In the last post where we had questions for theists, the response we received from the only theist who participated was that the bible is a collection of myths [ and we here agree]. We don’t know how many believers agree with the above assessment and how they continue to hold on to the said beliefs. How is it possible to consider the bible myth and still believe in the god it talks about? How is this different from knowing Harry Potter is fiction and believing that Hogwarts is a real place/ school.
With that background, our question comes from a reading of Ezekiel 37:1-10. We ask you to put this questions in light of the ending of Mark where the believers are told they will move mountains, hold venomous snakes and so and consider, too, that with the faith of a mustard seed they can move mountains.
1. Did the animated bones die again?
2. If this god could animate bones, why do we have sick people in hospitals who would appreciate such animation?
3. Does the bible god have ego issues that it had to assuage it by performing such acts of magic?
4. Where did god disappear to? He seems to have stopped leading people in valleys full of bones.
“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army. [Ez 37:1-10]