2 Samuel – Chapter 13: Amnon and Tamar

After several chapters in the book of Psalms, we now move back to 2 Samuel.

“In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.” – 2 Samuel 13:1

It’s a love story…between brother and sister.  Maybe Tamar is a step-sister, depending on the mother.

“Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill.” – 2 Samuel 13:2

I was a teenager once, so been there, done that, although not with a sibling!!!  Just want to be clear on that!

“When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.’” – 2 Samuel 13:6

Okay, that’s a weird request.  Bring me my sister so I can eat from her hand.  Um…

“Then Amnon said to Tamar, ‘Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand.’” – 2 Samuel 13:10

And the story gets creepier.

“But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, ‘Come to bed with me, my sister.’” – 2 Samuel 13:11

And now incestual rape is part of the story.

“’No, my brother!’ she said to him. ‘Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing.’” – 2 Samuel 13:12

This makes it clear there Tamar has not given her consent.

“But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.” – 2 Samuel 13:14

It’s official.  Amnon raped his sister, Tamar.  Where is God?  God will surely step in now, right?

“Her brother Absalom said to her, ‘Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.’” – 2 Samuel 13:20

Don’t take this thing to heart?  WTF?  She was raped!

“When King David heard all this, he was furious.” – 2 Samuel 13:22

David has done many horrible things, but he wasn’t part of this rape and he has every right to be furious.

“Absalom ordered his men, ‘Listen! When Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Haven’t I given you this order? Be strong and brave.’  So Absalom’s men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king’s sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.” – 2 Samuel 13:28-29

Sigh.  There are several problems with this.  First, killing the rapist is not the solution, regardless of how ‘right’ it may seem.  Second, it is mentioned in the previous verse that this takes place two years after the rape.  Why is punishment, even if the wrong punishment, not doled out immediately?  Why wait two years?

“After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years.  And King David longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon’s death.” – 2 Samuel 13:38-39

This chapter is a horrible story in which a sister is raped by her brother.  Although God has a heavy hand in his relations with David, God does nothing to stop this.  David is rightfully upset, but then does nothing.  Although killing the rapist is the wrong move, in my opinion, David sat by and did nothing.  He had no intention of punishing Amnon, other than being upset with him.  And this is a book of morals?

Coming Soon:  2 Samuel – Chapter 14:  Absalom Returns to Jerusalem

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Psalm – Chapter 122: A song of ascents. Of David.

Today we continue with another chapter in the book of Psalms.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:” – Psalm 122:6

God has it in his power to bring peace to Jerusalem.  He chooses not to.

“For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “’Peace be within you.’” – Psalm 122:8

Instead of praying for peace and simply saying the words ‘peace be with you’, actually do something.  Stop killing people.  Treat others nicely.  Show that you are a peaceful group of people.  This isn’t hard.  If you want peace, stop following God’s orders to kill people.

That does it for this chapter.  Psalm 122 was a very short chapter in which David prays for peace.  SMH.  God isn’t bringing peace.  Only the people can bring peace to the lands.

Coming Soon:  2 Samuel – Chapter 13:  Amnon and Tamar

Amos 3:6

As I work through Psalms, I’ve discussed quite a bit about how the book of Psalms describes God as great, but God’s actions in other chapters of the Bible prove otherwise.  We see chapter after chapter in which God commands murder and allows rape and slavery.  Then there are the verses directly stating God created evil.  Isaiah 45:7 is one such verse, already discussed many, many weeks ago on Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday.  For today’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday, I bring you a similar verse in which the Bible directly states God brings harm to humans.

“When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?” – Amos 3:6

If EVERYONE in the city were truly evil, then okay, maybe there’s some justification to bringing disaster to the city.  But we all know that not EVERYONE is evil in a city and in fact, most people are good people with just a few bad apples in the barrel.  Yet the Bible tells us God brings disaster to cities, killing hundreds, thousands, and millions of innocent people.  Consider Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, both of which recently struck the United States.  The Bible tells us God brought these disasters.  How many innocents were killed?  How many innocents lost their homes?  Home many innocents had their lives seriously disrupted or close to destroyed as a result?  How many innocents will suffer for the rest of their lives?  If there is a god, he is the biggest jackass of them all and is not worthy of anyone’s worship.  As for me, I see no evidence for a god in this world.  Even if there was, I wouldn’t worship the truly evil god of the Bible.

Psalm – Chapter 86: A prayer of David.

Psalms.  Will it ever end?  Yes, but only after 150 chapters.  ☹

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” – Psalm 86:1

God only hears those who request help starting wars.  Don’t believe that?  Read the Bible.

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” – Psalm 86:5

Again, read the Bible.  This is the exact opposite of God.  There is no one less forgiving and more evil in the Bible than God.

“Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.” – Psalm 86:8

There are two ways to look at this.  First, there are no gods like the god of the Bible because none are as evil as this god.  Second, there are no gods because there is no evidence at all to support the supernatural.

“For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” – Psalm 86:10

Marvelous deeds?  This is a god who allowed David to murder a man, rape his wife, then force the wife into marriage.  Marvelous deeds?

“Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me—they have no regard for you.” – Psalm 86:14

Could it possibly be you attacked them first under God’s order and they are simply defending their lives?

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15

The god who killed everyone but seven people on Earth (see Noah’s ark) is slow to anger?  Are you fucking kidding me?

Psalm 86 continues the theme of praising God for his marvelous deeds despite the Bible itself arguing otherwise.  I don’t want the Bible taught in schools or used to make laws, but I do want everyone to read the Bible.  Reading the Bible is the quickest path to Atheism.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 86:  A song of ascents. Of David.

Natural Disaster Meme

Today’s Sunday meme comes from the great Betty Bowers, America’s Greatest Christian.  In case it is not obvious, this is a parody account.

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I don’t think Christians quite understand how awful it is to thank God for saving you in a natural disaster when your neighbors did not fare so well.  Do you really think God favors you over them?  Do you really think this is not chance and you were simply lucky?  Don’t thank God when the natural disaster you were ‘saved’ from killed someone else.  You come across as a giant jackass when you do.At

Psalm – Chapter 51: For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

The book of Psalms is the largest book in the Bible with 150 chapters.  Why so many?  The story is pretty much the same in each chapter, such that it could have been summed up in just one or two chapters.  Good is good.  Non-believers are bad.  Don’t question God.  Love God and he will save you, unless of course he kills you first, in which case, you didn’t love God strong enough.  Am I wrong?  Let’s jump into Psalm 51.

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.” – Psalm 51:1

Great compassion?  ROFL!!!  This is the god who allows slavery.  This is the god who commands murder and rape.  This is the god who forces women into marriage.  Compassion?  Not from this god!

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” – Psalm 51:5

This, in a nutshell, is the problem with Christianity.  It assumes you are sinful and full of evil at the moment of your birth.  Why?  Because of Eve.  That’s horseshit and I hope you can see that.  We are not born evil and full of sin.  We are born innocent babies who have done nothing to deserve the abuse the biblical god places on us.

“Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.” – Psalm 51:6

What…the…fuck?!?!?  God is demanding that a fetus be faithful in the womb.  Wow!  That should raise the red flag for any rational human being.

“Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.” – Psalm 51:13

If this is to be taken literally, it means those who follow God’s way will go out and murder and rape.  That is what God does in the Bible.

“Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.” – Psalm 51:14

If you want to avoid the guilt of bloodshed, start by ignoring God’s commands to kill people.  It’s not complicated.

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.” – Psalm 51:16

Really?  The previous chapters in which God lays out all the rules on burnt offerings say otherwise.  God takes great pleasure in burnt offerings.

This is an interesting chapter in which David asks for several things.  All of these things can be delivered by simply ignoring God’s commands.  Don’t want guilt over killing people?  Easy.  Stop listening to God and stop killing people.  Oh, and don’t for one second believe God doesn’t like the smell of burnt offerings.  Chapters of the Bible are devoted to the proper way to sacrifice a burnt offering to God.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 86:  A prayer of David.

Psalm – Chapter 32: Of David. A maskil.

After a few, horrible, disgusting chapters in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, we move back to the book of Psalms.

“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” – Psalm 32:1

David had his sins taken away by God.  As a result, women were raped and a child suffered for seven days before being murdered by God.  Blessed is a very misleading word in this verse.

“Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.” – Psalm 32:2

Again, great for David.  Horrible for those God kills to clear David of his sins.

“For day and night your hand was heavy on me, my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” – Psalm 32:4

A WHOLE day?  That baby suffered for SEVEN days.  Fuck you David.

“Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found, surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.” – Psalm 32:6

Recently a hurricane hit Houston, TX with massive rainfall resulting in unprecedented flooding.  People died.  There were certainly faithful people praying to God to save them.  God sat by and did nothing.  Either he’s an asshole god who gets his jollies off of human suffering, or he doesn’t exist.

“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.” – Psalm 32:10

Many people put all of their trust in the Lord and receive none of that ‘unfailing love’.  Again, either this god is an asshole, or he doesn’t exist.

That concludes Psalm 32.  God is supposedly great.  If only we place our faith in him we’ll be saved.  Unfortunately this is proved wrong every day when very faithful people place their faith in God but suffer nonetheless.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 51:  For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.