Isaiah – Chapter 12: Songs of Praise

We continue today in the book of Isaiah.

“I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away  and you have comforted me.” – Isaiah 12:1

I see no evidence God’s anger has turned away. If anything, God’s anger continues to grow as he continues to lash out at the people.

“Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;  let this be known to all the world.” – Isaiah 12:5

What glorious things has he done? The people have starved, been forced from their homes, many have died!!! Is killing people a glorious thing?

This was a very short chapter praising God, completely ignoring all of the evidence God is not worthy of praise.

Coming Soon: Micah – Chapter 1: Judgment Against Samaria and Jerusalem

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Isaiah – Chapter 11: The Branch From Jesse

The last few chapters of Isaiah have taught us that God is good at talking the talk, but sucks at walking the walk. He says a lot of things about helping the distressed, but then doesn’t or waits to do it. Today we look into the 11th chapter of Isaiah.

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” – Isaiah 11:1

God is making a tree out of Jesse. 🙂

“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;” – Isaiah 11:3

Um…so he’s throwing all evidence out the window in his judging? Once again, God is not just nor is he just in the people he uses, in this case, Jesse.

“The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.” – Isaiah 11:8

Looks like it’s time to call Child Protective Services!!!

“In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.” – Isaiah 11:11

There would be zero remnants of people if God had acted just from the beginning! God has caused these problems.

“The Lord will dry up  the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River.” – Isaiah 11:15

God just can’t help it, can he? Killing and causing harm is his very nature.

This chapter shows us God is still doing everything he can to harm people. He’s trying to play hero to the people by saving them from the problems he caused, but he can’t help causing more problems, like drought! What does God think a dried up river will do to the people? Their water must come from somewhere!

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 12: Songs of Praise

Isaiah – Chapter 10: God’s Judgment on Assyria

We learned in Isaiah 9 that God supposedly cares about you, but then he’s burning the ground left and right because he’s continuously mad at you. This is a very angry god.

“Woe to those who make unjust laws,” – Isaiah 10:1

Does this apply to God? It should as his laws are the most unjust of all.

“Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.” – Isaiah 10:4

God is still angry.

“When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, ‘I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.’” – Isaiah 10:12

Punished for the crimes of pride and haughty looking eyes? Seriously? This is why God is unjust. He punishes for all the wrong reasons.

“Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,  will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors; under his pomp a fire will be kindled   like a blazing flame.” – Isaiah 10:16

See God’s love in action. Fireballs filled with his love. Disease filled with his love.

“My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did. Very soon my anger against you will end  and my wrath will be directed to their destruction.” – Isaiah 10:24-25

So let me get this straight. The people are being beaten by rods. God could stop this now, but instead he says, hold on, my anger will stop them soon, don’t worry. WTF?!?!?

Sheesh. What a chapter. God is still filled with anger. He punishes people, sure, but does he punish them for justified reasons, or just because they have a weird look in their eye? And instead of stopping the pain and suffering right away, he just tells the people to hold on, I’ll be by soon when I’m done binge watching the entire Friends series.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 11: The Branch From Jesse

Isaiah – Chapter 9: Untitled

Today we move back to the book of Isaiah.

“Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.” – Isaiah 9:1

Great! Too bad it isn’t true.

“The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” – Isaiah 9:7

Except it doesn’t. Suffering in this world has not stopped. Pain in this world has not stopped. The death of innocents has not stopped. Hunger has not stopped. Poverty has not stopped. Either the god of the Bible is a liar, or he does not exist.

“But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the Lord Almighty.” – Isaiah 9:13

All God has to do is show himself. He is God and has the ability to prove himself to others, but refuses at every opportunity. God can end all of this by showing himself.

“Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly.” – Isaiah 9:17

And the people continue to suffer.

“By the wrath of the Lord Almighty  the land will be scorched and the people will be fuel for the fire;  they will not spare one another.” – Isaiah 9:19

Not only do the people suffer, but they suffer painful, fiery deaths at the hands of God.

“Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.” – Isaiah 9:21

God’s anger never wavers. He is filled with it and will use that anger to harm you.

This chapter shows us once again that God does not love you. He hates you and will cause you great harm and suffering. The evidence is right there in the Bible. This is not a god to worship, but a god you should bury and let die.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 10: God’s Judgment on Assyria

Isaiah – Chapter 8: Isaiah and His Children as Signs

One chapter after the supposed prediction of Jesus, Isaiah moves on to his children.

“The Lord said to me, ‘Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.’  So I called in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me. Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son.’” – Isaiah 8:1-3

A very odd sequence of events. The Lord tells Isaiah to grab a pen and Isaiah does and then immediately follows up with making love to someone and her birthing his son. Um???

“For before the boy knows how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.” – Isaiah 8:4

And God punishes the child by having him/her ripped away from the parents. This god is not worthy of anyone’s worship.

“The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.” – Isaiah 8:13

Once again, to demand one’s fear is to rule as a child abuser.

“When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” – Isaiah 8:19

In defense of those calling up mediums, are they really any different than the god of the Bible who never shows himself?

And there you have it. Another chapter in Isaiah. So much wisdom gained. Sarcasm off.

Coming Soon: Amos – Chapter 1: Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

Isaiah – Chapter 7: The Sign of Immanuel

We continue today with the seventh chapter in Isaiah where we see, supposedly, the sign of Jesus.

“Then the Lord said to Isaiah, ‘Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field.’” – Isaiah 7:3

This sets the plot for the chapter.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14

Christians claim this prophecy is evidence for the birth of Jesus and the truth of the Bible. Sure, if you completely ignore the fact that the New Testament authors had the Old Testament chapters to go off. It’s easy to claim a prophecy is true after the fact. The New Testament authors could simply say this happened and point to the prophecy and go ‘Voila!’And again, if you believe a virgin gave birth, you have willingly entered the realm of the irrational.

“In that day the Lord will whistle for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.” – Isaiah 7:18

The all-powerful God has to whistle to bring the flies and bees.

“In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria—to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard also.” – Isaiah 7:20

The Lord is going to manscape his people!

Isaiah 7 gives us the prophecy of Jesus, but the proof Christians give for Jesus is this prophecy. That’s not proof. If I write a book saying dragons will come in ten years, and then in twenty years someone else writes a book saying dragons came, that’s not evidence any of it happened! It’s evidence the second author had the first author’s works! Sigh.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 8: Isaiah and His Children as Signs

Isaiah – Chapter 6: Isaiah’s Commission

Our last look in Isaiah showed us God is a horrible parent. He truly sucks at it. Worse than the suckiest human parent in existence! Will he redeem himself in this chapter? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted,seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” – Isaiah 6:1

God has a chance to prove himself to everyone, but doesn’t. He could end all of this, but doesn’t. This is what you call an idiot God.

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’” – Isaiah 6:6-7

So let me get this straight. An angel takes a piece of hot coal from the altar and puts it against Isaiah’s lips and Isaiah’s sin is taken away? Sure.

He said, ‘Go and tell this people: ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;   be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’’” – Isaiah 6:9

God doesn’t want you to think. He wants you to be dumb and believe everything you are told.

Thus ends this short chapter. More nonsense. Here’s the problem with Christianity (and most religions in the world). You are told to believe on faith and punished if you attempt to think critically. A world in which critically thinking is punished is not a world worth inhabiting.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 7: The Sign of Immanuel