy Perry is quirky as he11 isn't she?

    August 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  131. christina

    KATY PERRY CANT SING!!!!!!!!!! she sucked at the MTV awards she cant sing she should be labeled at a con-artist...she needs to really go away and we can all be santa calus minus the hoe hoe.........and maybe she should invest in bobby pins vuz her wig always falling off

    August 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  132. GAGA

    Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh; Ra Ra-ah-ah-ah Roma Roma-ma GaGa Oh la-la

    August 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Brenda T

    Does God think its ok to use your parents religion to get a headline? Is it ok to be a NARCISSIST and crave fame? If she was a true christian she would have donated $200,000 to a homeless shelter and taken Russell Brand on a really good ride at Disneyland. I'm embarrassed she and her publicist are using God to get a headline.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyD74

      Man im glad someone finally mentioned this... saves me from double posting lol. Seriously you could feed the L.A. homeless for a week for $200k... dont feel like a rant on priorities...

      August 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanW

      Brenda, I don't know who this girl is and have never heard her music, but there is no reason to assume she hasn't given to the poor. She could both give a luxurious gift to her boyfriend and to the poor. You don't know her. Stop being so judgmental.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  134. x

    Coocoo for cocoa puffs!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  135. LoCoDe

    God is imaginary. Stop wasting your lives worshipping fiction.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • x

      SO true. These goddies are nuts!

      August 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rai

      and what are you wasting your time on? blogging?

      August 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      and who do you believe in? the Government? Oprah? Apple? LIFE is a fairy tale for f's sake!! i mean we're here for a maximum 100 years, and then are gone for all time. Damn right i'll believe in who i want, fairy tale or no fairy tale.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lb

      HELL YA

      August 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  136. kirk

    Katy Perry-What a POA! Yummy!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Brock

    I've never heard of her or her husband, but the whole speaking in tongues thing is hogwash.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  138. C

    I thought she was speaking in tongues when I first heard that awful awful awful California Gurls song. Good god that songs sucks.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  139. @ RAI

    that quote looks english to me

    August 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Yikes!!!

    jooby jabba do doo laaada rackka...hmmmmm – ra ra ra ra raaa ga ga gaggaaa

    August 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  141. to Jeff from Rai

    "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God," JOH 3:5.

    The water is baptism, the Spirit, is the Holy Ghost, speaking in tonges. Try it Jeff.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      You do not have to speak in tongues to be filled with the Holy Spirit.....

      August 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CB

      Rai, I would suggest that you read 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 for a better understanding of this spiritual gift.

      Verse 12 of Chapter 12 reads "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ."

      Verses 27-30 of Chapter 12 continue "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?"

      August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Press 1

      for English, press 2 for Espanol, press 666 for tongues? So Rai, "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God," JOH 3:5. Are you the certified translator? To me the water is amniotic fluid (opening up the kingodm to anyone born of woman), and the Spirit is likely aqua vita. I see no reason to accept your "translation" over any other (like mine).

      August 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      Not every Christian born believer speaks in tounge!!! So if you have a relationship with Jesus, we can see the Fruits of the Spirit in that person, but they do not speak in tongues, they are not going to heaven?? I suggest you do a thorough study of that scripture!! Just because you are filled with the Spirit does not mean YOU HAVE TO speak in tongues!! Please do a THOROUGH study of what the bible study. Please, I highly recommend you find someone who is very gifted in Biblical Hermeneutics and sit down with them! Holy Spirit does not strictly & only signifies Talking in Tounges!!!

      August 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliot Rosewater

      I fill my wife with the "holy spirit" each and every night, and I don't always need to speak in tongues to do it, although sometimes she likes it when I do that.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  142. rooto

    Who's Katy Perry?

    August 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  143. FoolKiller

    "Perry reveals that her Christian minister parents spoke in tongues when she was growing up"... OK, so she comes by her lyrics honestly...

