Proverbs 13:24

I have no doubt that parenting is tough.  Raising a child is most certainly a very difficult task, possibly the most difficult task an adult can take on.  Fortunately the Bible has just the advice that all parents need!

“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” – Proverbs 13:24

No parent intends to or wants to hate their children.  Therefore, all parents must be very careful to NOT spare the rod!!!  In other words, it is biblically moral of you to beat your child.  Discipline, through a good beating, means that you love your children!

I know, I know.  You’re probably thinking that makes no sense at all, but it’s in the Bible!!!  Therefore it is the absolute truth.  All those parents out there not beating their children very clearly hate their children.  Let’s take a moment to pray for all the unbeaten children is this world for they must live every single day knowing their parents hate them!!!  You can’t make this stuff up!  It’s in the Bible!  Just open it up and begin reading!

Exodus – Chapter 3: Moses and the Burning Bush

In Exodus Chapter 2 Moses was born and through a string of very unlikely events survives the Pharaoh’s command to kill all first born sons of the Israelites.  God, having apparently gone into a deep slumber for a few centuries, finally wakes up and decides to help the Israelites.  It seems He only helps when the people are suffering greatly.  All-loving God?  I think not!  Let’s see what Chapter 3 brings us.  Hint:  The title tells us there is a burning bush!!!

“There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.” – Exodus 3:2

Yeah…not possible.  If it’s a real bush and a real fire, it will definitely burn.  Why did the angel appear as a burning bush?  Angels have appeared many times in human form (the story of Lot, for example).  Why not do the same thing here to be absolutely clear to Moses that it was indeed God speaking.

“When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’” – Exodus 3:4

Wait?  Is this an angel as mentioned in verse 2, or is the burning bush God Himself as stated in verse 4?

“’Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’  Then he said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.” – Exodus 3:5-6

We know today that many people hear voices and many people see visions.  At no time do we ever think, despite what is heard/seen, that these people are seeing a direct image from God.  No, we realize there is something wrong, and if we’re doing the right thing, we help these people receive medical help.  Moses is someone who needs medical help, although that type of medical help isn’t available at the time.  Surely Moses is not the only person of the time to hear a voice or see a vision and claim it was God.  Why does Moses get special privileges?

“The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.’” – Exodus 3:7

Bullshit!  God is NOT concerned.  As THE creator of all, He knew this was going to happen yet did nothing to stop it until the people were suffering horribly.  That is the exact opposite of concern!

“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:10

Does God step in and help the Israelites?  Nope.  Instead, God sends Moses to do His dirty work.  LOL!

“And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’” – Exodus 3:12

God has said He’d be with a lot of people and yet those people continued to suffer.  Don’t listen Moses!

“God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” – Exodus 3:14

I don’t care if these are biblical times or not.  There is no sane person who would believe Moses if this is what they heard.  The all-mighty, all-powerful, amazing God only has this to offer?  Nope, God is NOT concerned for the Israelites if this is all He is willing to do!

“And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.” – Exodus 3:17

Something tells me these people who already live in this land will not find the Israelites peaceful.  Just a hunch.  🙂

“But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.” – Exodus 3:19-20

This is amazing!  God, who supposedly has the power to do everything and anything, recognizes the Egyptians will not let Moses and his people go.  Instead of altering the minds of the Egyptians, as an all-powerful God could easily do, God says he will strike the Egyptians with wonders.  Spoiler alert:  He means that He will kill many Egyptians.  An all-powerful God has to resort to killing to get Moses free of the Egyptians?  Seriously?

“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.  Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.” – Exodus 3:21-22

And if that isn’t enough, God is going to steal from the Egyptians and give to Moses and his people!  Come on Christians!  Read your Bible!  Your God is NOT good and it’s right there in the ‘good’ book you say you read!

To sum up Exodus Chapter 3, God calls on Moses as a burning bush and commands Moses to lead his people out of Egypt.  To do so, God will kill and steal from the Egyptians.  A great set of morals to learn from the Bible.  What is it Christians always say?  You can’t be good without God?  I think the statement is really “You can’t be good WITH God!”

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 4:  Signs for Moses

Killing the Next Hitler

This is a few weeks old, but it still amazes me how little thought was put into it.  If you’re not familiar with Pat Robertson, he’s an evangelical Christian with a huge television audience and a ton of money.  Every once in a while he says something that has a touch of sense in it, but for the most part everything out of his mouth is bat shit crazy.  A couple of weeks ago, a woman calls into his show and asks why her baby died.  Obviously this is a very tragic moment for the mother and she’s just looking for some sort of an answer.  I can’t blame her.  Robertson’s response?

