God is Not Gentle

…and neither are godly masculine men.

Readership: All
Theme: Glory
Author’s Note: This post contains reader’s comments. Links to the original comments are given in the initial words.
Length: 750 words
Reading Time: 4 minutes + 2 short videos totaling ~ 9 minutes

18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
Yes, four which I do not understand:
19 The way of an eagle in the air,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea,
And the way of a man with a virgin.

Proverbs 30:18-19 (NKJV)

In this post, we’ll look at three vastly contrasting arenas in which God is glorified.

  1. The wild and untamed natural world
  2. Masculinity
  3. The backwoods bumpkin.

God is Glorified in the Wildness of Nature

Misunderstanding the nature of the Fall has continued to resurface as a sticking point of misunderstanding the basic nature of life on this planet. I addressed this question in a previous post, Is Our Fallen Nature as God Designed it? (2021/10/4). To make sure I got it right, I teamed up with NovaSeeker and Ed Hurst to help me write and double check everything. It is a must-read post, in case you missed it.

Moreover, it is not as simple as saying, “The world is fallen. The world and everything in it is corrupted by sin.” This is only true if we define “world” in the biblical sense of the word. If one doesn’t understand the contextual nuances (for example, the difference between “creation” and “the world”), then one is prone to fall into The Wrath of GNON* crowd which has slowly been gaining popularity.

* GNON is an acronym for the “God of the Natural Order / Nature”. The primary and strategic appeal to GNON permits a consensual acceptance of Natural Law, unobstructed by theological controversy. A logical appeal to GNON enables important things to be said in contexts where, otherwise, an interminable argument would first need to be concluded. Thus, an agreement that “Reality Rules” need not be delayed until religious differences are resolved.

The GNON approach accepts as a fundamental truth one thing that is difficult for most mild mannered Progressives and theological moralizers to accept, and that is the competition for dominance and survival that is stereotypical of the Animal Kingdom and the Natural World. There is great wonder and glory in this, so much so, that it has been the subject of documentaries, National Geographic programs, and scientific research ever since the advent of the modern age.

From a humanist viewpoint, being ripped apart by claws and fangs is regarded as ruthless and cruel. But from a practical standpoint, namely that of the Animal Kingdom, it’s just taking care of business, succinctly captured in the latest buzz-phrase that’s been trending: “F around and find out.”

It’s plain and simple really. It only becomes a difficult question when we try to mix theology into it, and the essence of the truths behind creation and the glory of it all is lost when we try to reduce it to a system of logical precepts.

For example, venomous animals and poisonous plants kinda proves that humans weren’t the only ones who “fell”… Same goes for lions, hyenas, and other aggressive animals. They’re self-defensive. They’re territorial. They defend and provide for their own, even if it comes at the life of another creature. They have these characteristics in order to compete and survive in the grand game of life, e.g. “survival of the fittest”. However, tarantulas, thornbushes, tigers, and bears aren’t sinful. At worst, we could say they are “unclean”, according to the Old Testament. But human beings are prone to speculate upon mortal things from an eternal perspective, and that’s where it gets hairy.

God is Glorified in the Masculine-Feminine Dichotomy

Likewise, one thing about masculine nature (and by extension, God) that a lot of Christians find difficult to accept as being “good”, is the brutal dog-eat-dog competition to survive, dominate, and procreate. Feminism has done well in convincing us that these aspects of masculine nature are “toxic”. That alone should give us a clue as to how good it is in God’s eyes.

This competition extends to the SMP. Although moralizers may shudder at the ongoing immorality of it all, in the long run, human beings who fail to successfully capitalize on the opportunities presented during their youth will be outbred, outearned, and outmatched by those who do. Standardized Religion has little to do with it, although conviction and genuine faith can be a guide. Already, we are seeing a small number of men starting businesses while many others are “enjoying the decline” with a joint and a beer. Already, we are seeing many aging feminists expressing regrets over not having children, while stable communities with marriage minded gals, although few, are experiencing a boon in population. Perhaps it is God’s way of cleaning disobedience, debauchery, and faithlessness out of the gene pool. Another case study of the “survival of the fittest”.

The Gentile Rube

We have the common notion that a Gentile is anyone who is not a Jәw, or so we have been taught to believe. A fuller understanding of the word ethnos (Greek: ἔθνος), which is commonly translated as “Gentile”, is an ethnic minority, a foreigner, or an outsider. Although the definition is given as “race” or “nation”, the distinction made is not so much about Jud@!sm or even r@cial!sm as we understand it today, but rather refers to those who are NOT a member of your own tribe, ethnic group, or in-group. Remember that the authors of the Bible were Jәws, so to them, anyone who was not a Jәw would fall under this definition of ethnos.

