'God is Love' by Percy Dearmer ~ Analysis of a Popular Hymn (And Bible Analysis)

God is Love ~ A Lovely Hymn

Every morning, when I was a child and teenager, we had school assembly ~ and it was always a Christian assembly. In other words, it was very similar to a church service.

There was usually a story with a moral, followed by a few hymns and some prayers. This was not a faith school; it was like this in all schools, until the country became more secular and more multi-cultural.

Some of the hymns were rather dirge-like but, generally, in school, the teachers chose some nice, lively tunes for the youngsters.

One oft-sung hymn was 'God is Love, His the care'. I think that the story which accompanied it was probably the one about how God cares for everyone, and even notices the smallest sparrow fall.

Both the story and the hymn are uplifting, and assure us that God loves, and cares for, every single one of us.

But, as I said, this was a Christian assembly, so was based on the Christian idea of God ~ the God of the Bible; the God of the Old and New Testaments.

Does God, as described in the Old and New Testaments, really love and care about every one of us? And, if this is not true, is it morally right to encourage children to sing such 'sacred' songs?

Percy Dearmer

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Copyright, Sources and Me

This article is copyright Tricia Mason.

All Rights Reserved.

Sources, plus further information, can be found in the links and videos, near the end of the item.

Images are noted with their sources, etc.

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Me:

For clarity, I'll just add, here, that I am agnostic. I do not know whether 'God' exists and do not think that it is possible for anyone to know ~ not for sure.

I do not believe that the Bible is the word of God, or that it tells true stories about God. I think that it describes how an ancient tribe interpreted what they perceived to be 'God'.

I do not know whether or not Jesus existed, but consider that it is quite possible. However, while I believe that he might well have been considered a (non-supernatural) 'Messiah', I think that it is highly unlikely that he was 'God Incarnate' or 'Son of God'.

Sparrows

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God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall

Another children's hymn about God's love ~ written in 1874 ~ even for the littlest sparrow:

Lyrics: Maria Straub
Music: Solomon W. Straub
1874

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God sees the little sparrow fall

It meets His tender view;

If God so loves the little birds,

I know He loves me, too.


He paints the lily of the field,

Perfumes each lily bell;

If He so loves the little flow’rs,

I know He loves me well.


God made the little birds and flow’rs,

And all things large and small;

He’ll not forget his little ones,

I know He loves them all.


Refrain:


He loves me, too, He loves me, too,

I know He loves me, too;

Because He loves the little things,

I know He loves me, too.

Sparrows


Matthew 10:29

Jesus:

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.

"And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows".


Luke 12:5-9

Jesus:

"I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell.

"Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

"Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God."

Lyrics and Music

The lyrics of 'God is Love' were written by Percy Dearmer, in 1925.

They are usually sung to the tune known as 'Theodoric' ~ Gustav Theodore Holst's 1916 arrangement of 'Personent Hodie', from the 1582 'Piae Cantiones'.

This was probably based on the mid 14th century song 'Intonent Hodie'.

(The lyricists for both 'Personent Hodie' and 'Intonent Hodie' are unknown.)

The site 'The Hymns and Carols of Christmas' states that the 'Piae Cantiones' was a Collection of songs, for Church and Schools, published by Theodoric Petri of Hyland in 1582.

Apparently, these were mostly of ancient Swedish origin, but the information that it gives for 'Personent Hodie' is that the words were from 1582 'Piae Cantiones', from 14th century German, from 12th century Latin.

Gustav Holst

Gustav Theodore Holst ~ originally von Holst ~ was born on 21st September 1874 and died on 25 May 1934. He was an English composer, of German extraction. His most famous work was 'The Planets Suite'.



The Lyrics

God is love ~ his the care,

tending each, everywhere;

God is love ~ all is there!

Jesus came to show him,

that we all might know him ...


Jesus shared all our pain,

lived and died, rose again,

rules our hearts, now as then ~

for he came to save us

by the truth he gave us ...