“As far as God’s concerned, He knows the end from the beginning and He sees a little baby and that little baby could grow up to be Adolf Hitler, he could grow up to be Joseph Stalin, he could grow up to be some serial killer, or he could grow up to die of a hideous disease. God sees all of that, and for that life to be terminated while he’s a baby, he’s going to be with God forever in Heaven so it isn’t a bad thing.”

Pat Robertson Tells Grieving Mother Her Dead Baby Could’ve Grown Up to Be Hitler

Wow!  God took this woman’s child from her because the child might grow up to be the next Hitler?  How stupid is Robertson?  Let’s analyze this.  If God is truly all-powerful, then God would have known since the beginning of time that this child would grow into the next Hitler.  But if we zoom closer to the present, God would have known once the sperm made contact with the egg and God could have ended the pregnancy right there and nobody would have been the wiser.  This all loving God lets the baby grow to term and then after the birth, decides to step in and kill the baby?  That’s what Robertson is saying!

Let’s dig deeper.  If God is willing to stop the next Hitler, why the hell did He not stop the FIRST Hitler!?!?!?  Huh?  Oh yeah, God works in mysterious ways.  🙂

Let’s switch to a different issue.  Christians, including Robertson, are against abortion.  Yet if God exists He allows all of these abortions to happen.  Why would a loving God allow this?  To take away from Robertson, it must be that all of these aborted babies were going to become the next Hitler and thus God just had to step in.  🙂

The point in all of this is that no, God didn’t step in and kill a baby because He wanted to stop the next Hitler or the next mass murderer.  Murder happens every day, making it very clear God is NOT interested in stepping in.  Is that an all-loving God?  Or is it simply a God that doesn’t exist?  I’m for the latter.

Exodus – Chapter 2: The Birth of Moses

The first chapter of Exodus brought us the background behind the upcoming Moses-led exodus from Egypt.  The Egyptian king is obviously doing harm to the Israelites, but that harm isn’t much different from what God approves of later in the Bible (I’m primarily thinking of slavery here).  Chapter 2 brings us the birth of Moses.

“But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.” – Exodus 2:3

On one hand I understand that Moses’ mother is simply trying to save him from certain death.  Remember from Exodus Chapter 1 the Egyptian king has ordered all first born sons to be thrown into the Nile and put to death.  On the other hand, putting a baby in a basket in a large river isn’t exactly a recipe for safety.  It’s likely the basket would have tipped or a rapid or a rock or something would tip the basket over and the baby would drown.  It seems to me there are less deadly ways to sneak a baby away?  But maybe not.  If that’s the case, then I suppose Moses’ mother is doing the only thing she can.  A basket in a Nile may be dangerous, but it is a step safer than certain death by the Egyptian king.

“Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby.” – Exodus 2:5-6

How convenient for the story that the first person to find the baby just happens to be the Pharaoh’s daughter.  Sigh.  Technically possible?  Yes.  Likely?  No and not by a long shot.

“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.  Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” – Exodus 2:11-12

Most Christians don’t realize, because they’ve never read the Bible, that Moses is murderer.  Does God punish Moses?  Nope.  Instead, God elevates Moses to savior of the Israelites.  God allows a murderer to get away with no punishment, yet Job, who did NOTHING, is punished beyond belief.  Next Moses helps out some women and is invited to dinner.

“Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.” – Exodus 2:21

Unfortunately misogyny doesn’t end with Genesis.  Zipporah has no choice in the matter.  She must abide by her father’s wishes and now abide by Moses’ wishes.

“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.  God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” – Exodus 2:23-25

This is hilarious!  An all knowing God forgets about the Israelites until they start groaning and crying?  God needs their pain to finally remember they are suffering horribly?  NOW God is concerned about them?!?!?!  LOL!!!  So much for that all knowing God.

To sum up Exodus Chapter 2, Moses is born, sent away in a basket to save his life as a baby, kills an Egyptian, and marries a woman without her say.  If that’s not enough, God FINALLY remembers the pain the Israelites are facing and is just now concerned.  🙂  Christians really need to read this book!

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 3:  Moses and the Burning Bush

Exodus – Chapter 1: The Israelites Oppressed

After 50 chapters of Genesis, it’s time to move on to Exodus.  I want to take a moment to say a few words on the title of Exodus Chapter 1, “The Israelites Oppressed”.  Too often Christians today argue they are being oppressed, yet they have no idea what real oppression is.  Disagreeing with one’s beliefs is not oppression.  Separation of church and state as required in the U.S. Constitution is NOT oppression.  Not allowing prayer in the classroom is NOT oppression.  No one is saying Christians can’t pray, can’t read the Bible, and can’t practice their religion.  To deny any of that would be oppression, but none of that happens.  Christians can freely do all of that.  What they can’t do is push their religion on others through the state.  That itself is a form of oppression.  Christians love to scream oppression when they are denied oppressing others.  How ironic.  Okay, let’s jump into Exodus.

Exodus begins with a listing of Jacob’s descendants.  Then the real story begins.

“…but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.” – Exodus 1:7

Although I disagree with much of what is in the Bible and think most of it is a bunch of nonsense, this verse is a good thing.  It sounds like the Israelites are doing well, despite the troubles God has caused them.  I’m genuinely glad they are doing well.  A new Egyptian king comes to power and doesn’t like the idea of the Israelites doing well.

“So they (Egyptians) put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh…. so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.  They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.” – Exodus 1:11-14

Obviously this is an evil thing.  The Egyptians are committing great evil by enslaving the Israelites.  However, that evil is in the eyes of today’s society.  We’ll see later that God makes it clear owning slaves is okay.  If the Israelites are really God’s chosen people, why does He punish them so?  Why play this long, drawn out game lasting decades and centuries?  It makes no sense unless one employs the ‘God works in mysterious ways’ argument.

“The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, ‘When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.’ The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.” – Exodus 1:15-17

Good for the midwives for doing the right thing.  The crimes the king of Egypt is committing are atrocious.  This is a time for God to strike down the king, as He did with Job, even though Job didn’t commit any crimes that we know of.

“So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.  And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.” – Exodus 1:20-21

God was kind to the midwives and the people (Israelites) increase?  Sigh.  How is being enslaved by the Egyptians a kind act by God to the midwives?  Are you kidding me?!?!?  The last sentence is even more disturbing.  Because the midwives FEARED God, He gave them families.  So in God’s eyes, to get a family, you MUST fear Him?  That is sick, disturbing, and shows that God is anything but loving.

“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.’” – Exodus 1:22

This is God being kind to the midwives?  They have to see every Hebrew boy born thrown into the Nile?  That’s kindness!?!?!  God is evil.  That is clear.

That concludes the first chapter of Exodus.  The foundation is laid for the rest of the story.  An evil Egyptian king rules the land and oppresses the Israelites and certainly does many evil things.  However, it’s hard to say who’s more evil, the Egyptian king or God for allowing it all to happen and then try to pass it off as kindness.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 2:  The Birth of Moses

Exodus 4:24-26

Today’s crazy Bible verse(s) shows us once again how much God hates foreskin on a penis.  A penis with the foreskin still attached is pure EVIL in the eyes of the Lord.

“At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him.  But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.  ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,’ she said.  So the Lord let him alone.” – Exodus 4:24-26

So let me get this straight.  God is pissed that Moses has not circumcised his son.  Moses’ son’s foreskin is so appalling to God that God is about to kill Moses.  Huh?  If God is so disgusted with foreskin, why did He create man with foreskin?  Seems God could have taken care of this during one of those 6 days of creation.

Even worse, Zipporah, in defense of Moses, grabs what is basically a rock, and whacks off the tip of her son’s penis.  No concern over blood loss, or whacking off the right amount, or infection.  No concerns at all.  She just had to get that foreskin off as soon as possible.  Poor kid.

After the foreskin is removed God leaves Moses alone.  LOL!  This is supposed to be an all loving, perfect God.  A God who created man with foreskin.  A God who doesn’t like foreskin.  A God who demands the foreskin be cut off or face death.  Yeah, sounds like a ‘perfect’ God to me.  🙂

Introduction to Exodus

After 50 chapters of Genesis, it’s time to move on to Exodus.  My study Bible claims that many portions of Exodus (as with Genesis) were written by Moses.  However, many historical scholars will debate that.  There are far too many inconsistencies for Moses to be the author of both Genesis and Exodus, let alone either.  He, if he even existed at all, probably had nothing to do with writing these books.

Exodus tells us the story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt.  My study Bible states the exodus out of Egypt took place 480 years before “the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel.”  There is, however, a catch to all of this.  This study Bible mentions several possible problems/inconsistencies with the date, but then concludes:

“In short, there are no compelling reasons to modify in any substantial way the traditional 1446 B.C. date for the exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.”

In other words, the authors of this study Bible recognize the potential problems with the dating but then ignore all of that in favor of their beliefs.  Well, that’s one approach!  🙂

Another interesting note about the dates is the time between Genesis (death of Joseph) and the exodus.  According to the timeline in my Bible, Joseph died in 1805 B.C. but Moses wasn’t born until 1526 B.C.  The exodus doesn’t take place until 1446 B.C.  What happened in the 359 years in between?  Where was God?  Did nothing important happen in that time?  This is another red flag in the accuracy of the Bible.  Adding to this, Moses was 80 at the time of the exodus.  80!!!  I find it very hard to believe an 80 year old man is going to lead a nation of people through horrible conditions (desert) to freedom, let along an 80 year old man living in biblical times with no modern medicine.  The Bible would be much more believable if Moses were in his 20s or 30s at the time of the exodus.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 1:  The Israelites Oppressed

The Berenstain Bears and Religion

As a kid I loved reading The Berenstain Bears books.  I remember owning several as a kid and checking out several others at the library.  As I grew older my interest in these books wanted as I moved on to junior adult books and eventually adult books.  It’s probably been 20-25 years since I last thought much about The Berenstain Bears.  This changed the other day when I was looking for a book at the local library.  I passed by the children’s section and noticed a huge section of Berenstain Bears books.  The one that struck me was titled “The Berenstain Bears: God Loves You”.  What?  Since when did the Berenstain Bears become religious?

