Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Burnt to death for complaining

Numbers 11:1-3 1 Now when the people complained, it displeased the LORD; for the LORD heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the LORD burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD, the fire was quenched. So he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of the LORD had burned among them.


Psalms 103:8 says "The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." I prefer to meditate on that description of God vs. the one portrayed in the above passage.


Lenny said...

The scripture was used by my Pastor to keep us from talking to others in the church about any questionable church issues. We were all programmed to label that as the other person "complaining" and shun them because the judgment of God would fall on us.

Anonymous said...

Both images of God are consistent with who He is. In His love and compassion, he judges.

Jason said...

I completely agree with Anon. Well said.

Roopster said...

Got an email this a.m. that I wanted to post here:

It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

Here are some men and women who mocked God:

JOHN LENNON: Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: "Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him" (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times..

TANCREDO NEVES (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.

CAZUZA (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During a show in Canecïo ( Rio de Janeiro ), whilst smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: "God, that's for you." He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.

THE MAN WHO BUILT THE TITANIC: After the construction of the Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: "Not even God can sink it" The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.

MARILYN MONROE: She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: "I don't need your Jesus". A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.

BON SCOTT: The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: "Don't stop me, I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell". On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

Christine Hewitt: A Jamaican Journalist and entertainer, said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written, in June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

CAMPINAS/SP IN 2005: In Campinas, Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend. The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter - holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: "MY DAUGHTER, GO WITH GOD AND MAY HE PROTECT YOU." She responded: "ONLY IF HE (GOD) TRAVELS IN THE TRUNK, CAUSE INSIDE HERE IT'S ALREADY FULL". Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none were broken.

... and then, of course, it had a call for salvation.

Anonymous said...

I suppose you don't need "salvation"? I wonder what you will say on Judgment Day?

Anonymous said...

well... if you want to go all superstitious you've got to consider the flip side

jesus was perfect, and got nailed to some wood, whipped, and had a spear in him, got taunted.

plus... Peter went to prison for like all his life or something
in the middle ages basically all "good" people were burned (guys who translated the bible for instance)

so basically...what roopster said was BS

there will always be some religous people and some not. both are probably idiots

Anonymous said...

BTW roopster... who sends you these emails?!

he was choked by his vomit!
scary shit

Unknown said...

The question is what were they complaining for?