Titus 1:14-14

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse comes from the book of Titus and one I discovered while reading through the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. If you have not checked out this source, please do as it is a fantastic source for reading through the Bible.

“Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.” – Titus 1:13-14

Ignore the Jewish myths? The entire Old Testament is a bunch of Jewish myths as is much of the New Testament. As the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible so keenly points out, this verse is telling the reader to ignore everything they’ve already read before. And many Christians do this, but to ignore the Old Testament is to ignore Jesus’ command in the New Testament:

For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:18-19

So which is it? Follow the Old Testament or ignore the Old Testament?

Hosea – Chapter 1: Hosea’s Wife and Children

Today we begin our trek through the book of Hosea and hear from a new prophet, Hosea.

“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, ‘Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.’” – Hosea 1:2

Oh for fuck’s sake. Seriously? This chapter begins with God telling Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman. Bullshit. The all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God commands someone to marry a promiscuous woman? Give me a fucking break. Also, it’s always the women who are promiscuous. When men sleep around, like David, God is all about it and encourages and supports them. The Bible can go fuck itself.

“Then the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.’” – Hosea 1:4

God demands the son be named a specific name because he’s going to go kill a bunch of people. What…the…fuck….????

“Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them.’” – Hosea 1:6

This proves the Bible is bullshit and God doesn’t exist. No parent would ever listen to a so-called god’s demands to call their child “not loved”.

“After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, ‘Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.’” – Hosea 1:8-9

This is straight up trolling at this point.

Okay, what a fucking bullshit start to a chapter. God demands Hosea name his children demeaning names because God’s in a pissy mood. Seriously, that’s what has happened here. God’s pissy and demands the children get named in a way that reflects his mood on the people. A loving god? Go fuck off.

Coming Soon: Hosea – Chapter 2: Israel Punished and Restored