Psalm – Chapter 53: For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.

One of these days we’ll be done with the book of Psalms and on that day, we’ll celebrate!  But, we’re not there yet.  Today’s chapter is Psalm 53, a very short, six verse chapter condemning the fools who don’t believe in God.

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” – Psalm 53:1

Not a fool, a skeptic.  And the skeptic doesn’t say there is no god.  The skeptic says there is no EVIDENCE for a god.

“Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” – Psalm 53:3

We are all supposedly God’s creation, so whose fault is it we’ve all become corrupt?  Hmmm…is it possible that the god of the Bible…dare I say it…is a FAILURE?!?!

“Do all these evildoers know nothing?” – Psalm 53:4

No, they know something.  At the very least they know that asking questions is key to understanding.  They know that evidence is the key.

“When God restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!” – Psalm 53:6

God is supposed to be all-powerful.  He can restore the people anytime he wishes.  So what’s the fucking hold-up?

That concludes Psalm 53.  Basically God is pissy because the people dare question things.  Think about this for a second.  The Bible and the god of the Bible demand your complete obedience.  To question is to do evil.  Seriously?  If asking questions is evil in the eye of this god, then good riddance to this horrible being.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 60:  For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A miktam of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim and Aram Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

Psalm – Chapter 50: A psalm of Asaph.

Oh ye book of Psalms, our favorite book of the Bible.  Wait, it’s not your favorite book?  How odd?  😊  Okay, enough joking around.  Let’s look at Psalm 50.

“Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.” – Psalm 50:3

Okay, this is certainly true.  God rages, especially when he’s pissy.

“And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.” – Psalm 50:6

LOL!  What a joke of a verse!  Righteous?  Just?  More like a murderer.

“I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” – Psalm 50:9-10

Then why all the fucking rules on which animals can be sacrificed and which cannot, along with the rules on how exactly to do the sacrifice?

“Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?” – Psalm 50:13

Well, God does a lot of dumb shit, so drinking goat blood doesn’t surprise me one bit!

“Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you.” – Psalm 50:22

That’s all find and dandy, but what about all those people who did not forget God but were also torn to pieces, murdered, raped, destroyed, etc.?  Sorry God, but this is an empty threat.

Psalm 50 is an interesting chapter in which God brags about how great he is and then ends by threatening those who do not follow him.  It basically boils down to God saying “do exactly what I say and exactly when I say to do it, but don’t you dare question me in anyway or I will destroy you.”  A righteous and just god as this chapter describes?  I think not.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 53:  For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.

Matthew 7:15

Today is Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and the verse of the week comes from the New Testament and is supposedly a direct quote from Jesus.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” – Matthew 7:15

Yes, watch out for those false prophets who lie to you.  But how do you tell who is a false prophet and who is not?  The Bible offers no advice on this.  The Bible offers no evidence Jesus, and those who came before him, are the real prophets.  So yes, watch out for the false prophets, including those whose words are inked in red in the Bible.  😊 There’s no evidence this red inked speaking individual is a true prophet, let alone whether he even ever existed!  All we have is the statement that the Bible is to be believed and anything against the Bible is the work of Satan.  Hardly convincing evidence.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 18: David’s Victories

Today’s chapter discussion will appear very similar to last Wednesday’s discussion on 2 Samuel 8.  There’s a good reason for this.  2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles are very, very similar.  Notice the titles are the same.  Much of what is in today’s chapter is a copy of 2 Samuel 8.

“David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers.” – 1 Chronicles 18:4

See?  A repeat discussion of the number of people David has murdered and enslaved.  The authors of the Bible found this destruction so important that they discussed it in two separate chapters, essentially verbatim!

“David took the gold shields carried by the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.” – 1 Chronicles 18:7

Not just a repeat of the killing, but the stealing as well.

That’s really all there is to this chapter.  A description of David’s conquests.  The Bible makes it sound as if the number of people you kill is a far greater indicator of your character than the good deeds you do for others.  Is this the moral the Bible is teaching?  It sure seems like it.  Anyone who argues that Atheists have nothing to get their morals from is an individual who has never read the Bible.  If they have read the Bible, then I am truly scared of what that individual may do in the future if they really do consider the Bible a book of morals.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 50:  A psalm of Asaph.

