Promise or Punishment

lightning-rainbowGreg McCown, SaguaroPictures.com 

Saw this picture on Facebook and the question that immediately came to mind was:

“How would a Christian interpret this?”

According to the bible, the rainbow represents a “special promise” from God, while lightning is often viewed as a symbol of punishment from God.

So what’s happening here, do you think?

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25 thoughts on “Promise or Punishment

  1. God is striking dead a bunch of people who refuse to kiss his ass, and, at the same time, showing a really cool rainbow to the few that do. The pic serves as a warning: Kiss my ass and see nice rainbows, or don’t and get struck dead, sent to hell, and burn for eternity. Christianity, what’s NOT to like?

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  2. “I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth….Except for this one guy right here. F*** him!”

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    • I was having a discussion with a “Christ Centered Teaching,” over on Ark’s site, regarding sin. CCT assured me his god was pure holiness. This led me to ask, what is holiness? Is it not the absence of sin? And what is sin? Is it not obeying this god’s arbitrary commands? But one of those is, “Thou shalt not kill,” and yet this god kills. Isn’t he breaking his own commandment? How then can he be considered holy or free from sin?

      It amazes me how they have to twist testament, to make cognitive dissonance go away – I’m surprised their heads don’t explode!

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        • If “sin” is the result of breaking the commandment, it’s irrelevant who the commandment-breaker is, it’s still a sin.

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      • I have read long treatises on how God’s anger is Holy anger. You won’t win debates such as these as their starting premise is ‘God is perfect’. Everything is twisted around that. Their reason is that if God commands it then by definition it is good and holy, if we don’t understand why then that reflects our misunderstanding not any fault on God’s part.

        Perhaps it might be better to point to some inconvenient realities like how the fourth beast in the book of Daniel must be Greece and not Rome. As that one point undermines the whole Bible.

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        • By the time Daniel was written (200 BCE), Greece ruled the Levant out of Egypt, and the Romans hadn’t yet reared their greasy heads.

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  3. You MAY remember this: a sin is just a sin, a sigh is just a sigh
    The fundamental things apply
    As time goes by…..
    (Even with Ingrid Bergman in the picture –
    and Humphrey Bogaert for the ladies) …… 🙂

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      • Did you see the movie, ‘The Inn of the 6th Happiness’ where she played Christian Missionary Gladys Aylward? I was keen on that movie in my Christian days, though the subject herself Miss Aylward was not so, she tried to sue the studio because they portrayed her as having a romantic dalliance in the movie.

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        • I was too little to know the names of any of the movies I saw her in (couldn’t read), I just remember thinking she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.

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        • Ah, just look at that face, Peter – it could easily launch a thousand ships. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, now you don’t have to get me anything for Christmas —

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