    August 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  144. brownie1

    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KATY PERRY is A JOKE!!!!! WHATEVER!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Aaron

    Speaking in tongues in the Bible was for the purpose of evangelizing to Gentiles using common languages. It was never a private prayer to God which required translation. That nonsensical stuff that gets spewed now serves no purpose. And don't forget that the Devil caused a serpent to speak in tongues, so that power is not exclusive to God. But even Satan had the good sense to make sure it was something that someone understood.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      I'm glad someone brought this up. It's hard to believe that so many churches interpret the meaning of "speaking i tongues" so incorrectly.

      August 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • CB

      I think that you should read 1 Corinthians 13 and 14 for a better understanding of spiritual gifts. In 14 the Apostle Paul talks about speaking in tongues. Verse 2 reads "For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit." Verse 13 goes on to read "For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says." Finally, verses 27 and 28 read "If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God."

      As such, this should not be confused with what happened at Pentecost when the Apostles where filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues that the crowd heard as their own native language (Acts 2). No need for interpreting here.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsAledella

      Now that is a good point!

      August 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • msAledella

      I was, of course, referring to Aaron's post.

      CB, 1 Cor 14:9. Speaking in tongues is a load of hot air. Paul says it plain as day.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsLady74

      ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!!! Seaking in tongues IS a personal prayer language between you and GOD! Just becuase you may not understand something does not mean that it is it is insane or made up or any of the other things that people are typing and thinking. In fact it is VERY sad that very few understandstand what it means maybe you all should check yourselves instead of attemping to "put down" something that your not capable of understanding at this time.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • CB

      Let's read what Paul actually said in context:

      Verses 9 – 13 read "Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.

      Verses 39 adn 40 read "Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way."

      If you read the whole chapter and not just a single verse, you will realize that Paul does not state that the gift of tongues is a load of hot air. It is a gift which when used properly will edify God. However, the Corinthians were not using it properly which is why he had to correct them on its proper use.

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    • AJ

      I was probably the biggest sceptic of all as far as speaking in tongues is concerned having witnessed first hand the preparation for a fake speaking and interpretation in a non-denominationl church. There are so many churches faking it it may seem that there is nothing real anywhere. But I stand to tell you...There is a real church where the signs and wonders are real. Seek Him with your Heart and He will reveal himself to you....

      August 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I believe Paul says that he speaks in tongues more than us all....

      August 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      I was raised in a very conservative Christian household. I believe that I understand the practical purpose of speaking in tongues, and as CB points out, it was being misused by the Corinthians. MsLady74, CB also makes my point for me in citing verse 13 that the one speaking in tongues pray that he may be able to interpret.

      The act of speaking in tongues is not a prayer to God, but CALLS for a prayer to God so that the meaning may be known. Having witnessed speaking in tongues, and as often as not, having none in attendance that could interpret, I must discern that hysterical act should remain largely a curiosity to observers and derive no measurable spiritual benefit. If, as described by the Apostle Paul, the words are discernible then I accept that they may have value. But as God is not one to change his purpose, I must infer that one who speaks in tongues with no one to interpret is not in fact fulfilling God's purpose for speaking in tongues, which was to make believers out of all men.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read the Bible carefully

      If you read carefully, you will notice that "speaking in tongues" is simply not hysterics or babbling but has a specific purpose. In 1 Cor., it also says that it should be orderly which is in contrast to many attention-speaking antics happening in many misguided churches.

      Speaking in tongues was to spread the gospel to other people who do not speak your language. Read the Bible carefully and in context especially starting in the first episode of it in the Book of Acts. You will notice that it was to spread the Gospel of Jesus. The apostles were able to speak to others who came from different regions with different language simultaneously and still be understood. That was the amazing part of it. The apostles were never knew how to speak the language of other nations but as they spoke, people from different nationalities were still able to understand them. Those antics you see in many so-called churches today are at best faked. At worst, possession by some force that is even more dangerous.

      Speaking in tongues has nothing to do with being saved. Paul makes it clear that not everyone has the gift of tongues. In fact he innumerates many other gifts that a person may have been given with.

