The God of the Bible is a Sheep Beater
Have you experienced the sting of an event or moment in life that brought such agony that you will probably never forget? Mine was looking into the heartbroken, grieving eyes of my cousin and his wife at the funeral home. They had just tragically witnessed the gruesome accident and death of their beloved infant child a few days prior. You know that there would be nothing that you could say that would comfort them. I wanted to show support by being with them at a most difficult time.
I had been an ex-minister for less than a year at the time of the funeral. I had never told them about my leaving the faith and I wasn’t sure if anyone else had told them either. Knowing what I knew about the ministry, I hurt inside knowing that my relatives would be getting worthless “Christian” answers to comfort them. People mean well, but I know that the bible’s answers bring about more questions, and causes more pain than comfort. Ministers know of many Christian people who are “angry with God” because something has happened to the individual that they felt was unfair or unjust from the hand of god. Wise people understand that when a child is BAD often the reason is because that inside they are MAD at something. Their outward bad behavior is actively expressing that they are mad inside.
From my viewpoint, my relatives were from great families, were devout Christians, and were good natured people. In no way would they be subjects of God’s chastisement. Obviously, coming from a Christian perspective you would want to know why God would allow, cause or permit such a horrible event to take place? Since God is in control then he had to give permission for this….right? God is sovereign, isn’t he? A biblical example would be the story of Job.
Is God that desperate for attention or for glorification?
I will ask some rhetorical questions here. How would God be glorified in a situation like this? Is God that desperate for attention or glorification that he needs to be cruel and or unfair to attain it? Why would God give the gift of life and take it away so quickly? There is probably no situation or event that would be more difficult for a Christian minister to deal with than a situation something like this. As an exminister, I saw how cruel the God of the bible was to two very special people by taking away their child. The God of the bible didn’t have to allow this to happen!
Chapter and Verse proof: God confesses to beating his sheep!
God will get to beat you sometime in your life, that is if he doesn't decide to kill you
The most cruel example that I'm aware of is that God had 2 she bears come from out of the woods and kill 42 little children because these children had mocked Elisha for having a bald head (2 Kings 2: 23-24). I'm laughing at the absurdity of this and cry because of cruelty and thirst for blood that the God of the bible has towards people. I'm embarrassed that I once taught others that the bible is the word of god. God is a brutal murderer! Can he not take a joke about some little kids mocking his prophet?
Christians are ashamed about this teaching
Biblical apologists would cringe if you introduced this subject at such a delicate time of grief like my relatives had. I agree with their feelings and feel it would be totally inappropriate as well. One thing that is evident here is that Christians are ashamed about this biblical teaching about God chastising his children. If they were not ashamed then they could mention it at anytime. But being ashamed and ignoring it doesn’t lessen the burden for any Christian whom has had something horrible happen to them. Put yourself in their shoes. You just suffered a horrible time, and every Christian that you know has heard their preacher preach a sermon from this Hebrews text. Imagine what they must be thinking about you? Once again I will introduce a few rhetorical questions here. What did they do to deserve this? It must be pretty bad? Will they learn from this experience and get right with God? Can they look you in the eye again and not think about this? Or worse yet, they will pity you!
Advice to currently suffering Christians
Christianities two most useful “escape plans” are to act as if they didn’t hear and avoid whatever threatens them (ignore); and throw up their hands and say that they do not know the answer to whatever threatens them (ignorance). Yes, very convenient and effective for people who are sheep like. But what about those of us who demand a reasonable explanation? They are often told by their minister or leader that they will have to get back to them. This is just another form of their avoidance and IF THEY EVER GET BACK to you they still won’t have a sufficient answer for someone who isn’t sheep like. You can be waiting a very long time for their reply. Tell them you will withhold your tithe and offering money until they answer you! (Humor)
Now for you dear Christian! What in the world are you waiting for? In real life Christianity doesn’t work. The bible is just plain old bad literature and dangerous when used as a psychology text! Did you join Christianity for God to look after your well being? Now you know that God is actively viewing your behavior and you are subject to chastisement when you do wrong things. Your minister doesn’t have the answers to real life situations. They are just hoping that you “keep putting money in the plate” and don’t ask too many or the wrong type of questions. Go ahead ask one to them as a test, then notice their response to it. This time, don’t be a gullible sheep when they give you that same old insufficient line. You must get past this mentality of “God will get you” because God won’t get you. God won’t get you because who is to say that there is a God out their anyway? The great secret out there is that their isn’t any God out there like the bible describes.
October 5, 2007 All