Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Although I was brought up under religion, over 15 years and eight months ago I realized that our Creator was something outside of and beyond the many religions. I have been clean and sober ever since. I guess most people would call me a Deist. I have done a great deal of work to demonstrate or show proof of the existence of this energy behind creation. The fact is, there is intelligence behind all of this and there are so many designs and an abundance of factual evidence that lend proof of this. I’m convinced by my work that this energy, this intelligence, is the natural energy of the cosmos. Why don’t newspapers ever talk about God or this energy behind creation in this light?
A great thing about Deism is that we don't have to worry about relapsing back into superstition and "revealed" religion, so we don't have to "take it one day at a time"! Regarding the question above, I think it's because Deism can't serve the status quo because Deism teaches independent thought and action and to always question authority. The established media and newspapers are part of the established social order and want to maintain their place in it more than they want to enlighten people.
TO DISCOVER what part education can play in the present world crisis, we should understand how that crisis has come into being. It is obviously the result of wrong values in our relationship to people, to property and to ideas. If our relationship with others is based on self-aggrandizement, and our relationship to property is acquisitive, the structure of society is bound to be competitive and self-isolating. If in our relationship with ideas we justify one ideology in opposition to another, mutual distrust and ill-will are the inevitable results.
Another cause of the present chaos is dependence on authority, on leaders, whether in daily life, in the small school or in the university. Leaders and their authority are deteriorating factors in any culture. ‘When we follow another there is no understanding, but only fear and conformity, eventually leading to the cruelty of the totalitarian State and the dogmatism of organized religion.’
To rely on governments, to look to organizations and authorities for that peace which must begin with the under-standing of ourselves, is to create further and still greater conflict; and there can be no lasting happiness as long as we accept a social order in which there is endless strife and antagonism between man and man. If we want to change existing conditions, we must first transform ourselves, which means that we must become aware of our own actions, thoughts and feelings in everyday life.
But we do not really want peace, we do not want to put an end to exploitation. We will not allow our greed to be interfered with, or the foundations of our present social structure to be altered; we want things to continue as they are with only superficial modifications, and so the powerful, the cunning inevitably rule our lives.
Peace is not achieved through any ideology, it does not depend on legislation; it comes only when we as individuals begin to understand our own psychological process. If we avoid the responsibility of acting individually and wait for some new system to establish peace, we shall merely become the slaves of that system.
To enable a child to grow up free from prejudice, one has first to break down all prejudice within oneself, and then in one’s environment—which means breaking down the structure of this thoughtless society, which we have created. At home we may tell the child how absurd it is to be conscious of one’s class or race, and he will probably agree with us; but when he goes to school and plays with other children, he becomes contaminated by the separative spirit. Or it may be the other way around: the home may be traditional, narrow, and the school’s influence may be broader. In either case there is a constant battle between the home and the school environments, and the child is caught between the two.
To raise a child sanely, to help him or her to be perceptive so that he/she sees through these stupid prejudices, we have to be in close relationship with him/her. We have to talk things over and let him/her listen to intelligent conversation; we have to encourage the spirit of inquiry and discontent which is already in him/her, thereby helping him/her to discover for himself/herself what is true and what is false.
It is constant inquiry, true dissatisfaction, that brings creative intelligence; but to keep inquiry and discontent awake is extremely arduous, and most people do not want their children to have this kind of intelligence, for it is very uncomfortable to live with someone who is constantly questioning accepted values.
Outward security for all can come only when there is love and intelligence; and since we have created a world of conflict and misery in which outward security is rapidly becoming impossible for anyone, does it not indicate the utter futility of past and present education? As parents and teachers it is our direct responsibility to break away from traditional thinking, and not merely rely on the experts and their findings. Efficiency in technique has given us a certain capacity to earn money, and that is why most of us are satisfied with the present social structure; but the true educator is concerned only with right living, right education, and right means of livelihood.
The more irresponsible we are in these matters, the more the State takes over all responsibility. The individual, you and I, are no longer important in our relationship to government. When up against the evil and self serving actions of government, a human life is no longer sacred. We are confronted, not with a political or economic crisis, but with a crisis of human deterioration which no political party or economic system can avert.
Another and still greater disaster is approaching dangerously close, and most of us are doing nothing whatever about it. We go on day after day exactly as before; we do not want to strip away all our false values and begin anew. We want to do patchwork reform, which only leads to problems of still further reform. But the building is crumbling, the walls are giving way, and fire is destroying it. We must leave the building and start on new ground, with different foundations, different values.
We cannot discard technical knowledge, but we can become inwardly aware of our ugliness, of our ruthlessness, of our deceptions and dishonesty, our utter lack of love. Only by intelligently freeing ourselves from the spirit of nationalism, from envy and the thirst for power, can a new social order be established.
