Years ago I read the bible with highlighter in hand and found it to be quite interesting at times. But after reading it and as is no surprise, I had even more questions than before. So, for the sake of clarity and some humor I began calling churches and posing as a potential convert. I asked questions in a genuine attempt to understand their reasoning for believing it or if they were even aware of what the bible contained. The responses were very interesting. To set this up, my question was this;
How was it that Noah lived to be 900 years old?
Seems easy enough and I had predicted some potential responses "God wasn't finished with him yet" but what I got was quite surprising.
One preacher responded; Well you know the O-Zone layer wasn't as bad back in those days.
Ok so what was your question and what was the worst response offered.
Ok, so some nice little old lady posts on a friend's facebook status, "The bible says seven 'days' but the hebrew word just meant 'period of time' so it could be that the earth is millions of years old because that would still fit with the bible."
Not wanting to mind slam and old lady I said, "You may want to find a Hebrew and ask them so you can confirm for yourself but the word is Yom and it most definitely means day; the 'evening and morning part' is from a hebrew word for the arc from sunset to sun up, removing any doubt that 'day' was exactly what was intended."
Just 10 minutes later she replies, "No, I mean in ancient Hebrew. Modern Hebrews don't know how to speak or read that anymore."
But this little old lady did? Yes, yes makes perfect sense.
Any time I hear Christians talking of suffering, disease, natural disasters, persecution, their excuse for all of this (which all of you have heard) is "It's God's plan."
So it's God's plan that your child has cancer? God's plan to make you lose them early on and make you suffer for their loss? Do you feel you deserve to lose your child? (The response if they're not already throwing a fit would be "No") I guess God feels you deserve to lose your child, seeing as it's his plan.