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Monday, April 28, 2008

Church to God: Like it or Lump It

Human arrogance and idiocy never ceases to amaze me.

From The Times, people in Switzerland are flocking to churches to get divorced, and the clergy is now working on an official liturgy for divorce ceremonies.


I see a role for the church in joining people in marriage, but nowhere in the Bible do I see a role for the church in legitimizing or facilitating divorce that isn't justified by the limited Biblical grounds.

Here's the hubris that amazes me:

The president of the Zurich Reform Church, Ruedi Reich, said: “Going through a ceremony like this is a way of showing God that the marriage is over.”

We're going to "show God"?

Like God would get confused without this divorce liturgy? Like He wouldn't know?

Like we get to tell God, "Yeah, we know you said, 'At the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.' But we say the marriage is over, God. So just deal with it!"

If we're going to display such disregard for God in the first place, why do we feel the need to be comforted by this bit of religious ceremony?

Is it that we still feel the need to fool ourselves into believing God approves of our actions (and this bit of church ceremony can provide that illusion), even though God made it clear he DOESN'T?

Our capacity for self-delusion is truly stunning!


Dr. Theo said...

"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2Tim 3:5)

In this passage what does it mean that they "have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof"?
I believe this verse is saying that these people claim that there is a God but they actually live their lives as if God is impotnet in His own Creation. They claim to be people of faith but the only faith they display is in humanistic works. A second but equally important meaning is that they claim to believe in God but they deny the Son of God who by His power created all things in heaven and earth (Eph 3:19, Col 1:16).

Denying their own sinfulness and fallen state, they think they can negotiate acceptance and salvation with God, e.g., “Going through a ceremony like this is a way of showing God that the marriage is over.”

Although it is tragic that these souls have strayed so far from The Word, as the very creator of laughter, God must get a good chuckle out of such silly pronouncements by some of his more ridiculous children.

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