Peace is not to be achieved by patchwork reform, nor by a mere rearrangement of old ideas and superstitions. There can be peace only when we understand what lies beyond the superficial, and thereby stop this wave of destruction which has been unleashed by our own aggressiveness and fears; and only then will there be hope for our children and salvation for the world.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Awesome picture of the painted turtle by John Caddy (the next picture of the turtle and the Blue Haron is by him as well). When I was young I used to catch these turtles and put them in my metal tub and take care of them. The smaller the better. I liked them about the size of a quarter or maybe as big as a half dollar. Sometimes the neighbors kids would talk me into selling them one. There was an art to catching them. You had to go into the water real slow and then have just your nose above the water in order to breath. As you approached the turtle using very gentel breast stokes, you would submerge further to where just your eyes would be above the water. Then just a few feet away, if the turtle had not made a run for it yet, you would go under completely and scoop the unsuspecting turtle up in your hand. If the turtle made a run for it then you would attempt to intercept the turtle as he made his get away. I went in after a few prime turtles with my good school cloths on, but if I had a baby turtle when I came home all wet my mother would understand. For the past decade or so I have collected all kinds of neat turtle things and my little cabin is full of them. I even have a ring made of silver with several little turquoise turtles set into it. Turtles are really cool and I really dig turtles.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Before you read this it is important that you understand that I am a deeply religious man. This means that I examine every thought and I have come to understand self and the illusions of the images of self. It also means that I have gone beyond self and have learned to examine things in such a way that I can come upon that which is true and discard that which is false. It means that I have gone beyond all divisions, including the irreducible "I" ending all psychological conflict. I bring no harm to anyone that has not harmed me or anyone else and I fabricate nothing and have no motive. It also means that I observe my mind and its processes and its relation to Creation. Simply put, I operate as nature intended me to and I have gone beyond the illusions of my conditioning. Now if you are interested in the absolute truth, then read on...
The unbalanced female who beat the crap out of me and filed bogus reports several days later, is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and sometimes goes to church on Sunday.
The detective, who committed back-to-back felony crimes in his every attempt to manufacture my guilt, is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and sometimes goes to church on Sunday.
The investigator with the DA’s office who supported the malicious prosecution against me is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often goes to church on Sunday.
The District Attorney, who allowed the malicious prosecution and the insanity of my case to continue for over four long years, is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often goes to church on Sunday.
The prosecutor, who carried out the malicious prosecution against me, is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and goes to church on Sunday.
The Sheriff who did nothing about these heinous crimes committed against my family and me by one of his own, is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often goes to church on Sunday.
The judge who covered up for felony tampering with evidence is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often goes to church on Sunday.
The second attorney who ripped me off of thousands of dollars and did nothing to help me to fight this injustice, believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often goes to church on Sunday.
The governor who deceived me by saying that he was going to have the Georgia Bureau of Investigation “review” my case (which was their code word for do nothing), is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often goes to church on Sunday.
The editor in chief of the local paper who lied to me about my case and covers up for malfeasance and corruption here in Cherokee County, Georgia, believes in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often goes to church on Sunday.
Those who do advocacy work and fight the injustice system, with few exceptions, believe in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often go to church on Sunday.
Most of those who have been wronged by the justice system and fight against injustice, believe in Jesus Christ and the bible, and often go to church on Sunday.
When you talk to any one of these people and point out the wrong actions of another, the redundant response is, “Well, there're not really a Christian”...And one of the most amazing aspects of many of these people is that they actually believe that the earth is 6,000 years old! Duhhhh!!! Now how stupid is that!?! There are thousands of facts through documented research that proves the earth is billions of years old, yet that does not matter to these people.
Some basic facts:
Fact: The “heavens” are not constant.
Fact: The earth is not the center of the universe or the center of the solar system.
Fact: The earth is not flat.
Fact: The earth is not 6000 years old.
Fact: The bible is NOT the "Word of God".
Fact: The bible is false.
Fact: The biblical Christ never existed.
Fact: Thought has created and invented all the religions throughout the world.
Thomas Paine, one of are Founding Farthers, wrote More Common Sense, which was the catalist behind the revolution that brought AMERICA into being....A MAN who was willing to travel anywhere in the world to combat atheism and to establish proof of the existence of a Creative energy, which he chose to call God, can hardly be denounced as an atheist himself, but this is what happened to Thomas Paine. His crusade was based on the love of God and man, yet he was flayed as an infidel and enemy of God, when, in fact, he was only the enemy of religion.
Thomas Pain summed up the problem with our twisted perpective of those in positions of power when he wrote, "It is by distordedly exalting some men, that others are distortedly disbased."
