Man Can’t Live on Faith Alone

(This is a repost from my old mySpace account. The post was written in late 2008.  I figure this article is a good way to kick-off a new, spiritually-based blog)

I was reading the blog of a myspace friend where she referenced the fact that she had removed friends on her list who were card readers, seers, diviners, etc because the Bible says that listening to anyone claiming those powers is an aberration with a stiff penalty of hellfire and damnation.

First and foremost I really have no problem with anybody following the beliefs of their chosen religion or philosophy for their path in this life. While I do believe that Christian fundamentalism is running rampant in our country (7-18-11 note: Michelle Bachmann comes to mind) with no question of an aged book that has been infinitely reinterpreted.

I mean, let’s be honest. The “facts” can quite fairly get called into question because the version that we see now literally contradicts itself (wish I could read/interpret/understand the originals!) –

Leviticus 19:26 ‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. ” ‘Do not practice divination or sorcery.

Deuteronomy 18:10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,

I Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

Scary stuff. And if I believed it, I would be on AC/DC’s Highway to Hell!
Yet, I also get the feeling it’s really ok?

Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Judges 5:20 The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

Matthew 2:1-2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars

And I don’t understand how the Bible reconciles the fact that it loves prophets but casts diviners and astrologers to hell. What? Doesn’t a prophet prophesy? Doesn’t prophesy mean “to predict”? If I’m not invoking the “Voce del Dio”, am I just a sinning diviner? What about people who ran around saying angels had visited them? Why would it be ok for the “good book” but not ok now? Did God and the Angels on High suddenly abandon us once the book was published?

When all is said and done, if God really disapproves of astrology and divination, he wouldn’t have sent the Magi (also a tarot card) to warn Joseph and Mary of the impending slaughter of the innocents. The Magi (Wise Men) were astrologers and diviners. (The Revised Standard Version of the Bible identifies them as “astrologers” whereas the King James version says they were “men who studied the stars.”).

While I’m not trying to change anybody’s mind, I am trying to share mine. I don’t believe that any god would give us these abominably huge (underused) brains just to run around and follow somebody’s idea of “the rules” without thinking and feeling for ourselves. Let’s be honest – YOU KNOW THE TRUTH. You can feel it welling up from within.

If your personal truth tells you that diviners and astrologers are wrong, ok. I can respect that. What I can’t respect is a blind faith where people don’t seek out greater knowledge. How can seeking knowledge and finding answers be a sin? Then again, if your belief-system tells you that knowledge is a sin, well, in your reality I guess it is a sin.

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