To our Lord praise we sing ~

light and life, friend and king,

coming down love to bring,

pattern for our duty,

showing God in beauty ...


This refrain is sung after each verse:

Sing aloud, loud, loud!

Sing aloud, loud, loud:

God is good, God is truth,

God is beauty ~ praise him!

Who Was Percy Dearmer?

Percival Dearmer was an English priest, author and lyricist who was born in Middlesex in February 1867.

In his youth, he attended Westminster School and later Christ Church College, Oxford, where he attained his BA and MA degrees.

Though his works date back several decades into history, the songs are still sung and the ideas behind them are still relevant to many.

Dearmer wrote, or translated, a number of hymns, and was also responsible for the 'Parson's Handbook' ~ an Anglican clerical manual. He was very influential in the field of church music.

His wife, Mabel Dearmer, died in Serbia, in 1915, while serving with a first world war ambulance unit, where Percy was chaplain.

Mabel and Percy's two sons also served in the Great War. One, Geoffrey, survived, and lived to the age of 103, but the other, Christopher, died of wounds incurred in battle ~ also in 1915.

Percy Dearmer suffered personal loss, and must have seen many horrors during the First World War, yet he still wrote 'God is love'.

Dearmer married again and fathered three more children, one of whom was killed in the Second World War.

He died in May 1936 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Mabel Dearmer ~ Percy's Wife

Poems by Geoffrey Dearmer

Christopher Howse on Percy Dearmer

"Percy Dearmer was a strange cove, but an energetic one.

"He had the idea that the Church of England should worship in what he imagined was the spirit of the Sarum rite or English usage.

"Not for him the Baroque candlesticks and fiddle-backed chasubles favoured by Anglo-Catholics who adopted a style of liturgy that had developed with the centuries."

Christopher Howse 19 Apr 2013 The Telegraph (online)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10005866/Sacred-Mysteries-The-man-who-rewrote-Bunyan.html

Geoffrey Dearmer ~ Soldier-Poet

Percy Dearmer's son, Geoffrey, who lived to the age of 103, was a World War One soldier-poet.

A book of his works, including an ode to his brother, who died in the Great War, can be purchased from Amazon ~ simply called 'Poems'.


'God is Love' ~ Says 1 John

The first three words of Dearmer's hymn echo a phrase from the Biblical book, 1 John. Here are the quotes, as translated for the New International Version ...

1 John 4:16 ~

"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."

1 John 4:8 ~

"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

Amalekites - Poussin

Nicolas Poussin ~ 15 June 1594  19 November 1665
Nicolas Poussin ~ 15 June 1594 19 November 1665

How Much Loving Care?

How much loving care did God, as described in the Bible, show to all of humanity, and even to the animals ~ except Noah, his family, and a pair of each the living creatures ~ when he sent the flood??

How much loving care did God, as described in the Bible, show to the Amalekites, when he ordered them all to be slain ~ specifically mentioning children and suckling babies?

How much loving care did God, as described in the Bible, show to King David's baby, when he let it die as a punishment to his father?

How much loving care did God, as described in the Bible, show to Job ~ his most pure and ardent follower, when, as the result of a challenge from 'Satan', he allowed him to lose everyone and everything that he loved and to suffer undue torment?

The list goes on.

God, as described in the Bible, is described as vengeful, jealous and cruel.

The Book of 1 John says that 'God is love', but much of the rest of the Bible contradicts this.

Love is ...

Other Hymns Make the Same Claim - About A Loving God

The King of Love My Shepherd Is
By: Henry W. Baker

The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And he is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul he leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love he sought me
And on his shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spredst a table in my sight;
Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight
From thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never.
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
Within thy house forever.

