"So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart." - Isaiah 42:25
God continues today explaining how he is going to destroy Israel. He calls the Israelites blind and deaf for not paying attention to his commands. Isaiah explains that, because of this, God has allowed the Israelites to be plundered by their enemies. Isaiah then says that even though God poured out violence, and enveloped Israel in flames, they did not understand why they were being punished. What good is punishment if the people being punished have no idea why they are receiving God's wrath, or even what it's God that's destroying them?
In the very next paragraph God has a change of heart. He says that he is going to redeem Israel (again). The people of Israel will be able to walk through fire and not get burned (of course, this is a "metaphor" because it doesn't make sense). God then goes on to say that he is the one and only God, and that he is the only savior (Jesus must have slipped his mind).
The rest of today's section is a terribly long winded "don't make false idols" passage. I'm not sure what would possess people to make something out of wood and worship it, but apparently it was a big problem in ancient Israel. Though I guess that's no more ridiculous than worshiping something you can't even see (or worshiping anything at all for that matter).
You know an article is going to be great when it starts out with "Indeed, the 'stuff' that actually makes our physical body – alive – will probably forever evade the grasp of the materialistic scientist, and may finally be … metaphysical." Right, the field of biology is a useless endeavor that understands nothing about life.
He/she continues (I can't actually figure out who the writer is, maybe a metaphysical being?) on with this strange metaphysical theory about the universe:
...it is now recognized that some degree of preprogramming exists in each person. Environment then serves to enhance – or injure – one's predispositions. I think of this preprogrammed "package" as one's "metaphysical imprint." It is a package of potentials that unfold as life unfolds. Environmental opportunities are granted (or denied) for development of said traits.So birds that are born knowing how to build nests have a "metaphysical imprint"? It seems that people are fine with the evolutionary explanation (birds are born with instinct), until it's applied to humans, then it must be something magical and/or metaphysical.
The writer goes on to say that special attributes are given to people who are "born again":
When one is born again, spiritual gifts are disbursed. These are additional grants beyond that first imprint. The Spirit distributes "to each one individually as He wills" (1Cor 12:11). These are either used positively – or are neglected.Special gifts are given to people who are born again. It's just that some people ignore them, so it seems like they haven't gotten special gifts at all. That's very convenient and unscientific.
I'm in a bit of a rush today, so I'm not going to go paragraph by paragraph on this article. I encourage you to read it if you need your daily dose of fundie illogic.
(via Los Angeles News Today)