Psalms – Chapter 103: Of David.

We have Psalms 103 in front of us today.  Let’s dig right in.

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” – Psalms 103:2-5

This is factually incorrect.  God does not heal diseases.  Everyday people die of diseases God did not heal.  You can’t simply say God works in mysterious ways and therefore be okay with people dying of diseases that God supposedly healed.

“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.” – Psalms 103:6

ROFL!  Please tell me this is satire?  It is satire, right?  No?  Oh for fuck’s sake.  The Lord is righteous?  ROFL!

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” – Psalms 103:8

A direct contradiction to the rest of the Bible that describes God as a jealous god who is quick to anger.  The authors are not even trying to hide their lies at this point.

“He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;” – Psalms 103:9

But he will punish the children of those who do badly for several generations.  I guess that’s not forever, but not exactly the sign of a compassionate or just god.

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;” – Psalms 103:11

Does this mean the heavens hover just a few nanometers above the surface?  😊

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” – Psalms 103:13

The key word in this verse is ‘fear’.  God has compassion, but only if you FEAR him.  That’s not love.  That’s abuse.

“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” – Psalms 103:15-16

Like grass?  I look out the window and see the window blowing the grass, but the grass is still there, alive and as well as ever.  Does this god even know what grass is?  Or wind?

“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,” – Psalms 103:17

Again, God demands you fear him.  This is disgusting.  It’s not love, it is abuse.  No loving god demands your fear.

What a disgusting piece of shit for a chapter.  Morals?  Is it moral to demand your fear?  No!  A parent who rules with fear is likely abusing their child.  God doesn’t rule with compassion.  He’s a child abuser and Christians are his children.  Me?  I fled.  I wasn’t putting up with this abuse anymore and neither should you.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 104:  Untitled

Psalms – Chapter 102: A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

 Let’s see.  1 Chronicles.  Psalms.  Rinse.  Dry.  Repeat.  After a few chapters in 1 Chronicles we are back into Psalms.

“Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you.” – Psalms 102:1

No thanks.  The Lord’s help usually results in unimaginable pain and often death.

“Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” – Psalms 102:2

Those are fighting words against God.  If God is real though, those words will get you maimed, raped, and possibly murdered!

“…my bones burn like glowing embers.” – Psalms 102:3

Um…have you seen a doctor about that?  Bones burning like glowing embers doesn’t sound healthy!

“For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears because of your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.” – Psalms 102:9-10

That is what God does.  You’re better off working your problems out on your own or seeking actual medical (physical or mental) guidance.

“My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.” – Psalms 102:11

Grass doesn’t wither in the evening shadow.  The grass is still there in the morning when the sun rises.

“You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.” – Psalms 102:13

God and compassion in the same sentence?  ROFL!!!

“The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.” – Psalms 102:15

Of course the kings of the earth will revere his glory.  God was created by and for the kings as a way of controlling the masses!

“He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.” – Psalms 102:17

ROFL!  We KNOW this is not true.  God leaves prayers unanswered all the time.  Look around.  There are poor.  There are sick.  There are the abused, the injured, and the murdered.  Many of are those prayed and prayed and genuinely believed God would help them.  He didn’t.

“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” – Psalms 102:18

Sorry, but sperm, eggs, and fetuses are not praising the Lord.  Think that through for a minute.

“In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days.” – Psalms 102:23

Praise the Lord for he killed me early!  Seriously?  Christians are praying to a God who they know harms people!

“The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.” – Psalms 102:28

Actually God has committed millions of descendants to a death sentence as a result of the actions of their parents, grandparents, and ancestors of several generations before them.  The Bible has stated this very clearly on several occasions.  See Exodus 20:5-6 and Deuteronomy 5:9 as examples.

That concludes Psalms 102.  It amazes me that Christians claim God loves them yet ignore the pure evil of God that we can clearly see through this god’s actions.  Wow!  It all boils down to mysterious ways.  Sorry, I’m not buying the God is mysterious argument when it comes to the death of babies.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 103:  Of David.

Matthew 8:3

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today it’s time to talk about the impossible happening.

“Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.” – Matthew 8:3

This is similar to the talking snake, talking donkey, burning bush, etc.  Things that are absolutely impossible.  No, I don’t care how much ‘faith’ you have, no one cured leprosy by a simple touch.  It’s not medical science.  It’s a story and a poor one at that.  If your religion requires you to believe the Bible without questioning, you need to find a new religion.  Better yet, leave religion altogether!  At the very least however, don’t listen to your church on this.  Think for yourself.  Do you really think a snake spoke?  Do you really think a sea parted to both sides?  Do you really think a leper was cured by the touch of Jesus?  Or is there a much more plausible explanation?

There’s a reason why churches tell their flocks to simply have faith.  Having faith is easy.  It requires no thinking.  Questioning and following the evidence is hard, especially when it contradicts your pre-conceived notions.  I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather live a life of questioning and learning than a life in which I simply have faith Jesus cured a leper by touch.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 10: Saul Takes His Life

Our adventure through 1 Chronicles continues.  Given the title of this chapter, things could get interesting.

“The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him.” – 1 Chronicles 10:3

This isn’t new to us on this blog.  We’ve previously discussed the story of Saul when going through the book of 1 Samuel.

“Saul said to his armor-bearer, ‘Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.’” – 1 Chronicles 10:4

This is a serious situation.  Saul is injured and facing capture.  Yet at the same time it is funny given the focus on the male genitals.  I’m so sure that Saul, facing capture and death, is suddenly going to shout out against the uncircumcised men about to capture him!  Oh my god!  Not a foreskin.  I must kill myself for I cannot stand the sight of a foreskin!  😊

“But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died.  So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together.” – 1 Chronicles 10:4-6

That’s quite the way to go.

“Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord…” – 1 Chronicles 10:13

I love how the Bible places all the blame on Saul.  If only he had been more faithful.  Fortunately for us, we know how to read and can easily see that there is much more to this story.  We learned in the first half of 1 Samuel that God has control of Saul’s heart and God has taken over Saul’s body.  This isn’t Saul disobeying God.  This is God taking control of Saul and making Saul disobey him.  That’s a jackass of a move on God’s part but also quite revealing.  This “all-powerful” god isn’t all that powerful it turns out.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 102:  A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 9: The People in Jerusalem

The People in Jerusalem.  This should be exciting, right?  Shall we pray for excitement?  😊

“All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. They were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness.” – 1 Chronicles 9:1

I somehow doubt the Israelites were unfaithful.  Did they break a few of the silly, nonsensical rules set forth by God?  Probably.  Did they sleep around a bit?  Probably.  That’s human nature.  But truly unfaithful?  I doubt it.  It’s more likely that God (or rather the male authors of the Bible) got bored.

“But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries in the house of God.  They would spend the night stationed around the house of God, because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning.” – 1 Chronicles 9:26-27

This has to be the worst job in the world.  Think about it.  Do one tiny thing wrong or make one minuscule error and you are toast.  Literally burnt to a crisp!  This is not a loving god.  This is not a patient god (despite what 1 Chronicles 7 tells us).  You are walking on egg shells every second of every day for as long as you are a gatekeeper.  Maybe the job comes with some great death benefits!

I’ll conclude there.  There are several more verses of genealogy as we’ve come to expect in 1 Chronicles, but there’s really no need for me to discuss any further.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 10:  Saul Takes His Life

1 Chronicles – Chapter 8: The Genealogy of Saul the Benjamite

In the previous chapter of 1 Chronicles we learned all about the ‘good’ fighting men needed to fight God’s wars.  There was also a brief mention of the many wives producing these men, but they lack a penis so let’s not waste too much time talking about them.  Please note my sarcasm.  Let’s see what 1 Chronicles 8 has in store for us.

“Benjamin was the father of Bela his firstborn…” – 1 Chronicles 8:1

And thus begins the genealogy of Saul the Benjamite.

“Sons were born to Shaharaim in Moab after he had divorced his wives Hushim and Baara.” – 1 Chronicles 8:8

He has multiple wives AND gets to divorce them?  Oh the Christian irony.  Yes, I know this is the Old Testament, but the hypocrisy of what many of today’s Christians accept as moral boggles my mind.  Multiple wives?  Sweet Jesus that’s cool.  Gay partners?  That’s so unmoral and against the word of God.  Lesbians?  Ummm…yeah, I guess they are cool.  Sigh.

That concludes 1 Chronicles 8.  Several more verses of genealogy, but nothing worth the time to write about.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 9:  The People in Jerusalem