Thursday, July 5, 2012

Strange Bible Stories in the News

There is not much out there today to write about and I am not feeling particularly inspired. But there are some interesting/strange stories in the news that deal with the Bible.

First off is a new threat to the Gideons' International which distributes Bibles throughout the world. It has become commonplace to open a draw in a hotel room and find a Bible. But that may soon be a thing of the past. The newest threat to the Gideon mission is not from legal challenges or the Antichrist. No, this one is from technology, from Amazon's Kindle to be specific. It seems that the Intercontinental Hotel chain will be placing Kindle Touches in all of the hotel rooms. Beginning in Newcastle, England, the eReader will allow the guest to read the scriptures. Read the article here.

But the change from those thick, heavy paper Bibles to a thin electronic version might not be good for everyone. Pastor Leon Taylor of in Memphis Tennessee is probably glad that one member of his church was using an old fashioned Bible rather than an e-Reader. Taylor was assaulted by a 63 year old member of his church with her Bible. Here is what the report has to say.

"He's got the demon in him," Ina Garrett said.
Ina Garrett, a life-long member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Selmer, decided to knock that demon out of pastor Leon Taylor. 
"One of the older church members came up and struck the pastor with a Bible," McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck said. 
"I hit him in the head," Garrett admitted. 
The sheriff arrested 63-year-old Ina Garrett and charged her with assault. 

I suspect a Kindle or iPad would have done more injury to Taylor than a traditional print bible. The report doesn't indicate whether it was a hard or soft cover Bible or the translation used. You can read the whole story here.

In another story, the Bible is now being used as punishment. A woman in South Carolina was convicted by a judge of drinking a driving. In addition to passing down an 8 year sentence the judge also ordered her to read the book of Job and write a summary. I am not sure what the connection is between her crime and the book of Job, but it will certainly give her something to do for the next 8 years. Read the story here.

Finally, there seems to be a preoccupation with vampires and zombies these days. And it seems that everyone is rewriting history to include them. I am thinking of the recent book and film, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter which depicts the 16th president as not only rescues the union from war, but also from vampires. While I have not heard of a version Paul the Vampire Slayer coming out yet, it does seem that zombies are in the Bible. Michael Gilmour has a post today in which he identifies the top ten zombie scenes in the Bible. It's funny how you don't see something in the Bible till it's pointed out to you.

1 comment:

  1. I have a Kindle; it wouldn't have done any damage at all. His head would have damaged the Kindle.