Today’s crazy Bible verse comes straight from the lips of Jesus.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-10
In these two verses Jesus makes it clear that our prayers will be answered. All we have to do to receive help is ask. I remember as a kid in Sunday School seeing other kids ask our teacher “why, if I pray to win the lottery, I don’t?” The kids were asking as a joke, but now as an adult, it’s a serious question. Jesus says we will receive if all we do is ask. The counter-apologist argument is that God doesn’t work that way. God only gives you what you truly need. Okay, fine, but let’s look at a different pray. “Dear God, please don’t let my daughter die of bone cancer.” Does God answer? Nope. The daughter may survive, but only through modern medicine. And what if the daughter dies? Is God saying one didn’t need the daughter to live? If so, that’s a crappy God.
So what to conclude from this? Jesus and God do not exist, or Jesus is a liar. Me? I choose the former.
Today I return to the New Testament for this week’s crazy Bible verse.
“Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” – Luke 16:18
This clearly states there is no good reason for a divorce. It doesn’t matter if you were forced into the marriage by society or if you don’t love each other anymore. Divorce is wrong! To marry someone else after getting divorced or to marry a divorced woman is to commit adultery and that is against one of the ten commandments.
I know many, many Christians who are divorced and re-married and personally, I think that’s perfectly fine! I have no problems with Christians re-marrying after a divorce. I want them to live a happy life and if re-marrying leads to happiness then so be it. What upsets me is when Christians use other parts of the Bible to condemn other acts they disagree with. Gay marriage is the perfect example. The Bible says gay marriage is wrong and committing homosexual acts is wrong. Therefore it’s breaking the fabric of society to let the gays marry. WTF?!?!?! Gay marriage is wrong, but you divorcing 4 times is okay? Not according to Luke 16:18.
This is exactly what Kim Davis in Kentucky is doing. Apparently her being on her 4th husband is okay in the eyes of God, but two gay men or gay women marrying is the equivalent of Satan taking over the world. Sigh.