August 2, 2012

That Crazy Bible

Some Christians love to hate in the name of The Bible and are quick to use the Bible to validate their intolerance of gays and gay marriage. "It's a sin!" they say. I'm always amazed how people who appear to be somewhat intelligent can actually look to The Bible, a book written at a time before science and common sense existed, to use as their moral compass for running their daily lives in today's society.

I'd like to add that the argument - "We're not haters, it's just that our Christian faith believes that marriage is between a man and a women" - is a poor and ignorant excuse. While these so-called Christians don't like the idea that this belief is one of hate, it is certainly one of intolerance. Taking away a fundamental right from a group of individuals is wrong. And making hateful statements about a person's sexuality as if it is a choice - "they choose to be gay," is just plain stupid. This view has caused innocent young people to be bullied, even killed, and has resulted in these innocent victims of hate and intolerance to take their own lives.

I thought I'd post a few tidbits from The Bible to show our Christian friends what The Bible also supports. Maybe one day, taking a stand against gay marriage in the name of The Bible will seem as ridiculous as some of these other incoherent ramblings.

RAPING VIRGINS, PAYING THEM OFF, AND MARRYING THEM FOR LIFE: "If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father fifty shekels[a] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives." Deuteronomy 22:28-29

CUTTING OFF WOMEN'S HANDS: "When two men are fighting and the wife of one of them intervenes to drag her husband clear of his opponent, if she puts out her hand and catches hold of the man by his privates, you must cut off her hand and show her no mercy." Deut. 25:11

PIMPING OUT YOUR DAUGHTERS: "Look, I have two daughters, virgins both of them. Let me bring them out to you and you could do what you like with them. But do nothing to these men because they have come under the shelter of my roof." Genesis 19:8

JACKING OFF ON YOUR BROTHER'S FLOOR AND COMMITTING SUICIDE: "Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also." Genesis 38:9

KILLING INNOCENT BOYS AND WOMEN WHO'VE HAD SEX, BUT SAVING VIRGINS FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL PLEASURE: "Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourself every girl who has never slept with a man." (Numbers 31:17-18)

SLAVERY: "When the Lord delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the males .... As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves." (Deuteronomy 20:13-14)

SLAUGHTERING INNOCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOR REBELLING: "The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their women with child ripped open." (Hosea 13:16)

PROSTITUTION AND DICKS THE SIZE OF DONKEYS: "Yet she increased her prostitution, remembering the days of her youth when she engaged in prostitution in the land of Egypt. She lusted after their genitals - as large as those of donkeys, and their seminal emission was as strong as that of stallions." Ezekiel 23:19

And then there are the contradictions in the Bible. (taken from Gospel Contradictions)
Reminds me of Mitt Romney.

"For I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever." (Jeremiah 3:12)
"Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever." (Jeremiah 17:4)

"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid." (John 5:31)
"Jesus answered: Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid." (John 8:14)

"For God so loved the world" (John 3:16)
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 6:1)

"Jacob said, 'I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'" (Genesis 32:30)
"No man hath seen God at any time." (John 1:18)

"We should fear God" (Matthew 10:28)
"We should love God" (Matthew 22:37)
"There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18)

"But anyone who says 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell." (Jesus) Mat 5:22
"You fools!" (Jesus) Luke 11:40
"You blind fools!" (Jesus) Mat 23:17
"How foolish you are" (Jesus) Luke 24:25
"But God said to him, 'You fool!' " (Jesus) Luke 12:20
"You foolish Galatians!" (St. Paul) Galatians 3:1
"You foolish man" James 2:20

"Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles... If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink... He who rejoices at calamity shall not go unpunished." [Prov. 24:17; 25:21; 17:5]
"The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance, he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked" [Ps. 58:10]

"Blessed are the merciful" [Matthew 5:7]
"Leave alive nothing that breathes. Show them no mercy." [Deut. 7:2]
"The Lord hardened their hearts... that they might receive no mercy." [Joshua 11:20]
"I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the Lord: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them. A curse on him who is lax in doing the Lord's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed." [Jer. 13:14; 48:10]

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