What exactly DOES this bible verse mean, then?
- " The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole
disposing thereof is of Jehovah. " (Proverbs 16:33,
"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision
is from the LORD." (NIV)
Conservative Christians are quick to say that the
Proverbs do not speak about absolute truths guaranteed
to come true every time you do them.
So then what does Proverbs 16:33 actually mean then?
If it means that SOME of the results of lots cast, are
from God, and doesn't give you any way to discern
which of the casted lots are the ones that show God's
will, then obviously Proverbs 16:33 is quite a useless
piece of info in the bible, profitable neither for
doctrine, nor proof, nor correction, nor instruction
in righteousness, contributing nothing to the man of
God being completely equipped, amen?
And if there is ANY truth to this verse, then it must
be that God answers through the casting of lots, at
That being the case, shouldn't the bible then give us
a way to distinguish God's answer from among the
casted lots? If God answers through any lot cast, it
would sure be nice to know which lot it was, eh?
What use is the casting of lots 10 times, when there
is nothing in the bible to tell you how you may know
which of the cast lots was the answer from God?
Of course, you can escape this ridiculous problem by
taking back your belief that the Proverbs don't offer
However, by adopting the view that they ARE absolute
guarantees, then you would have to explain why those
absolute guarantees only show up sporadically among
those who obey it's precepts.
My take on the matter is that the ancient people who
wrote the Proverbs, did not think through their
beliefs very far. Should they encounter a person who
obeyed correctly a proverb, but didn't recieve the
promise it offered, this was of little concern to
them. They'd probably, just like Christians do today,
insist that if you didn't recieve the promise, then
it's because you didn't "really" obey the instruction.
If my analysis is correct, then the dudes who gave you
Proverbs, made the same exact legalistic mistakes you
see in most conservative churches; namely, If you
didn't recieve the promise, then you must not have
obeyed, or there must be secret sin in your life.
After all, God's word never fails, but people do.
Can you imagine if I told somebody the corner of my
table will cure their depression, if they just pray to
it? They pray to it, tell me they are still
depressed, and then I answer them the way Christians
often answer each other, i.e., "you didn't do it
right". That answer cannot be refuted.
Now then, just keep praying to the corner of my table.
When it feels that you are sincere, then it wil cure
you of all your depression. BY the way, this is a
proverb, so don't expect any guarantees :) (wow, does
you a lot of good now, eh?)
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