      And finally remember: There are many spirits which the Bible presents or warns us about. The Holy Spirit and evil spirits. There are many instances in the Bible of someone being possessed by evil spirits. Now, many of these individuals who claim to speak in tongues are faking it. However, some of these "speaking in tongues" in some so-called churches are real . Very real. Many of these people are controlled or possessed by a spirit.

      The question is: which spirit? judge ye for yourself.

      By their fruits you shall know them.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsLady74

      @Aaron I am not disagreeing with you but GOD works on different people in HIS timing so even if I am not yet able to discern what I others are saying while they are speaking in tongues. I know when I am praying and what I am saying and that I only speak in tongues when I am in a DEEP spritual prayer and praise with GOD.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Read the Bible Carefully –
      That's why I bring up the point about the Devil speaking through the serpent.

      MsLady74 –
      If you are that diligent in your study, then you must have also come to the reasoning that the 'time for miracles' has passed. Speaking in tongues is no longer necessary to the salvation of man, since the Gospel is available in every language spoken by man. Certainly, speaking in tongues is miraculous. But everything one needs to know for salvation has already been supplied and recorded through the Saints. And God can understand me just fine in the words I already speak fluently.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  146. DragonGirl76

    Pah!! She is so full of IT!

    August 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Guy On A Horse

    She's such a sell-out retard who needs to grow up.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  148. E.P.

    Yeah but I'd still hit it. 🙂

    August 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Chris

    I've observed people speaking in tongues firsthand, and also people interpreting what others say. While it was clear that the people who were doing these things were not simply "faking" it, neither was there anything supernatural or spiritual going on. It is just a psychological phenomenon that was explained quite to my satisfaction over 30 years ago by one Julian Jaynes. (Google him.)

    August 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Truth

    The devil wrote the Bible to trick people into hating, fearing, and exulting. I am so glad i can look past my upbringing to see that I am not my brother's keeper. I am only responsible for my actions and do not worry about what other people do and think. I also do not care what the close-minded folks think of me. Follow me and you will be set free.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • OpenMinded

      Sorry, this may be a mis-interpretation. Being your brother's keeper may be interpreted as not letting your brother (man-kind) go without the necessities of life, like food. Looking to see that innocents are protected, like children not being harmed physically and mentally, making sure that those that are grieved are comforted, those that are without shelter are provided cover, that the least of us is looked after. Basically, it could mean that humanity remains human in caring, compassion and servitude to each other.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Debbie

    Yikes. With a background like that, it's no wonder she thinks Russell Brand is the voice of sanity.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Espanto

    She's talented and one of the hottest babes out there for sure, never been able to figure her hooking up with decay-germ looking fiance! I'm glad someone stated he was a comedian , never would have guessed it, thought he was just funny looking creepy! She's on the right track for sending him out into space ... did anyone see his movie? YEOW!

    August 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  153. wow

    Sounds like she comes from a family of performers. It is my firm belief that at least 80% of ministers are completely full of crap. Speaking in tongues while your accomplice "interprets" would fall under that as would anyone pretending to heal the sick or asking for money because god said he'd kill them if his followers don't send in their social security checks.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      People actually do get healed. Sounds crazy but it happens, and I know a few people who have had a full recovery after having a deep brain hemorrhage, people who no longer have diabetes, or had huge tumors one week then the next week they were nowhere to be found. Do some research on it. While many many preachers emphasize healing in an unhealthy way (and probably do so to get money, too), it doesn't make it any less real, nor are all preachers who teach that healing is real absolutely crazy. We believe what we believe for a reason, not just for some weird mystical experience from God.

      And I'll just add that speaking in tongues is in the Bible, and Christians should treat the topic seriously, and not just run away from it cause some wacko churches use it (even speaking in tongues can be misused and look completely idiotic when people do it for, like what I said above, a mystical experience.)

