Friday, February 25, 2011

Atheist Morality and Yahweh's lack thereof

God ironically condemns graven images while he engraves the the commandments.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bible Voodoo

Recipe for biblical curse
  1. Holy Water
  2. Dirt from Temple floor
  3. Biblical ink, charcoal powder mixed with gum
In a sacred clay jar mix holy water with dirt. Write curse on scroll with biblical ink. Rinse scroll in the bowl until the curse has been washed off. Serve cold.

Serves 1 suspected adulterous woman

If a man suspects his wife has been unfaithful, he can take her and some barley flour to a priest. The priest takes the woman before the Lord, mixes holy water with dirt from the temple floor. This is the bitter water which brings a curse (booga-booga). After letting her hair down (isn't that sexual?), he puts a small part of the grain offering in her hand (keeps the rest for himself, payment for the curse). While holding the bitter water, he pronounces the curse. "When you drink this if you are innocent may no harm come to you. However if you are guilty, may your thighs waste away and your belly swell (an alternate translation says may you have a barren womb or a miscarrying womb) . boooga-booga.". She has to consent to it with an Amen.

Then the priest is to write down this curse on a scroll and wash it with the bitter water so it mixes in. He gives it to the woman to drink. It says it will cause bitter suffering regardless. The ingredients sounds pretty nasty and quite unsanitary. While she is experiencing this unpleasantry, the priest takes the grain she has been holding and waves it before the Lord (booga-booga). He then burns another small part of the grain before the Lord. There may be a second incident of having her drink the bitter water again or the bible is doing that redundant repeating thing. Who knows.

But you can imagine the whole state of affairs (pun intended) here. How stressed out the woman will be regardless of innocence. She is being publicly humiliated. Some husbands are real dicks. It really is about him and not her. But she is certainly sweating bullets under God's curse. You know afterwards everyone will be watching her like a hawk. They will be looking for any evidence of the curse. Depending upon the translation they will watch if her belly is swelling or if she has a miscarriage or cannot get pregnant. Do you think she wants to sleep with her bastard husband? However, she really would want to get pregnant to avoid shame. If her belly grows which happens in pregnancy how could they tell the difference between the two curses. Anyway, if they think the curse has come true you know the next step, stone her. So vile, so primitive. No wait it is the word of the almighty, all-perfect God. Booga, booga.

Funny there is no such curse for a jealous wife. Oh, that's right women are property.

Numbers 5:11-29
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him by sleeping with another man, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure— then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder offering to draw attention to guilt.

“‘The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the LORD. Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has slept with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have defiled yourself by sleeping with a man other than your husband”— here the priest is to put the woman under this curse of the oath—“may the LORD cause your people to curse and denounce you when he causes your thigh to waste away and your abdomen to swell.** May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells and your thigh wastes away.**”

“‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”

“‘The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water. He shall have the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water will enter her and cause bitter suffering. The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the LORD and bring it to the altar. The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water. If she has defiled herself and been unfaithful to her husband, then when she is made to drink the water that brings a curse, it will go into her and cause bitter suffering; her abdomen will swell and her thigh waste away,** and she will become accursed among her people. If, however, the woman has not defiled herself and is free from impurity, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

“‘This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and defiles herself while married to her husband, or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the LORD and is to apply this entire law to her. The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.’”

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Widor

Charles-Marie Jean Albert Widor (February 21, 1844 – March 12, 1937) was a French organist, composer and teacher.

There are few French classical composers and fewer that I like, but Widor is a big exception. His Toccata from his 5th Organ Symphony is incredible. I have had the pleasure of hearing it in a big church with fantastic acoustics. Mind blowing. Watching this video strikes me that is sounds more complicated than it is. However, that doesn't take away even 1 second of pleasure. I never get tired of hearing it. Brilliant.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kurt Cobain - Ain't It Ashame

Kurt Donald Cobain born February 20, 1967 and committed suicide on April 5, 1994. Brilliant artist. Such a shame.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Defiled Women

Deuteronomy 24: 1-4
If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man, and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies, then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the LORD. Do not bring sin upon the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.

Defiled property. If God was a woman....hmmmm.....

