53. God cannot curse
Abraham has the impression that God says:
“I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” Genesis chapter 12, verse 3
If one person despises another, will he be happy? Is it possible to be happy when he hurts a person? Let’s read it again: “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” We know that God cannot reprove, condemn, curse: this is absolutely not in his nature. Yet it is written, some will say.
Would it be better said that the person who despises the other could go so far as to curse himself? It’s possible. So, if someone curses someone, he commits to cursing himself.
Because the evil that he ventures on the other is the evil with which he’s contaminated. God doesn’t curse. He doesn’t need God to condemn and condemn himself. He curses and then he curses himself. He’s able to condemn himself alone.
This text is, therefore, in itself an affirmation that can put God at wrongdoing. The “I will curse” placed in the mouth of God is very possibly the understanding of the writer, in his living time, about God. To reprove, to exclude a person from his face for eternity is absolutely not in the way of God’s action, it isn’t in God’s plan.
For the author of Genesis, by this biblical passage, God seems to be responsible for both good and evil in the world. The author had not yet learned to distinguish between evil that doesn’t concern God and good that represents God.
The final answer would be more likely: “The person who will curse, he will condemn himself. He risks being excluded from eternity if he curses others; even worse, if he curses God.” The boomerang effect.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Let’s reveal God, Normand Thomas