Mark 7:9-13

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse is a set of verses that tell an interesting story of Jesus not being the loving guy Christians make him out to be.

“And he continued, ‘You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!  For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)—then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” – Mark 7:9-13

Basically, the people have determined God’s laws of putting children to death is unjust, but Jesus says otherwise.  Jesus says the old laws must be followed, including those that put your children to death.  Remember though, Jesus loves you, but only if you murder your family.  Ahhh…isn’t that so cute?  😊

Psalms – Chapter 19: For the director of music. A psalm of David.

In the last two chapters of Psalms we looked at, David called non-believers fools.  Will this be the third chapter in a row?

“Day after day they (heavens) pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” – Psalms 19:2

I’ve never heard the heavens speak, let alone provide knowledge.  Have you?

“They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.” – Psalms 19:3

ROFL!  One verse after stating the heavens speak the Bible says they don’t speak!  ROFL!

“It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.” – Psalms 19:5

WTF?  No it’s not!!!

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.” – Psalms 19:7

The Lord’s laws to kill babies and children are perfect?  What kind of god is this and who in their right mind would say these laws are perfect?  They’re not perfect, they’re horrible!!!  WTF?

“The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.” – Psalms 19:9

Yes, because the best way to show one’s love is to make others fear you.  WTF?

“They (Lord’s decrees) are more precious than gold, than much pure gold, they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.” – Psalms 19:10

Those decrees on killing people are sweeter than honey?  WTF?

There are a few more verses after this in which David asks God to protect him.  Basically this chapter in Psalms is one big WTF moment.  In fact, I used WTF four times in my discussion above and could probably add a few more if I looked and wrote about EACH verse.  The Lord’s laws, including those that order the murder of children and babies, are perfect?  How could anyone worship a god that declares murder perfect?  WTF?!?!?!

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 21:  For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Mark 14:51-52

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!!  Today’s verses focus on a naked man running away.  Yes, you read that right.  A naked man running away!

“A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.” – Mark 14:51-52

What makes this crazy is how weird it is to read this in the Bible, a book that supposedly teaches people morals.  Many Christians say you can only get your morals from God and the Bible.  So what moral does this teach us?  Wear clothing that comes off easily in case someone grabs you so you can easily escape?  It seems to me the Bible, if intended to teach morals, should focus more on real morals and less on naked people.  But hey, I’m just a Satan worshiping heathen!  🙂

Mark 12:18-25

It’s crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!!  Today’s verses came to my attention through the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible Website.  I originally discussed Mark 12:19 going back several months, but let’s take a look at the preceding and following verses.

“Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.  The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.  At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?’ Jesus replied, ‘Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?  When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.’” – Mark 12:18-25

Let me ignore the first couple of verses as I’ve already discussed them previously and focus on the remaining verses.  As the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible Website notes, these verses imply that there is no marriage or sex in heaven.

“When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”

No sex in heaven?  What the hell???  Why?  What’s the point of heaven if there’s no sex?  I realize sex isn’t the end all be all of life, but it plays a very important role in pretty much everyone’s life at some point.  Why would God remove sexual relations from heaven?  Maybe it’s just me, but if there’s no sex in heaven, please send me to hell!  A heaven without sex sounds like a Christian hell!!!

Mark 4:25

It’s crazy Bible verse Tuesday and the focus remains, at least for one more week, on the words of Jesus.

“Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” – Mark 4:25

Fantastic!  This is part of Jesus’ lamp on a stand parable, but the last sentence is very clear.  Those who have will continue to have and have more.  Those who do not have will continue to not have and have even less.  Sucks to be you if you’re poor!

The most horrible thing about this verse is that too many Christians take the words of Jesus literally and follow statements like this.  I’ve seen this verse used as a reason to deny health coverage to everyone and to further cut social safety nets to the less advantaged.  I’ve even seen this verse used to justify cutting social security benefits to the elderly!  Many Christians like to brag about how much they give to charity, but it’s not charity if your money goes to build a mega church or pay a pastor’s salary.  In the end, only a tiny fraction of church tithings go to help the disadvantaged.  Just as Jesus said in Mark 4:25.  J

Mark 12:19

This week’s crazy Bible verse is Mark 12:19.

“Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.” – Mark 12:19

Um…what?  Does the widow have no choice in the matter?  Does the brother have no choice in the matter?  All because Moses ruled that a dead man’s brother must fill his wife with his seed?  What if the brother in law is married?

I understand that culture today is much different than the culture of Biblical times, but this seems ridiculous for Biblical standards.

What else can I say on this?  Widows, hope your brother in law is a handsome man with sexy body?

Hope that you’re madly in love with your brother in law to help ease the transition?  If there’s true love and the relationship between widow and brother in law is consensual, then okay, but if not, it’s nothing but rape.  Given that the Bible says “must marry” I’d say more often than not rape is the outcome.  Condoning rape is not new in the Bible, so I’m not surprised, but this is a New Testament example of it.