2. My Psychotic Sand Deity
"Murder Regicide, Murder Matricide
Murder Homicide, Murder, Genocide
My Psychotic God, My Psychotic God
My Psychotic God, My Psychotic Deity
Murder enslave, Murder destroy
Murder slaughter, Murder rape
Kill all the shit stabbing fagots, hang the sodomites and arse fuckers
My Psychotic God, My Psychotic God
My Psychotic God, My Psychotic God
Birds fly above my head, of faceless names it is said
Gravesset like teeth in line, rise from the dark below
Their memories rest here, There is no laughter in dread,
In somber reflection, of what rests underground.
Dominus dues spiritus
Demogorgon ad inferos
This is a song about the ruthless Hebrew God of the Christian faith, once a Jewish God, but now a God of Christians.
The lyrics are explained further below with Biblical quotations tethered to each line. The track is about the quite appalling acts of the Hebrew God Jehovah. I would suggest that the Hebrew god is the most evil character of all time. A presupposed unfathomable being of unknowable form. Jehovah was a wrathful, vindictive deity verging on the psychotic. Like we will pour water on an ants nest, or burn out a Wasp hive, Jehovah will command his desert dwelling nomads to murder, rape and annihilate. How can this cruelty and inhumanity be taken as part of a supreme beings creative plan?
The explanation is to pass the blame to a pair of human beings called Adam and Eve. Their sin is to disobey Jehovah and eat from the tree of forbidden knowledge. Thereafter all mankind is cursed with death. However I try, I cannot subscribe to such a callous and obscenely easy alternative to our own instinctive need to destroy and harm our fellow human beings.
The main lyrics are in bold with their biblical quotations.
Murder regicide For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. Death of - Ish-bosheth/ 2 Samuel 4:5-8
And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite: Death Of Nadab 1 Kings 15:27-29
Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there. Of Amaziah 2 Kings 14:19,20
Murder homicide"And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain." (Deuteronomy 2:34)
Murder genocide "When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you may nations...then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them and show them no mercy." Deuteronomy 7:1-2
"...do not leave alive anything that breaths. Completely destroy them...as the Lord your God has commanded you..." Deuteronomy 20:16
Thus saith the LORD of hosts ... go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:2-3
Murder enslave When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)
Murder destroy"And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword." (Joshua 6:21) "Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place." (Deuteronomy 12:2-3)
Murder slaughterAnd he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under the axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem." (II Samuel 12:31)
Murder rape(Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)
If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
They must be dividing the spoils they took: there must be a damsel or two for each man, Spoils of dyed cloth as Sisera's spoil, an ornate shawl or two for me in the spoil. (Judges 5:30 NAB) "Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished." (Isaiah 13:15-16)
Kill all the shit stabbing fagots, hang the sodomites and arse fuckers
"If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
Here is the reference to homophobia once used against the coupling of the male gender, but now a more liberal stance is usually taken. The lyrics are spouted from the fire and brimstone pulpit by the book clergy folk.
The Old Testament Nightmare
The following facts on the Bible will cement the songs content. They are all to be found if you are willing to look for them.
There are 600 passages of explicit violence in the Hebrew Bible 1000 verses where God's own violent actions of punishment are described, 100 passages where God expressly commands others to kill people, and several stories where God irrationally kills or tries to kill for no apparent reason.
The following list confirms Jehovah’s instructions to his people, the same God Christians have adopted and embraces as their own. They are rules that bind people together and some are no doubt necessary in an ancient barbarous culture, but certainly not all. These are primitive male dominated laws that in a more tolerant society would be laughable if they were not so real.
- Anyone who goes uncircumcised is to be exiled from his people (Genesis 17:14).
- If a man has sex with a menstruating women, both are to be exiled (Leviticus 20:18).
- A man who marries a mother and daughter must burn in a fire (Leviticus 20:14).
- If two men have sexual relations, both must be put to death (Leviticus 20:13).
- If a mother and son have sexual relations, both must be put to death (Leviticus 20:11).
- If a man and daughter-in-law have sex, both must be put to death (Leviticus 20:12).
- If a man has sex with an animal, both must be put to death (Leviticus 20:15).
- If a woman has sex with an animal, both must be put to death (Leviticus 20:16).
- Anyone who attacks his mother or father must be put to death (Exodus 21:15).
- Anyone who curses his mother or father must be put to death (Leviticus 20:9).
- Anyone who commits murder must be put to death (Leviticus 24:17).
