Saturday, May 8, 2010

245: Know God, No Peace

Ezekiel 13-15
"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you ... Because they lead my people astray, saying, 'Peace,' when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash" - Ezekiel 13:8-10

Yay (not), another day of repetition.

God starts out talking about false prophets (again). Remember, there is still no clear (I hesitate to say scientific) way of determining who is a false prophet and who is a real prophet. Wouldn't it be nice if, in God's book that supposed to tell us everything about the world, God would have told us how to objectively determine who's a real prophet and who's a false prophet? It seems that one of God's biggest problems with these "false prophets" is that they are preaching peace when there is no peace. You mean, God doesn't want there to be world peace? Everything makes more sense now.

The next chapter is all about idolatry. Because we really need one more chapter in the bible about how bad idolatry is. Everything is just the same old same old (i.e. God is going to kill you if you're an idolater) until the last paragraph. God says, "And if the prophet is enticed to utter a prophecy, I the Lord have enticed that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and destroy him from among my people Israel." So if God entices a prophet to prophecy, then God is going to kill him? I don't get this one at all. If this isn't conspiracy to murder I don't know what is.

God spends the rest of the chapter explaining how inescapable his judgement of Israel is. He says that even if Noah, or Job were in Israel they would only be able to save themselves. God would still kill their children. But really, God kills Job's kids just for the fun of it, so he's not really making much of a point.

The entirety of chapter 15 (all two paragraphs of it) are God explaining how useless Jerusalem is. God compares Jerusalem to a vine, which is apparently the most useless of woods. If only there were some sort of creator that didn't make plants that are completely useless to humans.

The writer of our article today thinks we should listen to God more.
God spoke audibly in the Old Testament era. He spoke to Adam and Eve daily. He spoke to Noah at length about building the ark. He talked to Abraham about offering his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to test his faith in God's promises. He talked to Moses and the prophets over a great length of time.
Do you ever wish that God would do the same today? If he did, would we always understand what he might say to us? And if we understood it, would we always like what we heard? These are moot questions, because God no longer speaks audibly; he has given us his word, the Bible, as his means of communication with us. But we are to "hear" what he says to us through the pages of Scripture.
Yes, I very much wish he would do the same today. I've never quite understood the motivation for this all powerful all loving creator to remain silent while terrible things happen on earth. Would we understand what this creator has to say? I certainly hope so. He's not very all knowing or all wonderful if you can't possibly understand what he has to say.

Speaking of not understanding what God has to say. How can we possibly understand something written in a different language and left to be copied and translated for 2000 years? That has to be the most inefficient form of communication I've ever heard of.

Saying that we can still communicate with God is the equivalent of saying that Shakespeare isn't dead because we can still read his book. Shakespeare never makes appearances, he never speaks to humans personally, and he hasn't written anything new in hundreds of years. Does this mean people can still have an active, personal relationship with Shakespeare? Actually, Shakespeare and God do have a lot in common, they both love killing off their characters.

I agree that communication is possible through books, but books will never beat a personal conversation if you're trying to convey information.


  1. If having the Bible obviates God having to speak to us directly, why was he still continuing to speak to people during the time of the NT, since the OT scriptures were hundreds of years old by that time? And even in the OT, the later books were written hundreds of years after the earlier ones, and yet God still is talking to people in the later ones. And not really saying anything original, either.

  2. Well, god does still talk to crazy people. But I guess it's obvious to christians that these people are not communicating with an almighty when they claim god told them to cut off their hair and eat feces...

  3. Robert HagedornMay 9, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    The original sin was anal intercourse. For the exegesis, google the first scandal Adam and Eve. Then click, read, and comment.



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