A god can be many things to many people. One role "he" fills is that of the ultimate master. God the overlord. The alpha of alphas. He's the guy who makes the rules and writes the contract. He specifies what is right, and what is no-way-Jose.

"Servants are not to talk back to their masters. You want to work hard so that your employer will make the money. If the master is wrong, that is his issue. Don't fight back. That's the way to get along with the boss."

Those words were spoken by a radio preacher, in earnest, broadcasting his message across the gator-filled swamp-waters of Florida. The point: Just as you shouldn't question your boss here on earth, for he will answer to someone bigger, you shouldn't question your boss in heaven, because he is the biggest.

The radio preacher may have been inspired by Ephesians 6:5 (New International Version):

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

Or maybe it was Colossians 3:22:

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

Or perhaps 1 Timothy 6:1:

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered.

Or maybe Titus 2:9:

Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them.

Then again, it could have been 1 Peter 2:18:

Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

You get the picture.

What's the ultimate message? If authority isn't recognized, all hell will break loose? So obey your father, obey your boss, obey your preacher, and obey the most high Lord, for thou art a lowly piece of nothing, and only if thou stayest on thy back, tail betwixt thy legs, will thou ever be spared the agony of personal responsibility and the uncertainty it may bring?

Could be.


[simultaneously posted on my blog, 360 Degree Skeptic]

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