"See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised." - Obadiah 1:2
The entirety of the book of Obadiah is God saying how bad Edom is. God sends Obadiah to tell them how bad they've been and how God is going to destroy them for what they've done. However, God doesn't promise to bring them back like he does the Israelites. I guess there is a downside to not being the chosen people.
It seems like they could have just tacked this entire book on to the end of another (it is only one chapter after all). I don't think anyone would have noticed.
"From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God." - Jonah 2:1
I think most of us know the basic story of Jonah (i.e. he gets swallowed by a whale/big fish, whatever). Even I know that part, and that's saying something. But there's a bit of back story that at least I didn't know.
God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach against the people living there. Jonah says hell no and gets on a boat to Tarshish. On the boat's way to Tarshish God summons a huge storm. The people on the boat, knowing some God must be responsible, cast lots to figure out who's God is angry. Jonah's lot comes up so the people of the boat know that Jonah's God must be the one that's angry.
They ask Jonah what to do to calm the waters. Jonah tells them that the only solution is to throw him overboard. The people of the ship hesitate to throw him over, but once they see that they cannot handle the storm they go ahead and toss him into the sea. God, being the nice guy that he is, has a big fish eat Jonah. Of course, this "big fish" could be a whale. This wouldn't be the first time God miscategorized an animal (Leviticus 11:13-19). Jonah prays to God from inside this fish for 3 days.
I'm going to avoid arguing whether Jonah could have survived inside the stomach of a fish/whale. Common sense tells us that Jonah couldn't have. If there were enough oxygen inside a stomach to survive (there's not), Jonah would probably be thoroughly digested in 3 days. But I don't think this is a logical argument. Either you believe it, or you don't based on whether you believe God can make anything happen.
At the end of three days God commands the fish to puke Jonah up and, lo and behold, Jonah is dropped off at Nineveh. Jonah preaches against the people of Nineveh. For once, the people of Nineveh listen to God, so God doesn't destroy them. For some reason, Jonah is mad about this and spends the rest of the chapter saying he wants to die.
Well, it's finally been proven. God exists. I feel a little silly now.
New orleans, Frank Tipler, a professor at Tulane University, has been studying god, and he claims to have undeniable proof that God Exists. He started off in a Christian childhood, he then became an atheist at 16 when he began studying science. Recently he has converted back due to his newest discovery.
I'm on the edge of my seat.
God is the cosmological singularity, out of which the universe sprang. God created the universe, he will guide the universe, and until finally the universe will recollapse into him. The final singularity which is the same as the initial singularity. The cosmological singularity at its fullest extent is, in fact, God.
First of all, he's redefined God. God being a singularity is a long way from a personal God that listens to all of your prayers and sends Jesus to sacrifice himself for our sins. Second, this isn't, in any way, evidence. Randomly saying that God is a singularity doesn't make it true. Not to mention that science suggest that the universe isn't going to collapse back into a singularity.
He claims that his math coincides with Exodus in the bible, describing god referring to himself as "I am that I am" meaning that god is referring to himself as both past and future tense. By his logic this proves that god is with the universe from beginning to end.
The math coincides with Exodus? I'm not even sure what that means. I always thought God referring to himself as "I am that I am" was just God ranting. I now know that it's irrefutable evidence that God exists.
This guy obviously didn't study science hard enough.
(via Rant Rave)