Freethought Radio Podcast

If you are aware of the work the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) does than you may already be aware of the Freethought Radio podcast.  If not, this is a freethought/humanist/atheist podcast you should definitely add to your list.  The FFRF does some amazing work and you should definitely become a member if you believe in the strong separation of church and state.  If you’re not quite familiar with the FFRF, please check out their website or check out one of their podcasts.

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The Freethought Radio podcast is hosted by Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker.  They do an amazing job promoting freethought and discussing issues related to the separation of church and state.  This is a MUST on your podcast listening list!

1 Samuel – Chapter 18: Saul’s Growing Fear of David

In the last chapter of 1 Samuel we read about the story of David and Goliath.  Goliath was a huge giant (that never existed for obvious reasons, starting with no evidence in the fossil record of giants) and David was a smaller man.  David wins by flinging a small stone at Goliath that brings him down.  The chapter ends with the Israelites waging war on the Philistines and killing thousands, including women, children, and babies.  But don’t you forget that this is a LOVING god.  🙂  Let’s see what 1 Samuel 18 has in store for us.

“Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.” – 1 Samuel 18:5

This sounds like the start of a bad, gay porn movie.

“Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands,’ he thought, ‘but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?’” – 1 Samuel 18:8

Saul is clearly jealous of David.   I have two problems with this.  First, Saul’s emotions are the direct cause of God.  God had control of Saul’s heart and later said bad times would come to Saul.  Saul is jealous as a result of God’s meddling.  Second, the Bible argues that whoever kills more people is a better person.  Seriously?  This is a book of morals?

“The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, ‘I’ll pin David to the wall.’ But David eluded him twice.” – 1 Samuel 18:10-11

Don’t blame Saul.  God is doing this to Saul.  Saul has no control over his emotions and actions.  God is the one trying to kill David in this story.

“In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.” – 1 Samuel 18:14

Killing tens of thousands who aren’t attacking or bothering you is considered a success in the Bible?  Again, this is a book of morals?  Notice that David has success because the Lord is with him.  God is the cause of this death and destruction.

“Saul said to David, ‘Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage; only serve me bravely and fight the battles of the Lord.’” – 1 Samuel 18:17

Once again women are treated as property in the Bible.  They are not considered human beings with equal rights.  Saul offers a second daughter to David.  David’s response?

“But David said, ‘Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.’” – 1 Samuel 18:23

David doesn’t reject Saul’s daughters out of respect to the daughters.  He rejects them because he doesn’t consider himself worthy.  Don’t think David has the women in mind when he makes this decision.  He does it for himself.

“Saul replied, ‘Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.’’” – 1 Samuel 18:25

ROFL!  Think about how the daughter feels.  She’s being sold for 100 dick tips!  ROFL!!!

“When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.” – 1 Samuel 18:26-27

OMFG!!!  Picture this in your head.  David goes out into battle, kills 200 men, cuts off the tip of their dicks, then returns them in exchange for a bride.  David is such a nice guy that he buys the daughter for 200 dick tips instead of the asking price of 100 dick tips.  ROFL!!!!

That concludes 1 Samuel 18.  ROFL!  This chapter is amazing in that it is s so ridiculous that I can’t believe Christians believe this stuff.  How can you believe in a god that supports a man running around cutting off the dick tips of corpses?  You could make a movie out of this!  David, with God supporting him, runs around cutting off dick tips, and exchanges them for a bride.  ROFL!!!

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 19:  Saul Tries to Kill David

1 Samuel – Chapter 17: David and Goliath

1 Samuel 17 brings us one of the more famous stories in the Bible.  Like the story of Noah and the Ark, most people have heard of the story of David and Goliath.  It’s the classic underdog beats the favorite theme that people love in movies and in sporting events.

