Recap of Proverbs

I recently finished discussing the last chapter of Proverbs so let me do a quick recap before moving back into 1 Kings. Proverbs is supposed to be a book of wisdom, but the supposed wisdom falls into two categories:

  1. Things that are good, but don’t require religiosity to follow. For example, there was a verse telling us not to steal from our parents. Religion isn’t needed to know that. In fact, if you need religion to know it is bad to steal, you are disturbed in a serious manner.
  2. Things that are just awful. Beating children, for example. This book of wisdom seriously tells us it is important to beat your child with a rod because undisciplined children are a disgrace. Beating your children with a rod? Beating your children with anything? If you do this because the Bible tells you to, you should be locked up in jail.

To conclude, there’s no wisdom in the book of Proverbs that a secular society doesn’t already teach you.

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Atheism Quote – Sean Carroll

Today’s Atheism quote comes from scientist Sean Carroll.

“Over the past five hundred years, the progress of science has worked to strip away God’s roles in the world.  He isn’t needed to keep things moving, or to develop the complexity of living creatures, or to account for the existence of the universe.” – Sean Carroll

Yep. As science explains the workings of the world, the role God plays will dwindle until it reaches zero.

Proverbs – Chapter 31: Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

This is it, the last chapter of Proverbs! Upon finishing this chapter we will have received all wisdom God has to offer us. Yes, some of that wisdom is beating children, but we all have to remember that God works in mysterious ways. If he tells us to beat children, then we must beat children! 🙂

“The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.” – Proverbs 31:1

What is it with inspired utterances in the Bible?

“Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.” – Proverbs 31:7

Here’s some real advice. Instead of letting the poor drink away their sorrows, how about using your power as king to actually help them out of poverty?

“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:9

Okay, this is good, but it doesn’t mean much when it comes right after a verse on letting the poor drink their sorrows away.

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” – Proverbs 31:10

The Bible treats women as property that hold some value. Sigh.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;  but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

Again, the Bible declares it noble of character to fear God. No. A god who demands your fear is an evil god.

Did we gain any wisdom in this chapter? Nope. More of the same. Fear the lord and you will gain true wisdom. Sorry, but fear does not lead to wisdom. Fear is a symptom of abuse and the god of the Bible is the greatest abuser of them all.

Coming Soon: 1 Kings – Chapter 5: Preparations for Building the Temple

Proverbs – Chapter 30: Sayings of Agur

Two more chapters to go and we are finally done with this book of ‘wisdom’.

“The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.” – Proverbs 30:1

An inspired utterance?

“Every word of God is flawless;” – Proverbs 30:5

Including those about beating children, which we learned about in the last chapter.

“The eye that mocks a father,  that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,  will be eaten by the vultures.” – Proverbs 30:17

Given every child says not so nice things to their parents at some time, why aren’t we all running around with no eyes? Should not the ravens have pecked them out by now?

“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky,  the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.” – Proverbs 30:18-19

I’m sorry, but these are the things that confuse you? Not God’s command to rape and murder?

“This is the way of an adulterous woman:  She eats and wipes her mouth  and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’” – Proverbs 30:20

Why is it always an adulterous woman and not an adulterous man?

Ug…there are a few more verses on various items that make no real sense. Certainly not a list of items by which we are to gain wisdom.

Coming Soon: Proverbs – Chapter 31: Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

Philemon 7

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s crazy comes by looking at and comparing Philemon 7 in the NIV and KJV.

“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” – Philemon 7 (NIV)

Not so bad and not so crazy, but let’s look at what the KJV says on this.

For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.” – Philemon 7 (KJV)

LOL! Takes on a whole new meaning! In the NIV, it’s about your heart. In the KJV, it’s about what you shit out your asshole.  ROFL! I’m guessing this verse in the KJV is never discussed in church. 🙂

Proverbs – Chapter 29: Untitled

Three more chapters in Proverbs to go. Then we’ll be as wise as the wisest, right? 🙂

“The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” – Proverbs 29:7

The Bible tells us the entire Republican party is wicked.

“The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.” – Proverbs 29:10

This verse describes the bloodthirsty god of the Bible perfectly.

“A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.” – Proverbs 29:15

This verse tells us it is righteous to beat children with a rod. In fact, to not beat your child is a disgrace to the mother. WTF? This isn’t a book of morals, it’s a book on how to commit child abuse.

“Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.” – Proverbs 29:19

Hear that Christians? Words are not enough. God tells us it is okay to beat your slaves. WTF? Again, not a book of morals.

“A servant pampered from youth   will turn out to be insolent.” – Proverbs 29:21

God wants you to make sure you treat your slave like shit.

Wow! What a disgusting chapter of bullshit! Beat your children? Beat your slaves? This is the book of morals Christians live by? Yikes! The Bible is a horrible book, not a book to live your life by.

Coming Soon: Proverbs – Chapter 30: Sayings of Agur

Atheism Quote – /u/BuccaneerRex

Today’s Atheism Quote comes from reddit user /u/BuccaneerRex.

“I was raised secular, it honestly surprised me when I found out some adults actually did believe deities were real.” – /u/BuccaneerRex

I was an adult before I became secular. When raised in religion you know nothing else and it can be hard to break free from the indoctrination. Indoctrination from a young age is a powerful tool in locking in God into one’s mind. Free and critical thinking must be pushed at a young age. The constant encouragement of asking questions is the antidote to indoctrination.