November 28th, 2007
09:10 PM ET
15 years ago

Question #969: Do you believe every word in the Bible?


Joseph Dearing from Dallas, Texas

(CNN) - Joseph Dearing from Dallas, Texas asks: Do you believe every word of this book? And I mean specifically, this book that I am holding in my hand. Do you believe this book?

What did you think about the candidates' response to the question? What would you have asked? Add your comment below, or better yet, turn on your camera to record your commentary and reaction video and send in your I-Report. Your comments below or you I-Report video could be part of CNN's post-debate coverage.


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  1. Shuge, Las Vegas, NV

    huckabee's response was right on. if you understand everything in the Good Book, your God is too small. that is one of the most genuinely honest answers on Biblical interpretation i have ever heard from ANY politician. my respect for him just skyrocketed.

    November 28, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. ronnie knoxville, tn.

    this guy and the guy with the What would Jesus do question are creepy fundamentalists and not representive of very many Americans.

    November 28, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Brian, Syracuse, NY

    Why haven't the Candidates been asked any of the questions voted on as the top ten yet? This is complete bs. Why even ask people to vote on the questions if they are going to hand pick ones they want to ask. Complete false advertisement. I love how you guys tried to catch Ron Paul up in the "conspiracy issue". In fact these organizations are completely real!!

    November 28, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. joe, Orlando FL

    They didn't let ron paul answer this question even though it was supposed to be for everyone.

    November 28, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Jon Boise Idaho

    Why is this debate couched in Religion? Who picks these questions? Religion ios at the base of many social problems we face. Is this a religous debate or is it supposed to be about governement?

    November 28, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. cathy, boston

    Romney just started.

    November 28, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Kevin, New Haven, CT

    Joseph Dearing is obviously an undereducated person with extremists ideas. Extremists Christians are a small minority in our country, and they are very similar to extremists Muslims... and just as dangerous! I am a registered Democrat. I will not be voting for any of these Republican candidates, but I was impressed with Guiliana's answer. He put into context the allegorical nature of the Christian Bible. Huckabee's response was adequate as well.

    November 28, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Josh, Middletown, PA

    What a question that really showed the candidates' differences. So much was said–not just in their words–but in their phrasing, body language, and comfortability. It is obvious who has a real understanding of what the Bible is about and it is also obvious who does not want to make a definitive statement on it.

    November 28, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Charlette Glass, Chubbuck Idaho

    I feet the candidates answered it very well. The United States was founded and built on the belief in God and I feel that it's very important to have a President that also believes in God. It's time that God is brought back into many facets of life in the United States.

    November 28, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Greg Wilson, Austin, Texas

    I don't know where Joseph Dearing was coming from when he asked this question, but I am disturbed by the notion that a person naive enough to believe every word of the bible could be seriously considered as a candidate for the most powerful job on the planet. Mythology, superstitious prophecy, and the legal code of an ancient society of xenophobes should NOT be guiding the executive branch (or any other branch of our government.) Shall we start stoning rape victims to death, or reinstitute slavery? It is right there in Leviticus

    November 28, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. NAVYCRUZER, PENSACOLA, FL

    NO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE CAN BELIEVE EVERY WORD IN THE BIBLE IF HE SAYS HE IS PRO LIFE AND THEN TURN AROUND AND SAYS HE SUPPORTS THE DEATH PENALTY.

    November 28, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. John

    Everyone skirted the question execpt Huckabee.

    November 28, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Brandon, TN

    Does separation of church and state mean anything these days? This issue does not belong in this debate; does not belong in a president's campaign; does not belong in our government. People who believe in other books of faith are offended by the representation of only one religion in this political race.

    November 28, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Vince, NY

    In case you people haven't noticed, religion is responsible for about 90% of the world's problems right now. It is not atheists who are killing our troops and flying planes into our buildings. America must be very careful not to go down the same path.

    Remember those books were written over a thousand years ago – when there was little developed civilization or law, and its purpose was to scare people into line. Put the book down, especially if it tells you that it is OK to kill others in the name of your "god".

    November 28, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. olivia - sa - texas

    Have trust and believe.

    November 28, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Jaik , chicago, IL

    If any of these guys are dumb enough to think the world was made in 6 days, or 1/2 the crap in that book, its no suprise they were dumb enough to believe or pretend to believe in WMD in Iraq, and none of them have any business holding the key to the weapons of armegedeon as Commander in Cheif

    November 28, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Paul, CA

    This guy looks like one of those cult leader dudes. I hope somebody is keeping an eye on him so we don't hear about a story on the news anytime soon about a bunch of people killing themselves to try to ride a comet.

    November 28, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. Ralph Platt, Bradenton, Florida

    I do believe in the Bible, maybe not every single word as the question posed, but the Bible does set basic standards, as does the Koran and several other religious texts. At the same time I have to wonder why the American public places some much emphasis on the religious background and character of our elected officials while demanding the separation of church and state in any context.

    November 28, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. Elaine, Colorado Springs, CO

    Why are we allowing discussion of religious beliefs? Why does it matter whether a candidate believes in the bible? This is just wrong!! Religion has no place whatsoever in this debate or in this election or in who we choose to be president. It's insulting.

    November 28, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. The truth, elizabethtown, Kentucky

    They fumbled on this one, ...wanted to stay with the god vote but did not want seem too stupid to believe everything in the bible, what bs.

    November 28, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Elaine, Colorado Springs, CO

    This country was not founded on Christian beliefs or in a belief in God. Native American Indians were here first.

    November 28, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Joe, Phoenix, Arizona

    Listen, if you believed everything in the Bible, you would have to stone people who worked on the Sabbath, stone your daughter if she is found not to be a virgin on her wedding night, stone your sons and daughters if they take up atheism or another religion. I don't know if we have enough stones in America to cover all the ridiculous laws of the Bible.

    Seriously though, keep religion out of politics. You know what a society looks like when the fundamentalists take over? Just take a look at Iran, Saudi Arabia (who recently decided to punish the victim of a gang rape), and Sudan (40 lashes for naming a teddy bear Mohammad).

    November 28, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. Amy los osos cal

    FOR ALL OF YOU THAT SAY WAIT ITS WRONG TO BRING UP THE BIBLE, BECAUSE IT MADE THEM LOOK LIKE IDIOTS TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING IN A BOOK THAT WAS OVER 2 THOUSAND YRS OLD THATS WHY BUT!!! IF ONE SAID THEY WERE ATHEIST YOU WOULD BE CRYING TO MOTHER TERESA RIGHT NOW!!!

    November 28, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. Aaron, Urbana, Illinois

    This is a democracy not a theocracy.

    November 28, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Leonard S. Pacholec MD Tampa Fl

    We are talking about religon BECAUSE it is our constitutionl right to be able to talk and practice religon NOT the other way around. By the way even the Lakota believed in a higher power.

    November 28, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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