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Did God Make Mistakes?

Did God Make Mistakes?
By J.L. Robb

Have you heard of The Christian Left? Me either. At least not until this week when I saw a post on social media allegedly by this group out of Portland, Oregon. The meme of someone washing someone else’s feet went like this:

“It’s sickening what ‘Christianity’ has become in the United States thanks to jumping in bed with the extreme right 30 years ago. It’s turned into a group of fanatics who spew venom on three topics: Criminalizing women over their private reproductive choices; Bullying gay people and denying them the same freedoms as the rest of us; and, Demonizing and blaming the poor and whining about being ‘forced’ to help them. Jesus said nothing about abortion and homosexuality, and he placed no qualifiers on helping the poor. His commands were universal and did not exclude governments. The agenda of the religious right has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. It’s time to call them too repentance.”

It is amazing that a group of people can read the Holy Bible and get two completely different visions and messages. One group believes God meant what He said; the other group believes God made some mistakes, especially in the sex and murder departments.

It seems a bit of an irony that the Christian Left would reference jumping in bed with anyone, when apparently a President of the U.S. can jump in bed in the Oval Office with an intern, and that is Christian somehow to the left.

What about that spewing venom from those of us who believe God said what He meant and meant what He said? In other words, what Jesus really meant was a human fetus is actually not human at all, so it’s okay to kill it. Jesus really meant that a woman’s right to get rid of an unwanted child for any reason outweighs the right of the child to live. According to most statistical surveys, most abortions are used as birth control because the pregnancies were unplanned (in other words, birth control), about 95%. There are about 1.3 million abortions per year in the U.S. (40 million worldwide). This would indicate that more than a million children are destroyed because of a nuisance-value.

Does the Christian Left believe that God bullied gay people? The Bible says this:

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. ~ Romans 1:26-32 NIV

And then there is Leviticus 18:22 KJV and Leviticus 20:13 KJV

What about demonizing the poor and whining by us on the right? It seems the Christian Left is much more generous. Only numerous studies have shown otherwise.

For example, the “redder” a particular state is (i.e., the more its voters support Republican candidates in elections), the likelier its residents are to be charitable. According to Brooks, fully 24 of the 25 most generous states were red ones (only Maryland was a charitably minded blue, or Democrat-supporting, state). Residents of the five states that cast more than 60 percent of their ballots for President Bush in 2004 gave 3.5 percent of their incomes to charity, nearly twice as much per person as residents of the five states (including the District of Columbia) where Democrat John Kerry received 60 percent of the vote or better. This, says Brooks, occurred even though residents of the deep-blue pro-Kerry states earned, on average, 38 percent more per household than their red-state counterparts. ~ Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks

The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta gives tens of millions per year to the “poor and whining” mentioned above, and this is hardly a left-leaning church.

The Christian Left is semi-accurate that Jesus did not say anything about abortion and homosexuality, but Jesus did say he did not come to change the law. (See Leviticus quotes above). Additionally, I am unsure what this has to do with anything, since Jesus never said anything about pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality either. Nor did he mention kidnapping or ISIS, so I guess in the Christian Left Bible, most anything goes. Jesus’ qualifier for the poor was that they would always be with us.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just buy and read the Bible we agree with and delete the parts we believe God messed up? If we want to do day to day sexual activity with whoever, whenever; just delete the fornication stuff. If we accidently get pregnant, let’s get a Bible that redefines murder. If we want to marry the same sex, even though marriage laws throughout history have been uniquely specific about marriage, as is the Bible; let’s get a Bible that deletes all references to homosexuality.

God had rules and spelled them out plainly. If we don’t like them, that is not God’s problem, it’s our problem. If we cannot or will not keep the rules, do we tell God He made a mistake? Do we have parades and rub it in His face?

Even a possible future president thinks the Bible is outdated. This from Hillary Clinton in a speech last week:

“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice—not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

I suppose if the Left thinks they can change the climate, so changing the Bible would be simple.

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