If you've visited over the past few weeks, you may have already read parts of this post. It's an entry in the God or Not Carnival.
On your comfy couch, lights low, you sit quietly in a corner reading the christian bible. All is peace and love, right?
Not. Many of us have been brainwashed at young and defenseless ages into viewing this deadly book as peaches and cream. Nothing could be further from the truth.
To break through the brainwashing, try imagining your children memorizing verses in which Jehovah kills, murders and maims. Or hoots and howls with delight at someone’s bad luck. Or check out how the bible’s used in particular contexts as a lethal weapon. It’s then that the horror dawns. In my January 7 post, for example, “More Verses for the Kids to Memorize,” christian Fred Phelps throws biblical verses around like deadly, poison-tipped darts:
We humbly thank Mr. Fred Phelps for the verses below (Mr. Phelps uses them to prove that “god is laughing, mocking and deriding hypocritical, fag-infested West Virginia”):Not long ago, in a time not unlike our own, war-god followers used biblical verses to hunt down and exterminate innocent women and men. Then as today, the christian church was terrified of losing its fear-based power. Below is a passage from an Inquisition-torture case. As we hover on the brink of annointing a new Supreme Court Justice, a man nominated by a scriptural-literalist, and a man many think sees women as less than fully human, I think the passage is appallingly appropriate:1) “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath.” Psalms 2:4-5Mr. Phelps suggests that West Virginians should “Thank god for 12 dead miners,” since these men are signs that the lordgod is spitting mad at them (WVs) for allowing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered over the West Virginia state line, and reminders that if WV would just chuck all those GLBTs, no miner ever again would have to die.
(2) "I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. " Prov. 1:26-27.
(3) "The lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me." Deut. 28:20.
Daily Lesson: Don’t forget kids, the Bible’s lordgod laughs like mad when you get a boo-boo, take sick, and/or die.
"Judge: Do you confess that you made love potions and let the young men from Csongrad [sic] drink of it so that they all became enamored of you?Although I’m pained at including the above, I think it’s vital we routinely revisit the behavior warrior gods dig out of good men. Men aren’t bad; it’s just that the gods driving them are sick.
"Erzebet: No. I know nothing of such a drink.
"JUDGE: Do you confess that sitting on a wand you flew up and became a bird?
"Erzebet: No, I don’t.
"JUDGE: Do you confess that you spat upon the wheatfields and thereby caused a great drought?
"JUDGE: Do you confess that you gave birth to twins and then buried them alive?
"Erzebet: It is true that I gave birth to twins, your Honor, but they were dead. I had to bury them, otherwise I would be suckling them, since my milk is oozing after them.
"JUDGE: You had better admit to the rest of the charges or you will be tortured.
"Erzebet: I cannot, your Honor, because I have not done these things.
"Erzebet was then given over to be tortured. The sadist men could do anything to her that they wished. The priests were eating lunch and dinner while the poor woman screamed from pain. The torturers poured hot water into Erzsebet’s mouth through a sieve, and she finally confessed to everything. At that point she was sentenced to death.
"Erzebet had to dig her own grave. Then she was put in a casket that had the head-end sawed completely off. When they placed her in the casket, her face was looking through the hole into the ground, and the rest of her was buried alive. Then the men poked at Erzebet’s face with hot irons until she felt no more. At last, they chopped up her skull so that she could not rise by night to hunt them. All in the name of Jesus.’” Pp 184-85 in Zsusanna Budapest’s Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries, “From Mother’s Book of Sorrows,” 1980.
Moderate christians say it doesn’t matter that the bible harbors verses like the above. This is a lie. It matters. These verses direct the real behavior of real people. Forget that often these real people are mentally deranged (Phelps, Robertson, Hitler, etc., etc.). Time and again the mentally deranged have blitzed the human race without mercy.
I have to laugh. I actually agree with the Rapture Right on one issue: the bible is the christian holy book, and you can’t cherry-pick it. Furthermore, it’s chock full of verses so brutal they wouldn’t even pass muster in the worst dictatorships on the planet. And we wonder why the world’s a mess. Duh-uh!
The Bible, Koran, Torah and Bhagvad-Gita are as dangerous as WMD. As loving parents with children captured by cults, we need to help Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus see their desperate need for de-programming. This however must be done unilaterally, since to deprogram Christians only, for example, leaves the former Christian nations open to Muslim nations brainwashed to do anything – even suicide -- to spread themselves across the planet.
Finally, in my January 2 blog, I listed verses hailing Jehovah’s love of war, his urging of war, his training of men for war, his threatening of war, and his delight in war for war’s sake. I include only a few of many:
Bible Verses for the Kids to MemorizeIn conclusion, if you’re hungry for the non-material world, don’t fall into the deadly trap of the war gods (Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu). Their’s is a humorless, joyless and sensually bizarre world. Sample something genuinely wholesome and loving: the world of the Goddess, the Mother of us all. Not only are the warrior gods as counterfeit as two-dollar bills -- they’ve also driven us to the brink of extinction. It’s time we passed laws across the planet banning them.
“For it was the Lord Himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that He might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy….” Joshua 11:20.
“So [Jehovah] poured out on them His burning anger, the violence of war. …” Isaiah 42:25.
“That is why the Book of the Wars of the Lord says….” Numbers 21:14.
“You [Jehovah] are my war club, my weapon for battle — with You I shatter nations, with You I destroy kingdoms…” Jeremiah 51:20.
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war….” Psalm 144:1. This is one of my faves.
“ ‘…The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.’" Exodus 17:16
“He (Jehovah) did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites …” Judges 3:1-2.
“And [Jehovah] sent you on a mission, saying, 'Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.'” Samuel 15:18
“I [Jehovah] will set fire to the walls of Rabbah that will consume her fortresses amid war cries on the day of battle….” Amos 1:14.
“Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war…” Isaiah 13:4. (Oh, Praise Be! We Lord warriors will have work again! Farewell to the foodstamp lines!)
P.S. Even if you’re not hungry for the divine, Love to all of you anyway.
thnx to pepel for the foto of the children about to be swallowed up by the church