Get off that damn Bible, kid. It’ll kill you.
If you’re a Babylonian, at any rate. Or, I should imagine, anybody else who has pissed God off. He’s got quite a temper.
Came across this image on Facebook this morning and I thought to myself, aw, isn’t that cute? Maybe I ought to have a closer look.
Fascinating, the Bible is. Started out as a history of the Hebrews, a tale told by Hebrew people writing with a heavy Hebrew slant, creating a God who loves them above all others.
Check out Isaiah 12, for example. Beautiful inspiring words. If you’re a Jew or a Christian who has assumed the Jewish tradition and are inclined to see America as some kind of “Zion on a hill,” Old Testament style, especially.
“…O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away and thou comfortedst me…”
Lovely, don’t you think?
But read on. In the very next chapter, in which the writer turns to “the burden of Babylon,” we read:
“And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth… Behold the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate…”
Now here’s the part that jumps off the page at me:
“…I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity…Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes... Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.”
Now if you’re going to create an imaginary friend who lives in the sky and loves you, do you have to make him out to be somebody who blames babies for what their parents do? Even supposing that pissing off the Hebrews deserves a death sentence, I mean?
This child brain bashing is spoken of not only in Isaiah. They actually sing about it!
Psalms 137, Verse 9 reads, in the King James Version:
“Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”
The NET Bible puts this into modern language:
“How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies and smashes them on a rock.”
Wow. Some serious stuff going on here.
Better not mess with Jehovah, looks like.
Glad I read my Bible. I might have missed that.