Joel Osteen calls Internet prank claiming he abandoned Christianity 'comical'

By Gina DiFalco,

Famous evangelical preacher Joel Osteen has been the target of an Internet hoax that saw him renouncing religion.

A group of people created a fake Twitter account and fake websites claiming Osteen had abandoned Christianity.

A bogus website claiming to be his official page, touted Osteen as having a “special announcement” that he was “leaving the Christian faith.”

It said in an “Official Press Release” that "Many people want more answers and are asking why I did this. I have one, simple response: I have come to realize my followers have begun to deify me and listen to me, and not God. This, among other reasons, led me down a path of awakening."

He was also quoted as writing, “I believe now that the Bible is a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times. There is zero evidence the Bible is the holy word of God. In fact, there is zero evidence ‘God’ even exists.”

But Osteen isn’t phased by the joke, telling MyFox Houston it was “comical” and “so ludicrous.”

He also told ABC News “You know, I’m really not angry. I don’t feel like a victim. I feel too blessed, that life is too short to let things like this get you down.”

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