Daily Bible Reading Facepalm #12 – God Will Mess You Up, Bitch

I want to catch up. I want it enough to actually do it. I hate myself.

Today’s reading, or more accurately, yesterday’s reading, comes from  Galatians 2, Jeremiah 49-50 and Psalm 143. My heart leaps with bliss at the thought of reading this.

Wow, this took a turn for the unexpected right out of the gate. In Galations 2:3, we find out that Titus had foreskin. I don’t know that this is really an important part of the tale. I hope not, at least.

Here’s a fun phrase: “We are Jews by birth and are not sinners like Gentiles.” Wow, Paul, that’s some good judgement there. This is the unfortunate end result of believing that you are special. It means that people who aren’t like you aren’t special. It’s an ugly form of prejudice, and the Bible is ripe with it.

And another interesting comment in this passage. The final verse says, “If we can be acceptable to God by obeying the Law, it was useless for Christ to die.” Now, I know that Paul wasn’t implying that Christ didn’t die or that it was useless for him to have done so, so what Paul is saying is that even by obeying the law, we aren’t going to be acceptable to God. Strange indeed.

The more I read of Jeremiah, the more I wonder how much of this can be verified. He’s telling the people of Ammon that the Jews will send an army one day and totally ruin their cities. There’s a lot of these sorts of predictions/threats, and I wonder if any or all of them took place.

Jesus, Jeremiah was dark. It was like a laundry list of who God is going to eradicate. He never did get around to mentioning the Incas or the Aztecs, but just about every city in the Middle East had a lot to look forward to.

The Psalm is another typical Psalm, and ends with this rather telling line: “I am your servant. Show how much you love me by destroying my enemies.” That’s a creepy thing to say, and it definitely clashes (as does the Jeremiah reading) with the image I always had of a loving God. Having started in on the book, I wonder where people get the image of a loving God from. Jealous I could see. Angry. Violent. Cruel. But loving and kind? Just not seeing it.

Jim

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Like a caterpillar that spins a coccoon and emerges as a walrus with a mohawk, Big Ugly Jim has become something unexpected. Raised a fine young Christian boy in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jim began to question his teachings, first evaluating the wisdom of other religious and eventually realizing that none of them seemed any more accurate than any other, and not a one of them made a lick of sense. Today, Big Ugly Jim is a musician, a Business Analyst with Large Oil Company Whose Name Is Not Important, a music promoter with the Calgary Beer Core, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, a prick, an atheist, a father, an ex-husband, a role model, a horrifying vision in a red speedo (or at least he would be, if ever that happened which IT WOULD NOT), an announcer, and soon to be an officiator of weddings. Also, he's nice and does dishes. Madly enamoured with his partner, The Lovely Lady, Jim continues to live in Calgary, spreading his filthy doctrine of free, critical thinking and appreciation for music. His turn-ons include and are utterly limited to all that is The Lovely Lady. His turn-offs include people being shitty to each other, fundamentalism, and zebras. Who the hell do they think they are, really?

One thought on “Daily Bible Reading Facepalm #12 – God Will Mess You Up, Bitch

  1. god doesn’t really get “nice” till later in the story. Ineresringly the parts (mainly, not all, but mainly) that describe a kind and lovng god come from not just later in the book, but later in time (in terms of earliest surviving records). I sense a paradigm shift, change in tone, and change in values of those translating, transcribing and editing “god’s word.” and they called Hymenaeus and Philetus heretics…

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