Why you shouldn’t play games with God

"Don't Play Games With God" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Don’t Play Games With God” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Even though there is some evidence to the contrary, I believe we are progressing. Some are complaining that we are changing the rules. Some suggest that God is changing. Some are saying that it is a cooperative movement towards progress.

I suggest that we are doing what we want and we find the support we need to endorse it, even if it’s the bible.

Is the determining factor what ancient and archaic texts or rules say?

Or is it compassion and justice?


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6 Responses

  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    Excellent, David.

    Using “God”, “Bible” or any other source as authority, can be use to justify what we want to do anyway (taking control of the game — be it scrabble or your life).

    But heck, even “justice” (getting what you deserve) and “compassion” (helping someone) can be twisted. We have all seen it. Scrambling to find some holy words or standards after leaving the same game in another religion can be tempting.

    But I would say to be cautious of any High and Mighty terms used by anyone (religious, moral, political…). Be cautious of conservatives or liberals, be they religious, political or any other group.
    Everyone is trying to cheat (others or themselves) — and often they are not aware of it.

    They terms are usually used to persuade.

  2. Michael M says:

    Depending on which flavor of Christianity you were raised in/exposed to, FLCHURQLSPTLD could actually be a word if you have a few translators present.

  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    Pentecostals probably recognize that word — they have probably uttered it before when speaking in tongues.

    Whereas Catholic exorcists have probably heard in during an exorcism.

  4. Caryn LeMur says:

    First, a great cartoon! And Michael’s and Sabio’s comments had me in stitches! love it!

    Well… because I think that the Book of Galatians shows the central target of Christian thought, I like the ancient text, because it is so very freeing. The questions become:

    ‘how do we continue to keep in social contact with those not like us?’ and
    ‘how do we abandon the mentor of the law as a constraint, and love as the new motivator?’
    ‘how do we enable/ensure the equality of all races, religious upbringings/customs, sexes, and socio-economic classes?’

    This is the bible that I love and adore. Amazing questions that every generation will need to answer within their evolving culture.

    So, in a sense, I don’t see a dichotomy in the bible anymore… though, I readily admit many of my believing friends do see a huge dichotomy, and are walking away from much of the Christian-traditional faith and its mores/norms. They are voting-with-their-feet for compassion, mercy, equality, social justice, helping the poor, and love… and they Bible they hear on the radio and in church just does not contain much of those items. Thus, they leave.

  5. Peter Oliver says:

    Definition: A Follower Leaving CHURh Quibbles to Launch SPiriT Led Discipleship.

  6. Careful, though, if you try to SAY the word while being a faith healer, you might have John Constantine barge in and suggest you have an angel feather.