Tuesday, December 20, 2011

God is a Gangster

More like gangLORD to be precise. The more I read Genesis, the more I begin to realize that this portion of the bible was put in place to deliver one sole message..God doesn't play games. If you screw up he will rain fire on your a$$ (literally). He is always smiting people, and banishing them, and cursing them..

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?

9 comments:

  1. If you have time, i would say you should check out two "talks" (i really don't know what to call them) by this guy rob bell

    the first (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDsxd7fu2S8) is about creation and science, which might be nice since you're going through genesis 

    the second (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZDJ4jiYm6c) talks about the old testament in general, and all the crazy stuff that happens in it. 

    all the subsequent "parts" should show up on the right after you're done. if you have the time of course!

    and also, my church isn't boring at all :] but many are, i won't deny that!

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  2. You are closer to the truth than you probably realize, NowhereMan...just facing the wrong direction...

    I see only two, mutually exclusive, possible conclusions to be drawn from the biblical revelation of the nature of God.

    Either He is a gangster-like God, as you have described, who rules through fear and forces people to do His will...Or, He is a loving God, who sees further and understands more of our ultimate needs than we can ever hope to see or understand.

    Either He is terribly unimaginative in his approach to relationship, and really not very skilled or intelligent...Or, He is the ultimate supreme being whose ways are so far above our own, that we can catch only brief glimpses of His awesome glory.

    There really is not much room for anything in between...

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  3. Thanks for the links. I'll definitely check those out.

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  4. Well, of those two conclusions I sincerely hope that it is the latter.  Otherwise, we are all in deep $h!#

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  5. if/when you get to it, lemme know what you think :] comment somewhere on my blog or something [murrrmurings]

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  6. Well, although it strongly appears to be the former, I would hope that it would be the latter. Otherwise, we're all screwed.

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  7. Very true!  If it's the former, if God's nature resembles a gangster, then we're completely without hope.

    If it's the latter, and God is a loving all-mighty supreme being, whose nature is so far above our own that we cannot begin to understand Him, then that's very good news, indeed!

    And yet...that's no cake-walk, either...   Because, either way, God is not impersonal. 

    Everything about the biblical account of God points toward His being intensely personal, interested in even minute details of our lives.

    So, having accepted, as I have, that God is an awesome, omnipotent, omnipresent loving God, whose ways are so far above mine that I cannot comprehend them, I must also accept that He loves me at a very personal level, that He is interested in seemingly minor details of my life, and that He wants to have a very personal relationship with me.

    Further, I must accept that He created me in His own image; that his design for my life is for my heart and my character to be conformed to His heart and His character.

    Even though I have inherited a sin nature from my ancestor Adam, as a result of Adam and Eve's choice to disregard God's instruction, and even though that sin nature is directly contrary to God's nature, I must accept that God's design and plans for me have not changed...that it is still His intent that my nature become like His nature.

    This, in turn, leaves me with the impossible task of trying, despite the double handicap of my natural limitations as a created being and the inherited sin nature, of being compelled to try to understand the nature of God, who is beyond my comprehension, and further of trying to change my own nature to be conformed to His.

    Then, just when I may think maybe I can let myself off the hook, because the task is impossible, and I can never hope to achieve it anyway, God extends an offer to help!

    That offer to help is both the best news and the worst news in the whole world! 

    It is the best news, because it means I actually have a chance to become all that God has created me to be.  It is the worst news, because it means I have absolutely no excuse for not taking Him up on the offer...I have no excuse for stopping short of God's plan for my life.  And He promises to change me to the very core of my being!

    Either way, the journey is not for the faint of heart!

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  8. "I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently WILL find me" Prov 8:17

    Merry Xmas! God Bless :)

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