I’d like to talk a bit about my take on the Bible. I’ve read it numerous times, and frankly, I feel the Old Testament is chocked full of a lot of gross and heinous stuff. The God I worship (I call IT the Source, or the Universe or the Source Energy) does not condone the killing of any living thing including humans, animals and all things on this planet. IT does not smite thee or punish thee. IT is gentile, kind, loving and all forgiving. IT is an energy that lives within us, meaning we are all part and parcel of the Source. EVERYTHING is comprised of the Source energy. EVV…ERY…THING!! Dirt, rocks, pine straw, trees, metal, rubber, buildings, cement, humans and animals. The list goes on.
I think we can all agree that the Bible has a goodly share of gross and heinous passages. The key is knowing that it is not the end all be all guide for human behavior. I question, though, if many christians do indeed understand this fact. I think there is a similar issue concerning the Quran – that’s another article.
Anyway, I’m gonna give you just one example of something I consider to be gross and heinous, and from there, you should read the Bible and come to your own conclusions. Don’t let anyone dictate your beliefs. When someone expresses their belief, listen, then take it for checking. Do whatever is necessary to determine what is your own belief. People often express opinions as if they’re facts, but they’re not. So, read, research, whatever you have to do to find YOUR OWN beliefs.
HERE WE GO…….
JUDGES 19 KJV
I don’t even know where to begin except to say I wonder why this delightful story is never included in the Bible Storybook for Children.
Paraphrased – A Le’Vite “took to him a concubine.” His “concubine played the whore against him and went away from him to her father’s house.” After four months, he went after her to bring her home and he took with him his servant and two “asses.” They stayed at her father’s house (his “father-in-law”) then departed to travel home – the man, his concubine, his servant and the two asses.
A “wayfaring man in the street of the city” brought them into his house to rest for the night. Here is where the atrocities begin.
Judge 19:22 KJV (Paraphrased)
The men of the city beset the house round and beat on the door and spake to the master of the house saying bring forth the man that came into thine house, THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM.
Now, that speaks of homosexuality, which most Christians condemn. But, because it is written here, it indicates that homosexuality existed even way back then. Personally, I have no issues with sexuality in any form when it is among consenting adults. I believe we are born with our sexuality in place and have the right to live authenticly, true to ourselves. The God I worship would not create you one way then tell you it’s wrong to live that way. (Whole ‘nother article.)
The master of the house said no my brethren. Do not take this man and do such a wicked, vile thing. But, here ya go take my daughter and the man’s concubine and do with them “what seemeth good unto you.”
So, the men agreed to take the concubine, and “they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.”
Paraphrasing again, the man found his concubine on the front stoop and ordered her to get up so they could leave. She did not respond, so he hoisted her upon one of the asses and began the trek home. NOW my assumption here is that the woman crawled her way back after the gang rape and beating and then died on the door stoop.
“And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold of his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.”
So, the way I interpret this is the master of the house will not allow the men to rape the male guest so offers up his daughter and the guest’s “wife” instead. It’s not okay to rape the male, but please, gang rape and abuse this woman to death, and then it’s perfectly acceptable for her master to the cut her into pieces.
NOW, granted, I have not researched to find what the Bible scholars have to say about these verses. I’m quite certain there are a great number of interpretations, explanations, and meanings we readers are supposed to garner from the written word, however…..I just don’t see how anyone could put a spin on it that makes it anything but gross and heinous. But, I’ll listen.
Do we really wonder why this is not included in the Bible Storybook for Children?
UM, GROSS AND HEINOUS !!!
Disclaimer: This is completely and totally my own humble, opinionated thoughts.
It’s all about the love.
Please leave comments with your take on this. It is healthy to create conversation on the subject so that we may have info enough to determine our belief.