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Sunday, May 14, 2006

THE OLD TESTAMENT TERRORIST: YAHWEH

Let's define the word (we all know it, we understand the implications of it, but let's do so anyways):

From here:

The Dictionary entry says this - "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."

The Legal Encyclopedia defines it thusly:

"The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property in order to coerce or intimidate a government or the civilian population in furtherance of political or social objectives.

Terrorism is the systematic use of terror or violence to achieve political goals. The targets of terrorism include government officials, identified individuals or groups, and innocent bystanders. In most cases terrorists seek to overthrow or destabilize an existing political regime, but totalitarian and dictatorial governments use terror to maintain their power."

We will take these two definitions, and sally forth from there. When we look at the utter immorality of the OT, the thorough lack of regard for human life whatsoever, it becomes readily apparent, that despite all objections to the contrary, the alleged deity in question is...drum roll please!...a complete racist, a sociopath, a thug, a child-killer, a propounder of blood 'n guts politics, a purveyor of iniquities to daunt the shades of the more bloodthirsty dictators in history.

Witness:

"Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, "Cursed be Canaan; lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers." He also said, "Blessed by the Lord my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave. May God make space for Japheth, and let him live in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his slave." (Genesis 9:20-27 NRSV)

Could someone explain how multiple generations are condemned to slavery, for such a puerile reason?

"When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These seven nations are all more powerful than you. When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completely destroy them. Make no treaties with them and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them, and don't let your daughters and sons marry their sons and daughters. They will lead your young people away from me to worship other gods. Then the anger of the LORD will burn against you, and he will destroy you." (Deuteronomy 7:1-4 NLT)

Tell me how this isn't nationalistic supremacism.

"Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts."

That sounds fair...NOT.

"But then the Jewish leaders came to me and said, "Many of the people of Israel, and even some of the priests and Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the other peoples living in the land. They have taken up the detestable practices of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites. For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. To make matters worse, the officials and leaders are some of the worst offenders." (Ezra 9:1-2 NLT)"

The HOLY race? How were they chosen, anyways? Someone draw the short straw?

"Every city and province, without exception, that does not observe this decree shall be ruthlessly destroyed with fire and sword, so that it will be left not merely untrodden by men, but even shunned by wild beasts and birds forever." (Esther 8:24 NAB)

Curse the land? What, is something there contagious?

"The men of Israel withdrew through the territory of the Benjaminites, putting to the sword the inhabitants of the city, the livestock, and all they chanced upon. Moreover they destroyed by fire all the cities they came upon. " (Judges 20:48 NAB)

Real merciful, ey?

"When Jehu left there, he met Jehonadab son of Recab, who was coming to meet him. After they had greeted each other, Jehu said to him, "Are you as loyal to me as I am to you?" "Yes, I am," Jehonadab replied."If you are," Jehu said, "then give me your hand." So Jehonadab put out his hand, and Jehu helped him into the chariot. Then Jehu said, "Now come with me, and see how devoted I am to the LORD." So Jehonadab rode along with him. When Jehu arrived in Samaria, he killed everyone who was left there from Ahab's family, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah. " (2 Kings 10:10-17)

As it was written? God of love my ass.

"The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird, for your children will die at birth or perish in the womb or never even be conceived. Even if your children do survive to grow up, I will take them from you. It will be a terrible day when I turn away and leave you alone. I have watched Israel become as beautiful and pleasant as Tyre. But now Israel will bring out her children to be slaughtered." O LORD, what should I request for your people? I will ask for wombs that don't give birth and breasts that give no milk. The LORD says, "All their wickedness began at Gilgal; there I began to hate them. I will drive them from my land because of their evil actions. I will love them no more because all their leaders are rebels. The people of Israel are stricken. Their roots are dried up; they will bear no more fruit. And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children." (Hosea 9:11-16 NLT)

Yeah, your little toys aren't doing what you want. Real nice.

"So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children. "This is what you are to do," they said. "Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin." Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan."
"The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives. But there were not enough women for all of them. The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had left this gap in the tribes of Israel. So the Israelite leaders asked, "How can we find wives for the few who remain, since all the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead? There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel will not be lost forever. But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God's curse."
"Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, between Lebonah and Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem. They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, "Go and hide in the vineyards. When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife! And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, 'Please be understanding. Let them have your daughters, for we didn't find enough wives for them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.'" So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance. Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them. So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.
" (Judges 21:10-24 NLT)"

So thanks to some racist law, Israelites get to abscond with women.

"This is what the Lord of hosts has to say: 'I will punish what Amalek did to Israel when he barred his way as he was coming up from Egypt. Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.'" (1 Samuel 15:2-3 NAB)

Kill 'em all, let god sort 'em out.

"Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told." (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)

How...unpleasant.