And what did this great man of integrity have to say about the bible?
"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."
"In my pulications on religious subjects," he later wrote, "my endeavors have been directed to bring man to a right use of the reason that God has given him; to impress on him the great principles of divine morality, justice, and mercy, and a benevolent disposition to all men, and to all creatures; and to inspire in him a spirit of trust, confidence and consolation, in his Creator, unshackled by the fables of books pretending to be the word of God."
Thought has created, invented all the religions throughout the world.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Yet, love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Yet, do good anyway.
When you fight against deception and corruption, many will fight against you. Yet, fight against deception and corruption anyway.
If you are successful in your actions, you will win false friends and true enemies. Yet, succeed anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Yet, be honest and frank anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Yet, do good anyway.
If you refuse to be indifferent about false beliefs people will reject you and want to harm you or even kill you, yet refuse to be indifferent anyway.
When you talk of going beyond self, people will think you're nuts, yet go beyond self anyway.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
These are two favorites of mine. The blue heron and the turtle. When I was building my families custom home that I designed and built from the ground up, in this vertual paradise by the Etowah River and Lake Allatoona, I often thought of how the turtle would keep going and eventually get there. I once spent several hours watching a blue heron patiently wait for a fish, then catching one by remarkably spearing it with his beak, then instantly slinging it up in the air and catching it in his mouth. Niether the turtle or the blue heron pray to god to do what they do....They simply live and do what they are desinged to do. The sacredness of life cannot be brought into focus through any religion or any god that man has made. Beliefs and disbeliefs are oposite sides of the same coin. Continuous acts of goodness and love do not come from belief or disbelief, but through a self understanding that comes upon the illusions and evil of self. Love is never deceptive and manipulative and love has no motive.
This is an interesting video confrontation of Ashley Fuller, the investigative reporter with The Cherokee Tribune. He never covered the nightmare that happened to my family and me. This newspaper, run by Barbara Jacoby, covers up for the corruption in this town.
Barbara Jacoby, with The Cherokee Tribune calls "911" because I shot a video of an interview with a reporter that was supposed to investigate my case. This case got dropped at the demands of the Editor in Chief, Barbara Jacoby, who called me a liar by saying that my story was not true. Then they sent the "Major Crimes Division" out to tell me not to go back on their property or send any threatening emails. But no threatening emails were ever sent!! Wow! How often does the media go on private property to do video interviews? I didn't know this was illegal in this country, did you? But committing felony crimes against a citizen in order to manufacture his guilt is not illegal. It's also not illegal for a judge to ignore felony tampering with evidence and to completely forget about the law, due process, my rights, and the Code of Conduct and ethical standards required of him.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Earth is Flat
When I first became interested in the flat-earthers in the early 1970s, I was surprised to learn that flat-earthism in the English-speaking world is and always has been entirely based upon the bible. I have since assembled and read an extensive collection of flat-earth literature. The biblical arguments for flat-earthism that follow come mainly from my reading of flat-earth literature, augmented by my own reading of the bible.
The bible is, from Genesis to Revelation, a flat-earth book, implying that the writer viewed the habitable earth as a four-cornered area that sat fixed on a foundation.
Except among biblical inerrantists, it is generally agreed that the bible describes an immovable earth. At the 1984 National bible-Science Conference in Cleveland, geocentrist James N. Hanson told me there are hundreds of scriptures that suggest the earth is immovable. I suspect some must be a bit vague, but here are a few obvious texts:
1 Chronicles 16:30: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable.”
Psalm 93:1: “Thou hast fixed the earth immovable and firm ...”
Psalm 96:10: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable ...”
Psalm 104:5: “Thou didst fix the earth on its foundation so that it never can be shaken.”
Isaiah 45:18: “...who made the earth and fashioned it, and himself fixed it fast...”
Suffice to say that the earth envisioned by flat-earthers is as immovable as any geocentrist could desire. Most (perhaps all) scriptures commonly cited by geocentrists have also been cited by flat-earthers. The flat-earth view is geocentricity with further restrictions.
Like geocentrists, flat-earth advocates often give long lists of texts. Samuel Birley Rowbotham, founder of the modern flat-earth movement, cited 76 scriptures in the last chapter of his monumental second edition of Earth not a Globe. Apostle Anton Darms, assistant to the Reverend Wilbur Glenn Voliva, America's best known flat-earther, compiled 50 questions about the creation and the shape of the earth, bolstering his answers with up to 20 scriptures each. Rather than presenting an exhaustive compendium of flat-earth scriptures, I focus on those which seem to me the strongest. I also comment on some attempts to find the earth's sphericity in the bible.
