Okay, I already ranted about this over on Dark Window (which is a cool blog you should know about if you don't already http://darkwindow.blogspot.com/) but I'm going to rant some more, since, you know, it's my blog and I can do that.
What set me off is this Christian teeshirt which shows Jacob wrestling with an angel, graphics all sappy, with a text below saying, "For I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved."
Well, this once again leads me to apoplexy. Because why don't these fundies read their own text? Have they actually ever read the story of Jacob wrestling the angel? Do they know what it's about?
First off, according to the mostly likely reading of the text, it's not an angel Jacob wrestles with: it's God. (Hence the whole "I have seen God face to face" bit of their own damn quotation!)
Second off, the whole point of the story is that God can't beat Jacob. Jacob doesn't win, but then neither does God. It's one of the most interesting bits of the Torah, and I'm thinking these fundies wouldn't be putting it on a shirt if they knew what it actually meant: which is this: that God has put us on this planet in order to contend with him. Our job is to argue with God and to keep him from screwing up. Because, you know, he will, if we don't talk back and point out problems with his decisions.
Kind of like our job with the President, when you think about it.
Genesis 32.24. Go have a look.
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