Isaiah – Chapter 3: Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

In today’s world Isaiah would be viewed as someone in desperate need of mental health help. In Biblical times, and by today’s believers in the Bible, he was the true knower of God and his prophecies spoke the true word of God. Sure.

“I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.” – Isaiah 3:4

God is making the town officials children. Um, okay. God is all-knowing and all-powerful, so he could simply will people to follow him, but instead he chooses to punish people because he loves you. Get it? Me neither.

“But in that day he will cry out, ‘I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.’” – Isaiah 3:7

God, forcing people to be leaders who don’t want to be leaders and don’t have the skills to be leaders, just so he can get his petty way. Yep, makes perfect sense if you love your people.

“Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.” – Isaiah 3:10

The truly righteous, like Job, are punished severely. Those God claims are righteous, like Lot, have done horrible things, such as Lot offering his virgin daughters to be raped by a crowd.

“Youths oppress my people, women rule over them.” – Isaiah 3:12

The world would be a better place if more women ruled.

“The Lord says, ‘The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.’” – Isaiah 3:16-17

God trashing women once again. As I said above, the world would be a better place if more women ruled.

What did we learn this chapter? Not much new, but just reinforcement that God is a whiny little bitch that with his all-powerful ways can’t figure out how to do things right.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 4: The Branch of the Lord

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Isaiah – Chapter 2: The Mountain of the Lord

Today we dig into the second chapter of Isaiah.

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains;” – Isaiah 2:2

The tallest mountain in the world is Chimborazo in Ecuador. Mt. Everest is the highest above sea level, but in terms of farthest from the center of Earth, Chimborazo takes the lead. Thus the Lord’s temple is not in the Middle East, but in South America!

The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty,” – Isaiah 2:12

Still waiting.

“People will flee to caves in the rocks    and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.” – Isaiah 2:19

Not a good idea to hide in caves during an Earthquake.

“Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils.” – Isaiah 2:22

Yes, stop trusting in humans you can see, hear, touch, etc. and start believing in a being that has never shown himself, hardens hearts, murders, rapes, burns, destroys, and makes everyone’s life more miserable. Sure, sounds like a great deal.

And that concludes Isaiah chapter two.

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 3: Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

Introduction to Isaiah

Today we start a new book in the Bible, Isaiah. The first thing you need to know is how to spell ‘Isaiah’, something I can never seem to do correctly. The ‘a’ ‘i’ ‘a’ order always gets me messed up. God did not bless me with the ability to spell the name of one of his prophets. LOL!

The book of Isaiah is about the prophet Isaiah. The book is basically a bunch of stories of Isaiah prophesying the return of God who will help his people. Yeah right. In today’s world, even Christians know that ‘prophets’ are suffering from some mental health problems and need help. But put it in a book and call it the Bible and it all makes perfect sense to them. Sigh.

Isaiah 36:12

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse has you eating your own shit and drinking your own piss. Yep.

“But the commander replied, ‘Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?’” – Isaiah 36:12

And there you have it. Eating shit and drinking piss. No messages about consent and not raping women, but the Bible has your covered on eating shit and drinking piss. 🙂

Isaiah 40:8

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse is just plain silly and completely misses the point.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” – Isaiah 40:8

This verse intends to convey the message that things come into being and things die, but God exists forever. Really? Using grass and flowers is a horrible way of describing it. Yeah, grass withers, but it can survive extreme drought. It will re-grow. Yes, flowers lose their petals, but many will re-grow in the spring. Those that don’t produce seeds to continue life. It’s easy to argue that grass and flowers are FAR MORE enduring than the word of God. God’s word of killing babies, starting wars, and throwing out those who are different? Forget it. I’ll take withering grass and flowers as they are far stronger than the god of the Bible.

Isaiah 13:22

Today’s Crazy Bible Verse comes from the book of Isaiah.

“Hyenas will inhabit her strongholds, jackals her luxurious palaces.” – Isaiah 13:22

At first glance this may not seem so crazy.  What makes it crazy is the replacement of dragons in the King James Version of the Bible with hyenas and jackals in the NIV Bible.  The change from a dragon to a hyena is a big one! If the Bible is God’s literal word as some Christians claim, why do the animals change from mythical creatures?  Hmmm.

Isaiah 2:19

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse is a great example of the God of the Gaps argument.

“People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.” – Isaiah 2:19

When Earth shakes we call this an earthquake.  During the time of the Old Testament the cause of an earthquake was not known, so it makes sense the authors of the Bible described this shaking as an act of God.  As time passed and people learned more about the Earth’s interior we gained a very good understanding of what causes earthquakes.  When rock breaks along a fault line, it releases a great deal of energy and causes the ground to shake.  We even have strong evidence today that fracking is causing earthquakes where earthquakes were previously very rare!

The reason this is a crazy statement in the Bible is many Christians today say every verse in the Bible is the literal truth of God.  No, it isn’t.  Science each day closes the gap in the God of the Gaps argument.  As the gap closes, God becomes weaker and weaker.  Saying earthquakes are caused by God when science tells us otherwise doesn’t make God stronger or anymore true.  It weakens the religious argument.  Science and the internet are increasing the rise of the non-believers every day.