Biblical Fail

I have to post this, since it’s lolreligion. By now, I’m sure everyone has heard that a particular Christian called others to join in prayer at the bronze bull on wall street to ask god to “shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the ‘Lion’s Market,’ or God’s control over the economic systems”. Which itself sounds super creepy. via etal. Now, attentive biblical scholars will tell you that there is a huge difference between worshipping a golden half and worshipping a bronze bull. I mean, they’re both metal cows, but that’s where the similarity ends. God didn’t say anything about bronze bulls. Just trees, golden calfs, & so on. So, they’re obviously in the clear. Still, this is funny:

from sf_drama stolen without permission.

10 Comments

  1. Nathan

    What’s so ‘super creepy’ about Christians asking the God they believe in to intervene in the economy?

    Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t make it creepy.

  2. No not the prayer, the desired result: I find the concept of a “lion’s market” where a particular God has control of economic systems. Others may find Marxist control creepy, for me it’s theocratic control. Even more creepy the closer this country gets to theocracy.

  3. It’s super creepy because that inevitably translates into religious people thinking they have more of a say and more rights than those who are non-theists, and praying to God to intervene, inevitably translates into churches intervening (see Prop 8).

  4. Nathan

    xJane: In what ways is this country getting closer to theocracy?

    Craig: Your logic seems to be: prayer –> people feel empowered –> churches become active.

    Would it be a bad thing if prayer led people to take action on behalf of the economy and as a result things improve?

    Must religion always have a negative mpact on life? I realize that many people feel oppressed because of prop 8 and the sexuality issue, but aren’t churches and religions responsible for an INCREDIBLE amount of good in the world?

    And for the most part, isn’t that good brought about by: first, prayer; second, feeling empowered; and third, taking action?

  5. um. how about in every way? Prop 8 is a prime example of churches attempting to legislate their morality; so is Prop 4; so is the fact that calling Obama a Muslim is an epithet; so is the fact that it is impossible to keep religion out of the conversation of elected officials; so is the 10 Commandments that are attempted to be injected into courtrooms; so is swearing on a Bible; so is “one nation, under God, indivisible”. Shall I go on?

    I don’t think religion must always have a negative impact, but I will say that I see very few instances where it does not.

  6. I think that the good people do who happen to be religious is absolutely in no way associated with their religion the majority of the time. Humans are inherently moral regardless of religion, and I find that religion is a force for divisiveness and often evil.

    My logic is that people who want their god to take over the country often don’t leave it at wishful thinking/prayer, but start to give god a hand in turning this country into a Christian theocracy in all the ways (and many more) xJane pointed out.

  7. That picture speaks volumes and I guarantee you the folks of old testament times would be stoning the shite out of those people around that bull. jeez louise. LOL

    Nathan is wright, religious people have done a lot of good things. That’s great. But speaking as a formerly religious person who did good things, I find doing good works more authentic now because the only motivation is because they’re the ethical thing to do.

    I respect people’s right to believe in what they wish. If they claim their deity said to do good works, great. If they claim their deity’s morals should be followed by everyone else, I’m not down with that and it has no place in public policy.

    “When you understand why you dismiss all other possible gods, then you will know why I dismiss yours.” (Stephen F. Roberts)

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