'It's All God': Interview with Dennis Quaid

The star talks about exploring other faiths--and how his core belief in Jesus helped him rebuild his life.

Lolcat

11/24/2008 09:10:45 AM

This interview operates under the assumption there is a God. Laughable.

Kerrilyn

01/26/2007 01:07:28 AM

I don't think God is any ONE religion. People push the idea that their path is the one and only path - whether they know anything about other faiths or not - or even very much about their own, in some instances. People, you practice the way you want to practice, and I'll do the same. Dennis, you're alright. Your relationship with God is just that: YOUR relationship. If that's good enough for God and for you, then don't pay attention to those who try to control through intimidation, guilt or fear. Let's all try to be tolerant and respectful of everyone else's beliefs and stay open-minded enough to realize that there is perhaps a chance that our views may not be the end-all, be-all of what God has in mind for all human beings. We all have a different journey to travel. Maybe God is taking Dennis down a different path than he is taking you. That's okay. Just fill the world with your love and light, do something to help someone else today, and pray that we all find the right way.

Henry7

01/24/2007 01:51:51 PM

Dennis obviously did not research Buddhist very closely... as there is no creator god anywhere. He needs to meditate more and seek help from outside imaginary friends less. Keep searching Dennis... keep searching !!!

barblee

02/10/2006 09:20:41 AM

airpower1; right on. You can not love God, follow Him and be liberal in your thinking. Being a Christian makes us very selective in our thinking and our behavior and in our lifestyle.

STARZZZZZ

02/02/2006 12:22:56 AM

Hello dennis i believe that if you stay positive and focused anything can happen i do know this being apart of NA changed my life and learning to love and let be loved help me grow it's amazing how one person can have such a profound impact on your life being jewish by birth and bassically raising myself since i was 14 you learn to put thing's in your life that make you feel good i love many aspects of the jewish faith even speak alittle the prayer or oi vie but some of the non denomnational religon has also had a huge impact on my life serono hills and saddle back i love the music the angels and the positive energy it brings so if it feels good do it is my belief

wnderer

01/04/2006 11:45:39 AM

Dennis Quaid has one thing right. It is all about God, or Universal Love, or Spirit, or Energy...however you define It. Religions were formed as a result of societal influences at the time of their inceptions. an angry God got an angry religion. More people have been, and still are killed over religion than any other force concieved by man. I believe in Jesus, but my God allows everyone home, not just some of us. There are many paths that lead ton Home.

airpower1

12/29/2005 11:46:33 AM

Wow...I am always amazed by the posts here. If a person denies the deity of Jesus he is "inclusive" and "tollerant", on the other hand, if he stands on the Word that Jesus is the Son of God he is labeled narrow minded or intollerant. Well, I didn't write the book, and Jesus himself declared he is the SOn of God. The Bible simply states that Jesus's death on the cross and belief in that sacrifice through faith, is the only sacrifice God will accept. For a person to say that they are a Christian and equate equivelance between other religions and faith in Christ is to deny that sacrifice. Hey, I didn't write the Book if you don't like it complain to God. Jesus himself said that he would divide people on this, but we all have to choose what we belive. By the way it is not "intollerant" to believe that Jesus is the only name by which a man must be saved, it is scriptual and called haveing convictions.

cpklapper

12/24/2005 03:27:24 AM

Clarifying some issues: 1. please read Surah 9 before claiming that Islam is tolerant. 2. Islam comes after and clearly rejects the Hebraic divinity, YHWH or "I AM THAT I AM", in favor of a generic Hindu/Arabic god. As such, it is claiming that Moses did not get the identity of God right. 3. Jesus(Yahshua) means literally "salvation of YHWH", so saying that no one comes to (is friend with) the Father(YHWH the Creator) but by the Yahshua (YHWH the Savior) is asserting, among other things, that Yahshua is the embodiment of his name through a friendship with YHWH. That is, salvation consists of "walking with YHWH" and is available to anybody anywhere in time and space if, indeed, YHWH is truly God.

Bravo88

12/05/2005 06:40:07 PM

Christianity, Judaism and Islam all claim Abraham as a forefather but they are not the same faiths. Judaism is based on the 10 commandments and they are waiting for the Messiah to come. Jesus, to them, is not the Messiah. Christianity is based upon Judaism, in having the Old Testament, but Jesus is acknowledged as the Lord, as the Messiah, as the one who came to die on the cross for all of our sins. Islam is more like Judaism in having and focusing on laws, they consider Jesus a prophet, may even have some incorrect beliefs about Jesus' birth and their view of GOD is different too.

Bravo88

12/05/2005 06:34:22 PM

I think before one makes comments on the compatability or lack thereof between religions they should at least research the subject. As a more moderate example, surely you would all laugh if I claimed that hockey was the same as football and soccer and tennis because on close observation of each of these sports, it is abundantly clear that they have similarities but are not the same. Simply learn about each religion and then you could substitute their names for one of the above sports and it would become just as clear that almost no religion is alike. Even within relgions/faiths there are differences among believers. Catholics versus Eastern Orthodox versus Protestants. They are not the same though they share a common source.

