2 Chronicles – Chapter 32: Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

The books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles are closely related and are often copies of each other. In our last chapter discussed, we took a look at a chapter in 2 Kings and learned that God is bringing peace, but allowed an evil king to rule for close to six decades! God is bringing peace? Sure. Let’s see what this chapter in 2 Chronicles has in store for us.

“After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah.” – 2 Chronicles 32:1

A sure sign that God loves you. LOL!

“‘With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.” – 2 Chronicles 32:8

Will God step in and save the people of Hezekiah? We shall see. God has a spotty record of helping people.

“And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king.” – 2 Chronicles 32:21

This time God steps in and saves the day, but he only does so after Hezekiah and his people beg for God to help them. A loving individual doesn’t require others to beg to receive love.

“In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.” – 2 Chronicles 32:24-25

Hezekiah prays to God but because he doesn’t do it correctly, God will not save Hezekiah.

The chapter ends with the death of Hezekiah, a good king, but still one that God would not save because of God’s stupid, pathetic rules about how to pray and ask God for help. The biblical god is a petty god.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 33: Manasseh King of Judah

Recap of Isaiah

I actually missed it but I finished discussing the last chapter of Isaiah on this blog a few days ago. Isaiah has 66 chapters in which we are told the word by the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah tells us God is wonderful, but then he’s awful, but then he’s wonderful if only you listen to him. God will save us, but he destroys us.

Basically what we saw in the book of Isaiah is a domestic abuser. God loves us but he’s going to punish us severely if we don’t listen to his every word. This is a domestic abuser. The abuser says he (usually a male) loves you but then will beat you physically, or mentally with words, if you don’t do exactly as he says. It’s a repeated cycle of supposed love followed by physical and/or mental pain.

Isaiah is not a book of love. It’s a book describing a domestic abuser. This god is not worthy of worship. This god is a man created god who came into existence in the minds of men trying to control the masses. And boy were they successful! We are still dealing with the evils of the Bible today and will continue to do so for many decades and possibly centuries yet.

Mark 6:10

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse is an instruction by Jesus to his prophets on how to be an unwelcome guest.

“Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.” – Mark 6:10

So let’s get this straight. If you enter a house in a new town, Jesus is instructing you to stay there until you leave the town. Do the owners of the home know this? Are they consenting to Jesus being there? Not according to Jesus. You just stay in the house and leave when you are ready. Jesus, the guest who overstays his welcome and doesn’t get the messages that it is time to leave.

2 Kings – Chapter 21: Manasseh King of Judah

Today we see a new king, Manasseh, who was the son of Hezekiah, the king who died in the last chapter of 2 Kings.

“He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.” – 2 Kings 21:2

This king did evil, but does it really matter? Hezekiah did good in the eyes of the Lord and God had some of Hezekiah’s family taken away.

“He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists.” – 2 Kings 21:6

Don’t get me wrong, this king is an asshole. My problem is God doesn’t treat the good kings any differently than the bad kings!

“Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.” – 2 Kings 21:12

God is going to punish ALL of the people for the evil deeds of one. Sigh. Another example that God is unjust.

“Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done.” – 2 Kings 21:19-20

I didn’t mention it above, but Manasseh reigned for 55 years. This was a king who did so much evil that God was disgusted, but God does nothing. He lets Manasseh live for 55 years after taking over. Next up is Amon, another evil king. He only ruled two years. But where is God? If God was caring, he’d step in and help, not allow two evil kings to rule for 57 consecutive years.

That concludes this chapter. God loves you and says he is bringing peace, but allows evil to reign for 57 years. A loving god? Hardly.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 32: Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

God Works in Mysterious Ways

Don’t know the answer to something? Well religion has an answer for you and that is too often “God works in mysterious ways.” Satisfied? Neither am I, but it’s where far too many religious people stop. They don’t ask questions. They don’t seek knowledge. They rely on a god with no evidence. Thus this meme is appropriate for this Sunday.

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Acquiring knowledge is hard and religion doesn’t want you asking questions because it will lead you to the truth that there is no god.

2 Kings – Chapter 20: Hezekiah’s Illness

Today we move back to the book of 2 Kings and learn about Hezekiah’s illness.

“In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, ‘This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.’” – 2 Kings 20:1

LOL! God is blunt in this verse. Dude, you’re going to die. 🙂

“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you’” – 2 Kings 20:5

This is a very harmful verse. It leads people to believe that praying to God will help you. God may have said he will heal Hezekiah, but there is no evidence in the real world that prayer does anything. There are multiple studies showing no effect. On top of this, some people resort to prayer instead of seeking medical attention. Very, very harmful.

“Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” – 2 Kings 16-18

This is a disgusting god. God heals Hezekiah but then has everything stolen, including Hezekiah’s family. Fuck you God.

And that is the end of Hezekiah. He dies and his son takes over. Peace is still missing from the land, despite God’s promise that he will bring peace.

Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 21: Manasseh King of Judah

Isaiah – Chapter 66: Judgment and Hope

The word ‘hope’ in the title of this chapter should not bring hope to your ears. We’ve seen God’s version of hope over and over in the Bible and it never pans out.

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me?” – Isaiah 66:1

You’re God, build your own god damned house!!!

“But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person,” – Isaiah 66:3

Seriously? God has laid down all sorts of rules on how to sacrifice animals, demanding it in many cases, but now he says it is murder.

“Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this?” – Isaiah 66:7-8

Childbirth is pretty common so I’m going to go with lots of people! 🙂

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 66:13

We’ve heard this before. And we know it isn’t true. Look at the Middle East today. It is not a region of peace. It is a region filled with ware and strife and meddling by other countries such as the U.S. God lies once again.

“ ‘Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one who is among those who eat the flesh of pigs, rats and other unclean things—they will meet their end together with the one they follow,’ declares the Lord.” – Isaiah 16:17

God hates bacon and those who eat bacon.

“And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” – Isaiah 66:24

I guess all of those who died by harm had rebelled against God. There are people who seriously think that those who were harmed or suffer were not following God’s ways.

God is great at telling us he will bring peace but look around you can tell this isn’t true. Either there is a god and he is an asshole, or there is no god. A peaceful god would not allow a world filled with hate and bigotry.

Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 20: Hezekiah’s Illness