      August 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  154. rai

    Kudos to Katy. The Gift of the Holy Spirit (speaking in tonges) is the most beautiful thing you will ever experience, and we cannot be saved without it. Dont knock it till you try it, you cant deny it, once you experience it.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Rai: "and we cannot be saved without it" (speaking in tongues)


      August 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhYea?

      Gift of the Holy Spirit? ohhhhhhhhhhhh brother.

      Someone leave the cookies out for Santa Claus please, I think I forgot.

      August 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I've tried it. I can deny it. What a load of ...!

      August 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Rai......sorry but you are wrong. You will know them by their fruit.....not their jibber jab talk

      August 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Tried it also... denying it. I'm a recovering christian. Ever since the age of reason. I liked her better before she started talking about her families obsession with poorly written fairy tales.

      August 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'her dad usually speaks in tongues while her mom plays interpreter'
      ok, lets go.....its a book...and a play.......4 words........1st word......2 syllables.

      See, they make their own entertainment in the perry household.

      August 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • toni

      The gift of "speaking in toungues" is a truly enlightening experience, but those who believe "you can't be saved" unless this happens as a christian-you are crazy! Katie has to answer to the same God we all have to one day, and even those who think they are "without blame" will hang their head in shame as well!

      August 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Can't be saved without speaking in tongues?? Wrong! Whoever is teaching you that is way off base.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • abusedbypreacher

      I'm sorry, are you saying that John 3:16 is wrong? Mentions nothing about the phony practice of speaking in tongues. I grew up in church, and have witnessed so many people faking this. It's unbelievable what people will believe no matter how ridiculous attention starved people behaved. I generally experience friendlier nad more accepting people when out of the church.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      and we cannot be saved without it... That's Crazy.... Talking in tongues is NOT what saves you!!! Who is teaching you this non sense??

      August 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • napa_chic

      Rai, thanks for speaking up and not being ashamed to state the truth, in spite of all of the mockery on here. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess, and unfortunately it will be too late for some.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • skywatcher2


      There is only one way to salvation and that is confessing your sins and inviting Jesus into your life. Was the Thief on the Cross filled with the Holy Spirit??

      A 'real' Christian knows each and every person who has ever lived or will live is a sinner, the only difference is we are forgiven.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Kevin T. Baldwin

    Her parents spoke in tongues? Well THERE's another piece of the puzzle 😉

    August 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Me

    She just needs to keep her mouth shut...she looks prettier that way, and doesnt sound like a total idiot!

    August 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Kristi

    She's been getting by so long on her looks. I have to admit, she's amazing to look at but her music just stinks post "kissed a girl"

    August 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Tooty

    Reading this, all I have to say is fleeby wukwuk mahoojah mafoogah dai dai wekka nek. If you know what I'm saying, and I think you do.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  159. adrienne

    I just think it's funny that she did Christian music until she realized it doesnt sell and revamped her whole deal with kissed a girl.. gotta love it.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      not selling?? While not at secular levels almost 1/ billion in sales annually is nothing to shake a stick at...

      August 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Yea?

      They mean selling albums to people and to the industry that affords her $200,000 tickets to an orbital space flight. Her earnings potential is probably like 1/20th as a Christian music singer (...lol) than what she is netting as a Pop star (bad one at that).

      August 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2minus

      Yep that is exactly what she did! It's all show biz folks, even "religious" music. Christianity was never supposed to be big business but it is. True Christianity is not a business.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Sybaris

    Be thankful that the Bible doesn't say that true believers can defecate on mailboxes.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Parris

    Who knows what wondrous gift, including the gift of music and worship and praise to God , contributed to who katy is today? I am impressed that she doesn't hide her gifts or seem ashamed of her parents who love God. More young people like her would be awesome...I've seen her "modelling" and she looks great.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  162. andy

    Good to know Katy's parents are just as delusional as mine. We're kindred spirits, maybe she will squirt some of that whip cream this direction.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Brooke

    seconded. I used to like her but she just becomes stranger and more hypocritical the more she opens her mouth. For a woman who makes out with chicks and shoots whip creams out of her bra in music videos she always in other peoples business religion wise and telling them how "using jesus's image for satire is blasphomy".