Uriah_fan

11/29/2005 04:07:08 PM

Still, there is no way to deny that Christ of the Gospels is not the same as the many Buddha's and their belief systems, or the pantheon of Hindu deities, or the entirely different message in the Qur'an about Jesus Himself. Tolerance and acceptance are seperated by as wide a chasm as it gets. But respect is the same for every single person that practices peace and a nonviolent religion. In that world all religious and benevolent peoples can live free and long lives indeed. And that is the best part of tolerance.

Premika

11/26/2005 11:50:46 AM

Quite true that there's not that much difference between Christians and Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists in the end. We all worship God in different ways, and all are human beings. If we would focus more on how we're alike rather than different, and not quibble about whose religion is better than whose, things would be a lot different. A lot of people feel that understanding other religions has affected their faith in a positive way. It's all good--it's all God!

jhrobbins

11/26/2005 03:52:35 AM

Tx Whisper You wrote: Alas, perhaps it isn't Mr. Quaid's knowledge of his own Bible and Jesus' words that are deficient. Perhaps some people need to deepen their own understanding of both other major religions as well as the concepts embodied in the Trinity ... and how it affects the meaning of "no one comes to the Father but by me". What blasphemy to suggest that Jesus doesn’t want the billions of people on this planet ( and the millions that lived and died before he showed up here) that are not acquainted with him and believe in him to burn in the fiery pits of hell. That would require a deity that is loving and forgiving and tolerant and I and others on this site (apparently) can assure you that this is not the case. I see your trick here – twisting the Bible to reflect that maybe Jesus meant something deeper and more inclusive when he spoke of access to the Father. (Please note tongue firmly in cheek)

Tx_whisper

11/24/2005 11:30:08 AM

Alas, perhaps it isn't Mr. Quaid's knowledge of his own Bible and Jesus' words that are deficient. Perhaps some people need to deepen their own understanding of both other major religions as well as the concepts embodied in the Trinity ... and how it affects the meaning of "no one comes to the Father but by me".

davidchai

11/16/2005 03:00:31 PM

And I meant that I know that your view of other deities is false, not that the deities are false, since they are are true and good. Just like your deity may be.

davidchai

11/16/2005 02:59:17 PM

stefanash, So I am tolerant of your view of other deities even though I know for fact that they are false. And, being tolerant does not mean admiring everything. Whoever told you that was selling you a bill of goods. OK.

strefanash

11/16/2005 02:32:36 AM

Alas, Mr quaid's understanding of his own bible and of the words of Jesus is deficient. Jesus said "No one comes to the Father but by me". the OT prophets made it perfectly clear that the Gods of all other nations are idols (lit "nothings") and the NT echoed this idea throughout. and as for tolerance, the meaning of the word has changed. it used to be putting up with something you knew fully to be false: thus i am tolerant of non christian religions. But now it means admiring everything, which it is not logically possible to do

Infaith03

11/15/2005 09:31:21 AM

I have been a fan of Dennis Quaid for some time and I admire his strength and love for our Lord. He lets us see that no matter who we are or how much you make, if we put God first in our lives, we will be the richest with our faith and love for him. God Bless you Dennis.

LairdsChapel

11/14/2005 11:55:44 PM

Windbender, Thanks for the clarification. Dr. King and Coretta went to India as a guest of Prime Minister Nehru in efforts to study and learn more about Gandhi's philosophy and techniques of nonviolence from February 2 through March 10, 1959. Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence, for which he coined the term "satyagraha," has influenced national and international nonviolent resistance movements to this day, including the American Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King. Best wishes, Lairds' Chapel

pralis

11/14/2005 10:55:37 PM

Um, Godsinindixiesheart . . . Dennis Quaid was NEVER in Star Wars.

windbender

11/14/2005 08:09:54 PM

Gandhi died in 1948 - Before Dr. King finished seminary and more than ten years before he set foot in India. The never met. King was a student of Gandhi's teachings with respect to non-violence, true (and thank G-d), but hardly a student OF Gandhi's.

LairdsChapel

11/11/2005 08:32:41 PM

The Revd. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister who was a student of Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu.

JTornado1

11/11/2005 07:57:57 PM

That was a very interesting interview with Dennis Quaid, although I disagree with him about all religions worshipping the same God. I'm glad he was willing to share his beliefs and talk about his spiritual journey. May God continue to bless him.

KIND6004

11/11/2005 02:02:39 PM

I read that Dennis Quaid was a baptist christian, I think this article proves that a lot of ministers need to make sure their members understand what the basics are about christianity. What salvation is based on. Understanding the deity of Christ. Otherwise the ministers who preach these false teachings are going to be held accountable. I liked Mr Quaid in many of his movies, he is way off the mark.

