Did God Make Mistakes?
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Have you heard of The Christian Left? Me either. At least not until this week when I saw a post on social media allegedly by this group out of Portland, Oregon. The meme of someone washing someone else’s feet went like this:
“It’s sickening what ‘Christianity’ has become in the United States thanks to jumping in bed with the extreme right 30 years ago. It’s turned into a group of fanatics who spew venom on three topics: Criminalizing women over their private reproductive choices; Bullying gay people and denying them the same freedoms as the rest of us; and, Demonizing and blaming the poor and whining about being ‘forced’ to help them. Jesus said nothing about abortion and homosexuality, and he placed no qualifiers on helping the poor. His commands were universal and did not exclude governments. The agenda of the religious right has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. It’s time to call them too repentance.”
It is amazing that a group of people can read the Holy Bible and get two completely different visions and messages. One group believes God meant what He said; the other group believes God made some mistakes, especially in the sex and murder departments.
It seems a bit of an irony that the Christian Left would reference jumping in bed with anyone, when apparently a President of the U.S. can jump in bed in the Oval Office with an intern, and that is Christian somehow to the left.
What about that spewing venom from those of us who believe God said what He meant and meant what He said? In other words, what Jesus really meant was a human fetus is actually not human at all, so it’s okay to kill it. Jesus really meant that a woman’s right to get rid of an unwanted child for any reason outweighs the right of the child to live. According to most statistical surveys, most abortions are used as birth control because the pregnancies were unplanned (in other words, birth control), about 95%. There are about 1.3 million abortions per year in the U.S. (40 million worldwide). This would indicate that more than a million children are destroyed because of a nuisance-value.
Does the Christian Left believe that God bullied gay people? The Bible says this:
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. ~ Romans 1:26-32 NIV
And then there is Leviticus 18:22 KJV and Leviticus 20:13 KJV
What about demonizing the poor and whining by us on the right? It seems the Christian Left is much more generous. Only numerous studies have shown otherwise.
For example, the “redder” a particular state is (i.e., the more its voters support Republican candidates in elections), the likelier its residents are to be charitable. According to Brooks, fully 24 of the 25 most generous states were red ones (only Maryland was a charitably minded blue, or Democrat-supporting, state). Residents of the five states that cast more than 60 percent of their ballots for President Bush in 2004 gave 3.5 percent of their incomes to charity, nearly twice as much per person as residents of the five states (including the District of Columbia) where Democrat John Kerry received 60 percent of the vote or better. This, says Brooks, occurred even though residents of the deep-blue pro-Kerry states earned, on average, 38 percent more per household than their red-state counterparts. ~ Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks
The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta gives tens of millions per year to the “poor and whining” mentioned above, and this is hardly a left-leaning church.
The Christian Left is semi-accurate that Jesus did not say anything about abortion and homosexuality, but Jesus did say he did not come to change the law. (See Leviticus quotes above). Additionally, I am unsure what this has to do with anything, since Jesus never said anything about pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality either. Nor did he mention kidnapping or ISIS, so I guess in the Christian Left Bible, most anything goes. Jesus’ qualifier for the poor was that they would always be with us.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just buy and read the Bible we agree with and delete the parts we believe God messed up? If we want to do day to day sexual activity with whoever, whenever; just delete the fornication stuff. If we accidently get pregnant, let’s get a Bible that redefines murder. If we want to marry the same sex, even though marriage laws throughout history have been uniquely specific about marriage, as is the Bible; let’s get a Bible that deletes all references to homosexuality.
God had rules and spelled them out plainly. If we don’t like them, that is not God’s problem, it’s our problem. If we cannot or will not keep the rules, do we tell God He made a mistake? Do we have parades and rub it in His face?
Even a possible future president thinks the Bible is outdated. This from Hillary Clinton in a speech last week:
“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don't count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice—not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
I suppose if the Left thinks they can change the climate, so changing the Bible would be simple.
My 5th book will be out this summer and I am including an excerpt about this particular subject. I hope you enjoy:
The End The Book Part Five: The Two Witnesses (excerpt)
Thumbing through the newspaper, Oman stirred his coffee with two Sweet & Lows and a French Vanilla creamer. A conversation in the booth on the other side of the privacy partition captured his attention briefly. He did not speak Farsi but could recognize a few words. The Iranian language seemed out of place, though it was the International House of Pancakes.
Turning to the last page before the editorial section, the tiny headline stood out as though written in red.
Canal Park First Baptist Church Destroyed in Blast
Oman recognized the church. The Jamaican couple in Charleston last week, the couple Radzi gave the sculpture to, gratis. It was their church.
A possible natural gas explosion has completely destroyed one of Charleston, South Carolina’s beautiful churches. The timing was unfortunate, as the church sanctuary was standing room only. Thirty-seven dead, one hundred seventeen injured, many critically. Police state that there is no indication the explosion is connected to the recent spate of terrorist attacks.
At least they were not saying Islamic terrorist attacks anymore, and he was glad of that. His mind, however, wondered at the coincidence. What were the chances? To him, it was like evolution. What were the chances? And Radzi had mentioned a big bang. How did he know?
Now, two years later, he is again helping Radzi setup another show, this time in Farmville, Oklahoma. The land was beautiful, rolling hills of green farmland. The celebration would be large, and Oman looked forward to the crowd and upbeat atmosphere. Upbeat atmospheres were sorely lacking in Yemen.
The two Arab men blended well with the celebrating crowd, especially with the Hispanics who had similar skin color; and they spoke mostly in Spanish. Unlike most of the Hispanics, Oman and Radzi were legal, had unforged papers and could speak several languages.
When the two men met, Oman refused to deal with Radzi’s artwork. Allah was against all forms of graven images; and that was all this artwork was, images of parents sitting on a bench with their despicable, nasty dogs or graven images of churches and synagogues. Radzi found humor in the sculptures of churches and synagogues for some reason; but Oman knew what a graven image was, and here he was helping to display them. He felt… dirty. Maybe he was not as moderate as he wished.
When they first met Radzi had seemed anything but radical and even commented once to confirm such.
“Oman, my friend, I am a moderate. Muslims have moderates, too. You know that as well as I.”
Oman had said nothing.
“Jews have moderates,” Radzi continued. “They have the Reform Jews who are more moderate than the Orthodox. They are like Hebrew-Lite.”
The men laughed at the comment, and Radzi was beside himself at the joke, a joke he had repeated many times.
“They do not have to follow all of Allah’s rules, you know? They do what they want, eat the swine and celebrate a few holy days; and that is it, my friend. They get the virgins and the streets of pearl and gold.
“Then there are the Christians. The Christians are like Reform Jew-Lite. They follow a few rules, do whatever they wish and still get the seventy-two virgins and paradise. Even though they worship three gods, they believe they get the paradise. That is very foolish, my friend.
“Oman, think about it. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The churches and synagogues are the work of the devil, so it is good we can give graven images to the Christians and Jews. That way, on the Day of Allah’s Wrath, the Jews and the Christians will be destroyed, along with these graven figures. It serves them right, do you agree?”
Radzi paused briefly, then continued.
“The infidels are from the devil, they are like a cancerous growth. The only good cancer, my friend, is dead cancer.”
Oman listened quietly that day. Radzi spoke from both sides of his mouth it seemed. One side cried out as a moderate, and the other side screamed hatred and violence. Oman was confused.
Originally written: April 20, 2015
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