"Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD. ' ' " - Ezekiel 37:4-6
The bible continually surprises me with it's level of insanity. I think today we've reached a new level. Yes, this is even worse than four headed angels with eyes all over them, this is zombies!
Chapter 37 starts with Ezekiel walking through a valley full of dry bones. God asks Ezekiel if these bones can live. Ezekiel says that only God knows. God apparently takes this as a challenge and tells Ezekiel to prophecy to the bones, and tell them to live. As Ezekiel watches, the bones grow tendons, muscles, and skin. There are now just a bunch of dead bodies laying in a valley instead of bones. God tells Ezekiel to prophecy that they will breathe. He does and the bodies come to life.
God does all of this as a metaphor for how he's going to bring Israel back to life. He's officially gone too far with his acting out of metaphors. He's now brought back an entire army of people to make a point to Ezekiel. This brings up a whole slew of questions. What's going to happen to these newly resurrected people? Do they have souls? Do they have the memories of when they were previously alive? Didn't God kill them for a reason the first time? Is he going to kill them again for the same reason? Do these random people get to go back to their families? Of course, these could be metaphorical people (even though the bible doesn't say that at all).
The rest of the chapter is another metaphor that must be acted out, and it's only a little less trippy. God tells Ezekiel to get a stick and write on it "Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him". Then God tells him to get another stick and write on it "Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him". Then Ezekiel is told to take the two sticks in his hand and fuse them together (I guess he has the power to do this himself, God offers no divine assistance). This is a metaphor for God fusing the two houses of Israel together. Of course, after God reunites the Israelites he thinks they will all worship him and get rid of their idols. God's optimism is getting tiring.
Chapter 38 and 39 are a big prophecy against Gog. God tells Gog that he is going to send them to invade Israel. But on the day they invade God says he is going to be furious and cause earthquakes throughout the land.
He then tells Ezekiel to prophecy against Gog and tell them that God will force the bow and arrow out of their hands and feed them to the animals of the land. This is another situation where it seems like God is mad at Gog for something he commanded them to do. If God sent them after Israel why is he mad when they get there?
Bill Henson can uniquely bring together evangelicals and homosexuals (or so he thinks) because he's "ex-gay".
Henson was apparently in a gay relationship for years until he found Jesus. He then decided that homosexuality was a sin and married a woman. I feel sorry for his wife.Unfortunately current church policy seems to be "shun the gay". After all, the bible does say that we should kill gay people. I don't understand how people reconcile God wanting to kill people just like them and an all loving God. Remember, it's not only the gays, but the adulterers, sabbath workers, etc. that God would have had killed in ancient Israel.
"What I'm going for is ... without changing the church's policy, to create a safe place for gay people to experience a journey of discovering God in our midst," Henson said.
There's a small problem with this "ex-gay" minister:
In 2006, Henson gave up a marketing career to go into ministry full-time. Henson says he is "not 100 percent free of same-sex attractions" and does not expect other gays who turn to faith to end up in a straight marriage.Wait, not free of same sex attractions? Then he's still gay! Not that I think any "ex-gay" people are really free of same sex attractions, because I don't think it can be reversed. After all, being gay is not a disorder that needs to be reversed.
When Henson speaks before groups, he avoids polarizing political issues, such as gay marriage (Henson supports traditional marriage), seeing them as so divisive they destroy the common ground he seeks.I don't believe sin exists, but if it did I think one of those sins would be trying to prevent people from having something you enjoy. In fact, Henson refers to his ex-partner as "beautiful". In the words of Christopher Hitchens, religion poisons everything. Why does he still think something is "beautiful" that is oh so sinful?
(via Taiwan News)