Scriptural quotes, unless otherwise noted, are from the New English Bible. Hebrew and Greek translations are from Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. The biblical cosmology is never explicitly stated, so it must be pieced together from scattered passages. The bible is a composite work, so there is no a priori reason why the cosmology assumed by its various writers should be relatively consistent, but it is. The bible is, from Genesis to Revelation, a flat-earth book.
This is hardly surprising. As neighbors, the ancient Hebrews had the Egyptians to the southwest and the Babylonians to the northeast. Both civilizations had flat-earth cosmologies. The biblical cosmology closely parallels the Sumero-Babylonian cosmology, and it may also draw upon Egyptian cosmology.
The Babylonian universe was shaped like a modern domed stadium. The Babylonians considered the earth essentially flat, with a continental mass surrounded by ocean. The vault of the sky was a physical object resting upon the ocean's waters (and perhaps also upon pillars). Sweet (salt-free) waters below the Earth sometimes manifest themselves as springs. The Egyptian universe was also enclosed, but it was rectangular instead of round. Indeed, it was shaped much like an old-fashioned steamer trunk. (The Egyptians pictured the goddess Nut stretched across the sky as the enclosing dome.)
What was the Hebrew view of the universe?
The Shape of the Earth
Disregarding the dome, the essential flatness of the earth's surface is required by verses like Daniel 4:10-11. In Daniel, the king “saw a tree of great height at the centre of the earth...reaching with its top to the sky and visible to the earth's farthest bounds.” If the earth were flat, a sufficiently tall tree would be visible to “the earth's farthest bounds,” but this is impossible on a spherical earth. Likewise, in describing the temptation of Jesus by Satan, Matthew 4:8 says, “Once again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world [cosmos] in their glory.” Obviously, this would be possible only if the earth were flat. The same is true of Revelation 1:7: “Behold, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye shall see him...”
The Book of Enoch
The cosmology previously described is derived from the bible itself, following the 19th century flat-earthers. Some of the evidence is more ambiguous than we would like. Ambiguities in ancient documents can often be elucidated by consulting contemporary documents. The most important ancient document describing Hebrew cosmology is 1 Enoch (sometimes called the Ethiopic Book of Enoch), one of those long, disjointed, scissors and paste jobs beloved by ancient scribes. For a dozen or so centuries, European scholars knew 1 Enoch only from numerous passages preserved in the patristic literature. In 1773, the Scottish adventurer James Bruce found complete copies in Ethiopia.
Numerous manuscripts of 1 Enoch have since been found in Ethiopian monasteries. Turn of the century scholars concluded that parts of the book are pre-Maccabean, and most (perhaps all) of it was composed by 100 B.C. [Charles, 1913]. These conclusions were largely vindicated when numerous fragments of 1 Enoch were found among the so-called Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. There have been two major English translations of 1 Enoch, the 1913 translation of R. H. Charles and the 1983 translation by E. Isaac. All of the quotations that follow come from the newer translation.
The importance of 1 Enoch is poorly appreciated outside the scholarly community. Comparison of its text with New Testament books reveals that many Enochian doctrines were taken over by early Christians. E. Isaac writes:
There is little doubt that 1 Enoch was influential in molding New Testament doctrines concerning the nature of the Messiah, the Son of Man, the messianic kingdom, demonology, the future, resurrection, final judgment, the whole eschatological theater, and symbolism. No wonder, therefore, that the book was highly regarded by many of the apostolic and Church Fathers [1986, 10].
First Enoch influenced Matthew, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, and several other New Testament books. The punishment of the fallen angels described in 2 Peter seems to come directly from 1 Enoch, as does much of the imagery (or even wording) in Revelation. The Epistle of Jude contains the most dramatic evidence of its influence when it castigates “enemies of religion” as follows:
It was to them that Enoch, the seventh in descent from Adam, directed his prophecy when he said: “I saw the Lord come with his myriads of angels, to bring all men to judgment and to convict all the godless of all the godless deeds they had committed, and of all the defiant words which godless sinners had spoken against him (Jude 14- 15).”
The inner quote, 1 Enoch 1:9, is found in the original Hebrew on a recently-published Qumran fragment [Shanks, 1987, 18]. By attributing prophecy to Enoch, Jude confers inspired status upon the book.
First Enoch is important for another reason. Unlike the canonical books of the bible, which (in my view) were never meant to teach science, sections of 1 Enoch were intended to describe the natural world. The narrator sometimes sounds like a 2nd century B.C. Carl Sagan explaining the heavens and earth to the admiring masses. The Enochian cosmology is precisely the flat-earth cosmology previously derived from the canonical books.
