Archive for the ‘Re-Thinking the Bible’ Category

bible3imagesShould a book be honored and called good if it advocates genocide as a means of justice?

 

Gen. 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it promotes the killing and torturing of people for acts such as homosexuality and adultery, or because they worship another god?

 

Lev.20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Lev.20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Lev.24:13-16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

Exo.22:20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

Exo.22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it condones slavery and violates the equal human rights of women?

 

Exo.21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

 Lev.25:44-45 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever:

Ephesians 6:5 NLT: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it gives no human rights to children, and advocates that they should be beaten?

 

Pro.23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

 

Should a book be honored and called good if it demands women be subservient to men and denies them equal opportunities in society?

 

Rom.7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

1Tim.2:12-15 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

1Cor.14:34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

 

Should a book be honored and called good that contradicts itself and cannot be trusted to tell the truth? I think not …

 

I feel it is the responsibility of all people who consider themselves intelligent, to speak the truth and expose lies … so if a book has the honor of being called good, it should live up to the reputation that the title of “Good” carries, otherwise it should be exposed as a fraud.

Religions

 

 

 

I’m reading a book by Steven Pinker called The Better Angels of our Nature, where he presents evidence for his claim that violence has declined over the course of history. In one section he quoted an excerpt from Homers Illiad and Odyssey where Agamemnon is explaining to King Menelaus his plans for war:

 

Menelaus, my soft-hearted brother, why are you so concerned for these men? Did the Trojans treat you as handsomely when they stayed in your palace? No we are not going to leave a single one of them alive, down to the babies in their mother wombs – not even they must live. The whole people must be wiped out of existence, and none be left to think of them and shed a tear.

 

Do these words set in the time period of 1200 BCE and written around 800 BCE not sound familiar? Let me share a passage from the Bible written in the same ancient time period.

 

Deut 7:2-3 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

 

Here is another quote that comes from a book called The Rape of Troy written by literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall, where he discusses how archaic Greek wars were carried out.

 

Fast ships with shallow drafts are rowed onto beaches and seaside communities are sacked before neighbors can lend defensive support. The men are usually killed, livestock and other portable wealth are plundered, and women are carried off to live among the victors and perform sexual and menial labors.

 

 Again, do not these words bring to mind passages in the Bible? For example: Read the rest of this entry »

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As a woman I am deeply offended and insulted by the way the Bible disrespects women. From the extreme bias that allows women and girls to be sold as sex slaves, to denying women equal human rights with men, the Bible is filled with offensive and disgusting behavior aimed at women. When one stops and thinks about it, does it not seem extremely suspicious that the doctrines of the Christian faith are all biased in favor of men … especially in regards to the books of the Bible which were written solely by men, and the male god the Bible portrays? Passage after passage, book after book, women are subjected to all manner of disrespect and dishonor at hands of men, all directed by the god portrayed within its pages. Read the rest of this entry »

Exposing the Biased Nature of the Biblegod…

I became a Christian in my mid twenties, mostly because I finally found a place to posit the god I believed in from the time I was a small child. I was not raised in a Christian home, but developed a very close relationship with what I thought (through my own personal experience) was the creator of everything. This god of my childhood made me feel protected and secure so it was enlightening to finally find out about (what I thought was) his real nature through the Bible when I became a Christian. From the beginning of my Christian walk I encountered many problems with what I found written in the Bible (what I thought at the time was god’s word), but usually was able to explain away the immoralities and contradictions, or justify them to some degree. Things that I couldn’t resolve I simply set aside for another time. My Christian walk continued in that manner for around twenty eight years, till I was in my early fifties and for all that time I was able to justify my belief by isolating myself from opposing viewpoints. Because I mapped the god of my childhood onto the Christian god it never occurred to me to question the validity of his existence anymore then I would think to question the existence of my parents. God’s existence to me was just an aspect of reality and the Bible was his guide book, but all that changed in late 2009 when my husband and I began to ask questions. My questioning led me to look deeper into many of the previous problems that I had formerly pushed aside, one of which was the extreme male bias exhibited throughout the entire Bible. It was when I decided to face those problems head on that my Christian world began to crumble around me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Martin Luther ~ “If women become tired or even die that does not matter. Let them die in childbirth–that is why they are here.”

