Leviticus – Chapter 14: Cleansing From Defiling Skin Diseases

In Leviticus 13 we learned about the regulations about defiling skin diseases and in Leviticus 14 we learn about cleansing from defiling skin diseases.  Two full chapters on skin diseases!

“If they have been healed of their defiling skin disease, the priest shall order that two live clean birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop be brought for the person to be cleansed.” – Leviticus 14:3-4

Apparently being healed is not good enough.  You must also be cleansed.  Seriously?

“Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the defiling disease, and then pronounce them clean.” – Leviticus 14:7

Seven times.  Not six.  Not eight.  Seven.  You are not fully cleansed unless you are sprinkled seven times!  Got that?

“The person to be cleansed must wash their clothes, shave off all their hair and bathe with water; then they will be ceremonially clean. After this they may come into the camp, but they must stay outside their tent for seven days.”  – Leviticus 14:8

Once cleansed, guess what, you must remain out of the tent for another seven days.  Why?  Because God says so.

“On the seventh day they must shave off all their hair; they must shave their head, their beard, their eyebrows and the rest of their hair. They must wash their clothes and bathe themselves with water, and they will be clean.” – Leviticus 14:9

God demands you shave your pubes to be fully clean.  🙂

“The priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot.” – Leviticus 14:14

In order to be cleansed by God’s definition of the word, a priest must spread animal blood on parts of your body.  This is “cleansing”?  The next several verses are all about the proper way to sacrifice animals, so I won’t bore you.

“When you enter the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, and I put a spreading mold in a house in that land, the owner of the house must go and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a defiling mold in my house.’” – Leviticus 14:34-35

WTF?  Why is God spreading mold in people’s houses?  The almighty God has no time for stopping rape, but has plenty of time to spread mold and make rules for how to clean the “godly” mold.

“If the defiling mold reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house scraped and plastered, the priest is to go and examine it and, if the mold has spread in the house, it is a persistent defiling mold; the house is unclean.  It must be torn down—its stones, timbers and all the plaster—and taken out of the town to an unclean place.” – Leviticus 14:43-45

As the result of God spreading mold (earlier verses make it clear God is the one spreading the mold), people’s houses are torn down.  Does God rebuild them?  NOPE!

Sigh.  God has little to say about stopping rape, but spends a full chapter (a long 57 verse chapter) on cleansing skin diseases and cleaning up mold that God Himself spread!  This is insane.  God and the Bible are described by Christians as the source of morality, but the Bible is filled with too much crap about things like skin diseases and mold.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 15:  Discharges Causing Uncleanness

Leviticus – Chapter 13: Regulations About Defiling Skin Diseases

Leviticus 12 brought us God’s rules regarding childbirth which were nothing more than punishing a woman for being a woman.  Chapter 13 discusses skin diseases.  The placement of childbirth right next to skin diseases in the Bible is further evidence that God views women below animals.

“When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a shiny spot on their skin that may be a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest.  The priest is to examine the sore on the skin, and if the hair in the sore has turned white and the sore appears to be more than skin deep, it is a defiling skin disease. When the priest examines that person, he shall pronounce them ceremonially unclean.” – Leviticus 13:2-3

Maybe it’s just me, but I’d go see a doctor.  Even without modern medicine, a doctor would do much better than a priest at diagnosing an illness.  I won’t bother stating any of the many following verses for they all describe a priest identifying the spread of a rash and the color of the rash and determining whether the rash is clean or unclean.  Oh heck, let’s do one!  🙂

“When a man or woman has white spots on the skin, the priest is to examine them, and if the spots are dull white, it is a harmless rash that has broken out on the skin; they are clean.” – Leviticus 13:38-39

Dull white rashes are okay.  Bright white are bad, very bad!

“As for any fabric that is spoiled with a defiling mold—any woolen or linen clothing, any woven or knitted material of linen or wool, any leather or anything made of leather—if the affected area in the fabric, the leather, the woven or knitted material, or any leather article, is greenish or reddish, it is a defiling mold and must be shown to the priest.” – Leviticus 13:47-49

I know I’ve said this before, but what…the…fuck?  If I see mold I have to bring it to the priest?!?!?!  Hey God, stop sending down rules about freaking mold and send some rules down about not raping people!!!  Yes, this is the God of the Bible.  No rules on raping people, but mold is the work of Satan and must be contained!!!  Christians, I’m not asking you to de-convert.  Keep worshipping your Lord, but please, oh please, just read the Bible you worship!  Please!!!

