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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Luke 11:27-28

One of the important things to continually point out in the Bible is the fact Jesus is not a great guy. Christians point to the evils of the Old Testament and argue that doesn’t matter because Jesus came along in the New Testament to spread love. Not true. It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse once again shows Jesus is not a good guy.

“As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’ He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’” – Luke 11:27-28

Someone in the crowd blesses Jesus’ mother and in return Jesus says, nope, don’t bless her, bless those who obey God. The same god who rapes and murders everyone he can. Jesus is just as horrible as father who raped a virgin to give birth to himself.

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.

2 Chronicles 18:21-22

It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today we see God forcing people to lie to prove his point. Sigh.

“‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. ‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’ ‘So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.’” – 2 Chronicles 18:21-22

Much of the Bible focuses on how evil the average person is. God has to punish people because they lie, deceive, murder, etc. But this verse shows us that God is the one forcing the people to lie! So how often are people punished by God because God forced them to lie? Hmm. An evil god, causing people to be evil, so he can punish them for their evil. Biblical morality.

2 Chronicles – Chapter 26: Uzziah King of Judah

The book of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles mirror each other in many ways, including some direct repetition. Today we move to 2 Chronicles to learn about King Uzziah.

“Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah.  He was the one who rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah after Amaziah rested with his ancestors.” – 2 Chronicles 26:1-2

So far so good for Uzziah.

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done.” – 2 Chronicles 26:4

Okay, things are continuing to go well.

“God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites.” – 2 Chronicles 26:7

God still supporting Uzziah at this point.

“But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.  Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the Lord followed him in.  They confronted King Uzziah and said, ‘It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God.’” – 2 Chronicles 26:16-18

And there you go folks. How fucking dare Uzziah burn incense on the altar of incense! HOW FUCKING DARE HE!!!

“Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the Lord’s temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead.” – 2 Chronicles 26:19

Just like that, God gives Uzziah leprosy, for burning incense on an altar INTENDED FOR BURNING INCENSE!

“King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house—leprous, and banned from the temple of the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 26:21

Thus concludes the life of Uzziah.

This is a hilarious chapter. Uzziah does great good and is righteous in the eyes of the Lord. But then one day he breaks a stupid law and burns incense on an altar where incense is supposed to be burned. Then God gives Uzziah leprosy and Uzziah died. This is the god Christians worship. A god who brings great pain to those who are righteous. Dear Christians…spend more time reading the book you consider the holy word of God!

Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 1: A Rebellious Nation

2 Kings – Chapter 15: Azariah King of Judah

After a short break to delve into the book of Jonah, we move back to the book of 2 Kings where we continue learning about the rise and fall of kings, regardless if they do good or evil in the eyes of the Lord.

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. The Lord afflicted the king with leprosy until the day he died, and he lived in a separate house.” – 2 Kings 15:3-5

This is my point. The king does what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but oh wait, no he didn’t, so God gives him leprosy. A stupid god.

“He (Zechariah) did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his predecessors had done.” – 2 Kings 15:9

Let’s see what happens to a king that does evil in the eyes of the Lord.

“Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against Zechariah. He attacked him in front of the people, assassinated him and succeeded him as king.” – 2 Kings 15:10

Doing evil gets you killed. But so does doing good. So what is it that keeps you living? Hmmm.

“Then Menahem son of Gadi went from Tirzah up to Samaria. He attacked Shallum son of Jabesh in Samaria, assassinated him and succeeded him as king.” – 2 Kings 15:14

Another violent death.

“At that time Menahem, starting out from Tirzah, attacked Tiphsah and everyone in the city and its vicinity, because they refused to open their gates. He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.” – 2 Kings 15:16

The god Christians worship and love allowed pregnant women to be ripped open. Did these women do anything other than lack a penis? Nope!

In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem son of Gadi became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria ten years.  He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. During his entire reign he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. Then Pul king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talents[g] of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom. Menahem exacted this money from Israel. Every wealthy person had to contribute fifty shekels of silver to be given to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria withdrew and stayed in the land no longer.” – 2 Kings 15:17-20

Menahem does evil in the eyes of God, but I can’t see that he was really punished at all!

I’m going to stop here. The chapter continues for another 15-20 verses of more kings doing evil and getting assasinated. The point I’m making in this chapter is God is not consistent in his punishment. Some kings are assassinated, others are not. And a king who was righteous according to God was given leprosy! As I’ve said many times, this is not a god worthy of anyone’s worship.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 26: Uzziah King of Judah