God is not Partisan – March 1900

The way in which God’s name is used in the present war, makes one think that most people regard the Almighty as something smaller-minded than a wise man who ranges Himself with the petty interests and more or less selfish designs of frail humanity.

Florence Nightingale, now over 80 years of age, sends greeting to the Red Cross nurses at the Cape: — “This is a sad and painful business, but how much good it has called forth! May we hope that the nurses — every one of them — will prove themselves worthy of a great opportunity afforded them by God’s goodness.”

Does a surgeon see the goodness of God in a railway accident, even though he should be skilful enough to bind up all the fractures? There is something very curious in this wide spread feeling of God’s special interest in our battles. “He that sitteth in the Heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.” God is not a partisan, as he was supposed to be in the days of Israel.

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5 Responses to God is not Partisan – March 1900

  1. Derik says:

    Why wouldn’t god be partisan? aren’t there selected individuals who are able to interpret the bible better than others? and aren’t those the ones that become the shepherds of the flock?

    But let’s entertain the idea that you’re right and he’s not, then why would he mandate worship? What does a god get from people worshiping it/them?

    • dacj40 says:

      Have you actually read what this blog is about? Why ask me? This post is 112 years old and originally published in the Scottish Farmer. The person who wrote the words died in 1925. I’m publishing these generally without comment. Eventually this blog will constitute a body of work that covered the years 1893 – 1925. I don’t intend to get into any religious arguments based on this.

      • Derik says:

        this isn’t intended to be an argument. it’s intended to be a discussion.

        There has to be some feeling of truth behind the statement or else you wouldn’t want it to be associated with your name attached to it. With that logic I decided to ask you that if you find the statements within the post to be true, and god is not in fact listening to each individual person, why would he/she mandate worship?

        I’m not saying you’re wrong, actually I completely believe that if the christian god exists he/she would not be listening to each and every individual, I don’t even believe he/she would listen to prayer. I think he/she would be to busy, creating worlds and holding the universe together and so on, to concern him/herself with mandating worship.

      • dacj40 says:

        I think if you bothered to read the post properly and set it in it’s historical context i.e. during the Boer war, you’d realise there is far more interesting discussion to have. I’m personally not interested in the whys and wherefores of religion per se, but that someone in a farming magazine at the end of Victorian era should even question the veracity of the general opinion of the time. This from an well educated (she was one of the first women to attend Glasgow University) and opinionated woman living on a farm on the Cumbrian fells.

      • Derik says:

        I know full well who Florence Nightingale was, and I don’t believe you understand what my point is. Her questioning the general opinion is the exact action I am advocating with my questioning mandated worship. I am not pointing out some ordinance passed down from a god, I am pointing out that mandated worship is less about god and more about affirmation of the socially acceptable.

        Please try to understand the people speaking to you before claiming they are ignorant of your purpose. Oh and when quoting historical text you really should provide citations, just more classy that way.

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