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Hijacking God's Word
I keep hearing from earnest Christians defending the Bible
and the “true” Word of God. Something about their
tone makes me want to ask them to step back a moment and consider
the fact of God.
I can agree with the most zealous fundamentalist: “The
Bible is based upon the divinely inspired Word of God,”
as revealed to select humans who then communicated their revelations.
Be that as it may, after that point the Word was entrusted to
humans with all their frailties, greedy impulses and dishonesties.
Today, after a couple millennia, there are a hundred and more
versions of “The Bible.” So, to speak of the immutable
letter of the Bible seems, at best, silly.
More importantly, the omnipresent God who spoke to Moses and
Jesus had earlier spoken to Abraham and later to Mohammed. The
reality is that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sibling
religions worshiping one and the same almighty God. Claiming
that either the Bible, the Torah or the Koran is more holy than
the others spits in the eye of the God who passed down the Word
to begin with.
What’s most disheartening is that fundamentalists of
these three religions, people who claim a deeper understanding
of God, turn out to be the most self obsessed, myopic and destructive
people on God’s good earth. What’s that all about?
God’s child isn’t directly you, me, this faith
or that conviction. God has spent thousands of millions of years
creating this wonder called our Earth. It is an absolutely unique,
infinitely faceted blue emerald rotating all alone in the universal
void. Out of this miraculous jewel, God conceived life and then
humanity. Given this, don’t you believe God’s beyond
our foibles? I’ll bet God’s appalled at people’s
pathetic articles of faith and justifications for hatred.
When will we wake up and admit it’s we ourselves who
hijack “God’s Word,” bending it to our own
self-serving desires? Isn’t it time we discover another
way of showing our devotion to God? One that doesn’t entail
hatred and the destruction of people and irreplaceable resources.