Friday, October 8, 2021

Article: "The Bible Is Not To Be Taken Seriously....." by Damien Lee Thorr

The Bible Is Not To Be Taken Seriously.....
Article by Damien Lee Thorr

The bible is the claim, not the evidence. It is inconsistent, contains horrors and contradictions and thus it should not be taken seriously.
There are numerous preachers out there who mislead their followers with the “the bible has eyewitnesses to jesus” lie. These people simply don't realize that there are several authors for each of the gospels and none say the books were dictated by a witness except for the gospel of John but it fails to name the witness.
As an example of the inconsistencies, I'd like to mention the King James version of the new testament, which was completed in 1611 by eight members of the church of England.
They had no original texts to translate. The oldest copy or text we have was written hundreds of years after the last of the apostles died and there are over 8,000 of these old manuscripts with no two alike!
The King James translators never used any of those but they edited previous translations available to them to create a version the king and parliament would approve. Essentially, 21st century christians are following a book edited in the 17th century from 16th century translations of 8,000 contradictory copies of 4th century scrolls that claim to be copies of lost letters written in the first century, common era.
Most clergy are unaware of this fact.
Then they claim the bible is all about love and deny or ignore the many horrors contained in it. They often state that we are taking things out of context, yet here they are below, as they appear in scripture:

Luke 19:27: “But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.”
2 Chronicles 15:12-13: “And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul, but that whoever would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman.”
2 Chronicles 15:13: “But that whoever would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman.”
Deuteronomy 17:1-20: “You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God. If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones...”
Exodus 22:19: “Whoever lies with an animal shall be put to death.”
Leviticus 20:13: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” Deuteronomy 17:2-5: “If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.”
1 Corinthians 5:9-13: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
Psalm 23:1-6: A Psalm of David: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows...”
Psalm 49:10: “For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.”
Leviticus 20:27: “A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.” John 3:18: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
Deuteronomy 17:12: “The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.”
Luke 19:11-27: “As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business...”
1 Samuel 15:2-3: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”
Revelation 21:8: “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Deuteronomy 13:13-18: “That certain worthless fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently. And behold, if it be true and certain that such an abomination has been done among you, you shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to the sword, devoting it to destruction, all who are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. You shall gather all its spoil into the midst of its open square and burn the city and all its spoil with fire, as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. It shall be a heap forever. It shall not be built again. None of the devoted things shall stick to your hand, that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger and show you mercy and have compassion on you and multiply you, as he swore to your fathers...”
Matthew 10:34: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Matthew 5:17-18: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
Exodus 21:15: “Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death.”
Hebrews 3:12: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.”
Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
1 Corinthians 7:13-14: “If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”
John 9:30-33: “The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Esther 5:1-14: “On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, ‘What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.’ And Esther said, ‘If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.’ Then the king said, ‘Bring Haman quickly, so that we may do as Esther has asked.’ So the king and Haman came to the feast that Esther had prepared...”
John 3:17: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Deuteronomy: “If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife you embrace or your friend who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which neither you nor your fathers have known, some of the gods of the peoples who are around you, whether near you or far off from you, from the one end of the earth to the other, you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. You shall stone him to death with stones, because he sought to draw you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”
Isaiah 3:1-26: “For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, everyone his fellow and everyone his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable...”
Revelation 20:10: “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
2 John 1:9-11: “Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-17: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,”
1 Corinthians 7:12-16:24: “To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”
John 3:1-36: “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God...”
Proverbs 3:5-7: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.”
Psalm 14:1: “To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.”
John 8:24: “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
John 5:24: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Colossians 2:1-23: “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ...”
Exodus 23:7: “Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.”
Deuteronomy 17:2: “If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing his covenant.”
Romans 1:20-32: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves...”
1 Timothy 1:20: “Among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.”
Mark 16:16: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Deuteronomy 17:3-5: “And has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.”
Exodus 22:20: “Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the LORD alone, shall be devoted to destruction.”
Jeremiah 48:10: “Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.”
Deuteronomy 13:7-12: “Some of the gods of the peoples who are around you, whether near you or far off from you, from the one end of the earth to the other, you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. You shall stone him to death with stones, because he sought to draw you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. And all Israel shall hear and fear and never again do any such wickedness as this among you…”

.... and there are many, many more....
The bible also contains numerous contradictions but these clergy always ignore them and they attempt to explain them away with biased opinions. However, the fact is that the contradictions are there whether they dismiss them or not.
Here are some of those contradictions:

A Young Earth?
Genesis 1:16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.
The stars gave light to the earth immediately, although the closest star, Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light years away. So the very first star light would have taken 4.3 years to reach earth. The light we see from the Andromeda Galaxy takes 2.2 million years to reach earth, which also debunks the argument that the earth is only 6,000-10,000 years old.

