Chapter 8: ETHICS
DIVINE COMMAND THEORY :
Cases of Divine Commands
DIVINE COMMAND THEORY does not rest on scriptures. DIVINE COMMAND is DIVINE COMMAND.
People claim that GOD has COMMANDED them to do X
Therefore doing X is a morally good act.
X can be ANY ACT AT ALL.
ANY ACT AT ALL can be good if GOD COMMANDS it!!!
In DIVINE COMMAND THEORY there is NO GOOD or BAD by itself at all. There is only what GOD COMMANDS
GOD commands= GOOD
GOD forbids= BAD
GOD gives a NEW COMMAND, then NEW COMMAND= GOOD
No one who accepts DIVINE COMMAND THEORY can question the commands of the deity or make a statement such as "I do not believe God would command the things you stated here at all." because a person who accepts the DIVINE COMMAND THEORY accepts NO ACT as being GOOD or BAD except according to what the deity commands.
According to DIVINE COMMAND THEORY
All that matters is that the "god" commands it.
Scriptures can record what some people at some time thought god commanded them to do. Some people can follow what is written in those scriptures. That is not DIVINE COMMAND THEORY. Why not? Because for those who believe in a deity or a god then GOD lives forever. GOD is alive. GOD keeps issuing COMMANDS.
People hear the DIVINE COMMAND in 1205 and 1776 and 1848 and on May 10, 2003 and on December 23, 2005 and so on and they follow it thinking the command makes the act that is commanded the morally correct thing to do.
God Made Me Do It…
Stories & Articles compiled by Nicole Nohs (Nassau Community College, 2012), Based on the book God Made Me Do It: True stories of the worst advice the Lord has ever given his followers by Marc Hartzman Sourcebooks Inc. , 2010
March 2002 the mayor of a small Florida town bans Satan
September 1993 San Fernando Valley, CA.... God tells man to rob banks
May 2008 in Wisconsin...God told me if i prayed hard enough she would
come back to life...
May 2009 in Minnesota. Bank practicing Christianity
August 1993 in Texas, 20 naked people emerge from a car that struck a
September 2001 in Cinncinati...God told man to steal
San Antoni, TX...God tells man to ram another vehicle at 100mph
Various dates...God told me to kill and eat people
June 2008...God told me to kick her in the face
June 2005...God will remove judges from the supreme
October 2005...God tells president to end tyranny in
June 2009...God told me to invade Iraq
December 2007...God told me to run for president
April 2000..."I'm leaving it in the Lords hands"
February 2009...God has brought an Africa American
woman back from the dead
January 2008, God told me to get Laura Bush to back me
in running for president
May 1937, near Stooping Oak,TN...God told me to fast
August 2007 in Los Angelos...God tells reality show
contestant thatshe will be in the finals...
January 2002, Boca Raton,FL...God writes messages in
January 2008, God told me to resign
More cases of God's bad advice found and compiled by Nicole Nohs...
January 2008 in Texas...God made me kill my girlfriend
2011 Midtown Manahnttan Murder ordered by God
July 2012, It was God's plan to kill Teyvon Martin
July 2007 in Houston,TX...God made me kill for the ultimate sin
November 2009, Nassau County, Long Island, NY...God made me hate gay people...
August 2011, God made me cheat...
April 2012, God told me to quit Fox news
August 2001, Palm City,FL...God told me to kill my son...
June 2011, Lubbock,TX...God told me to kill my son...
March 2004, Texas...God told me to kill my 3 sons...
January 2012...God told me to kill my pastor...
February 2009, Virginia Beach,VA...God told me to kill..
November 2006...God told me to kill my daughter...
January 2008, God told me to eat my girlfriend...
July 2012, God told me to shed some blood...
March 2012, England...God told me to saw off my managers head...
June 2012, Effingham,CO...God told me to kill my father...
November 2011, God told me to run for president...
Unknown date, England...God told me to smoke pot...
October 2012, Sacremento,CA...God told me to steal...
July 2012, God told me to cut my genitals...
June 2012, Spokane,WA...God told me to set my apartment on fire...
June 2012, God told me to send her threatening letters...
October 2009, Lexington, KY...God told me to steal the car...
November 2012, Fort Pierce...God told me to drive 100mph in a 30mph zone...
December 2004, God told me to kill my parents
July 2012, Lexington,KY...God told me to kill dog
November 2011, Enfield,Conn...God told me to molest boy
More cases of God's bad advice found and compiled by Ashley Tritaris
March, 2004 - Texas, USA Deanna Laney claims that god told her to kill her sons aged 8 and 6. Her 15 month old baby survived the attack. http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/03/29/children.slain/index.html
April, 2002 - Iowa, USA Joshua Odom says that god told him to confess to a murder he committed 14 years ago.
July 2013 - Indiana, USA Jack Schaap a pastor from Indiana claims that jesus wanted him to have sex with a 17 year old teenage girl. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/14/jack-schaap-pastor-sex-teenage-girl-indiana_n_2877551.html
July 2005 - Seattle, Washington Isaiah Kalebu says god told him to attack his enemies, he raped and murdered two women.
October 2010 - Portland, Oregon Keemonta Peterson claims that in reading the old testament she believed god wanted her to circumcise her own 3 year old son at home. http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/08/portland_woman_who_botched_cir.html
May 1931 - Indiana, USA Jim Jones “believed communism was the correct social order in compliance with God’s will” he is responsible for the Jamestown mass suicide. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones
December 2017 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Antonia Fuller claims that god told him to lead on a police chase through Oklahoma city http://kfor.com/2017/12/04/man-claims-god-told-him-to-do-it-after-leading-police-on-chase-through-oklahoma-city/
May 2017 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Jamine Fox who is a homeless woman, claims that god commanded her to throw bricks at white men. https://nypost.com/2017/05/10/woman-claims-god-told-her-to-throw-bricks-at-white-men-cops/
September 2017 - Pennsylvania, USA Tanishia Fielder claims that god told her to stab her newborn baby in the eye with a knife.
February, 2015 - West Virginia, USA Camille Iman Browne claims that she was just following god’s plan when she killed a 68 year old pastor. http://www.register-herald.com/news/teenager-claims-it-was-god-who-led-her-to-kill/article_a9c81615-0cc3-5a35-b8ee-1f7675b839e2.html
Lastly, a few stories about the horrible deeds the Devil caused people to do...
March 2009, Arlington,VA...Devil made me steal...
October 2008, Devil made me do drugs...
more to come if God wishes......
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