Saturday, February 13, 2010

161: Something New?

Job 32-34
So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. - Job 32:1-2

A young man named Elihu has apparently been listening in on this conversation the whole time but not speaking because he was younger than Job. Elihu scolds Job's friends for not having any good arguments against him. He then promises that he has something new and exciting to say because the spirit of God has compelled him to speak. Spoiler: He doesn't have anything new or exciting to say.

He spends the first chapter and a half telling Job to "prepare to be confronted". Protip: If you're going to lead up to what you say for a chapter and a half, you better have something pretty damn interesting/convincing to say. This is what he ends up saying:
But I tell you, in this you are not right,
for God is greater than man.
For God does speak—now one way, now another—
though man may not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men
as they slumber in their beds
"You're not right", genius! Why can't I think of rebuttals like that? Also, God really does speak, he just whispers in your ear when you're asleep. So there you go, Job is going to get his trial, it's just going to be whispered into his ear while he's asleep. He goes on to say the rich always get punished just like the poor (not true), and the guilty are always brought to justice by God (really not true).

The rest of Elihu's monologue is tomorrow. He better say something revolutionary or I'm going to be disappointed.

If you're looking for a great love story for Valentines day, you should apparently look no further than the bible.

Jan White contends that God's love for us is no secret. All we have to do is open our bible and God's love will come pouring out of the pages. Maybe as long as you only open your bible to the last quarter.

I'm still waiting for this book to turn into the love-on-every-page story I was told to expect. As of right now our "all loving" God is killing children because Satan double dog dared him and raining fireballs down on innocent people. In fact, God's love has only occasionally been mentioned in passing. Yet people still pick a few passages out of the New Testament and say "See! God loves is all the time".

If I went out and slaughtered kittens, then came back to my house and pet a cat for awhile, does that mean I'm an all loving cat person? I could even tell all my friends that I really, really love cats, but does that cancel out my kitten slaughtering? I've heard the saying "actions speak louder than words" a lot, this principle must not apply to God.

"I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you." - God talking to Moses, Leviticus 26:30

(via The Andalusia Star News)

1 comment:

  1. Hey, just wanted to say again that you're doing a great job. Keep it up.



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