Last Wednesday 18 June 2014, a C.R. Becker had a letter published in the Coeur d’Alene Press. One of two main points to be addressed here, was Becker’s claim that God’s word trumps governments and the laws of government. The second main point, was his hand wringing over the 55 million abortions, regardless of the hows, whys, or even the circumstances for which those medical procedures might be performed. That was right along with his “critiquing” certain writers, who also had published letters to the editor. Which led to my also sending an e-mail letter to the same newspaper. It was published yesterday on 25 June 2014. From the Tanakh (Jewish bible) I selected Jeremiah 20:14—18, Job 10:1—22, and also Hosea 14:1. In two scriptures a prophet and a rich man wish to have died before they were born. In Hosea, it involved God ordained violence against a people who defied Him. That is, a total wasting of life, from adults to infants, and pregnant women besides. Considering that these scriptures, and others much like them, can be found in the Old Testament to the New (Jesus the Anointed One said at one point, “Woe unto pregnant women and nursing mothers…”). Well, then these biblical texts portray God in a way, that the churches quite frankly will disagree with. I think that is the problem, when it has politically served their purpose, church leaders do disagree with God’s word.
And because there is this history of disagreement, C.R. Becker would be entirely incorrect that it is “God’s word” that trumps anything. Rather, down through the last couple of thousand years; it has been religious dogma that seeks to trump government and the laws of government. Dogma that is developed by church leaders to portray a God how ever they truly wish to see him. A God as interpreted, who will justify the actions and teachings of that particular church. Therefore, it becomes necessary to ignore certain scriptures and to distort others, in order to arrive at the conclusion that: the bible supports the dogma in question. As far as I am concerned, that is between the church leaders and their God. If those church leaders wish to teach a distorted view of the bible to their congregants, that’s up to them. At the same time, it doesn’t stop any individual from cracking open a bible starting at page one, and reading it entirely through. I had, and searched out the scriptures I knew to be in the Tanakh, to ultimately copy their contents in the e-mail that was sent to the editor. Don’t look to me to argue with what I presented, it was already in the bible. If you want to argue something, argue with the God who can indeed be anti-life, when waxing wrathful against those who disobey Him.
Our founding fathers often held a Deist view of the bible, or a more enlightened view of God, as they moved solidly away from what the official church of England had taught. I think of the anti-choicers, as also having a particularly enlightened view of God. But in their left wing case, they are literally telling God how He must agree with their specific political positions. Now if the bible is inspired by God, that is a God in history who has nothing in common with, this particularly narrow, big government oriented agenda. Literally, because the bible can be considered in contention with such an agenda.
On another note, also found in the book of Job, “All things are possible with God.” Evolution would indeed be on par with that scripture in Job. Which means that creationists again disagree with their own bible. “All things are possible with God,” means that we develop science and technology; we can run the “Cosmos” series with the late Carl Sagan and again with Neill DeGrasse Tyson. Of course we can. Because, according to Job, God made it possible. Yet on Facebook, polls taken regarding evolution in particular, the majority of those polled disagree with the book of Job, reference evolutionary science. They disagree with this particular inspiration from God, that all things are possible. All right, then I will be blunt in stating that not only are these creationists left wing, they are willfully ignorant about their own bibles and science. And in Italy, seems the majority polled there, accept evolution as a fact.
Or years ago, a fellow writing to the Coeur d’Alene Press, tried to tease a wooly mammoth out of a distorted misuse of scripture, and some kind of “dinosaur” out of a distorted use of another scripture. Scriptures found entirely in the book of Job. Oh incidentally, the scriptures described only one beast, the behemoth. A mythological creature whom only God could bring to heel. As described, it suggests that this behemoth was the only recorded biblical dragon. The description of this behemoth, would not fit that of most known dinosaur fossils. A tour of a natural history museum, would be a sure cure for that kind of willful ignorance. Like I said, this is about telling God to justify specific political positions. Demanding that He support this, as the same political/religious left wingers, take their case before government.
Samuel 1 8:4—18, “All the elders of Israel assembled and came to Samuel at Ramah, and they said to him, ‘You have grown old, and your sons have not followed your ways. Therefore appoint a king for us, to govern us like other nations.’ Samuel was displeased that they said, ‘Give us a king to govern us.’ Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord replied to Samuel, ‘Heed the demand of the people in everything they say to you. For it is not you that they have rejected; it is Me they have rejected as their king. Like everything else they have done since I brought them out of Egypt to this day—forsaking Me and worshiping other Gods—so they are doing to you. Heed their demand; but warn them solemnly, and tell them about the practices of any king who will rule over them.’ Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people, who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘This will be the practice of the king who will rule over you: He will take your sons and appoint them as his charioteers and horsemen, and they will serve as outrunners for his chariots. He will appoint them as his chiefs of thousands and of fifties; or they will plow his fields, reap his harvest, and make his weapons and the equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters as perfumers, cooks, and bakers. He will seize your choice fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his courtiers. He will take a tenth part of your grain and vintage and give them to his eunuchs and courtiers. He will take your male and female slaves, your choice young men, and your asses, and put them to work for him. He will take a tenth part of your flocks, and you shall become his slaves. The day will come when you cry out because of the king whom you yourselves have chosen; and the Lord will not answer you on that day’.”
Among other things, these above scriptures suggest taxes. A tenth of a peoples’ productivity being handed over to the king. Plus, there is a suggestion as well, the potential for corruption in seeking an earthly (secular) king over God. I reference this particular scripture in Samuel, because in today’s political/religious world view, it seems to me that the churches are repeating a most unwelcome and burdensome history. They reject much of what is found in the bible and they turn to government to resolve all matters of canon and dogma. That is, the churches now. The same people who once said, “How government wasn’t the answer for everything.”