Is THIS your God? – Bears

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Is THIS your God? - Bears
Is THIS your God? - Bears

Side 1: Is THIS your God?

And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

- 2 Kings 2:23-24 KJV

Side 2: Discussion

Do you believe in a god that sends bears to massacre children?

In this passage, a group of children tease the bald prophet Elisha. If he were the prophet of a kind and loving god, he would “turn the other cheek”, but instead he curses them, and his god sends bears to kill 42 of the kids.

This is a fine example of the cruelty and pettiness so often shown by the god of the Bible. Most Christians believe in a god of love and forgiveness, but the Bible’s god is a god of fear and vengeance.

Do you think this monster is worthy of praise? Do you think it even exists?

About:

This is the first in a series of tracts asking people to consider some of the actions attributed to their gods, especially things that most people aren’t aware of, and to decide whether or not they can support those actions or their perpetrator.

Most people don’t know about the more disturbing contents of their holy books, and their churches are unlikely to tell them, but you can tell them.

8 thoughts on “Is THIS your God? – Bears

  1. OMG! You so don’t understand the wise and loving God! Those bears were really hungry,
    so being all knowing and seeing, God seen the taunting, knew of the hungry bears and
    then decided to help the bears out.

    Shame on you for being bear haters !
    Go loving bear God!

  2. “Bears are soulless, godless, rampaging killing machines.”
    -wikiality.com

    I believe all God’s creatures have a soul — except bears, Bears are actually Satan’s children.
    … Combinations of high explosives, assault weapons,
    and trebuchets have been known to only piss the bear off. ”
    —Stephen Colbert, on his show, The Colbert Report

    “I’ve said this before, they’re after our kids — they’re tender, juicy,
    you don’t even have to throw away the bones.”
    —Stephen Colbert, on his show, The Colbert Report

    I can see someone else was thinking the same thing after seeing the picture of the bear.

  3. Actually, this translation you have cited is far from the original texts which actually indicate that the “little children” were youths and young men. The “little children” version is from the King James Version which contains many other oddities. Not convinced? When was the last time you saw 42+ little children drop everything and quickly organize themselves into a jeering crowd just to make fun of a bald man… many of whom probably had balding fathers? There’s obviously a lot more going on than what you see on the surface. Anyways, the young men (a more direct translation… not children) had obviously had formed a large demonstration to protest and mock Elisha. The reference to his baldness was not a poke at male pattern baldness, but a mocking of his shaved head which was an action of devotion taken by the prophets of God. Calling, “Go up” was a reference to Elisha’s mentor, Elijah, being taken up by God in a whirlwind. They were not telling him to go up to the city, but were belittling his calling as a prophet and mocking his mentor, God’s prophet Elijah. If you have read the Bible and understand anything about historical context, you should be aware that God’s prophets were men and women whom God had chosen to call his people (the Israelites) back to him, and to mock them was not only to mock someone who had shaved his head, but was a slap in the face to God himself, in essence saying “up your’s and up your “prophet’s.”" So to answer your question, Yes, this is my God. You just have to understand the context and do a little research with some verses.

  4. Jared,

    This is what it says in the KJV:
    “And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.”

    Now you may disagree with the KJV thinking it’s heresy or at the very least incorrect, however a great many a Christan would disagree with you. Many Christians (Personal note most evangelicals I’ve meet use the KJV) believe that the KJV is the only correct word of God and that all other are in fact in error. You believe they are wrong, they believe you are wrong, and given that God can effect a persons mind (note I include what you would call the heart in this) and can revile new things or clear up meaning to them how can you truly say he might not have done that with the KJV? Perhaps all the translation errors and inconsistency you see in the KJV are not truly incorrect and have been placed there by Gods effects? Simply put you cant know. Because as no doubt you and others believe it is not for man to know the mind of God, as such it could very well have been his plain to use the KJV all along.

    But I digress I have no need to defend the validity of the KJV. The fact of the matter is most versions say “youths” (not adults but youths), or “kids” or “little youths”. So again you have to argue against the validity of the many different translations out there such as the New American Standard, American Standard Version, Young’s Literal Translation, The New International Version, etc, etc…

    Perhaps more to the point you still believe regardless of which text you chose that your God purpousfully and maliciously killed 42 people simply for not believing in him (mocking or not, they where punished because they did not believe). Such ideas are inconsistent with a loving all powerful and forgiving God. The number of other option God had where boarding on infinite. He could have put a wall of fire between the boys and Elijah, both protecting Elijah, and giving the youths something to think about. If God is truly good why act so malevolently? If we discount this text as having come from God we have a rather simple answer, it appeals to man and keeps people from questioning loudly. It really is that simple, people read this and they like the thought of there enemies being punished so easily and mercilessly. That God is acting out of character doesn’t even occur because people only want God to be on there side, not there enemy’s, so they wright it as such.

  5. That’s the whole point. The God of the Old Testament is not a loving, forgiving God. He is a hateful, revengeful, jealous God. That’s why he killed thousands of innocent Egyptian children; had Joshua and his army slaughter millions of men, women and children; destroyed nearly all of humanity in the flood (which he said the regretted later on); commanded his most loyal follower to make a human sacrifice of his son Isaac. And that is why every Christian should renounce and repudiate the Old Testament. It is inconsistent with everything they believe in.

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