A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

Mark Twain said that. I always liked it.

That said I’m gonna caution you guys, the rest of this post isn’t for those who dare not question organized religion. Some may even call it blasphemy.

But I have been reading a lot lately and I came across a little known book by the aforementioned author called “Letters  From The Earth”

From “Numbers” – The Holy Bible

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
    2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people….
    7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.
    8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
    9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.
    10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
    11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.
    12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.
    13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.
    14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.
    15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
    16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.
    17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
    18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
    19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day.
    20 And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats’ hair, and all things made of wood.
    21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord commanded Moses….
    25 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
    26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation:
    27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation:
    28 And levy a tribute unto the Lord of the men of war which went out to battle….
    31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses.
    32 And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep,
    33 And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,
    34 And threescore and one thousand asses,
    35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of woman that had not known man by lying with him….
    40 And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the Lord’s tribute was thirty and two persons.
    41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the Lord’s heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the Lord commanded Moses….
    47 Even of the children of Israel’s half, Moses took one portion of fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.
    10 When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it….
    13 And when the Lord thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:
    14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.
    15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.
    16 But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:

God wrote upon the tables of stone: “Thou shalt not kill,” Also: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Paul, speaking by the divine voice, advised against sexual intercourse altogether. A great change from the divine view as it existed at the time of the Midianite incident.

God says in Deuteronomy

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
    Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

The mouth that uttered these immense sarcasms, these giant hypocrisies, is the very same that ordered the wholesale massacre of the Midianitish men and babies and cattle; the wholesale destruction of house and city; the wholesale banishment of the virgins into a filthy and unspeakable slavery.

This is the same person who brought upon the Midianites  fiendish cruelties.

Indeed the more I read the Bible  the more I wonder what kind of God we have created.

Lets assume you believe the story of Noah’s Ark

Here God is going to remake the earth so to speak, and drowns out everyone except Noah and his family.  Where there not guiltless children as well as adults on earth? Why bring such suffering to those who did lead good and honest lives?  Why should they suffer such a cruel fate if God is indeed “All Merciful”?

And why did God choose to further punish future generations by bringing cholera, diptheria, plague, typhoid and malaria (among others) on board? These are the bane of the very people God claims to love the most, the poor and the meek. Why do we teach our children this story? It amounts to wholesale mass murder not just of the wicked but of the innocent, children, women, everyone.

Is it a wonder to you after reading this that Christianity as well as Islam and Judiasm  is awash in the blood of the innocent?

Isn’t it time we rethought the nature of God and our place in the Universe?

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A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

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