    August 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      yes, it is hypocritical, but she deserves a plus because she realizes that God and religion is sacred and should not be treated like crap, unlike gaga and madonna.

      August 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chandler02

      I agree Katy is a hypocrite. Religion has been the greatest source of art in all mediums for centuries now. Also, Madonna and Gaga are both Catholic. It is perfectly reasonable for artists to make statements about their own faith. Where Katy goes wrong is demanding that others stick to her own unique interpretation of what Christianity is. I am sure there are many Christians who think it goes against the Bible's teachings to sing about kissing girls, etc. Practice your own faith, let others practice theirs.

      August 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhYea?

      And yes, I am generalizing against Christians – which is wrong, there are good people who practice Christianity. But take a hint from Anne Rice – you are better off not being identified as one. It unfortunately, as some or most religions do, pretends to promote community, love and acceptance, and quite honestly does the exact opposite.

      August 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petey

      Oh, please spare us, Brooke. It's just as hypocritical to claim that you were deceived the Hollywood entertainment BS machine, which exists solely to create fantasy as an escape from real life. If you really cared about hypocrisy, you wouldn't accept stars at face value in the first place. The only reason you do is to be deceived; you're not just a participant in the hypocrisy you now deride – you're the instigator.

      Put your bib on and help your self to a nice hot bowl of Hypocrite Soup, missy.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BewdyCall

      Actually, Brooke, they're ALL hypocritical – the fact that they are even pursuing fame & fortune in the first place is wrong in the sight of GOD and has nothing whatsoever to do with glorifying HIS Name here on earth, e.g.:
      – – – – – – – – – –
      I Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
      Ecc 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
      Ecc 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
      Mat 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
      I Tim 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
      – – – – – – –
      I could go on (and on and on) but you get the idea ...

      August 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  164. devon


    August 2, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      LOL! Terry, please tell me that was sarcastic. Or else I am creeping whimperingly away to hide in a corner and pray for the world.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sly

      She's marrying Russel Brand, she has to be a little out there. I didn't expect this tongues nonsense, but still...

      August 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren from North Texas

      Terry, I do hope you know that snakes are venomous. If they were poisonous all of us could handle them without being harmed.

      Also, why does her gift to Brand belong in this article? Seems like they stuck it in randomly just to add more bull to the article.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe thurber

      what a total idiot!!!!!!!!!

      August 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenny

      i agree, wierdo !, lol

      August 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry from West Texas

      Mark 16: 17-18
      17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BewdyCall

      @Terrty: Actually, that verse you just referred to is symbolic, not literal, as is much of the Scripture found in the Bible. You have to be VERY careful what you take literally. The "taking up of serpents" means the dealing with "snakes in the grass", aka "wolves in sheep's clothing", aka evil people (the "workers of iniquity") who are "of their father the devil". And the "poison" is the lies they tell. In other words, it means that true followers of GOD are immune to false prophets and those who worship satan. But hey, don't take my word for it. Go grab a rattler and shake its tail. Then come back and tell us how that worked out for ya, huh? ;)P

      August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Terry, there are a couple specific incidents of "speaking in tongues" in the Bible. There is no clear indication that the handling of poisonous snakes, speaking in "tongues", etc., is evidence/proof of one being a true Christian.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johan S

      Terry, Actually it doesn't say the snakes are venomous (at least not the passage in Luke in the edition I am looking at) or that the snakes themselves have to be venomous (but obviously there would have to be something that makes it unique or dangerous to non Christians). It does say that they can drink poisons and not be harmed, so ok then if you are a true Christian you would be able to drink poison and it won't do anything to you. Anyway I wish someone does an independently verifiable scientific study on that. By the way I heard that as long as a person (Christian or not) doesn't have any cuts in his mouth or GI tract, he can drink many snake venoms and not be harmed (venom molecules are too big to get absorbed through the GI tract).

