The Book of Joshua was actually a much quicker read. The Book of Joshua should be called "Seven Years of Genocide." Luckily, the abominable events desThe Book of Joshua was actually a much quicker read. The Book of Joshua should be called "Seven Years of Genocide." Luckily, the abominable events described within probably did not ever happen. Although it was supposedly written by Joshua in early Israel, it actually couldn't have been completed until 539 BCE.
The Book of Joshua is actually an idealized history that was written long after the fact. It is also a prime example of primitive biblical morality: obey and be rewarded, disobey and be punished.
One of the big contradictions seen several places in Joshua is where several passages talk about the Israelites having conquered all of the Holy Land, where other passages openly discuss the fact that there were interspersed, unconquered Canaanite enclaves (some of which are explained away, some of which are not).
Donald Rumsfield sent a line from Joshua to US troops before sending them off to Iraq (1:9).
Also in Joshua we see many people who are rewarded for lying even though in other places the Bible says that one should not lie.
Also in Joshua is the HILL OF FORESKINS. Because this is the kind of weird shit god cares to write about. Gross. ________________________
I don't know why I am so bored by Deuteronomy: after all, that's where you can find, in chapter 25, that women should have their hands cut off if they grab their husband's enemies' testicles during a fight. That's bizarre and often would be entertaining. But instead I am just bored and want to read something else.
Also in Deuteronomy are more giants. But god is angry a lot and mostly he acts like a giant dickface so I don't currently feel like recapping my notes on this any further. Basically, this is a foul mess and I am horrified that people find this abomination of a moral system "holy." ______
It's taking me forever to get through Deuteronomy. I was doing good for awhile reading a few chapters now and then but goodness. Some of it is really boring. Other parts aren't boring because they are so terrifying so I have to spend time writing lots of notes. Sometimes there are so many contradictions that I can spend awhile just listing out the chapter and verse for locations in the bible that contradict whatever it is (for example: is divorce ok? When is it ok? different parts in the bible have wildly different answers, ranging from it's never ok, to it's OK only when the woman is unfaithful, et al)
It's very tiresome. I totally understand why even most Christians don't read this outside of church! Especially when there are so many choices about books to read or ways to spend one's time! ________________________________________________
Questions about Genesis 1
How was there a morning or an evening without a sun?
Why were plants created before the sun, when plants need the sun to live?
How come it says god created the earth and the universe altogether at the same time when the earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old and the universe is 13.7 billion years old?
How come it says that the sun and the moon cause the seasons when really axial tilt is the reason for the seasons?
How come it says the moon is a light source when it just reflects the light from the sun?
How come it took him all day on the 4th day to make ONE star and ONE planetary satellite and then he quickly made the other 300 sextillion stars? Not to mention if he made the stars to light the earth how come we can't see 300 sextillion stars from earth's surface?
How come it says that all animals were originally created as herbivores?
God must not be omnipotent because he's already gotten tired after only 6 days of work.
Also, how come the order of creation is different in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2? I thought this was infallible and perfect. War is peace? Freedom is slavery? Obvious contradictions are not contradictions because magic?
Genesis 2 creation order: 1. earth and heavens 2. plants and herbs 3. man 4. garden of eden 5. trees - including magic trees 6. rivers 7. gold and onyx 8. cattle & birds 9. woman
I read Genesis when I was a kid. The part in Genesis 3:16 that says women are inferior/subordinate to men really turned me off when I was 8, and very much made me think that any religion based on an idea like that was not one I would want to be part of.
Here we also see that either god is a liar and told Adam and Ever they would die if they ate the apple just to scare them, OR he wanted them to die if they ate the apple but was not capable of striking them dead on the spot. Because he says if you eat from the tree of good and evil you'll die, but then adam and eve eat from the tree and they don't die, instead they become embarrassed.
Why does God have to ask Cain where Abel is, if he is all knowing? Actually, he asks an awful lot of stupid questions for being an all knowing creator of the multiverse.
If God curses Cain to be a vagabond, how come two verses later Cain settles down with a wife and children?...more
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