Is that she-bears a reference to that part in kings II where god sends a bear to kill a group of children for mocking a bald guy?
Kings 2, chapter 2, verse 23 and 24
@37BrokenMivrowaves, yep, that's why it's she-bears.
@37BrokenMivrowaves, only half right. It's a bit of q poor Hebrew to English translation, these aren't like 8 year olds. The same word is used to describe people in their early 20s too. The passage talks about these people being encountered outside of the city. Contextually how man little children do you know who parents allow then to walk so far away from home that they are literally outside of their city.
Also, they didnt just mock this man, but they mocked a know prophet of God. Doing so was also mocking God.
Also mocking someone as bald head has a whole different context today, when that phrase had more meaning back in that culture. Would be like saying someone has $hit for brains in today's context.
@phalcon , And telling him to "go up" is a reference to his teacher being brought to heaven. Basically, we have a mob of people telling someone to die.
@ archiethesailor, yes good catch, I forgot to mention that part.
But that's the problem with Christian haters. Of which I was numbered amoung myself for many years.
So quick to read, it's the epitome of knowledge without wisdom.
It's so quick to say look God bad he killed a bunch of 8 year olds who poked fun at a bald man.
But when you actually dig down deeper, this was a group of young men who were in a mob, cursing a prophet of God wishing he was dead.
Two totally different stories.
@phalcon , There are many Christian haters nowadays. Many who bring up verses from the Bible they think justify their hate or their unbelief, and yet they so often don’t even begin to understand the verses they are referencing. C.S. Lewis once wrote that the proper response to people who talk about the Bible as being a bunch of fairytales and none-sense is to say “if you can’t understand books written for grownups then you shouldn’t talk about them.”
@37BrokenMivrowaves, In the Old Testament God often answers the prayers of kings and prophets, if nothing else simply to show everyone that those who have faith in Him and pray to Him will be answered. In that story Elisha “calls down a curse in the name of the Lord” (basically prays, similar to how David often prayed in the Psalms for victory over his enemies) and his prayer is answered. Also, consider, in addition to what Phalcon said about them not necessarily being children, that the town in question is Bethel, a Jewish town in Israel, meaning that those “boys” who came out of the town were likely themselves Jewish, and yet they were still blaspheming against Elisha and against God Himself.
@Block1187, and like I said I was once that, very person, I parroted back all, the "aha got ya" things I heard. But I never really dug into things for myself for a, long time.
Oddly one of the things I first noticed, was much of what made me hate about Christianity, I found out the bible itself also condemned. I realized that much of what I thought was Christian, according to the Bible actually wasn't even.
One example I thought was all the times people killed for the Christian faith, crusaids, inquisition etc...
But I didn't find that line up with how the first Christians acted. None of them killed for the faith, however the opposite was true, many of them whwrr killed because of their faith.
Do they work individually or must I do all 9 steps?
@Muffintitan, all and in reverse order
Klaatu barada nichsjdhiwbdoebo
"If you can part with it?"
I mean yeah I've tossed out cardboard before so it shouldn't be too hard.
What if the prayer circle doubles as an anti she-bear circle
Or don’t show up to a cult meeting to begin with
If you are in a circle jerk this works as well
@seeUpee, But why would you leave home?
@Link Silverblade, bc you are horny as f*ck
You must choose your favourite three. (this was meant as a reply to Muffintitan but somehow I’ve manage to screw even this up!)