The Order of Creation
Genesis 1:11-12 and 1:26-27 Trees came before Adam.
Genesis 2:4-9 Trees came after Adam.
Genesis 1:20-21 and 26-27 Birds were created before Adam.
Genesis 2:7 and 2:19 Birds were created after Adam.
Genesis 1:24-27 Animals were created before Adam.
Genesis 2:7 and 2:19 Animals were created after Adam.
Genesis 1:26-27 Adam and Eve were created at the same time.
Genesis 2:7 and 2:21-22 Adam was created first, woman sometime later.

Other Issues in the Garden
Genesis 1:31 God was pleased with his creation.
Genesis 6:5-6 God was not pleased with his creation.
Which raises the question, how can an omnipotent, omniscient God create something he’s not pleased with?
Genesis 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

An omnipotent being required… rest?
Genesis 2:16-17: “And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’”
God placed temptation in the direct path of his two naïve children and allowed them to be tempted by the serpent (Genesis 3: 1-7), resulting in a single mistake that would contaminate hundreds of billions with a sin nature worthy of eternal torture?
Genesis 3:1: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ’You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’”
A talking snake. Enough said.

Noah's Ark and the Great Flood
Genesis 7:6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.
Eight Bronze-Age humans over 500-years-old built a watercraft the size of a football stadium with only felled trees and pitch?
Genesis6:19: “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.”
Answers in Genesis posits that Noah gathered "kinds" of animals and not all "species," an estimated 16,000 pairs, which raises a few animal-related questions: • How, exactly, did eight extreme senior citizens load, manage and care for 32,000 animals?
• What about specialized diets (bamboo for the giant panda, meat for the carnivores, fresh vegetation for the herbivores)?
• Who cleaned each stall and shoveled the tons of daily excrement through the huge ark’s single window?
• How did they separate the predator and prey animals? Did the lion lay with the lamb?
• How do you explain the acquisition and loading of animals not indigenous to the Middle East (many separated by oceans), like the polar bear, the sloth, the crocodile, the fruit bat, the anaconda, etc? And how did the penguins and other cold-climate creatures survive in the blistering desert heat?
• Wouldn’t freshwater rains from the sky have made the saltwater deadly to ocean marine life? And wouldn’t saltwater have proven equally toxic to all freshwater fish? If water boiled up from beneath the earth’s crust, wouldn’t water temperature changes in the delicate ecosystem have also had a deadly effect?
• Dinosaurs on the ark. Did they exit the boat and THEN get hit by a comet?
Genesis 7:19-20 {the waters} They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet.
This would require steady, planet-wide rainfall at the rate of 6 inches per minute, 360 inches an hour, for 40 days and 40 nights, covering Mount Everest under 22 feet of water. How, exactly, did Noah measure this for the record? Where has all of the water gone since? And why is there no legitimate geological evidence of a global flood?
Genesis 8:8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
Why did Noah require a dove to find land (Genesis if he and God were on speaking terms in Genesis 6?
Genesis 8:15-16: “Then God said to Noah, ‘Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.’”
When the ark landed, what did the carnivores eat? All other animal life had been drowned. And vegetation would’ve also been wiped out in the flood, so what did the herbivores eat to survive?
Genesis 9:1: “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.”
Eight people of middle-eastern descent practiced incest to produce over 5,000 of today’s ethnic groups in only a few hundred generations?
Genesis 9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.
The only guy worth saving spent his latter days drunk and naked?

The Nativity Story
Who Did the Angel Speak to Regarding the Birth of Jesus?
Matthew 1:20: “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’”
The angel appeared to Joseph.
Luke 1:28 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’
The angel spoke to Mary.

