Judges – Chapter 20: The Israelites Punish the Benjamites

Judges 19 was an extremely disgusting and bizarre chapter.  How bizarre?  It ended with a concubine being raped, cut into 12 pieces, and shipped across Israel.  That’s how bizarre!  Judges 20 continues this story.

“Then the Israelites said, ‘Tell us how this awful thing happened.’” – Judges 20:3

Okay, the Israelites are serious now and about to determine exactly what happened.

“So the Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, said, ‘I and my concubine came to Gibeah in Benjamin to spend the night. During the night the men of Gibeah came after me and surrounded the house, intending to kill me. They raped my concubine, and she died. I took my concubine, cut her into pieces and sent one piece to each region of Israel’s inheritance, because they committed this lewd and outrageous act in Israel.’” – Judges 20:4-6

You offered her up to be raped you asshole.  You did nothing to prevent the rape!!!  In fact, the people wanted to rape the man in the house, but you offered your concubine instead!

“Then, when the army arrives at Gibeah in Benjamin, it can give them what they deserve for this outrageous act done in Israel. So all the Israelites got together and united as one against the city.” – Judges 20:10

This isn’t justice!  The Israelites are accomplices for choosing this woman to be raped and offering her up to the townspeople!

“The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, ‘Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Benjamites?’ The Lord replied, ‘Judah shall go first.’” – Judges 20:18

Finally God speaks up, but to encourage war instead of stopping it.  The victim here is the concubine, and the rapist is both the people of Benjamin and the Israelites.  They are both guilty of this rape.  One group for committing the rape, the other for offering the woman up to be raped.

“The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day.” – Judges 20:21

God caused the deaths of 22,000 people on day one of the battle.

“This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of them armed with swords.” – Judges 20:24

God kills 18,000 people on day two of the battle.

“The Lord defeated Benjamin before Israel, and on that day the Israelites struck down 25,100 Benjamites, all armed with swords.” – Judges 20:35

God kills over 25,000 people on the third day.  If God was with the Israelites and wanted them to win, why did he kill 40,000 of them in the first two days?  My opinion?  Bloodlust.

“Eighteen thousand Benjamites fell, all of them valiant fighters.” – Judges 20:44

God kills another 18,000 people.

“As they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, the Israelites cut down five thousand men along the roads. They kept pressing after the Benjamites as far as Gidom and struck down two thousand more.” – Judges 20:45

God kills another 7,000 people.

“The men of Israel went back to Benjamin and put all the towns to the sword, including the animals and everything else they found. All the towns they came across they set on fire.” – Judges 20:48

God kills more people but we aren’t told the numbers.  How many innocent people died in this story?  How many women, children, and babies?  All at the hands of God.

Another disgusting chapter in Judges.  God has thousands of men killed in battle and then has all the towns of the Benjamites destroyed and burned to the ground.  How many women, children, and babies are killed?  We don’t know, but surely thousands.  And why?  Because God allowed a concubine to be raped.  God could have stopped this by punishing the rapist and the men who allowed the rape to happen.  Instead he had thousands killed.  God is sick and disgusting.

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 21:  Wives for the Benjamites

Judges – Chapter 19: A Levite and His Concubine

In the last chapter of Judges the Israelites were without a leader and doing ungodly things.  Of course, “ungodly” in the Bible actually means being nice to people since God kills so many.

“Now a Levite who lived in a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.  But she was unfaithful to him.” – Judges 19:1-2

Um, by definition he was unfaithful to her.  But a man can’t do wrong when it comes to sex in the Bible.  The next several verses discuss the man staying with the concubine’s parents and a back and forth about when to leave.

“But, unwilling to stay another night, the man left and went toward Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), with his two saddled donkeys and his concubine.” – Judges 19:10

I love how the woman is lumped together with the donkeys as property.  The Bible does such a good job on family values and respect for women, right?  Right???

“While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, ‘Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.’ – Judges 19:22

This is plagiarizing the story of Lot when the townspeople came to rape the male angels in Lot’s house.  Similar to the story of Lot, this one is ridiculous too.  Nowhere on Earth are a bunch of townspeople going to riot through town to rape the male visitor.

