Just a wee scorpion

(To some of the faithful  (sarc.)  don’t worry, I punished myself already for such simplicity, so you can spare the ridicule)

A family knows nothing but desert life. The temperature never goes below 65 degrees F. Their ancestors knew nothing except of the Bedouin life. They loved their camels.

A man visits from afar and speaks to them of these little white particles falling from the sky, bringing cold air and piling these white ‘things’ upon the ground, and in some instances, making it difficult to walk.

The family looks with bewilderment having never heard of such a thing; how then can they know? They look at their visitor with suspicion, some even think he is mentally deranged for speaking of the ‘white magic from the sky,’ for how could they also possibly believe that there are ‘snow people’ who live in the cold, and fare well amid such adversity? By faith.

There is a family of Inuits, who have known nothing of the ‘sand people,’ never heard of, nor saw sand, and couldn’t imagine people living in perpetual heat in such adversity.  How could they believe in a life among the camels? By faith.  By the way they ask: ‘what’s a camel?’

People wrongly complain about faith, citing it a mild disease as it were, yet across the globe, faith is the m.o. for daily life, and is taken for granted. So then how does one believe there is a God having never seen? By faith of course, for the evidence precedes everything that is.

By faith we turn on the light switch, and believe connections are made to supply light, yet we mock faith as if it is for the weak of mind. We unconsciously drive by faith, recognizing that the car coming at us will not suddenly veer into our windshield.

We eat at a restaurant, and by faith assume the food is not tainted with poison, as we without even thinking, trust the owner, the cook, and the waitress. When we fill our tanks at home for heat, we by faith assume the driver is pouring kerosene instead of gasoline.

We have faith the sun will rise, we have faith darkness will come, and we without thought, see the snow falling, and the camels trekking across the desert, and do not consider the source of the camel or the snow, as we also take for granted another day of life.  Is there something  greater than faith?

Do the snow people cease to be because we never saw them?  Are the sand people an illusion until we see proof they live?

Is not faith a never-ending reminder of something beyond us?

We would do well to consider this thing called ‘Day,’ and this strange thing called ‘Night,’ as faith knows the source of such things. Who is the genius who dubbed day and night by the way?

We are reminded that faith is the ‘substance’ of things hoped for, and it carries the evidence of things not seen. I ‘hope’ the cook didn’t spit in the noodles, yet by faith, you give him the benefit of the doubt. By faith you expect the MD’S prescription  to be helpful, and not a dose which brings your death.

But we do not give God the same courtesy.

The camel for the sand, not only for transportation, but a designed masterpiece, made specifically for THAT, just like the whale for the deep-sea, and the eagle for the heaven above. The eaglet is pushed out of its nest, and flies by faith, having never flown before.

By faith, God is more obvious than the eagle.

We live by faith today, hoping to see tomorrow, assuming there will be many more tomorrows. all gestures of faith in the unseen and unknown. Takes no more effort to believe in God than it does to believe there is this thing called snow. Belief in God is easy on any continent. See, there is this thing called sand, and once upon a time there lived a scorpion.

The sting of death is sin, and the torment of a scorpion is a great picture of things gone south, as all mankind has been stung, but faith in ONE greater is the effulgent antidote. Snow man, sand man, yep, all sinners.

They know it, you know it, I know it. It’s all about the obvious sting in which death and sin is the proof.

It was mentioned above that faith is a reminder of things beyond us,  and ultimately we direct our faith to somebody or something. May as well give it to He who deserves it. There is faith at every turn of the road and so easily seen without controversy, and the greatest of evidence is scorned in derision. God help us, (O, He already has.)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deathstalker

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44 Responses to Just a wee scorpion

  1. tellthetruth1 says:

    Reblogged this on The love of God.

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  2. I’m interested to see what the rest of the world has to say about your post, but it seems I hit the blogosphere first this evening. I have faith they’ll show up though.
    You make a very good point indeed, about faith. I can tell where some are gonna nitpick your argument, but there’s no denying that we do use faith all the time. All the time. 🙂
    Peace to ya!

