Saturday, September 26, 2009

21: Exodus

Exodus 10-12
This is getting a little ridiculous. Again, in the first paragraph of Exodus 10, God reiterates that he is hardening Pharaohs heart. This time he actually explains though. He says that he is doing this so that Moses can tell his children and grandchildren how he dealt harshly with the Egyptians. So that "you may know that I am the Lord". There has to be a better way to prove that you are God, other than torturing people. Why does an all loving God torture one group of his people to prove to another group that he is God? God doesn't even meet the bare minimum of requirements for human decency. I believe we can all agree that needless torture is bad, no matter where we get our morals from.

So Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh (I'm not even sure why they're trying any more) and tell him that they are going to send locusts if he doesn't let the people go. Of course he says no because God isn't letting him say yes. So the locusts are sent and God's curse is momentarily broken when Pharaoh sees the plight of his people. Again, Pharaoh says that he will let the people go, and again God re-hardens Pharaohs heart so he wont allow them to leave.

Next is the plague of darkness. Moses makes everything dark. Again, Pharaoh tries with all of his heart to let Moses go, to stop God's torture. Again, God prevents him. I don't even know what to say any more that I haven't already said.

Finally, Moses goes to Pharaoh and tells him that God is going to kill every first born of Egypt. Again, what was their crime? These people have done nothing. Not even the "evil" Pharaoh has done anything, he has repeatedly expressed his urge to let Moses' people go, and he has repeatedly been prevented. If this isn't innocence I don't know what is.

The first part of Exodus 12 is a bunch of rules about passover time. Apparently God is not a huge fan of yeast. God then goes around at midnight (God is referred to as "the destroyer", cute) and kills every firstborn. Some of them were Egyptian slaves, there is no possible way that these people deserved death. Even if we agree that all Egyptians are bad, how can their slaves be guilty too? God predisposes the Egyptians to give up their money (free will out the window again) and the Israelites plunder them, presumably by asking nicely for money.

Exodus 12 ends with six hundred thousand Israelites leaving Egypt. Finally the needless torture can stop.

3 comments:

  1. I keep thinking that you're making this up; like that there's no way that that's what's REALLY in the Bible.... but then I check, and wow. People base their LIVES on this??? This is just batshit insane.

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  2. same here, Anonymous, I also check the bible because I keep thinking that the stories are exaggerated or something, they're not!

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  3. A Different AnonymousAugust 23, 2010 at 6:39 AM

    You want to know what's really crazy? How normal, and non crazy this seems to me. Now don't get me wrong, I know it absolutely batshit insane, but being raised and indoctrinated with this stuff can really make you immune to it's insanity.

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