The owner of the house went outside and said to them, ‘No, my friends, don’t be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don’t do this outrageous thing.  Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But as for this man, don’t do such an outrageous thing’” – Judges 19:23-24

Yep, plagiarizing the story of Lot.  Don’t rape the man.  Please rape my virgin daughter instead.  The Bible is truly disgusting.

“But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.” – Judges 19:25

Un-fucking-believable.  Actually, this is the Bible, so this is VERY believable.

“He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home. – Judges 19:28

Like I said, women are nothing but a man’s property in the Bible.

“When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel.” – 19:29

Uh….WHAT THE FUCK!!!!????

Judges 19 is another disgusting chapter.  A crowd wants to rape a man.  The father offers his virgin daughter to be raped.  A concubine is raped and treated like property.  The concubine is then cut up into 12 pieces and shipped across Israel.  So yeah, normal Bible stuff.

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 20:  The Israelites Punish the Benjamites

Judges 14:19-20

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and I’m sticking with the story of Samson for the second week in a row.  I never realized how crazy this story is!  It’s so much more than a strong man with long hair.

“Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he returned to his father’s home. And Samson’s wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast.” – Judges 14:19-20

Samson isn’t acting on his own, according to the Bible.  He has the “Spirit of the Lord”.  God gives Samson the power and authority to kill 30 men.  Wow!  On top of that God gives Samson’s wife to another man to be raped.  Yes, that’s what “given to” means in the Bible when it refers to a woman being given to a man.  And what was the justification?  A fucking riddle.  Yes, a mother fucking riddle has Samson so pissed off and God so pissed off that together they kill 30 men and rape Samson’s wife.

And that, my friends, is crazy!!!

Judges – Chapter 18: The Danites Settle in Laish

Other than knowing it is a time of no leader in Israel, Judges 17 didn’t tell us much.  Judges 18 picks up where the previous chapter left with Micah stealing and making silver idols.

“In those days Israel had no king.” – Judges 18:1

Israel currently has no king, although they are God’s people and God is supposed to be the king of kings.  Not in this case.  The Israelites are kingless.

“The priest answered them, ‘Go in peace. Your journey has the Lord’s approval.’” – Judges 18:6

A group of people stop to see Micah and Micah’s priest lets them know they have God’s approval in their journey.

“They answered, ‘Come on, let’s attack them! We have seen the land, and it is very good. Aren’t you going to do something? Don’t hesitate to go there and take it over. When you get there, you will find an unsuspecting people and a spacious land that God has put into your hands, a land that lacks nothing whatever.’” – Judges 18:9-10

The Danites, under the impression they have the support of God, are prepared to attack.

“When the five men went into Micah’s house and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods, the priest said to them, ‘What are you doing?’” – Judges 18:18

Micah’s silver idol is about to be stolen.

“The priest was very pleased. He took the ephod, the household gods and the idol and went along with the people.” – Judges 18:20

So much for a moral priest.  I guess priests in the days of the old testament were no better than many priests today.

“Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a people at peace and secure. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city.” – Judges 18:27

Where’s God?  Nowhere to be seen.  That’s how he rolls.  He disappears when needed and meddles when he’s not needed.

Hmmm…not sure what to think of this chapter.  It’s basically about the Israelites with no leader doing less than moral things.  Then again, even when they had a leader and God was with them they were murdering, raping, and plundering.  The only difference is they have no king.  I believe this chapter is a setup to show the problems that exist when the Israelites turn from God.  However, given their morality does not differ from when they are with and without God, does it really matter if God is in the picture?

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 19:  A Levite and His Concubine

Secular Yakking Podast

It’s Sunday, a day I don’t discuss Bible verses.  It tends to be a random subject post type of day.  I’ve done several podcast recommendations in the past, so here’s another.

