Literally Stupid

May 27, 2011 at 7:00 am 2 comments

I’ve been thinking about this rupture … uh, rapture thing. It certainly provided lots of fun for people everywhere. I remember sitting outside with my family last Saturday evening sipping wine while steaks cooked on the barbeque. We sprung for the good steaks too because we didn’t have to worry about tomorrow. We considered eating early so we would have full tummies for the rapture but decided there was no hurry since we probably weren’t among the chosen. Instead, we sat there monitoring the sky to see if we recognised anyone rising up to their reward. I hoped the odour of steak would be pleasing to them on their way.

We must live in a damnable part of the world. The sky remained clear; no church-goers, no preachers, no children, no cats or dogs – nothing. As the evening melted into night we awaited the galloping thunder of the four horsemen of the apocalypse: again – nothing, not even a wine induced hallucination. Hmpfff. After more wine I fell asleep thinking the end would come as a thief in the night. Thank you for the prediction, Brother Harold Camping.

We tend to see Camping as a crackpot, but he’s an intelligent guy. He’s a civil engineer who would naturally apply his analytical, numeric engineering mind to his study of the Bible. Maybe his mind is feeble being a nonagenarian (means he’s 90) and that may be a factor but I think his error is something he shares with most Christians. He has read and studied the Bible literally.

The folks who interpret the Bible, or any sacred text, literally are the ones who pronounce sure judgement on such things as sexuality, abortion, morality and justice. Judgement for today’s world that’s based on the understanding of a society with two or more thousand years less knowledge than we have today.

Those who metaphorically study any sacred text are not so burdened, they will all come up with the same meaning and that is simply, Love: to love being here and to love each other. They know that if or when all physical existence ends, we have nothing to worry about.

As long as there are literal studies there will be arrogance, war, wrongheaded judgement and hilarious predictions.


© Dave Jones/ Thunderbridge Productions 2011


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  • 1. Lisa Llamrei  |  May 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Well said Dave. I am glad I’m not the only one. Recently I made a comment about Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” expressing my disappointment that he took the bible literally instead of taking into account historical fact and the political reasons why a particular scene was included. The only response I received was ‘what’s in the bible is what happened.’ Very little room to learn anything when that is your belief system.

  • 2. Dale Long  |  May 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Amen brother!

    We were at Ikea and we also stopped to see who was being Raptured with the same results as you. We figured it would be safer being off the highway, youknow, just in case people got Raptured while driving. Although, judging how they drive in that neck of the woods, would we actually see any difference? 😉

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