Monday, March 22, 2010

198: Don't Spare the Rod

Proverbs 13-15
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. - Proverbs 13:24

This is another day with a bunch of random two line proverbs.

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Wait a minute. I thought you weren't supposed to fulfill your longings. Maybe that's just the Catholics.

We've got a pretty famous one here. "He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him." I never have understood this one. You have to beat your son to truly love him? Actually, this is a pretty Godly thing to say. After all, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah while simultaneously loving everyone in both cities. This is the perfect excuse if you ever beat anyone up, "But officer, I was just showing my love!"

"The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry." I don't think that's quite how this works. There are plenty of "wicked" people that don't go hungry, and plenty of righteous people that starve to death. Even the bible backs me up on this one, "For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills" (Psalm 73:3-5). The all-perfect word seems to be contradicting itself.

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Nice sentiment there. "You may think you're doing the right thing, but it will kill you." Let's hope someone doesn't flip to that page expecting the bible to brighten their day.

"The poor are shunned by even their neighbors, but the rich have many friends." What's the moral here? Again, I hope nobody is expecting the bible to make them feel better, especially if they're poor.

"The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good." He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake. That's what that song's about right?

"The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway." That's not very nice, God. The sluggard is having a hard enough time without the thorns.

*Movie Review*
I recently watched the movie "For the Bible Tells Me So" which is about how the bible is used to oppress gay people.

About half of the movie is spent on personal stories of devout Christians who are also gay. The most famous of these being Dick Gephardt's daughter. The documentary also has the story of the first gay Episcopalian bishop. If just for these stories, the documentary would be worth watching, but there is also some great bible commentary.

As I alluded to, the other half of the documentary is down and dirty biblical interpretation. I may be biased in saying I thought this was as interesting, or even more interesting than the personal stories.

I could go into further detail, but I'd rather you all go out and watch it. Needless to say I thought it was great.

For the Bible Tells Me So can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and I'm sure anywhere else that you can find movies (and maybe free on youtube, not that I would know).


  1. I would have thought a Gay man/woman being a priest would be equivalent too a Jew being a Nazi. Or a Homicidal Murderer believing in capitol punishment. or say, an Atheist believing in the Bible/ Koran...

    It just doesn't make sense to believe in a God who wrote a book that tells you (in detail with no ambiguity) that you are an abomination that must be killed! How can that not be enough to make you realize the God is false, or at the very least that its not the right God for you!?!?


  2. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death" sounds a lot like "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."



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