The Bible

January 8, 2018

PROBLEM: The Bible. It’s anti-women, anti-gay, pro killing, and some religious people use it to promote hate and discrimination. Also many people who believe in the bible have never actually read it all. 

Quote from someone online:

Any “person reading through the bible cannot ignore the blatant misogyny and barbarity towards women. The eminent ‘men of God” who wrote the bible were the product of patriarchal, tribal, violent, intolerant, monotheistic society. They reflect the ignorance and brutality of that society and at the dawn of a new millennium, fundamentalists insist that we should all abide by biblical law. It is no accident that from the very beginning the bible cements women’s inferior status.”

Quotes from the bible that show the problems with it…

SEXIST AGAINST WOMEN (FOR FEMALE INFERIORITY): 

“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (I Corinthians 11:3)

“For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” (I Corinthians 11:8-9)

“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. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (I Corinthians 14:34-35)

“Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. 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.” (I Timothy 2:11-14)

“thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16)

“A shameless woman shall be counted as a dog; but she that is shamefaced will fear the Lord.” (Eccles.26:25)

“Give me any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman.” (Eccles. 25:13)

“Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” (Hosea 13:16) (Here we have the grotesque description of infants dashed to pieces and pregnant women ripped up.)

“If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels 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) (Raping a person is absolutely unacceptable and the fact that they’re implying that the rapist’s actions lead to the ownership of the victim is even more unacceptable.)

“But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.” (Deuteronomy 22: 20-21) (Non-virgins are to be stoned with rocks)

“But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.” (Leviticus 12:5) (Giving birth to a daughter makes a woman unclean for 66 days apparently).

“But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head…” 1 Corinthians 11:5 (Women must cover their hair during prayer)

“When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.” (Deuteronomy 25:11-12) (If a faithful wife decided to defend her husband by grabbing the other guy by his junk, then you need to cut her hand off.) 

“But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones” (Deuteronomy 22: 20-21) (Women who have pre-marital sex should be stoned to death)

AGAINST CROSSDRESSING AS OTHER GENDER:

“A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)

PROMOTES KILLING:

In this verse, Samuel, one of the early leaders of Israel, orders genocide against a neighbouring people: “This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3) 

“Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus 22:18)
(Many women were considered witches. It justified the burning of women in Europe judged as witches. During the years 1550-1700 in Europe, 80,000 people were tried for witchcraft and half of them were executed, often burned alive by Christians. In early America, influenced by church pamphlets, fear of the devil and the religious atmosphere, the Salem witch trials in 1692-1693 resulted in in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one by hanging. Five others including two infant children died in prison.)

“Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” (Revelation 2:22-23) (For an act of adultery, Jesus would kill innocent children for the adultery of others)

“If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.”(Leviticus 26:27-30) (If you disobey God, you will eat your children.) 

“For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.” (Leviticus 20:9)(How is this even remotely justified? I don’t care if a kid cursed his parents with the worst curses ever uttered, does he deserve to get stoned to death for it?)

“But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death” (Deuteronomy 22: 20-21)

“Happy the one who takes and dashes Your little ones against the rock!” (Psalm 137:9) (How is smashing babies against rocks to death a good thing?)

God himself will kill tens of thousands if it pleases him: 1st Samuel 6:19 in the King James Version: “And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men (50,070)”.  (Kill 50,000 men for looking at something?)

If you offend God he will kill you: “And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.” (Genesis 38:7-10)

God smites women, children and often animals with equal gusto, he seems to equal evil and wrong doing by association, rather than by being guilty of the personal, individual act: “Behold with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods: And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.” (II  Chronicles 21:14-15)

“And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking a place of their own where they might settle, because they had not yet come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. . . . Then they said to [the priest], ‘Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful.’ The priest answered them, ‘Go in peace. Your journey has the Lord’s approval.’ . . . Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a people at peace and secure. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city. . . . The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there.” (Judges 18:1–28. New international version) (God approves the massacre of a peaceful people so one tribe could have a place to live.)

“See, the day of the Lord is coming — a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger. . . . I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty. . . . Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives violated.” (Isaiah 13:9–16. New international version) (Babies are slaughtered and wives raped.) 

ADULTERY:

“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” (Luke 16:18) (If you remarry yourself or marry someone who was married before, you committed adultery).

“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) (If you looked at a woman in lust then you committed adultery).

(Adultery is a sin)

AGAINST PEOPLE WHO HAD CANCER, IMPERFECT LOOKING PEOPLE, AND TRANSEXUALS:

“He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord.”(Deuteronomy 23:1)(God hates people with testicular cancer, apparently. Or anyone who has his penis cut off or balls crushed.)

“For any man who has a defect shall not approach: a man blind or lame, who has a marred face or any limb too long, a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or eczema or scab, or is a eunuch.” (Leviticus 21: 18-19) (To approach God, you apparently had to be a perfect male specimen and with a working penis.)