      August 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chere

      Lauren from North Texas No not all snakes are Vemonous.

      Terry from West Texas The bible states that wveryone has differing gifts. It states that although the lord would like for all to have the gift of tounges that different gifts will be for different people, because if all have the gift of tounges and a non-believer walks in how will he hear the word of the lord.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAB

      @Terry - Unfortunately, you have fallen for a very common mistake. A true Christian will have those signs following them, that is the truth. The mistake is your belief that if you see those signs, you are looking at a true Christian. That is like saying "Cars have 4 wheels", therefore, if it has 4 wheels, it is a car. A Christian will have those signs following, but just because you see those signs, don't think you are seeing a Christian.

      @BewtyCall - True, there is some symbolism to that verse, but if you look at the Apostle Paul, you will find that the verse can be interpreted quite literally.

      August 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemack

      What a boatload of crap! Somebody babbling is either drunk or on drugs, not "talking to god".

      August 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren from North Texas

      Chere- you're entirely correct, I should have been more specific. I was referring to poisonous versus venomous. Poison needs to be ingested or absorbed, while venom is injected (Though one species that I know of can 'spray' their venom as a defensive irritant)

      August 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      terry – i am a christian and am studying apologetcs. you need to do research. the section of the bible you are referring to (about speaking in tongues, taking up serpents, drinking poison), which is Mark 9-20, should be discounted as all of our earliest known manuscripts omit that section entirely – it is most likely a section added in later manuscripts. The true ending of Mark appears to be lost (perhaps that ending section of the earliest scroll had been lost or deteriorated). Do not be discouraged – all mainstream scholars today (even those that are not Christian) believe that over 95% of the Bible we have today is accurate based on all known evidences and manuscripts; however, there are a few (very few, but you hit on one of them) parts that do not correspond to any of the earliest manuscript evidence and all recent Bible translations either omit those sections or clearly indicate their "questionability". The King James Version still has this with no indications, but its an old translation – all newer translations based on true scholarly research do highlight this textual problem. God bless.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      sorry – I meant this is Mark 16:9-20 (I forgot the chapter)

      August 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      oh, and for those interested in studying more on this – read Bruce Metzger (he was one of the most pre-eminent authorities on biblical textual criticism) – for example, his book "A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (Stuttgart, 1971)", pages 122-126 and "The Canon of the New Testament: its Origin, Development, and Significance (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)", pp. 269-270

      August 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Dean

      I grew up in a house similar to that, though i'm not a minister's son. The church folk would dance around and talk in tongues, and when the evangelist would come to town he would drive me insane with his "repent now or burn forever in hell sinner!"

      August 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Lauren – for the love of God, please stop being so pedantic. Venom is poison. If it weren't poisonous it wouldn't be venom. Venomous means capable of inflicting a poisoned bite, sting, or wound.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZIna

      Good for Katy!! Good for her for not being ashame to let everyone know!!!

      August 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BewdyCall

      @JAB: Yes, I appreciate what you are saying, brother, however, the Holy Bible is still man's written "version" of The LORD's original Word. Even the King James Version is still just a "version" (refer Joe's comments above). And for centuries, that very same Bible has been translated and then re-translated into several DIFFERENT "versions", all with, guess what? TOTALLY DIFFERENT WORDING!!!! Did The LORD HIMself not say (through Darius the King) that we are not to alter HIS WORD?
      So, in other words, unless you are quoting directly from original manuscripts written by those who were in HIS presence when HE first uttered them, in HIS original language as spoken, I'll take MY Word direct from The Source, if it's all the same to you. GOD bless. 🙂 FTR: I'm baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit. I pray in tongues, too. Still ain't grabbin' no rattlers, though ...

      August 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stranger in Strange Land

      Joe's comment is complete garbage. "all mainstream scholars today (even those that are not Christian) believe that over 95% of the Bible we have today is accurate based on all known evidences and manuscripts." I'd like to a source for that.

      August 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Boston

      OK then! Freaks!!!

