Friday, December 31, 2004

The Wrath of God ??

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Luke 9:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

Nehemiah 9:31 Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.

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Christian fundamentalists assert that their God is in total control of his Creation. When "bad things happen" like the recent death of many people along the coasts of Indonesia and Asia, their God is clearly responsible. But the ways of God are "mysterious".

Invoking a "mystery" as an explanation is never satisfying and never enlightens. Their God is a "God of Love" , especially if you believe and "are saved". Their God is a "God of Wrath", with elements of mercy, for those outside the fold.

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Is there a special lesson here about the evil of Non-Christians (Muslims, Bhuddists, Hindu,...)?? Christian fundamentalists believe Non-Christians are already on the way to Hell, and maybe they needed a little shaking up to get them to see the "light" ??

So maybe, the deaths of 100,000 plus Non-Christians is ok because many more may be saved from eternal damnation??

The existence of "evil" and awful events has always been a deep problem for Christians, and it will always be such. But such is the tortured existence of those who believe in the book: reason can only lead one astray.

"Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason"
(Martin Luther: V, 425 )

"There is on earth among all dangers no more dangerous thing than a richly endowed and adroit reason, especially if she enters into spiritual matters which concern the soul and God. For it is more possible to teach an ass to read than to blind such a reason and lead it right; for reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed."
(Martin Luther: V, 1312 )


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