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  3. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Re your Wikipedia link, “Deathstalker”: “While a sting from this scorpion is extraordinarily painful, it normally would not kill an otherwise healthy adult human.” Luvs your drama, don’t you –?

    BTW – of all of these things you maintain we have faith in – electricity, Eskimos, Arabs – how many of them expect us to worship them or to believe they can perform magic?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yes, of ALL the links that could have been included to shed light on the little fella, the ‘Deathstalker was selected.’

      How about that, one of the most fascinating creatures on earth, an ISRAELI scorpion.

      Drama? Yes, the sting of death and sin.

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  4. That’s lovely, colorstorm. Nothing simple about it. 😉

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  5. Wally Fry says:

    “Belief in God is easy on any continent”
    Easiest thing in the world. Unbelief, on the other hand, it quite the difficult challenge. Look how hard some work at it…how they kick against the pricks. People spend a lot of time..trying to disbelieve. Wow…if some of us would get that busy doing the opposite..we could turn the world upside down. Another great one, Brother.

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  6. tildeb says:

    Come on, CS; you know perfectly well that you are conflating two standard but very different meanings for the single word ‘faith’. In the vernacular, confidence/trust built on probability is not the same as the religious sense of hope and absolute loyalty to that hope.

    The Innu have no difficulty utilizing reason and understanding the desert and its heat, any more than a desert dweller can utilize reason and understand snow and its cold. Each uses reason with understanding of what temperature means and how it affects geography, biology, and climate patterns. Now compare that to a religious faith-based belief: the religious person is taught to believe in some version of Oogity Boogity and pretend they know something about it based on some supposed ‘authority’ and make up the lack of reason and the lack of understanding for that belief with a false certitude and a personal relationship with this invisible agent.

    There is a qualitative difference between trusting that someone who works with food in a restaurant didn’t spit in your soup when compared to trusting that an invisible divine, interactive, causal agent is very interested in policing your thoughts about how you might use your gonads while insisting on absolute loyalty and submission to the Dear Leader. Because we have a bicameral brain, the most compelling ‘evidence’ for this supposed personal relationship and divine ‘buddy’ is that our brains are talking and listening to its other half… but this experience is attributed to be compelling evidence of an independent agency that – oh, by the way, and by the most remarkable of coincidences – just so happens to be the very god you were taught is real.

    Come on.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      @tildeb

      I remember years ago doing a word study on faith/believe, and Mr Webster in his unspeakable fashion had half a bazillion meanings.

      A PHD dissertation could not contain the variables to do this topic justly. I use the word in its basic form to paint a picture.

      You may think the ‘food’ idea is poor, but I submit there is a whole lotta trust going on with things unseen.

      Sound familiar? The Inuit, and the Eskimo have the same information. The sand is enough! The snow is enough!

      And the heart of man knows there is a maker. Compelling evidence?

      Uh, yea, that’s contained in the title of the post: just a wee scorpion, that points to sin and death, which points to God.

      There is no escaping the wages of sin is death. Every man has been stung. Only God can remove the stinger through Christ.

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      • tildeb says:

        Then it’s a good thing I’m here to comfort the sinner and return the stray lamb back to the fold… of reason and likelihood rather than unwavering and unearned trust in the divine Dear Leader.

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        • Reason and liklihood suggests that a restaurant worker really will spit in your food, that people will labor away and have their profits stolen from them, and that we will all end our meaningless existence in pain, suffering, and death.

          You do not see the immorality of what you try to do, but I’ve written about the cruelty of atheists many times. Would you tell someone with dementia that their visions of long dead loved ones are just a hallucination? Would you tell a homeless man that his delusions about being a knight are false and that he needs to face the reality of his own miserable existence?