      August 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nichole

      I kissed a girl and I liked it...just sayn 😉

      August 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nichole

      Not to sound stupid, but where in the bible exactly does it say this is a true christian and this is how you find them? I would imagine at the time the bible was written there weren't many "fake" christians to speak of... and you would think if the bible was gonna tell you anything it would be the where abouts of Jesus...people been lookin for him for years and can't find him

      August 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vee

      Gross! She is going to marry that guy...He looks dirty; like his balls smell like a swamp!

      She could do much better.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Dude

      The bible states that "Speaking in Tongues" means that EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND the speaker. There is no need for an interpreter. Anybody who speaks so that noone can understand in possessed by a demon!

      Acts 2: A crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. ...How is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? ...We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"

      August 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mtka

      Terry – it's that kind of judgemental behavior exhibited by so many Chistians that drove me away from the faith. I attended 11 years of Catholic school. The bible is nothing more than a history book that has been changed over the years to suit the times. And I'm sure if Christ was alive today he would be appalled at how people interpret the bible to suit their own agendas.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • pilgrimsoul

      FYI, Joe's comments are NOT complete garbage. While I don't have a source for the 95% of scholars comment, in terms of ancient literature, such as the Iliad, the Odessy, Plato, etc., the Bible has the best accuracy in terms of manuscript transmission. While I'm going from memory, the Iliad only has around 11 ancient copies, while the Bible has hundreds. The Dead Sea Scrolls showed that while there were minor differences between those ancient texts and the ones we had at the time they were discovered (almost 2000 years!), next to none of them significantly changed the meaning of the text in any way. Of course, whether you believe what the Bible says is a matter of faith, but in terms of whether the text we have today adheres to the ancient texts, there is good scientific support for accuracy in that sense.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honest Abe

      If stupidity were cool Katy Perry would be Elvis.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHRIKE

      Now we know why Katy Perry is a moron. It's genetic.

      August 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • cornboy72

      Terry. Go into the desert and find a rattler and let me know how being a true christian works out for you.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrea

      Yes, weirdo, and Terry.... you need mental help of some kind... counseling, therapy ... a shrink... anything.
      Oh and speaking in tongues referred to a person who was speaking , and those of all languages could understand. This is another example of how a verse has been used as doctrine, without as much as reading the rest of the chapter.
      By the way, I believe none of the garbage anymore, thankfully.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry from West Texas

      1. On the 95% of the Bible is faithfully transmitted from ancient sources idea... so what? It was nonsense in the beginning and it is still nonsense. Most of Christian theology is an effort to make sense out of nonsense.

      The original teaching of Jesus had entirely to do with enticing God to come to earth and establish His kingdom on earth and throw out the Romans. Jesus fully expected God to do just that when he entered Jerusalem in his mock parade. He must have been more surprised than anyone when he was summarily executed.

      Then the first Christians taught that Jesus was returning within the lifetimes of those who had known him, but after a few centuries that idea wore out.

      Then Constantine got sick of all the debating so he ordered a Bible assembled and a church established, so Christianity became Catholicism – a whole new faith with startling new concepts like the infallibility of the Pope, the trinity, etc.

      Then, Martin Luther got sick of Catholicism so we got Protestantism, which is a watered-down, disorganized version of Catholicism.

      Then, Protestantism morphed into televangelism where ministers learned how to really make the celestial cash register ring for them. They don't handle serpents any more, but they cast out imaginary demons and heal the healthy bodies of their hired shills.

      2. As for the handling of serpents being a "symbolic" passage, that is Christian theology kicking in to make sense out of nonsense. Whenever a verse is obvious crap, it is plumbed for its "symbolic" meaning. How do Christians cherry-pick those "symbolic" verses out from the "literal" ones? Why isn't being "born again" a literal description of reincarnation? Why isn't the story of Adam and Eve symbolic? Why isn't the story of God giving Solomon a thousand wives as reward for his wisdom symbolic? Or are they.

