Sunday, September 25, 2011

On why the Bible is a B-rate script

The Bible is full of stories of a vicious, genocidal God, of heroes venerated for killing other tribes' women and children, and of people who have different beliefs being condemned.

But it also has some poetry and poignant verse.

I think even Nietzsche might have liked Ecclesiastes.

And it has some really captivating, fascinating stories that can be turned into some A-rate movies:

Moses leads the Hebrew tribe out of captivity in Egypt, and after wandering the desert for forty years, leaves it for them to invade another country, Canaan, and kill its inhabitants.

Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, is bullied by a bunch of crazy, orthodox Jews into executing Jesus, a reform Jew.

The Sermon on the Mount's not bad.

I don't get liberal Christians who try to "rescue" the Bible from conservatives by reinterpreting it to fit the way they think it should be read. They leave their brains at the door.

Leave bad enough alone.


Added after first post:
The Bible should be read literally and it is fantasy to read it otherwise. The writers actually believed in what they wrote when they were writing narrative. They believed God told Moses and Joshua to commit genocide and that the miracles actually occurred. Overall, the Bible is a pretty vicious, horrid book.

Some liberal Bible re-interpreters like to say that the Sodom story (Genesis 19) is about God punishing it for 'inhospitality'. They ignore Jude writing it was because "Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion."* Or ignore that Paul wrote "men who have sex with men ... will [not] inherit the kingdom of God." (And that includes both bottoms and tops.)

The point is: Liberal spinners trying to protect the "Holy" book will make up all sorts of things. Don't leave your brain at the door. Leave it edgy and spicy like it is!


* Although it's from a Christian apologist site (str.org), the article What was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? is accurate in its textual analysis.