Isaiah – Chapter 57: Untitled

More Isaiah today, this time taking a look at Chapter 57.

“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.” – Isaiah 57:1

Seriously? So if God kills you or rapes you, it was to spare you from evil? Give me a fucking break.

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!” – Isaiah 57:3

God punishing the children for the actions of the parents. This is an asshole god.

“I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.” – Isaiah 57:12

Read this carefully. God knows there are righteous people out there but because they are not righteous in exactly the way God demands, God is taking away all of the good they did. What a pathetic god.

“I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways.” – Isaiah 57:17

This is not a god of love and peace. This is a god of anger and pettiness.

What did we learn in this chapter? God is a massive asshole. Okay, we didn’t learn that because we already knew that, but this chapter further reinforces the fact that the Bible describes God as one massive asshole.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 58: True Fasting

1 Kings – Chapter 3: Solomon Asks for Wisdom

Today we move from Psalms back to 1 Kings.  This chapter begins with God asking Solomon to ask from him what he needs and Solomon does so.

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” – 1 Kings 3:9

You’re an adult who should very well know the difference from right and wrong!!!  This is what you ask of God?

“The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.” – 1 Kings 3:10

Seriously?  An all-powerful, all-knowing god was pleased with this dumb ass question?  How about a question on how to fix poverty?  How to avoid famine?  How to treat women equally?  How to live in peace?  Jesus fucking christ.

“Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.” 1 Kings 3:13

Oh for fuck’s sake.  Instead of providing Solomon with real wisdom to help his people, God agrees to give Solomon riches, while the poor suffer.

“Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.” – 1 Kings 3:15

ROFL!  This is God’s out-clause.  Sorry Christians.  The killing continues because it was all a dream!

“Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. One of them said, ‘Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me.  The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.’” – 1 Kings 3:16-18

This is a well-known story in which two women are battling over who is the true birth mother of a child.  It’s supposed to show how wise Solomon is, but as you’ll see in a moment, it really shows how dumb and irrational he is.

“He then gave an order: ‘Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.’ The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, ‘Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!’  But the other said, ‘Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!’ Then the king gave his ruling: ‘Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.’ When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.” – 1 Kings 3:25-28

What a crock of shit!  This isn’t wisdom!  This is straight up stupidity.  Solomon made a decision based on the emotions of two people in a situation filled with emotion.  No evidence was sought.  Solomon should have interviewed the women separately.  He should have interviewed those who knew the women.  He should have investigated their homes.  No, this story doesn’t show Solomon’s wisdom.  It really shows a real lack of wisdom.  He threatened the death of a child.  That’s not a sign of wisdom.

Ug, what a way to end this chapter.  Solomon the wise.  No.  Solomon the dipshit with no critical thinking skills.

Coming Soon:  1 Kings – Chapter 4:  Solomon’s Officials and Governors

Job – Chapter 38: The Lord Speaks

To recap Job Chapter 37, Elihu was speaking, passing along his so called wisdom to Job and Job’s three friends.  Elihu finished speaking and now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Lord is about to speak in Chapter 38.  This is the Lord’s first speaking appearance in the book of Job since Chapter 2.  Will God reveal His wisdom to us?  Will God have a good, reasonable explanation for the harm He caused Job?  We’re about to find out!

“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” – Job 38:2

Um…you are THE Lord.  The knower of all.  The creator of all.  Don’t you already know?

“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” – Job 38:3

LOL!  Job has already braced himself like a man.  He is willing to accept responsibility for his actions if only he knew what they were.  God doesn’t seem interested in answering Job’s questions.  Instead, God is going to ask the questions.

“Where were you when I laid the Earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.” – Job 38:4

When it concerns the killing of Job’s innocent children, this question is irrelevant.  Job not being there at the moment of creation is no justification for God’s actions against Job’s children.  God goes on telling Job all about the different aspects of creation, asking each time, where were you?  Were you there?  No, Job wasn’t there.  Job won’t say this, but here is my response to God:  “No, I wasn’t there, however, I was there when you brutally murdered my children because you were tricked by Satan.  What say you?”

Most of God’s comments to Job are jackass comments such as:

“Surely you know, for you were already born!  You have lived so many years!” – Job 38:21

Again, Job is not questioning the stars or the Earth or the weather.  Job simply wants to know why he is being punished.  He wants to know why his children, servants, and livestock were killed.  Basically God responds with “I did a bunch of stuff before you were born.  Therefore, I command you to shut up.”  Such a kind, loving God.  Some of what God says makes no sense and is in direct contradiction of known science.

“Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion?” – Job 38:31

The Pleiades is a young star cluster whose stars are bound by gravity.  I supposed one can argue God created gravity, but aside from that, God didn’t bind the Pleiades.  The laws of physics did.

“Do you send lightning bolts on their way?” – Job 38:35

Actually yes.  If one runs around in a storm with a metal rod, the chances of getting struck by a lightning bolt are greatly increased.  So yes, a man can send a lightning bolt on its way.  A lightning bolt is simply a discharge of built up charge in the cloud and the ground.  Using a metal rod (lightning rod) increases the chance of a discharge.  Simple physics that God apparently never learned.

“Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?” – Job 38:37

Uh…a 3 year old!  Anyone who can count has the wisdom to count clouds.  I realize knowledge such as counting is against the will of God for He wants His creations to be dumb for fear of them realizing the truth (there is no God), but seriously, to mock Job for being able to count?  That’s a dick move and a dumb one at that.  Look back to the Tower of Babel story for God’s views on man gaining too much wisdom and knowledge.

To sum up Chapter 38, God has very little to offer.  He simply says in many different ways “I am awesome, I created everything, you are a dumb man, therefore, shut up.”  I really expected more from God.  Maybe we’ll get more in the last couple of chapters of Job, but given what we’ve read thus far, I’m not holding my breath.  God completely ignores the point of Job’s pleading.  He answers Job with a non-answer, using a fallacy to deflect Job’s questions.  God lacks basic science knowledge, which is remarkable given that God supposedly created science!

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 39 – God Continues

Freedom From Religion Foundation

I want to take a moment this wonderful Sunday to say a few words about the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).  If you’re unfamiliar, the FFRF, as stated on their webpage, is a non-profit organization that works as an effective state/church watchdog and voice for freethought (atheism, agnosticism, skepticism).

I’ve had the pleasure of conversing with FFRF lawyers on two different occasions regarding what I felt were violations of church/state separation at local public institutions.  On one occasion, the FFRF lawyers wrote a letter to the offending institution and the matter was resolved.  The letter was very polite, very informative, and very detailed.  It was amazing the work FFRF put into this on my behalf.  On the second occasion the FFRF was sympathetic of my request, but was unable to move forward due to previous court cases setting an unfortunate precedent.  The FFRF was super polite and very detailed in their letter back to me citing specific court cases.  Although it saddens me to see this church/state separation continue, I feel better knowing the FFRF did what it could.

If you’re looking for a cause to donate to, the FFRF is a very worthy cause and all donations are tax deductible.  After the help they provided after my first email to them, I put in annual membership donation immediately.  It’s the least I could do.

Again, the FFRF is a great group of friendly, polite people, doing a great job protecting the rights of non-believers.  If you ever have a concern regarding church/state separation issues and are not sure what to do, please do not hesitate to contact them.  They want you to contact them.  I linked the FFRF site above, but a direct link to their report-a-violation page is:

Contact the FFRF

Deuteronomy 23:2

For this week’s Bible verse series, I’ve selected Deuteronomy 23:2.  There are many wonderful verses in Deuteronomy and you’ll likely see several show up in this weekly series.  Today, however, we’ll stick with Deuteronomy 23:2.

“No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, even down to the tenth generation.” – Deuteronomy 23:2

An example of this is a child born out of wedlock or a child born to a secularly married couple.  I thought Christians were all about love and welcoming people from all walks in life, but the Bible clearly states that certain people are NOT welcome into the house of God.  Remember, Jesus did not come to wipe away the old laws.  Jesus states very clearly in Matthew 5:17 that the old laws still stand.

It would almost make sense if the Bible said the couple married out of wedlock were forbidden to enter a church, but it doesn’t.  The innocent child who has done nothing wrong (not that couples having sex out of wedlock is wrong) is punished according to the Bible and it doesn’t end there.  Children, all the way out to the tenth generation are punished and not allowed in a church!  What?!?!?  How are the children this far removed guilty?

In biblical times girls were married at a young age, shortly after puberty.  If we assume a new generation starts every 15 years, then the Bible is telling us that it takes 150 years to clear away the ‘sins’ of the original unwedded couple.  In today’s society the time is even longer!  Today the average age of first childbirth is 25, meaning it takes 250 years to wipe away these ‘sins’.

I don’t know what else to say or do but shake my head and encourage EVERYONE to read the Bible and read this nonsense for themselves.