Two bizarre stories this evening caught my eye.
The first from Bryan Fischer, Bible ignored, grandfather mauled by grizzly:
History reveals that God’s covenant with an ancient nation suggests that one of the consequences for a nation which walks in his statues is that it will have nothing to fear from wild animals. “If you walk in my statutes…I will remove harmful beasts from the land” (Lev. 26:3,6).
On the other hand, “[I]f you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments…I will let loose the wild beasts against you” (Lev. 26:14,22).
A wholly preventable tragedy occurred outside Yellowstone National Park last week as a bear that only hours before had been trapped and tranquilized by researchers woke up from his induced slumber just in time to maul a 70-year old man who was out for a stroll.
Because these researchers were intent on studying the grizzly rather than killing him to protect innocent human life, a husband, father and grandfather is dead today. This was an utterly unnecessary death which could have happened only because our culture has jettisoned a biblical view of the relative value of human life compared to animal life.
Because this animal was given a nap instead of a bullet, a human being is dead, and a savage animal is alive, on the prowl, and ready to kill again. (more)
Talk about pulling scripture out of context and misapplying it! This is a good example. Its also an example of how people will apply to nations today, those laws pertaining to Israelites under the old covenant. (see commentary).
The second story by Rev. Peter M. Wallace, BP Oil Spill: Is the Earth Bleeding for Our Sins?
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers (Psalm 24:1-2).This reverie came to me after watching, as I sometimes obsessively do, the live pictures of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak-the endless gushing of crude into the waters of the Gulf, whose beaches I have reveled in walking so many times.
A lot of old church hymns focus, rather graphically, on the blood Jesus shed on the cross. Here’s part of one by William Cowper:“There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains…”
This flowing, plunging, streaming image seems to fit here. The unending current of oil gushing from the well — it’s as though the earth is bleeding for our sins. (more)
Visual: PJ throws her hands up in disbelief..
I’m as sorrowful as the next guy about what is occurring off our coast. Its sickening. But it has not come about because the “earth is bleeding for our sins”. Only One bled, died, and rose again for the sins of all mankind; Jesus Christ.
I give no heed to this author, for he states,
Now, I have a problem with atonement theology. All I know is that in Jesus’ case, after he lost all that blood, there was a resurrection.
Is it any wonder why this Reverend has trouble understanding atonement, and that Jesus came as,
“The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29
Atonement IS at the very heart of the Gospel; Its Christianity 101.