Friday, November 2, 2007

Ethnic cleansing in the Bible

Regarding the alleged kindness of the biblical (and thus christian) God:

Num 1 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people."

3 So Moses said to the people, "Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD's vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel." 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel. 6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.

7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.

13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them. 16 "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

Now that must have been a scene to witness! The Israelites slaughtering the Midianites (ok, that's what people do in wars ...) but then taking the captured women and children back to the camp only to then massacre most of them. I'd be for turning this episode into a Bible movie too! But 'Passion of the Christ' like! Bloody, gory, violent! Show us the Israelites slitting the throats of the Medianite boys and women in close-up. Show us the butchers wading through the streams of blood. Show us the Israelites raping the Medianite virgins. Let us hear their crying and moaning! And all of this in the name of the LORD!

Play this movie at Sunday School!

Wait! I'm hearing objections? Why? It's only a Bible story turned into a movie. It's only words visualized. And since it's from the Good Book it can't be bad, right? So why not show everything that's actually in the Bible? And not just the fluffy peace'n'love stuff. Why hide parts of God's Word(tm)?

Ps. Please do also note that the biblical God wasn't a fan of the 'turn your second cheek' thing yet at the time ...

Suicidal tendencies in Paradise?

There was no Death in Eden before the Fall, right?

So how could Adam and Eve have known what 'death' or 'dying' were supposed to mean and that this was something bad?

Did God explain this to them in a private session that's not recorded in the Bible? And if he has explained the concept to them then why would their first reactions afterwards be to want to commit suicide? Did they realize that they were prisoners in a golden cage, alive but unaware and unconscious? Did they realize that they had to break out of the nest in order to grow up and be able to think for themselves?

Usually people commit suicide because they have lost hope and/or because they want to escape their own private Hell.

So what exactly did God tell them?