Friday, January 06, 2006
AP writer Sonia Barisic filed the story.
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land."
"God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV program "The 700 Club." "You read the Bible and he says `This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.'"
Robertson claims to find this information in the Book of Joel. For the life of me, I can't find that language it, but he's a college graduate. My scant reading of scripture seems to indicate that God owns everything. He owns the entire earth - every square foot of it, all the water, the air we breathe, and the money we earn. It all belongs to God.
Robertson's analysis of Sharon's health problems suggests a deeper misunderstanding.
There was one Biblical character named Job who had a serious, sudden, debilitating and humiliating disease. Like Robertson, and each of us at one time or another, Job struggled to figure out what God might be up to.
Job starts off by acknowledging that God gives us both the good and the bad and we need to accept both. The Lord has given, the lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Pat Robertson, the blamer, would have fit in perfectly with Job's completely useless friends who show up and start trying to figure out what Job might have done to get on the wrong side of the Almighty.
The end of it all was that God pretty much does what he pleases and we should not question his divine wisdom.
But admitting such as that would require humility. Sorry, Pat.