A Few Random Bible Verse

For no other reason than I stumbled across these on facebook, I thought I would share a few random bible verses with my readers today…

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Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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7 Responses to A Few Random Bible Verse

  1. writerdood says:

    You got some excellent scripture there.
    Could make me some inspirational posters with those.

  2. one_who_cares says:

    If you were truly a critical thinker you would know never to take things out of context without revealing it as a whole (refering to scripture quotations)…if you do, you do it to deceive. Scripture is meant to be taken symbolically, figuratively, or literally. It takes a willing mind for truth to study and find out how you are to take and understand each one. It would be great if you would be willing to set down with a true critical thinker that is opposed to your views. Your obvious anger says you are incapable of setting down and debating the issues that require self control. Christians are not embarrassed of the Bible. It appears to me you have taken one mans opinion (referring to the video) that got involved in a debate that he wasn’t ready for. You have taken his immaturity and twisted it to fit your agenda. If you’re going to have an opinion, at least be fair and honest about it…don’t manipulate. Post this lest you be the one embarrassed.

    • Jeff Randall says:

      I’ve posted many videos on my blog over time, so I’m not sure which video you’re referring to. Perhaps you could be a bit more specific?

      I’ve read the bible previously, and found it to contain some absolutely disgusting things (such as the story of Lot’s daughters getting him drunk till he passes out and then raping him). Yes there are some nice passages as well, but overall I’ve seen nothing in the book that would make me see it as any more special than any other work of fiction. And I’ve seen many things that would make me want to place it below other works of fiction.

      As for these verses here, if you’d like to put any of them into context for me, PLEASE feel free… I’m curious how EXACTLY these were taken out of context, and how they are not fairly self explanatory (and the last one, kind of funny)…

  3. M. Davis says:

    Let me clarify a few things:

    1) When reading the Old Testament that it is the history of the Jewish people. And just like much that can be found in the history of our own country, there are many things that happened in the past history of the Jews. People often tell me that they cannot believe a just God would allow the things that happened in the Old Testament. But just as God allows terrible things to happen today, he also allowed terrible things to happen to the Sons of Adam.

    Case in point: Psalms 137 speaks of when Babylon overwhelmed Israel. Thus the verse you refer to actually speaks of the barbarity of the Babylonians, NOT the Jews. And if you are wondering why God allowed Israel to be ravaged so many times was due to the Children of Israel turning their backs on God. He constantly “upped the ante” on them to get them to return to Him. Just like today, there are people who refuse to accept the inevitable.

    As for the second verse: the book of Timothy was written by Paul to the Church in Ephesus. Ephesus was a very carnal and perverse city where temple prostitution was rampant. Paul’s writings that you have chosen were aimed at the Church in Ephesus, where there were major issues concerning immorality making its way into the church. This command was not to be taken for all churches, but was meant to help Ephesus resolve some major issues within its church body. The passage is still relevant in one way for all churches, though: to be wary of absorbing the immoral culture of society and incorporating it into the body of the church.

    As for Deuteronomy, it is important to note the parts of the passage that has been left out. When reading it in its entirety, the “child” is more than rebellious. First, the passage states “son”, not “child” a major difference. According to Jewish custom, a man followed the orders of his mother and father until he has left the home. The son mentioned in these verses was shamelessly immoral, an alcoholic, wasteful, and stubborn. This son would have been a constant shame to the family. And as in other cultures, family honor was of high importance. The parents could no longer control the son and found that the only option open to them was to bring him to the Elders. It would be then that the Elders would make the decision if the son should be killed. One could only imagine that the worst of the worst was stoned to death.

    As for last verse, Ezekiel was speaking of a prostitute of the worst reputation. He bluntly wrote of her depravity and later on in the chapter he mentions her punishment, which was to be death.

    As mentioned, the Old Testament gets a little “rough” in places, documenting the good and the bad of the history of Israel, from Adam and Eve to Micah.

    • Jeff Randall says:

      When reading the Old Testament that it is the history of the Jewish people

      So it is your belief that things like Exodus which talk of the Jews in Egypt (despite no historical evidence to say that they were ever there, and plenty of evidence that they were most certainly NOT there) is a historical account?

      It’s an interesting view of the OT to view it as history, when it fails to actually chronicle the history of the times in which it was written.

      People often tell me that they cannot believe a just God would allow the things that happened in the Old Testament. But just as God allows terrible things to happen today, he also allowed terrible things to happen to the Sons of Adam.

      I’d say that the idea of an all-powerful god, who is also all good poses a difficult dilemma for those who want to believe, but are faced with all of the evil in the world.

      Any person who had the power to stop a child being raped or murdered and failed to do so would be branded as an evil bastard. Yet those who believe in god somehow think it’s ok for god to allow the innocent to suffer. To me, that’s just sick.

      As for the second verse…

      Attempt to spin it however you like. It’s sexist and offensive to anybody who truly values equality.

      As for Deuteronomy…

      Again you attempt to justify horrific actions as signs of a different time. There is no excise for murdering a person whether they be a child or an adult. If given the choice of what to do with Osama bin Laden, I would still choose for him to live, and he’s a sick twisted bastard. To say that the elders (or government) has the right to kill somebody is seriously fucked up, and sort of violates the whole “though shall not kill” thing that you christians seem to hold up as such a good thing.

      And I know you’ll say that it should be “though shall not murder”, and my response is that to kill somebody in ANY CIRCUMSTANCE other than defense of self or defense of others IS a murder. If you’ve got a person in front of a group of elders (or a jury), they are not an imminent threat, and they should be incarcerated, not murdered.

      As for last verse…

      Is this verse to be taken literally? Does the man she lusts after REALLY have a cock the size of a donkey? If not, what is it supposed to symbolize? That she lusts after him like an animal? Shouldn’t SHE then be refereed to in animalistic terms, not the man?

      As mentioned, the Old Testament gets a little “rough” in places

      That is a massive understatement. I’d say that killing millions upon millions of people is a “tad” more than rough…

      documenting the good and the bad of the history of Israel, from Adam and Eve to Micah.

      Do you believe Adam and Eve were two actual people? The first two actual people? Basically, are you a young earth creationist, who believes the earth and universe are (roughly) 6,000 – 10,000 years old and that god created mankind in his image, yadda, yadda, yadda…? I’m very interested in that type of belief, and if so, I’d LOVE to ask you a few questions…

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