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Don’t Approach God! October 24, 2009

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The text below comes from one of the many versions of The Bible. I’ve been reading the King James version, and I have actually been laughed at by some Christians for reading the KJV version! Just shows again how one must not only figure out the meaning of passages, chapters, books, words, and intended meanings, but one also has to first pick the correct translation of The Bible. And make no mistake, every English written version of The Bible is a translation, think about that for a minute.

Leviticus 21:16-24 From the New International Version (NIV)

16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.
18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.
21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God.
22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.
24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.

I’m not wearing a magic decoder ring, so when I read the words of the LORD, they clearly say that people with certain malformations or deformities may not approach God. This is tied to a ritual that doesn’t seem to exist today, namely, presenting burnt offerings (although it wouldn’t surprise me to discover that burnt offerings are still done today.) But it also mentions the simple act of merely approaching the altar of God. Is it just me, or does it not seem cruel that the god who created humans, including the “defective” ones, is actually shunning them?

Even worse, it specifically mentions the blind, the dwarfed, and even those with damaged testicles? So what is the opposite of these descriptions of people with deformities and abnormalities? Physically perfect humans, perhaps? What is a physically perfect human anyway?

So, let me guess; I either read the wrong version of The bible, or I am misunderstanding the passage, or even better, I can’t understand because I have not accepted Jesus. This is a great opportunity for a Christian to set me straight, help me figure it out, guide me through the good book, if you will.

I submit that there is actually no current Bible in existence that represents the most accurate writings of the original authored works. There is a very real possibility that some of the writings are fabricated, and a very strong possibility that translations have been altered enough to have lost their original meaning and intent (based on the time they were written, of course.) There are even writings that were not included in The Bible! There is no real Bible today, all that remains are the published translations, each with their own subtle take on the word of God.

And once again, a god that is so powerful to have created the entire universe, the billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, and planets, and at least one planet with life forms that realize they exist, is somehow incapable of creating a single, clear, unambiguous book that all humans can easily read and understand. Call me blasphemous, call me ignorant, call me anything you can dream up, but I am completely unimpressed. That humans have been fighting, killing, murdering, battling, and hating each other for thousands of years, over this ridiculous entity that can never be proven, is perfect proof that this god, the god of The Bible, is no god at all.

It is an imagined god, designed by ignorant men, many thousands of years ago. It is a god that survives today from no other method but indoctrination, dogma, mythology, fear, guilt, shame, sin, bigotry, and every other form of human indignity that can be thought of, for all of these have been used by humans. It is a replacement for the gods that are far too easy to dismiss, like Zeus and Thor. It is an imagined god that can fit anywhere, in any conversation, or any form of discourse among humans, for the sole purpose of promoting silly ideas like “all humans are sinners”. Ideas like, “there can be no morals without God”. And ideas like “accept and believe equals eternal life, otherwise, lakes of eternal fire and brimstone”.

What a shame that humans today have to use this god to prop up ignorance and fear, in order to maintain a delusion that brings no joy to humanity, but rather, fills it with contempt towards ANYONE who disagrees, or who may not even understand what a god is. Consider this some of my most blasphemous accusations towards the imaginary character of The Bible. And God, if you are real and you are listening, appear before me now and explain why you are so bad at communicating your message. Maybe then I can at least know you are real, even though I would not follow your ridiculous rantings.

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1. sg - October 25, 2009

To your comment a raise you a letter from the Swillpit Chronicles: Immunized Believers. I am partial to the part of Tony Flew coming over to the other side. Just thought this could shed some more light. Happy reading.

Dear Swillpit,

Interesting, how humans can go through life without giving much serious thought to their faith. Oh yes, they may believe in a supreme Being and an afterlife. They may be members of a church, even leaders. They may have mouthed their allegiance to our Adversary. But beyond the sanctuary walls, they live as if He and His teachings are largely irrelevant. You have your demonic forebears to thank for this.

After generations assailing their spiritual yearnings, we learned that allowing them a small space for religion is better than allowing no space at all. Surprised?

I know it sounds strange, but the more adamantly they reject religion, the more it occupies their thoughts and conversations. In fact, a hardened atheist is apt to spend more of his mental energies pondering “God” and religion than the most ardent believer.

Remember Sigmund, how he was obsessed with the question of “God” till the end of his life. It was even the subject of last book. Today, dear Dickie Dawkins is following suit. His chart-busting book, The God Delusion, marks the apogee of a career built around the question. It is a cruel irony that the more they insist the matter settled, the more their thoughts are haunted with it, and the more their lives are directed by it.

