Eric Metaxas Thinks God Uses Mass Shootings to Call People to Repentance

Eric Metaxas is what happens when a dilettante with an audience he doesn’t deserve opines on theological matters he doesn’t understand.

Every mass shooting seems to brings out conservative Christians eager to outdo their colleagues in the contest of who has the dumbest possible reaction to the atrocity. We’ve already heard Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrickblaming video games and a lack of forced Christianity for the El Paso shooting.

Now Christian author Eric Metaxas, … is chiming in with his own brand of faith-based _______.

This morning, he blamed the shootings on the “spirit of the anti-Christ” and then offered an odd justification for why God allows such violence to continue even if He has the power to stop it.

Stop trying to explain complex theological ideas like Providence, Eric.  You aren’t intellectually equipped for it, and it is too important to be left in the hands of rank ignorant amateurs.

There are lots of ways God calls us to repentance and prayer.  Gunmen killing children isn’t one of them.  And what a sick image of God you have.  God, our Father, wants gunmen to kill random strangers just so billy bob will pray more?  Your view is sick, and you are a sick person with a sick understanding of God, the Bible, and theology.

Barton Swaim is Why People Who Aren’t Biblical Scholars Shouldn’t Talk About the Bible or Biblical Scholarship

His ‘review’ of John Barton’s magnificent book is the sort of garbage that one expects of a dilettante who knows absolutely NOTHING about the field.  His assessment of Barton’s latest book is puerile and juvenile.  It’s as though he has no understanding of either the Bible or biblical scholarship and his closing assertion that John Barton’s ‘admiration’ for the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures is ‘lukewarm’ (!!!!) is the most moronic thing I have read in years.  He knows NOTHING about John Barton’s lifelong devotion to the Bible and scholarship.  Lukewarm…   What a buffoon.

The Wall Street Journal should be ashamed that it published a review by a man whose entire claim to fame is that he writes reviews of political books for the WSJ.

Few ‘reviews’ infuriate me because, frankly, I’m used to dilettantes.  But this wretched piece of garbage is a hit piece by an ignoramus.  It is despicable.

Mr Swaim, here is your Dilly-

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Dilly Award – the Dilettantish Publisher Edition

There’s so much wrong here, and they don’t even know it.  First of all, The Geneva Bible of 1599 is a revision of the 1564 edition.  Second, Luther had nothing to do with it.  Third, there’s no such thing as a ‘Luther Edition’ of the Geneva Bible.  Luther was dead decades before the Geneva Bible was published.  And finally, ‘Luthor’ (as the publisher’s advert spells it), is totally wrong.

Don’t buy things from dilettantes.  It just encourages them.

‘Patriot Depot’ and ‘Tolle Lege Press’, here’s your dilly.  You richly deserve it:

Invincible Ignorance

There’s no point in either arguing with or even carrying on a discussion about the Bible with such invincibly ignorant persons.  I mention this only to highlight, once more, that there are people who should not be allowed within 500 miles of any Bible because all they know how to do to it is distort it and mangle its meaning for their own political purposes.  Such persons are beyond help.

Another Dilettante Who’s Pretending to Be A Biblical Exegete: The ‘Prof’ Who Accuses God of Raping Mary

And make no mistake, that’s exactly what Sprankle is saying.  No consent = rape.  But what the imbecile ignores is that Mary does in fact give consent to the operation of the Holy Spirit:

Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her. (Lk. 1:38)

Another fake academic pretending to know something about the Bible when he doesn’t even know the basic story.  What a buffoon.

Here’s your award, Sprankle-

This Is the Stupidest Thing You Will See On the Internet Today, Bar None

It’s an essay, on the bible, about the ‘virgin birth’, by, now get this, not a biblical scholar, but by a psychologist!  Hey, Raw Story, why not get a climate change denier to write an essay about the weather?  Or an anti-vaxxer to write a piece on the perils of vaccinations?

Are you DAFT?  Do you know NO biblical scholars?  Hit me up, I can introduce you to a hundred who are more qualified than a psychologist to write an essay on the Bible.

Disgraceful dilettantism.  Fools.

