I am amazed

God works.  That’s all I can say.  You may have heard the howling and gnashing of teeth on both sides over University of Minnesota at Morris professor P.Z. Meyer’s quest to desecrate a eucharist.  He finally got his hands on one (I didn’t read closely enough to see if it was a consecrated host or not, which to Catholics would be enormously important of course).  What is just amazing to me is the method by which he decided to “desecrate” the wafer: he put a rusty nail through it.  Seriously.  A rusty nail!  A man who wishes Jesus, or the fable of Jesus or however he thinks of Jesus, would just wither up and die, put a nail through the body of Christ.  Because, you know, that just worked so well the first time!  And to top it off, he began the post in which he announced his torture of the “cracker” as he’s calling it, with these words: “It is finished.”  Hmm, seems I may have heard those words before:

Therefor when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “it is finished!”  And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. – John 19:30

A chill ran down my spine when I read that.  I am in awe of how just as He did 2000 years ago, God can use corrupted human hearts and evil intentions to speak His truth.  (Amazingly, if you read the post, Prof. Myers seems to be wholly unaware of the echoes of the crucifiction story which are embedded in his words and actions.)

I can’t get too worked up over Prof. Myers.  God created him and God will deal with him in whatever way is best for Prof. Myers’ correction and redemption and God’s glory.  Unless I am called directly to be involved, it’s really not my concern.  However, I am just so touched and awed at the affirmation of God’s presence and power in the middle of a situation which to the human eye looks like the devil himself at work.  All I could do when I saw the picture of the host driven through with a rusty nail and discarded was praise God.  Which I’m pretty sure wasn’t what Prof. Myers had in mind! 🙂

7 thoughts on “I am amazed

  1. Perfect Peace

    Always refuse to think on things that are contrary to the Word of God. We can contribute many of our troubles to the way that we think, sometimes our minds get so carried away in all manner of thoughts, and we find ourselves thinking on things which can be quite disturbing. For when this happens we must resist by “Casting down all imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,” as it is written in,
    {2 Corinthians 10 v 5}.

    If we replace our thoughts with the name of Jesus and the blood of Jesus, you will find that by speaking His name and blood over your thoughts that you will experience great refreshing times from the Lord, as He clears your mind. Always try to think on good things, do not listen to things on the television, or read papers and books which will cause you to loose your peace which is in Christ Jesus. Another great way of keeping your mind at peace is to forget those bad things that have happened to you in the past,
    and exchanging them for the good promises that God has for you in the future. Paul said “But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before”.

    Finally Saints what ever thing that is true, honest, just, pure, lovely and good , think on these things “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”,
    {Philippians 4 v 7}.

    I do hope that this letter will bring peace to your minds, for it is written, in Isaiah 26 v 3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is staid on thee.” JESUS


  2. The Myers brouhaha (and the resulting outrage from our Catholic brethren) has me thinking about our “duty” as Christians to respond.

    I’m with you, Rebecca. I can’t get that worked up about it. To me, this is best left to the judgement of God as he works that out in time.

    It also reminds me of Jesus’ mandate about being hot or cold. It’s the lukewarm ones that make him sick, he said.

    In light of that, do you think it’s possible that this act by Myers – defiant of its hideous surface – is not the worst thing a person can do to offend God (if God is even
    “offended” at all?)

  3. Diane, I have known a few atheists personally and a couple have been absolutely essential to my personal spiritual development. (When an atheist challenges you, they won’t let you get away with canards and fudging the way another believer will. If you can remain engaged with a challenging atheist and seek out answers to their challenges, they will often point you in the direction of important truths, in my experience.)

    What I think is so interesting is that some of them are people who not only have made a concrete decision that God does not exist, but that many of them are passionately interested, sometimes to the point of obsession, with God and religion. I’ve also always been troubled and challenged by the fact that some of these folks will tell you that they have sought God, never found Him, and therefor decided that He didn’t exist. I just tend to think that there’s something more than we realize going on.

    As for offending God, I can’t imagine that God is real pleased with Myer’s childish actions, but I would guess that it’s more like a parent who is irritated and angry at immature acting out on the part of a child. What I think is truly offensive to God is how we treat each other. If we cannot love and care for each other, then any claims to love God are blasphemy.

  4. SC, as far`as I can tell he used those words without any irony or awareness. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

  5. However, I am just so touched and awed at the affirmation of God’s presence and power in the middle of a situation which to the human eye looks like the devil himself at work.

    I do not suppose that you know about the incident which sparked Myers’ act: the physical assault on a student who took a wafer that he was given in order to show it to a friend (a completely innocuous act), followed by threats to expel him from school and finally a kangaroo court (violating most of its own rules of procedure) which removed him from the student senate. You should be outraged.

    If you know about it but don’t care, this confirms Mr. Myers’ low opinion of self-styled “compassionate” believers.

  6. Reality Czech,
    I do know about the original incident. I am, of course appalled that death threats were made – 99.9% of all believers are/would be. It pretty much goes without saying. I cannot speak to the actions of the school. Colleges have a terrible reputation when it comes to the rights of their students. I would be willing to guess that they responded poorly to the presence of someone who does not know how to behave civilly and has not been taught how to properly conduct himself in the presence of other human beings.

    However, your characterization of him trying to take the wafer to show a friend as a “completely innocuous act” is absurd in the extreme. As human beings in a pluralistic society, our only hope for living together peacefully despite our great differences is to learn to behave civilly towards one another. Certainly this includes not making death threats. It also means demonstrating respect for the sacred symbols of others and their practices. It’s is one thing to criticize other’s beliefs and practices. It is quite another, from the perspective of being able to live peaceably with each other, to actively and physically molest and disrespect the rituals and symbols of another’s faith. Yes, it requires a bit of maturity and self control to resist taking “innocuous actions” towards those symbols and practices which one personally finds silly and ridiculous. However, no society has ever suffered from too many people who are mature and self controlled. The inverse is not true.

    Compassion works in many ways. I can have compassion on a young man who has been so ill trained in how to live civilly in a pluralistic society if you can have compassion on those who are foolish enough to think God needs their protection. Actually, I have already done both. Here’s the thing though: one the side of believers, no one is attempting to justify making death threats as legitimate, acceptable or justifiable. OTOH, there are many who would like to argue that breaking the most basic and essential rules of civil and decent conduct in a pluralistic society is defensible, acceptable and justifiable. At least when one group does something wrong (or has a few members of their group do something wrong), they have the good sense to realize it.

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