The Rogue Speaks:
I am vexed that there are some people who will simply ignore this post altogether. Why? Not because I think that my words are any more vital than those of others, but because the people who think that I am a crank do not live in the real world. Their minds have been filled with misinformation, and they are not willing to even consider the other side of the coin. It seems that it is much easier to just stick to the "old way" of thinking about life. Life as our ancestors knew it has changed, however. The world population 2000 years ago has been estimated at 231 million. In 2012 there are 6.8 billion people on earth, and that number grows by 83 million a year. We can no longer depend on the basic skills of tending sheep or goats, or planting fruits and vegetables for our sustenance in our lives. In America, there are small groups of people who still spin their own yarn and make all their own clothes, and grow all their own food. I have the utmost respect for these people, even though their way of life has been compromised considerably in the last century, and they have had to adjust accordingly.
The life and many of the rules that were preached in biblical times are very impractical to maintain in today's world. "Be fruitful and multiply" is very vexing to me, because 99% of the people in this country cannot realistically care for the needs of an exceptionally large family unless they figure out a way to screw with the system. Sounds bad, doesn't it! But don't kid yourselves. It happens. The people who speak out the loudest in most cases are the people who happen to get paid in real money every week. Frequently, they are the women whose husbands make good salaries, and provide them with health insurance, and cars to drive their children to school and extra curricular activities, and money to spend at the department stores for school clothes. These people wouldn't have a clue about tending sheep or goats, or spinning wool into cloth. What's more, they don't even WANT to! If they did, they would be living their lives the way people in biblical times did. No car, no electricity, no running water, no cell phone--just obeying the wishes of their husbands, and following the biblical teachings of old, and having lots and lots of children whether they could care for them or not.
Still, there are people who are bound and determined to maintain, at least on the outside, that biblical way of thinking at all costs. There are women in America who actually believe that the husband of the family is the superior being, and that what he commands is that which is best for the family. These women have been brainwashed over the centuries into believing that it is their Godly duty to obey the wishes of their husbands.
So, if Jesus were to come to earth this very day, what do you think he would say about all the advances that have occurred in the last 2000 years? God created us, and he gave us these miraculous brains that we have used to help mankind over the centuries. Do you think that Jesus would want us to go back 2000 years and live on sheep, goats, grains, and a few vegetables, and forget about all the scientific discoveries that God has allowed us to make? Do you really think that he would expect women to give birth to so many children that some get lost in the shuffle, and don't get the attention and love that they deserve?
So here is a challenge to all those women out there who think that the biblical life of 2000 years ago should be followed without question today. Do it. Give up your hobbies, your part-time jobs, your lunches with friends. Send your children into the fields to tend the sheep or goats. Spin your own wool into yarn. Live without electricity, gas heat, a cell phone, or a car. That's the way things were back then when those laws that you are so eager to follow were handed down. Have as many children as you possibly can. Oh, and if they get sick? Forget about taking them to the pediatrician for antibiotics. No one had them back in the time when people were told to "be fruitful and multiply." Never refuse your husband anything he desires, and confirm that he is the supreme ruler of the household. He's been hearing just how superior men are to women since the day he was born. He may be an arrogant half-wit, or a benevolent dictator, but by God, he's right!!
You can't have it both ways. You can't just pick and choose that which you want to follow and that which you do not. I am seriously vexed by your way of thinking. If you have actually STUDIED the words of Jesus, you might be surprised to learn that he might be vexed as well.
Love one another. Embrace those in need. Judge not, lest ye be judged. Share your wealth with those less fortunate. Read Luke 18: 18-25. Now read it again.
That's all for this week. Please check out the other offerings for Alphabe-Thursday. You'll find them on Jenny's blog.