Friday, April 23, 2010

230: The Cup of Wrath (an Actual Cup)

Jeremiah 23-25
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: 'Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.' " - Jeremiah 25:15

This is yet another relatively unexciting bible day (that's what news is for :D). More God forbidding, and the Israelites never being good enough.

The entirety of chapter 23 is about false prophets. I really don't have the attention span today to repeat all of these things that God has already said numerous times. God says not to trust the lying prophets, that say they have heard God in a dream. Unfortunately, there is no way to differentiate between lying prophets and "real" prophets. How can we say that Jeremiah isn't a crack pot that just thinks he hears God? Because the bible (i.e. Jeremiah) says he isn't?

In chapter 24 we have yet another weird metaphor (parable? allegory? I don't think metaphor is the right word) that God insists Jeremiah act out. This time God gives Jeremiah two baskets of figs. One basket is filled with high quality figs, and one basket is filled with inedible figs. God says that he regards the exiles of Israel like the good figs (in that he wants to eat them?). He says that he will eventually bring them back to Israel. However, he says that the regards king Zedekiah like the bad figs (so he's not going to eat Zedekiah?). Personally, I want to be the bad figs, please don't eat me.

Chapter 25 is strange. I thought the "cup of God's wrath" was a metaphor, but apparently not. Just another lesson in not assuming that anything is a metaphor in the bible. Anyway, the cup of God's wrath (or more accurately, a cup filled with the wine of God's wrath) is an actual cup that God gives Jeremiah. God tells Jeremiah to make all the kings of the land drink wine out of the cup. If they won't drink, Jeremiah is supposed to tell them that God is going to punish everyone and they will not be exempt. Isn't that another reason not to drink out of the cup of wrath? Why would the kings of all the nations drink wine from some random Israeli prophet that not even the Israelites believe? It seems like the bible has really gone off the deep end on this one.

*News*
This is a little off topic from what I usually talk about, but this has really been pissing me off for the past couple of days. This Wednesday on South Park, the image of Muhammad was censored, along with over 30 seconds of dialogue at the end of the show. What's even more ridiculous, South Park already showed Muhammad flying around with flames coming out of his hands before the Danish cartoon scandal.


Muhammad in Season 5, Episode 4 "Super Best Friends"

As of today, Season 5 episode 4 has been removed from the South Park Studios website. This is a new development (as of right before the Wednesday episode, "Super Best Friends" was still free online). A message from the creators of South Park can be found on the website:
In the 14 years we've been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn't some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it.
This is beyond ridiculous. In the first part of the two part episode, there were images of Buddha snorting cocaine. How can that be perfectly ok, while even showing Muhammad is too blasphemous for cable TV?

Many think that this Comedy Central crackdown is a result of the radical Islamic site "Revolution Muslim" (don't bother trying to find it, it's been hacked and taken down) threatening warning the South Park creators that they would "probably end up like Theo van Gogh." I never thought I'd be saying this seriously, but Comedy Central, you're letting the terrorists win. In 2010 people shouldn't be getting their way through threats of violence.

The Daily Show stepped up last night and defended South Park. Make sure you watch the video till the end, Jon Stewart sings "Go Fuck Yourself" repeatedly to Revolution Muslim.

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End this rule by fear. We should be able to criticize equally, no matter how much it may offend someone. This is America, after all.

4 comments:

  1. I am not afraid!!

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  2. How could they continue to do the show after being censored this? I mean, aside from all the money they make from it.

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  3. They were fairly time consuming to type up and school/life got in the way. I'll probably finish them up during the summer (there are only 10 or 15 pages like that if my memory serves correctly).

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  4. They didn't even show the second episode in the UK. They showed the first one last week but then this week we just got repeats of two episodes from earlier in the series.

    This whole thing is completely ridiculous. I mean the Koran doesn't even say you can't show pictures of Mohammed, only that you can't worship them as that would be idolatry. Most Muslims, like most Christians, don't even know there own holy book.

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