2 Chronicles – Chapter 20: Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon

Our trek through 2 Chronicles continues.

“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.” – 2 Chronicles 20:3

This is in reference to an army on its way to attack. So an army is coming and Jehoshaphat is like, oh shit, here comes an army, no one gets to eat! WTF?

“This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’” – 2 Chronicles 20:15

Evidence the bloodshed is directly a result of God. He could stop this, but he chooses blood.

“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.” – 2 Chronicles 20:22-23

God could stop all of this by sending peace throughout the land, but he doesn’t. He causes the people to attack and kill each other. This is not a moral, loving god. This is an evil god.

“So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.” – 2 Chronicles 20:25

On top of murdering the people, God allows Jehoshaphat’s people to steal their belongings. Biblical morality at its finest.

“The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.” – 2 Chronicles 20:33

Still? Let’s face it, the people can NEVER do right in the eyes of God.

“‘Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy what you have made.’” The ships were wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade.” – 2 Chronicles 20:37

Jehoshaphat tries to make peace and is punished by God. Evidence God does not want peace. He wants murder and plundering.

This chapter was an excellent view at how God works. God wants bloodshed. He gets his jollies off on bloodshed. Peace is never an option with this evil god.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 21: Jehoram King of Judah

2 Chronicles – Chapter 19: Jehoshaphat Appoints Judges

Today we continue in the book of 2 Chronicles.

“Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, ‘Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is on you.’” – 2 Chronicles 19:2

Christianity is supposed be about loving everyone, but the Old Testament disagrees.

“There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God.” – 2 Chronicles 19:3

LOL! The good is in hating others and driving them from your lands. JFC.

“Now let the fear of the Lord be on you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.” – 2 Chronicles 19:7

Once again, fearing God is not a good thing. It is child abuse.

In this chapter Jehoshaphat is appointing judges in the lands and telling them to rule by fearing God. By fearing God they will rule faithfully and not sin. Sorry, but this is horrible advice. Judging by fearing someone else is a guarantee you will judge wrongly and make mistakes. Those mistakes will punish innocent people.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 20: Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon

Ezra 9:3

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse shows how hateful the characters in the Bible can be toward others unlike them.

“When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled.” – Ezra 9:3

Ezra is referring to the moment he heard intermarriage between tribes was taking place. Because how dare people marry the people they love. This is also quite the ridiculous reaction to hearing this. Pulling out your hair? Christ that’s a lot of hate built up! But look at how people react to same sex marriages today and you can see the level of hate still exists in this world.

2 Chronicles – Chapter 18: Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab

Today’s chapter is a repeat of 1 Kings 21, as if that chapter wasn’t already silly enough.

“So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.” – 2 Chronicles 18:22

In case you didn’t get the message in the last chapter. God is knowingly deceiving the people.

“All day long the battle raged, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. Then at sunset he died.” – 2 Chronicles 18:34

And once again, God gets what he wants, death.

Interesting that the authors of the Bible found this story of God’s deception so important they included it twice. It basically shows God is a deceiver, a liar.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 19: Jehoshaphat Appoints Judges

Atheism Quotes – Cara Santa Maria

Today’s Atheism post comes from science outreach activist Cara Santa Maria.

“Science is riddled with doubt, and religion is completely founded on faith. Rely on faith, and the scientific method falls apart. Insert doubt, and religious certainty quickly dwindles.” – Cara Santa Maria

Very well said. Science is filled with doubt and that is what makes science so great. Science is about introducing questions to doubt in order to create better experiments, acquire better data, and better answer questions. Science welcomes doubt while religion fears it.

1 Kings – Chapter 22: Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab

The last few chapters of 1 Kings have sent horrible messages and are anything but moral. Let’s see what this chapter has in store for us.

“Micaiah continued, ‘Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ ‘One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ ‘By what means?’ the Lord asked. ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. ‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’ ‘So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.’” – 1 Kings 19-23

Wow! This is a huge word salad of nonsense but ultimately results in the Lord sending out deceiving spirits so people can die.

“So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there.” – 1 Kings 21:37

And God’s bloodlust is satisfied…for now.

The chapter ends with a few more verses on new kings who came and went, because they did evil in the eyes of the Lord. In the end, nobody, not even the most righteous man of all, Job, can satisfy God.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 18: Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab

1 Kings – Chapter 21: Naboth’s Vineyard

Today we continue in 1 Kings, which means the ridiculous nonsense we’ve heard so far will likely continue. A reminder of an example of the ridiculousness is the man who was eaten by a lion for not trying to strike down another man with a sword. Yep, it’s in the Bible folks.

