Judges 15:4-5

For the third week in a row I’ve chosen a verse from the story of Samson for Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday.  There are so many to choose from in this story!

“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

Yes, you read that right.  Instead of using a torch of some kind to burn down the fields, Samson ties three hundred fox tails together in 150 pairs, lights the foxes on fire, and lets them run through the fields.  Uh…  Starting a fire is relatively easy.  Killing 300 foxes to do it is fucking insane.  But hey, it’s the story of Samson and this is one of the least insane events in the story!

Judges – Chapter 21: Wives for the Benjamites

It’s the last chapter of Judges, arguably one of the most disgusting chapters in the Bible.  So much death.  So much rape.  So much ridiculousness.

“How can we provide wives for those who are left, since we have taken an oath by the Lord not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?” – Judges 21:7

This is the concern after killing thousands?  Finding wives?  For fuck’s sake.

“So the assembly sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and put to the sword those living there, including the women and children.” – Judges 21:10

Oh for crying out loud.  More killing of women and children?  And people still worship this god today?

“They found among the people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them to the camp at Shiloh in Canaan.” – Judges 21:12

Ah yes, the biblical value of forcing marriage on virgins and raping them.

“So the Benjamites returned at that time and were given the women of Jabesh Gilead who had been spared. But there were not enough for all of them.” – Judges 21:14

Sorry we killed thousands of you.  Please take this peace offering of virgin women you can rape.

“When the young women of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, rush from the vineyards and each of you seize one of them to be your wife.” – Judges 21:21

The story gets worse!!!

“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” – Judges 21:25

No, not true.  God commanded the Israelites to kill the Benjamites.  God was the king of the Israelites and led them.

Thankfully Judges is over.  So disgusting.  Unbelievable that Christians can read this story and think, yeah, God loves me.

Coming Soon:  Ruth – Chapter 1:  Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

Standing for the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem

By now you’ve surely heard the “disturbance” caused by Gabby Douglas at the Olympics and Colin Kaepernick at an NFL football game.  Gabby Douglas, a member of the U.S. Olympics team this year who helped the team win 5 gold medals, was criticized when she did not hold her hand over her heart during the singing of the U.S. National Anthem.  Was swimmer Michael Phelps criticized when he was laughing during the National Anthem during one of his gold medal ceremonies at THE VERY SAME OLYMPICS?  Nope.  What’s the difference?  She’s black, he’s white.  Simple as that.

More recently, Colin Kaepernick, a black quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers recently chose to sit down during a singing of the National Anthem as a protest over police violence against the black community.  Was he a disturbance?  Nope.  He sat down and remained quiet.  Although we don’t have a white player to compare to like we do with the Gabby Douglas event, I’m guessing there would be much less outcry over a white person sitting down.

What’s the law say?  Can players sit down?  Absolutely!  It’s called the first amendment to the constitution.  You have every right to sit down and not participate and people do so for various reasons.  The same applies to the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.  Every student has the right to sit down and if that right is taken away from you, I urge you to contact the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  They will help you fix that problem very quickly.

I love it when people say we MUST stand to show respect for those who fought for our freedom as a country.  Huh?  Those people fought for our freedom.  If we don’t have the freedom to sit and are forced to stand, then by definition freedom has been taken away.  The people calling for the forcing of standing or recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance are not concerned about freedom.  They are asking you to believe exactly what they believe.  That’s totalitarianism.  That’s religion.

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