Dave was listening to the radio weather forcast one day while preparing himself for work. The radio announced that there was a possibility of a hurricane later that afternoon. Dave glanced out his bathroom window and the skies were clear and the sun was shining so he gave little heed to the announcement.
As Dave started walking to work, his neighbor came out and started nailing boards to the front of his house. Dave asked him what he was doing and the neighbor said; "Didn't you hear, there's going to be a hurricane today?" Dave glanced into the sky and ther was not a cloud to be seen, and the sun was shining still. Dave began laughing and continued on his way to work.
When Dave reached town, he was passing by this appliance store and noticed all of the TVs on in the window and all had the same story on them a warning about some hurricane coming later that day. Again Dave looked at the sky. No clouds, a slight warm breeze and lots of sunshine, so Dave dismissed the warning again.
Dave arrived at work and put in his ten hour shift. At 6:30 p.m. he punched out and headed for home. He glanced at the sky and there were dark clouds forming, but no rain and the winds were calm. Finally about a block away from his home, the winds began to blow like crazy a powerful downpour began as well as thunder and lightning, sure enough it was a hurricane.
As Dave was headed up the driveway of his home, lightning struck him and killed him. As Dave was standing before God, he asked God why he had to die. God replied; "You wouldnot listen to the warnings you were given. I warned you on your radio, you dismissed it, I warned you when you talked to your neighbor, you wouldnot listen, I even warned you when you passed by that store with all of the TVs reporting the same news story, but still you wouldnot listen." "How many times must I warn you before you will listen and pay attention to what I have to tell you."
The moral of the story is clear even if you are an Atheist,God's warnings are given, provided you are willing to listen for them.
Really? I thought the moral of the story was that god was the weatherman on the radio. Silly me.
Wasn't the Hippy Dippy weatheman's first name Dave? So much for the hurricane warning, I'm more concerned with the squadron of MIGs headed our way.
The sad thing is that most of the things your god warned about are being done by his followers, in his name. Death before common sense, sayeth the christian horde.
I guess you do not pay attention to what you read, or maybe English is just that difficult for a person like you to understand Dave was listening to his radio and there was no mention of any Hippy Dippy weatherman's name. "Death before common sense" eh, you remind me of most of the local police. They couldnot find their badge attached to their shirt. Careful you do not get lost in the clouds while trying to avoid those MIGs.
Your god was lying then - it was the science of weather reporting, his neighbour and the tv news channel who warned him
no god in sight,
the alternative would be that the god is a psycopath and was lying, no change there then !
Actually, the moral of this story is that regardless of what the weatherman says, something else will happen.
Clearly, the man should have been concerned about lightning since he wouldn't live long enough to make it through a hurricane. Putting God in the story is completely out of place. It should be about God and the man, not mostly about the weather.
Seems like a version of the Grasshopper and Ants story, but is a lot more convoluted.
Now I ask you this: would you treat your children the way God supposedly treated this man?
I would NEVER, EVER purposely bring harm, death or wish anything unpleasant on my children or loved ones, no matter how much I may disagree with them or they may ignore me. Why? Because I love them regardless of their actions.
With this in mind, I don't see your story as being very Christian. I see it as all the more reason for many people to not believe in such a vengeful being as many believers portray. If this "God" you describe is our only option for belief, then it's no wonder why so many feel so much better off without him.
Daniel Carter: The story deals with the various ways God tries to warn us of impending danger and how we choose to ignore the warnings until it is to late. God sent warnings to this man but he would not listen amd then has the nerve to question God about his dying.
I got that. However it seems a bit hateful to strike a man dead, if he is basically a good person.
Just so you know, I was a devout believer for nearly 5 decades. I don't believe in the god that most people believe in because they portray him as hateful, bigoted and partial. My questions are about what is real and what is truth. Surely your God wouldn't strike down an honest seeker?
Daniel, no one struck the man dead, especially not God. God did not kill him. He dies in the storm, because he neither believed the warnings nor did he take appropriate action to protect himself. This was His choice, not God's We live with the freedom to choose, but sometimes we perish for not choosing to listen and do what is best.
BS of the day posted even if most of the atheists are not going to read this.
Well the only warnings that I am getting is that my tax return needs to be filed by the 31st Jan, so maybe god has turned into a tax inspector LOL!
Unfortunately there are hundreds of so called cautionary tales like this, so I hope that we are not going to be treated to all of them!
2Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
How many times thru out the history of the christian religion, has that warning been issued with conviction by followers of your god? How many times has this ambiguous warning been taken to mean the end of the world is nigh?
What if the scoffers refers to the preachers scoffing at the proof that their story is false? What if the lusts they are walking after is their share of the multi-billion dollar a year industry that selling your god has become?
Nothing in this passage states that the problem isn't religion. The religious never consider the possibility that their god may be warning them about themselves, correct? A believer in your god is automatically granted the ability to state that everything they think is absolutely correct. This belief is based upon the belief that a totally unrelated, and unprovable belief, is believed to be absolutely correct, correct? The really amazing part of this is the belief that anyone else that believes that their beliefs entitle them to state that everything they think is absolutely correct. They also believe that those with differing beliefs based on the belief that their belief in a totally unrelated, and unprovable belief, is believed to be correct, is in fact a reason to kill them.
Taken from the teachings of Paul who neatly snatched the story from the rightful disciples - I agree with Stump, it is your religion that your god was warning against.
Like all things, this world will end at some point
The human race may die out long before then (a lot of human egos seem to equate the end of the world with the end of the human race for some reason)
When these things occur, it will be nothing to do with what the old testament god is supposedly up to at that particular time
No doubt some prophet will claim that their prediction is accurate, but it will be a pure coincidence
Just enjoy each day as it comes and let the future take care of itself
Good story, Dave.
So many people choose to rebel at the basic word of God, it's not even funny.
Nobody is rebelling against any god - it is your interpretation of your god that needs to be driven back to hte pit it came from.
Perfect example of rebellion, false accusation. Thanks for illustrating. Praise God!
Proving my point so quickly seems to be your forte
Brenda, God is worthy of the praise, and all the glory belongs to him!
Has anyone noticed (yet) that religion on Hubpages has an abysmal CTR? No one's interested enough to convert.
This is a writing site - not a street corner, a front door or a pulpit.
Interesting forum Dave. I agree with you inasmuch as God is everywhere, all you have to do is open your eyes and look. I wonder sometimes if there are those that just weren't meant to do that. Thanks for the interesting story.
Seriously, are you suggesting that's all it takes?
For me, yes. For you? Got me. And I'm not saying he's standing in front of me. You wish. I see the signs of Him in the beauty of this world. In the genius of art, in a symphony, in love. In the infinite variety on every level of creation. It's my thing and I like it. Don't beat me down too bad for it please. The fact that we disagree is part of that variety I enjoy.
Do you see signs of Him in hurricane in Haiti too? in Haiti's cholera? What did they do to anger your God that much? or is it not God but the other man?
They did nothing to warrant that destruction. no more so than anyone does anything to warrant the talent used to create any of the things I referenced above. Nature is what it is. I don't believe God sends hurricanes or earthquakes to torture us. If you are implying that He should have stopped them from happening, sure, that would be wonderful.
just I also admit to making assumptions about christians based on their label of christians. Until I get to know a christian there is no way to know if they are in fact a true christian and which sect of true christianity they belong to.
Just out of curiosity, no pun intended, what do those who dont believe in a literal translation of the bible? I am assuming this is where you place yourself, and please excuse any errors on my part.
I honestly cant keep all the different beliefs that some christians accept and some discard.
cant keep up with the different beliefs.
I don't know. I don't belong to any congregation. I am a Christian simply because I believe in the Resurrection and put my faith in Christ. I read the scriptures, but if it doesn't equate to Love God, Love your neighbor, I assume I'm not getting something right and try harder to understand. Sorry. I'm sure that isn't much of an explanation.
No big woop, I can see that gods are just something you really, really want to believe exist. I get that.
nah, you don't get me. I'm at work. Short responses. I grew up southern baptist. It almost made me an atheist.
sagar, it's an ols skit by George Carlin from the 60's or 70's that hilarious
It included a line something like this..The radar is picking up a line of thunderstorms stretching from 3.3 miles ssw of Dallas to a point 5.6 miles nne of Philadelphia. However the radar is also picking up a squadron of Migs headed this way so I wouldn't sweat the thunderstorms.
I was implying that those who read the signs of impending doom have about as much luck as the weatherman of getting anything right. They would be better received if they predicted a 60% chance of scattered doom.
I had also consumed my recommended daily allowance of Jamaican Rum and was in a really good mood.
here you go sagar.
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Dave your story is true and no matter how many warning the unbeliever receives he still goes by his on guidance.But G-D never destories a people or a place without sending them a warning.He sends as the story speaks the wind as a warning before the storm.
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