- Anyone who commits adultery must be put to death (Deuteronomy 22:22).
- Anyone who commits perjury must be put to death (Deuteronomy 19:18-19).
- Anyone who commits kidnapping must be put to death (Exodus 21:16).
- Anyone who disobeys a judge or priest must be put to death (Deuteronomy 17:12).
- Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death (Exodus 35:2).
- Anyone who does not worship God must be put to death (2 Chronicles 15:13).
- Any strangers approaching a sanctuary must be put to death (Numbers 17:7).
- Any prophet who tries to turn you against God must be put to death (Deuteronomy 13:5).
- Any prophet who makes a wrong prediction must be put to death (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).
- Family members who tempt you with other gods must be put to death (Deuteronomy 13:1-5).
- If an ox gores someone, the ox and its owner must be stoned to death (Exodus 21:29).
- Anyone who claims to talk with spirits must be stoned to death (Leviticus 20:27).
- A stubborn and rebellious son must be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).
- Any woman who has had premarital sex must be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:21).
- Anyone who worships another god must be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 17:2-7).
- Anyone who curses or blasphemes must be stoned to death (Leviticus 24:14-16).
- Break the neck of your donkey’s firstborn or kill a lamb instead (Exodus 34:20).
- If a city worships other gods, kill everyone in it and burn it (Deuteronomy 13:12-16).
The following list depicts the nasty things this Psychotic God is said to do.
- God will kill men, have their children smashed, and have their wives raped (Isaiah 13:15-16).
- God will punish children for the iniquities of their fathers and distant ancestors (Isaiah 14:21).
- God will lay waste to entire cities and make the lands desolate (Jeremiah 4:7).
- God will set people, animals, and even plants on fire because of his anger (Jeremiah 7:20).
- God will send so much evil that people would rather be dead than suffer (Jeremiah 8:3).
- God will give away the property of men, including their wives, to other men (Jeremiah 8:10).
- God will kill young men, and their children will die from a famine (Jeremiah 11:22).
- God will cause everyone to become drunk so father and son will kill one another (Jeremiah 13:14).
- God will not hear the cries of the people or acknowledge their sacrifices (Jeremiah 14:12).
- God will make people hungry enough to eat their own children and friends (Jeremiah 19:9).
- God will burn entire cities with the inhabitants still inside (Jeremiah 50:32).
- God will break people’s bones and knock their teeth out with stones (Lamentations 3:1-16).
- God will force fathers and sons to eat each other and scatter their remembrance (Ezekiel 5:10).
- God will be comforted by killing everyone with pestilence, plagues, and swords (Ezekiel 5:12-13).
- God will lay dead bodies around idols and spread their bones around the alters (Ezekiel 6:5).
- God will kill righteous men and forget their good deeds if they ever turn to sin (Ezekiel 18:24).
- God will turn daughters into whores and wives into adulterers (Hosea 4:13).
- God will kill children when they come out of their mothers’ wombs (Hosea 10:14).
- God will tear people apart and devour them like a lion (Hosea 13:8).
- God will kill children and unborn fetuses because their parents worship other gods (Hosea 13:16).
- God will sell the children of Israel into slavery in a far away land (Joel 3:8).
- God will kill inhabitants of entire cities if they have a corrupt government (Micah 3:9-12).
- God will consume every living thing from the face of the earth (Zephaniah 1:2-3).
There is a picture of hysterical maniac dictating his whims to a frightful people, a certifiable celestial being instructing his own creation to do the most depraved acts. Is this really the God of love, Christians and more rigorously Jehovah’s witnesses, try to convert us into believing in? It is the one and the same God make no mistake about that, no matter how we try to interpret this Gods barbarous actions, it’s hard to recon ciliate the two opposing faces of this deity.
The worldwide flood at the time of Noah as described in Genesis, chapters 6 to 8. From the description, it almost completely destroyed the human race, with the exception of Noah, his wife and sons and their wives. Drowning is a nasty way for people to die. As a result of hopelessly treading water for hours, their muscles burned due to large amounts of lactic acid production. Once they finally gave up, went under, and held their breaths, acidic carbon dioxide eroded their lungs until the unbearable pain forced them to inhale where there was no air for them to breathe. The water brought into their lungs robbed their bodies of oxygen, causing them to go numb. As water violently rushed in and out of their chests, the currents eventually laid their heavily breathing, slowly dying bodies at the bottom of the ocean. The inhaled water caused their lungs to tear and bleed profusely. As their blood supply dwindled, their hearts slowly came to a halt. Even so, their brains continued to process information for another couple of minutes. They were patently aware that death was imminent, yet they could do nothing to speed it or prevent it. This is not the action of any being dedicated to Love and peace. If it is then we are foolish to worship such a merciless God.