ANTI-GAY:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13) 

FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN:

“And as for your male and female slaves whom you may have — from the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. Moreover you may buy the children of the strangers who dwell among you, and their families who are with you, which they beget in your land; and they shall become your property.” (Leviticus 25:44-45)

Sex slavery condoned: “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.” (Exodus 21: 7-8)

FOR CANNIBALISM:

“And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow. So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son….” (II Kings 6:28-29)

“If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.”(Leviticus 26:27-30) (If you disobey God, you will eat your children.) 

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SOLUTION: Do not believe in what the Bible says or promote it. It’s not all about love. It is full of the opposite. Just because you might have been taught to believe in the bible in the past does not mean you have to believe in it anymore because you now know what’s in it.

Quotes about the Bible:

“The Bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of woman’s emancipation.” –Elizabeth Cady Stanton (organizer of the first women’s rights and women’s suffrage movements in the U.S.)

“When was the Bible written? The Bible was written over a period of 1400 to 1800 years by more than 40 different authors. The Bible is a compilation of 66 separate books, divided into two primary divisions: the Old Testament (containing 39 books) and the New Testament (containing 27 books).” https://www.allabouttruth.org/when-was-the-bible-written-faq.htm

“Professor John K. Riches, Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow, says that “the biblical texts themselves are the result of a creative dialogue between ancient traditions and different communities through the ages”, and “the biblical texts were produced over a period in which the living conditions of the writers – political, cultural, economic, and ecological – varied enormously”.
Timothy H. Lim, a professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at the University of Edinburgh, says that the Old Testament is “a collection of authoritative texts of apparently divine origin that went through a human process of writing and editing.” He states that it is not a magical book, nor was it literally written by God and passed to mankind.”  –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible

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Thoughts from Within – Woody Harrelson

April 28, 2010

interesting thoughts about the world from Woody Harrelson


Random info

April 6, 2010

Some random info…

-Mercury was found in some High Fructose Corn Syrup. (and that stuff is in alot of products. Another reason to be raw.).
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20090127/mercury-in-high-fructose-corn-syrup

-Food and dna responds to emotions/words. So be nice to your food and yourself. Think positive.
http://www.lovingraw.com/blog/2010/3/23/the-biggest-risk-of-raw-food.html
(water does too but that was in a different article that I can’t locate right now)

-Found a good book called “Becoming Raw” that covers nutrition for raw foodists and also myths, recipes, etc. It has a good list of 50 foods that have the most antioxidants too…for example that would be apples, blueberries, plums, strawberries, dates, avocados, pecans, walnuts, etc. (Most things I already eat). =)

-I found a good recipe for raw Falafel that I’m going to try to make soon.

-So far I lost about 54 pounds. (and counting. Now I have to go shopping for more new clothes that fit better since alot of my old clothes are too big for me)

-I got a food dehydrator. I’ll try that out in the future. Someone gave me a recipe for some yummy raw cookies so that may become my first test dummy. =)

-Watched a video clip that shows that the silver fillings in your mouth release mercury. Shows the actual vapors come off of it.

-Sprouts, especially sunflower sprouts, are extremely nutritious.

-I’ve got to remember to stay outside more every day and get my Vitamin D from sunshine.

-I visited a local organic vegetable garden and now know where to get more fresh local veggies. =)


Update on Weight Watchers

February 19, 2010

I got weighed again last night at my Weight Watchers meeting and I’m down another 6 pounds. So since 1/9/09, I’m down -47.2 pounds. (I was down 50 in october last year but I gained a little during my halloween bahamas cruise (damn buffets) and also dealing with buying a home). But now I’m losing again so I’m happy. Back on track. =)


Visiting organic garden

February 12, 2010

I’ll be visiting an organic garden this weekend called “Garden of Eden”.

“The Garden of Eden, a compact farm owned and operated by Eden Autism Services of Florida, produces organic vegetables and tropical fruits for sale to area restaurants and farm markets. With help from community volunteers, the produce is farmed by Eden’s K-12 students and adults with autism.”

Should be fun. I am interested in seeing what food they are growing locally in sw florida.


Update on WW

July 31, 2009

Update: My “Weight Watchers at Work” program ended at work on 7/23/09. I was on it for 28 weeks and lost -42.2 lbs. on it. And since they probably won’t be continuing it at work since not enough people signed up again, I decided to continue on myself and start attending a local Weight Watchers meeting elsewhere in the community. I got weighed in at that meeting for the first time yesterday and it shows I’m now down -42.8 lbs. I want to lose another 36.2 lbs so I’m continuing on!


Food inc movie

July 13, 2009

Problem: Americans typically eat unhealthy, processed and/or genetically engineered foods with not alot of nutrients. Yes it’s cheap food but it’ll make you sick. And that’s just plain crazy.

Solution: Eat local, organic food. Also read ingredients and get informed.
Here’s a good film that’s going to come out in the theaters towards the end of the year in more theaters across the U.S. It takes about the big food problem: “Food, inc”