Christianity Admin on 30 Nov 2006 12:16 am
This article talks about a new national holiday called “Listen to God Day”:
As the author puts it:
Donâ€™t you think thatâ€™s a great idea? I mean, uh, Heâ€™s GOD. When He speaks, we should listen. Heâ€™s just a few notches up the IQ scale from us, agreed? He made the universe. He made you. He wants to talk to you. Letâ€™s have a holiday!
God speaks? What’s amazing is that when God speaks, people hear so many different things. For example, some people hear God speak and he talks about love and peace. Other people hear God speak, and he tells them to be divinely murderous. Just look at 9/11/2001, or the U.S. reaction to it.
The fact is, when normal, intelligent people listen for God’s voice, they hear absolutely nothing. The author even acknowledges this problem:
Hereâ€™s the best part. Listening to God isnâ€™t anything complicated. You donâ€™t have to go looking for a burning bush, hire a monk, or even have your life in order. All you need to do is read. The Listen to God Day is possible because we have 774,746 words in 66 books that are directly from the mouth of God. How do I know this? Check out this amazing statement: “â€¦ men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)
So, already we’ve run into a problem with this holiday. It should really be called “Read the Bible day”, not “Listen to God day”.
Let’s say that we do read the Bible, instead of listening to God. The problem is, when normal, intelligent people read the Bible, they find it to be quite repulsive. The author says:
I wish I had more room to list the hundreds and hundreds of verses that, if you read them with an open heart and willing mind to change, would jump off the page and jump start a new way of thinking for you.
Really? That’s interesting. What if we were to start with these:
- Deut 25:11-12
- Genesis 38:8-10
- Deut 21:18-21
- Deut 20:10-18
- Ex 35:2
- Lev 20:13
- Isaiah 13:13-16
- Exodus 21:20-21
- Numbers 31:14-18
- 1 Tim 2:11-12
- Col 3:22-23
- Luke 14:26
- Deut 22:13-21
- Isaiah 40:8
Isn’t it odd that, by the author’s own admission, the all-powerful, all-loving creator of the universe never speaks? And isn’t it odd that, just by reading the dozen or so verses listed above, it is obvious that “his book” is repulsive? Why can’t religious people simply look at these two facts, which are apparent to anyone who is rational, and accept the reality of the situation?