This Is What You Have to Yell to Make Jesus Come to Life

Howard Storm was one of those “educated college professors” who didn’t believe in God… until he had a really weird out-of-body experience and visited Hell. Now he’s here to say that you, too, can stop being educated like him, if you only give yourself up to Jesus!

Highlight comes at the 9:48 mark, where he tells us what you have to yell if you want Jesus to come alive. (I guess standing in a dark bathroom and saying “Jesus” fives times in front of a mirror doesn’t do the trick.)

Tried it. Didn’t work. My neighbors are staring at me awkwardly, though…

I love how even the host and his wife think this guy is delusional… it’s totally just my interpretation, but if you view it through that lens, it makes the whole segment that much more entertaining.

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Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Dude needs a therapist not religion. Talk about some deep-seated issues regarding personal worth.

  • A3Kr0n

    God is in the LOVE business. You have a choice to choose God’s love, or burn in Hell for eternity. I had to stop the video there. Nothing more to see.

  • Mikel

    Thing is, when I was in the process of leaving religion I did something very much like what he advised. Almost needless to say, it didn’t work. It’s the sort of thing that will only work if you are already convinced it has worked. Doing it skeptically is certain to not work.

  • VA

    This fellow saw a dream and want’s us to see the same dream.

  • ShoeUnited

    The image preview of the video makes me think “I caught a Jesus thiiiis big!”

  • Malcolm McLean

    He had a near death experience, which is quite common, and perceived it as a vision of Hell. The college campus environment is very morally toxic, and it’s quite possible that he knew, at bottom, that that was the case.

    But it’s right to be sceptical of this sort of presentation.

  • trj

    The college campus environment is very morally toxic

    Yeah, all that knowledge and learning and stuff. Just awful. Moral poison.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Nah, I think it’s because they use words that “belong” to Christians, which is like stealing or something.

  • Makoto

    One of my main goals in life is to get my neighbors to stare at me awkwardly… but not enough that I’m willing to listen to this guy.

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  • revyloution

    What’s wrong with the ladies lower eyelids? They seem permanently stuck in the closed position.

    Beyond that, she looked like she was high..

  • Mogg

    Oh look, it worked!

  • Anymouse

    Go, and sin no more (or less).

  • Oranje

    “The college campus environment is very morally toxic…”

    Simple. Don’t go to Liberty University. Problem solved.

  • DesertSun59

    He’s hilarious. I’ve had about a dozen out of body experiences, some of which I was able to MAKE HAPPEN. It’s not all that rare and it’s been a part of our historical record.

    Out of body experiences do not prove any heaven or any hell. They do not prove astral realms nor do they disprove it. They are simply a phenomena that humans can have or invoke.

    This man’s reference to Bronze Age myths as being ‘real’ is nothing other than his NOT understanding what an OOBE is or how to control them.

    I pity this man. He’s a moron.

  • Holytape

    I did not watch the video. But I assume to get Jesus to come that you have to yell “Yabba-Dabba Do!”

  • Brian

    “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Well…who can argue with logic like THAT?

  • Kodie

    But you don’t know you don’t know what you don’t know.

  • SeekerLancer

    Holy crap it’s Reverend Sergeant Slaughter.

  • SeekerLancer

    Have you ever been to a real college and not just seen one in a movie?

  • C Peterson

    I’m an atheist who doesn’t think all believers are idiots. But I do believe that each person participating in this video is an idiot.

    This just reinforces my belief that religiosity is a form of mental illness. We have here a person who experienced a physical trauma, and it resulted in psychological trauma. The physical problem was fixed; the mental problems remain.

    With the right therapy, his mind could be repaired.

  • baal

    15 minute of christians going nut job and the OBE guy’s distracting jowls (I was having jello fun poke jelly memories and it was the majority of the motion in the clip) and you’re on about the women’s lower eyelids when she was barely on the camera?

