“Do not lead us into temptation” (11:4 NKJV)
Here’s another verse that bothered me for many years because it is incongruent with the New Testament’s image of God as our “Loving Father”.
Would the daughter suddenly, for no apparent reason, plead, “Do not molest me, Father!”?
A baby innately trusts its parents. The first occurrence of molestation probably strikes the child with a sense of disgusted shock.
Only during the second and subsequent attacks would the child quiver and say, “Don’t molest me, Daddy”.
Several years ago, I worked for a boss named “L.K.” He was one of the stupidest people I’ve ever encountered, causing me endless amounts of aggravation.
Eventually, I moved to a different job at a different company.
A few years later, I ran into one of my former colleagues, who told me:
“L.K. had been receiving medical treatment because he heard a ‘grinding’ noise in his head. Doctors could not determine the cause. One day, L.K. was found dead, lying on his living room floor with an empty bottle of pills beside him. An apparent suicide.”
Wow! The details were starkly obvious to me–God had put the grinding noise into L.K.’s head because God hoped it would tempt L.K. into committing suicide. Wow!
If you did that for me, God, I am not thankful.
An earlier piece to this story . . .
One day, when I was at Tesco grocery store, checking out, I saw L.K. His face wore a death mask. (If you’ve ever seen a person whose death will occur soon, you’ll know what I mean.)
I wanted to call out, “Hey, L.K.! You look horrible.” However, the still, quiet voice of God screamed at me, “Be quiet! Don’t talk to him!“
Weeks or months or even years later (I don’t remember the exact time frame), after my former colleague told me about L.K.’s death, I recalled the incident at Tesco, and I understood its basic meaning–God wanted L.K. to kill himself. If I had gotten L.K.’s attention at Tesco, perhaps his course of action might have changed.