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 14:  Cleansing From Defiling Skin Diseases

Leviticus 21:9

I’m currently going through the book of Leviticus right now so I thought it would be a good idea to pull a verse from Leviticus for this week’s crazy Bible verse.  Every Atheist knows there are plenty to choose from in this book!!!

“If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.” – Leviticus 21:9

As if being a woman in the Bible is not bad enough, being a woman who is the daughter of a priest is even worse!  I’m not saying prostitution is the field of work a dad wants his daughter to enter, but if she’s doing it of her own choosing, that’s her choice as a human being.  Not according to God, however.  If the daughter of a priest is a prostitute, she must be burned to death!  Let me say that one more time to let it sink in.  BURNED…TO…DEATH!!!

Even if prostitution is illegal in Biblical times, death by fire?  There’s no other appropriate punishment aside from death?  Not even a quick, painless death?  It is verses such as these that show how ridiculous and insane the Bible is.

Leviticus – Chapter 12: Purification After Childbirth

Leviticus 12 is a very short chapter but covers a very interesting topic:  childbirth.  I’m sure the Bible will be fair to women and use known science to discuss childbirth, right?  Right?!?!  Let’s find out.

“A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period.” – Leviticus 12:3

Get that women?  You are unclean after giving birth for seven days!  What a crock of shit!  Not only that, a woman is unclean for seven days during her monthly period.  Maybe God is freaked out about blood, but if that were really the case, then men should also be unclean every time they get a cut or scratch and bleed.  Yet there’s nothing on men being unclean as it relates to blood in the Bible.  This is just another way of the Bible putting women in their place.

“Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over.” – Leviticus 12:4

Wait!  The uncleanness doesn’t last for seven days, it lasts for thirty-three days!!!  She can’t touch ANTYHING sacred or go to the sanctuary!  What…the…fuck!?!?!?!  But it only gets worse from here.

“If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.” – Leviticus 12:5

As if being unclean after birth for no reason was not bad enough, God demands that women who give birth to girls are unclean for TWICE that of giving birth to a boy!!!  This is just ludicrous!  How to people worship a God who treats women worse than animals?!?!?!

“When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering.” – Leviticus 12:6

Waiting for the time period to be over doesn’t make a woman unclean, however.  She must then bring the Lord a lamb to be sacrificed!  I wish more pastors would discuss these verses more often in church.  I wish more people would read the Bible and read this insane crap.

“But if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering.” – Leviticus 12:8

Thank the Lord she has an option if she’s poor!  Except it’s not really an option.  God punishes women for no other reason than they are women and lack a circumcised penis.

This chapter really pisses me off because it shows how insane the Biblical God is.  The best tool to de-convert Christians is the Bible itself and Leviticus is the tool within the tool to do just that.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 13:  Regulations About Defiling Skin Diseases

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Leviticus – Chapter 11: Clean and Unclean Food

Leviticus continues on.  In the last chapter we learned God likes to make new rules with the consequence of death.  Are the rules sane?  Nope.  Are they moral?  Nope.  But people die from them because God is ‘loving’.  Chapter 11 discusses the difference between clean and unclean food.  This should be good!  🙂

“You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.” – Leviticus 11:3

Because that almost makes sense.

“There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.” – Leviticus 11:4-8

Just in case you weren’t sure which animals have a divided hoof and which chew their cud.  Except the Bible gets it wrong!!!  Rabbits do NOT chew their cud!!!  This is a quote from God in the Bible and it is WRONG!  God, the supposed creator of all doesn’t know that His creation, the rabbit, does NOT chew its cud.  Sigh.

“Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean.” – Leviticus 11:9-10

The clean and unclean rules extend to the sea as well.  I won’t post it here, but the next few verses point out the clean and unclean birds and insects.

“You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.” – Leviticus 11:24-25

Or one could just wash his/her hands.  Just a thought.  The next several verses go on about waiting until evening to be clean if you touch something unclean.

“I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” – Leviticus 11:45

I’ve had Christians argue with me that this verse alone proves God is holy.  God stating He is holy is proof He is holy?  Huh?

I’m glad God spent a full chapter discussing clean and unclean animals while completely ignoring the morality of rape.  Not once does God say why certain things are unclean.  He simply says, “Because.  Do it or else.”  Dear Christians:  Read your Bible.  All of it.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 12:  Purification After Childbirth

Leviticus – Chapter 10: The Death of Nadab and Abihu

In Leviticus 9, the Bible tried to convince us a fire on an altar is God Himself.  Uh…less from convincing to say the least.  Chapter 10 brings us the death of two characters.

“Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command.  So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.” – Leviticus 10:1-2

The two characters are not just any two characters.  They are Aaron’s sons.  The cause of their death?  God.  God was upset that they started an unauthorized fire.  To be clear, they weren’t committing arson.  They simply started a controlled fire as an offering to God, but did it incorrectly and God killed them.  Repeat.  They were worshipping the Lord through an offering, but God killed them.  That’s the love of God.

“Moses then said to Aaron, ‘This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: ‘Among those who approach me will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’’” – Leviticus 10:3

God proved Himself holy by killing Aaron’s two sons.  Apparently God decided there was no other way to prove Himself holy.

“Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, ‘Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the Lord will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mourn for those the Lord has destroyed by fire. Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting or you will die, because the Lord’s anointing oil is on you.’ So they did as Moses said.” – Leviticus 10:6-8”

More rules from God with the punishment of death.  Now one’s hair must always be kept neat.  You also can’t leave a meeting.  Doing either is worthy of death in God’s eyes.  More evidence of a ‘loving’ God.

“Then the Lord said to Aaron, ‘You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die.’” – Leviticus 10:8-9

Drinking wine results in death by God.

“When Moses inquired about the goat of the sin offering and found that it had been burned up, he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and asked, “Why didn’t you eat the sin offering in the sanctuary area? It is most holy; it was given to you to take away the guilt of the community by making atonement for them before the Lord.’” – Leviticus 10:16-17

But father, we were full!  LOL!

That concludes Leviticus 10.  God passes down more insane rules.  No longer is the punishment expulsion from the town.  The punishment is now death!  Didn’t cut your hair in time?  Death to you!  Drank some wine?  Death to you!  Leave the tent because you are about to vomit?  Death to you!  How do Christians even think for one second God is loving?  The Bible clearly shows God is the exact opposite of loving.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 11:  Clean and Unclean Food

Acts 12:23

It’s well known that God kills and commands the killing of many people in the Old Testament.  This is often brushed away by Christians who state Jesus came along in the New Testament to be more forgiving and loving.  Jesus is God according to Christians.  Yet there are several examples of God NOT being loving and forgiving in the New Testament.  For this week’s crazy Bible verse, I bring forth Acts 12:23 to show the New Testament God being just as evil as the Old Testament God.

“Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.” – Acts 12:23

Herod does not praise God and God sends an angel to kill Herod.  Did God give Herod a chance to explain?  No.  Did God give Herod a chance to change his mind?  No.  God immediately killed Herod.  That’s not love.  That’s not forgiveness.  That’s pure evil.  We already know Jesus honored all of the old laws in the Old Testament.  That’s clear from Matthew 5:17.  Acts 12:23 is just another example of God continuing to be evil.

Leviticus – Chapter 9: The Priests Begin Their Ministry

God is now done with his rules on offerings and the Israelites have followed them.  Now it’s time for the priests to begin their ministry.

“Take a bull calf for your sin offering and a ram for your burnt offering, both without defect, and present them before the Lord.” – Leviticus 9:2

Ug.  Maybe we aren’t done with offerings.  In fact, the next 20 verses are nothing but Aaron going through all of the offerings again and ending with this little nugget:

“Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.  Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.” – Leviticus 9:23-24

WTF?  The fire on the altar burning the offerings is the Lord?  Give me a break!  God’s rules were to start a fire.  It’s simply a fire.  When I have a camp fire I don’t bow down on my knees praising the presence of the Lord.  Sheesh!  Now if the flame was bright purple and a flaming Lord walked out and around the crowd, okay, that’s evidence of something (although not necessarily the Lord).  But a random fire burning meat?  No, not the Lord.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 10:  The Death of Nadab and Abihu

Millennium by Ben Bova

I’m a big science fiction fan and have read many different science fiction authors.  I’m on a Ben Bova kick of late and just recently finished reading Millennium.  Millennium is the story if Chet Kinsman and his life living in a colony on the Moon.  Earth is on the verge of a nuclear war and Kinsman is trying to stop it.  There are many science fiction aspects in it that still exceed today’s technology, but the idea of people destroying Earth is a real one.  Maybe a nuclear strike between nations is not as worrisome as it was during the Cold War, but global warming and pollution are serious concerns today.  The book also shows the success and failures of the individuals beyond the main mission.  There are struggles with family, relationships, friendships, etc.  In other words, although it is science fiction, it is not all that different from the struggles we face today.  If you have any interest in science fiction, you will enjoy this book.  I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.