Thursday, June 10, 2010

Deuteronomy 8-13

The Facts (Chapter Number: Verse)

Deuteronomy 8 - No mention of any women.

Deuteronomy 9 - No mention of any women.

10:18 - God "who executes justice for the orphan and the widow."

Deuteronomy 11 - No mention of any women.

12:12 - You shall rejoice before the Lord with your sons and daughters, and your male and female slaves, and the Levites who reside in your towns.
12:18 - You shall eat that which the Lord approves of in his presence together with your sons and saughters, male and female slaves, and the Levites in your town.
12:31 - Everything God abhors other nations have done for their Gods, including burning their own sons and daughters in the fire.

13:6 - If anyone tries to entice you to worship another god, be it your brother, father's son or mother's son, your own son or daughter, wife or intimate friend do not be tempted (it continues: and show no pity to such a person, who must be executed by your hand for their treason.)

My Comments

Funny, in 12:31 God says that he's horrified that other nations sacrifice their own sons and daughters in the fire for their gods, and yet later on there's that story where Jephthah burns his daughter for God because that is the sacrifice he promised God in exchange for winning a great battle. And God allowed it to happen, he didn't stop it. So I'm kinda thinking God is just talking out his ass here because he obviously has no problem with the sacrifice of children (well, at least not girl children since he did stop the sacrifice of Isaac).

And I still think it is odd that a supposedly all loving and all powerful and all moral God spends so much time talking about how people should worship him and what exactly will happen to those who do not worship him and worship the right way. I would think an all loving all powerful and all moral God would spend more time on things like loving your neighbor and not killing people or lying or stealing or whatever and less time on how to worship him and reiterating over and over again that he is to be worshiped and him alone. Actually, instead he advocates and condones killing your neighbor (or children or wife or best friend or whatever) with your own bare hands if they happen to not worship God properly.

The Bible is a great source of morals? I'm really not thinking so.

Tomorrow: Deuteronomy 14-17

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