I went to the extreme ends of the earth and saw there huge beasts, each different from the other and different birds (also) differing from one another in appearance, beauty, and voice. And to the east of those beasts, I saw the ultimate ends of the earth which rests on the heaven. And the gates of heaven were open, and I saw how the stars of heaven come out...(1 Enoch 33:1-2).
Again, Enoch says, “I went in the direction of the north, to the extreme ends of the earth, and there at the extreme end of the whole world I saw a great and glorious seat. There (also) I saw three open gates of heaven; when it blows cold, hail, frost, snow, dew, and rain, through each one of the (gates) the winds proceed in the northwesterly direction (1 Enoch 34:1-2).” This accords well with Jeremiah 51:16 which says, “he brings up the mist from the ends of the earth, he opens rifts for the rain and brings the wind out of his storehouses.” In subsequent chapters, Enoch journeys “to the extreme ends of the earth” in the west, south, and east. In each place he saw three more “open gates of heaven.”
There were other things to be seen at the ends of the earth. Earlier, we deferred discussion of the King James version of Job 26:7, “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” On several occasions when Enoch and the angel are out beyond the dome of heaven, Enoch comments that there is nothing above or below. For instance, “And I came to an empty place. And I saw (there) neither a heaven above nor an earth below, but a chaotic and terrible place (1 Enoch 21:1-2).” Could this be the kind of nothingness referred to in Job?
An angel also showed Enoch the storerooms of the winds (18:1) and the cornerstone of the earth (18:2).
Flat-earthers also offer some scriptural arguments that are (in my view) weak, ambiguous, erroneous, or irrelevant. (Ironically, it is these that apologists for sphericity usually choose to deal with in their rebuttals to the flat-earthers!) The weak and ambiguous arguments can help support a cumulative picture but are insufficient on their own.
One of the weaker scriptural arguments is that the sky literally has openings (windows) which God can open to let the waters above fall to the surface as rain (see Genesis 7:11, Genesis 8:2, Isaiah 24:18-19, Jeremiah 51:15-16, and Malachi 3:10). While the idea and scriptures are certainly consistent with the flat-earth cosmology, they could (for instance) refer to openings in a spherical shell surrounding a spherical earth. The same applies to the Tower of Babel story in Genesis 11:4, often cited as an attempt to literally reach the heavens.
Likewise, flat-earthers frequently cite the numerous Old Testament verses referring to the earth's foundations (see 2 Samuel 22:16, Job 38:4, Psalm 18:15, Proverbs 8:29, Isaiah 24:18, and numerous others). Foundations are, however, fairly well-covered by geocentricity. No one would argue for a flat-earth solely on the basis of “foundations” quotes.
Another less-than-conclusive argument that the bible is a flat-earth book is its references to the earth's “corners.” For example, “After this, I saw four angels stationed at the four corners [gonia] of the earth holding back the four winds...(Revelation 7:1).” Spherical apologists are quick to point out that the Greek gonia can refer to regions rather than points. Most translations of the bible opt for points (the King James version says “on the corners of the earth”), implying that the writer viewed the habitable earth as a four-cornered area. (This was indeed the way many early churchmen interpreted it [Cosmas, 548]. The modern flat-earth model doesn't have literal corners.) The corners could, however, be those regions at the ends of the earth referred to by Jeremiah: “[H]e brings up the mist from the ends of the earth, he opens rifts for the rain and brings the wind out of his storehouses (Jeremiah 51:16).” We shall return to the ends of the earth.
The biblical view of the universe is relatively clear and consistent. biblical statements bearing on cosmology are (with one possible exception yet to be discussed) consistent with the well-known flat-earth cosmologies of the ancient Near East, but they are often flatly con- tradicted by modern science. How do spherical apologists reply?
From their geographical and historical context, one would expect the ancient Hebrews to have a flat-earth cosmology. Indeed, from the very beginning, ultra-orthodox Christians have been flat-earthers, arguing that to believe otherwise is to deny the literal truth of the bible. The flat-earth implications of the bible were rediscovered and popularized by English-speaking Christians in the mid-19th century. Liberal scriptural scholars later derived the same view. Thus, students with remarkably disparate points of view independently concluded that the ancient Hebrews had a flat-earth cosmology, often deriving this view from scripture alone. Their conclusions were dramatically confirmed by the rediscovery of 1 Enoch.
From the work of Robert J Schadewald
On March 12, 2000, Robert J Schadewald, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bob was a technical writer by profession, but was also known by many others as a researcher of the scientifically quirky. The creation/evolution issue occupied much of his time, but his true specialty was the turn-of-the-century flat-earth, geocentric, and hollow-earth movements. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he was truly the authority on these early pseudosciences, about which he wrote several articles.
