Tuesday, December 2, 2008

5 Kislew 5769: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “Free Pollard Now”, “Make Health Care Reform a Top Obama Priority”, and “Urge the Army Corps of Engineers to Protect Huguenot Park!”

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions: “Man says God ordered him to ram vehicle at 100 mph”: Thus is it written:
A man who rammed his truck into a woman's vehicle on a highway early Friday told authorities he crashed into her while going more than 100 mph because God told him "she needed to be taken off the road."
I thank YHWH that both parties involved survived with only minor injuries, but I am rather confused as to what this man was thinking.  Yes, one should always obey a Divine command, but the question here is to whether this man actually received a Divine command.  Why he believed he was receiving a Divine command is not made clear.  Given that the alleged command was something dangerous, a little skepticism on his part was called for.  Please note the example of Gidh‘on (Gideon), who in Judges 6:33-40 is noted to have questioned his own prophecy.  He needed to go to war against invaders, and the potential for disaster in such a situation is obvious.  Given this matter of life and death, Gidh‘on not only asked for a sign that he would successful, which he received, but he also asked for empirical verification of this sign, and YHWH obliged him without complaint or penalty.  I can only hope others who believe they are prophets will act as rationally.

Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is “Victorian / Steampunk Star Trek Wallpapers”. Enjoy (or wonder why anyone bothered to make them) and share the weirdness.

Aaron
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