|"Don't make me come down there"|
We all know that God of the Old Testament was a bit of an evil bastard. In fact, he's a character best described by Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion thussly:
So, it comes as no surprise to find 2 Kings 2, vv23-24, and the story of the prophet Elisha, a biblical character known for his lack of hair:
"Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” 24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number."
I'll just leave that there. God had 42 kids killed for making fun of somebody's bald head. He had them torn apart by a bear, and probably thought that it was funny.
FORTY-TWO KIDS. Over what one might call "banter" these days.
God of the Old Testament - it turns out - can dish out the bants, but he can't take it.
And the kiddiewinks were right. Elisha was 60% forehead with a pate like a bowling ball.
|Elisha in religious art: Slaphead|
And when you're inside of a bear, don't come running to me to say you haven't been warned.
* Other angry deities and their murderous human agents are available.