He assembled an unusually complete library of materials on these enthusiasms, including original books and pamphlets as well as copies of obscure and one-of-a-kind items archived at libraries in the US and abroad. Bob was a bibliophile’s bibliophile: whenever he visited a city, he inevitably would check the library’s holdings, and he always made the rounds of used bookstores. Bob's library reflected his fascination with how science could be distorted, spun around, and turned inside out to justify false claims, whether those of special creation, or the even more bizarre "theory" of a hollow earth. He delighted in pointing out similarities in how geocentrists, flat-earthers, and creationists marshaled their arguments. One of his prize possessions was a framed certificate declaring him a member of the International Flat Earth Society, headed by Charles K Johnson, of Lancaster, California. He was always happy to relate the story of how Johnson rescinded his membership after he discovered that Bob possessed “spherical tendencies”.
Friday, September 14, 2007
This was not a kit and the logs had to be cut to length and notched in order to fit together. I custom made all the trim out of the pine that my brother bought and I also hand made the treads and the landing for the spiral staircase. We also installed the metal roof and the 3 inch insulation that went under it. That was a ton of fun because we put in more screws than Carter has liver pills!
My brother is disabled and he worked hard to help me get the job done. He rents out the cabin now and then in order to make ends meet and you can find this info and the final pictures by clicking here…Log Cabin in the Clouds
Monday, September 10, 2007
IN COLONIAL ALMANACS, 1700-1735
(from the work of) J. Rixey Ruffin
In Prussia stands the stately Town of Thorn
Wherein the great Copernicus was born,
Who did the pure Astronomy display
And took Urania’s dusky Vails away.
—Daniel Travis, An Almanac (1723)
By forcing Western culture to contemplate nothing short of a
re-ordering of the Universe, Nicolas Copernicus’s 1543 work, De
Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium, set in motion an intellectual
revolution that did not begin to come to rest for over one hundred
and fifty years. While heliocentrism may have been accepted by
most of the Puritan elite, it is doubtful that ordinary (religious)
folk followed their lead. Indeed, evidence from England, where
different rates of acceptance prevailed, suggest that we should
do well to examine the issue more closely. Even as late as 1753,
an English writer commented, “Many Common Christians to this
day firmly believe that the earth really stands still and that the
sun moves all round the earth once a day.”
Sunday, September 09, 2007
By Kerry Walker—This June 27, 2005
Okay, as much as I would rather not have to do this, I will explain my feelings about religion, or “Christianity”. The difficulty is going to be for you to listen to what I have to say. The power of conditioning is very strong, and let me say that I may be wrong and you may be right, so just listen and then maybe you can accept me for what I am. I can promise you that I will accept you for what you are, as long as you bring no harm to me or to others. To listen we must put aside our conditioning, our prejudice, our daily activities and just listen. This is going to be one of our difficulties.
I was brought up in a “Christian” family that was loving but very dysfunctional, and my uncle was a preacher and his wife, my Aunt, was very fanatically religious. My family life would involve going to church and to an occasional bible study, quoting scriptures, getting preached to, and all the rest of it. My father was a member of a Masonic Lodge, and he was a good man, but he had a very difficult time coping, and I believe this was because of the trauma of WWII and the injuries he suffered in that war, both physical and psychological, fighting for our freedom.
My dad stayed sick most of his life and had some bad luck with hospitals and doctors. He caught staff infection at Grady Hospital after being wheeled out into the hall during surgery in order for a trauma patient to come in, and later in life he underwent seven surgeries in failed attempts to reconnect his intestines after surgically removing part of them. They finally succeeded hooking him back up and got things working again.
My father taught me to question things, to doubt, in order to come upon the truth. My mother would say she was a Christian only if asked, but she would never quote scripture or impose her beliefs on anyone. My mother is probably the perfect example of a “deeply religious” woman, because I have never known her to lie, and she will take the food out of her mouth to feed a hungry stranger, and she has never brought harm to anyone, and she would never turn her back on someone just because they were not “Christian.” My mother is the most honest and sweetest human being I have ever known and she too came to understand me and to accept my concept of this mysterious and unknown cosmic energy behind creation.
When I became a “Jesus Freak” in my early teens, no one seemed to understand me, and I was really in my own little world. I did not make a big deal of it and I remember walking barefooted down the road and looking down at my feet and I really believed that I was looking at the feet of man like Jesus. I tried to accept people that seemed a bit odd and I would befriend people that others did not seem to like.
