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Saturday, November 12, 2005

pat robertson vs. the bible

Radical cleric Marion G. "Pat" Robertson cursed a small Pennsylvania town Thursday. Robertson last gained national attention in August, when he advocated the assasination of the president of Venezuela.

Lots of people throughout the blogosphere have commented on this story, but I'd like to look at it from a different angle. Let's suppose, hypothetically, that Robertson's unspoken thesis is true: God is more concerned about the teaching of intelligent design in science classes than about caring for the sick and needy. If that were true, would Robertson's response be appropriate?

I've put together a side-by-side comparison of Robertson's words and some quotes from the Bible. See if you can determine which column more accurately represents the true nature of God.

Pat RobertsonBible
I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city.Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. - Joel 2:12-13
And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there.Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. - Psalm 139:7-10



At 11/12/2005 2:01 PM, Anonymous eddieF said...

Talk about assasination. The gaul of this guy!


PS: Just love the term radical cleric. It about sums up what I think of him.

At 11/15/2005 8:50 AM, Blogger gavin richardson said...

nice slant, but i guess your angle didn't stand up in your comparison.. however if you took some torah material you might have found some final judgment quotes out of context. then pat would have something to stand on.

to throw in my 2cents, it is my understanding that the people behind intelligent design just say it's a higher being behind creation etc. they don't say that the higher being is the God of Abraham, it could be an alien or the borg and still be in the parameters of teaching of intelligent design, which seems to be very unintelligent. but maybe pat is behind Our Father who art in Heaven being a thin green character or large machine object that shoots lazer beams. sounds like i'm getting into science fiction now.. hmmmm

At 11/16/2005 8:57 PM, Blogger BruceA said...

they don't say that the higher being is the God of Abraham

That's something I've just recently learned. I once thought intelligent design was just creationism in drag, but it turns out that leading ID researchers Michael Behe and William Dembski have not only distanced themselves from classic creationism, they've accepted most of evolutionary theory. Behe has even said he accepts the idea that humans descended from an apelike ancestor.

If creationists are ever successful at getting ID taught in schools, they may receive an unpleasant surprise.

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