The Land Of Spiritual Egypt
Superstition is the mother of religious traditions
There is little difference in what Jews, Christians, and Moslems falsely believe of God. For God is not that false one of Spiritual Egypt, that wrathful one of the Abrahamic House of Bondage, who commanded men to be butchers of others, delighted in bloody sacrifices, and justified slavery and the oppression of women. With a god like this, who needs a devil to fear?
Stupid is as stupid does
The glamorized and romanticized picture that Hollywood and the Church paints of the ancient Israelites are misleading at best. A more truthful picture of the mindset of the people of ancient Israel is like that of the fundamentalist mindset seen throughout the Middle East today. Hardly an inspiring picture! Throughout the Old Testament there are fantastic tales of God performing great and wondrous miracles before the very eyes of the Hebrew people, and yet they constantly reject this visible demonstration of God's power and prefer to worship idols. We can only conclude one of two things from these accounts: either the Hebrew people were an incredibly stupid people or these tales of great and wondrous miracles are just a lot of hokum?
Phooey on the faith of Abraham and Phooey his bloody god, too!
What I now mock has cried out to the children of God, generation after generation, to be mocked. If the Biblical account of Abraham isn't anything more than primitive mumbo jumbo, then who the heck was Abraham listening too? What manner of a deity would torment one who loves their child by commanding them to cut their child's throat? Certainly not God! And what manner of a deity desires fear as proof of one's faith? Certainly not God! To fear God is to not love God; fear and love oppose one another, for one does not love what they fear. 1 John 4:18 even admits this truth.
Why praise Abraham for his willingness to observe what others were observing? In the days of Abraham, sacrificing children to appease a wrathful god was a common practice. So how can it be said that the faith of Abraham was greater than theirs? Should we not be praising their faith as well, after all, were they not just as obediently fearful of their god as Abraham was of his?
To say that God commanded Abraham to make a burnt offering of his son is an outrageous lie against the goodness of God. How can any sane sound-minded person truthfully claim to love a god that would do such a tormenting thing? And how can those claiming to love their children be an admirer Abraham? For anyone perverse enough to be willing to cut a child's throat, and not even offer his own throat first, is nothing more than a cowardly nut! See Genesis 22:1-12.
Burnt Offerings and Bloody Sacrifices
In ancient times what primitive societies didn't offer bloody sacrifices to appease their fearsome wrathful god? Few indeed! For the insanity of blood sacrifices and burnt offerings is but the invention of a primitive mind. A lie is a lie and dung is dung! How can reasonably intelligent people in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in this generation, flatter themselves by thinking that their beliefs of God are not primitive, while believing that God was once appeased by the same bloody mess as was the false gods of the primitives?
For God has never demanded the blood of a beast, nor that of a man for His appeasement or for the atonement of sins. It is not because of love of God, nor love of truth that one believes that God commanded burnt offerings and bloody sacrifices, but it is believed because of an unrighteous fear of God, sown by threats and demands to believe the unbelievable or else you are damned. For burnt offerings and bloody sacrifices were but the inventions of priests to feed themselves.
See what Jeremiah says regarding burnt offerings and bloody sacrifices.
Jeremiah 7:21-22Thus says the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. (22) For in the day that I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I DID NOT SPEAK TO THEM OR COMMAND THEM CONCERNING BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES.
See what one of the several authors of Isaiah says of burnt offerings and bloody sacrifices.
Isaiah 66:3-4He who slaughters an ox is like him who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like him who breaks a dog's neck; he who presents a cereal offering, like him who offers swine's blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like him who blesses an idol. THESE HAVE CHOSEN THEIR OWN WAYS and their soul delights in their abominations; I will also choose affliction for them, and bring their fear upon them; because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes' and chose that in which I did not delight.
See what Hosea says of burnt offerings and bloody sacrifices.
Hosea 6:6For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Look at what Micah says of burnt offerings and bloody sacrifices.
Micah 6:6-8With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? (7) Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" (8) He has told you, 0 mortal, what is good: and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Jeremiah says God would never be the cause of children being sacrificed, yet both Ezekiel and Judges claim otherwise. Ezekiel has God literally giving statutes allowing for the sacrifice of children. And according to Judges, because the Lord does what Jephthat asks of him, Jephthat has to honor his vow by sacrificing his daughter as a burnt offering. But not to worry, even though the daughter bemoans her virginity, she insists that her father must comply with his vow to God to make a burnt offering of her.
Jeremiah 32:34-35They set up their abominations in the house that bears my name, and defiled it. (35) They built the high places of Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, NOR DID IT ENTER MY MIND that they should do this abomination, causing Judah to sin.
Ezekiel 20:25-26 Moreover - I - gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. (26) - I - defiled them through their very gifts, in their offering up all their firstborn in order that - I - might horrify them, so that they might know that - I - am the Lord.
