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The BOD Rule (04/02/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

I've been studying the Bible now for about 39 years if you go all the way back to kindergarten, including memorable Sunday School lessons like Duck Duck Goose (the doctrine of election) and the naughty kid who sat across from me (the consequences of resisting the powers that be - Rom 13:1-2). Along the way I have discovered certain key concepts that unlock the Bible. Most of them will also get you thrown out of church. Here's one I really like:

The BOD Rule: If your theology leads you to the conclusion that you would be Better Off Dead, your theology is wrong.

Now far be it from me to take this rule to a legalistic extreme, say in the case of someone who is terminally ill and in a great deal of pain, so let's restrict this to normative human existence. The basis for this rule goes back to the very first time God stated that mankind is Worse Off Dead, in Gen 2:17 (KJV) "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Paul concurs that death is the problem, not the solution, in Rom 6:23a (KJV) "For the wages of sin is death;" Death is the punishment, not the reward. Seems simple enough, but the first thing I would note about the BOD Rule is that almost all Christian theologies violate the rule, therefore almost all Christian theologies are wrong. I guess that explains why I don't go to church much. I double dog dare you to stand on the street corner (by which I mean the comfort of the climate controlled mall) and ask those who claim to be Christians: What will happen to you when you die? As a general rule (and keeping in mind that 75% of all statistics are made up) I suspect that about 99% of them will say they are going to Heaven when they die. If the excitement of mall polls is not your cup of tea, try Christian funerals. It won't be long before someone speaks the inevitable words: "They're in a better place now", or if their faith in BOD theology is extra strong: "They're at a party!" That makes dying a really excellent deal. Why is it that God can't see that if the wages of sin is death, and death means you go to a better party, with better music, and a better deal all around, does He not promote sin and death more? In fact the BOD Rule might be thought of as the Suicidal Theology Rule, since suicidal tendencies are the inevitable outcome, and undoubtedly exist at a deep subconscious level within the ranks of Christendom. It might manifest itself as an apathetic detachment, or perhaps a more aggressive recklessness - whatever helps to speed things along. One good lie deserves another, so Christendom usually consigns all suicides to Hell, and refuses to throw blessed Christian dirt over you. You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.

It is death that humanity fears and longs to be free from, as in Heb 2:15 (KJV) "And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." Satan's solution to the death problem is denial, and the lie that death is actually life. God's solution is resurrection, because the problem with dead people is they're dead. Modern Christian theology is "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition", nullifying the need for resurrection. It aligns itself with Satan, and shouts a big Amen when Satan proclaims, as in Gen 3:4b (KJV) "...Ye shall not surely die", because as far as they're concerned the dead surely do not die, they just go somewhere else and go on living. I do not believe that anyone goes to Heaven (or Hell) when they die. If that were true, then King David went to Hell:

Act 2:34a (KJV) "For David is not ascended into the heavens:"

The truth is, all men will rise from the dead because of Christ Jesus. We are never Better Off Dead, but we can, and will be, Better Off Resurrected:

1Co 15:22 (KJV) "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 

 

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