The Prosperity Gospel: The Argument from God’s Tits
Posted by NT Wrong on September 6, 2008
One of the more amusing (and at the same time appalling) rationales used to support the Prosperity Gospel is an argument derived from God’s breasts.
“The Hebrew Shaddai comes from the Hebrew root shad, which refers to a woman’s breast, the part of her body that provides nourishment for and to the baby. With this etymology in mind, El Shaddai can literally be translated: The Breasted One, or God the Breasted. This name indicates a very important aspect of his nature — that he is the source of all substance [sic], the one who supplies all our needs (Ph 4:19). For this reason, many people translate El Shaddai simply as: God Who Is More Than Enough. The name, El Shaddai, speaks volumes about God’s intentions to prosper us. How could God, whose very name (one of many) means ‘more than enough’, not want his children to have more than enough?”
– R. D. Weekly, Financial Prosperity Unveiled (2008): 26.
There’s really no need to satirize fundies… they do such a good job of it themselves.
“His name is El Shaddai, not El Cheapo. Our God is described as the all-breasted one… We serve the God who created and owns everything… Ask yourself, does it glorify or insult God when we insist on living in poverty?”
– Bernard Grant, Roadblocks To Prosperity. Armour of Light Publishing, 2006.
It all goes to prove — these people really are complete tits.
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