Thursday, 21 June 2007

Is God there?

Nothing particularly special about the day. Work not boring or mundane but also a little unspectacular.

Went for my (almost) regular lunchtime walk ... a couple of miles from the office, along a road, past a small lake, across the golf course then back along a road.

Must have been about this time last year that I first started this. I remember young swans and the ducklings.

Provides a little thinking space as well as a little exercise.

Is nature red in tooth and claw? Or kind of nice?

I guess it depends on the time of day.

Today it mostly seemed nice.

Walking along the wooded path I wondered about God. Do I prefer to think that there is a God or that there isn't? Maybe that depends on the time of day as well.

The God that I used to believe in wouldn't have been happy about Andrea. I seem to recall something Biblical about this. OK ... Google ... what do you say?

At the moment is top of the list. It doesn't make for happy reading.

Believe it or not, the Bible also has something to say about this issue. Again, it is back in the Old Testament, and many Christians are not even aware this verse exists on the subject.
The verse is very specific and again God says that this activity is an abomination in His sight and that He will not tolerate or accept it. Just like the problem with homosexuals, I believe that many of the transsexuals and transvestites are operating under heavy demonic influence.

Here is the verse that will give us this direct revelation from the Lord:
"A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an ABOMINATION to the Lord your God." (Deuteronomy 22:5)

Thank you Mr Bradley. I hope the ladies in your life don't wear trousers.

Is Andrea an abomination to God? Even though I know that many of the nicest parts of my character are associated with the part of me that feels the most feminine. And Andrea is an expression of this.

I guess that I just can't believe it. If there is a God I don't think I'll ever be able to believe in the one that Bible Believing Christians seem to believe in - even though I once did.

Would the church friends that I have see Andrea as an abomination? Some of them would ... but they would also, I think, do their best to love her. Unfortunately that would mean attempting to heal her.

Well ... I'm not gonna get uptight about this.

Another thought as I walked along the path ... how wasteful nature seems to be ... or God. I think I've heard the term extravagant used sometimes. Offbeat thoughts I guess. How many millions of sperm have I produced during my life? How many eggs has my wife produced? We have two children and one miscarriage.

Did God plan the birth of the kids? Did he select the sperm and the eggs? Did he leave it to chance?

I suspect that anyone that claims to know the answer to these questions is misguided.

People that claim to know all the answers worry me. Fundamentalists worry me.

Troublesome stuff for a Wednesday night.

But actually, I feel at peace with things and untroubled. All depends on the time of day, I think.


Pretty Sissy Dani said...

I realize you wrote this ages ago, but I was scanning through your old posts and saw this. You realize the translation of the Hebrew and Greek to "abomination" is a 17th-century thing and probably an error?

Let me quote you something and then give you the link to the whole article:

"The word “abomination” is found, of course, in the King James translation of Leviticus 18:22, a translation which reads, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.” Yet this is a thoroughly misleading rendition of the word toevah, which, while we may not know exactly what it means, definitely does not mean “abomination.” An “abomination” conjures up images of things which should not exist on the face of the earth: three-legged babies, oceans choked with oil, or Cheez-Whiz. And indeed, this is how many religious people regard gays and lesbians. It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Homosexuality is unnatural, a perversion, a disease, an abomination.

Yet a close reading of the term toevah suggests an entirely different meaning: something permitted to one group, and forbidden to another. Though there is (probably) no etymological relationship, toevah means taboo."

Hope this finds you well.


Andrea said...


Thanks for that ... it's an interesting article with interesting ideas ... so nice of you to pass it on to me.

As I get older and wiser (the latter is, of course, not necessarily true) I realise how much of it is down to a matter of interpretation. And not everyone interprets things in the same way.

At the moment I find the whole concept of God quite difficult. Though maybe it's the way that some people present their view of God that is the really difficult thing.

I hope all is well with you :)