If you’ve ever opened your Bible up a random and stuck your finger on the page hoping to find the answer to a pressing question then you are well acquainted with the practice of Bibliomancy. Fundies are often not content to merely apply the principles as laid out in the Scriptures but often read the Bible looking for some special application of a verse to their specific situation. The more obscure corners of the Old Testament is a particularly rich feeding ground for this sort of divination.
The applications derived from Bibliomancy can range from amusing to downright scary. Verses ripped from their context can be seen as Divine endorsement for everything from switching jobs to whom to marry, or what to have for dinner. In that last case, one can only hope that the verse consulted was not Ezekiel 4:12.
Perhaps not only verses but even the chapter divisions may be consulted for direction as in the case of the old joke about a man who found himself in financial trouble and opened his Bible at random to find the words “Chapter 11” emblazoned before him. As a last resort, maybe even the full color maps displaying the Journeys of Paul can be pressed into prophetic service.
Every word may be perfectly preserved in the King James Bible but evidently what those words mean depends greatly on what a person needs them to say at the moment.
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Ezekiel 4:12 is my life verse.
my favorite (which I actually heard in a fundy sermon) was about the person looking for guidance in his life. He popped open his Bible and the 1st verse he saw was “Judas went out and hanged himself.” Surely, that can’t be right, he thought. So he opened his Bible again, only to read, “Go and do thou likewise.”
I think that one is not exclusive to Fundy’s. But it is funny to consider what can happen if you take such a course for decision making.
If I’m ever asked to sign a bible maybe I should use Ez 4:12
Ezekiel 4:12, you should add that to your tshirt line!
I just read this, as this post came up in the random post generator.
I think my favorite version to read Ezekial 4:12 in is the KJV, as in that version it sounds like the dung came out of man in their sight! 😆
I used to do this, but more for “what should I read for devotions today?” After several days of Acts 27 and wondering why God kept directing me there, I realized there was a flaw in the binding and it was broken at that point. I think that mostly cured me of my dabbling with bibliomancy 💡 🙄