Posted by: Andrew G | April 16, 2010

Forgiving Fridays

One thing I could never forgive is a religion that produced no comedians.

I got this cartoon through an email from Dear Dad, but here is the link to An oldie  (2005 is old now??) but a goodie…

They are still coming up with good stuff. And, I really like their “rate-this” system (the choice of smilies below each image). I need to come up with something like that.  Easy feedback is better than no feedback.

For giggles, I followed as the reverend suggests, and reread Matthew 4:6. Well, the whole chapter really. That’s a lesson from Christopher Hitchens actually (since this week is about his book). In the introduction of his book he talks about how the Bible lessons from his school-days gave him the starting practice  of  literary criticism and the importance of context. (And,  I just thought it would be a delightful contradiction to end this Atheist Week with a look  at scripture. 🙂 )

Jesus and the Devil go walking in the wilderness. The Devil challenges Jesus:  change these rocks to bread,  jump from a tall height, worship me instead of God.  Jesus, though flattered by the attention, refuses each advance.

Matthew 4:6, more specifically, goes like this (depending on the translation of course):

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus gives a response: “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

Now, testing your Lord God in certain ways is maybe ok (for examples, check these sources). But outright tempting, well in modern terms, is not safe. I have a friend that says, “Don’t tease a bear.” And it’s fairly obvious why — sometimes, the bear gets you.

(I think there is a passage where God openly asks, through a prophet I think, to be tested. Trust Him, do as He instructs, and your crops will grow and the rains will come. I can’t remember the passage, but I will get cookies for anyone that has the passage handy.)

So what’s the lesson for today? How about we ease up on our guardian angels? And maybe even God for that matter? They have a lot of work to do. It’s a good time for us to step up and take better care of each other.

(Main source used: the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. Yea, they even make Bibles for skeptics! That’s how serious Bible-study can get!)



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