The conquest of Canaan, in which God ordered the Hebrews to completely exterminate the Canaanite people -- again from the elderly to newborns and fetuses. This is described throughout the book of Joshua as occurring in Jericho and other Caananite cities.
The lyrics are related to Old Testament verses and they are wholly Jewish and yet our very world has been shaped by them though Western aspirations. To understand the concept behind the whole Jesus myth one must familiarize ones mind with the very religion to which he was wholly dedicated.
The Old Testament
Like many ancient religious works the Bible is viewed by its adherents as an unimpugnable truth. With the modern mind being more critical of the fantastic events described within its pages, the higher religious authorities and biblical scholars deemed these events as mere metaphors.
Prior to the advent of Christianity, the Old Testament was a solely Jewish work, written by Jews for Jews. It was their religious text and unto them did its pages speak. The Jews are rightly proud of their God, and the Old Testament is a testimony to their history, laws and traditions. [The greatest respect is also applied to the Vikings, Egyptians and Celtic religious structures that abound the earth. I have no desire to mock a nations past.]
The Old Testament was never written for a world view market, as Christianity has now established. It was solely for the Jewish nation.
Originally written in Hebrew, [though certain small parts were first written in Aramaic] this collection of 39 books,. [This can vary according to Greek and orthodox cannons] was originally in parchment form and probably emerged as a definitive Hebrew religious text in the 3rd century BC, from a growing collection of books dating back to the 9th century BC. The Old Testament is a history of the Hebrew race, a historical account of traditions, laws and events which helped shape the lives of a small warring nomadic people who dwelled in the arid lands of the Middle East.
It is also tells how God revealed himself to man in ancient times. It is also the voice of God preparing the world for the new Revelation of himself, which is recorded in the pages of the New Testament. [Jews generally refute the authority of Jesus, thus they are still awaiting their Messiah]
About forty men were engaged in the writing of the Bible, during a period of about 1,600 years – that is, from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 100. Its weird to think the whole modern concept of the Bible from a western point of view has its roots in a small tribal race of wandering nomads who had nothing better to do but live by a strict priestly code in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. We are talking of primitive illiterates who perceived themselves as the chosen people of God. This accordingly leaves the rest of the world as Gentiles.[a heathen or a pagan]
For a chosen people the Hebrews [Jews] have had a rough time of it. From their earliest beginnings the Hebrews have had to endure hostile reaction to their stubborn way of life. They have been constantly conquered and victimized. Incessantly oppressed and condemned for being oddballs within a swarm of Arab nations. You would have thought God would have given his chosen race a better deal or at least a less enduring run of savagery. Could this Hebrew God [and Christian God] have chosen some other race to disclose his inner most secrets? What if the Egyptians had been the chosen race ? Or the Vikings? Would the world be a different place?
From this Middle Eastern hot spot came Jesus Christ and Mohamed. Both spread in different directions and both turned in on each other for their want of total domination.
The far flung religions of India and China were relatively safe from total consummation by these mighty faiths and yet it was left to civilization and its greater advancements which would determine the further indoctrination of peoples.
The west was to discover the Americas and the great Dark Continent of Africa. It was Christianity that would spread its Catholic doctrines across the globe at a more prolific rate than any other faith. To this day the more advanced countries mostly European and Christian find religion less important. It is the third world nations that cling to religion and Christianity still exists in its most captivating form.
The Muslim faith still resides in mostly third world countries where the governments are more able to control the masses. Be it in India, Iraq or Iran. What do you suppose will happen when these countries eventually become westernized and they surely will?
Will Allah still hold power over the majority? Does Jehovah hold the power he wielded in the middle ages over Europe?
The origins of the Old Testament
The first glimpse of the Hebrews in history appears around 1850 BC when Abraham led them out of Mesopotamia to Canaan [Palestine]. After a while they moved into Egypt until 1240 BC when Moses led them back into Canaan. The Hebrew race was made up of tribal factions and it is most probable that these small unsightly groups like every other race dotted across the globe constantly argued amongst themselves. This natural friction between communities could only have negative effects in times of conflict with other larger peoples. The oncoming advance of another warring race would necessitate the Hebrew tribes to form a coalition and repel the invader. With many tribal leaders disputing who should take overall leadership it was more viable to impose a God at the head of the tribal hierarchy, thus eliminating the internal squabbles with one stroke. With one God presiding over all the tribes a sense of unity would prevail over individual ambition.