Judges 11:30-40 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, (31) Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. (32) So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands. (33) And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel. (34) And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. (35) And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back. (36) And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon. (37 ) And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows. (38) And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. (39) And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, (40) That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
The Bible claims that Moses commanded the butchery of captured women and children; but for the sexual pleasure of his troops, he allowed them to keep the young female virgins. If this were not true, the male children would have been spared as well. It truly takes a depraved mind to be an admirer of one that would command such ungodly and barbaric things?
Numbers 31:9-18And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. (10) And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire. (11) And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts. (12) And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho. (13) And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. (14) And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. (15) And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? (16) Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. (17) Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. (18) But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
According to (J), the Yahwist source, and oldest account of the Hebrew's flight from Egypt, the waters of a marshy lake are swept back by a strong east wind which blows during the night. Due to the cloudy darkness the Hebrews are obscured from the Egyptians, who are encamped at their rear; thus the Hebrews are able to cross the marshy lake without being seen. When the morning comes the Egyptians use the same path to pursue the Hebrews, but with disastrous results: the strong east wind ceases to blow and the heavy Egyptian chariots become stuck in the muddy lake bottom, which leads to their destruction.
Exodus14:21... and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land...(24) And in the morning watch the Lord....looked down upon the host of the Egyptians . . . (25) clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from before Israel; for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians." (27) ... and the sea returned to its wanted flow when the morning appeared , . . and the Lord routed the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
When (P), the Priestly source (a much later account), and the (J) source are separated and compared to one another, it is self-evident that the wonder element in the exodus from Egypt has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the generations by the repeated retellings of the myth. According to (P), the Priestly source, Moses becomes the central figure in the performing of wondrous deeds. In (P) it is not the wind that divides the water, it is Moses waving his magic rod causing the waters to stand up like walls, allowing the Hebrews to tippy-toe across.
Exodus 14:21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea... and the waters were divided. (22) And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry grounds, the waters becoming a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. (23) The Egyptians pursued, and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and his horsemen. (26) Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians...(27) So Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea... (28) The waters returned and covered the chariots and all the host of Pharaoh...
How can any reasonably intelligent person not be embarrassed to believe God would honor a curse upon children made by a man having a temper tantrum?
2 Kings 2:22-24So the water has been wholesome to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke. (23) He went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some SMALL BOYS came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, "Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!" (24) When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.
God's Zip Code
The accounts of 2 Samuel 24:1-25 and 1 Chronicles 21:1-30; 22:1 reveal nothing about God, but they do reveal that two competing sects were squabbling over where God's earthly zip code should be.
2 Samuel 24:1 claims it was God who caused David to sin by numbering the people. Yet 1 Chronicles 21:1 claims it was Satan who caused David to do this most horrid of things. And from that silly point onward these two loony accounts of the same things continue contradicting one another.
The matter of where Lord's little magic box would be was settled when the northern tribes were scattered. Yet Chronicles claims it happened thusly: a sword-bearing angel of the Lord would not allow David to enter the tabernacle in the high place to inquire of the Lord. So David shrewdly figured what the heck, if he wanted to inquire of the Lord, why not just drag the Lord's little magic box and stuff to a new location. And thus did Jerusalem, that world-renowned citadel of brotherly love and peace, become the Lord's earthly abode.
To compare these two contradicting accounts go here!
Hey Diddle Diddle
According to the Moses myth in Exodus the Hebrew slaves were so numerous they were a threat to the Egyptians, yet they had but two midwives to serve their birthing needs.
Exodus 1:7And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. 8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. 11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. 13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. 15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. 18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? 19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
Judges claims that although the Lord was with Judah, those chariots of iron were just simply too much to overcome.
Judges 1:19And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
Daniel claims that because God's communication system was monkeyed with, a divine message to Daniel was delayed for 21 days.
Daniel 10:11And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
One would think that an adult should be able to tell the difference between a childish tale and inspired truth, wouldn't they?
Kings 1:1-4Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. (2) Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. (3) So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. (4) And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
It only takes one contradiction or absurdity in the Bible to prove that it is not inerrant. So I'll not be belaboring the point by pointing out hundreds of contradictions and absurdities that are in the Bible. Others more capable than I am have done that tedious task already, Joseph Wheless for example. If one wants to read a comprehensive study of absurdities and contradictions in the Bible, or a comprehensive study of the history of the Church, use the link on my site to the writings of Joseph Wheless and read: Is It God's Word? & Forgery in Christianity.
Return to the writings of Wayne Lamar Harrington:
In Defense of the Goodness of God
Return to:HARRINGTON SITES
Revealing the Spiritual duality of the Bible. For it serves neither God nor truth to try and rationalize irrational things the Bible has said of God.