I spent a few minutes looking at other books in the series and noticed several titles with a religious theme.  Then I grabbed one that didn’t have a religious title, “Hurry to Help”.  The book is about the bears helping others, a very nice message to send to kids.  However, every third page had a reference to Jesus/God.  WTF?  What happened?

The Berenstain Bears were introduced in 1962 by Jan and Stan Berenstain.  There are now over 300 titles in publication.  As Jan and Stan aged (now passed away), their son Mike became a partner in 2002 and fully took over in 2012.  Starting in 2008, Mike pushed the Berenstain Bears in a more religious direction.  Thus the religious themed Berenstain Bears books I found at the library.

It’s kind of a shame to see a good kids’ book series (okay, maybe a bit hokey) turn religious.  You can’t help others without religion and God?  That’s the message being sent in “Hurry to Help”.  Give me a break!  It’s time kids be taught they can be good without religion!!!

Genesis Recap

I started this blog back in November 2014.  It’s taken 7 months, but I’ve finished analyzing all of Genesis and Job.  I just finished Genesis this last Wednesday.  Now it’s time to move on to Exodus, but before doing so, let me do a quick recap of Genesis.

Genesis starts out with the story of creation, but unbeknownst to most people, including most Christians, Genesis has TWO different creation stories!  That should immediately be a red flag for anyone reading the Bible.  In one of the stories, God creates Adam and Eve, but forbids them to eat the fruit from a certain tree.  They do and God punishes them.  God created them, knowing this would happen.  By doing so, God created evil in this world.

Moving on, God decides He made a mistake, and brings about a flood that kills everyone except for Noah and his family (about 8 people in total).  Those 8 people, through incest, repopulate the Earth.  God tells Noah no one will live past 120 years old.  Several people do, including Noah.  Broken promise by God.  How does a perfect God make mistakes?  How does a perfect God break promises?

Later we are introduced to Abraham and his son Isaac.  Abraham sees a vision of an angel telling him to kill his son.  Abraham sets out to do just that.  The only thing stopping Isaac’s murder by his father is an angel at the last minute telling him to stop.  What message does this send?  Do whatever God says, including killing your kids?  Disgusting.

As Genesis continues we learn about Jacob and Joseph.  The Jacob/Joseph story is quite disturbing as it pushes the message that God is always with you and will always protect you.  Reading the Bible, however, God only appears after the evil deeds are done and the people themselves have solved the problem.  Other than cause great evil, it’s hard to see what God actually did in Genesis.

That’s a very brief overview of Genesis.  Next up…the book of Exodus.

Genesis – Chapter 50: The Aftermath of Jacob’s Death

In the last chapter Jacob wished ill will on most of his son’s.  The only way that ill will can become reality is God.  Chapter 50 brings us some of the aftermath of Jacob’s death.

“So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming.” – Genesis 50:2-3

It takes 40 days to embalm someone in biblical times?  I realize technology today is far advanced compared to biblical times, but 40 days?  In that time the body will have gone through a great deal of decay!  Embalming someone at this point defeats the purpose of embalming.

Joseph and his brothers then take their father to be buried in the same place as Abraham and Isaac.  As expected of anyone, a great amount of grieving and mourning takes place.  Joseph’s brothers are afraid that he will punish them now that Jacob is dead.  Joseph reassures them this is not the case.

“Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children.” – Genesis 50:22-23

God finally holds true to his oath with Noah in Genesis 6.  Joseph lives a very long life, probably not possible in a time of no advanced medicine, but below the 120 year age limit God set for man.

“Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’  And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, ‘God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.’ So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.” – Genesis 50:24-26

If God really wants these people to have this land, why doesn’t he give it to them?  It would be one thing for someone to suffer for a while and then receive the reward of this land, but most of these people suffer and die without seeing the land God has set aside.  God is just toying with these people right now and they are buying right into it.

That concludes Genesis Chapter 50 (and the end of Genesis!!!).  Joseph reassures his brothers he won’t harm them and then passes away at the ripe old age of 110.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 1:  The Israelites Oppressed