Friday, May 7, 2010

244: Eyes in the Back of Their Heads, and Everywhere Else

Ezekiel 9-12
"Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes, as were their four wheels." - Ezekiel 10:12

God, as predicted, decides to kill all of the people that are worshiping false idols. A man with a writing kit (meaning a pen?) is told to go around and mark all the people that grieve the detestable things that are done in Jerusalem. I guess the people are supposed to constantly grieve about their countries woes? The guards of the temple are told by God to go kill anyone that doesn't have a mark, women, children and the elderly are not to be spared.

In chapter 10 Ezekiel has another run in with God. God tells the men in the temple to take coals from the wheels of God's angels (the same wheels we saw in the first chapter). The people of the temple carry off the coals with their bare hands. Ezekiel then describes these angels (he calls them Cherubim, same thing). Again they have four heads, all in the form of different creatures, but this time they have eyes all over their bodies. You'll recall that Ezekiel described the wheels as having eyes all over them in the first chapter (he still does), but didn't mention that the angels also had eyes everywhere. This guy is totally tripping balls. At the end of the chapter the spirit of God leaves the temple.

In the next chapter God starts flying Ezekiel around again. He first takes him to the leaders of Israel and tells him that they are plotting wicked things. God then says that Jerusalem is a cooking pot and the people inside are the meat. That gives a whole new meaning to "melting pot". The rest of the chapter is God again promising that he will eventually bring the people out of exile back to Israel. God says that when he brings the people back, everyone will get rid of all the false idols in the land and start worshiping God. When have the Israelites ever consistently worshiped God? For an all knowing God, he sure doesn't seem to be able to make accurate predictions of what people will do.

In the final chapter of the day, God again has Ezekiel act out one of his metaphors. This time Ezekiel is to act out the exile of Israel by packing his things in front of the people of Israel and walking away. Unfortunately, Ezekiel is not allowed to directly tell them what he's acting out. All he can tell them is that he's acting out something that is very important to Israel. It's like a game of charades where the cost of losing is your life.

I hate to talk about Sarah Palin so much, but she just pisses me off so much every time she opens her mouth. Today is even worse though, we have Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly together. That's like crossing the streams.

My favorite quote:
“I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant ... They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments, it’s pretty simple.”
Whoa, wait a minute. Our founding documents actually mean that we should base our laws off the ten commandments? Since when? You have to do some major willful misreading to decide that the constitution says that we should use the 10 commandments to make our laws. If you've forgotten what the ten commandments are, let me remind you:
1. You shall have no other gods before me.

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
I think you could only convince me that there are 3 of those (6, 8, and sometimes 9) that have anything to do with modern law. Is Sarah Palin really saying that we should mandate the worship of the Judeo-Christian God? Is she really implying that we should make it illegal to make "cast idols"?

As much as I want her to run for president (so her opponent wins by default), I don't know if I could make it through a full campaign of having to hear her ridiculous rhetoric.


  1. Asian Culture has Judeo-Christian religions too. And I love how Palin says you can have any religion you want, as long as it's mine or something close to it.

  2. Wow, that interview was just really painful to watch. I agree, I hope that she does run so that people will start to realize how dumb she is (and how dumb people like her really are). Anybody who watches this video and says, "Yeah, I agree!" is delusional or uneducated beyond compare.

  3. Don't underestimate her chances. There are a lot of people who are "delusional or uneducated beyond compare," especially since the vast majority of theists are delusional to some extent.

  4. A quick ctrl-f search for "god" in the constitution at reveals no results. Same for the bill of rights. I guess god wasn't important enough to put in there.

    With such powerful evidence, I think I'll take a few days out of my heathen ways to worship search functions instead of god. Not only do they exist, but they also produce results and answer in a speedy fashion. Though, I'll reject the Googlite's claims that they are worshiping the one true search function. I believe that there are many possible paths to the correct result. I find that Lord A*, though a greedy god, is one that best aligns with my spiritual pursuits. All hail the Holiest of Heuristics!

  5. Well, a quick ctrl-f search of the constitution and the bill of rights reveals no mention of "god" outside of the date. I guess it wasn't important enough to put into the foundational documents of our society.

    I think instead that I'll take the next few days out of my heathen life to worship the all mighty search functions. Not only do they exist, but they produce results and respond in a speedy fashion. Not bad. Though, I won't pray to the god of the Googlites, who claim that he is the One True Heuristic. I'm more pluralistic. I find that there are many paths to the result. Lord A*, though a greedy god, is much more in line with my more traditional needs. He is also clearly the prophet foretold by the fallen tribes of Dijkstra. All Hail the Mighty Heuristic Lord A*! Quake before his mightily informed algorithms.

  6. Sorry about the comment moderation, it's a necessary evil.

  7. The ten commandments I've listed are what the vast majority of Christians mean when they say "ten commandments". The bible says at the beginning of Exodus 34 that God is going to write exactly the same thing on the second tablet that he does on the first one. But then at the end he says he's going to write the words of this new covenant (i.e. the commandments you listed). If anything it's just another inconsistency.

  8. Cool. I didn't mean to imply that you got it wrong, though reading it back my comment does make it sound like that. I sounded more jokey in my head ;-)

    You are completely right that what you listed are what most Christians call the ten commandments. I agree it is another inconsistency and a great example of Christians not actually reading what the Bible says. The only things called the ten commandments that are writen on stone tablets and handed to Moses by God are the ones I listed, and yet all Christians always mention the ones you listed. Funny that.

    Oh love the blog by the way.

  9. While it does say that he wrote on the second tablets the same thing as on the first, it never says explicitly in Exodus what he actually wrote on the first, and certainly it doesn't say that what are usually referred to as the "Ten Commandments," which the Israelites heard from God, were what was written down on the first tablets. Rather, it later states that these other laws are the Ten Commandments and were what were down on the 2nd set, so also must they have been what was written on the 1st set. There is no inconsistency in Exodus.

    However, in Deuteronomy 5 it explicitly states that what was written on the tablets was the usual Ten Commandments, so this is where the inconsistency is: Deuteronomy contradicts Exodus.



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