          I’ve said many times before, atheism is an affliction of the privileged and elite that offers nothing to it’s fellow humans except an attempt to rob people of their hope. Your desire to demonstrate your own alleged intellectual and moral superiority trumps the needs of all others.

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        • tildeb says:

          What rubbish. My complaints about religion are from its insidious uses that urges people to fool themselves into believing stuff that isn’t true and then calling it a higher morality to then act on these beliefs to pernicious effect on others.

          Is the level of religious comfort to a victim of dementia reason to parents enough to permit them by special privilege to kill their children in the name of their misguided and ignorant beliefs about the reality of germs and viruses? Does it aid the homeless person to grant tax exemptions to religious organizations in excess of more than 75 billion dollars in lost revenue a year in the States?

          Would I intervene in the care of a person with dementia whose tried to act on their false beliefs that would cause harm to themselves or others?

          Of course.

          Would I intervene with a homeless person who tried to act on their false beliefs of being a knight that would cause harm to themselves or others?

          Of course.

          You notion that atheists are only concerned with popping belief bubbles for their own aggrandizement is as ridiculous as the false conclusion you draw from your straw man atheist about their cruelty.

          Hope based on reality I think is a better tool for public policy and personal actions than beliefs detached from it. And the harm produced by granting special privilege and public subsidy for those who claim religious affiliation as justification for their actions is not just deeply and tragically misguided but insanely stupid and immoral.

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        • “Hope based on reality I think is a better tool for public policy and personal actions than beliefs detached from it”

          Whose reality? Yours? What hope do you offer the dying? The sick? The homeless? Once you so magnanimously relieve people of their alleged delusions, what do you plan to replace their hope with?

          Atheists have an inherent cruelty about them, because it is their own needs they seek to make manifest in the world, not the needs of others.

          The proof is evident in the behavior of atheists all over the blogging world. You all repeatedly seek to mock and ridicule people’s faith, driven by a compulsion to rid the world of anything that makes your own non belief an uncomfortable thing to lug around.

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        • tildeb says:

          IB22 says (as if she knows rather than believes) Whose reality? Yours? What hope do you offer the dying? The sick? The homeless? Once you so magnanimously relieve people of their alleged delusions, what do you plan to replace their hope with?

          Atheists have an inherent cruelty about them, because it is their own needs they seek to make manifest in the world, not the needs of others.

          Wow. Your beliefs poison your mind, IB22. The truth is that I do volunteer work at the local hospice that serves a community of about half a million very real people. My spouse – an atheist – coordinates hospice and palliative care for this community. The whole community. The whole multi-cultural, muti-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic community.

          Let me be frank: more than half of the hundreds of hospice and palliative care volunteers are atheist. About 90% of the staff is atheist. The intake coordinator for volunteers is a staunch Catholic and she notes the remarkable willingness of people who turn out to have no religious affiliations or beliefs step up to serve others because they can and so they do.

          What reality? The one we share.

          I suspect that when you’re dying, IB22, reality will finally have the means of breaking through your comforting religious notions and smacking you upside the head. This reality of hospice on a day to day basis – like the one involving committed compassionate and caring atheists – simply doesn’t fit with your beliefs about reality, IB22. And that – better than anything I could write – reveals the way faith-based beliefs supplant reality-based beliefs and pollute it with pernicious effects. You honestly think atheists are cruel… especially when it comes to ‘attacking’ the comfort religion supposedly brings.

          Let me tell you, of all the cases of complex grief following the death of a loved one, by far those least able to deal in a healthy and adjusted way are those who are most religious… particularly those whose religions insist on a real and eternal/everlasting hell. If you want to talk about suffering, then I see everyday the real world effects of religion’s pernicious influence in the form of people torturing themselves on the next life of their loved ones yet unable to do anything about it. This self-flagellation of supposedly a comforting spiritual concern is the direct product of a religious belief. It causes a very great deal of harm that continues to adversely and in many cases permanently affect real people in real life not just with harm but very much interferes with the ability to cope and move on.