  • baal

    Stop shouting. It's loud to me and god must have better hearing than I do. If his divinity can't hear a whisper, he is just as likely not there at all.

  • Steve UK

    As crazy as a box of frogs, not just him!

  • Tel

    All that stuff about “Please, Jesus, come into my life!” at the 9:48 mark? I’ve done that. I did it and I redid it, sincerely and wholly, and I believed that he came. My life did change for the better. I loved it. I loved knowing this Jesus.

    I’m an atheist now. It was a delusion. “Jesus” was a false explanation provided when people helped me with their own words and when I felt high thanks to having friends, the hypnotic songs, etc..

  • Houndentenor

    Maybe he figures that at 2,000 years old, Jesus is a little hard of hearing by now.

  • Taz

    “Jesus, please come into my life. I’ve been a rotten person and I don’t know why you’d touch a piece of filth like me.”
    This guy needs a therapist more than an imaginary friend.

  • Joshua Pierce

    What subject did he teach as an “atheist professor”? Biology? Social science? Psychology?

    None of the above. He was apparently one of those “strident atheist” art professors.

    Not that an atheist can’t become a christian, but I think a lot of the stuff you see in clips like this are fakes. The stories are always so by the book.

    Oh he was a college professor (all of whom are atheists), then he had a life changing experence (that any rational thinker understands has a natural explanation), then he drives away all the people in his life with his preaching (because clearly no one else he knows is a christian), and finally he writes a book and hits the religious show circuit.

    It would be more impressive if he had hard evidence and this kind of thing didn’t pop up constantly in the christian community.

  • Georgina

    I am confused, he dreamt he went to hell, hell is real, so now he worships Lucifer right?
    If not, why not?

  • Mitch

    “If you don’t believe in god, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a god. You’ve got a god, and your god is you. You think you’re god.”

    Hate to break it to you, man, but I have too much self-respect to think I’m god.

  • Mitch

    That makes two of us.

  • Jeff

    All I can say to this is JESUS!

  • Artor

    That’s not true. I know perfectly well that I don’t know what I don’t know. I just don’t know for sure that I know for sure what I know for sure.

  • aaa

    “”I caught an altar boy thiiiis big!”

  • b s

    And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,…

    Bill Withers, “Ain’t No Sunshine”

  • Michael W Busch

    No, religiosity is not a mental illness. Stop equating the two.

  • Ryan Hite

    ….. This is entirely subjective, just like faith and religion in general. There is no absolute.

  • C Peterson

    I think you’re wrong.

  • Michael W Busch

    Mental illnesses and mental disorders have specific diagnostic criteria and are ultimately rooted in neurology.

    Religiosity is any of a very large number of wrong beliefs that are determined primarily by the culture in which a person has lived.

    They are not the same thing.

  • Zugswang

    Wrong denomination. :P

  • Mandy

    This guy smacks of fraudulence to me. No good skeptic would ever claim to know everything.

  • Kodie

    One of my ex-bosses used to say this often. He would say, “you don’t know what you don’t know, but you don’t know you don’t know what you don’t know.”

    Two categories exist – things that are on your radar, yet you acknowledge you have limited knowledge or experience, and things that aren’t even on your radar that you only find out when someone tells you what it’s like in their world. He had a few other platitudes as well. I really think in his field of expertise, he was a bit ignorant, a bit biased about his own concerns, and yet if he was thrown a curve, he’d always allow for things that had never come up before and he was just finding out. This was his version of “pobody’s nerfect.” Kind of a shrug. Instead of becoming flabbergasted and affected, i.e. “I had no idea!”, he’s calmly brush it off like a buddha.

  • C Peterson

    Diagnostic criteria change. Homosexuality used to be considered a mental illness. Addictions not.

    I believe religiosity is rooted in a combination of neurology and culture. Religiosity leads to bad personal choices, and damages both the individual and society. It is curable by therapeutic methods. I believe it is best viewed as a form of mental illness.

