28 Jun 2009

An Unexpected Invitation from the LORD

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In the first chapter of Isaiah, the prophet recounts his vision of the Lord. He relays standard Old Testament warnings about how the children of Israel are forgetting their blessings, and that their obedience to rituals is not what the Lord seeks. But then Isaiah says:

18 “Come now, let us reason together,”
says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the best from the land;

20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

To repeat something I’ve been saying a lot on this blog, the God of the Jewish and Christian Bible wants you to use your reason. He gave it to you as a gift and tool. This alleged hostility between faith and reason (or science and reason) is spurious. There are atheists and fundamentalists who loudly tell us about this hostility, but they are wrong.

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