To wit, “gentle” and “gentile” come from the same root word origin. By “gentle”, think of a friendly working-class person who is very relaxed and easy-going due to his poor, diminished, or minority status in society.

God is glorified in our weaknesses. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

In some contexts, “Gentle” could also have the connotation of being just a step away from effeminate. IOW, those feeel-good do-gooders possessing a weak agentic capacity. After having lived abroad for many years, I can attest that foreigners must always play second fiddle and kowtow to the locals, no matter how classy, excellent, or wealthy they may be.

As a mental exercise that should prove to be a real eye-opener, replace the word “gentile” with “gentle people”, foreigner, hillbilly, “deplorables”, etc. whenever you read the Bible. Here’s a little taste. Click on the embedded links for the suggested context.

Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the hillbillys / ethnic group / Taiwanese / etc., And sing praises to Your name.

2 Samuel 22:50 (NKJV)

He gave them the lands of the foreigners, And they inherited the labor of the nations…

Psalm 105:44 (NKJV)

And He gave them into the hand of the deplorables, And those who hated them ruled over them.

Psalm 106:41 (NKJV)


There is irony in how God has chosen the insignificant, the small, even shameful things of this world, the thorns, the chickens, the rednecks, etc. to glorify Himself and extol His Power.

There is irony in how Jesus wore a crown of thorns. Thorns — which sprang forth after the Fall — a symbol of sin, shame, and suffering — became Christ’s crown of glory. His bloody countenance raised high with arms outspread — the physical stance of a victorious conqueror in battle — was His posture during His gruesome death on the cross.


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8 Responses to God is Not Gentle

  1. info says:

    Because of fallenness. I think God made the natural world reflect our fallenness too. But when we are redeemed. Creation will be redeemed too:

    Romans 8:18-21 (NKJV)
    18 I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but because of the One who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

    Romans 8:21 (KJV)
    Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

    Because sin itself is Spiritual corruption of the Good like cracks in a clear window. Beginning with Satan himself.

    And manifesting itself in our fallen bodies that inherit genetic mutations that downgrade our capabilities with diseases like short-sightness, astigmatism, unequal vision, and so on, away from God designed 20/20 Vision as an example that requires ocular crutches called glasses, contact lenses or Lasik.

    Hence our bodies also need redemption.

    Romans 8:22-23 (NKJV)
    22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until the present time. 23 Not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

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  2. okrahead says:

    I believe Paul makes the “Gnon “ argument in Romans 1:18-32 (nature, in v. 19, 20, 26, 27) as well as 1 Corinthians 11 (nature teaches, in v. 14).

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  3. catacombresident says:

    In different words: Creation is not fallen, we are. Creation is mismanaged because of our fall. When Christ returns, everything mankind has done to Creation since the Fall will be wiped away, reset to its original condition.


    • dave sora says:

      Where does the Bible ever use the word “fallen”? Nowhere. Paul took a children’s story too literally… Scratch that, pretended to. It wasn’t until Augustine that Paul’s pretense for dramatic purposes was taken literally. Paul was using a pretentiously overliteral interpretation to engage in allegorical typology. Augustine was a rube who took that 100% literally. Now every wh0re reminds you we’re all “fallen”, “broken”, “broken toys” (LOL, from a Christmas movie about toys!) — but it’s literally all garbage. Otherwise show me any of those words in the Bible.


      • Jack says:

        It sounds like you are denying that humans have a sinful nature.

        “Where does the Bible ever use the word “fallen”?”

        These issues were addressed in a previous post, Is Our Fallen Nature as God Designed it? (2021/10/4). (This is mentioned in the introduction of the OP, in case you skipped over that part.)

        I do think that the church rides (perhaps too) heavily on humans being broken / fallen, while failing to emphasize redemption, regeneration, and sanctification as God’s answer to this and how it all works. Using analogies, allegories, archetypes, parables, typologies, etc. are very effective ways to impart a basic understanding of how things work. But as Jesus said, not everyone will be able to understand.

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      • catacombresident says:

        We use an awful lot of words in English that don’t appear in English translations of the Bible. The portions of Scripture written in Greek use some odd choices to translate concepts from Hebrew or Aramaic for which there were no really good choices in Greek. Semantic arguments are the same shallow nonsense the Pharisees used in debating against Jesus.

        That we are all born under the penalty of sin cannot be disputed. We are doomed to Hell simply by virtue of having a mortal frame. The Curse from Eden (whether you call it “fall” or anything else) is having a mortal frame in the first place. We lost access to the Tree of Life, so mortality is the result. The Hebrew language is inherently symbolic and dramatic by default, and requires a long attention span with a mystical orientation. Using the word “fall” to express that we no longer have eternal bodies and direct communion with God by default is simply typical of using the English language.

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