“A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.” – 1 Samuel 17:4

That’s equivalent to 9 feet 9 inches tall.  That’s quite tall, but also impossible.  The tallest human ever, Robert Wadlow, was 8 feet 11 inches tall.  Very tall, for sure, but a full ten inches shorter than Goliath.  He was tall for a reason.  He had hyperplasia of the pituitary gland.  He died at the age of 22 (Goliath is described as being much older).  He needed leg braces to walk and had very little feeling in his legs.  He certainly didn’t have the mobility of a warrior.  There is also no fossil evidence of giants living a few thousand years ago.  In other words, this is a made up story with no truth to it at all, just like the rest of the Bible.

“On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” – 1 Samuel 17:11

Why?  Isn’t God mighty enough to defeat Goliath?  Even if God runs in fear, do a mass attack.  Goliath may be nearly 10 feet tall, but a group of Israelites could easily defeat him.  It’s a stupid war tactic to try to defeat Goliath in a one on one battle.

“For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.” – 1 Samuel 17:16

They did this for forty days!!!  Sigh.

“Now the Israelites had been saying, ‘Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.’” – 1 Samuel 17:25

Once again, the Bible considers women property.  The daughter has no choice in the matter.

“David asked the men standing near him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’” – 1 Samuel 17:26

Ah, so it boils down to Goliath not having chopped off the tip of his dick.  Good to know.

“But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.’” – 1 Samuel 17:34-35

ROFL!  For starters, if you are pulling a sheep from the mouth of a lion, you are pulling out a corpse.  Secondly, grabbing a lion/bear by the hair?  LOL!  Give me a break!

“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’” – 1 Samuel 17:45

This is the same god who has been conveniently absent in this story.

“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” – 1 Samuel 17:48-49

Could a stone kill a man?  Sure, with enough speed the stone could strike with enough force to crack the skull and cause internal brain injury.  There’s nothing wrong with the method by which Goliath died.  Did the stone “sink” into Goliath’s forehead?  No, because that’s not how the physics works.  The stone is not a fast speeding bullet.  It’s moving at a much slower speed and is certainly larger than a bullet.  The stone will bounce off.

“After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.” – 1 Samuel 17:51

God always wants you to cut the head off your victim.

“Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.” – 1 Samuel 17:52:53

More death and destruction at the hands of God.  How many women and children were killed this time?  We don’t know, but the entire camp was destroyed, so let’s assume at a minimum thousands were killed.

That concludes the story of David and Goliath, clearly a fictional story, like most, if not all in the Bible, that contains no truth.

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 18:  Saul’s Growing Fear of David

Leviticus 20:9

For this week’s Crazy Bible Verse I head back to the Old Testament into the book of Leviticus.  Leviticus is an entire chapter of crazy, but today I focus specifically on verse 9 of chapter 20.

“Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.” – Leviticus 20:9

This is a direct quote from God in the Bible.  It states that anyone who curses their mother or father is to be put to death.  That includes a 7 year old who gets upset and yells “I hate you” at their mom or dad.  That 7 year old, in the eyes of God, must now be murdered.  It’s God’s law!  Christians worship this god?  Wow!

Let’s think about this further.  Name a child who hasn’t cursed their mother or father at some point?  I can’t.  Every child gets upset at times and curses their parents.  According to God, all of these children should be put to death.  God is promoting genocide of the human race!  Now that’s some crazy!

1 Samuel – Chapter 16: Samuel Anoints David

Saul is now out as God’s lackey and David is about to replace him.  This is David as in David and Goliath fame.

“Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, ‘Do you come in peace?’” – 1 Samuel 16:4

A valid question given all the killing God commands the Israelites to commit.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” – 1 Samuel 16:7

ROFL!  What a lie!  We learned earlier in the Bible God detests damaged testicles.  Of course God looks at the outward appearance of people.  There’s also all the rules on shaving and one’s hair length.

“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” – 1 Samuel 16:13

David is now officially God’s chosen one to lead the Israelites.

“Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.” – 1 Samuel 16:14

Once again, Saul has no control over his actions.  God is fully in control of Saul.  If Saul does evil it is the result of God.  God is the one committing evil, not Saul.

“Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” – 1 Samuel 16:16

WTF?  Playing a lyre removes evil spirits?  This is a joke right?  And the servant who can play the lyre?  David!

“Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.” – 1 Samuel 16:23

LOL!  Give the God of the Bible credit for creating one messed up storyline!

To end, this chapter introduces us to David who is God’s new lackey.

Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 17: David and Goliath

Hope After Faith Podcast

Another great Atheist themed podcast you should listen to is the Hope After Faith podcast hosted by Bobby Cary and Jerry DeWitt.  Both Cary and DeWitt are former Christians who de-converted in the past several years.  Jerry DeWitt was a former pastor before de-converting.  Both are familiar to the podcast community.  Bobby Cary co-hosts the No Religion Required podcast and Jerry DeWitt has appeared as a guest on several Atheist podcast episodes.

In the last year they came together and started the Hope After Faith podcast which focuses on life after a de-conversion.  Depending on the circumstances of the de-conversion, it can be a very difficult process.  Leaving a church community can leave one feeling lonely without friends or others to talk to.  The Hope After Faith podcast discusses some of these issues and ways to help.

This is a fantastic podcast to listen to, in particular if you have recently de-converted from a religion.  Even if you’ve been an Atheist from the beginning with no religious upbringing, this podcast is helpful in getting a feel for how the formerly religious may feel after de-converting.  Check it out!

Hope After Faith Podcast

1 Samuel – Chapter 15: The Lord Rejects Saul as King

In 1 Samuel 14, God is nowhere to be seen, likely because he’s upset at what the people are eating or not eating.  Jonathan eats some honey, against the rules he did not know, and was almost put to death.  In this chapter the title tells us the Lord is about to reject Saul as the king of the Israelites.  Saul is God’s lackey, so this should be interesting.

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” – 1 Samuel 15:2-3

More bloodlust approved by God.  Note that God demands everyone, including the children and infants, must be killed.  The Bible is a book of morals, right?

“He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.” – 1 Samuel 15:8

Just so there is no confusion, Saul followed through on the command of killing the children and infants.

“But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.” – 1 Samuel 15:9

Uh-oh.  God is going to be PISSED that Saul didn’t kill and destroy EVERYTHING!

“Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: ‘I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.’ Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.” – 1 Samuel 15:10-11

How can an all-knowing god have regrets?  God has control of Saul’s heart.  God knew exactly what was going to happen.  He can’t now have regrets!!!  Unless of course…he doesn’t exist!

“Saul answered, ‘The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.’” – 1 Samuel 15:15

Yeah, like uh, we totally destroyed the rest.  Totally!

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” – 1 Samuel 15:22-23

In other words, the Bible says it is always better to obey than to think critically.  Thinking is the devil’s work.

“Samuel said to him, The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you.’” – 1 Samuel 15:28

God is the one who hardened Saul’s heart.  God had complete control of Saul.  God made decisions for Saul.  If God has chosen a better leader, than God has chosen someone better than God.  Interesting.

“He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.” – 1 Samuel 15:29

Ah, a foreshadowing to Jesus.  Jesus, God’s son who is actually God himself in human form who must be killed to fix the mistakes that God, er Jesus, made.  Yeah, because that makes sense.

“Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.” – 1 Samuel 15:35

Let’s pick this apart.  Samuel refuses to see Saul.  But that actually makes sense given the message Jesus directly sends in Matthew 19:29.

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” – Matthew 19:29

To receive the rewards of God/Jesus, you must forsake your family and friends.  Samuel is simply following the rules God has set forth.  In addition, we again read that God ‘regretted’.  An all-knowing being, by definition, cannot regret.

That concludes 1 Samuel 15.  God commands everyone in a tribe be put to death, including children, babies, and animals.  Saul kills the people, aside from the King, but saves some of the animals to then kill in a sacrifice to God.  So the animals were to be killed too.  Yet God is mad.  He doesn’t want anyone thinking.  Killing the children and babies was not enough for God.  The animals had to go too.  Because they didn’t, God and Samuel forsake Saul.  Confused?  That’s normal.  It’s the Bible.

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 16:  Samuel Anoints David