An Overview Of The Bible And Its God
All Gods are created in man's image. Not the other way around.
The Hebrews were vicious and bloodthirsty. They were forever slaughtering animals and offering them as sacrifices to their God. Cruelty and pain were parts of their everyday lives, in regard to how they treated animals and fellow humans. As a creation and externalization of their minds, their God was likewise vicious and bloodthirsty. The children of Israel chose Yahweh from the pantheon of gods of their polytheistic days and made him the only God. They turned a lowly storm-god into the God of the universe. They made a god the God with a capital G.
Their reasons were several. They'd been enslaved for several centuries by neighboring cultures, so their motives sprung from revenge and insecurity. They subsequently used the Bible, under the control of their priesthood, to crush matriarchy and goddess-worship then elevate patriarchy and monotheism as controlling forces of their nascent society and belligerent people. They needed and created Yahweh for a sense of unity, focus, and nationhood.
The Holy Bible is called the Good Book, but it's actually not a book. Rather, it's an anthology of 66 books. Some are dull and boring, others are somewhat intriguing. And the Bible is still one of your best sources for soap opera drama, and sex and violence, and genocide!
But it is not the place to go for science and history. The writers of the Bible were backward and primitive, so their book is backward and primitive. That's why it's so retarded scientifically and morally.
It contains some truth but not much. Most of its characters and events are symbolic, allegorical and mythological. Abraham, Moses and Jesus never existed.
The Bible does contain some good rules to live by, i.e. the Golden Rule, but just about all these were borrowed from earlier religions and cultures. And that's the most important thing a person can know about the Wholly Babble - that it's largely a rewrite of previous myths which the Hebrews stole from preceding sources. So mostly the Bible is a synthesis of earlier texts...and a masterpiece of plagiarism, if you will...and a book of mythology which should not be taken too seriously.
The prophecies of the Bible are unreliable. Not one of them has ever been fulfilled.
In Matthew 24 and Mark 13, even Jesus fucks up his prediction as to when he'll come back to Earth. (Actually, the writers who invented Jesus fucked up the prediction, since Jesus is an un-historical literary figure and that's all).
In both chapters, which include Matthew 24 as a re-write of Mark 13 (yes, Mark was written before Matthew, although Matthew is placed before Mark in the New Testament), Jesus tells the crowd he is talking to that he's gonna go home for awhile, gonna go back to Heaven, but he'll come back. He tells 'em he'll be back while their generation is still living.
That was supposedly two thousand years ago and it still hasn't happened. Jesus still hasn't returned to our planet.
"You guys, YOU guys will be the ones who will still be living or whose offspring will be living when I bring my happy ass back down to this planet someday. It will be your generation! Of course, you might be two or three thousand years old when I come back, but you guys - the ones in the audience right now at this very moment, the ones I'm talking to right now, you and your kids are the ones who will be alive when I come back, that the prophecy might be fulfilled. Amen and amen. But even I don't know when that will be. My old man won't tell me."
The writers who predicted the second coming of Jesus believed it was imminent. Same story for John, who thought the events in the Book of Revelation would happen very soon, during his lifetime, not in the year 2003.
Considering that the predictions of Matthew 24 and Mark 13 - surely the most important predictions in the Bible, failed miserably, how can you honestly ever trust any other prophecy of the Bible?
And biblical prophecies' lack of contemporary place names and proper names cannot be ignored. If the Bible mentioned George W. Bush, Ronald Dumbsfeld, the ebola virus, AIDS, E. coli, the Worldwide Web, Iowa, North Carolina, Liberia and Luxembourg I'd be convinced. But it doesn't, so I'm not...
"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind." - Thomas Paine