Wonder how many times this happened in ancient times to spend scripture time on it.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Beautiful People

This is my all time favorite Marilyn Manson song...the beautiful people, the beautiful people.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bill O'Reilly Pwns Athiests

A great comment on youtube

O'Reilly's viewers go up, the national IQ goes down.
Never a miscommunication.

At 2:34 on the video below continues the story. "Bill you are like Thomas Aquinas in that your thinking is also from the 13th century".

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Did Obama Become The AntiChrist?

Jack Van Impe, in the video below, predicted on 2/9/2009 that Obama will be the anti-christ and control the whole world, the new world order. All will worship him. Van Impe has NEVER seen anything like this. He is quite delighted with his prediction from almost 30 years ago in his book "11:59 And Counting!" that we would see someday see economic collapse (like that is so hard to predict). He quotes the Bible that the antichrist will come from the west. Wouldn't China from the east be a better choice since the U.S. owes China trillions of dollars, they are better positioned to control the whole world? Rexella, his cohost and wife, is such a bobble head.

So two years have passed since Van Impe made this prediction. With the turn over in Congress Obama is more slipping than gaining ground and I don't see any countries asking Obama to be their king. Van Impe prediction - fail.

He also quotes the Bible that says at the end of the world (NOW!!) people with throw away their gold and silver.

Ezekiel 7:9
They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be an unclean thing. Their silver and gold will not be able to save them in the day of the LORD’s wrath

You know how they have warnings on cigarette packs and also on side affects of drugs. I think this Bible text should be aired with every buy gold commercial on Fox. Side affects may be the Lord's wrath will devalue this product.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bible's Opinion On Moral Women

Ecclesiastes 7:27-29
Look, says the Teacher, this is what I have discovered: Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things— while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Who'd Wanna Be Such A Control Freak

Woke up this morning and it seemed to me,
that every night turns out to be
A little more like Bukowski.
And yeah, I know he's a pretty good read.
But God who'd wanna be?
God who'd wanna be such an asshole?
God who'd wanna be?
God who'd wanna be such an asshole?

Well we sat on the edge of the river,
the crowd screamed, "Sacrifice the liver!"
If God takes life, he's an Indian giver.
So tell me now why, you'll tell me never.
Who would wanna be?
Who would wanna be such a control freak?
Well who would wanna be?
Who would wanna be such a control freak?

Well see what you wanna see. You should see it all.
Well take what you want from me. You deserve it all.
Nine times out of ten our hearts just get dissolved.
Well I want a better place or just a better way to fall.

But one time out of ten, everything is perfect for us all.
Well I want a better place or just a better way to fall.
Here we go!

If God controls the land and disease,
keeps a watchful eye on me,
If he's really so damn mighty,
my problem is I can't see,
well who would wanna be?
Who would wanna be such a control freak?
Well who would wanna be?
Who would wanna be such a control freak?

Evil home stereo, what good songs do you know?
Evil me, oh yeah I know, what good curves can you throw?

Well all that icing and all that cake,
I can't make it to your wedding, but I'm sure I'll be at your wake.
You were talk, talk, talk, talkin' in circles that day,
when you get to the point make sure that I'm still awake, OK?

Went to bed and didn't see
why every day turns out to be
a little bit more like Bukowski.
And yeah, I know he's a pretty good read.
But God who'd wanna be?
God who'd wanna be such an asshole?

Modest Mouse is an American Indie rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/lyricist/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, and bassist Eric Judy.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jesus 101

If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's meant to be. If it doesn't, hunt it down and kill it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bible contradictions - The Nephilim

The Bible is full of contradictions because it is a patchwork of sacred text. Here is one. The people of God encountered the Nephilim (KJV:Giants) before and after the flood. So not every living thing was destroyed by the flood as the Bible says.

Genesis 6:1-8
When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

This text is well after the flood. The children of Israel are getting ready to enter the promise land but are afraid of the Nephilim.

Numbers 13:32-33
And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Mendelssohn

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born, and generally known in English-speaking countries, as Felix Mendelssohn (February 3, 1809 – November 4, 1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

He was very talented and even wrote his first symphony at age 15. He was an extremely prolific writer and suffered poor health in his later years by overwork. He died at the age of 38 after a series of strokes.

The grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, he was born into a notable Jewish family, although he himself was brought up initially without religion, and later as a Lutheran Christian.

His Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 with violinist Isaac Stern