Happy Sacriligous Sunday tweeps… You know there are an awful lot of books in the library and I am truly puzzled by the theist insistence of staying in the horror section. I mean variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?
Oh, right, i keep forgetting, life isn’t really your thing is it? Your hopes are on the afterlife! My bad………
I keep hearing all about his bad world we inhabit, the wars and destruction, the hatred and malice, the selfishness and bigotry, but i gotta tell you it comes from the pages of your horror epic….
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” – Corinthians 5:11
I had no intention of writing another post this week, however, I never did play by the rules and I woke up with of all things the old Disney movie “Pollyanna” playing in my head. More importantly the mention that there are 264 happy texts in the bible. Now before you start yawing I’m not going to list them here, but it did make me wonder. You see I have read the Bible many times and the word “happy” has never really jumped out at me. But let’s give the Bible the benefit of the doubt, lets do a quick count of a few words that interested me :-
- HAPPY – 21 mentions
- HAPPINESS – 6 mentions
- FEAR NOT – 74 mentions
- LOVE – 179 mentions
- HATE – 364 mentions
- DEATH – 372 mentions
- CRUELTY AND VIOLENCE – 1127 mentions
SO COME AGAIN? ‘GOD IS LOVE?”
I then moved on and decided there was no point in looking for any pleasantries when the Bible had a tendency to violence and cruelty. It was obviously the major offering and I would roll with it. It was far easier to find scary texts or one might even say horrifying. Here’s my top ten :-
- THE LAKE OF FIRE – Revelations 19:20, 20:10,14,15
- THE PASSION OF CHRIST – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
- GOD’S JUDGEMENT AGAINST JERUSALEM – Ezekial 22:17-22
- THE FLOOD OF NOAH – Genesis 6:9-8,22
- THE TEN PLAGUES OF EGYPT – Exodus 7:14 – 12:29
- THE LOCUSTS OF THE ABYSS – Revelations 9:7-11
- THE OBLITERATION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH – Genesis 19:1-29
- THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS – Matthew 2: 16-18
- THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL – Daniel 5
- THE TORMENT OF JOB – Chapters 1,2 and 38-42
SO COME AGAIN? ‘GOD IS LOVE?’
There are two quotes that sum up God perfectly for me by two of my favourite atheists :-
The god of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it: a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak;a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidel, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully! – Richard Dawkins
In the Old Testament, gruesome as it is, recommending as it is of genocide, racism, tribalism, slavery, genital mutilation, in the displacement and destruction of others, terrible as the Old Testament gods are, they don’t promise to punish the dead. There is no talk of torturing you after the earth has closed over the Amalkites. Only toward when gentle Jesus, meek and mild, makes his appearance are those who won’t accept the message told they must depart into ever lasting fire – Christopher Hitchens
And with that we move onto the final chapter of our horror fiction on a Sunday. From beginning to end this is a novel about the annihilation of the Earth and mankind. This book is one big power trip for a bunch of goat herders to drive fear deep into the hearts of all their followers. I know your going to start saying but NO ! If we are good boys and girls, big sky daddy is going to take us up to heaven after the Millennium. Sure fruit loops you keep believing that. So you are saying you follow the Ten Commandments religiously , you might say? hahahha
The 613 Commandments as mentioned in the Torah?
The 67 Commandments mentioned in the Christian Bible right?
I hate to break it to you but you have already broken them and apparently if you lie about that your not getting in either :-0
But i digress, I was supposed to be moving onto the grand finale of your horror fiction. Because your god has you running to enjoy the end of the world at a sprint, he gleefully wants you to enjoy it you sado-masochist you!
But first lets take a look at what death is described as in the Bible… don’t wanna scare you unnecessarily do we?
Ecclesiastes 9: 5,6,10 tells us ” The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything…. their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished… whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest”
As usual we have contradictions:
Luke 23: 42,43 “And Jesus said unto him, verily I say unto thee, today shalt though be in paradise”
So is death like a very deep sleep, without consciousness or not?
One promise in the Bible is extremely puzzling, and the one bible passage most of the sheep grip onto, as always, cherry picking the sugar coated crap
John 14: 1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my fathers house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you”
So we have a promise of riches, this is from a man who wore sandals ad had no care for worldly goods In fact they were a sin right: Suddenly he is suppling a lottery win hahhaha. Seems like the sin of gluttony is okay in heaven huh? Or is it an adult giving a child a promise to get them to do as their told without actually giving of a reward?
Anyway, once more i digress
Revelations: Wow … now what a book! The end of the world, Armageddon etc, etc, blah, blah, blah All the fire and brimstone of a truly gothic novel.
Let me tell you I have read revelations over and over and still come to the same conclusion, the only people surviving at the end are the Jews in Israel ( why do you think they are so hell bent on taking over Palestine?) .. It describes Europe as the armies of the anti-christ, Russia is mentioned as siding with Israel’s enemies and America is killed off in Chapter One.
‘ISRAEL ALONE STANDS WITH GOD’
So in conclusion, The Bible is more of a Grimm’s Fairytale wouldn’t you say?
Oh dear, my scary fruit loop shoppers… your whole faith is bound up in a promise you have been told you will get at the checkout… but be warned there are no refunds or returns, in fact, whether you want to realise it now or later….
You’re pretty much fucked…..
Psst! Come closer and I will whisper in your ear,
You see I will let you into a secret….
You’re really one of us,
When you’re dead……. well
So you keep searching for those happy texts and the real adults will live their lives to the fullest… its the only one your going to get before you once again become as Carl Sagan said “Star Stuff”
HAVE A NICE DAY!
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