Quotations: God and Evil

“It is our habit to dismiss the Old Testament altogether because Jehovah, or Jahve, does not think or behave like a social worker.”

—Doris Lessing, Shikasta

About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

One Response to Quotations: God and Evil

  1. lucidlunatic says:

    That’s a fantastic quote, and definitely true for many Christians. The same can also be applied to the book of Revelation, but let’s not talk about that right now.

    I remember once I was invited to attend a batmitzvah, and the chosen reading was about the moving of the Arc of the Covenant. I was unfamiliar with the story, and thus listened intently as the Rabbi read of a man who, upon seeing the Arc rock as if about to fall from the cart as it traversed a narrow and rocky hill (I could be inserting details about location which were not originally present, I’m working from memory), reached out to re-balance it on the cart. As soon as he touched it, God (Jehovah) smote him with lightening for lacking the faith to believe that the Arc wouldn’t stay on the cart. It’s been years now, but I’ve remembered that story because it struck me as so wrong. As far as I can tell, if you extend that reasoning you should never take any preventative action because it would demonstrate a lack of faith that God will ensure that things work out. Boy would the insurance companies hate for that one to get around.

    I’ve always wondered if that story was supposed to be a subtle slur on the work ethic of the batmitzvah (the person, not the event).


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