Godsinindixiesheart

11/11/2005 12:16:34 PM

1) I LOVE DENNIS QUAID and have for years! Praise God for him! He was AWESOME in Jaws,Star wars( I was young and Truly inlove with him here-lol),FREQUENCY,DAY AFTER TOMORROW (did I get name right-AWESOME MOVIE!!)SO MANY....hard to decide.THANK YOU DENNIS!!! Thank God Dennis has God in his life.And he's raising his kids that way too! and praise God for the vessel He is using DEnnis for,PRAISE GOD !!!! And some of you guys need to read on other religions to know what you are discussing. Not to be rude! Realy!But...We get our version of Gods words by england....and the Jewish Torah...as derived by the popes of many moons ago. And the Muslims do worship God...Allah is another name for God.The difference is they do not follow Jesus Christ.......But they follow a prophet...Mahommed I believe.

rea_1219

11/10/2005 11:34:08 PM

God Bless you LadyDi. I'll be praying for you!!

ladydi29

11/10/2005 03:48:23 PM

Thanking Dennis Quaid for his thougtfulness in his note today. I have a teenage daughter and I am single Mom and have worked for 25 years and now can't find work and may lose my home. Been hanging on for a year and working for $7/hr for the holidays and will probably lose that in January. We get a small check from S.S. for her Dad's death benefit of $400 but just can't make my big mortgage and utility bills...It seems like the heat, electric, water, sewer and trash are now my enemy when they all call or send shut offs daily. I have worked so hard in this home and I would like to keep it and where are we going to go for less??? I am having faith that no matter what happens, my daughter and I will survive. Please pray for the working poor and especially the working poor single moms.....God bless Mr. Quaid and his message of faith.

Godsoloved

11/10/2005 03:37:32 PM

DQ seems to have integrity that is uncommon in H. Glad about the happy marriage; built on a Godly foundation. Admire his speaking up for his Baptist beliefs, but he doesn't have a handle, yet, on the nature of God. Otherwise, like Bravo88/docjoc said, as a Christian, he cannot accept and embrace Buddha/Allah as subs.for the God of Abraham/Isaac/Jacob. As the article doesn't say, it's NOT all God. Reality is: many non-Christians are searching for "The Way." Unless we truly believe we have found The Way, WE keep searching. Jesus is the Light of the world, and Believers are the salt that flavor the world. I wish Mr. Quaid well in his Charity, his marriage, his career and discovering his God. My favorite of DQ is "Frequency." Appreciation of family/friends; I'm looking forward to remake of "YM&O."

bird

11/10/2005 03:03:10 PM

Amen, Laird, and thank you. What a wonderful, inclusive, tolerant prayer. "Blessed are the peacemakers..."

LairdsChapel

11/10/2005 02:11:27 PM

"Let us pray for peace on earth, for the generous sharing of the earth's resources and the responsible sharing of the earth's problems, for tolerance across divisions and the willingness to regard the diversity of human culture as more stimulating than threatening, for the turning of swords into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks. Let us pray for the church, by all its names and in all its places, for its continuing usefulness as a channel of grace and hope, for its rescue from pretentiousness and pomposity, and from taking some things more seriously than is healthy. These thoughts and desires we offer in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ, in whom the holiest in the height touched our hearts and shared our joys and sorrow, our circumstances and our hopes." - from The Book of Common Order of The Church of Scotland

SearchinMa

11/10/2005 10:35:01 AM

There was always "something" about Dennis Quaid. OK, yeah, there's THAT (good-looking, sexy, million-watt smile, etc, etc...) but I'm talking about something else. Even though he used to have that reputation of being a bit of a bad boy and all, there was always something in his eyes, a kind of light, an honesty. I guess it is a spiritual light! I happen to agree with him, that "it's all God." I admire the fact that he is a Christian but explores other faiths. I'm a Christian, too, but I will continue searching as well: if we shut down that side of ourselves we tend to drift into either complacency, or a condescending superiority towards people who don't have our belief. Contrast Dennis Quaid with Tom Cruise. See what I mean?

MsCGheartofohio

11/10/2005 03:06:15 AM

I've admired Dennis Quaid for a long time - his talent, passion, and sense of fun are evident in all of his movie roles. I'm so happy to see that his faith and commitment to helping others have seen him through such terrible times. From Breaking Away, to Flight of the Phoenix, it looks like he too has risen from the ashes and started anew!!

Lydia2907

11/10/2005 01:12:11 AM

First off, the man is dead sexy. Second, I'm glad he's a good Christian and OPEN MINDED. It's rare to see THAT combination. Thanks for marrying a TEXAN this time around. Sorry it wasn't me! ;)

rea_1219

11/08/2005 05:40:38 PM

I really liked this interview too.

Bravo88

11/08/2005 04:48:07 PM

I am really glad that Dennis shared with the interviewer and I'm happy for him that he's found love with someone new. I don't agree with some of the things that he mentioned though, namely that different religions or faiths are worshipping the same god. Even with Islam, Christianity and Judaism there is not complete agreement in terms of who GOD is and what His nature is. With Hinduism and Buddhism there are differing beliefs; some Buddhism followers may not necessarily believe in GOD though they do believe in Buddha. There are also differing beliefs in Hinduism as well... Where we are all alike is that there is a desire or a need to know whom we are and what are purpose is and GOD created us to have fellowship with Him.

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