"The word of the Lord came to me: 'Son of man' ... " - Ezekiel 21:1; "The word of the Lord came to me: 'Son of man' ... " - Ezekiel 21:18; "The word of the Lord came to me: 'Son of man' ... " - Ezekiel 22:1; "Again the word of the Lord came to me: 'Son of man' ... " - Ezekiel 22:23 [ ... to infinity ... ]
We have a very short an uneventful bible section today.
In chapter 21 God again says that he is going to use Babylon to destroy the Israelites. Not to open up an old thread, but this is just further evidence that God is using Babylon to destroy Israel, not just allowing Babylon to invade. Recall that, in the end, God destroys Babylon for being bad to the Israelites (i.e. following his orders).
The second chapter for today is God repeating all of Israel's sins. Oppressing aliens, mistreating widows, having sex with women on their period, and eating in shrines are among the offences listed. God says that, because of this, Israel is useless to him and will be destroyed.
I don't think a single new idea was brought up today.
*News*I thought I'd switch it up today and give you an opinion letter from a Christian I actually agree with.
I truly couldn’t believe all three reverends published on an April 25 Opinion page were so condemning of homosexuals (“Bible clearly against homosexuality,” “Do not condemn, but gay behavior still a sin,” and “ELCA must repent for turning back on God”). Apparently they have forgotten that Jesus’ primary message was to love one another and to leave the judging to God.I haven't gotten to the Jesus part yet, so I'll have to take her word for it. I don't think I would have such a problem with Christianity if there were more outspoken Christians like this one (it'd be nice if they threw out the old testament too).
And as far as Paul disapproving of homosexuals, he also felt pretty much the same way about women preaching. And that was Paul speaking, not Jesus. Jesus surrounded himself by women and treated women and all others equally. Paul’s teachings on women, homosexuals, et al, reflected the mores of the time and are no more relevant to us than many of the other first-century standards he addressed, such as dress, social etiquette and dietary rules. We cannot pick and choose which of Paul’s teachings to follow, as these three pastors have done. But we can follow Jesus’ teachings. And he never is quoted as saying that homosexuals are sinners.I'm surprised at the massive disconnect between different Christians. Every time I talk to a new person/church I feel like I need 20 questions to determine who they are/what they believe. Some believe in evolution, some don't. Some believe homosexuality is disgusting and want to put gay people on the fast track to hell. Others, like this writer, think everyone should be loved equally and unconditionally.
This really speaks to the cognitive dissonance in the bible. Two people/groups of people can read the same book and come back with polar opposite beliefs. The only thing everyone seems to agree on is that Jesus existed and became a zombie.
(via Duluth News Tribune)