Psalm – Chapter 1: Untitled

As is the pattern in this part of the Bible, we continue to switch back and forth between chapters to stick to chronological order as close as possible.  Today we move from 1 Chronicles to the book of Psalms, looking at the very first chapter in Psalms.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2

What’s not mentioned is ‘wicked’ is defined by anyone who doesn’t follow every one of God’s commands, including those to murder or rape others.

“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” – Psalm 1:6

Does he?  How many of the righteous, who have done everything God has asked, die horrible deaths?  Is that God watching over them?  Oh, let me guess, they just didn’t pray hard enough or love God enough or fear God enough.  The goal posts are always pushed back when it comes to God watching over you.

Psalm 1 is a short chapter basically stating that if you do wicked things you will suffer.  Are these things anymore wicked than the death and destruction at the direct hands of this god?

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 2:  Untitled

Genesis 25:6

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!!  The Bible is a book of morals to lead one’s life by, right?  Well, let’s take a closer look at those morals found in Genesis 25:6

“But while he (Abraham) was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.” – Genesis 25:6

There are a couple of morals to unpack from this verse.  First, Abraham has concubines outside of his wives.  This is all approved by God as Abraham is adored by God.  Without Abraham, the Bible doesn’t exist!  None of what follows after Genesis is possible without Abraham!  God approves of Abraham’s taking of concubines to spread his seed.  That’s moral number one passed along in this verse.

Second, Abraham gives gifts to the sons of his concubines and then sends them away so they are not interfering with Isaac.  Think about this.  Abraham is forcing his other sons to leave the land because Isaac is his favorite.  This is moral number two.  Pick a favorite son and fuck over the rest.

A book of morals?  Nope.  Read the Bible and you quickly learn these ‘morals’ are horrible ways to lead one’s life.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 16: Ministering Before the Ark

Our trek through the Bible continues today with 1 Chronicles 16.  As the title states, the focus is on the Ark of God.  There are several chapters devoted to this ark.  God is much more concerned with how his ark is treated than how human beings, his supposed creations, are treated.  As we already know, fuck up with God’s ark and you are toast…literally.  Okay, not literally turned it a piece of toast, but toasted by God zapping you to death!  Let’s see what 1 Chronicles 16 has to offer.

“He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to extol, thank, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel:” – 1 Chronicles 16:4

One can only hope, given the horrible working conditions, this job comes with some good union benefit.

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” – 1 Chronicles 16:8

Yes!  I absolutely agree with the latter half of this statement.  Please go out and tell the nations what God has done.  Tell the nations of the murder.  Tell the nations of the rape.  Tell the nations of the theft!  Something tells me though that these are not the things that will be told.  The truth will not be shared.

“Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…” – 1 Chronicles 16:12

Judgements yes, but miracles no.  God has pronounced many unjust judgements.  Miracles?  Unless you count murder, rape, and theft miracles, there are no miracles to be found.

“He remembers his covenant forever…” – 1 Chronicles 16:15

Except when he doesn’t.  This of course is apologized away by saying God works in ‘mysterious’ ways.  Mysterious of course is just code for ‘God doesn’t exist but I’ve been indoctrinating into believing he must exist so therefore I will say ‘mysterious’ to justify his existence.’

“To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.” – 1 Chronicles 16:18

Completely ignoring, of course, that people already occupied this land!

“He allowed no one to oppress them…” – 1 Chronicles 16:21

This is a big lie that is easily debunked.  God himself hardened the hearts of the Egyptians who deeply oppressed the Israelites!  God oppresses the Israelites!

“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.” – 1 Chronicles 16:25

And there again is the demand to fear God.  If you are required to fear your elders, or in this case, god, then what you have is direct evidence of abuse.

“The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.” – 1 Chronicles 16:30

No, it is not.  The Earth moves around the Sun.  The Sun moves around the Galactic Center.  The Galaxy moves through the Universe.  Even on Earth, continents move due to plate tectonics.  Mountains are continually being created or wearing down due to natural processes.  The world is anything but firmly established.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34

No thanks.  I will never thank someone who demands I fear him.

“Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at the gate.” – 1 Chronicles 16:42

I feel bad for these individuals as one wrong note on the trumpets/cymbals and God will strike them down.

That concludes 1 Chronicles 16.  It pushes the theme that we must fear God.  What a horrible message!  Good parents don’t rule their kids with fear, so why should we expect to live our lives in fear of a god?  It makes no sense!

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 1:  Untitled

1 Chronicles – Chapter 15: The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

Today we continue digging through 1 Chronicles, this time looking into Chapter 15.

“Then David said, ‘No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister before him forever.’” – 1 Chronicles 15:2

Wow!  That’s a death sentence for the Levites!  Do the wrong thing while carrying the ark of God and you are zapped dead, as we learned a couple of chapters ago.

“It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us.” – 1 Chronicles 15:13

This god is easily angered.  Not a god of love.  Next come several verses of David and the Levites determining who will do what jobs while carrying the ark of God.  Very important stuff!  It’s not as if there are more important things to do, such as stopping the rape and slaughter of innocents.

“As the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.” – 1 Chronicles 15:29

Again, this is a repeat of what we already read in a previous chapter.  Saul is the one who God controlled and later tossed away in favor of David.  Thus Michal, Saul’s daughter, has reason to despise David.  That and David has killed many, many people, including innocent women and children.  This alone is reason to be despised by everyone, not just Michal.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 16:  Ministering Before the Ark

1 Chronicles – Chapter 14: David’s House and Family

The story of David and the Israelites continues in 1 Chronicles 14.  In the previous chapter, we learned that you never touch God’s stuff for God will kill you if you do.  That is actually what happened in 1 Chronicles 13!!!

“And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 14:2

Well, except for that poor guy who touched God’s stuff and was killed by God!  He was not exalted.

“In Jerusalem David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters.” – 1 Chronicles 14:3

Ah, traditional biblical family values at their finest!  Multiple wives!

“David inquired of God: ‘Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?’ The Lord answered him, ‘Go, I will deliver them into your hands.’” – 1 Chronicles 14:10

More evidence God is filled with bloodlust.  He could easily stop the Philistines.  He is an all-powerful god after all.  Instead he chooses war.  How many innocents were killed in this battle?  We don’t know, but it is surely greater than zero.

“So David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.” – 1 Chronicles 14:17

Another example of God being a horrible parent.  Good parents don’t rule over their children by forcing them to fear them.  That’s child abuse.

That concludes this chapter of 1 Chronicles.  More evidence of God’s bloodlust and horrible parenting skills.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 15:  The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

Mark 10:29-31

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!  Jesus is all about love, right?  Yes, but only if it is love for him.  If it is love for anyone else, that is a problem.  Consider today’s verses.

“’Truly I tell you,’ Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.’” – Mark 10:29-31

This is encouragement, directly from the mouth of Jesus, if you assume Jesus existed, to leave your family.  To truly love Jesus, you must leave behind your family.  Family places a distant second to Jesus.  Is that love?  Is it love to abandon your family?  No, it is not.  Jesus is not the loving character described by Christians.  Jesus, in many ways, is no more loving than the angry, jealous God of the Old Testament.  Telling people you must leave your family to receive rewards in the afterlife is not love.  It’s a scam.  Jesus and the Bible is very similar to today’s online phishing scams.