That’s because the Enemy has stacked the deck. He fashioned them to run optimally when they are filled with Him. If they try to run on anything less, sooner or later, they will experience a itch they can’t scratch, an unease that won’t subside, or… an irrepressible need to rant about a Being that does not exist (funny, how the irrationality of that rarely occurs to them!).

It is the natural consequence of maintaining the swirl of contradictions that their unbelief imposes upon them — like the insistence of universal human rights in a universe bereft of a rights-Giver. For the tortured soul who values intellectual integrity, keeping the throng of conflicting notions suspended requires constant effort that, for some, just becomes too much.

Oh, how many we have lost in their twilight years! Who could have imagined that the most celebrated atheist of his time, Tony Flew, would have abandoned a lifetime of disbelief? I fear the same fate awaits our dear Dickie.

Yet those who religiously attend their God in the church hour can, with scant coaxing from us, leave Him there. You see, Swillpit, religion is like a vaccine: a little dose can inoculate a patient from its totalizing effects. A trifling measure is all it takes to dull their spiritual senses, making His whisperings fade in the cacophony of voices in the world outside.

Content that their spiritual house is in order, they easily drift into lifestyles, and even attitudes, that are practicably indistinguishable from their unbelieving neighbors. And as their neighbors look on, they are left to conclude that a faith that makes no difference in lives of the faithful is one having no moral authority.

There, my boy, is our silver lining: For should we, hell forbid, lose the immunized believer to his Maker, he has made the job of winning others much the easier for us. Indeed, his kind has done as much (maybe more) to fill our banquet hall as Nietzsche, Freud, and Dawkins. If it weren’t for him, I fear there would be a perpetual famine down here.

As you will recall from my earlier letter, we can’t eradicate their transcendent longing, but we can divert them to other objects, like Reason, Nature or Progress… or allow them short rein in their devotion to Him.

Over the course of human history, the latter has proven to be much more useful to Hell, and more easily accomplished, too! The key is to work with, rather than against, their natural leanings.

One of our top Tempters put it this way: “It’s like the two strategies in pitching baseball: In the first, you get the batter to think your going to throw one kind of pitch, and throw something else. For instance, if he’s looking for a fastball you throw a change-up. In the second, you find out what kind of pitch the batter likes, and throw it ‘almost there.’ If he likes it low, you pitch it a little too low. If he likes it inside, you pitch it a little too inside. That’s what I do with my playthings — pitch it ‘almost there.'”

Here’s how it works, Swillpit: If they’re looking for love, pitch them lust; if security, pitch self-sufficiency; if grace, indulgence; if rest, sloth. Because of their carnal inclinations, they can be quite easily duped, even willingly so, by these pitches. But far and away, your best pitch is religiosity — religion, reduced to its most superficial and least demanding elements.

Much to our delight, a little religiosity goes a long way. Just an hour of special music, perfunctory prayers, and anecdotal preaching is enough to immunize all but the most difficult cases against His promptings for the rest of the week.

Fortunately for you, your man is already in the immunized state. So don’t begrudge his devotional time. Patiently indulge him his hour; then he’s yours, a plaything to immerse in the values we have smuggled into the world.

This will be more challenging now that he has been struck by tragedy. His sister’s painful and untimely death will certainly push his faith, front and center. As long as evil remained a theological concept or something experienced by others, he was content with standard Sunday school answers. Now that Evil has visited his doorstep, he is finding little comfort there.

Although upward thoughts are sure consume his energies over the next days and weeks, you have a prime opportunity to tip the scales decisively in our favor. Just stay attentive to his moods, and ply your skills according to his vulnerabilities, and you can guide him down a path of thought that progresses from questions to doubts to apostasy.

Have you noticed whether he has begun raising his voice to his Maker: How could you let this happen? What purpose could this serve? She was so young, with a full life before her. Oh, how we loved her! Where are you when it hurts?

If not — he will, Swillpit, he will.

When disasters hit home their thoughts go instinctively to “Why me?”, “Why this?”, “Why now?”, “WHY?” It is a natural crossroads of faith: will they trust Him and His promises or their eyes and their circumstances? That’s when we step up sowing doubt into their tortured thinking.

The fact that this fellow had been praying, day and night, for his sister’s healing should make your task all the easier. For the first time in his life he is open to a line of questioning that never troubled him before: Is God uncaring, negligent or malevolent, or are some problems are just too big for Him? Can I, should I, submit to a Deity that cannot or will not control a world gone wrong? Maybe he’s just a myth.

Help him see his loss as part of a pattern of Divine indifference. Draw his attention to the mind-numbing devastation of natural disasters — earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes. But be careful to steer him clear of the truth that, without the phenomena of plate tectonics, his planet would be covered in water, uninhabitable, save for aquatic life.