Like every other ancient culture the world was looked upon very differently. The birth of any religion grows from the Human frustration of the irrevocable nature of Death, a desire to avoid what seemed to be the futility of life. To explain the mysteries of his very existence. Above all religion bound people together; it could make sense out of the unknown albeit contrary to the truth. But more often than not the truth is best left hidden. Who wants to be told that Death is the end?, that there is no point to suffering and sorrow? That there is no reason for being alive? Reality is cold. There is no mercy from the perpetual onslaught of human frailty.
Is it out of fear that Gods becomes manifest?, is it by looking upon a heartless world that God becomes a drug of the oppressed? God can grant the illusory happiness we yearn for, yet taken out of our consciousness, does this happiness really exist?
Good and Evil
There is a saying, ‘Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction’. The one confounding enigma of religious debate derives from Evil, and more specifically, Evils inherent dominion within the human psyche.
God is the one bastion where evil ceases to exist and it is to this sinless haven [Heaven] where the righteous hope to dwell in the afterlife. As for the priests who convey Gods word, I would point out there are probably as many priests in Hell than there are in Heaven.
So, the evil in Man with all the violence, cold savagery and merciless wrath, necessitates the more peaceful of us to create a shield in which to bind us together and face the inherent angst of the human psyche. The shield is God and through whatever teachings are written, Gods word is adhered to and in return the promise of eternal salvation.
In Mans search for the cause of Evil, he has hunted far beyond the mortal.
Evil is the inevitable contrast of good. They are inseparable as God created them both as one is necessary and incomprehensible without the other. The very idea of good loses its meaning if considered apart from evil. Like light and dark, cold and heat, truth and error. All opposing forces illustrating the great primary law of nature and the continuing conflict between the positive and the negative.
Now, whether one wishes to assume a great cosmic force or supernatural entity created this world depends on your religious views. When one grasps the fundamental ethics of religion then the existence of good and evil and their opposing mentors, God and Satan, then scripture becomes real and suffering is the only means by which evil is overcome by good. The secret of life is death to many religions where by a mans sins is judged and only then will he know his true fate.
The Hebrews were no different from other cultures that nourished religion into a state of ethnic hysteria. The doctrine of their religion however was very different. The Hebrews were surrounded by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Amorites and numerous other Semitic tribes, all of whom worshipped many Gods. The Hebrews believed in only the one and he was a God of absolute power, an all-encompassing force who ruled his people with a rod of iron. This was the God who was to eclipse the Western world and captivate millions with promises of eternal joy in the unseen kingdom, which was paradise. The history of the Hebrews is set in stone within the pages of the Old Testament.
The Pentateuch [the law]
This word is given to the first 5 books of the Old Testament. They are Genesis which deals with Primordial history and Patriarchal history. The Patriarchs are the descendants of Adam and great ancestors of the Hebrew race. You will be familiar with Noah, Abraham [1850 B.C.],Isaac and Jacob.
Next is the book of Exodus, which deals with the life of Moses, the Deliverance from Egypt and the Covenant Leviticus deals with legislation, sacrificial rituals and priestly codes. Numbers deals with yet more desert journeys and Deuteronomy deals with civil laws. Within these five books are many of the famous stories most of us will be familiar with.
Genesiscontains the story of Creation, of Adam and Eve, of the temptation and the fall of man. The Bible would have us believe the innocence of humanity was sacrificed by a woman who was persuaded by a snake [who was later to be interpreted as Satan by the Roman church] to eat an apple that contained the knowledge of life and death.
Because of Eve's disobedience the whole human race was condemned to die, suffer and endure the most hideous of pain. This does not reveal to me a God of Love.
And if that wasn't bad enough just as the human race is beginning to grow God sends a flood [deluge] and drowns every one apart from Noah and his family who just happened to cram two of every living thing into a boat.
The church argues that we must not take literally the words that are presented to us here. The whole story of creation is built with metaphors like a gleaming wall of Gods secret revelation to man. A wall of confusion and primitive conundrums more like.
