Atheism Quotes – Annie Besant

Today’s Atheism quote is a good one.

“The Atheist waits for proof of God. Till that proof comes he remains, as his name implies, without God. His mind is open to every new truth, after it has passed the warder reason at the gate.” – Annie Besant

Exactly. As an Atheist, I need proof God exists. Real proof. Not fake proof such as ‘oh look at how beautiful the world is’. No, I need God himself to give me real proof. If he is the god Christians say he is, providing real proof should be no problem. Until that time, I am an Atheist.

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2 Chronicles – Chapter 24: Joash Repairs the Temple

Today we shift back to 2 Chronicles for a chapter and take a look at 2 Chronicles 24 which is a repeat of 2 Kings 12.

“Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest. Jehoiada chose two wives for him, and he had sons and daughters.” – 2 Chronicles 24:2-3

Joash does what is right in God’s eyes and has two wives. Biblical marriage!

“A proclamation was then issued in Judah and Jerusalem that they should bring to the Lord the tax that Moses the servant of God had required of Israel in the wilderness.” – 2 Chronicles 24:9

The people are taxed to repair a temple.

“After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them.  They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came on Judah and Jerusalem.” – 2 Chronicles 24:17-18

The people are once again punished for the crimes of the king.

“At the turn of the year, the army of Aram marched against Joash; it invaded Judah and Jerusalem and killed all the leaders of the people.They sent all the plunder to their king in Damascus. Although the Aramean army had come with only a few men, the Lord delivered into their hands a much larger army. Because Judah had forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, judgment was executed on Joash. When the Arameans withdrew, they left Joash severely wounded.” – 2 Chronicles 24:23-25

And the chapter ends with more killing.

This chapter continues the trend of death and destruction by the hand of God. In other words, your typical Bible chapter.

Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 14: Amaziah King of Judah

2 Kings – Chapter 13: Jehoahaz King of Israel

Killing, killing, killing. That’s the theme thus far in 2 Kings. Let’s see if 2 Kings 13 is any different.

“In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them.” – 2 Kings 13:1-2

God’s evil/good coin flips toward evil with this king.

“So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power of Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad his son.” – 2 Kings 13:3

Instead of punishing the king, God punishes the people. Sigh. Such a stupid god.

“Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died.” – 2 Kings 13:14

God doesn’t even step in to alleviate the suffering of his prophet!

“Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped.  The man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.’ Elisha died and was buried.” – 2 Kings 13:18-20

Um…what a fucked up story. Elisha’s god will only fully protect the army if the arrow is struck five or six times? Three times isn’t good enough? What a fucking petty god.

“Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.” – 2 Kings 13:21

Zombies! Jesus fucking christ. The Bible expects people of normal intelligence to believe this shit? Unfortunately far too many do.

“Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben-Hadad his son succeeded him as king. Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured from Ben-Hadad son of Hazael the towns he had taken in battle from his father Jehoahaz. Three times Jehoash defeated him, and so he recovered the Israelite towns.” – 2 Kings 13:24-25

The chapter ends with more death and battles.

What did we learn in this chapter? Not much we didn’t already know. God flips a coin to determine who is good and who is evil. God punishes those who didn’t do the wrong doing. And more people die, constantly.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 24: Joash Repairs the Temple

Matthew 24:37

Last week we took a look at the not-so-nice version of Jesus in the Bible. Today in Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday, we look at another not-so-nice version of Jesus.

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” – Matthew 24:37

Jesus loves you, but he will express that love by killing everyone in a massive flood.

2 Kings – Chapter 12: Joash Repairs the Temple

Thus far 2 Kings has brought us a lot of senseless killing, all by the hands of God or under the orders of God. Today we delve into 2 Kings 12.

“Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.” – 2 Kings 12:2

I’m pretty sure God just flips a coin to determine who is right and wrong in his eyes.

“Joash said to the priests, ‘Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the Lord—the money collected in the census, the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarily to the temple. Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, then use it to repair whatever damage is found in the temple.’” – 2 Kings 12:4-5

Instead of spending money to help the people, money is collected to repair God’s temple. Sigh.

“But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple.” – 2 Kings 12:6

King Joash must be pretty stupid if it took him 23 years to notice the money was not spent on repairing the temple.

“The money from the guilt offerings and sin offerings was not brought into the temple of the Lord; it belonged to the priests.” – 2 Kings 12:16

In other words, the priests were stealing money for their own benefit.

“As for the other events of the reign of Joash, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? His officials conspired against him and assassinated him at Beth Millo, on the road down to Silla. The officials who murdered him were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer. He died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.” – 2 Kings 12:19-21

Apparently Joash wasn’t doing right in the eyes of God if God allowed him to be murdered.

A typical ending to a chapter in this book. Murder, death, and a new king. Basically the same as all chapter thus far in this book.

Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 13: Jehoahaz King of Israel

2 Kings – Chapter 11: Athaliah and Joash

In the last chapter God had a champion, Jehu, who did a bunch of killing in the name of God.

“When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family.” – 2 Kings 11:1

And let more killing begin!

But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed.” – 2 Kings 11:2

So one prince survives while the others are all killed. A direct result of God commanding Jehu to kill.

“So they seized her as she reached the place where the horses enter the palace grounds, and there she was put to death.” – 2 Kings 11:16

This refers to the execution of Athaliah. One could argue her death is justified given she killed all but one in the royal family. But she wouldn’t have done the killing had God’s champion, Jehu, not done all of his killing.

That basically does it for this chapter. More killing. God is still getting his jollies off on unnecessary murder.

Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 12: Joash Repairs the Temple