Secular Yakking

The co-hosts (husband and wife I think) produce a weekly half hour podcast in which they discuss the latest news on religion.  They usually discuss a few really crazy and disturbing acts religious people have done in the recent past.  This podcast isn’t nearly as deep as a No Religion Required podcast or Dogma Debate podcast, but that’s okay.  Although I love the longer, deeper thinking podcasts, there are plenty of times where I want something quick that gets to the point of ridiculous religious stories and Secular Yakking does just that.

I encourage you to check it out if you love Atheist themed podcasts that are shorter in length.  Secular Yakking is a good one!

Judges – Chapter 17: Micah’s Idols

The story of Samson is over, thankfully, and now Judges moves on to a time of no judge.

“Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraim said to his mother, ‘The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse—I have that silver with me; I took it.’ Then his mother said, ‘The Lord bless you, my son!’” – Judges 17:1-2

The initial stealing of the 1100 shekels of silver was not a good thing.  However, the message here is that stealing them back is a blessing by God.  Really?  One of the traditional ten commandments (I say traditional because there were actually several hundred commandments, not ten) says not to steal!  Now Micah is blessed?  Granted, God has not specifically said this is okay and Micah next has idols created so we’ll have to see how this plays out.  It does however, continue the theme of good times and bad times in Judges.  The time of Samson, the murderer and rapist, was a good time.  The time of Micah, who created idols, is bad time.  Not really seeing the distinction between good and bad times since Samson was considered a good leader.  According to the Bible, murder = good.

“Then Micah said to him, ‘Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.’ So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. And Micah said, ‘Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.’” – Judges 17:10-13

That concludes Judges 17.  Not much to report in this chapter.  Micah is clearly breaking God’s laws, so we’ll just have so see how this plays out in the next chapter.

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 18:  The Danites Settle in Laish

Judges – Chapter 16: Samson and Delilah

The story of Samson continues in Judges 16.  Thus far Samson has demanded a wife, killed a bunch of people, torn apart a lion, ate some honey from the dead lion’s carcass, and seen his first wife killed.  There was some raping in there too.  A very nice, loving story, right?  Let’s see what happens next.

“One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.” – Judges 16:1

God’s against prostitution, but he’s okay with it when his favorite long-haired strong man does it.  Then again, Samson’s a man and anyone with a dick can sleep with whoever.  If you’ve got a vagina, then you’ll be put to death.

“But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.” – Judges 16:3

Yeah, just like tearing apart a lion, this didn’t happen.

“Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah.” – Judges 16:4

He fell in love with her, but did she fall in love with him?  We don’t know, but given how Samson got his first wife, it’s unlikely Delilah was a willing participant.

“The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, ‘See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.’  So Delilah said to Samson, ‘Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.’ Samson answered her, ‘If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.’” – Judges 16:5-7

Is Samson really this daft?  He takes women against their will.  Does he really expect Delilah to be faithful to him on this?  Of course she’s going to tell.  Samson deserves whatever happens to him.  So what stops Samson’s strength?  Seven fresh bowstrings?  Give me a break!

“Delilah then said to Samson, ‘All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.’” – Judges 16:13

I’m on Delilah’s side, but she’s just as daft as Samson if she believes strength is stopped by seven bowstrings.  Then again, cutting his hair will stop him, so maybe Delilah isn’t daft given how ridiculous this whole story is.

“So he told her everything. ‘No razor has ever been used on my head,’ he said, ‘because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.’” – Judges 16:17

Yep, it’s official.  Samson is an idiot.  Why would he tell Delilah this?  He knows she’s going to tell the Philistines!!!

“He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” – Judges 16:20

How did you not expect this???

“But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.” – Judges 16:22

Of course it did!  It’s hair!  That’s what hair does!!!  This isn’t divine revelation.  It’s simply hair growing like it always does.  Some men get a clear ‘shadow’ on their face within a few hours of shaving.  It’s a fact of life!  Not a god!!!

“Then Samson prayed to the Lord, ‘Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.’” – Judges 16:28

Translation from God:  Oh shit, I forgot about this douche bag I favored and commanded to be a douche bag.  Um…better do something.

“Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, ‘Let me die with the Philistines!’ Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.” – Judges 16:29-30

And thus ends the nonsense of Samson.  Four chapters of complete scientific nonsense.  None of what happened is possible, other than the hair growing back on Samson’s head since that is what hair freaking does!!!  Samson is not a nice guy.  He kills and rapes.  Yet he was considered a good leader who led Israel for 20 years.  That’s the family values definition of the Bible for you.

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 17:  Micah’s Idols

Judges 14:5-7

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday.  I’m currently working through the story of Samson in the book of Judges.  A couple of days ago I went over Judges 14 and came across this interesting tidbit of biblical wisdom.

“Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him.  The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.” – Judges 14:5-7

Samson is a physically strong guy in the Bible, but we are told by the Bible to believe that Samson stopped a charging lion, grabbed the lion who two hands, and ripped the lion apart from one end to the other.  Yeah…sure.  And then it got weirder.  The Bible takes time to say Samson didn’t tell his parents and then went to talk to the woman he was demanding to be his wife.  There’s a big disconnect here on top of the fact that you can’t tear a lion apart with your bare hands.  Then again, the Bible isn’t exactly prone to correct science.

 

Judges – Chapter 15: Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines

Judges 14 brought us the story of Samson demanding a woman to be his wife.  She does, but in the end watches Samson kill a bunch of men and then gets raped by another man as a punishment.  All of this is God approved.  Judges 15 shows us that Samson is still pissed off and is going to take his revenge out on the Philistines.

“Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, ‘I’m going to my wife’s room.’ But her father would not let him go in. ‘I was so sure you hated her,’ he said, ‘that I gave her to your companion. Isn’t her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.’” – Judges 15:1-2

The first verse makes you think Samson’s father-in-law is protecting his daughter, but not really.  He gave her to another man to be raped and is now offering up his other daughter to Samson.  Biblical morals.  Samson gets mad and goes on a rampage.

“So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.” – Judges 15:4-5

Um…so weird.  A torch isn’t good enough.  Instead Samson lights a bunch of foxes on fire.  You can’t make this shit up.

“When the Philistines asked, ‘Who did this?’ they were told, ‘Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.’  So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death. – Judges 15:7

Well, that’s the end of Samson’s wife.  All of this has happened because Samson got mad over a riddle and God gave him the strength to destroy others.  In other words, God has created a weak minded bully to do his lordly deeds.  Next, Samson gets tied up.

“As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.” – Judges 15:14-15

ROFL!  Killed a thousand men with a donkey’s jawbone?  LOL!  Even if there was a god and this did happen, it’s all the result of a freaking riddle!!!

“Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.” – Judges 15:20

This monster leads the Israelites for 20 years and it’s considered a GOOD time for the Israelites???

Judges 15 continues the disgusting story of Samson.  Because he has a weak mind he gets his wife killed.  Then he goes on a rampage, with the blessing of God, killing man after man after man, up to a thousand in this chapter alone.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Biblical morals.

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 16:  Samson and Delilah

Atheos Phone App

If you haven’t seen or heard of the new Atheos phone app, you MUST check it out.  It’s available in the Google Play store on your phone, and I assume there’s a version for iPhones.  The app was created by prominent Atheist Peter Boghossian and is a guide for how to talk to others about religion.  There are different levels (called caves in the app) in which you are presented with multiple choice questions testing you on how you would talk to someone on the topic of religion.  It starts out with relatively easy questions, but quickly progresses to more difficult questions.  Explanations are provided for each of the multiple choice options for all questions.  These explanations provide advice how why you shouldn’t respond in this way or why it’s beneficial to respond in a certain way.  Basically the app is a guide to help you improve when it comes to religious arguments.  I’m slowly working my way through and learning quite a bit.  There are also resource guides in the app and a place for you to communicate with others through comments.

There are many Atheists who distance themselves from Peter Boghossian regarding some social justice issues, but regardless of your feelings toward Boghossian as a person, you have to give him props for this well done app.  It is a fantastic resource that I highly recommend you check out.