"The people of Samaria must bear the consequences of their guilt because they rebelled against their God. They will be killed by an invading army, their little ones dashed to death against the ground, their pregnant women ripped open by swords." (Hosea 13:16 NLT)

The word SAVAGES springs to mind.

"But judging them little by little thou gavest them a chance to repent, though thou wast not unaware that their origin was evil and their wickedness inborn, and that their way of thinking would never change. For they were an accursed race from the beginning, and it was not through fear of any one that thou didst leave them unpunished for their sins." (Wisdom 12:10-11 RSV)

Yeah everybody's accursed except...Guess who? Got it in one.

"I will spend on them woe upon woe and exhaust all my arrows against them: Emaciating hunger and consuming fever and bitter pestilence, And the teeth of wild beasts I will send among them, with the venom of reptiles gliding in the dust. Snatched away by the sword in the street and by sheer terror at home: Shall be the youth and the maiden alike, the nursing babe as well as the hoary old man. " (Deuteronomy 32:23-25 NAB)

Charming.

"I brought hunger to every city and famine to every town. But still you wouldn't return to me," says the LORD.

Gee, wonder why?

"I kept the rain from falling when you needed it the most, ruining all your crops. I sent rain on one town but withheld it from another. Rain fell on one field, while another field withered away. People staggered from one town to another for a drink of water, but there was never enough. But still you wouldn't return to me," says the LORD.

I could venture some guesses why.

"I struck your farms and vineyards with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured all your fig and olive trees. But still you wouldn't return to me," says the LORD.

Sounds like a lateral Abusive Spouse Syndrome to me.

"I sent plagues against you like the plagues I sent against Egypt long ago. I killed your young men in war and slaughtered all your horses. The stench of death filled the air! But still you wouldn't return to me," says the LORD.

More flies with honey, as they say.

"I destroyed some of your cities, as I destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Those of you who survived were like half-burned sticks snatched from a fire. But still you wouldn't return to me," says the LORD." (Amos 4:6-11 NLT)

Hey, go pick someone else as your 'chosen people'.

"The LORD, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple. But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the LORD's anger could no longer be restrained and there was no remedy. So the LORD brought the king of Babylon against them. The Babylonians killed Judah's young men, even chasing after them into the Temple. They had no pity on the people, killing both young and old, men and women, healthy and sick. God handed them all over to Nebuchadnezzar. The king also took home to Babylon all the utensils, large and small, used in the Temple of God, and the treasures from both the LORD's Temple and the royal palace. He also took with him all the royal princes. Then his army set fire to the Temple of God, broke down the walls of Jerusalem, burned all the palaces, and completely destroyed everything of value. The few who survived were taken away to Babylon, and they became servants to the king and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. So the message of the LORD spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The land finally enjoyed its Sabbath rest, lying desolate for seventy years, just as the prophet had said." (2 Chronicles 36:15-21 NLT)

How many times do these folks need to get burned, to realize this is all crap spewing from the high priests?

"So beware, for the time is coming, says the LORD, when this place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. For I will upset the battle plans of Judah and Jerusalem and let invading armies slaughter them. The enemy will leave the dead bodies as food for the vultures and wild animals. I will wipe Jerusalem from the face of the earth, making it a monument to their stupidity. All who pass by will be appalled and will gasp at the destruction they see there. I will see to it that your enemies lay siege to the city until all the food is gone. Then those trapped inside will have to eat their own sons and daughters and friends. They will be driven to utter despair.' (Jeremiah 19:6-9 NLT)

Aye, caramba! Divine stalker!

"While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: "Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother's home. Suddenly, a powerful wind [sent by God] swept in from the desert and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you." (Job 1:18-19 NLT)

All over a bet between god and satan.

"The LORD left certain nations in the land to test those Israelites who had not participated in the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle. These were the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the hill country of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath. These people were left to test the Israelites – to see whether they would obey the commands the LORD had given to their ancestors through Moses." (Judges 3:1-4 NLT)

I find all this gut-wrenching.

The jury is in: if YHVH exists, he needs to be put on trial for war-crimes. Genocide. Infanticide. Let's encapsulate, all in one word:

TERRORIST

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10 comments:

udonman said...

Isnt amazing how so many people can say they are good peace loving love thy brother (unless they dont believe the same as you or are gay or etc etc ) and all that yet its based on terror its based on violence and the mad ramblings of a control freak.

Damn im glad I wasnt raised to believe this bullshit

Krystalline Apostate said...

udonman:
yet its based on terror its based on violence and the mad ramblings of a control freak.
Correction: based on the ramblings of a BUNCH of control freaks. The priesthood.
I think the pattern's fairly evident.

udonman said...

yeah your right and youve got mail my friend

kevin beck said...

Have you read "God Against the Gods: by Jonathan Kirsch?

udonman said...

cool kevin I just found that book on amazon am going to order it how is it

Tony

Krystalline Apostate said...

kevin:
I'll give it the once-over, sometime soon. Thanks.