But a word of caution: Even the commanding leverage we enjoy in cases like this does not ensure our victory. Need I remind you about Job? There was a wretch that experienced the full blast of hellish attention. Yet, bewilderingly, the crushing losses he sustained, and despite the urging of his wife, he refused to turn his back on the Adversary. We’re still trying to figure out what went wrong.

All we know, from centuries and centuries of field experience, is that no amount of personal misfortune guarantees our success. But if we remain vigilant, seeking and creating opportunities to work our wiles, our chances are significantly improved.

So stay at the shoulder of your charge. Occupy his thoughts with questions having no satisfying answers this side of the grave — especially to those reeling under the onslaught of life’s injustices. Convince him that he is owed an explanation, and should demand one. Then, when he lifts his fist to heaven, you can relish the sound of his grinding teeth as he endures the prolonged silence.

That, Swillpit, is one of the sweetest sounds you can enjoy as a Tempter.

Fitfully Yours,

S.

jetson - October 25, 2009

What an arrogant piece of writing this is. Let’s compare this to homosexuality, shall we?

In the very recent past, it was a very bad idea to let anyone know that one had “homosexual” feelings. Even though we have plenty of evidence that homosexuality has been around for about as long as humans, in modern societies it has been hidden “in the closet” for fear of ridicule and shame by society. But, as is plainly clear, homosexuality is now out of the closet, and out in the open. Many people are now able to be open about their sexuality, and so far, six states allow same sex marriage. How did all of this come about?

It was a movement, a movement lead by brave people who were tired of being told that they were “bad” or “immoral” along with many other hateful sentiments hurled at them by self-righteous bigots and ignorant people. These leaders were “obsessed” with their cause, they clung to their mission as fervently as possible in order to get their voices heard, and slow down the spread of fear and hatred towards other humans for something as harmless as sex. Without these people “occupying their thoughts and conversations” with this issue, no progress would have ever been made. So it is with atheism.

Atheism has long been thought of as the most vile group one could admit to being a part of. Very strange that someone who doesn’t believe in God would be considered so horrifying, unless you are a Christian, or a Muslim. Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, who became a spokesperson for those who have no god beliefs by writing a book whose time had come. The topic of atheism, thanks to people like Dawkins, is now a very popular topic, and has inspired a very large number of non-believers to “come out of the closet.” Just like the gay communities around the world.

Speaking fervently, loudly, even harshly towards those who have little to no tolerance towards non-believers is something that I admire. I have joined that movement, although I don’t have an audience to speak of. If I am to speak out against oppressive religious beliefs, I have no choice but to use their own mythology against them. They are the ones dragging mythological stories into modern times, and in some cases, using their mythology to attempt to influence laws prohibiting things like same-sex marriage, and abortion.

Any atheist who is “consumed” by religious ideas, writings, gods, and mythologies is doing their homework! While on the other side of the debate, we have creationists and intelligent design proponents spending countless hours trying to debunk evolutionary theory in order to prop up their mythological stories of creation and design. The difference is this: if a creationist ever managed to prove anything that tears a huge hole in the current theory, it could easily be accepted into the scientific journals and help chart a new path of knowledge towards how life evolves. So far, nothing.

I’m not impressed by this Swillpit writing as it makes assertions, and attempts to place God into the center of everything all humans do, when it has no proof of the god it references. It is also a very lame argument to say that when someone immerses themselves in a topic, that said person has no control over what they accept and do not accept regarding the topic.

2. sg - October 25, 2009

You are hilarious ~ you had to equate atheism to being gay. That in itself was hysterical. So let me get this straight, no pun intended, something that is not of the norm sort of speak is what atheist is? In other words two males can not procreate, nor can two females so atheism is something that is not natural? So if you are saying that atheism is not the norm or unnatural then that is a viable explanation for the errors that atheism proclaims. I guess this is why you may be feeling uneasy.

I guess you didn’t care too much about the comment of Tony Flew….God +1 atheism -1 🙂

Remember we don’t have to put him in the center, atheist manage to do this all by them selves.

jetson - October 25, 2009

Way to miss the point completely. I’ll leave this one alone because I have a feeling you will not want to consider how far off you are on what I was saying.

Maybe it would be better if you summarize the Swillpit piece in your own words as you understand it. In a nutshell, what does the piece mean to you? Then we can carry on from there if you want to discuss it.

I like your scoreboard thing – I have to tell you that this is a very common thing that believers do in debates against non-believers, they try to keep score and they are certain that every debate point clearly goes to them, simply because they believe! They don’t actually have to prove anything, since God is on their side!


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