Tuesday, September 9, 2008

9 ’Elul 5768: Wonderful Weirdos Day/National Grandparent’s Day

Greetings.

Worthy cause of the day: “Set the Rules to End Overfishing”.

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:  “What's the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists? Lipstick” and “Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial Worldview”: There is a lot of worrying material in these articles, largely centering on knowing God’s will.  God is not part of our universe, so mundane methods of observation cannot be applied to Him.  All the information one can have about Him ultimately must derive from prophecy.  Sarah Palin and Ed Kalnins, however, seem to be skipping a step.  They believe that God wants things like Alaskans to build a natural gas pipeline and America to fight the war in Iraq.  However, why they believe these are God’s will is not made clear.  If they believe these things are in the Hebrew Bible or New Testament, they fail to source where they believe such matters are dealt with.  And if they believe they are prophets themselves—which seems to be correct for Kalnins, at least—then one has to ask on what basis they believe this.

Keep in mind that the Hebrew Bible demands we not blindly follow those who claim to be prophets.  Deuteronomy 13:2-6 gives the death penalty for anyone prophesying to worship gods other than YHWH.  Deuteronomy 18:20-22 gives rules for false prophecy, that false prophets are to be put to death and that those who deliberately prophesy anything other than what YHWH commanded them or whose predictions turn out to be incorrect are false prophets.  And ahead of his time was the prophet Gidh‘on (Gideon), who in Judges 6:36-40 empirically tested his own prophecy twice to make sure he had actually prophesied.  And if one wants to make the claim that Christians should not be worried about such strictures, note that Jesus in Matthew 7:15 also worries about false prophecy as well:  “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.”

Think about the fruits of following a false prophet.  Kalnins may threaten those who vote Democrat with damnation, but following a false prophet—something YHWH clearly does not approve of—is an even better way to ask to go to Hell.
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