Tuesday, May 18, 2010

255: The Great Bronze Measurer

Ezekiel 40-42
"He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand." - Ezekiel 40:3

This is going to be a short day. Ezekiel pretty much follows around a bronze guy and watches him measure things for the entirety of Ezekiel 40-42.

Chapter 40 starts out with God taking Ezekiel to a high mountain. It's interesting how Ezekiel words it, he says, "In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel". In visions? Does this mean God isn't even taking his body from where he's having these "visions"? I don't think it could be any more clear that this man would be diagnosed with some mental illness if he lived today.

Atop this mountain is a temple, and a man that appears to be made of bronze. This man guides Ezekiel around and shows him all the rooms of the temple. As he is showing Ezekiel around he measures all the things he's showing him. There seems to be no explanation of why the bronze man is measuring everything but for our (the reader's) benefit. I'm not sure what the significance of this new temple is.

Ezekiel spends the rest of the chapter and the next two chapters telling us all the things he and the bronze man measured. I'll spare you the boring details.

*News*
This one's good, a director of a faith based drug rehab program has been arrested for possession of drugs.

This is just one more in a long line of failures of "faith". Pastors sleeping with male prostitutes, pedophile priests, and now rehab director drug users don't seem to prevent people from touting "faith" as the best/only way to solve your problems. The people that are supposedly the most faithful don't seem to be any better or better off than us godless heathens.

In fact, I've even heard people say that if you don't have God you're going to be a bad person and get on drugs. Well obviously finding Jesus didn't help this woman out with her little drug problem.

The investigating officer doesn't see it the way I do:
Officer Albro added, “I am a supporter of long term, faith-based treatment, and Mission Teens has a proven program with a high success rate, but I feel that the problems at the Set Free Mission Bible Training Center need to be addressed in a timely manner.”
I'm skeptical of their success rate if they can't even seem to cure their director.

2 comments:

  1. You should pay more attention. Remember, the fate of your soul depends on knowing the exact dimensions of the Second Temple. After all, this is the perfect book, so clearly God wouldn't be including anything unless it was vitally important to your salvation.

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  2. "The people that are supposedly the most faithful don't seem to be any better or better off than us godless heathens."

    I'm not the best one to defend the religious mindset, but I'm going to try something here.

    There are actually many Christians that would completely agree with your statement. But, they feel justified in that they are willing to admit to their 'sinful nature', and in the process of being Christian they are kind of like taking on the practice of being better human beings.

    One of the huge and mostly accurate criticisms of religious people is just as you say -- finding Jesus didn't solve all their problems. In fact, sometimes it makes them arrogant and self-righteous, therefore adding to their sins in what can be described as amazing human irony. Or, they think they can wash their stupid decisions away instead of facing up to their bad habits.

    But admitting to faults can be a useful step towards living more virtuous, more value-centered, as opposed to results-centered or self-centered, lives. My sentences are getting too long, but I'm just trying to frame this another way other than just sarcasm and so on. Religion has always been a control device and there really isn't much else in place to control human stupidity.

    Well, maybe until now. Drugs certainly aren't the answer yet. And world economics isn't the best place to look for good human behavior. But public education has helped in stumbling and incomplete ways. And the creation of rights seems to be getting us somewhere.We are slowly finding ways to be better humans, and even without belief structures.

    So the religious beliefs are kind of like old tools. Some work, some don't. And ancient artifacts can be really cool in some ways. But until people trust the new tools, they stick with the old stuff. How do you get an old carpenter to give up his/her old tools?

    Long-winded. But I'm trying to be generous to the religious, so please forgive.... :-)

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