Christianity Johnson on 11 Sep 2008 01:14 am
Today we turn once again to Billy Graham to demonstrate the Peephole that Christians use when they examine our world:
The title sounds encouraging enough, and the article contains this promising quote:
God understands your problems and welcomes you just as you are. We donâ€™t have to be perfect before God will accept us
Wouldn’t it be nice if this were true? Unfortunately, according to the Bible, this viewpoint is completely incorrect. Most people, rather than being accepted by God “just as they are”, will be cast into Hell for an eternity of torture. As mentioned in this post, just about everyone who isn’t a Southern Baptist is on the highway to Hell.
The only way that Billy Graham could make a statement like that is to be looking through a peephole that sees “God” as “all loving”, while ignoring the huge swaths of Biblical verbiage that clearly demonstrates otherwise.
The Christian Peephole is even more obvious in this passage:
Itâ€™s important for you to understand exactly what Jesus said about worry. He knew that we all tend to worry about the future â€” but God knows all about the future and because He loves us we can trust our future into His hands. He said, â€œDo not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. … Your Father knows that you need themâ€ (Luke 12:22, 30). The opposite of worry, Jesus was saying, is trust â€” trust in God and His unchanging love.
Billy Graham has left several good parts out of his Luke quote, so let’s look at the entirety of Luke 12:22-34:
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Doesn’t this sound fantastic? God will feed us without our needing to sow or reap! Even better: “And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it… your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” God will give us the food and drink we need!
– “every year nearly ten million children die in the world due to preventable diseases.”
– “some 4000 children die every day, because they simply donâ€™t have access to an adequate supply of clean water.”
– And many millions more die of starvation.
Strangely, God has forgotten to give these children what they need. And what he promised them. Luke 12:22-34 is provably ridiculous. Only by looking at the world through the Christian Peephole would you ever quote this section of the Bible.
If you would like a deeper perspective on how ridiculous the Bible can be in this area, try this: