Exodus – Chapter 17: Water From the Rock

The Israelites are now free of the Egyptians, but struggling with food and water as they march through the desert.  God is willing to help, but that help comes with many strings attached as we learned in Exodus 16.  Exodus 17 is titled “Water From the Rock” so I’m guessing there’s some impossible science coming up.  🙂  The people were hungry in Exodus 16 and now they are thirsty in Exodus 17.

“The Lord answered Moses, ‘Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.  I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.’” – Exodus 17:5-6

Scientifically impossible.  The Bible would be much more believable if the stories were more realistic.  It would be much more believable if God pointed Moses to a place to dig a hole and several feet down, Moses finds water.  That would be a believable.  Water spouting out of a random rock in the desert is not believable.

“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.  When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” – Exodus 17:10-12

God is once again helping the Israelites, but that help comes with conditions.  A parent loves a child unconditionally, but God’s love is not unconditional.  In this case, God loves the Israelites and helps them defeat the Amalekites, but only if Moses keeps his hands raised.  Really?  That’s petty.  God is up wherever getting pissed when Moses gets tired and lowers his hands.  Then I must wonder about God’s intelligence.  Moses eventually rests his arms up on a rock, so he’s not really raising his arms.  He’s tricking God to some extent and God doesn’t realize this.  More evidence that God is not all-knowing.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.’ – Exodus 17:14

Except God didn’t blot out the name of Amalek.  The Amalekites return later (e.g. 1 Samuel, Isaiah, etc.).  More to the point, if the name of Amalek was really blotted out, we wouldn’t be discussing it now as it wouldn’t appear in the Bible.

To sum up Exodus 17, the Israelites are thirsty, and God provides water through an impossible method.  God helps the Israelites defeat the Amalekites, but only with strings attached.  This is all evidence that God’s love is NOT unconditional.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 18:  Jethro Visits Moses

Exodus – Chapter 16: Manna and Quail

Our journey through Exodus continues.  God has ‘led’ Moses out of Egypt by hardening hearts and killing Egyptians.  Moses and the Israelites sang a song to praise the murderous God.  What’s next?  Exodus 16 begins with the Israelites walking through the desert on the verge of starvation.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.  On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.’ – Exodus 16:4-5

The Christian message here is to obey God and all will be okay.  Disobey God and you will suffer.  Yet God NEVER speaks to the people.  God only speaks to Moses.  If God was really interested in helping the people and having them obey Him, He would speak directly to the people so they are absolutely clear as to His meaning.  On top of that, what sort of test is this?  God sent the people into the desert.  They are starving and possibly delirious and not clear of thought.  God is going to use food on a starving person as a test?  Cruel.  It’s help with strings attached.  An all-loving, caring God would not do this.

“While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.” Exodus 16:10

In other words someone saw a shape of a head in the clouds and called it God.  It’s the biblical version of Jesus on toast.  🙂

“When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.  When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, ‘What is it? For they did not know what it was.  Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.” – Exodus 16:14-16

Scientifically impossible unless you’re willing to ignore the reality of the world.  We later learn an omer is one tenth of an ephah, whatever that’s worth.

“However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.” – Exodus 16:20

The people are starving.  I think one can forgive them for trying to stretch what they perceive as a one-time only food offering.  But not Moses.  Now, I will admit that maggots can develop in 24 hours, so the food being filled with maggots the next morning is not entirely unrealistic.

“Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.” – Exodus 16:21

Melted away?  Did God rain down ice cream cones?  After this Moses warns the people to not gather food on the seventh day.  The seventh day is a day of rest.

“Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions?’” – Exodus 16:27-28

I get that the people disobeyed God’s command to rest on the seventh day, but God didn’t deliver that command in first person.  He delivered it through Moses, so the people should be given a bit of slack.  In addition, why is God always concerned with things like this and not concerned with more serious issues?  God allows the people to starve and be punished by the Egyptians and does nothing, but when the people collect bread on a day they shouldn’t, that’s when God puts his foot down.  This doesn’t sound like an all-knowing God.  If He was all-knowing, He’d know better.

There are a few other verses before the end of this chapter, but nothing of much importance.  The Israelites are now free of the Egyptians, but are starving in the desert.  God brings them food, but everything God provides always comes with strings attached.  A loving parent doesn’t attach strings to the love of their child.  The parent simply loves.  God doesn’t simply love.  He has many, many strings attached to His love.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 17:  Water From the Rock

Leviticus 15:16-17

Last week’s crazy Bible verse focused on God’s wrath when a man spilled semen on the ground.  This week I’m sticking with the same theme of semen.

