I recently listened to a very interesting podcast about American soldiers still being held in Vietnamese and Cambodian prison camps some 40 years after the end of the Vietnam war. It was riveting. The argument as to why these soldiers are being ignored by the American Government was powerful. To pursue the release of these prisoners would be a confession that the Americans were engaged in activities in areas they have denied involvement. And this is where those prisoners are still being held.
Then the discussion became unraveling.
The lawyer who has spent the last 10 years investigating the rumours coming out of Vietnam, after presenting the evidence he has gathered, claimed that further evidence could be found in the Bible. He had kicked the winning goal. Through what is known as the Bible Code he was able to demonstrate that the Bible revealed, through hidden messages, that these aging American soldiers where being held captive. The Bible Code, as defined in the link provided, is:
a method described as a “hidden code” of selecting letters from within the Hebrew Bible that form words and phrases supposedly demonstrating foreknowledge and prophecy.
What a fabulous tool. Soon he’ll be using it to work out who really assassinated JFK. All the world’s crimes will be solved, for the Bible Code assumes there is a reference to every living and deceased person contained somewhere in the Bible.
If you think that’s the biggest load of rubbish you’ve ever heard in your life then I suggest you brace yourself. It gets more breathtaking. Not convinced that the physical evidence of these prisoners is enough that he has to resort to the Bible Code, God had stepped in Himself to produce one more speck of undisputable evidence.
The bird flu.
The bird flu was first spotted in Vietnam and the economic damage to Vietnam was monumental. Every chicken had to be killed. The link? It was God’s punishment for still holding the prisoners.
Yes, it does get worse.
After rattling on that every living creature is one of God’s children, it was asked of him why He would allow one man to inflict misery on another. Do you want to know why? Well again, brace yourself. God lets His children make choices, and if they make the wrong choices He punishes them. That is why He punished Vietnam. They are holding prisoners some 40 years after the war.
It would have been nice if one of the Bible soaked Americans in the discussion asked a simple question like “what were we doing there in the first place – like bombing Cambodia – and what should our punishment be?”
The belief in God is very strong in America. They excuse him for the misery and killing that goes on in this world. He clearly condones it, yet they don’t condone the people who commit it, as neither they should.
I confess to being an atheist. I cannot comprehend that a creator would ‘allow’ the taking of children through murder or illness. Or ordain the death of every chicken in Vietnam because it was holding prisoners who may have even caused the deaths of children themselves.
You can’t convince me that God nods his head in approval that over half the people in the world live in poverty. Maybe it’s OK by Him as those people made some bad choices.
I don’t believe it. If there is a God, looking over this world of suffering and turmoil, where is He to the people who need Him? Who believe in Him.
In my opinion, religion is simply a concoction that allows control over the masses.
Over to you.