Something Biblical this way comes

Recent events seem to have an almost Biblical quality about them.  Let me explain. 

As a youngster I was quite well brought up in matters Biblical.  This included an appreciation of the historical books of the Old Testament as being, in part at least, an account of how the Jewish people were gradually taught the right way to live.  People being people, they periodically fell away from this right path in one way or another with inevitable and disastrous consequences – being carried off to captivity in Babylon, economic collapse, military defeat and so on.

Whether you are a believer or not is, at one level, irrelevant.  You can see this either as divine intervention or simple cause and effect – jump off a cliff without a parachute and, splat!  When societies are operating justly and harmoniously they work, when they operate unjustly and with sectional interests to the fore, they fail.  It’s as simple as that.

Three passages come to mind:

  1. Exodus 32: The Israelites make and worship a false God – a golden bull-calf (and this millenia before bull markets).  It ends badly.
  2. 1 Kings 12: Rehoboam succeeds his father Solomon as King.  The elders advise him to lighten the tax burden on the people but his contemporaries suggest increasing it.  He goes with the young bloods and as a result looses most of his kingdom splitting the Kingdom of Solomon into two weak kingdoms with dire consequences down the track.
  3. Amos 2:vv6-8: Somewhat cryptic but the complaint is that the law is being widely flouted with one law for the rich and another for the poor.  Indeed the law has been perverted into an instrument of oppression.  Archaelogical evidence from the time suggests that in the generation or so before this social inequality had increased sharply.

All of this sounds alarmingly modern.  Clearly human nature has not changed in the last 3,000 years or so, but it does leave me with a problem.

How come that in some of the most overtly Christian countries of the world, these ancient lessons seem to have been so thoroughly forgotten?  How come the New Testament injunctions to love your neighbour and be a peace-maker has been replaced for many with a call to fight, fight, fight?  How has a Gospel of love been changed to a Gospel of fear?

The Bible is clear.  There must be justice or there will be disaster.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dara on 25 September 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Yes, disaster is on the horizon. Soon, the end of the world will come. Of course no one knows when, but the birth pains are increasing, it would seem…

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  2. Posted by liberaleye on 25 September 2008 at 4:55 pm

    This is nothing whatsoever to do with the end of the world. A period of trouble and hardship for many undoubtedly as in the examples quoted but that is all. No more.

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