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Lutheran Worship Hymn Number 412
Lyrics: 1868
Tune: St. Columba

Prof MTH on 'YouTube'

'ProfMTH' on 'YouTube' looked at the idea that 'God is love' and found some Biblical definitions of 'love' in the New Testament; Paul's letters:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
(New International Version + New American Standard Version)


Love is patient

Love is kind

It does not envy / is not jealous

It does not boast / does not brag

It is not proud / is not arrogant

It does not dishonor others / does not act unbecomingly

It is not self-seeking / does not seek its own

It is not easily angered / is not provoked

It keeps no record of wrongs / does not take into account a wrong suffered

Love does not delight in evil / does not rejoice in unrighteousness

It rejoices with the truth

It always protects / bears all things

It always trusts / believes all things

It always hopes / hopes all things

It always perseveres / endures all things

Love never fails

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Prof MTH also found some Biblical contradictions.

He could only examine a few, but here is one:

The New American Standard Version of the Bible states that 'love is not jealous'. If God is love and love is not jealous, then how is it that Exodus 34:14 tells us: 'Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God'? How can a loving God also be a Jealous God, when the supposed word of God explains that love is never jealous?

Prof MTH mentions a number of such contradictions, indicating that the Bible shows God not to be love. He includes God's reported behaviour towards Job.

The video is included, towards the end of this article. It contains more examples of God not fulfilling the Bible's definitions of 'love'! Well worth watching!

Is God love?

I do not know whether or not God exists, but, if God does exist, then I doubt very much that 'the king of love' is how 'he' is described in the Bible.

I do know that some of the Biblical descriptions of God indicate that he is not a loving parent but, rather, that he is a cruel, jealous, vengeful being.

A loving parent would not condemn his offspring to hell, for example, simply for doubting his existence, when his existence is, self-evidently, in doubt.

Could God exist, but not as described in the Bible ~ a truly loving God?

Of course this is possible, yet, though there is much that is good on the earth, there is also much suffering. Would a loving creator God produce powerful creatures that rip weaker creatures limb from limb?

Isn't it more likely that 'God' is a word that we could use for whatever power, forces, rules, etc, etc, lie behind life, the universe and everything, but that this is not a personal God?

Deuteronomy 32:39-42 (NIV)

“See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me.

I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.

I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever, when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.

I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders.”

Personent Hodie - The Music for 'God is Love'

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The Words of the Hymn

God is love ~ his the care, tending each, everywhere;

There is much suffering in the world. Children are abused and murdered; animals are torn apart by predators; babies are born with terrible health problems; innocents are tortured; tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc, kill thousands. Where is this individual loving care?

In the Bible, dreadful things happen, which are supposedly condoned by God. Here is an example: Insolent sons, and daughters, who cannot actually prove that they are virgins when they wed, are supposed to be stoned to death! Is this what we expect from a loving father?

If fathers treat their children like this, or if leaders slaughter whole nations (as God ordered the slaughter of the Amalekites), then we consider them to be criminals. We do not say that they are the epitome of love, tending their own.

Jesus came to show him, that we all might know him ... Jesus shared all our pain

According to the Bible, God sent himself ~ as his own son ~ as a human sacrifice, to suffer horribly on a cross before dying. Crucifixion was a hideous punishment.

What sort of person would send their own son to suffer and die like this? Mankind could have been redeemed in other ways. The death and suffering of one apparent rebel, amongst many, was not really necessary. The Bible says that Jesus felt forsaken.

Jesus ... came to save us by the truth he gave us ...

And yet the truth is not clear. Many are unconvinced that Jesus was God incarnate ~ or even real.

light and life, friend and king,To our Lord praise we sing ~ coming down love to bring,

Certainly Jesus's message was more loving.

He said 'love thy neighbour', 'love one another', be a 'good Samaritan', 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone', etc, etc.

However, according to the Gospels, he also said:

''Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."

"Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division ... " [Luke 12:51]

God is good, God is truth, God is beauty ~ praise him!

It would be right to worship a God, who represented love, goodness, truth and beauty, but we are asked to praise someone else.