Was Mary a Virgin?
Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Matthew 1:23: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God is with us”).
The Greek Septuagint which Matthew used translates it as “a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,” but the Hebrew word "almah" means “young woman of marriageable age,” not a virgin.

Did Mary Journey to Bethlehem?
Luke 2:1-3 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
A woman nine months pregnant traveled a great distance on the back of a donkey? Why does the book of Matthew mention no census? And if ever there was a decree there was none that all lineage of David should go to Bethlehem to be counted, Mary would have been excluded because she was not a “lineage of David.”

Was Jesus Born in a House or a Manger?
Matthew 2:11: “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
In a house.
Luke 2:7: “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” In a manger. There was no room in the inn.

Shepherds or Wisemen?
Matthew 2:1-2: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Magi (astronomers or astrologers).
Luke 2:15: “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
Shepherds.

Did Mary and Joseph Flee to Safety?
Matthew 2:13-16 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
They fled to Egypt until Herod’s death. But notice Luke’s account.
Luke 2:39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
The Christ child was presented, and Mary and Joseph returned to Nazareth. There’s no mention of Herod’s decree or a flight to Egypt for safety.

Solomon’s Temple
1 Kings 6:2 The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.
1 Kings 5:15-16: Solomon had seventy thousand carriers and eighty thousand stone cutters in the hills, as well as thirty-three hundred foremen who supervised the project and directed the workmen.
Why were 153,300 people required to build such a small structure?
1 Kings 6:38 In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.
Why did it take seven years to construct?
1 Chronicles 22:14: “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them.”
Over 7 million pounds of gold and 75 million pounds of silver were required to construct this small structure.

Solomon’s Sacrifice
2 Chronicles 7:5 And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God.
2 Chronicles 7:8-9 So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo [a] Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more.
That’s 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep in a single week. That’s about 850 animals an hour, 14 every minute.

Can Man Be Righteous?
Genesis 7:1: “The LORD then said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.’” Noah was righteous.
Job 2:3: “Then the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.’”
Job was righteous.
Luke 1:6: “Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.”
Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous.
James 5:16: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
Some men are righteous, and their prayers are effective.
1 John 3:7: “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous Christians become righteous.”
Romans 3:10: As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
No one is righteous.

Who Has Seen God?
Genesis 32:30: “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”
Jacob actually wrestled with God and was renamed “Israel” by God at that moment.
John 1:18: “No man hath seen God at any time.”
John the Baptist was denying to the Jews of Jerusalem that he was the Christ.
Numbers 14:14: “Thou, Lord, art seen face to face.”
Moses was explaining to the grumbling Israelite assembly that God had displayed his presence to free them from Egypt.
John 6:46: “Not that any man hath seen the Father.”
Jesus was explaining why he is the “bread of life”... God’s proxy here on earth.

Who is Punished for Sins?
Ezekiel 18:20: “The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father.”
The penalty of sin is placed upon only the sinner, not the offspring.
Exodus 20:5: “I the lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.”
The penalty of sin affects generations.

Does God Keep Anger Forever?
Jeremiah 3:12: “...for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever.”
God pleads with Israel to repent and return to Him.
Jeremiah 17:4: “Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever.”
Same book. Also note the previous chapter, where God brings disaster in verse 11: “…it is because your fathers forsook me,” generational punishment which again contradicts Ezekiel 18:20.

Who Brought the Capernaum Centurion’a Request to Jesus?
Matthew 8:5: “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him.”
It’s the centurion himself who comes.
Luke 7:3: “And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.”
The centurion sends some elders.

Luke 7:6: “Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof.”
The centurion sends friends. Same book, same chapter as “elders.”

Where Did Jesus Go After Feeding the 5,000?
Mark 6:53: “When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.”
Jesus and the disciples went to Gennesaret.
John 6:24-25: “Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, ‘Rabbi, when did you get here?’”
Jesus and the disciples went to Capernaum.

Where Did the Devil Take Jesus?
Matthew 4:5-8: “Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down. For it is written: ’He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, ‘It is also written: ’Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple, then to the mountaintop.
Luke 4:5-9: “The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down from here.’”
Satan took Jesus to the mountain first, then the temple.

How Many Blind Men Did Jesus Heal on the Road from Jericho?
Matthew 20:29: “As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’”
Jesus healed the two men in verse 34.
Mark 10:46-47: “Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’” There was only one blind man.

