1. to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions
This is a common tool of magicians and ventriloquists who want the audience to look elsewhere so that they will not see what is actually being done. It also is a pretty good tool of politicians who want their own works overlooked so that they can blame others.
Too many times, when reason and civil law need to be used to discuss what is going on in America, people try to close the discussion down by invoking religion and selected quotes from the bible. That way, when their argument fails and they have nothing to really back it up with, they can pronounce that, because you do not believe as they do, you are one of the reasons God will eventually decide to destroy America.
It is supposed to instill a deep guilt on the conscience of the other person who is assumed to share the same religious beliefs, or will experience a conversion on the spot.
It really only serves as a self-validation of their own beliefs, and is usually part of a discussion which is not only not a real discussion, but is only an excuse to preach.
Liberals and progressives are seen as the ruination of America, the reason God will rain down fire and brimstone to destroy the country. In this regard, Sodom is usually brought up as the precedent for God’s wrath and following destructive actions. Of course, the Sodom reference then allows the more twisted religious people to decide that the liberals and progressives seem to favor Gay people, so this really will get God all upset.
The best interpretation of a source is the source itself. Others might have their interpretation of what was said, some might even enjoy the verbal acrobatics that make it possible to misrepresent what was said, and some might attempt to very deftly distract from what was actually said to veer the discussion off into a tangent that they might want to deal with as the real issue is too difficult and a possible, definite loss, but going directly to the source can put the brakes on this.
There are a lot of people who quote from the bible, and then tell their listeners what they want the bible to mean. They speak with an authority which goes unquestioned. After all, if they claim to be close to God, there are those who do not want them to exercise their influence on Him by having Him smite anyone, specifically themselves.
But if the Bible were to say in one section what it meant in another, there is no way anyone can say, “oh, no. What the Bible actually meant was…..”
Sodom is my prime example of this.
The story of Sodom is constantly quoted as the reason Gay people are below contempt. God destroyed a whole city because they, somehow, were all Homosexual. The odd thing in the story is that if in fact the whole place was homosexual, why, when the residents were acting up at the home of Lot, and Lot sought to calm them down, would he offer his virgin daughters up to the crowd to do what they would with them, which obviously in the common interpretation would have involved rape.
Throwing his daughter to a crowd of Gay men so they can be raped might have somehow justified God’s judging him as righteous, but it certainly did not speak well of Lot’s intelligence.
But here is where it gets interesting.
Those who confuse our Constitution with the Bible, and who attempt to institute theocracy as the new form of government, can only do so if the majority believe what a politician or a televangelist with multiple homes, cars, planes, and jewelry says the bible is speaking about.
But what does the Bible say, and who is really bringing down the wrath of God on the country?
According to the Book, this is what Sodom was all about according to Ezekiel 16:49:
(just a few translations)
New International Version (©2011)
"'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
International Standard Version (©2012)
Look! This was the sin of your sister Sodom and her daughters: Pride, too much food, undisturbed peace, and failure to help the poor and needy.
Wait. Go back.
In none of these translations does it say the sin of Sodom was Homosexuality (or liberalism, or progressivism), but they do say the sin was, among other things, the city’s having not strengthened the poor and needy while some of its citizens (obviously not all of them since there were poor and needy people) had abundance that they refused to share with the poor and needy.
And when Jesus spoke of Sodom he referred to a lack of hospitality. “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.” Mark 6:11.
So maybe those who have the abundance yet turn their backs on our poor and needy, and not the Homosexual, the liberal, or the progressive, are the actual targets of god’s wrath.
Perhaps God's destruction of America will not be because of groups the Bible quoters just don't like and want others to dislike as well, but because of those who constantly find ways to end or curtail programs that help the poor and temporarily needy while doing whatever they can to ensure that those with abundance, like the 1% and corporations (many of whom make financial contributions to these politicians) get more money so they can have more stuff.
Unless, of course, you cannot possibly believe what the bible says about itself.
Now, what large body of elected officials, and which specific party is guilty of this?