According to the Bible, God allowed his most decent and devout follower ~ Job ~ to suffer unmercifully, yet he rewarded Lot, who offered his virgin daughters to strangers, so that they could sleep with them. But Lot's wife was killed just for looking back at her city, as it was destroyed.

When King David did wrong, God ensured that his baby died and his wives were publicly raped.

When Saul allowed some Amalekites to survive, God complained, because he wanted them all dead ~ every baby, child, pregnant woman, old person, had to be killed by the sword.

Is this goodness? Is this love? Is this what we would accept from any earthly parent?

No! We would not accept it. We would say that it was evil and unloving ~ and we would punish this behaviour; not revere it.

Yet we sing praises to this God, whom the Bible offers us.

But the God offered by the Bible is only a God imagined by an ancient tribe. We do not have to accept their descriptions!

For some reason, though, Christians do accept this version of God.

And they ~ and we ~ sing 'God is love'!


'Saul and the Amalekites' - A Bloodthirsty Story!

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Disc Box Cover - amazon

'Drunk With Blood: God's Killings in the Bible' by Steve Wells

In his book, 'Drunk With Blood: God's Killings in the Bible', the author, Steve Wells, asks: Who has killed more people; God or Satan?

These are his results, based on numbers given in the Bible;

God: 2,476,636

Satan: 10 (God allowed the killing of Job's family by Satan)

Is this really what would be expected of loving god?

Books: 'God is Love'

Does God Really Love Every One Of Us?

Does God, as described in the Old and New Testaments, really love and care about every one of us?

It would be nice to think so, but the evidence indicates that this cannot be true.

We want to feel loved and safe and secure. We want this for our children.

But, hiding behind the beautiful and benign words of sacred songs, is a Bible, which tells stories of a God who slaughters tiny babies!

If it is not true that 'God is love', then is it morally right to encourage children to sing such 'sacred' songs?

Well, we allow, or encourage, children to believe in wonderful, imaginary worlds ~ worlds of fairies and Father Christmas. These lovely old hymns are beautiful and harmless ~ provided children are not scared into believing in God, through fear of hell ~ and not persecuted, for questioning the veracity of the words.

God may or may not exist, but surely he is not the being described in the 'Old Testament'? Surely, God would not be so cruel to his 'children'! Surely children should not be scared into believing that the Bible is a book about a loving father God?

Love is God

Wouldn't it be a better world if we adored, revered honoured and yes, even praised, 'love'.

If we treated love with the reverence and esteem that it deserved, then surely the world would be a better, safer and happier place.

There has been so much turmoil, war and hatred because of religion, but love is a positive, happy, caring, sharing emotion.

Rather than 'God is Love', I would prefer to think 'Love is God'. Love is powerful; it is universal, it is creative, eternal, invisible.

1 Corinthians 13 is right, I think, when it notes; 'And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love'.

Edit: Another Verse ~ 'Love One Another'!

There is another verse to the hymn 'God is Love' that I remember from school-days, but which I didn't find when checking the words online:

None can see God above.

All have, here, man to love.

Thus may we, God-ward move;

Finding Him in others;

Holding all men brothers!

This ~ when we consider the words ~ is the most important verse of them all.

It is quite true that we cannot see God. We cannot know, for sure, whether or not he even exists and, if he does, we cannot know what kind of God he is. If he is there, we still cannot know whether he is a personal loving God or some kind of, possibly abstract, 'clock-maker'.

If we want every human and every other living creature to feel loved, and to be loved, then it is up to us. We must love one another ~ just as Jesus is reported as saying in the Gospels. We must care for our Earth and all the living plants and creatures in it ~ including each other.

None can see God above! We should not be looking to an ancient mythology for care, but to each other and to the fragile world upon which we live.

'The King of Love My Shepherd Is' ~ Another 'Loving' Title for a Hymn.

