Deuteronomy 13 (NIV)
6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.
12 If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in 13 that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), 14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15 you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. 16 You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt, 17 and none of the condemned things are to be found in your hands. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger, will show you mercy, and will have compassion on you. He will increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your ancestors— 18because you obey the LORD your God by keeping all his
commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes.
Yesterday Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos lost in the playoffs to the New England Patriots 45-10. During the 2011 season, Tebow was the 28th rated quarterback in the NFL, which is pretty low considering there are 32 teams. He completed only 46.5% of his passes, although he did rush for 660 yards and it must be mentioned that his receivers were not the best. The Broncos won 8 games and lost 5. Tebow got all the credit for the wins, even though the Denver defense and special teams were more responsible for many of the victories.
Many Christians were giving Tebow all the credit because he is an evangelical Christian. 43% of all Americans believed God was helping Tebow win football games http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/01/12/poll-finds-43-percent-of-people-believe-god-helps-tebow-win/. Won wonders why God failed so miserably against the Patriots? However, also adding inspiration to this delusion is the fact that in Tebow’s last victory over the Steelers he threw for 316 yards. Christians noted that Tebow wore John 3:16 in his black eye glare under his eyes while in college at Florida (the NFL does not permit this). Many Christians claimed that the 316 yards against Pittsburgh was a sign from God!
Yesterday Tebow only threw for 136 yards. Since 136 is just a two-digit reversal of 316, surely it is also a sign from God! Perhaps it refers to the passage starting in Deuteronomy 13:6 that I have quoted above.
In this passage, God is claimed to consist of ”fierce anger”. I do not think anything consisting of fierce anger is worthy of worship, but the worship of a god of fierce anger is a part of Judeo-Christian-Islamic heritage.
God manifests his fierce anger by ordering his followers to kill anyone who tries to get you to worship another god (or no god at all, I suppose). You are to kill them even if they are a close member of your family or your best friend. The method of killing is, of course, stoning, which is God’s favorite method of killing individual people. The fact that the bible orders killing in a particularly archaic method (stoning) is a sign that the bible was written only for the people of its time and should not in any way be considered as a book to be used as law thousands of years later.
But if you need to kill an entire town, you must use the sword. You must stab every man, woman, little boy, little girl, little baby, pregnant woman, and unborn fetus. And when you are done killing the children and pregnant women, you must kill all the animals. I guess these animals might learn how to talk and then try to convert God’s people to other gods.
Perhaps Christians might link Tebow’s yards in the playoff game to these verses and start killing people. I hope not. But since the USA is based on humanism and secular values and is not a Christian nation, we do not need to worry about this as much as we would in a theocracy ( medieval Europe or some current Islamic states). The USA Constitution is not based upon the bible, despite the claims of some Christians. The bible permits only one religion and demands death by stoning for those of other religions. The Constitution grants religious and non-religious freedom. It is a shame that so many Christians are being brainwashed by propaganda that claims our Constitution is based upon the bible.