When Lunatics Claim to Know the Mind of God

You just knew it would happen again. Another tragedy, accident or natural disaster occurs when some Christian boldly steps forth stating or suggesting that god was behind it and that this event was some type of a warning message to backsliding or heathen subjects of wrath.

Question, how might this "prophetic Christian" gain such insight? How would they know what their god might be thinking? Did they gain this insight through Biblical exegesis? Are they special? Did god avoid all other people on the planet and specially choose them to "whisper into their ears" what god himself is thinking?

The massive 8.9/9.0 earthquake in Japan on March 11 has prompted a basketball dribbler to speculate on her Twitter account. The following is a portion of an ESPN article:

New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter has apologized after causing an Internet uproar with comments on her Twitter account that were deemed insensitive toward victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

On Saturday, Pondexter tweeted: "What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes."

She later tweeted: "u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less."

Pondexter also used the racially derogatory term "jap," when referring to someone who was offended by her comments.

On Monday morning, Pondexter issued an apology on her verified Twitter account "cappa23."

"I wanna apologize to anyone I may hurt or offended during this tragic time," the tweet said. "I didn't realize that my words could be interpreted in the manner which they were. People that knw me would tell u 1st hand I'm a very spiritual person and believe that everything, even disasters happen 4 a reason and that God will shouldn't be questioned but this is a very sensitive subject at a very tragic time and I shouldn't even have given a reason for the choice of words I used.

The least thing I wanted was to hurt or offend anyone so again I truly apologize. If you've lost respect for me that's totally fine but please don't let me or my words lose the respect of u the WNBA and what it stands for. "I'm very strong woman evn strong enough 2 admit an apologize when I'm wrong. Twitter is a voice and wth tht I wanna apologize again."

The Anti-Defamation League in New York issued a statement on Pondexter's remarks. "Cappie Pondexter's words show the endurance of long-held bigoted and prejudiced attitudes toward the Japanese, even from young Americans in today's society whose only knowledge of the Second World War comes from history books and popular culture," Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham H. Foxman said.

"While it is encouraging that Pondexter felt enough remorse to apologize for her insensitive and prejudicial words, the apology did not go far enough. The notion that God would punish an entire country because of some assumed moral or spiritual defect is, in fact, another form of intolerance. Pondexter needs to understand why her words were so painful, and why it is prejudiced to suggest that one people may be inferior to another in the eyes of God."

By the way she writes, you wouldn't mistake Cappie as an intellectual; one might think it best to just simply ignore her. Pondexter's statement is another reminder of the legacy of two infamous fundamentalist ministers from Virginia (Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.) Please note, that it wasn't an atheist or humanist but rather two "reverends" that popularized the fingering of the Christian god in the wake of human tragedy.

Falwell and Robertson had numerous personal dislikes and misused their pulpits to equate tragedy, accidents or natural disasters as god's judgment upon selected groups of mankind (most notably gays and someone outside of their political ideology). One would think that Westboro Baptist's hate-mongering flock would have to tip their hat to both Falwell and Robertson as twisted role models.

Ex-Minister wants to go beyond complaining or belittling those involved. I want to strip them or any perceived Biblical authority or justification of their psychotic behavior.

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, usually including false beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) and seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations).

In the simplest terms, I want to discuss what the Bible says about knowing the mind of the god of the Bible. According to the Bible...

Point #1 No man can know what god thinks!

I Cor. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Point #2 According to the god of the Bible, everything that god wants you to know about him is written in the Bible

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Point #3 In summary, whenever you hear a believer pronounce a judgment that lacks scriptural support (chapter and verse) you are likely hearing their own personal bias or prejudices being vocalized.

Therefore, whenever a Christian issues a judgment that lacks chapter and verse authority, you have insight to their disposition and prejudices. It is crystal clear that no man can know the mind of the Christian God outside of what the scriptures have previously revealed. Said in another way, the scriptures are a complete and finalized history written nearly two millennia ago. Cappie can produce absolutely zero scripture about a Japanese earthquake, therefore as Abraham Foxman rightfully pointed out her words were the rehashing of long-held bigoted and prejudiced attitudes toward the Japanese.

In his Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis issued an interesting statement about Jesus. He stated that he was either "Lord, liar or lunatic." Now in like manner, let perpetuity apply the same logic towards statements issued as judgments by Christians. If your judgment lacks scriptural support then you must be lying about god's words; or you are a bigot; otherwise you must be a lunatic.

Brian Worley     March 17, 2011     Ex-minister.org     All rights reserved!

To Return to the Main Page