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Robephiles 5 years ago

Wow, this is some extraordinary analysis!


diogenes 5 years ago

As usual, Trish, a beautifully prepared article.

I once saw a farmer in Australia shotgunning Gahlas (beautiful, white parrots). Their mates fluttered around uttering the most heart-rending cries I have ever heard. Maybe they were praying. Only god knew what sin these simple creatures had committed. After all, they were there millions of years before the successful ape.

Makes you think, doesn't it? Sorry to rain on your day...Bob


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello Robephiles and Diogenes, :) :)

Thanks for reading ~ I just edited this and added another section, which came to me this morning. You may or may not have seen it :)

Robephiles ~ Thank you very much for your comment. I hope that you enjoyed the article!

Bob ~ Thank you, also, for your very kind words.

Your story about the birds is very sad and demoralising. Shooting creatures feels very wrong to me.


diogenes 5 years ago

Trish. It's just that there is so much pain and suffering in the world today. I see we are bombing kids in Libya now. Trish, you are an intelligemt woman; how could any supreme being allow all this for some private reason? How can there be a collective, future reason for all this grief, if the individual creature has to suffer so agonizingly in the present? How can any rational being believe claptrap like god is love?

Bob


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi Bob :)

Any supreme being, who might allow this, either doesn't care or doesn't love.

I think that the whole point about faith is that it is irrational :)

It is certainly irrational to love and praise a being, for whom there is no evidence, except in a book of ancient stories, which describes him as a baby-slaughterer.

If God exists ~ and I think that it is impossible to know, for sure, one way or the other ~ then God must be some kind of abstract power ~ not a loving caring, 'person'.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hi Trish - you said, "Isn't it more likely that 'God' is a word that we could use for whatever power, forces, rules, etc, etc, lie behind life, the universe and everything, but that this is not a personal God?"

I think this is the best statement of the whole hub. But the rest of it is excellent also.

The God of the Bible is definitely NOT Love!


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi Austinstar :)

Thank you for reading ~ and thank you very much indeed for your very encouraging comments! :)


stessily 5 years ago

Trish_M: Very interesting presentation. The problem of suffering in this world is the unresolved quandary that never seems to have a satisfactory answer. Albert Einstein said that everything is understood by looking "deep, deep" into nature, that he believed in a God who revealed himself in "the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings." Abraham Lincoln said when looking down upon the earth, he could see the possibility of atheism, but he could not conceive looking "up into the heavens" and saying "there is no God." Great quotations but do they resolve anything when humans are down here on earth in the middle of everything?

Voted up + useful + awesome + beautiful


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi Stessily :)

"the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings."

Interesting! ~ I think that this might equate with "Isn't it more likely that 'God' is a word that we could use for whatever power, forces, rules, etc, etc, lie behind life, the universe and everything, but that this is not a personal God?"

Thank you for your very kind and positive comments! :)


stessily 5 years ago

Trish_M: It was exactly your statement equating 'God' with the forces, etc., behind the universe that reminded me of Albert Einstein's powerful statement. I agree with Austinstar's comment about this particular statement in a hub that is excellent as well.

Well done, very interesting, and compassionate!


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thank you, Stessily ~ very kind :)


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GarnetBird 5 years ago from Northern California

Lovely--adored the choir from Clare College!


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello GarnetBird :)

Thank you ~ yes, indeed, beautiful voices!


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Blessed53 5 years ago from Dalton, Georgia

Dear Trish,

I have read your hub with interest and although I can completey understand what you are saying, I personally am of from a different view. If you knew anything of my background or even current circumstances, you would wonder how or why on earth I call myself "Blessed!" I can only tell you it is by my faith in my God of the Bible, who I have come to see and believe does love me and everyone else very much, so much that He has allowed much suffering in my life to teach me lessons down the road when He called my name and I answered Him and became teachable. It was through developing a very personal relationship with Him through journaling with Him each morning in the quiet, wee hours that He showed me how He had kept me alive all those years in His ways that I never understood or particulary liked. But He spared me for a reason. I changed from being resentful and suicidal to being grateful for my life and all that He had done for me and all I had been through so that I could help others from my experiences and He has given me My Poems From God in place of all the poetry I used to write about death and dying and suicide and believing that that was the only way to peace.

