This weekend, Christians all over the world celebrated the fact that their God is someone who deeply loves a broken world. This is a God who loved the world and came to earth not to destroy it but to rescue it. The God we celebrate on Easter was never a fan of sin but instead of fighting it with violence and destruction He opposed it through self sacrifice and love. Not all Christians celebrate the God of Easter though. Some Christians worship His polar opposite. Behold for instance, the self proclaimed prophet of the Lord, Cindy Jacobs:
Now I know I call this series "Strange New Godview" but in this case that is not entirely accurate. Her Godview (along with that of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robinson to name but a few) is actually not that new. It may in fact be the oldest of all Godviews. Eons ago, whenever something unpleasant happened I'm sure you would find plenty of shamans, priests and witch doctors telling the people that this bad thing happened because the gods were upset. Coincidentally the gods always managed to be upset about something that the local shaman/priest/witchdoctor was also unhappy with. To stop the bad thing from happening again all the people had to do was agree that the shaman/priest/witchdoctor was totally right about everything and immediately stop doing that thing that the shaman/priest/witchdoctor (and also the gods of course) hated.
It seems not much has changed. You wouldn't like Cindy Jacobs' God when He gets angry and FYI, He gets angry a lot! When He gets peeved you better believe that He will unlock the woodshed and take off his whuppin belt, just like Zeus of old! Only there is a major difference here. Zeus at least bothered to hurl his lightning bolts at the person who offended him. Cindy's god is not only violent it seems, he also drinks heavily seeing as how he tends to just randomly smite people/things who had nothing to do with whatever offended him. How else would you explain dead birds and an earthquake in Japan because he & Cindy was upset about DADT? Perhaps he is just kinda racist and thinks we all look alike. Would explain the Bible Belt tornadoes her god uses to punish Hollywood (or something), wouldn't it?
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