          Not all religious people undergo this but many do and there is a strong negative correlation between the self-reported piety of a person and his or her ability to live life the way most of us would want for those who loved us if we were to die.

          So your notion of atheists being cruel bursting belief bubbles while, at the same time being seemingly unaware of the direct harm caused by maintaining strong belief in religious fictions, is not just wrong but determined bigotry in action. You need to change this distorted belief not because I say so but because you owe it to yourself to base your beliefs about reality on reality and not your imagination of it under the heading of ‘religion’.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Nice tildeb-

          The scriptures ‘poison our minds.’

          ‘Faith, hope, and charity, and the greatest of these is charity.’ Yep, a whole lot of poison there.

          And don’t fool your self, for you are mocking this very post which speaks of faith. Hope? In what? What hope does the atheist offer to a dying soul? What can you say, if there is nothing else?

          May I remind you of the multitude of cemeteries with endless headstones which speak clearly of ‘something else

          Then there is always the testimony of people who saw the once dead live again.

          ‘Charity? What love is greater than a man lying down his life? Not a man laying it down for good people, no, a good man laying it down for miscreants such as you.

          The hope of the believer has been presented to you, and you mock, and that’s ok, you may do so, but please do not pretend there is something lacking in biblical faith, hope, and charity.

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        • You allegedly work in hospice and yet you wish that upon my dying,”reality will finally have the means of breaking through your comforting religious notions and smacking you upside the head.”

          So even my dying must serve to validate your own non belief. You than wish me to die without any “comforting religious notions” and yet still fail to see the inherent cruelty and immorality of your own behavior and words.

          Not to be impolite here, but my dying will belong to me, not you, and I shall wrap myself in whatever comfort I so choose.

          I know atheists are all over hospice care and I know too that they will frequently USE and exploit the dying to validate their own non belief, as you just tried to do to me. That is immoral.

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        • tildeb says:

          Whatever your religious beliefs are on your deathbed are your concern. My concern is about stuff I can do something about: your physical well being, treating you as the whole person you really are and dealing with the nuts and bolts of dying, talking about whatever mundane issues that concern you, talking with family and letting them know what’s going on and how this should unfold, and getting any religious counseling you may wish to you. All I’m saying is that most dying people put aside the religious beliefs they hold (or held) in order to deal with the all important here and now. That’s the smacking I’m talking about: reality and the very real concerns about it.

          Your projection about my motives is rather disturbing. I help because I can. That’s it. I can deal with the emotional cost of losing people all the time because it’s as natural as being born and sometimes just as sad or joyful. People are precious and some of the most astounding and honest and deeply moving experiences occur when all the bullshit so prevalent in life is striped away facing a very real death. To attribute my motives as something other than compassionate care merely is an extension of your own very negative emotions surrounding the term ‘atheist’ and have nothing whatsoever to do with the people I know who contribute what they can to the well being of their loved ones, friends, and community. And they do so because it’s very meaningful and reminds us daily just how precious real life is and how to take the adivce of the dying and live it honestly and forthrightly.

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        • David says:

          Oh, well, I just can’t resist. I’m only human, after all.

          Insanity,

          I have no problem stating that I may be wrong when I assume that the restaurant worker might have spit in my soup, but at least, my assumption represents a testable hypothesis based in the natural, physical world. And if the hypothesis that the waiter didn’t spit is disproved, then so be it. This is all fundamentally different from religious belief in multiple ways.

          I can say that I may be wrong about the cook. By contrast, can you say that you may be wrong about your religious beliefs?

          By the way, is it possible for you to make comment that is free of ad hominem arguments?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Hate to be the breaker of bad news to you fella, but God’s word has been tested; you see for thousands of years it has been assailed, and the authority and truth of it remains.

          Did you miss the part about you being stung by sin and death?

          The food image and faith is the same thought.

