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11/13/2010

Unbelievable That God Would Send His Word To Us Through A Book

I really hate this picture.  I don't know the circumstances involved, but I cannot think of an acceptable one.  I'd like to find out who is responsible for this moment in this child's life and put a gun to their head.  


What kind of a person would do such a thing?  I think we would all agree that such a person must be a monster.


When it comes to the Bible, we have hallowed it for so long that many do not see the harm it causes.  When thinking of the Bible, most choose to see Jesus, peace, love, forgiveness, joy, hope and so on.


But the Bible, believed by most Christians to be God's Word, exists in printed form and is found everywhere.  The Gideons put it in hotel rooms.  Parents give them to their children for Christmas.  Many Christian churches pass them out on the street or in foreign nations for free.  Heck, I own about twenty of them in varying versions and formats.  It truly has been made available everywhere.  And if you're in Utah, you'll probably find a Book of Mormon in your hotel drawer as well.


My belief is that God would never send his "Word" to us through multiple human beings, let us translate it from language to language, put it out in every conceivable version, and still let it be his holy standard on Earth.  Putting the Bible into the hands of the general populace, in my opinion, can result in sad scenes like the picture up above.  Let me explain.


A recent example is the trial of the kidnap and rape of Elizabeth Smart in Utah.  Mormons believes that they are descendants of Israel.  Although they believe the book of Mormon to be more accurate than the  Bible, they promote both books.  Elizabeth's abductor, Brian David Mitchell, (influenced by both books-ed.) claims mental illness for this monstrous assault upon this little girl and her family.  Elizabeth testified recently, "Nine months of living with him and seeing him proclaim that he was God's servant and called to do God's work and everything he did to me and my family is something that I know that God would not tell somebody to do," she said. "God would never tell someone to kidnap her at knife point from their bed, from her sister's side ... never continue to rape her and sexually abuse her."  I agree.


Known as a homeless street preacher named "Immanuel," Mitchell's attorneys claim that he was influenced by a worsening mental illness and religious beliefs that made him think he was doing what God wanted.  Herein lies the problem.  The world is full of sicko's:  mental children if you will, people who cannot reason or evaluate well, and people who are more comfortable following a book or those who interpret the Book than reasoning from cause to effect or taking responsibility for their own lives.


My book , Surrender of Sovereignty, mentions other such cases where a deified book, the Bible, left in the hands of ordinary people can result in horrible scenarios: people being stoned to death, children being beaten to death with rocks, humans being killed and eaten and much more.  I do not believe that a benevolent or wise god, who I believe is responsible for the design we see in flowers, animals, or matter, would work that sloppily.  I encourage you to read my book to see why I decided not to accept the Bible as the Word of God.

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