When my parents moved across the river into another county, they yanked me out of North Springs High and put me in Wheeler High. I was on the Gymnastic teem at North Springs High and it was a “high class” school, and Wheeler was…, well it was like being in the early 60’s, it was full of a bunch of hell raising rednecks, and there was no Gymnastic team. When my parents jumped the river, my older brother was a senior and I was in tenth grade, so they used a neighbor’s address to keep him at North Springs for his senior year. I was very resentful to my parents for doing this to me (although, of course, they had really done nothing to me). I got involved with smoking dope and then the use of other drugs, on rare occasions, crept into my life. My life was like a roller coaster ride of being “saved” and “clean as a whistle”, to being “saved” and indulging in drugs, and at times drinking alcoholic beverages, usually in excess. My relationship with “God” and drugs began to go hand and hand. I loved to ride my dirt bikes and my street bikes and I loved to cliff dive and water ski, and I did many adventurous things in my life.
One time, when I was seventeen, a friend and I were riding our motorcycles down by the Chattahoochee River on a Sunday afternoon, and we parked our bikes in this area where a huge sewer line was being put in. We looked at this large ditch and climbed around on the dirt a little while, and then we walked down by the river’s edge and skipped rocks across the water. When we walked back to get our motorcycles, a man had drove up and as we got closer we realized he had a gun pointed at us. He told us that we had done thousands of dollars worth of damage to the heavy equipment. We were scared to death and told him that we had not touched this machinery and had not been there long. We were arrested for damaging this heavy equipment and my father fought hard and spent thousands of dollars to fly the owner of this company from California and to finally get the charges dropped.
This was my first introduction to how easily a person could be arrested for something they did not do. This unpleasant experience of being arrested falsely came about a few more times during the early years of my life. Then I was arrested when I was nineteen and just before the start of my second year in college for a small amount of marijuana found in my friends car in New Jersey. At this time any amount of marijuana, even a seed, was a felony. The good news was my date that night was the daughter of the mayor of the town, and they eventually dropped her charges, so they had to drop ours. (We were told that the arrest would not be on our record, but this was a big lie.)
It was not until I was 22 years old and I had just graduated from college with a degree in Architectural Engineering, that my friends bought a couple of kegs of beer and gave me a graduation party at my apartment. I had been offered cocaine many times over the last few years, but I always refused to do it. My family came a watched me graduate and then I went to my party around 2:00 o’clock and started drinking beer and smoking pot. Sometime around midnight a friend of mine that had offered me cocaine many times over the years, came over. I was drunk and probably in a near blackout and somehow I ended up in the bathroom with this guy and I did my first line of cocaine. I remember coming out of this drunken stupor and into a state of clarity and boy did I feel good. This was the beginning of a long love affair that turned into a very serious addiction. During the onset of my addiction I was constantly with my belief in bible and the “Christian God” and my life revolved around this drug and the beliefs of the Christian religion.
Then one day I borrowed my next door neighbor’s living bible and began to read it from the very beginning. As I read through the bible I began to question it and I began to realize that this book might not be true. Because of my drug use and the confusion in my life, I would accept this religion at one point and then at another I would question it or reject it entirely. It was a very scary ride. In fact, it was often after a cocaine binge that I would believe that I became more conscious of God and would try to get even closer to God.
I continued on this roller coaster ride until the beginning of 1984, when I finally decided that I needed to change my ways. I went straight and started taking very good care of my girlfriend and myself. We got a house together I began remodeling this house and fixing it up. We became vegetarians and she worked at Life Grocery, a health food store, and I ran a successful home improvement business.
I was clean for over a year and a half and then an old acquaintance stopped by while I was working on a set of drawings for a custom home for my older brother. I had run into this old acquaintance about a week earlier while I was in town paying some bills. This guy had ripped me off of a thousand bucks about fifteen years earlier and I had traveled to Montezuma, Georgia, way back then in an unsuccessful attempt to collect my money. I told him that I was busy and that I did not drink or do drugs, and that I was not involved with them anymore, and I ran him off. He was persistent about talking to me, and on another visit he mentioned setting me straight on this money he owed me. I declined to talk with him further, and he left.
He began to come by our house almost every week and he continued to bring beer by and to force his way into my life. After having an argument with my girlfriend and finding out that she was having an affair, and after she had left in anger, he came by once again. I finally broke down and let him into my home, and we talked and he mentioned about getting me the thousand dollars he owed me and a lot more money on top of that. I ended up having a beer with him, and this led to another beer and then we smoked some pot and finally he brought out some cocaine and we did several lines of coke. Before he left I told him that I would like to buy some coke. He explained to me that he had brought that with him from South Georgia and that he did not know where to get it around this area, and that is what he wanted to talk to me about. I told him that I have not fooled with drugs in a long time and that I had no idea where to get them.