The very beginning of the Bible brings into question Gods seemingly haphazard scheme of fashioning humanity without fear of the eternal consequences of what subsequently happened. Adam and Eve failed to become the perfect life form due to their temptation in paradise. Firstly, as humans their right to choose was blighted by not being made aware of the horrific consequences of their actions. If they had been forewarned of the timeless curse of death they would receive, surely as any right minded individual would agree, the option of living eternally would have been opted for. But to be told not to eat of a certain tree is like saying, do not look in the box without knowing quite what is in it.
This is the world in which Jesus would have been immersed in. This was his holy vocation as part of the Judaic religious doctrine being wholly Jewish and built upon Jewish ancestral teachings.
It was here that we learn about the Nephilim who were a race of Giants.
The Giants‘When the men had begun to be plentiful on the Earth, and their daughters had been born to them, the Sons of God, looking at the daughters of men, saw they were pleasing, so they married as many as they chose. God said ‘My spirit must not forever be disgraced in man, for he is but flesh; his life shall last no ore than a hundred and twenty years’ The Nephilim were on the Earth at that time [even afterwards] when the sons of god resorted to the daughters of man, and had children by them. These are the heroes of days gone by, the famous men.’ Gen6.
A strange paragraph in Genesis that appears during the life of Noah and has a far reaching effect on Human kind though the imminent catastrophe of the flood.
The Nephilim appear in Numbers 13:33 ‘Every man we saw there was of enormous size. Yes, and we saw giants there[ the sons of Anak, descendants of the Giants]. We felt like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.
The word Nephilim means ‘Fallen Ones’ and from what we can read into their description, they were of abnormal size and fathered by celestial beings [Angels?]
These immoral beings were supposedly destroyed by the flood, and yet they re-appear afterwards as the Sons of Anak. The progeny of the Nephilim went under various names.
Genesis :5, ‘They defeated the Rephaim at Asteroth-Karnaim, the Zuzim at Ham, the Emim in the plain of Kiriathaim, the Horites in the mountainous district of Seir as far as El-paran’
Deuteronomy 2:10-11 ‘ I have given Ar into the possession of the sons of Lot, [At one time the Emimlived there, a great and numerous people, tall as the Anakim, and, like the Anakim, they were accounted Raphaim, though the Moabites call them Emim’
Deutoronomy 2:20-22 ‘[this also was accounted a land of Rephaim; at one time the Rephaimlived there, though the Ammonites called them Zamzummim, a great and numerous people, tall as the Anakim. God Exterminated them before the advancing Ammonites who disposesed them and settled there in place of them.]
Dueteronomy 3:11 Og king of Bashan was the last survivor of the Rephaim; his bed was the bed ofiron that can be seen at Rabbath-of-the Ammonites, nine cubits long and four wide. [18 feet, 6 inches long, and 8 feet, 4 inches wide]
Joshua 13:12-13 and in Bashan the whole kingdom of Og, who had reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei and was the last survivor of the Raphaim.
Joshua 14:12 You heard the how it was peopled by the Anakim.
Joshua 14:15 Arba had been the greatest man of the Anakim.
Joshua 15:13-14 Joshua gave him Kiriath-Arba, the chief city of the Anakim, which is now Hebron.Caleb Drove the three sons of Anak out of it. Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, descended from Anak.
Joshua 18:16 continued to the skirts of the mountains facing the vale of Ben Hinnom, north of the plain of the Rephaim.
We read in Deuteronomy 3, the total annihilation of king Og and his people. A Genocide sanctioned by God.
I do not mock a tale of antiquity with satisfaction. I do feel insulted that I should take the story to be fact. The story of the Flood found in Genesis has many similarities with an older flood story found in the Epic of Gilgamesh. This was a Sumerian myth and being that Sumer was in Mesopotamia it is more than likely this tale was known by the migrating Hebrews who incorporated it into their own religious scripture.
Soon to follow was the Towerof Babel story. The tower was constructed to reach the heavens. At this point in History every one spoke the same language. Gods punishment for ths towers construction was to smite the people in a confusion of many tongues so that no one understood what the other was saying. This is the Bibles explanation to why Human beings talk differently.
Sodomand Gomorrahare also featured in the following chapters. These are the iniquitous cities obliterated by God due to the inhabitants wanton debauchery and idolarity. Two other cities were also destroyed: Adamah and Zeboiim. The word Sodomy comes from the unnatural vice mentioned here. It describes how the men of Sodom wished to have anal sex with two angels who had come to warn lot of the impending calamity.
