humphreys wrote:Thinking about this more, it seems we've not discussed possibly the most important aspect of the story...it doesn't even make sense.
I struggle to picture 42 boys being guilty of taunting the man - that's a lot of boys. I can't believe they were all calling him "baldy". Did one or two name-call and get everyone else in the group mauled? Seems more of a silly childish prank than an act of evil, anyway. But that's not really my point.
The first part certainly stretches the imagination a little, but it's the next part that really gets me. How do 2 bears maul 42 boys? The initial reaction to a bear attack is to run and scatter. A bear can only really attack one person at a time realistically, so how do 42 get mauled? None managed to escape? They would all scatter in different directions, so are these magic bears who can multiply like something from The Matrix?
Apart from the obvious atrocity of it all, it's such a strange story, the kind you wouldn't even be able to take seriously in a fictional movie.
It is difficult to take you seriously when you get so emotional and worked up..then conclude with the last sentence about a movie.
That to me is a public education based on a movie and television thinking and values.
It is not even a good Arguendo. But it is very feminine...emotional/drama.
Your going to learn one day..that some of us are not so easily emoted. Not that we do not have emotions but we just don't have your emotions nor do we want to be this way.
You are getting emotional about something which does not even make sense. You need to check your reasoning.
As I said...you don't even give the Bible credibility and here you are on an emotional string...like a puppet.
Sorry Humphreys..but to the knowledgeable ..it doesn't make good nonsense. Intellectual, Educated, sophisticated, wise men are above this kind of thing.
I told you guys many posts back...that you need more practice.
I would not blame God, I have the luxury of not having to rationalize the behavior of a supreme being who decides that some children, or young men, deserve a good mauling.
You do not have that luxury.
I'll leave this statement alone in view of what I posted above. It should be clear.
You don't believe in the Bible...yet you uses a movie and television/public education reference in the Matrix.
You tell me what you are not going to do in not blaming God..but what would you do..in the case of two bears mauling someone..since you don't believe in God or His Word????
I ask this question in lieu of you trying, in the poor way you do, holding the Believers to account for what you don't believe in regarding the Bible.
What would you do...yourself Humphreys...about two bears mauling someone??
Since when do two wrongs make a right? It's okay for God to do something horrific because someone else did at some point in an unrelated incident?
Only religion could create such a warped sense of reality. Take a step back some time, see what you have become.
I suggest you check your sense of reality Humphreys. Your public education thinking.
Remember what I stated...more people have been killed and slaughtered across this globe in the last 100/150 years...since the time of the Enlightenment..the time of men of reason and logic. Killed and slaughtered at a faster rate than in the thousands of years prior.
What religion is so devoutly taking place in the last 100/150 years to cause such an slaughter and so devoutly?? Children as well as adults.
I ask this as I know it is a finished work.
What is the name of this religion...Humphreys..of such man made slaughter??
Much more...what is the name of the god of such man made slaughter that it continues so devoutly/zealously??
1. As I have already stated, they may have been young men and not boys, it is not exactly clear. It also doesn't say that God commanded it. He certainly allowed it but that doesn't mean He commanded it.
I've noticed that as well. It did not say that God commanded it. Yet some get so worked in Tabloid likeness.
Thanks for bringing up this point. An assumption on the part of many here.
I am indeed not condoning torture..and punishment can be a good thing if one learns from it.
I concluded that so many not wanting punishment ...particularly parental punishment...have not learned a simple lesson out here.
That the world outside the home doors can be way more harsh, cruel, and uncaring than any punishment Mom and Pop may dole out. This world is not a nice place. No matter how much public education one gets.
I have learned that my parents punished and corrected me in Love...that I be able to stand in the day they were no longer able to pick me up and dust me off/tend to my wounds. I also learned that this is Love which surpasses any goodies or physical things this world advertises or has to offer.
Thanks to all for their posts,