making them do weird things to prove their loyalty..
..all in true gangster fashion. I guess it kinda makes sense, though. If God was your homey then Christians would probably be less likely to go to Church. They would instead be watching football and go when they feel like it.
I forget which movie it was, but somebody asked the gangster..
"would you rather be feared or loved."
his response was..
"feared because fear lasts longer than love."
This seems to be the approach that God takes hence the term "God-fearing". I wonder if that is the reason Christians are so fanatical about going to Church even though they know it's boring as hell, for fear of being smited. Hmm.. seems a bit rough around the edges but whatever works, I guess. I do find it interesting, though, that the bible seems to portray God as an entity that seems to embody the very same traits that bring fault to man. Wrath, anger, jealousy .. doesn't seem very becoming of an almighty being. Maybe that is all a part of the master plan. Let's face it, sometimes you have to bust a few skulls to get your point across. In order to maintain the proper level of obedience, a certain level of fear must be invoked in your subjects. Whether it be through hurricanes, tsunamis, famines, or whatever wrath he conjures under the guise of natural disaster..in order to effectively bring order to the wayward souls of this world..
..must God must rule with an iron fist?