          Go to your next funeral and try to deny death as payment for sin. Listen to your conscience.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          ‘The scorpion stings are not fatal.’

          Yeah, I wrote the post remember, yet the fatality of death and sin as portrayed in the sting of the scorpion somehow escaped you.

          The question about the clothing is to show how you love to create diversions,

          But since I asked, you may want to ask yourself why you wear clothing at all. Hint: its related to the scorpion.

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        • David says:

          “The question about the clothing is to show how you love to create diversions.”

          Where did I create a diversion? I responded to the comments of others. No diversions intended on my part.

          I think that your desire to attribute “diversions” to me is really just your way of avoiding my questions. If you don’t want to address my questions, that’s fine. Just say so.

          “The fatality of death and sin as portrayed in the sting of the scorpion somehow escaped you.”

          To be honest, you’re writing often lacks clarity and I find it difficult to follow your strange and winding path through metaphor land. However, apparently, you want to talk about death and sin. Ok. You’ve linked death and sin. How, exactly, are they related? Is death a punishment for sin?

          (By the way, I only jumped in here because being called a cruel and privileged elitist made me a little itchy, so there’s no need to continue this if you’d prefer not to.)

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        • ColorStorm says:

          D-

          It Always ends up being a diversion- like Moses names versus the poor woman.

          But here, death, sin, faith, its all or nothing, and there really is no need to try to explain any of it.

          One believes it or not. Death is proof of sin, and you know this by faith. I can’t make it any easier.

          Its not on the table for debate.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          tildeb – insanitybytes22 hits the target.

          Remember when I said this.

          The fact you keep commenting on this blog is proof you don’t believe what you say. There many things we perceive and feel we don’t understand, and we cannot quantify. (from http://citizentom.com/2015/01/29/how-do-we-know-the-difference-between-propaganda-and-truth/#comment-56871)

          Are you doing what you do for the sake of others or to puff up your own ego?

          Check out insanitybytes22’s post name “Epiphanies.”

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        • tildeb says:

          I am here mostly to challenge your misrepresentations and offer readers the ‘other’ side so to speak. After all, if I don’t do it, who will? IB22?

          That you presume that I don’t ‘believe’ my challenges to your misrepresentations demonstrates your hubris. It’s not about you: it’s about what you try to misrepresent.

          As for IB22’s post, already done.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        I’ve always found it interesting that the NT tells us to forgive 70 times 7, yet in Genesis, one piece of fruit, and it’s “Everybody out of the pool!” Isn’t that short about 489 forgives?

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  7. tildeb says:

    A Dear Leader, I must mention, who you think mandates by decree that all must be held hostage with (at the very least) death if not totally submissive to Him Who Must Be Obeyed.

    Nice.

    I’m feeling the love.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Naw, its much simpler tild-

      You acquire that honor by simply being borne. ‘For by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men…’

      It is easy if the scriptures are brought to the table. Only way around it is to escape the human race.

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  8. CS – another good one!! I agree, we are exercising faith all day long! It is interesting to me that people put so much faith in people and then are so disappointed and angry when these trusted people lie, fail or make a mistake. People lie, fail and make mistakes – it is inevitable. So why is it so difficult for people to put their faith in a mighty God who has proven Himself faithful, does not lie, does not make mistakes and never fails? Only God knows!!

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    • ColorStorm says:

      I’m with ya betty,

      then there is that little ‘sting’ that faith suggests, no, rather proves to the conscience.

      ‘The faith of a child’ kinda puts it in perspective. Adults spend their entire lives denying what they know from a youth.

      ‘Proven Himself faithful you say?’ And then some huh.

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  9. archaeopteryx1 says:

    ‘The faith of a child’ kinda puts it in perspective. Adults spend their entire lives denying what they know from a youth.
    ~~ ColorStorm ~~

    It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists, and if religion were not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so.”
    — Ernestine Rose —

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