God help me, I am SICK TO DEATH of journalists and psychologists and all manner of uninformed imbeciles pretending to know what they’re talking about when they talk about the Bible.  Stupid dilettantes.

Raw Story- here’s your Dilly.  Pass it along to the psychologist.  You two can share it this week.

They Aren’t ‘Bible Scholars’ so Please Don’t Refer to Them As Such

They are dilettantes of the most dilettantish sort.  That’s what they should be called.  So I will.  And here’s their award, and yours, Mr Butters, for calling them scholars in the first place.

‘Congrats’.  I haven’t given out a Dilly in a while- but you certainly deserve it Mr Butters and company.

This is Why I Just Can’t Even, Even, with Politicians And their Theological Dilettantism

She has no idea what the Bible means, what Christianity teaches, or what Christian theology is about.  Dilettante.

Politicians need to stay in their lane and do their little political silly things and keep their defiled hands off of Scripture.

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The Return of the Dilly the Dilettante of the Week Award

It’s been a while since I’ve awarded a Dilly to anyone (sorry about that).  But thanks to Deane Galbraith, I proffer this as a worthy recipient:

The author of this dissertation received a doctorate at an American university in February 2018:

“SATANIC INFLUENCES IN THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN A POST-MODERN CONSUMER SOCIETY

ABSTRACT This study seeks to propose evidences as to how and why the contemporary Christian church is satanically influenced, resulting in pain and suffering from devastating personal dysfunctions, interpersonal conflicts and divisions. This situation presents a great dilemma facing many, if not most, Christians in that they simply do not understand and are unaware of profound life altering significances of the spiritual battle being waged for souls and the satanic deceptions that draw people away from God.

Satan, his fallen angels, and demons influence Christians and others through his primary tools of deceit and deception, delivered to the culture through media, radio, newspaper, television, blogs, Internet and social media, diabolically present the thesis of post-modernity, which centers on a self-fulfillment philosophy that adjudicates all morals, virtues, wisdom, and instruction by each person’s individual standards developed in one’s own mind. Satan’s deceptions fashion the post-modern consumer culture with God given free will and choice to discern what is right, what is wrong and what is best for each individual, based on one’s own understanding and desires. One of Satan’s deceptions is that his evil is presented as a thorn in God’s side and a menace to humankind as a result of personal sin. The thesis presented in this study, intends to clearly show how Satan, his fallen angels, and demons, coupled with their delivery of evil on humankind and the environment, does indeed ultimately bring glory to God and salvation to humanity.

Expected outcomes encourage priests, pastors, professors, and teachers to become aware of deceptions masking satanic influences causing divisions in relationships and in churches. Mitigation measures discussed in Chapter Six, if exercised, will seek to stabilize and improve relationships among believers and the church family.”

Ressa, Jerry F., “Satanic Influences in the American Christian Church in a Post-Modern Consumer Society” (2018). Doctor of Ministry.

And then this delightful acknowledgement:

“I am deeply endowed to Dr. Michael Gama, Technical Advisor”

Ιησους.  Anyway, here’s your Dilly-

Jeff Sessions is Using the Bible to Justify Separating Children From their Parents, And He’s 100% Wrong About It

This is sickening and vile. Sessions quoting the Bible out of context is exactly why dilettantes like him, distorters of Scripture, shouldn’t be allowed within 100 miles of the Bible. He should never talk about the Bible again- because he doesn’t understand it at all.

This Is Why You Don’t Allow Dilettantes to Have a Bible

Their mishandling of it has serious consequences:

A B.C. couple whose religious views are too extreme even for churches and pastors and put them at odds with family, doctors, social workers and anyone else trying to help them with their daughter, have lost their battle for custody of her.

The unusual child custody trial featured the couple speaking in tongues to a stuffed animal they said transmitted the word of God directly to them and refusing legal assistance because Jesus Christ — through the stuffed lion — was their lawyer, witness and judge.

In November, when the girl was one, the Provincial Court of British Columbia formally declared she was in need of protection and placed her in provincial custody, a decision the parents appealed to the B.C. Supreme Court. The parents claimed the judge violated their Charter rights, discriminated against them as Christians and made procedural errors.

