Friday, April 2, 2010

209: Does God Care If I'm Gay?

Isaiah 1-4
"The LORD says, 'The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.' " - Isaiah 3:16-17

We finally get to hear from God again today. Almost the entirety of today's section is God speaking through Isaiah. Unfortunately, it's nothing new or particularly exciting. Israel has been naughty again, and God is telling them how he's going to destroy them if they don't straighten up.

Chapter one starts with God being rather dumbfounded as to why Israel is still being bad. He says that all of their cities are burned, their fields are stripped, and they've been beaten. Maybe corporal punishment doesn't work? One of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein seems particularly relevant here, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." By this definition God is completely insane. He keeps beating the Israelites and burning their cities, and it's not working. Try something else, God!

God goes on to say he doesn't want the Israelites' meaningless offerings anymore. I'm not sure why he wanted them in the first place. What does God care if some measly little humans kill some insignificant animals?

Again, God says that if they go back to God's way they will be forgiven. Those who are still alive that is. At this point, God can't seriously think that the Israelites are going to turn around and stop being bad (actually, he should know they're not going to). It has to be almost 10 times now that the Israelites have gone against God's will.

Chapter 1 ends with God promising to straighten out the Israelites. So he's essentially saying "we can do this the easy way, or the hard way."

Chapter 2 talks about the "last days". It says mostly that in the last days the mountain of God will be raised above all the other mountains and everyone will want to go there. Well, we must not be toward the end of days then, because I don't even know what mountain they're talking about.

For the last couple of chapters God just goes on and on about how the Israelites have been bad. He says the women have been running around flirting (oh no!) so he's going to make them bald, and give them sores. He says he's going to make their perfume into a stench. Why are the women getting the rough end of this deal? I'm sure the guys they were flirting with weren't going "no, please stop, we hate flirting!"

Recently, billboards like this were found on Ontario buses.

When you went to their website, you got the answer "based on the Bible". Unfortunately, the Toronto transit system was so offended by this that they had this particular sign removed, saying that the content pointed to in the ad was "inappropriate". Seemingly in agreement, (aka Bus Stop Bible Studies) pulled it's answer to this question from it's website. If you go to the website now, all you get is a message saying why the content was removed.

Fortunately for the curious among us, what goes on the internet, takes awhile to get off the internet. Google still had the full text of the answer cached, and I caught it before it went into oblivion. Here is the original answer:
The quick answer is “Yes”. God cares about us and all aspects of our lives.

To answer the main question “Does God care if I’m gay [homosexual]?” one must place the matter in context by asking and answering several other questions:
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I personally didn't find the answer (or the sign) offensive at all. There is much more offensive anti-gay rhetoric out there, and I don't think these people were being dishonest from a biblical perspective. Do I disagree? Yes, but I don't think we should be taking down their signs, or pressuring them to take things off their website just because they have a different opinion. I think I just mentioned this a few days ago, even if I had found this sign offensive, I still don't think it should be removed. That's freedom of speech in practice.

(via The Vancouver Sun)


  1. you little liars do nothing but antagonize...

    and you try to eliminate all the dreams and hopes of humanity...

    but you LOST...


    Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism...



    atheists deny their own life element...



  2. @davmab11 whoa, whoa, whoa! what's with all the hatred? Atheists have the right to believe what they want... God will reach them if they are willing and are searching! Why throw out hatred when all you will do is put people off to pursuing a relationship with Jesus Christ. As an ambassador, you're giving a terrible name to those who call on the Lord... not to mention it is God's place to judge, not yours!!



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