Yes, there is much suffering in the world, but that is only because man is following Satan and his dark angels instead of obeying God's commands and principles for living. Yes, He is a jealous God, but it is not an evil jealousy like Satan's is and that is why Satan works so hard to manipulate man to NOT believe in God! Satan knows he is destined for hell and wants to take all he can along with him. Satan IS REAL! I will be doing a hub on that, backed up by Scripture, which I believe is the inerrant Word of God.

God doesn't ask us to "understand" Him, because we can't because His ways are so much higher than our ways as humans. We are only asked to "believe." And I am one who refused to for so long until I took a long hard look at my life and realized that I should have been dead a long time ago, but that there was "some" power greater than me that had been keeping me alive. I went on a 10 year quest to "find" God, but He found me, and thank God He did because my life has never been the same since! I love God today because He first loved me!

I had a blog www.mypoemsfromgod.com which was shut down by a scam company which didn't have enough bandwidth to cover the over 100 a day comments I was getting from all over the world but I am hopeful to get the site back by the middle of next month. God blesses me with these poems to bless the world with for His honor and glory. I am very sorry for the things which make you disbelieve in the love of God! I will pray to God for Him to let you hear that still, small voice that will let you know He IS God, and He IS love!

Blessings,

Blessed53

P.S.- See my hub "My Poems From God" & I'm getting ready to post another one.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello Blessed53 :)

I have read your hub and poem and am really pleased that you have found love, positivity and hope in your life.

That's truly wonderful for you and I hope that you will continue to feel blessed. :)


metal 4 years ago

"God" is a Hateideology of Israel!

1."He" killed in Old Testament 70 Nations, more als Hitler.

2. The Holy Bible is a criminal book 100%!!!

3. The Holy Bible read Hitler to! He liked Jesus!!!

4. The Holy Bible is a very dangerous book for Childrens!


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

Hi Trish_M, I just found this hub. I read every word kinda sitting on the edge of my seat. Something came to me as I read...I heard this years and years ago "religion is simply a crutch". You see I went through a period where I questioned everything. I was raised in a home where we went to church every Sunday...My mother was Methodist, Dad Catholic and when my Dad died we join the Baptist church. As you can imagine I was, sometimes, getting conflicting information.

Back to my original point..I think religion and its teaching and, of course, the Bible is used by everyone differently (if one can think for themselves). Unfortunately too many people sit in pews and take everything that is said as absolute truth when they should be reading and research for themselves.

Too much to say here...just want to say...I do not disagree with you...my experiences took me on a different path. Example, if I see a scripture in the Bible, if it doesn't immediately "speak to me" I research it to try and find why it was stated that way.

This is getting too long. Just wanted to acknowledge that I really enjoyed reading your thoughts, and your hub really made me think. But I do believe God is love...he has, for the most part, been given a bad rap.

Voted up and (extremely) interesting. And, would like to say inspiring (hubpages should add that as a choice)


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi Metal.

Thank you for commenting.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello Dee aka Nonna :)

Thank you for reading and for giving your thoughts. It's much appreciated.

I am glad that you found this article thought-provoking, even if you didn't agree with my opinions on the matter.

As you indicate, a lot can be said on this subject, and I have written a few hubs about it.

I, too, find that reading the Bible carefully provides some enlightenment ~ but in a very different way :)

If God really is there, then ~ in my opinion ~ the Bible is not doing him any favours.

Of course, if you can find a good interpretation, which is beneficial to yourself and to society, then it's good to think that something positive can come from this.

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