Be Safe This New Year’s Eve

Be safe out there this New Year’s Eve. Avoid driving in bad weather.  Avoid drinking and driving and avoid riding with those who drink and drive.  Unlike what most religions tell you, there is NO evidence for an after-life or reincarnation.  All evidence points to this being the only life you have, so don’t throw it away doing something stupid!  Live another day and fight the battle we skeptics fight each and every day for the rest of our lives!  Live on and make a difference in this world!

Psalm – Chapter 109: For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

Let’s continue our march through the book of Psalms today.

“With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.” – Psalm 109:3

This is similar to a murderer being upset that the loved ones of the victim are mad.  Oh wait, this is the EXACT SAME THING as a murderer being upset that the loves ones of the victim are mad.  Sigh.

“Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.” – Psalm 109:6

Instead of a real solution, let’s commit more evil!

“May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.” – Psalm 109:10

Yes, let’s punish the innocent for the crimes of others.  SMH!

“May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.” – Psalm 109:12

Again, punishing those who committed no crime.

“May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.” – Psalm 109:13

This punishing of the innocent is getting old.  Why are the descendants out to many generations punished for the supposed crime of the ancestor?

“For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.” – Psalm 109:22

Sorry David.  You are neither poor nor needy.  You are one of the richest if not the richest person on the planet and have everything you need.  You are nothing more than a person who whines and complains a lot.

“My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.” – Psalm 109:24

Oh stop complaining!  You are CHOOSING to fast.  You have plenty of food.  If you are feeling unwell from fasting, then fucking eat something!!!

“I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.” – Psalm 109:25

You’ve had their loved ones murdered.  What the fuck do you expect?

“Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love.” – Psalm 109:26

So God will use his unfailing love to murder the innocent so you feel better?  Fuck both you and your fake god.

Ug.  What a disgusting chapter.  David keeps whining non-stop, arguing his ‘have everything life’ is leaving him poor and needy.  He’s a big cry baby.  This chapter also points again to God’s ever growing punishment on the descendants of those who supposedly commit a crime.  Many times no crime is committed, but if we assume one is, why does God and this ‘holy’ book insist on punishing the kids and grandkids?  This is not a just book and this is not a just god.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 10:  Of David. A psalm.

Psalm – Chapter 108: A song. A psalm of David.

Believe it or not, there are not that many chapters of Psalms left I’ve yet to cover on this blog.  Still more than I like, but there’s a light at the end of this Psalms tunnel.

“For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” – Psalm 108:4

You know the drill by this point.  Is God’s love really great if he demands you fear him as a form of love?

“Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.” – Psalm 108:12

Hmmm….I’d re-write this, based on evidence within the Bible itself, as “Fellow humans, give us aid against the enemy (God), for God’s help is worthless.”  It’s a much better match with the Bible than the actual verse.

This concludes Psalm 108.  Hang in there for a few more chapters.  Well, maybe a bit more than a few.  By my count there are 28 chapters in Psalms to go.  But that is getting close considering there are 150 chapters in Psalms.  Twenty eight is getting close!

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 109:  For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

Daniel 12:2

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and guess what I have in store for you today?  If you guessed zombies, you guessed right!  I think I’m close to being done with zombie verses in the Bible, but there are sooo many of them!  Far more than I ever thought before searching for them.  Today’s crazy zombie verse comes from the book of Daniel.

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” – Daniel 12:2

Those who sleep in the dust?  Sounds like corpses to me.  Awaking to everlasting life?  Sounds like a zombie to me!  God and his zombies.  LOL!

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, or Whatever

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christmas.  Seasons Greetings to those who don’t celebrate Christmas or do celebrate Christmas but personally prefer a more inclusive greeting this time of the year.  Same goes for Happy Holidays or whatever holiday/winter season greeting you can think of.  Let’s be clear though.  There’s no war on Christmas as the Christian conservatives will make it out to be.  I’m an Atheist who celebrates Christmas and even before I declared myself an Atheist, 99.9% of our Christmas celebration activities were secular in nature.  I love Christmas.  I love the lights.  I love gift giving.  I love spiked drinks.  I love a fireplace in the cold weather.  It’s a great time of the year.  Sometimes I say Merry Christmas and sometimes I say Happy Holidays.

