Psalm – Chapter 23: A psalm of David

Today’s chapter is Psalm 23.  Let’s jump right in.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” – Psalm 23:1

Sigh.  You lack whatever it is you lack at that given moment in time.  Maybe it is money.  Maybe it is food.  Maybe it is companionship.  Maybe it is your car keys that you left somewhere but are now late to work!  We all lack things at times.  To say otherwise is to deny reality.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures…” – Psalm 23:2

Uh…the start of a Christian porn?

“I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” – Psalm 23:4

You should as God is the one who brought evil to this world.  God is the one who allows murder and rape to take place.  You should be scared standing next to God as you don’t know what he’s about to do to you.  He raped a virgin for fuck’s sake!

“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” – Psalm 23:5

The Christian porn continues.

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life…” – Psalm 23:6

Sure, it will.  Just as it did for Job and for all of those suffering in this world.

Psalm 23 was a short chapter of just six verses, a couple of which could be turned into a Christian porn.  LOL!  To sum up these verses, it is basically a few words trying to convince the reader God is great and loving.  It sounds good if you only read these six verses, but combine it with all the horrible deeds God has committed in the Bible and we see the truth for what it is.  God is not love.  God is death, destruction, and hate.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 24:  Of David. A psalm.

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Psalm – Chapter 22: For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

In our last look in the book of Psalms we were told what it takes to be worthy of God’s presence, yet we know God will always find a way to make sure you never reach that level of worthiness (see Job).  Let’s see what Psalm 22 has in store for us.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Psalms 22:1

Umm…because he’s an asshole!

“In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.” – Psalm 22:4

Well, there’s also the whole ‘fear me or die’ threat constantly looming over the Israelites.  Is it really trust, or more the fear of dying compelling the Israelites?

“Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.” – Psalm 22:9

Key words in this verse are ‘made me’.  That’s God’s motto.  Make others do his bidding.  Make them kill.  Make them rape.  Make them fear.

“Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.” – Psalm 22:12-13

WTF!?!?!  Stay out of the zoo cages!

“Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.” – Psalm 22:21

God also has the ability, if all-knowing and all-powerful, to keep you from the need of saving.  But he chooses to allow you to suffer.

“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” – Psalm 22:24

WTF?!?!  Yes, he has!  This is exactly what he did to Job!

Following this are a few more verses on how God helps those who fear him.  Why must it be fear?  Why worship a god who demands your fear?  Is that a god worthy of your love?  Worthy of your worship?  We’d never allow this from a parent or abusive spouse.  If fact, we have laws against this when it comes to humans.  Why then do hundreds of millions accept this abuse from the god of the Bible?

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 23:  A psalm of David.

Exodus 22:22-24

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!!  Today’s verse shows us this all-mighty God isn’t really all that mighty if this is his solution to a problem.

“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.  If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.” – Exodus 22:22-24

Let me start by saying I agree with the first sentence.  One shouldn’t take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.  One shouldn’t take advantage of anyone.  It’s the second sentence that starts the problem with these verses.  If they cry out to me?  What if they don’t cry out?  What if they can’t cry out?  Where is God then?  This all-mighty god doesn’t know when a widow or a fatherless child is being taken advantage of by someone?  Is this all-mighty god really that weak?

Then there’s the last sentence in which God says he will kill you.  Is death a worthy punishment?  In my view, death is never a worthy punishment.  Could an all-mighty god not come up with a more just punishment?  Could an all-mighty god not come up with a more meaningful punishment that would actual help the offender lead a better life?  Or is it possible God is not all-mighty?  Or maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t exist at all!  Hmmm.

Psalm – Chapter 15: A psalm of David.

Today’s chapter is Psalm 15, so let’s jump right in.

“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?  Who may live on your holy mountain?” – Psalm 15:1

Yes, a good question.  Who is worthy?

“The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.” – Psalm 15:2-5

In other words, no one.  According to these verses, the bar is set so high that no one is worthy of God’s sacred tent.  And maybe that’s the point.  I can accept that, but I don’t think that is what the authors are trying to get across in these verses.  They are stating there is a way to be worthy of God’s mountain.  Here’s the thing though.  No one can reach that level, even those who do follow all the items described in these verses.  Take Job, for example.  He was worthy.  He was the most righteous person in the land according to the Bible, yet God punished him greatly for it.  Try as you might, you will never be worthy, for if this god exists, he’ll make sure to punish you if you do approach this worthiness.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 22:  For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

Psalm – Chapter 2: Untitled

Our quest through the book of Psalms continues with Chapter 2 today.

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?” – Psalm 2:1

Easy.  God hardens their hearts.  This is exactly what he did to the Egyptians.

“The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” – Psalm 2:4

Interesting reaction for a god who is supposedly all-knowing.  He’s laughing at what he himself caused?

“Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” – Psalm 2:11

Fear me.  Or die.

That’s it for the second chapter in the book of Psalms.  God is acting weird, even more so than normal.  I’m picturing an evil villain cackling.  Then there’s more of the ‘fear me or else’ mantra.  Again, not a god worthy of worship.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 15:  A psalm of David.

Psalm – Chapter 1: Untitled

As is the pattern in this part of the Bible, we continue to switch back and forth between chapters to stick to chronological order as close as possible.  Today we move from 1 Chronicles to the book of Psalms, looking at the very first chapter in Psalms.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2

What’s not mentioned is ‘wicked’ is defined by anyone who doesn’t follow every one of God’s commands, including those to murder or rape others.

“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” – Psalm 1:6

Does he?  How many of the righteous, who have done everything God has asked, die horrible deaths?  Is that God watching over them?  Oh, let me guess, they just didn’t pray hard enough or love God enough or fear God enough.  The goal posts are always pushed back when it comes to God watching over you.

Psalm 1 is a short chapter basically stating that if you do wicked things you will suffer.  Are these things anymore wicked than the death and destruction at the direct hands of this god?

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 2:  Untitled