Isaiah – Chapter 59: Sin, Confession and Redemption

Now that we have fasting out of the way, we can move on to sin, confession and redemption!

“But your iniquities have separated  you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2

I thought God sees everything, but now he doesn’t see you? 

“Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands.” – Isaiah 59:6

But God killing and raping is okay?

“Our offenses are ever with us,   and we acknowledge our iniquities: rebellion and treachery against the Lord,  turning our backs on our God, inciting revolt and oppression,   uttering lies our hearts have conceived.” – Isaiah 59:12-13

Should have fasted when God told you to! LOL!

“The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.” – Isaiah 59:15

What does God expect when his own justice is not just?

As for me, this is my covenant with them,’ says the Lord. ‘My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,’ says the Lord.” – Isaiah 59:21

Except for all the times God chooses not to hear you and ignore you.

Give me a break. This chapter is all about the people not having just laws and not being just to each other. God is all ‘woe is me’ yet he’s the one who has not led by example. He has shown evil throughout the Bible making it clear he is not a just god. What does he expect when the people follow his steps?

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 60: The Glory of Zion

Fasting Meme

Given Friday’s post was on fasting, I found this meme very appropriate for today!

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Exactly! That’s the look we all give when told we should be fasting because, um, no one wants to fast. Our bodies are not designed to fast!

Isaiah – Chapter 58: True Fasting

It may be a new year, but we are still working through the book of Isaiah. Today we learn all about intentionally not eating food.

“‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,‘and you have not seen it?’” – Isaiah 58:3

A good question because it’s a silly thing for God to command. Show me your love by not eating!

“Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,   and in striking each other with wicked fists.” – Isaiah 58:4

Oh cut people some slack. You know damn well you’d do the same thing if you had the hangries! 🙂

“‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight  and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’ For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” – Isaiah 58:13-14

So basically the Lord is grumpy because the people are not fasting correctly.

Here’s the deal, the requirement to fast on the Sabbath (one day each week) to honor God is a stupid ritual that doesn’t make people any more or any less moral. It actually encourages mistakes as we know that lack of food, water, and sleep result in people making poor decisions. By requiring a fast, God is intentionally making it more likely people will do harm to others.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 59: Sin, Confession and Redemption

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2019 and hello 2020!!! Instead of reinventing the wheel today I’m reposting what I wrote two years ago on January 1, 2018. I think I said it pretty well back then and it still applies today.

“Welcome to 2018!!!  For this year’s first post I’m directly copying what I wrote last year on January 1, with only a year change.  So here you go.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  Why wait for the first of the year to make a resolution?  What’s the point? Isn’t any other day just as good? However, if I had to suggest resolutions for someone to start today, I’d suggest the following:

  1. Question everything.
  2. Immerse yourself with science.
  3. Read the Bible. Yes, read the Bible.  Read it to inform yourself with what Christians, whether they’ve read the Bible or not (most haven’t), are trying to push in schools and governments.
  4. In relation to the above resolution, fight back. Don’t hide.  Fight for what is right! Help protect those who are harmed by religion.
  5. Become a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). This organization fights every day to protect your secular rights.  They make a true difference in this world! I know for they helped me once!

It’s a new year.  If you didn’t like how 2017 went, then vow to make a difference this year.  Become involved. You shouldn’t need the start of a new year to motivate you to become involved, but since this is the first day of the year, there’s no reason to not become involved if you haven’t already.”

Revelation 20:5

It’s the last day of 2019 and the last day of the decade that started on January 1, 2010. So for Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday it seems only fitting to pull a verse from Revelation about the end of times. 🙂

“(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.” – Revelation 20:5

ZOMBIES!!! But late zombies. These fucking zombies waited 1000 years before appearing. Talk about being ‘fashionably’ late to the party! LOL!

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