Saturday, March 6, 2010

182: To Judge, or Not To Judge

Psalm 90-95
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. - Psalm 95:3


Psalm 90 (Moses): Moses?! What is Moses doing writing psalms? Unfortunately Moses doesn't have anything new to say. Moses is in the same boat with everyone else, consumed by God's wrath. I'm curious at what point Moses wrote this, because he always seemed to be on board with the whole, God killing people, thing. Now he doesn't seem to be into it so much, "Relent, O Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants". If any of the biblical scholars out there know, be sure to comment.

Psalm 91 (No Author Mentioned): This writer claims that if you"dwell in the shelter of the Most High" that he will protect you from your enemies, and make sure that nothing bad happens to you. I wonder why all of these servants of God say that God is "hiding his face" and not helping them.

Psalm 92 (No Author Mentioned): We should all praise God because he will protect us. The end. P.S. God is a rock.

Psalm 93 (No Author Mentioned): God is going to be around forever. His "statutes will stand firm" for forever and ever.

Psalm 94 (No Author Mentioned): This person says that God should judge everyone, and take vengeance. More mixed messages from Psalms. Maybe this is why God seems bipolar, he's trying to answer everyone's prayers at once. "Judge everyone!" "No wait! Don't judge me!" "No! Be merciful to everyone!" It all must be very confusing. P.S. God is a rock (this just amuses me too much to not mention every time).

Psalm 95 (No Author Mentioned): We have yet another person that claims God is not the only God "For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods". I'm not sure what else this could mean. This author says there are other gods, but God god is the best one. So why are all the Christians I talk to violently monotheistic? Nobody I talk to will even consider that other gods might exist.

What is God really like? That's a question Larry Jensen set out to answer. And I just have a few issues with his conclusion.

He starts out by saying that some people get a bad rap from hearsay and lies, and attempts to equate this with God's reputation. Here is one example:
Years ago my wife and I were meeting with an insurance salesman. I asked him if certain things were covered in the insurance policy and he told me no, because those things were considered an, "act of God". I proceeded to tell him that catastrophes or disasters were not from God; my God doesn't act like that. Through years of ministry I have heard so many people give God a bad rap, saying that he brings tragedy into people's lives. The way some folks talk you would think that God was against them and not for them.
Wait, what? I thought everything was God's plan. That's the favorite evasion tactic for the problem of evil (or at least the one I've heard most often). If God doesn't let it (or in fact want it) to happen, then how did it happen? If you have an all powerful, all knowing being, then something can't happen without his/her/it's express consent.

He then quickly diverts the topic to Jesus. Wait a minute, I thought we were talking about just God. [I know, Jesus is God, that's a whole different topic/debate.] This is his evidence that God just doesn't do those type of nasty things (even though it says tens if not hundreds of times that he does):
John 10:10 paints us a very clear picture of what Jesus is all about and what His character is. "The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." God is not the one stealing, killing or destroying.
But God does destroy, he does kill. I don't think anyone can reasonably deny (if you believe the bible) that he does do those things. Finally, he gives us his litmus test for whether something is from God or not:
People constantly ask the question, "Is this Gods will for me?" If you want to know for certain if something is God's will, put it to the test of God's word and John 10:10. If it is stealing from you, killing or, destroying you it's not God, but if it will bring life to you then it is God. In the Message, John 10:10 reads like this, "
I thought everything was God's will. The more Christians I talk to and read articles from, the more the story line becomes incoherent. What does God do for us? What does he not do? Is everything God's plan or just some of the things that happen? Arguing for or against God becomes far more difficult when the concept of God is a moving target.

(via Daily News)
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