Where Did the Anointing of Jesus Take Place?
Matthew 26:6-7: ”While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.”
The anointing happens in Bethany, at the house of Simon the leper. An unnamed woman anoints Jesus. Oil is placed on Jesus’ head.
Luke 7:36-37: “Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume.”
The anointing takes place at the house of a Pharisee in Galilee. Oil is placed not on Jesus’ head, but on his feet.
John 12:3: “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”
It isn’t an unnamed woman sinner who anoints Jesus, but Mary who does the honors.

Where Did Jesus Meet Simon, Peter and Andrew?
Matthew 4:18-19: “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Peter and Andrew are fishing.
John 1:42-43: “And he (Andrew) brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.”
Andrew was following Jesus, found his brother and brought him to Jesus.

Did Jesus Allow His Disciples to Carry a Staff?
Mark 6:8: “And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse.”
They’re allowed to bring a staff.
Luke 9:3: “And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.”
Staffs, or "staves," are specifically mentioned as something NOT to bring.

Did the Fig Tree That Jesus Cursed Wither Immediately or Overnight?
Matthew 21:19: “And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.”
It happened immediately, and the disciples were amazed.
Mark 11:20: “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.”
The dried up fig tree was discovered the following morning.

Did Jesus Speak at His Hearing Before Pilate?
Matthew 27:11: “Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied. When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, ‘Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge— to the great amazement of the governor.”
Jesus doesn’t answer the charges.
John 18:37: “’You are a king, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’”
Jesus answers the charges.

What Color Robe Was Jesus Given?
Matthew 27:28: “They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him.”
Jesus is given a scarlet robe.
John 19:2: “The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe.”
Jesus is given a purple robe.

Who Carried Jesus’ Cross?
Mark 15:20b-24a: “...and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrennian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. And when they had crucified him.”
Simon of Cyrene carried the cross
John 19:16-18: “Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha where they crucified him.”
Jesus carried the cross.

When Was Jesus Crucified?
Mark 15:25: “And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.”
The third hour, as noted in the Amplified Bible, is 9 am.
John 19:14-16: “And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he (Pilate) saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him over therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.”
The sixth hour is Noon.

What Were the Centurion’s Words at the Cross?
Matthew 27:54: “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’”
Luke 23:47: “The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man.”

Where Was Jesus on the Sixth Hour of the Crucifixion?
Mark 15:32-33: “And they that were crucified with him reviled him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.”
Christ was already on the cross at 9 am.
John 19:14-15: “And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.”
It was 9 am as Jesus was being judged at Pilate’s palace.

What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
Matthew 27:46: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani?” That is to say, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
(Verse 50 says he cried out again before dying, but no mention is made of spoken words.)
Luke 23:46: “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”
John 19:30: “It is finished.”

How Long Did it Take for Jesus to Get to Heaven After the Crucifixion?
Matthew 12:40: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jesus wouldn’t ascend to heaven for three days. His journey is compared to Jonah’s three days in the belly of the fish.
Luke 23:42-43: “And he said unto Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.’”
Jesus is to be in Paradise that very day.

Who Were the First Visitors to Jesus’ Tomb?
Matthew 28:1: “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.”
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
Mark 16:1: “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.”
The two Marys, plus a third person, Salome.
Luke 24:10: “When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.”
The two Marys, Joanna, and “the others.”
John 20:1: “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.”
Only Mary Magdalene.
There are many, many more contradictions…

So here we have a bible they claim to be inerrant even though it contains contradictions and horrors. The obtuse claims repudiate our observations of nature and science.
If they adhere to the contents of the bible to its word, as they claim it is true and inerrant, I'd like to propose a challenge:
In Mark 16:18, it states that you could consume poison and your faith will save you from dying. Alright, I bet no one will take poison and pray for survival without calling for medical intervention.
Of course they don't have faith of that level and I'm betting they will come up with lame excuses to dismiss the challenge.
I quote from my previous writings: using the bible to prove god is the same as using Star Wars to prove Yoda…

Damien Lee Thorr is the composer and lead guitarist for the popular and openly atheist/political activist metal band, PREDATOR (on MVD) and has authored many essays and editorials as well as the horror-erotica novel The Vampire Journals.

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