“When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean till evening.  Any clothing or leather that has semen on it must be washed with water, and it will be unclean till evening.” – Leviticus 15:16-17

God has some very strict rules when it comes to semen.  If you masturbate, or have sex, and a bit of semen gets on you, you must bathe.  Okay, that makes sense.  Good hygiene is important, especially when it comes to semen.  However, after the bath, the man is clean.  That’s the point of the bath.  God, however, says that the man is unclean until evening.  So despite taking a bath, the man is still unclean, but in the evening, he suddenly becomes clean.  Interesting.  Crazy, but interesting.

As for the second statement, the same craziness holds.  Yes, any clothing with semen on it should be washed, but after it is washed the clothing is clean.  The act of washing does the cleaning, not the tick of the clock toward evening.  There’s also a loophole in the second sentence that every man should know.  If you want to avoid getting semen on your clothes, don’t wear clothes when you masturbate or have sex.  Duh.  🙂

Exodus – Chapter 15: The Song of Moses and Miriam

When we last looked in the Bible (Exodus 14), God was hardening the hearts of the Egyptians, forcing them to chase after the Israelites, until they entered the spread sea walls.  At this point God crashed the water down upon them and killed the Pharaoh and his men.  That’s a loving God for you.  Pharaoh and his men did what they did ONLY because God hardened their hearts.  God caused the Israelites to suffer and God killed the Egyptians.  What’s next?  Singing.  Seriously.  Exodus 15 starts with a song sung by Moses and the Israelites.

“I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.  Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.” – Exodus 15:1

Moses and the Israelites are now taking a break to praise a murderer.

“The Lord is a warrior…” – Exodus 15:3

I’ll give Moses this.  The Lord is certainly a warrior.  Like many warriors, He kills for a living.

“Your right hand, Lord, was majestic in power.  Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy.” – Exodus 15:6

The Egyptians were indeed enemies, but only because God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart.

“In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you.” – Exodus 15:7

The Egyptians didn’t oppose God of their own free will.  They opposed God because God FORCED them to oppose Him.

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.” – Exodus 15:13

That unfailing love only applies to certain people (i.e., the Israelites) and comes with strings attached.  How many Israelites died because God forced the Egyptians to harm the Israelites?  Is that really unfailing love?

“Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.  Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.” – Exodus 15:21

I’ve already said this but it’s worth saying again.  Christians are praising and worshiping a God who MURDERED innocent people.  This is NOT a loving God and NOT a god to be exalted.  The Israelites have now left the sea and entered the desert.

“For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water…then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.” – Exodus 15:22-25

ROFL!  There are ways to desalinate water to make it fit to drink.  Throwing a piece of wood into the water isn’t one of them.  LOL!

“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’” – Exodus 15:26

Hmmm…I’d be careful if I were the Israelites.  God has been known to harm those who do good on a moment’s notice.  Look no further than the book of Job for more on this.

To conclude Exodus 15, Moses and the Israelites are ‘saved’ and worship God in song.  God tells them to obey Him and all will be good.  Only time will tell.  🙂

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 16: Manna and Quail

Exodus – Chapter 14: Crossing the Sea

We’re at the point in the Bible where God has decided to finally let Moses and his people leave Egypt.  Remember, it was God who hardened the Pharaoh’s heart each and every time.  Thus it wasn’t the Pharaoh holding Moses in Egypt, it was God.  Exodus Chapter 14 brings us the crossing of the sea.

“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” – Exodus 14:4

So let me get this straight.  God finally lets Moses and his people leave, but then decides, nah, I’m not quite done screwing them over and hardens the Pharaoh’s heart AGAIN!  On top of that, look at how conceited God is when He says “but I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh”.  This is God.  Why does an all-mighty God need glory?  Even if He did, why through the method of harming innocent people?

“The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.” – Exodus 14:8

The people have left Egypt.  There’s no need to harden the Pharaoh’s heart further!

“It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” – Exodus 14:12

The Israelites are saying this to Moses.  Unfortunately they are speaking to the wrong person.  God is the one sending the Egyptians after the Israelites.  He says so Himself when He told Moses He would harden the Pharaoh’s heart.  Moses responds with:

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14

Except He isn’t.  Or rather, this is the case of someone trying to impress someone else by kidnapping them and then rescuing them to get the credit.  That’s exactly what God is doing in this chapter.

“Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” – Exodus 14:16

This makes for a good story and great movie scenes, but not scientifically possible.  Believing Moses spread the sea requires one to ignore all of known science in the world.

“I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.” – Exodus 14:17

This is truly an evil God.  Letting the Israelites escape is not enough.  God intends to kill the Egyptians by hardening the hearts of ALL the Egyptians.  God is choosing to needlessly kill people who are only doing what they are doing because God hardened their hearts to do evil.

“Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea.” – Exodus 14:27

So much for God being loving.  He just savagely murdered the Pharaoh and the Egyptians with him.

“That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians…” – Exodus 14:30

Um…no.  That is NOT what happened.  Exodus 14:30 should say “That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Lord Himself…”  That would be a much more accurate version of the truth.

That concludes Exodus Chapter 14.  God wasn’t done hardening the Pharaoh’s heart.  God continued to harden his heart and the hearts of his men until God led them into a trap and killed all of them.  Yes, that is the God Christians worship.  This isn’t some secret recently discovered.  It’s right there in the Bible, available to ALL to read!  God killed innocent people.  It’s as simple as that.  The Israelites were already free of the Egyptians, but God forced the Egyptians to come after the Israelites.  If there really is a heaven and this is the God in charge, send me to hell, because heaven is worse than any imaginable hell.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 15:  The Song of Moses and Miriam

Exodus – Chapter 13: Consecration of the Firstborn

In our last look at Exodus (Chapter 12), God needed the Israelites to mark their homes with blood so He knew who to kill and not to kill.  You know, because an all-knowing God needs blood markings to really know for sure.  God also sent down rules on the Passover celebration.  He was very concerned about how people made their bread and how they ate it.  Let’s see what’s going on in Chapter 13.

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.’” – Exodus 13:1

At least God’s not killing the firstborn!  That’s an improvement, right?

“Then Moses said to the people, ‘Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.’” – Exodus 13:3

True, I suppose, but only if one forgets the hardening of the Pharaoh’s heart God did to make all of this happen.

“On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’” – Exodus 13:8

The Lord did for you?  Kill innocent Egyptians?  Um…ok.

“All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord.” – Exodus 13:12

God is always concerned about the important matters in life.

“With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” – Exodus 13:14

Slavery was bad when the Israelites were the ones being enslaved, but it’s okay for the Israelites to have slaves themselves.  That’s the God of the Bible Christians worship.

In case you think the Israelites are celebrating the love of God, think again.  Read the verses below.

“When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.” – Exodus 13:15

The Bible directly states that the Passover celebration is a celebration of God killing the first male offspring of every Egyptian human and animal.  Think about that when Passover is celebrated each year.  It’s not a celebration of love; it’s a celebration of murder, death, and evil by the hands of God.

To sum up this chapter, the Israelites have left Egypt and are celebrating, but what are they celebrating?

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 14:  Crossing the Sea

Genesis 38:9-10

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for a crazy Bible verse!!!  Eventually I’ll run out of crazy Bible verses, right?  Even so, it will be MANY weeks before that happens!  This week’s crazy Bible verse comes from the book of Genesis.

“But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother.  What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also.” – Genesis 38:9-10

If a man spills his seed on the ground, God finds this wicked and will kill him.  That’s the message from these two verses.  These verses are used to justify the condemnation of masturbation.  When one masturbates, there’s no chance of reproduction, so it’s evil in the eyes of the Lord.

Here’s what I think.  The Bible is NOT the word of God.  In fact, we don’t know who wrote Genesis (along with several other chapters).  Genesis, or at least these verses in Genesis, were written by someone who thought masturbation was icky and wanted to put an end to it.  Therefore, this person wrote (claiming it was the word of God) that sex should only take place for procreation.  Any other method of sex is evil against the Lord and you must NOT do it.  CRAZY!

Exodus – Chapter 12: The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

God is now done with delivering plagues to the Egyptians.  He must have decided the plague on the firstborn (killing innocent babies) was enough.  Now Moses and his people are going to celebrate God’s killing with a festival!  Yes, I’m writing with anger/frustration because Christians worship a good who kills innocents and think nothing of it.  Read your Bible!!!  Okay, let’s see what Exodus Chapter 12 brings us.

“Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a] for his family, one for each household.” – Exodus 12:3

Killing innocents does make one hungry!

“The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.  Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.” – Exodus 12:5-6

And this is where things get weird.  God is very specific about what type of lamb should be used for the festival.  If only He were this clear when it comes to His supposed existence.

“Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.” – Exodus 12:7-10

Now it gets VERY weird.  Spread blood on the doorframes?  Really?  Oh…and God sends down the very specific rule of…NO LEFTOVERS!!!  🙂  If that’s not enough, there’s a specific way in which you must eat the lamb.

“This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.” – Exodus 12:11

I can picture this in my head now.  People eating lamb, quickly, holding their staffs in one hand.  Wow!

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.” – Exodus 12:12

God is still killing innocents and this time he’s also including the firstborn of all animals!  Seriously!?!?!  This is the all-mighty God we are taught to fear?

