Saturday, 12 May 2018

Curses.


In the temples of the ancient world there were stone tablets called curse tablets.

These were requests addressed to the god to curse a person's enemies for whatever reason.

We also find this in the Bible:

God says to Abraham, "I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you, I will curse."  Genesis 12:3 (NRSV)

This thinking is also evident in the Psalms where David repeatedly calls on God to destroy his enemies.

But this is a serious misunderstanding of the nature of God.

God does not curse anyone.

God is a constant blessing to all people.

The idea that God will bless you and curse your enemies is false thinking.

It comes about through humankind's dualistic thinking.

But God is One.

A blessing to us all.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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