What all of us need to remember, Atheists and Christians alike, is these are simple greetings in which intentions are almost always good.  It’s ridiculous to be offended if someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  If you’re offended, and assuming the person saying it isn’t saying it to be an asshole to you, your offense at Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays makes YOU the asshole.  😊

So I end with this.  Merry Christmas.  Seasons Greetings.  Happy Holidays.  Happy Winter Solstice.  Happy Boxing Day.  Happy New Years.  WHATEVER.  Just enjoy this time of the year and be nice to people!

Atheism Quotes – Brad Pitt

“When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn’t a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self,’ explained Pitt. ‘I had faith that I’m capable enough to handle any situation. There’s peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I’m responsible.’” – Brad Pitt

Sometimes the greatest freedom in life comes when you escape the shackles of religion.

Psalm – Chapter 30: A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

The story of David is not finished yet.  The end is nearing as we learned in the last chapter David is preparing to die and for his son Solomon to take over.  Before this happens, however, we switch back to Psalms for a few chapters.

“I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths, and did not let my enemies gloat over me.” – Psalm 30:1

Huh?  I don’t know what to believe?  This verse in which David thanks God for stopping his enemies or previous chapters in which David complains God isn’t stopping the enemies.

“You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.” – Psalm 30:3

That’s great, but what about all the people David and God killed?  Where was there help?  What about those still alive

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;” – Psalm 30:5

God’s anger only lasts a moment?  Um.  Not true.  God is on record in the Bible of being a vengeful god and a god who punishes multiple generations out.  Multiple generations is NOT a moment.

Yes, yes, yes.  God is great and God is good.  Except when he’s not.  This chapter is great for David, but does nothing for the dead and the one’s God continues to punish.  And this bit about low anger?  Sheesh.  This is a hateful, vengeful, anger filled God.  Evidence?  The Bible itself.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 108:  A song. A psalm of David.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 22: Preparations for the Temple

Today we take a close look at 1 Chronicles 22.  We are nearing the end of 1 Chronicles, but there are a couple of chapters yet to go.  This chapter returns to the theme of God taking more interest in the material world of things.  Too often the god of the Bible is more interested in things and less interested in people.  When he is interesting in people, it’s too often what people are doing wrong with his things.

“So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.” – 1 Chronicles 22:2

Don’t you dare fuck with God’s house!  Only the best stone and stonecutters for God!

“David said to Solomon: ‘My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.’’” – 1 Chronicles 22:7-8

So David’s punishment for the blood shed is to not be allowed to build God’s house?  Um…WTF?!?!?  That’s not a punishment!!!

The rest of the chapter focuses on the riches David gave to build this house and instructions on others to help build God’s house.   I’m still trying to let David’s punishment sink in.  Okay, maybe David is devastated he can’t build this house.  Let’s assume that for argument’s sake.  This is still NOT a punishment.  It does nothing to bring back those God had David kill.  God sat by and did nothing, aside from encouraging David to fight, this whole time.  Stepping in now to ‘punish’ David is far too little far too late.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 30:  A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

2 Maccabees 9:9

Some, although not all, versions of the Bible contain the books of Maccabees.  I’ve been using the New International Version of the Bible in my discussion and these books are not included, but there is a verse describing zombies, so I can’t help but include it for this week’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday.  Maybe I should rename this “Crazy Bible Zombie Verse Tuesday”???

“So that worms swarmed out of the body of this man, and whilst he lived in sorrow and pain, his flesh fell off, and the filthiness of his smell was noisome to the army.” – 2 Maccabees 9:9

Yikes!  Worms coming out of the body, still alive, flesh falling off, and smelly like filth.  Yep, that’s a zombie in the Bible!

1 Chronicles – Chapter 21: David Counts the Fighting Men

Today’s chapter, 1 Chronicles 21, is a near repeat of 2 Samuel 24, with one very, very big difference that we’ll see right away in the first verse.

“Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 21:1

WHAT THE FUCK???  Satan?!?!?  No.  This is an absolute lie and contradiction to 2 Samuel 24:1.  In the last chapter of 2 Samuel it is God who orders David to take the census.  Is this chapter saying God is Satan?  If so, that’s a huge load of disrespect toward Satan who is FAR more moral than God.

“Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.’” – 2 Samuel 24:1

The rest of 1 Chronicles 21 is the same as 2 Samuel 24, but the first verse is VERY different.  Why does one chapter say God demanded the census and the other chapter states Satan demanded the census?  WOW!  What a contradiction!  You can’t have a bigger contradiction than switching God with Satan. Yikes!

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 22:  Preparations for the Temple