Monday, January 18, 2010

135: God and the Lying Spirit

2 Chronicles 18-20
"Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.'
" 'By what means?' the LORD asked.
" 'I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said.
" 'You will succeed in enticing him,' said the LORD. 'Go and do it.' - 2 Chronicles 18:20-21

This whole section is just biographies of kings again. There is something I didn't talk about before. It wasn't very well explained in Kings and I think the post was running long that day anyway.

Ahab and Jehoshaphat, kings of Israel and Judah respectively, want to have a prophet tell them whether to go to war or not. Apparently the only prophet left is Micaiah, but he never prophecies anything good about Ahab. This time is not the exception, he says that if they go to war, Israel will end up scattered like sheep with no shepherd (implying their king will die I suppose).

Micah isn't done prophesying yet, he has an interesting story about God:
Micaiah continued, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD : I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing on his right and on his left. And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?'
"One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.'
" 'By what means?' the LORD asked.
" 'I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said.
" 'You will succeed in enticing him,' said the LORD. 'Go and do it.'
First of all, God is conspiring to kill another person. But, of course, that doesn't fall under "thou shall not murder" because there is no such thing as murder because of original sin (Christian logic not mine). Thou shall not lie, though, is a little harder to get out of. God is obviously sending a spirit to go lie to Ahab. Maybe God can't break his own commandments, but he can obviously conspire to break them. That seems like a bit of a ridiculous loophole.

*News*
The article today is fraught with terrible grammar and wording. But after a little research I find that the article was written in Zambia. So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that English is not the first language of the writer or of the editor. That being said, I have some major problems with what they're trying to say.

The article is about Haiti. At least the writer isn't saying that the Haitians deserved it like Pat Robertson. What he is trying to say, however, is that this is a sign of the end times. He lists four signs that the apocalypse is near.

1. WARS (all caps are his not mine). Has the world not been in some form of war since the time of Jesus? What about the world wars? Weren't those a little more serious then the wars we're in now?

2. FAMINES. But there is probably less famine now than at any other time in history.

4. EARTHQUAKES. First of all, yes, his numbering system went "1, 2, 4". He claims that scientific records show that there are more earthquakes now than any other time in history. Even if we accept this without question (the Christian way), then how do you account for there being less famine and less war? It seems like it would be the height of all of these things if it were truly the "end of days".

He goes on to say that we should embrace more disasters like the one in Haiti. This is where, in my opinion, Christianity and religion in general become destructive. What sane person wishes disaster on people in hopes of bringing about the end of the world?

(via Lusaka Times)

3 comments:

  1. What sane person wishes disaster on people in hopes of bringing about the end of the world?

    Heck - what sane person hopes for the end of the world?

    When your theology starts to sound like the rantings of a comic book supervillain, it may be time to re-assess your religious beliefs.

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  2. Heck - what sane person hopes for the end of the world?

    well, the rapture would solve a number of problems for us heathens...
    (J/K)

    gaga

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  3. I used to listen to an apologetics podcast that made the claim that earthquakes are on the rise. So I looked it up on the USGS website.

    Turns out, no, they are not. They've been pretty much the same since we started keeping records.

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