Was Steve Irwin a Christian?

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Was Steve Irwin a Christian
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I've been getting searches like this up to several times an hour (but usually less) since Steve Irwin died, but nothing I said was relevant to this. Maybe those searches will get diverted to this post. I know nothing for sure about Steve Irwin's views on religion. He did, of course, accept current scientific understanding on the process of human origins, which will automatically disqualify him in the eyes of some people who think views on the means and time frame of creation count as the gospel (or, even worse, think evangelism consists of sending creationist tracts to celebrities). But of course plenty of people accept common descent who are genuine Christians.

He did believe in God, or at least he sometimes talked that way, saying, "But I have a gift. God put me on this planet with a mission. My mission is to educate people about conservation." But lots of people believe in God without being Christians, and lots of people speak of God's purpose metaphorically, mostly to suggest that they feel a purpose for their life. Someone in this thread remembers him saying he believed his mom was in heaven and looked forward to joining her, which suggests some sort of Christianlike view of heaven. I can't find any substantiation for him saying this, however. It says it's in the Larry King interview, but I didn't see anything even close to that there.

One piece of evidence against his being a Christian is that they had Buddhist nuns (his term; I don't know the proper term) bless their child in a sort of public baptismal ceremony. I doubt they would have done that in addition to a private Christian service, but it's possible. More likely is that this was all they did in that area, and it's probably not something serious Christians who accept and follow biblical teaching would have done, since this looks strikingly like the kind of pagan temple worship that the early Christians would have considered idolatry.

Update: Snopes.com finally tackles this issue (or at least the issue of the hoax discussed in the comments).

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Ants, that's not the only hoax. Some idiot in an atheist group online signed him up for MySpace under the name Steve Irwin R.I.P. and listed his religion as Atheist. I would have thought the 'R.I.P.' would have given away that the account had been created by someone else after his death, but atheist board after atheist board is linking to that thing as evidence that he was an atheist.

It amazes me the amount of damage that can be done by unfounded rumors. It is immoral in one of the worst ways to spread false stories about someone simply because you happened to have read them somewhere, especially if it's in a forwarded email, which in itself makes it 99% likely to be a hoax. The saddest thing about this is that the rumor was likely started by someone who wanted to make Christians look silly by seeing how far and how quickly it could spread.

thak you for telling me if he was a christian beacausei raly liked his show and i was from australia.i think australia is the best place to work or live .thank you for trusting in god.

We would all like to hope that Steve is with the Lord but we don't know.
Until, Teri or someone comes forward publicly, we won't know.
Alternatively, those who have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity with him, will know this - for we will see him!
What saddens me is that so much emphasis is placed on Steve's salvation when we should really be focusing on those who are still here and are lost!.
Steve Irwin was a terrific ambassador for Australia and we will really miss him.

Whoever started this rumour is answerable to God.
God bless and have a great Day!! :)

I think I found my answer in Hebrews 12, Revelation 21:8 and Romans chapter 2.

The Irwins got into HUGE trouble because of the "baby Bob" incident. Both seemed totally flabberghasted about why though, since he had done exactly the same sorts of things with Bindi--and no one had ever said word one!

It seems to me that the "variable" here was those buddhist 'nuns'. They were stepping into "spiritual" territory--and they got SLAMMED. But who does YHWH discipline? --Hebrews 12:5

Rev. 21:8 is a description of all those who will be left outside of the Holy City...does this describe Steve Irwin?

...and finally Romans 2--the whole chapter...I certainly felt convicted after reading that. After all, it's not the knowledge of a theologian that'll get us into heaven, but faith like that of a child.

Oh! and AMEN Stephany--let's all keep praying for Terri, Bob, Bindi, Bob Sr. and Wes and all his other "best mates", they're missing a true blue, fair dinkum larrikin of a man.

No one was criticizing Steve for the Buddhist nuns. They criticized him for something they thought was endangering the life of his son, and it had come right after the Michael Jackson incident, so they were ripe for it. I very much doubt this was something new for him either. I suspect they had a similar blessing for Bindi when she was a baby. It's just that they made a big deal about this one with a huge media event, and thus his carrying of his son while throwing meat at a crocodile caught the attention of a few important enough people who brought it to the attention of the loud-mouthed media personalities with huge followings (like Bill O'Reilly).