“So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, ‘I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.’ He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.” 1 Kings 21:4

Man, what a cry baby!

“So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him.” – 1 Kings 21:8

This is not a very nice thing Ahab’s wife did.

“Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, ‘Naboth has cursed both God and the king.’ So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.” – 1 Kings 21:13

And just like that Naboth is killed. No trial. God does nothing to stop this evil.

“When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.” – 1 Kings 21:16

Not nice!

“Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’” – 1 Kings 21:19

Too little too late God. You could have stopped this before the murder.

“He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free.’” – 1 Kings 21:21

And now God goes on to dole out punishment and death to the innocent descendants.

“(There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)” – 1 Kings 21:25-26

Seriously? No one like Ahab? God has done FAR more evil than Ahab.

“When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly. Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: ‘Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.’” – 1 Kings 21:27-28

What…the…fuck?!?!?! Ahab puts a bag over his head and God is all like “this dude is cool now, I will not kill him, but I sure as fuck am going to harm his kids.”

Wow! What a horrible story! More innocent descendants to be killed but what makes it worse is the end. God decides to spare Ahad, but is still going to harm the descendants. Christians…read the book you worship! It’s not a good book!

Coming Soon: 1 Kings – Chapter 22: Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab

Jonah 2:1

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today we have a verse from the book of Jonah, the same book in which Jonah is eaten by a fish and lives in the fish for several days before being vomited up. Yep. It’s in the Bible folks.

“From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.” – Jonah 2:1

Not only is Jonah eaten by the fish and vomited back up, he prays to God inside the fish. LOL! What a ridiculous story that far too many Christians take as the absolute truth, simply because it’s in a book called the Bible, written by authors we don’t know with some chapters being determined to be forgeries! So yeah, definitely must believe the fish story. Sheesh.

1 Kings – Chapter 20: Ben-Hadad Attacks Samaria

Today we continue in the book of 1 Kings with chapter 20.

“He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, ‘This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.’’ The king of Israel answered, ‘Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours.’” – 1 Kings 20:2-4

Just like that the King of Israel offers to give up the wives and children in an attempt to save his own ass. Pitiful.

“The king of Israel summoned all the elders of the land and said to them, ‘See how this man is looking for trouble! When he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, I did not refuse him.’” – 1 Kings 20:7

The other king has told the king of Israel that he will plunder all his valuables. The king of Israel, who was fine with the taking of the wives and children, refuses the demand of plundering the valuables. Apparently this king of Israel doesn’t consider his wives and children valuable! The definition of biblical family values at their finest.

Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, ‘Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they.’” – 1 Kings 20:23

For fuck’s sake. Fight them on the plains because their gods are gods of the hills? Are people really this stupid?

“The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’’” – 1 Kings 20:28

Notice how God is protecting the Israelites, not because he loves or cares about them, but because the other army thinks this god likes hills and not valleys. Sheesh.

“By the word of the Lord one of the company of the prophets said to his companion, ‘Strike me with your weapon,’ but he refused. So the prophet said, ‘Because you have not obeyed the Lord, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you.’ And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him.” – 1 Kings 20:35-36

Sigh. This is just stupid. If this was you, would you try to strike down the man? No, because if you did and nothing stopped you, you’d kill the man and be guilty of murder! But for expressing common sense, this guy is killed by a lion.

“The prophet found another man and said, ‘Strike me, please.’ So the man struck him and wounded him.” – 1 Kings 20:37

Sure. I’m sure this really happened. Sigh.

“Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. He said to the king, ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘You have set free a man I had determined should die] Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.’’  Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.” – 1 Kings 20:41-43

What the fuck? What is the point of this silly trickery?

Man, this chapter is filled with nonsense. Unbelievable nonsense, but nonsense that shows how fucked up biblical morals are.

Coming Soon: 1 Kings – Chapter 21: Naboth’s Vineyard

Atheism Quote – Anne Nicol Gaylor

Today’s Atheism quote comes from Anne Nicol Gaylor, the co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“There are no Gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” – Anne Nicol Gaylor

Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, God and Jesus are nothing more than a myth. The same holds true for all gods humans have created.