    In some cases, it is quite a trivial disorder. In others, like the guy in this video, it is a serious mental illness, brought on by trauma.

  • Sideshow Billybob

    “Cake or death?”

  • JMD

    There is recent exploration into neurology that hints you are wrong: It’s quite possible that religiosity is indicative of a neuro-chemical disorder, which may be curable.

  • m6wg4bxw

    If some anonymous authors had written about Howard Storm’s supposed experience decades after it happened, would it be more or less convincing?

    For what it’s worth, a Nigerian woman in a Christian chat room once told me that she personally witnessed a demon-possessed woman give birth to a scorpion and a turtle. In my opinion, her testimony was better than anything Howard Storm said.

  • Michael W Busch

    It is curable by therapeutic methods

    No, religiosity is not an illness to be “cured”. Nor do people become non-religious because of “therapeutic methods”. People primarily become non-religious because of education and culture.

    Cut out the false equivalency.

  • Michael W Busch

    That is not someone saying “religiosity is indicative of a neuro-chemical disorder”.

    Kathleen Taylor was discussing the set of psychological techniques that are described as “brainwashing” and their role in religious fundamentalism. People having been deliberately indoctrinated into a particular fundamentalist sect is not the same as “religiosity”.

    And also notice the difference between the article headline and what Taylor actually said. She referred to “mental disturbance”, not “mental illness”. The terms have distinct (although sometimes overlapping) meanings.

  • Hat Stealer

    There are many extremist Christians in our country (and many more people of different faiths in the rest of the world) who I would say are mentally ill, simply because of the way religion has altered their brain chemistry. It’s not necessarily socially disabling, but I would consider their delusions, often coupled with an extreme lack of empathy, to be marks of some form of mental illness, similar to a serial killer.

    The only thing I disagree with C Peterson on is the idea that religion can be cured. We don’t understand the brain well enough to repair these people, in my opinion. For example, I doubt the man in the video could ever be cured within our lifetime, either through therapy or medication. And besides, I’m not sure I would be comfortable with such an approach ethically.

  • Michael W Busch

    who I would say are mentally ill

    You are using the term “mental illness” to mean something that it does not. Don’t do that.

  • Octoberfurst

    It’s a right-wing Christian thing. They love to tell how worthless and miserable they were before they met Jesus. When I was a Christian I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I heard preachers say that we are ALL rotten, worthless sinners and that God is doing us a favor by accepting us via Jesus because we “deserve” Hell.

  • C Peterson

    The only thing I disagree with C Peterson on is the idea that religion can be cured.

    I’d modify that slightly, to say it can’t be reliably cured. We do understand an effective method of curing it- education and discussion. Plenty of people in forums like this will recognize the value of that method, because it cured them. Indeed, this is fundamentally similar to many types of therapy used to treat mental illnesses. Of course, like many therapeutic techniques, it is only effective on those who come to it willingly… and the nature of the illness tends to limit that.

    We don’t yet have a pharmaceutical cure, although I believe we might in the not too distant future.

  • Matt Bowyer

    Some choice, huh?

  • Matt Bowyer

    I almost did. Luckily, I went to a real university across town. (Lynchburg College, go Hornets!)

  • TheGunslinger

    He said he was arrogant before he had his experience. If this is not arrogance I do not know what the word “arrogant” means can someone help me understand? Minute 13:20, “I know I am going to heaven”. This whole video is so funny. Is this real? Are the people sitting on the stage serious? Is the audience serious? How can someone honestly sit there and say they KNOW?

  • Tel

    Indeed. I don’t know why he assumes that no atheists ever believed.

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  • TheGunslinger

    I had to double check the definition of “arrogant”. I am a bit confused now by this picture. For some reason I just cannot stop laughing.

    I guess this goes hand-in-hand with faith in science or faith in Atheism. This may not be a good comparison using the word “faith” to ascribe to the word “arrogant”.

  • revyloution

    Sorry, just caught my eye.