I think the reason so many people are searching to see if Steve Iwin was a christian or not it because I'm sure everyone's heart breaks at the thought of such a good man ever suffering down below ( I dont want to type the word because of kids readning this) in the next life. I myself have been very saddened by his death to the point that I sit in my bedroom and I cried out to God and I begged for mercy for Steve because I want to see this kind and caring man in Heaven. As a Christian we all know what is required of us to be in heaven when we die. I just can't see someone as good hearted and caring as Steve Irwin being anywhere else besides heaven. The bible says, to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ. God is a merciful God, lets not for get that and most of all dont forget to pray for Terri and her kids and I'm sure Steve is enjoying streets of gold and maybe he is evenin looking for some crocs up there.........Rest in Peace Steve........

I spoke with the local church, where Steve was reported to have been converted. Their statement was that Steve had never visited their church nor any other local church as far as they could find in their own research, BUT they did say that Terri and the kids had visited the church in the past. I have heard from several resources that Terri is a believer, lets pray for her and the kids. Steve was a great guy, christian or not.

Don't know if anyone is still looking here but, I believe that everyone gets their equal final judgement at the moment of death and at that moment as the soul departs from the body one will see christ and can choose him or reject him. I think that the beggar and the theif on the cross symbolises that as well as the mention of spirits that were in a sort of limbo (who died before christs crucifixion, but then had their chance at christ ascention to heaven to go with him) . This would give me hope that Steve Irwin had the quality of spirit to accept jesus at his death and even thank him for the privaledge of being able to care for animals in an almost noahesque style.
and yes Steve did tell Larry King that he knows he will be with his mother again on the other side once he passes over. He said it with definite confidence.

Janine, can you point me a transcript for that? The one Larry King interview I could find had nothing related to that subject, and I don't know if he did two Larry King interviews.

In a Terri Irwin interview with an Australian interviewer the closest she came to the subject of religion was when she talked about how they were married in a Methodist church. She said it was her Grandmother's or mother's church (sorry can't remember exactly which relative). Nothing about her or Steve's beliefs.

I agree with you totally about spreading of false rumours. Some people have too much time on their hands.

Jeremy Pierce, you hit the nail on the head. I think all Steve Irwin fans who are also Christians (myself included) would feel much more at ease if we could be sure he was a believer. He was such a compassionate, caring person that I just can't picture him anywhere other than Heaven.

Kent Fobian, I sure hope you're right about getting one last chance to accept God at the moment of death.

I wanted to respond briefly to an above comment and then express my feelings about Steve and his impact on me.


Kent Fobian:


"Don't know if anyone is still looking here but, I believe that everyone gets their equal final judgement at the moment of death and at that moment as the soul departs from the body one will see christ and can choose him or reject him. I think that the beggar and the theif on the cross symbolises that as well as the mention of spirits that were in a sort of limbo (who died before christs crucifixion, but then had their chance at christ ascention to heaven to go with him) . This would give me hope that Steve Irwin had the quality of spirit to accept jesus at his death and even thank him for the privaledge of being able to care for animals in an almost noahesque style. "


My Response:


I understand you want like the rest of us, to hope that Steve
was a Christian. It's difficult to believe that someone like him,
who lived such an amazing life before men, could possibly
not be in heaven. All we know however, is that we need Jesus,
and if Steve did then we will see him again. If not, it's not our
place to speculate what God's mind is toward those who leave
this life without atonement for their sins. Remember that
the thief on the cross was alive when he made that decision,
and that those you speak of in Limbo, were there because they
believed in a Savior who would come. If you didn't believe your
whole life, died and were faced with Hell if you rejected Christ, would you reject Him?

My perspective on Steve:

I knew of Steve Irwin from his program on tv and was always interested in watching him when I would come across his
show. However, like a lot of people, I never realized how
great of a man he was until he had passed. Mostly this revelation
came after viewing the interview Terri did in Australia. I was in tears throughout the interview because I saw through her eyes
the kind of man he really was, especially to his kids. All men
everywhere would do well to examine their lives in juxtaposition
to his, and most likely they will see they aren't half the man that Steve was. I say this not to put Steve on a pedestal of perfection, as I know there is only one who is perfect, I say it because Steve understood simple things make a man great. He was a great husband to his wife, a great dad to his kids, and someone who found his passion and made the world better through it. I pray that I can learn these things through men like him and that others are as impacted as I have been, by his life.