Both parents were raised in Christian homes, she in Ontario and he in B.C., but strayed from their roots until reconnecting with their beliefs as adults. They met in 2014 and shared a mutual interest in their own emerging view of the Christian faith and were privately married a year later, court heard.

They are not named to protect the identity of the child.

They had unstable working and living arrangements, moving around various communities in B.C., court heard. Their views started interfering with their relationships with others, including Christian communities. Several churches banned them and even called police for assistance when the couple set out to “purge churches of evil influences,” according to court records.

At one point, after the birth of their child, they were criminally charged with causing a disturbance after police were called to a church in West Kelowna where the parents were trying to cleanse demonic influences, court heard.

“It appears that, due to their strong religious beliefs, they are intolerant of those who do not espouse identical views. This includes other Christians,” Justice Diane MacDonald wrote in her ruling, released this week.

Etc. So, do keep the Bible out of the hands of the unhinged.

Are They Getting People Who Are Capable to Do It, Or Will it be the PE Teacher?

Because what’s the point of having an ignoramus or a dilettante teach a course?

A bill introduced at the Iowa Statehouse this week would establish a public school course centered on the Bible — sparking outcry from opponents who call it an “extreme piece of legislation.”

If passed, Iowa would join a small but growing number of states with “Bible literacy” laws that allow or require public schools to offer such courses.

Supporters say that studying the Bible for its historical and cultural influence is instrumental to understanding western civilization and the values on which America was built.

“Beyond its literary and cultural significance, which is significant, the Bible is also an essential thread of the American consciousness, and without it, American unity is unraveling,” said Drew Zahn, spokesman for the Christian conservative organization The Family Leader, which is endorsing the legislation.

Yeah, sounds like they’re going to have anyone free during the classtime to do it…  Great- more ignorance imparted.

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The Myth of the ‘Ignorant Fishermen’

From time to time (oh alright, just about every day) someone (who doesn’t know what they’re talking about) will insist that theology doesn’t matter because the disciples were just simple fishermen and villagers who followed Jesus around and they just loved him so much that they didn’t need any theology to be faithful.

Rubbish.

What the ‘ignorant fishermen’ mythicists don’s understand, because in their deep silliness they don’t know it, is that the disciples were precisely that.  Disciples.  And what is a disciple?  A learner.  A student.

Jesus was a rabbi.  He’s described as such and as such he had studied with rabbis and been himself a rabbinic student.  And what is a rabbinic student? A theologian.

Jesus was a theologian who gathered around himself theological students (rabbis) to whom he taught – what was it – oh yes, theology.

Accordingly, Jesus didn’t have ignorant illiterate hicks following him around he had serious students who were expected to do their homework, learn their lessons, and apply those lessons.

So at the end of the day the people who think theology doesn’t matter and who love to say that they are just ‘simple followers of Jesus’ have absolutely no idea how Jesus worked.  Nor how the disciples worked.  Nor how the early church worked.  They really, to be fair to them, just have some weird notions they cooked up in their own heads to justify their own theological ignorance.  They delude themselves and in their delusions wish to deceive others.

They are dilettantes.  If they want to be dilettantes, super. They just shouldn’t pretend that their views of Jesus matter to anyone.

The Bible Doesn’t Call it a Whale

This is what happens when people who don’t read the Bible talk about or write about the Bible-

Earliest mosaic of Jonah and the whale found in Galilee synagogue

Nope.

Unprecedented depictions of the biblical Jonah and the whale have been found at a fifth-century Roman synagogue in Israel’s lower Galilee. In the recently discovered mosaic, Jonah’s legs are shown dangling from the mouth of a large fish, which is being swallowed by a larger fish, which is being consumed by a third, even larger fish.

Here, let me give you a hand with the biblical text:

‎וימן יהוה דג גדול לבלע את־יונה ויהי יונה במעי הדג שׁלשׁה ימים ושׁלשׁה לילות׃

The relevant phrase is

דג גדול

‘Great fish’. That’s it. Not ‘whale’.

Might it have been a whale? Who knows. But calling it a whale is a misrepresentation of the biblical text. And that’s just not going to happen as long as I have breath.  Accordingly, here’s your well deserved Dilly-