Mine is Isaiah 5:3-4. Lots of beautiful stuff in Isaiah.

"And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.

What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?" 

This is god inviting us to judge him upon his performance. Why, thanks very much god! I adjudge you a terrible filthy amoral stinky offal-eating abusive divisive imaginary construct. 

It's my favorite bible verse <3

What is yours?

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Comment by Burton Crapps on November 10, 2014 at 9:39pm

Gotta be....Joshua 1:19  "Now the LORD was with Judah, and they took possession of the hill country; but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had iron chariots". 

Comment by Hunter Byrd on November 10, 2014 at 8:34pm

OK I give up.  Deeply held and intense resentment of anything Biblical seems to be a matter to be discussed with one's therapist.  

Yes, we all agree on the essence of atheism.  Yet excluding a significant part of Western culture, even from anthropological discussion, simply because it is founded on myth, well...that seems to me to be its own counterpart to "religious" refusal to discuss the incontrovertible data.

Come on, people.  Can't we just accept that we are all atheist, and discuss religion rationally, taking apart its theological absurdities, and applying historical scholarship where there is serious and useful data?

Am I in the wrong forum?  I just published a futurist novel, The Road To Welkin, which about a future in which atheism is pretty much de facto, while religion is weird and confined to pockets.

Comment by Hunter Byrd on November 3, 2014 at 6:17pm

@sk8eycat - I did not mean that the Bible is historical in the sense of being "true" -- you are absolutely correct that it is full of lies, inaccuracies, holes, and self-contradictions.  The history I refer to is that it was written by men (and according to Harold Bloom, at least one woman) whose beliefs have defined monotheism for nearly three millennia.  And by employing the contradictions and quotations from the Gospels, combined with actual history of the era, there is a clear picture of an illiterate prophet named Jesus who thought he was the Son of God.  See the excellent synthesis of all this in Reza Asland's Zealot.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 2, 2014 at 10:41pm

I wasted 25 years trying to obey a work of fiction.  There is very little in the buybull that is truly historical....the names of two emperors and the governor of Judea.  Scholars have spent 2,000 years trying to make sense of the self-contradictory book, and failed.  They all disagree with each other....when they aren't inventing new  versions and sloppy "translations."

I'm sorry, but as far as I'm concerned, it's full of holes, and a complete waste of trees. Saul of Tarsus had a seizure, imagined a supernatural ghost spoke to him, and made the world sicker than it already was.

I have no use for anyone who beliieves that crap is historical.


Comment by Hunter Byrd on November 2, 2014 at 10:12pm

The Pentateuch, the books of "the Old Testament," including the Psalms, the Gospels of the New Testament, and the subsequent invented books perverting Jesus' teachings (mostly attributed to "Saint" Paul), are all historical documents that leave a clear footprint of their authorship.  Their significance in European and New World cultures is invaluable.  They are anthropological tools, with a handful of epigrams and occasional poetry, but no more akin to truth than creation myths of aboriginals.  "100% bullshit" is unworthy of a serious scholar.  Methinks thou doth protest too much.  Of course they are bullshit - all religion is bullshit - but they are important to the study of humanity.  Simply dismissing them with an epithet is unworthy of a thoughtful atheist, in my humble opinion.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 2, 2014 at 8:44pm

Hosea 13:16....about putting pregnant women to the sword,

Actually, my (now) favorite "verse" is what I wrote on a blank end page about 50 years ago; THIS IS 100% BULLSHIT!

Comment by Hunter Byrd on November 2, 2014 at 7:06pm

"You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride.  You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes."

Song of Solomon

Part of our wedding vows.  Another part was, "I promise never to let you be bored."  That's not from the Bible. 

Comment by Future on October 31, 2014 at 2:05pm
"Matthew 24:34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place."

Yeah, still waiting for the world to end, douchebag.
Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2014 at 5:17pm

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
-- Isaiah 45:7

Great line ... because it makes a total lie of the whole benevolent, caring god and it completely plays up the kid-with-a-magnifying-glass-at-the-ant-hill god.  And if I'm not mistaken, this isn't the only verse like this.

Makes me glad the bastard doesn't exist!

Comment by Deidre on October 30, 2014 at 5:13pm

The entire book of Job, I thought was interesting.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)

Remove God from that ^^ quote, and that principle still holds true. I do believe that we reap what we sow, good or bad.



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