The authors of the Old Testament were the Pat Robertsons of their day

I’m currently tweeting my way through the Bible. I’m currently in 2 Kings, which includes this lovely bit: “The Lord has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.” Gee, what does that remind me of…

The Old Testament is actually full of stuff about God sending plagues, famines, and so on because he didn’t like whoever was king or whatever. Now, when you’re talking about the The Plagues of Egypt, that’s probably just mythology, but as you get to the later parts of the Bible you start to get the feeling that maybe the stories are based on actual events, as told by people who assumed anything bad happening was God’s punishment.

So when Pat Robertson announces that such-and-such natural disaster was God’s punishment for something? He’s just following in the footsteps of the authors of the Bible.

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