Dogma Debate Podcast

I previously posted my review of the Dogma Debate Podcast about two years ago here.  At that time I wrote about the quality of the podcast and how it’s at the very top of my podcast list.  In the two years since I posted this review, the podcast has changed in many ways.  David Smalley, the host of Dogma Debate, has always been there, but other co-hosts have come and gone.  The podcast location moved from Texas to California and is now part of the PodcastOne network.  Because of this, there have been other changes related to podcast length, live interviews, etc.

With these changes, there has been quite a bit of talk in the Dogma Debate groups on Facebook of the show’s decline.  Hogwash!  Yes, there have been changes.  Yes, there are aspects of the show I miss.  Yes, there are some areas in which I feel the show has declined.  However, there are new aspects of the show I like.  There are new aspects I feel have added to the show’s quality.  For example, David becoming more vocal about politics makes the show more interesting, in my honest opinion.  I don’t agree with him on everything, but he brings a constructive voice and honest dialogue to political debate on the show.

My point in posting this is that all podcasts change over time.  That’s natural and to be expected.  Change is not necessarily bad.  I’m not tossing Dogma Debate out the window simply because there are a couple of changes I don’t like.  It’s not my show.  Plus, there are changes I do like!  In the end, it’s a podcast.  If you’re going to get extremely upset over changes to a podcast, well, maybe you need to re-evaluate what’s important in your life!

2 Samuel – Chapter 9: David and Mephibosheth

The last chapter of 2 Samuel was a disgusting piece of glorification of a god who demands murder.  I’m amazed how people can look at the Bible and describe it as a book of morals.  A book of morals doesn’t include murder, rape, and slavery.  Fortunately for us, the Bible is a book of fiction and morals do not come from a book.

“David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’” – 2 Samuel 9:1

That depends.  Have you murdered all of them yet?

“Ziba answered the king, ‘There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.’” – 2 Samuel 9:3

God doesn’t like the disabled.  See the weekly Crazy Bible Verse from a couple of weeks ago (Leviticus 21:18).

“’Don’t be afraid,’” David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’” – 2 Samuel 9:7

How nice of David to restore the land he stole.

“And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.” – 2 Samuel 9:13

I love how the verse ends by pointing out once again that this dude was disabled.  The authors get joy of pointing out the disabilities of others.  The way it is described in this chapter is a form of mocking.

That concludes 2 Samuel 9.  Not as disgusting as the previous chapter, but when put in context with what we’ve already read, we can see the problems.  David comes across as nice by restoring lands to someone whose land was taken away.  The person who took those lands, however, was David!  Sigh.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 18:  David’s Victories

2 Samuel – Chapter 8: David’s Victories

Time to move back to 2 Samuel following a few chapters in the book of Psalms.

“David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live.” – 2 Samuel 8:2

WTF?  This is moral?  This is what the Christian god demands and allows?  The Bible is a book of moral teachings?  No, most definitely not.

“When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.” – 2 Samuel 8:5

More killing by David approved by God.  The Israelites are God’s chosen people.  God can stop this war, but he doesn’t.  Instead, he demands it.  David is a murderer, but he’s a murderer commanded by God in the Bible.

“David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.” – 2 Samuel 8:7

David, again approved by God, is also a thief.

“He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.” – 2 Samuel 8:14

More killing and enslavement by David.  Killing and slavery are nothing new in the history of humankind, but this is the Bible and these actions are supported and demanded by a god close to 2 billion people in the world worship today.

“David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.” – 2 Samuel 8:15

According to the Bible, this god’s definition of ‘just’ is killing, slavery, and rape.  Such a lovely story.

Today’s chapter is a list of conquests by David that include the killing of tens of thousands.  David is not a great person.  He’s a murderer, a murderer controlled by God.  The Bible intends this to be a story of great accomplishment by those having faith in God.  It’s not.  An ounce of critical thinking shows this is a disgusting story of a god with no moral values.

Coming Soon:  2 Samuel – Chapter 9:  David and Mephibosheth