Friday, August 19, 2005

Repeat After Me

"God is good, all the time" is a mantra that is repeated by Christians over and over and over and over. Why? Because it must be repeated constantly to mentally beat down the "truth" of the bible. The bible tells us over and over and over and over that the god described therein is not good. You want some examples?

Genesis 22:2-10: "And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and ... offer him there for a burnt offering.... And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son."

God is good, all the time

Exodus 12:29-30: "The Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon.... And there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead."

God is good, all the time

Deuteronomy 21:18-21: "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear."

God is good, all the time.

Judges11:29-39: "Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.... And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.... And the LORD delivered them into his hands.... And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances.... And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed."

God is good, all the time

2 Kings 2:23-24: "As he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."

God is good, all the time
God is good, all the time
God is good, all the time
God is good, all the time


Rowan said...

Are you ever back, or what?

I'm so excited to see this. And, I love the new look...very streamlined and easy to follow. (Not like my busy busy little world of a blog.)

You're back. Hooray!
It must be a blessing from above.

Dave said...

Thanks Rowan!

I thought you might appreciate the use of "Iconoclast" since you said once I was striving to be one. One of the best compliments I've had!

Maybe it is a blessing from above! God, whomever he/she/it is, is certainly mad as hell (pun intended) that so many people believe he/she/it is as described by the bible!

I don't want to be doing this blog... God is making me! ;-)

Dave said...

Okay people, substitute "Love through Him who IS love" for "God is good, all the time" and re-read the original post.

I think I'll start an annoying mantra list. I'm not sure if the mantras will be annoying, or that fact that I'm gonna make a list. Doesn't matter.

"Love through Him who IS love" is especially, umm, annoying, as there is a strong implication that whomever says it loves you not as a fellow human being, but because their religion commands them to love everybody, including heathen scum such as yourself.

Am I over-analyzing? Probably, especially since the people I know that say it would likely be loving humans even if they decided not to be Christian. It still bugs me.

A timely and relevant quote from Dan Barker:

"I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is not blood and suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules. Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. That is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being.

THAT's the way I love people, damn it!