Martin Luther ~ “The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes.”  

Martin Luther ~ “God created Adam master and lord of living creatures, but Eve spoilt all, when she persuaded him to set himself above God’s will.’Tis you women, with your tricks and artifices, that lead men into error.”

Martin Luther ~ “Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.”

Martin Luther ~ “No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise.” Read the rest of this entry »

patriarchs3imagesPatriarchy did not begin with the Bible, but its practice was adopted and reinforced by the biblical authors. The more male centered and male identified a tribe or society becomes, the more oppressed its female population is. What happens in religious cultures that have their focus centered upon the male is that their gods take on an increasingly male identity and all traces of the feminine side slowly fade away. The ancient goddesses were revered for their life giving qualities, but as the status of men was elevated female attributes were degraded and male attributes elevated. The sperm became the life force of continuance, whereas the female was relegated to only being the fertile soil in which life grew. Read the rest of this entry »

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This month is the third anniversary of my blog which means its time for my annual progress report. My endeavor in writing has been to share with others what I have found in my search for understanding and truth and hopefully in some small way to better the world we live in.

 

My blog continues to be an active journal of my metamorphosis from the cocoon of Christianity to the freedom of a non-theistic butterfly. When I began my journey three years ago I never in my wildest dreams expected to end up as a person totally free from theistic bondage, but here I am flourishing with hope. In this past year I have continued writing articles on empowering women – calling 2013 “The year of the woman” – and creating a logo called “Empower Women, Educate Men”, I also finished my booklet on the Male Bias of the Bible. Until there is a global unity between the genders and the violence against women ceases the world will never truly attain its potential for peace. It is time to celebrate women instead of violating them. Women make up half the population of the world and give birth to the other half, so it’s time for every individual to be allowed to freely blossom into their full potential, without the constraints of men pushing them down. Sad to say most religions have done nothing to help and much to hurt the plight of women because of their support of patriarchal rule, which by its very nature oppresses women and denies them equal human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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For something to have integrity it must show a unity of structure, a framework of coherent intent that binds the whole together; biblical morality has neither. From its first pages, a patriarchal order is established that is unbalance and biased; therefore unity is lacking at the most basic, fundamental level. What seems to start out as an integral whole in the first chapter of Genesis – with male and female made in god’s image – quickly erodes away. Beginning in chapter two, rules are set up based on obedience instead of morality and decrees are meted out which are neither moral, nor just. The ultimate judge of what is moral is found in the flourishing and well being of the individual, and the community, both of which are not consistently found in biblical decrees. When the well being of a person is compromised because of unjust treatment and bias, the integrity of the whole begins to disintegrate resulting in a loss of unity. This can be seen clearly in the decrees and commands of the biblical god, beginning with the curses of Adam and Eve. Read the rest of this entry »

Sex trafficking is in the news quite a lot and a significant problem in today’s world, but did it exist in biblical times and if so what does the Bibles say about it? After doing a careful study into the matter of sex slavery in the Bible, the conclusion that seems inescapable is that the god called Yahweh not only allowed sex-trafficking, but supports it and promotes it as a legitimate means of gathering women for the Hebrew men. I am presenting a handful of biblical verses that more than adequately covers the practice of taking women captive for the specific purpose of sex. The first verse I will examine comes from Deuteronomy; it specifically lays out the procedure of how a man may capture a beautiful woman whom he desires and keep her for sexual purposes until he tires of her. Read the rest of this entry »

When most people think of the Bible they think in terms of it being a moral guidebook, but is it really? The Bible does not teach morality per say, it teaches obedience. Starting with its first book, the Bible declares the most important law is obedience, and shows that it was solely because of disobedience that Adam and Eve were banished from their garden paradise, cursed by Yahweh, and the cause of mankind’s sin. No lesson of morality is contained in this story, or taught in either their disobedience or the curses that were decreed upon them, just the actions of a vengeful god and his demand for obedience. Adam was told by Yahweh that death would be the outcome of eating from the Tree, yet death did not happen…rather curses were decreed upon them from an angry god for their disobedience. Eve was cursed for desiring to be wise, because she didn’t obey Yahweh’s command, yet Solomon was praised for desiring to be wise and given abundant wisdom…the only difference was obedience. Read the rest of this entry »

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