I have a joke I say often when commenting on things deep-fried. “You could deep-fry anything and it’d be delicious, even a human finger.” Or at least something along those lines. I say this purely for comedic value or to elicit some response from the individual(s) listening. I’d never actually perform the proposed theory, for one simple reason and the multitude that flow from it.
It exemplifies God’s judgement upon the person enacting the cannibalistic endeavor.
It’s one thing to joke about it, it’s quite another to go through with it. I am well aware of the common near death conversation, “If I die first, eat my body.” Even in the popular movie “Alive”–based on a true story–this occurs. The Donner party comes to mind as well. To be sure these two real life examples did not commit purposeful cannibalism; by purposeful I mean intention before hand. It is highly doubtful they intended, at some point in their respective lives, to be cannibals; consider certain pacific island inhabitants (also the character named Queequeg in the novel “Moby Dick” is based on these real people groups) who do so with religious intent.
But now we’ve come to a point in this relativist “western” culture, where one’s gender can change by the emotional high they may be on at any one point, or the idea that every religion is true and none are wrong (except the one that says you are wrong; that particular faith is right out); it’s all relative anyways. This point in history has now brought us the fabulous entertainment franchise known as… CNN.
What? you’ve never heard of them as an entertainment group? Did you see any of the Presidential “debates”? Now they are pushing a show by acclaimed quazi-Islamic pundant Reza Aslan (No relation to the C. S. Lewis Narnia character). I’m interacting with this article, and this one. Al Mohler covered this on his Daily Briefing program. (03-14-17, I listen to his program everyday so should you 😎
If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s not from the Onion or, for the more Evangelically minded, the Babylon Bee. Entertainment, in the eyes of CNN and Reza Aslan, is showing the world how similar a particular sect of Hindu thought is to your own. I’m sorry but it has no comparison to my worldview, or that of the Scripture’s. Cannibalism is a direct and certain sign of God’s judgement on a people and a person.
Perhaps Aslan should do a show on this religion too?…–––>>> KALIMA!
I don’t mean this necessarily to say God is judging America and the broader Western culture (by the by, I believe whole heartedly He is), just that in the last few years I have become convinced no one should ever, under any circumstances, eat human flesh… regardless of my often cited joke.
First, two texts…
2 Kings 6:24-31 (NET Bible)
Later King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled his entire army and attacked and besieged Samaria. Samaria’s food supply ran out. They laid siege to it so long that a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver and a quarter of a kab of dove’s droppings for five shekels of silver.
While the king of Israel was passing by on the city wall, a woman shouted to him, “Help us, my master, O king!” He replied, “No, let the Lord help you. How can I help you? The threshing floor and winepress are empty.” Then the king asked her, “What’s your problem?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Hand over your son; we’ll eat him today and then eat my son tomorrow.’ So we boiled my son and ate him. Then I said to her the next day, ‘Hand over your son and we’ll eat him.’ But she hid her son!” When the king heard what the woman said, he tore his clothes. As he was passing by on the wall, the people could see he was wearing sackcloth under his clothes. Then he said, “May God judge me severely if Elisha son of Shaphat still has his head by the end of the day!”
I don’t have the time to comment on the king’s tearing his clothes and already having on sackcloth underneath. Nor the absolute horror of the complaint of the woman, “But she hid her son!”
No I’m just going to refresh your, the reader’s, mind of this verse from the Torah,
Deuteronomy 28:15, 49–50, 52–59 “But if you ignore the Lord your God and are not careful to keep all his commandments and statutes I am giving you today, then all these curses will come upon you in full force… The Lord will raise up a distant nation against you, one from the other side of the earth as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, a nation of stern appearance that will have no regard for the elderly or pity for the young…
They will besiege all of your villages until all of your high and fortified walls collapse—those in which you put your confidence throughout the land. They will besiege all your villages throughout the land the Lord your God has given you. You will then eat your own offspring, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you, because of the severity of the siege by which your enemies will constrict you. The man among you who is by nature tender and sensitive will turn against his brother, his beloved wife, and his remaining children. He will withhold from all of them his children’s flesh that he is eating (since there is nothing else left), because of the severity of the siege by which your enemy will constrict you in your villages. Likewise, the most tender and delicate of your women, who would never think of putting even the sole of her foot on the ground because of her daintiness, will turn against her beloved husband, her sons and daughters, and will secretly eat her afterbirth and her newborn children (since she has nothing else), because of the severity of the siege by which your enemy will constrict you in your villages.
“If you refuse to obey all the words of this law, the things written in this scroll, and refuse to fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will increase your punishments and those of your descendants—great and long-lasting afflictions and severe, enduring illnesses.
Part of the reason Yahweh brought the people of Israel into the promised land is to punish those who dwelt in it previously. From Leviticus 17–approx. 24 is what is considered by theologians “the Holiness Code”. A list of various demands of God to His people who are to exemplify what it means to be a people called out by Him. Many of these things aren’t specific to Israel, in chapter 18:24–30 we find this,
“‘Do not defile yourselves with any of these things, for the nations which I am about to drive out before you have been defiled with all these things. Therefore the land has become unclean and I have brought the punishment for its iniquity upon it, so that the land has vomited out its inhabitants. You yourselves must obey my statutes and my regulations and must not do any of these abominations, both the native citizen and the resident foreigner in your midst, for the people who were in the land before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become unclean. So do not make the land vomit you out because you defile it just as it has vomited out the nations that were before you. For if anyone does any of these abominations, the persons who do them will be cut off from the midst of their people. You must obey my charge to not practice any of the abominable statutes that have been done before you, so that you do not defile yourselves by them. I am the Lord your God.’”
The previous inhabitants of the land were accursed and spit out of the land for their abominable practices. I don’t believe it would be a stretch to include some of the curses from Deuteronomy 28 under the guise of abomination here either.
To sum up my overarching point, anyone who eats another human being, whether intentional or inadvertently knowing it is human flesh, is exemplifying God’s judgement upon them. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are damned, but it is quite possibly the “last straw”, and the need to repent is now or never. a prayer needs go out to Mr. Aslan and all those flocking to approve of his actions regarding this “entertainment” piece.
I will close with a quote from a twitter account cited in the second article,
@rezaaslan it’s now entertainment 2 cannibalize another human being. My how far we’ve fallen. What’s worse is how few feel anything about it
6:23 PM – 9 Mar 2017
May the Triune God have mercy on this land.