“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” – Exodus 12:13

This explains the spreading of blood on the doorframes, but why does God need this as a sign?  Isn’t He all-knowing?  Yet He needs mere humans to notify Him which people should be struck down and which shouldn’t?  This makes no sense for an all-knowing God.

“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.” – Exodus 12:14

Yes, a day in which God slaughtered innocent people and animals is a day to commemorate.  This is the God Christians worship.  The next several verses deal with making bread without yeast and the specific rules God demands while doing so.

“And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel.” – Exodus 12:19

Read the above verse carefully.  If you accidentally put yeast in your bread or simply do not know the rule because you are not from this land, you are to be cut off from the community of Israel.  Just like that.  Wow!  Not a forgiving God, that’s for sure!  Moses then goes to tell the people all the Lord has told him and they follow the rules.  God comes along and follows through on his threats.  The Pharaoh tells Moses and his people to leave Egypt.

“Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.” – Exodus 12:42

To be clear, none of this would have happened had God not hardened the Pharaoh’s heart.  Thus the vigil to honor the Lord is honoring the Lord’s harming and killing of innocent people and animals.  It’s not a celebration of Moses’ people leaving Egypt.  Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God, allowing all the evil that followed to happen.

To participate in the Passover meal, there are certain restrictions.

“No foreigner may eat it. Any slave you have bought may eat it after you have circumcised him, but a temporary resident or a hired worker may not eat it. It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones. The whole community of Israel must celebrate it. A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat it. The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.” – Exodus 12:43-49

First, slaves are allowed by God and they can eat the Passover meal, but only if they are circumcised.  Foreigners can eat the meal, but only if ALL males in the house are circumcised.  Here is God’s foreskin fetish coming to the forefront again.

That ends Exodus Chapter 12.  What amazes me most after reading this chapter is how concerned God is with things that simply do not matter, but He has little concern over the things that do matter (innocents dying).  This is the God Christians worship?  If more Christians would read their Bibles from start to finish, there would be far fewer Christians.  The Bible, as evident by this chapter, and many others, is full of insanity.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 13:  Consecration of the Firstborn

Thoughts on Forgiveness

It can be very tough to forgive someone who has wronged you.  It is especially tough when someone has deeply hurt you or a loved one.  Consider the recent shooting at a church in South Carolina.  To forgive the shooter is something I could NEVER do.  Yet Christianity requires people to forgive others who have sinned against you to reach Heaven.

“But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:15

If the Father does not forgive your sins, there is no place for you in Heaven, or so I’ve been told by a pastor in a sermon when I still attended church.  At first glance this makes sense.  Jesus supposedly came to Earth to wash away our sins.  The least we can do is forgive others, right?  Except that’s not what God does.  The Bible clearly states that God does not forgive all sins.

“Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” – Mark 3:28-29

So if Heaven requires you to forgive all sins done to you by others, and God does NOT forgive all sins, does this mean Heaven is God-less?  Scripture tells us this is the case.  As an Atheist I have no interest in a Heaven described in the Bible.  However, taking these verses, it turns out Heaven is God-less, so maybe Heaven is a worthy goal after all?  A Heaven without the God of the Bible sounds pretty good to me!  🙂

Exodus – Chapter 11: The Plague on the Firstborn

Exodus Chapter 10 showed us more hardening of the Pharaoh’s heart and a plague of locusts.  Just when you think God is done with plagues, He brings on another!  🙂  Let’s see what plague God brings to the Egyptians in Chapter 11.

“Now the Lord had said to Moses, ‘I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.’” – Exodus 11:1

Translation:  God is getting bored with hardening the Pharaoh’s heart.  It doesn’t bring the same thrill it did several chapters ago.  🙂

“This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt.  Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.  There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.’” – Exodus 11:4-6

What a sick and disgusting God!  What have the firstborn’s done?  Even if we assume the Pharaoh is doing evil of his own accord (and not God hardening his heart), that’s on the Pharaoh, not the Pharaoh’s son or the firstborn of a female slave.  Note that EVERY firstborn son in Egypt will die.  The 6 day old infant is somehow evil in the eyes of the Lord and will be killed.  This is sick and disgusting.  This is the God Christians worship.

“Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.” – Exodus 11:10

In case you missed it the first 30 times, God is the one hardening the Pharaoh’s heart, not the Pharaoh himself.  God is killing all firstborns in Egypt because God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart.  Confused?  You should be!  It makes no sense unless God is evil.

That concludes Exodus Chapter 11.  The plague of firstborns is the last plague placed on the Egyptians, according to God.  Will God keep his word?  We’ll find out in the next chapters.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 12:  The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread