The standard lectionary for Pentecost/Whitsunday gives me two options. Those of you who have been to any kind of Sunday school have heard the story of Pentecost, no matter how it got warped by the person doing the teaching. It’s the second option which I chose to use, because it offers not the story, but the impact.
And here is where I lash out at so many who teach “God’s will” as if to claim that their god is arbitrary, capricious, and perhaps even deserving of a restraining order. The reading shows that it simply is not so!
I wonder how many people have been driven away from not just Christianity, but faith of any kind altogether because of what they were told of “God’s will”. It happened to me. As some might say, “if you get snubbed at Macy’s, you’ll shop at Gimbles.”
As a Wiccan, I would have to say that people who drive others away from faith because by teaching such crap are deserving of a whole bunch of nasty karma. As one who also includes El Shaddai and Yeshua Bar-Joseph in his pantheon, I think that there have to be some really upset deities.
“God’s will” (by whatever name, names, or gender your deities might be) can only be your happiness and well-being! It can’t be any other way!