I love Seth Andrews! His “The Thinking Atheist” podcast was one of the first I came across as I began to question Christianity. He’s not THE Thinking Atheist, but his podcast makes him one of the great Atheist activists out there and his podcast has helped many like myself transition away from religion. He has many awesome quotes and here’s one of them.
“We live in a world where conformity is comfort…so many voices out there are merely an echo, a hand-me-down from a previous generation.” – Seth Andrews
This is why Christians had Christian parents and why those of most religions had parents of the same religion. It’s what we are taught and what we are taught puts us in a strong level of comfort. It’s hard to break free from that, but with the help of activists such as Seth Andrews, the truth is out there and more easily discoverable.
Amos was supposed to be a book about the negatives of income inequality spread throughout the land at the time. It was supposed to be a book that focused on social issues. It wasn’t. Sure, there was some mention of the rich taxing the poor and the rich doing bad things to the poor. God sees this and calls the land sinful. Does he punish the rich? Maybe…but only through a mass punishment of all people, meaning the poor were harmed just as much, if not more, than the rich.
The book ends with God giving the land back to the Israelites, still controlled by the rich. Did God do anything to help the poor? No, he did not. He said a few things about the evil ways of the people, but never once actually helped the poor! Who has God helped in the Bible?
Today is the last chapter in the book of Amos. Given the title, I highly doubt God is stopping his temper tantrum.
“I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said: ‘Strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake. Bring them down on the heads of all the people; those who are left I will kill with the sword.’” – Amos 9:1
Nope, no intention of calming down. LOL!
“Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them.” – Amos 9:3
Who the fuck is hiding at the bottom of the sea?
“‘I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God.” – Amos 9:15
So God destroys the land, then decides to rebuild it and give it back to the Israelites. Um…okay.
This ends Amos and as you can see, peace reigned throughout the Middle East for all of time. ROFL! What a joke of a book.
Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles 27: Jotham King of Judah
It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and although I’m positive I’ve shared this verse in the past, it is too good to not share a second (or even a third) time!
“Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch.” – Genesis 4:17
One of the two creation stories in the Bible starts with Adam and Eve as the ONLY two humans on Earth. Adam and Eve give birth to Cain and Abel. Then Cain makes love to his wife. Um. Who is the wife? There are only two options. The first option is Cain had sex with his mother and his mother birthed his child. The second option is Adam and Eve birthed girls, but given they lack a penis, they are not worth mentioning in the Bible. Cain then had sex with his sister who birthed his son.
Your choice Christians. If the Bible is the literal word of God, Cain either fucked his mother or his sister. Your choice. Your book of morals says the world was populated by incest.
Only two more chapters in Amos to go. Maybe God will end his temper tantrum before the end? BAHAHAHA! Don’t hold your breath!
“This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. ‘What do you see, Amos?’ he asked. ‘A basket of ripe fruit,’ I answered. Then the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.’” – Amos 8:1-2
This might mean something if God had not been punishing the Israelites from the beginning of the Bible.
“Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land,” – Amos 8:4
Again, this would mean something if God actually helped the poor in the Bible.
“‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.’” – Amos 8:9
Um…has never happened and will never happen. LOL!
God is all upset about how the rich are socking it to the poor, but then does nothing to help the poor and the punishments God puts in place affect EVERYONE, including the poor! One of two things are going on here. Either God hates the poor or God is just plain fucking stupid.
Coming Soon: Amos – Chapter 9: Israel to Be Destroyed
Today’s Atheism quote comes from the author Douglas Adams.
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” – Douglas Adams
Very true. Why can a garden not just be beautiful? Why must it be credited to a higher being? I once had two Jehovah Witnesses stop at my house. When I told them I was an Atheist they asked how I could be an Atheist when there’s a big blue beautiful sky. Granted, it was a very sunny day with a very nice looking blue sky. My response to them? The sky is beautiful, but I take it’s beauty for what it is. I don’t ponder often how it was created and when I do, I follow the science and note the blue sky is blue because of scattering of blue photons across the sky. 🙂
We continue in the book of Amos today. Don’t worry though, God’s pissiness is still there. 🙂
“This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up.” – Amos 7:1
Yep, God’s still pissy.
“Then the Lord said, ‘Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.’” – Amos 7:8
As if God has ever spared the Israelites.
“Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Now then, hear the word of the Lord.’” – Amos 7:14-16
The Amos’s of today’s world are looked at as needed mental health help. But put an Amos in the Bible and it is the divine word of God.
“‘Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan country. And Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’: – Amos 7:17
Yep, God is still pissy.
Amos 7 didn’t teach us anything we didn’t already know. God is a pissy jackass throwing a temper tantrum. Who suffers? Far too many innocent people.
Coming Soon: Amos – Chapter 8: A Basket of Ripe Fruit
I’d like to tell you God’s mood has changed, but it hasn’t. He’s still pissy. 🙂
“If ten people are left in one house, they too will die.” – Amos 6:9
God’s eyes are still filled with bloodlust.
“For the Lord God Almighty declares, ‘I will stir up a nation against you, Israel, that will oppress you all the way from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.’” – Amos 6:14
This is God’s MO. He stirs people up by causing them great suffering so they become so weak they have no choice but to believe in a being they can’t see or observe.
Amos 6 was a short chapter, but still filled with a very, very angry god.
Coming Soon: Amos – Chapter 7: Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line
It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today I’ve chosen a couple of verses in Revelation that are a mouthful!
“No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.” – Revelation 14:3-5
This refers to 144,000 men who will be saved into heaven. Several religions, such as the Jehovah Witnesses believe only 144,000 people will make it into heaven. So God creates billions and billions of people and says fuck you to all but 144,000? If those slots are filled, does that mean no one else goes? It doesn’t matter how good you are, you can’t go to heaven? Sorry, all the slots are filled.
Also, women don’t get to go. Only men not defiled by those evil women. LOL! It’s the end of the Bible and the authors can’t help but attack women one more time.
Blameless? All of Christianity is based on everyone born with sin. How can there be blameless people when by the very definition of the New Testament everyone has sinned? Then again, it’s not like the Bible has ever made sense, so what’s one more piece of nonsense.
Four chapters into Amos and God is still pissed off. Sigh. This dude needs some anger management therapy!
“Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire; it will devour them, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.” – Amos 5:6
Believe in me or you will die. Not exactly the greatest selling point in the world. Believe in me or I will kill you but don’t forget I love you!
“You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine. For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins.” – Amos 5:11-12
The first statement is good. We shouldn’t tax the poor. We shouldn’t continue to build a system of income inequality in this world. But what has God done? Other than kill a few people, he’s done nothing to fix this and actually help the poor. God is just as guilty as the rich in the Bible.
“Seek good, not evil, that you may live.” – Amos 5:14
Okay, but is not killing, evil? If so, the god of the Bible is evil.
“Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them.” – Amos 5:22
Um…God is the one who demanded these offerings and demanded them in a very specific format.
God truly sucks as a leader. This is not how you convince people. This is not how you get people to believe and follow you. Sheesh.
Coming Soon: Amos – Chapter 6: Woe to the Complacent