WICHITA, KANSAS- A Christian man died Saturday night after playing "Bible Roulette".
Mark Benson, 29, of Wichita, was frustrated that he hasn't heard from God, even though he has been reading his Bible, going to church and listening to preaching. Apparently, Mark didn't realize that every time he read scripture, God was speaking to him since the scripture is God-breathed.
"I understand the Bible is God's word. But I want God to speak to me. And if I read the scripture and it doesn't revolve around me and what I am currently going through, and what I am interested in, I don't feel like God is speaking to me", Mark said.
His friends tried to encourage him and remind him that anytime you read and hear the scripture, God is speaking to you. But Mark refused to be content with God's infallible revelation of his will, and desperately wanted to know God's unrevealed will.
Some of his other friends told him to play "Bible Roulette". He asked what that was. They said, "It's when you ask God to speak to you, open the Bible to a random place without thinking, and read where ever your eyes take you." Several of his friends said that God has spoken to them in this way, and even called them to be pastors in this manner, and revealed to them who to marry.
Mark decided to play that game Saturday night. He said, "Lord, speak to me." He randomly opened the Bible to the Gospel of Matthew 27:5. His eyes immediately went to the text:
And went and hanged himself.
Mark was afraid and confused at first, and said, "That can't be God speaking to me." So he turned several pages and flipped around, closed his eyes and said "Lord, speak to me." He landed in Isaiah 38:1:
Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.
Mark was shaken, and said, "This cannot be." So he closed his eyes yet again, and said, "Lord, speak to me." He turned some pages, opened his eyes and read 2 Corinthians 13:1:
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Mark fell to his knees and said, "The Lord has spoken." And he went and hung himself as he believed the Lord had said to him.
A few hours later his wife found him, and a note explaining how he played Bible Roulette, and how God clearly commanded him to take his own life.
His wife had these words to say: "Friends don't let friends play Bible Roulette. Do not let your loved ones play this dangerous game, where they take scripture out of it's context randomly without thinking, as if this is how God communicates to his people. Do not play Bible Roulette, it may not be worth the gamble."