Forbes’ Thought of the Day Violent Bible Verse?

I just found this odd and as usual I feel the need to note it. While doing some research on Radio-frequency transmissions (RFID), I found an article on RFID hacking on Forbes.com. Only to get to it I had to see the ad below–plus the Forbes’ Thought of the Day, which for today, 1-25-2013, is a Bible verse. Now that wouldn’t be too odd (though I don’t know if I would ever mix religion in with a business news site) except why would you choose this particular part of Psalm 91 to quote: “A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it will not come nigh thee.”

The text of Psalm 91 is about taking refuge in god and how he will protect you. There were numerous lines to choose from such as:
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
Or
‘“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.’

Why would the editor of the Thought of the Day choose a quote that conjures up a thousand people falling dead on one side of you and ten thousand others falling on the other side? And what the hell does this have to do with a thought of the day? To contemplate how violent god can be in protecting you? Fact is, the entire Psalm is about violent imagery alluding to a warlike instance, but also including pestilence and treading on lions and cobras. Not exactly what I call food for intellectuals.

Also note the irony of the rotating ad that popped up (I’m happy for the equality of women in the military, but not if they buy into god being on their side).

One thought on “Forbes’ Thought of the Day Violent Bible Verse?

  1. Maybe you just found an honest believer — If you assume that everything the bible says is true and right, then you just have to accept that your god is like that. It makes the whole concept of “fearing god” make sense. Accept him for who he is, or he might smite you too. If he is going to kill 11000 people to protect you, then you better say “Thank you, sir!”, not “that’s horrific!”

    I think that many Christians *want* that god. The message here is “you better obey our god, or he will kill you”.

    But it didn’t work on me. I’m an atheist, so I’m not afraid of their imaginary friend.

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