Abrahamis cited as the Father of the Hebrew Nation. He is also bound to the Islamic religion through the prophet Mohammed claiming to be a descendent.
The Twelve Patriarchs
Exoduscontains to story of Moses [1250 BC] who spoke to God in a burning bush, inflicted 10 ghastly plagues upon the Egyptians to force the Pharo to free the enslaved Hebrews. Such divine miracles as raining frogs, swarms of flies, hailstorms, and ulcerous boils and turning a river into blood. The coup de grace was the death of every first born child unless you just happened to be a Hebrew who killed a lamb and smeared its blood outside your house.
Nasty deeds that secured the release of the Hebrews who left Egypt only to reach the Red Sea, which Moses opened up so that all may pass. That is except for the pursuing Egyptians who were no doubt a bit upset by all their first born dying. They drowned as Moses parted the Red sea, made his escape and closed the waters over the pursing aggrieved Egyptians.
The story concludes with Moses' returning from Mount Sinai with a couple of stone tablets containing the 10 commandments. Apart from the wise commandments of not killing or stealing, there is a heavy leaning towards God fearing. The first four commandments reflect this tyrannical need for total obedience. Here are the Ten Commandments, the most famous set of laws in history.
- You shall have no other Gods but me.
- You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Respect your father and mother.
- You must not kill.
- You must not commit adultery.
- You must not steal.
- You must not give false evidence against your neighbour.
- You must not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour.
Although these laws were strictly given to a tribe of wandering nomads, they have been adopted by the western worlds and to be fair they are not bad laws to conduct one life.
The Old Testament continues after Deuteronomywith thehistorical books, the Prophets and the Golden age of Israel. The book of Joshua is first and this tells of the fall of Jericho [1200 BC] when his priests walked around the city seven times and blew their horns to make the walls crumble to the ground. This is the age of Biblical Genocide.
The book of Judges features the mighty Samson who killed 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass and pulled down a vast temple upon the heads of the jeering Philistines by standing between two main pillars and pushing them apart. The story also deals with the seductress Delilah and her determination to find out the secret of Samson's strength which was in the length of this hair. After the uneventful book of Ruth we find the books of Samuel the great Prophet. In this we find some of the greatest Hebraic stories like David [1000 BC] and Goliath. The whole life of the greatest Hebrew king is detailed here. The book of Kings deals with another great King, Solomon [970 BC] and the great prophet Elijah. The rest of the Old Testament contains stories of prophets and the great Wisdom books of Job, the Psalms and Porverbs. Among these are the noted stories of Daniel [600 B.C] who shared a night in a den of lions and Jonah who shared a night in the belly of a whale.
From a child's perspective many of the above stories become great fables that rival anything you could be told at such a tender age where the mind is captivated by heroic deeds and other worldly adventures. The Bible stories are as rich in colour as the great epics of Hommer but we are led to believe one is Myth and one is fact. Of course the Homerian Illiad is rooted in some truth. There was a City of Troy when for many years scholars believed to be pure fantasy until someone dug it up. The same can be said with the Bible. To a Christian or Jew they are factual events which they are entitled to take as truth. For an Israelite they are his own history. The very foundations of his existence where God intervenes at specific times to aid or disrupt his chosen people.
In reality they are stories crystallized in antiquity, fossilized relics of a small nation living in a distant land with no relevance to other nations history other than that of alien infiltration of their own identity and eventual erosion of there spiritual freedom.
I can't understand why this God intervened at such a remote time in human evolution. Why suddenly stop? Surely this God must have known all his efforts would be forgotten or lost down the oral teachings of his appearances. I would have thought he could have at least waited until mankind had learned to write properly. Do the horrors of today differ from the horrors of yesteryear? Are we not entitled to some of the benefit of actually witnessing some divine intervention? Can we be persecuted for lacking in faith or does one really have to be blind to follow this God of Hebrews. We are after all Gentiles, outsiders of the chosen race.
The God of the Old Testament is referred to as Jehovah, Yahweh and Elohim. There was no Devil, only the supreme sovereignty of a deity who takes on the role as accuser, jury and executioner. This God is both merciful and savage. You either believe or you are nothing. This is a God who tolerated no competition from other cultures. Their right to worship other deities had no place in the grand scheme of things. Anything other than total obedience was treated with contempt and quickly nullified by use of force.
To understand the Old Testament is to understand a part of who Jesus was, to become him in some small way. We must remember there was no New Testament so it cannot influence our judgment when looking for the real Jesus.