      Read the Bible with fresh eyes, as if you were a man from Mars who has never heard of God. You will be stunned with its contents – and I don't mean that in a good way.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MDS

      Anyone who speaks in toungues needs to be committed, it's called being delusional.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cross

      Terry from West Texas,, Hey just to keep you from grabbing Venomous Snakes.. read the 1 corinthians 12-14 we Christians receive some not all the gifts. how the Holy Spirit Desires Necessary.. The Scripture you use is accurate but view in the context of the whole devine word.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I went to a christian college..they are all wacked. Depressed people with complex issues and simple idealogy. Most of them can't speak proper english or think, let alone understand another language. (hint: it is usually jibberish)

      August 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I don't think anything Kate Perry sings about is very Christian. Obviously her parent's didn't do a good job passing on their faith.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • moe

      Why is this weird, because you think it it. It is strange to me that nothing can be said about muslims, or Jewish people but we can make fun of Christians and other God fearing people and think it is all right. I accept that relegion just like I accept other God centered relegions.

      I guess they are the only ones left that morons make make fun of.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      @Terry – I hope that you realize that the "Bible" is a hoax, foisted upon us by the government and the Freemasons, bent on controlling our thoughts and actions through allegory. There is an intense government focus on spreading this "Bible" in Texas and the Deep South. Be careful what you read.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DutchMom

      Speaking in tongues is part of many penecostal churches - it is real, and it is amazing. I have been in a room with it and the love, power and clearness of the Holy Spirit is palpable and amazing. As a teen, in reinforced my Christianity. Twisted people use the gift for selfish, sometimes evil purposes. It sounds like her parents use it as a divine gift, as intended. This is all Bible-based...please be respectful. Kind thanks.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry from West Texas

      The west Texas deserts are home to a lot of rattlesnakes, but they are shy and would much rather run than fight – like me. I have only handled one, which had taken up residence in my garage. It slithered behind lawn mowers and workbenches while I chased it down. It took about an hour because I was being so careful. I knew that the snake would strike me if it could. I finally pinned it down with a mop handle and carried it out to the desert where it belonged.

      Early Christian evangelists, I have read, would handle snakes, drink "poison," cast out demons, and cure the psychosomatic illnesses of hysterical hayseeds. Modern evangelists prefer snake oil to snakes. Personally, I think rattlesnakes are safer than the evangelists. You can trust a snake. Snakes are honest.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2minus2

      Actually the Bible says exactly how to identify true Christians: John 13:35, (...if you have love among yourselves.) By the way, the "tongues" mentioned in the Bible were the miraculous gift given by God to true believers that allowed them to speak other languages, and thus spread the good news to all the language groups at that time in their Roman/middle eastern world. No longer useful so it went away. The babble that churchgoers today call "tongues" is just that, babble. All it does is draw attention to the person, i.e, people like Perry's family.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
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    • AceRider

      Terry From West Texas is my hero! That's good stuff, sir, good stuff.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |

      I don't speak or believe in tongues but I don't have problems with those who do. She's cool, other than being with this Russel Brand jerk...

      August 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Religion poisons everything.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • straightKS

      Guys, she's a POP STAR with Xtian minister parents from CALIFORNIA... did you not expect strange stories to be told at some point?

      August 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      I had spoken in tongues once, but all that came out was, "YABA DABA DO."

      August 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Nutsy

      Hey, Terry, prove your worth and go grab a whole big handful of snakes! Make sure you really shake em up good and put them close to your face! Religion is a crutch for the weak and weak-minded and a tool for the church to dictate how you live.

      August 3, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • jpl89

      Terry, why don't you handle some of those poisonous snakes. Take a good whiff of cyanide while you're at it. Do us all a favor and find out if you're a "true Christian."

      August 3, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • @ VEE

      how dyu know what they smell like?????

      August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      It is funny how people pick and choose what they will follow from the bible. Example, it also says in the bible to not to wear bright clothes (this is why the Amish wear black) Yet, today many devout drive red cars, wear makeup, "bright" color clothes etc.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |

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