HairlessMonkeyDK said...

No, no! Don't you all get it!
Since god created us all, he's entirely justified in abusing and killing us!
The one who gives you life is entitled to molest you, in other words.
Which means, logically, that parents are allowed to kill their children.
Yet, how many "christians" would agree with that? Not many.
The most blessed thing in this world is that those who term themselves christians are better than their own designation.
And way better than their in no way holy book...

Krystalline Apostate said...

HMDK:
No, no! Don't you all get it!
Oh, I get it.
Which means, logically, that parents are allowed to kill their children.
Hmmmm...where did I read that before? Oh, riiiiggghtt. The OT. Disobedient children.
Like father, like kids? Something like that.

say no to christ said...

Hey Ra dont forget child molester. The virgin Mary was said to only be 14. And we wonder why our society is war driven and why there are so many child molesters on the streets and why there are so many christian women killing their own. Monkey see monkey do.

I dont know how anyone can read that book of horrors and get a loving message. I know I cried the first time I read the bible and the stories about the young virgin girls being kidnapped and eventually raped by their so called new "husbands". Those poor little girls and how terrofied they must have been. This kind of stuff absolutely happened and it still happens to little girls durring war in the middle east and in other countries where women are concidered property and have no rights. Absolutely disgusting and cowardly!!! Only cowards need a god.

Amy

Franklin Eugene Rhoads said...

Is it Father Yahweh's fault that they do not obey His teaching (torah, law)?

How do you say, We are wise, and the Law of Yahweh is with us? Behold, certainly the lying pen of the scribes has made it falsehood. The wise men are shamed, they are overcome with fear and taken: see, they have given up the word of the Yahweh; and what use is their wisdom to them? So I will give their wives to others, and their fields to those who will take them for themselves: for everyone, from the least to the greatest, is given up to getting money; from the priest even to the prophet, everyone is false. And they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall; in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, says Yahweh. I will utterly consume them, says Yahweh: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig-tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the fortified cities, and let us be silent there; for Yahweh our Almighty has put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against Yahweh. We looked for peace, but no righteousness came; and for a time of healing, and, behold, dismay! The loud breathing of the horses comes to our ears from Dan: at the sound of the outcry of his war-horses, all the land is shaking with fear; for they have come, and have made a meal of the land and everything in it; the town and the people living in it.

See, I will send snakes and poison-snakes among you, against which the wonder-worker has no power; and they will give you wounds which may not be made well, says Yahweh.

Oh that I could comfort myself against sorrow! my heart is faint within me. Behold, the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people from a land that is very far off: is not Yahweh in Zion? is not her King in her?

Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with foreign gods?

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not redeemed. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt: I mourn; dismay hath taken hold on me. Is there no life-giving oil in Gilead? is there no expert in medical arts? why then have my people not been made well? Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! If only I had in the waste land a night's resting-place for travellers, so that I might go away, far from my people! for they are all untrue, a band of FALSE men.

And they bend their tongue, as it were their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know Me not, says Yahweh.

Let everyone keep watch on his neighbour, and put no faith in any brother: for every brother will certainly be tricking his brother, and every neighbour will go about saying evil. And they act deceitfully every one with his neighbour, and speak not the truth: they teach their tongue to speak falsehood, they weary themselves with perverse dealing.

Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know Me, says Yahweh. Therefore this says Yahweh of Armies, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how else should I do, because of the daughter of My people? Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he lays wait for him. Shall I not punish them for these things? says Yahweh; shall I not take vengence on such a nation as this? For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast have fled; they are gone.
I will make Yerusalem heaps, a dwelling place of jackals; and I will make the cities of Yahdah a desolation, without inhabitant. Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of Yahweh has spoken, that he may declare it? why is the land perished and burned up like a wilderness, so that none passes through?

Yahweh says, Because they have forsaken my instruction which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein, but have walked after the stubbornness of their own heart, and after the Baals ('the LORD'), which their fathers taught them; therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. I will scatter them also among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.

This says Yahweh of Armies, Consider, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for the skillful women, that they may come: and let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters. For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we laid waste! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out. Yet hear the word of Yahweh, you women, and let your ear receive the word of His mouth; and teach your daughters wailing, and everyone her neighbor a song of grief. For death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces; to cut off the children from outside, and the young men from the streets. Speak, This says Yahweh, The dead bodies of men shall fall as dung on the open field, and as the handful after the harvester; and none shall gather them. This says Yahweh, Don't let the wise man boast in his wisdom, neither let the strong man boast in his strength, don't let the rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boast boast in this, that he has understanding, and knows Me, that I am Yahweh who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says Yahweh (Yeremyah 8:8-).

Praise Yahweh when He comes! He will destroy the wicked and the meek shall inherit the earth.