Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This is serious

It seems that God is being bandied about as a cheerleader in favor of one side or the other in just about every debate. But, the Psalms have different view of God:

“What right have you to recite my laws
or take my covenant on your lips?
You hate my instruction
and cast my words behind you.
When you see thieves, you join with them;
you throw in your lot with adulterers.
You use your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue to deceit.
You sit and testify against your brother
and slander your own mother’s son.
When you did these things and I kept silent,
you thought I was exactly like you.
But I now arraign you
and set my accusations before you.

   “Consider this, you who forget God,
or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue:
Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”—Psalm 50: 16-23

<idle musing>
"you thought I was exactly like you" seems to be the biggest problem in cultural religion. Throw out any concept of God that isn't exactly like us—if it isn't exactly like us, it can't possibly be true! Right? Wrong!!
</idle musing>

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