Acrobatic Self-Delusion…………………March 5, 2012.

 

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“The Most Ill-conceived and Convoluted Show on Earth!”

Many fundamentalist Christians claim the Bible is the inspired infallible inerrant word of God. Other Christians not so much, having seen the contradictions, and errors themselves. Fundamentalists rely on many preposterous interpretations to validate their claims of infallibility and inerrancy.

Here is the beginning of a series of blogs exposing these contradictions along with some commentary.

1.
God is satisfied with his works
Gen 1:31
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

God is dissatisfied with his works.
Gen 6:6
And the LORD repented that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in His heart.

Is God fallible, is he omniscient? Didn’t he know what was going to come to pass? Since he seemed surprised at the decline of his creation, how can he be said to be omniscient? Why create something which he knew would become corrupt? Why create something that was corruptible? How could a perfect God create something corruptible? How could he be pleased with his creation knowing that not only was it corruptible, but was destined to be corrupted? If due to free will, why create free will? Seems like a highly flawed experimental scientist, which seeing the experiment is going wrong, due to unexpected results, starts from scratch, but commits the same mistake again by allowing the flawed creatures, Noah and his relatives, to survive.

2.
God dwells in chosen temples
2 Chron 7:12,16
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night and said unto him: “I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself for a house of sacrifice.
God dwells not in temples
Acts 7:48
However, the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands, as saith the prophet

Is a church a house of God or not? This is an obvious contradiction. Should people bother building houses of worship when God does not live there? Are they angering their God when they build a house expecting him to move in? Inspired, infallible word of God, indeed. If he is omnipresent why does he need a house? It’s not a house of God, but a house of man.

3.
God dwells in light
1Tim 6:16
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
God dwells in darkness
1 Kings 8:12/ Ps 18:11/ Ps 97:2
-Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
-He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
-Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Which is it? Is he in the light, or does he exist only in darkness? Does he dwell in light when times are good, but in darkness when he can’t pay the light bill? Is he like some toddler fascinated by lights, turning them on and off?

4.
God is seen and heard
Ex 33:23/ Ex 33:11/ Gen 3:9,10/ Gen 32:30/ Is 6:1/
Ex 24:9-11
-And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
-And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
-And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
-And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
-In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
-Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
God is invisible and cannot be heard
John 1:18/ John 5:37/ Ex 33:20/ 1 Tim 6:16
-No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
-And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
-And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
-Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

For crying out loud, can god be seen, or can’t he?! Did God moon Moses?  Either some of these testimonies are lies or the Bible is not infallible. You can’t have it both ways. Does he speak, or are all these claims of people having conversations simply hallucinations? Have people seen god, or is god’s visage simply a product of some drug induced or emotionally charged  hallucination? They were into that sort of thing.

5.
God is tired and rests
Ex 31:17
-It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
God is never tired and never rests
Is 40:28
-Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

“There is no searching of his understanding?”… I’ll say. Does he suffer tiredness or does he not? Well, both. He fakes tiredness? He fakes never getting tired? Refreshed? Refreshed as a human becomes refreshed with rest and sleep and consumption of food? To be refreshed indicates tiredness. Such an entity it can be imagined is not nearly so omnipotent as advertised and can be eventually exhausted leading to perhaps… death?
If both of these scriptures are to be deemed true then the bible presents an irrational concept of an almighty God, who is vulnerable, omnipotent, but not nearly so?
There is no way to search for understanding of fully contradictory passages.

6.
God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things
Prov 15:3/ Ps 139:7-10/ Job 34:22,21
-The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
-Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.
-For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all his goings.
There is no darkness, nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

God is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all
things
Gen 11:5/ Gen 18:20,21/ Gen 3:8
-And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built.
-And the LORD said, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,
I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which has come unto Me; and if not, I will know.”

God sees everything? A peeping Tom?

God has to come down and see the tower? Wasn’t  he already seeing it, being Omnipresent?
The crys came to him? He had to go down and see if they have done things according to what they have said? “and if not, I will know”, he had to come down and see for himself?
God is everywhere except… when he isn’t?

7.
God knows the hearts of men
Acts 1:24/ Ps 139:2,3
-And they prayed and said, “Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show us which of these two Thou hast chosen,
-Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; Thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

God tries men to find out what is in their heart
Deut 13:3/ Deut 8:2/ Gen 22:12
-thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is proving you to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
-And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments or not.
-And He said, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from Me.

God knows all thoughts? Condemns most people right off!

If God is Omniscient, doesn’t he already know your “heart”, your mind? Why the tests then? Since god knows the future, shouldn’t he already know which way you will go? If god is Omniscient, everything is set in cement, unchangeable, and there is no free will. What is to be will be. Why pray?

8.
God is all powerful
Jer 32:27/ Matt 19:26
-Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there any thing too hard for Me?
-But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

God is not all powerful
Judg 1:19
-And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain, but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of iron.

Is this the source of the old challenge… Can God make a rock so big he can’t lift it? What if it’s made of iron? Is God only all-powerful part of the time? Being infinitely old perhaps he tires easily. What is so special about iron?

9.
God is unchangeable
James 1:17/ Mal 3:6/ Ezek 24:14/ Num 23:19
-Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
-For I am the LORD, I change not. Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
-the LORD, have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it. I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent. According to thy ways and according to thy doings shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.
-God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent. Hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

God is changeable
Gen 6:6/ Jonah 3:10/ 1 Sam 2:30,31/ 2 Kings 20:1,4,5,6

-And the LORD repented that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in His heart.
-And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. And God repented of the evil that He had said that He would do unto them, and He did it not.
-Therefore the LORD God of Israel saith: `I said indeed that thy house and the house of thy father should walk before Me for ever.’ But now the LORD saith, `Be it far from Me; for them that honor Me I will honor, and they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.
Behold, the days come that I will cut off thine arm and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.
-In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him and said unto him, “Thus saith the LORD: `Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live.
And it came to pass, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
Turn back and tell Hezekiah the captain of My people, `Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father: I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears; behold, I will heal thee. On the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria. And I will defend this city for Mine own sake and for My servant David’s sake.

Not only does this present a problem for the claim that God is unchangeable, it also calls into the question of whether God is Omniscient or not. It is evident that claims for God’s Omniscience, his unchangeable nature, has created enormous problems for the proselytizing Christian. Will he change his plans for one person’s prayers? Can divine plans bend to the needs of a single prayer? Isn’t it evident these passages were written from a mortal man’s perspective, rather than the inspired word of a deity? Interpretations? My hind end.

God does not lie? What about John 7:8? I’ll delve into that in a later blog.

A ton more to come – haveaniceday

 

 

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