I think what makes this hard to accept is the general belief is that "bad people go to hell and good people go to heaven". And we must remember that ALL of us are as filthy rags through the eyes of God because of sin. Were it not for Jesus intervening on our behalf, we would all be hellbound. Yes, Steve was a wonderful HUMAN. The bible says that it is not by works that a man is saved lest any man boast. It is too late for Steve now...I hope he did come to know Jesus before he died, but we as Christians need to focus on those who it isn't too late for...the living.

I feel bad for Steve Irwin because he had his kids and his wife that he left behind. He was a great man, but only God can decide where will he go, so that means that if he accepted God in his heart and followed the ten commandments then he will be in heaven, but only God can be the judge. Even if he was Christian, but he didnt live a life the way God wants, then whats the use of it?

Erica, part of the problem is that people are using the word 'Christian' in very different ways. If the Christian scriptures are correct, then following the ten commandments will not get anyone into heaven, and it's not really even possible to do so anyway. Another part of the problem is that some people are using the word 'Christian' as shorthand for whether someone is a genuine follower of Jesus of the sort that the person will be saved, whereas other people are simply using it as a cultural identifier that has no relation to salvation but simply tells you how someone would describe themselves independently of what their life really looks like.

I also cried out to God in tears, for Steve Irwin, after he died. I prayed for him and his wife briefly, while he was still alive, that they would be saved.

I hope he was saved and is now in heaven!

Reports have said that Terri is a Christian. I saw her interview with Barbara Walters. She said she is blessed, and she said she believes they all will be together again someday. If she is a Christian (believer in Jesus Christ) and knows what the Bible says, then she would not believe they would be together unless she knew Steve was saved.

I do not know for sure, but I suspect that Terri believes Steve was saved and is in heaven. She said they will be together someday, in the Barbara Walters interview.

The fact is, none of us will know for sure until it is our turn.

While Steve Irwin is certainly one person I would love to see in heaven, and I hope I do, Jesus is the one I want to see first.

To the person who posted these scriptures, I am going to look them up to see what you meant.

"Hebrews 12:5

Rev. 21:8 is a description of all those who will be left outside of the Holy City...does this describe Steve Irwin?

...and finally Romans 2-"

One episode had Bindi praying to Jesus that the crocodile egg she had found would please be a "unicorn" egg. Someone had to teach her to pray that way. I hope that in evidence of this wonderful world and it's creatures that a Supernatural God had to create it all was not lost on Steve Irwin. He was "chocablok" full of sense so I know that he probably had thoughts to this effect whether he accepted Christ or not.
I appreciate Terri making a statement during the greiving process that she was trusting in her faith. She and the kids are still in my prayers.

I believe Steve was Saved! I have had contact with 2 missionaries in the Brisbane/Beerwah area and one of them told me that Terri was saved. His friend is a Baptist pastor on the Sunshine Coast who is pastoring a church which Terri and her children now attend. The other missionary told me the same information (neither one of them know each other).The second missionary also told me that Steve got saved just weeks before his death. I also believe God can speak to us through dreams just like He did in the Old Testament to king Nebachadnezzar. I had also been praying for Steves' salvation for a long time and before I spoke to the second missionary I just mentioned,I asked God to to show me that my prayers were not in vain. One night I went to sleep and had a dream that I went to Heaven and was escorted by Jesus to a man sitting on the edge of a crystal clear pond in a pair of Kakis. He walked over to the man and said, "Turn around. Someone wants to meet you". It was Steve. When I woke up, I had an incredible sense of peace that Steve was with the Lord. It hasn't left me yet.

If those missionaries heard this from the same source that's been debunked, then it's not exactly a reliable source.

I wouldn't rule out God speaking through dreams, but there are lots of other explanations for dreams too.

Erin, Rich:

Janine made that statement not me.

This is what I said:

I spoke with the local church, where Steve was reported to have been converted. Their statement was that Steve had never visited their church nor any other local church as far as they could find in their own research, BUT they did say that Terri and the kids had visited the church in the past. I have heard from several resources that Terri is a believer, lets pray for her and the kids. Steve was a great guy, christian or not.

- Kent Fobian at September 26, 2006 4:00 PM

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