This marry-go-round went on for several months and I had gotten back into my addiction. My girlfriend left me and I continue down a spiraling hill of addiction and confusion. This fellow, Jerry Law (and this is his real name), had asked me again and again to get him large amount of drugs. I suspected that he was an informant and I even asked him if he was a nark, and his uneasy response to this question made me even more suspicious.
I finally broke down and got him a measly half a gram of coke and met him and another fellow at Applebee’s for the sell. After this he continued to bug me for large amount of drugs. He wanted me to get him fifty pounds of pot and some kilos of cocaine. After more weeks went by, I finally told him that I would get him a half of an ounce of coke if he would give me the thousand dollars up front to go get it. I knew that if this buddy of his was a narcotics agent he would not front me the money. We met several times after agreeing to this, but they refused to give me the money to go get the drugs. Finally, after I refused to do the deal any other way, this narcotics agent fronted me the money, and gave me $1000.00 to go buy drugs. I got him a half of an ounce and stomped on it really hard, to get a bunch of coke for me to do. (For those that have never been involved with drugs this simply means that I took out about half the cocaine and replaced it with an inert white powder.)
After a binge on the nearly a quarter ounce of cocaine I took from them, and nearly dying, I never had anything else to do with this guy again. I attempted to stay straight but I continued to relapse, and after loosing my home and most everything else, I was arrested about six months latter while staying at a friend’s house in another town. Right after my arrest, they wanted me to work with them and they were going to go easy on me, but I refused to do it and took the consequences. I ended up taking a plea in 1988 and getting a 10 serve 5 do 3 sentence. I did 6 months 11 days of confined hell and I was placed in a cell with “lifers” and one attempted to kill me when I let everyone know that I was getting out on early release. I later learned that this was a big mistake in a lifer prison.
After my release I was not the same person that I was before. I was very confused and I would have nightmares and anxiety attacks. I would stay clean for long periods of time and then I would drink again and sometime use cocaine. When I was called in for urine test, I would drink mass quantities of water to flush my system. It was something I did on several occasions. The lab test came back and they indicated that my system had been flushed. My parole officer warned me about this and she told me in no uncertain terms that I better not have another test come back like these.
The last drinking and drug binge I went on a bizarre event occurred. I started seeing myself as if I was looking down from above. It was the strangest thing to experience. I then saw how messed up my life had become and when I lay down early that morning it was like a bolt of lightening hitting me that this energy behind all creation was real, but it had nothing to do with any religion!
The next day, the 12th day of April 1992, I went to my father and told him about my experience and that I needed help and wanted to go to treatment. Having heard this treatment crap several times before and having me always change my mind, he blew up and began yelling at me and swinging his arms as he came at me. My father was a high-strung diabetic, and I began blocking his swings and my open hand hit him on the side of his face by his left eye. We continued to argue as I began leaving and my father followed me outside. We both are very loud when we yell and the next-door neighbor heard us yelling and called the police. My father, being a twice a day, or more, insulin dependant diabetic, had very tender skin, and I had made a small mark on the side of his face. This was enough for me to go to jail, even though my mother cried and begged the officer not to take me.
I ended up going to jail for several weeks and then to a military style boot camp of Zell Miller’s and then to a 21-day treatment center. I got out of this treatment center with a bag of cloths to my name, and I went from there working landscaping for a buddy of mine long enough to buy a vehicle. From there I went on to build a home improvement business and to stay sober for the rest of my life. I worked through all twelve steps of the Twelve Step program. I met a few others that had gotten rid of this punishing and vengeful God and who had found a loving energy as I had found. The neatest thing about what happened to me was that this insight that I had about this energy behind creation, never left me and I decided to read the bible again from cover to cover. I spent years doing scriptural analysis and uncovered contradictions in scripture and between the books of the bible. From there I realized what this creative energy was relating to me was true. This book was NOT the word of God and I would have to be a little bit odd and a little bit stupid to believe it was!
I then studied the bible like I had never done before. I did in depth scriptural analysis and wrote down detailed accounts of all kinds of blatant contradictions in scripture and in the books of the bible. I studied six different translations of the bible and wrote down the many contradictions between them. I realized that this energy behind all creation was outside of all this thought created and invented nonsense, and that this creative energy had made this very clear to me.
I saw how people that believed in this “religion” were often confused and unwilling to stand up for the truth, and were very fast to judge others. I saw how “religion” was destroying mankind and this marvelous earth and how those with “religion” were so superficial and fed off the misfortunes of others, and often claiming that everything was God’s will. I saw how these people with “religion” could never agree on anything and were so caught up in a world of their own making, and in a world in their own minds.
There’s no one on this earth that wishes the bible was the literal word of God and that this religion were true more than I do, after what I have been through, but unfortunately it is not. Over the years I have seen and studied how the mind becomes conditioned and how this conditioning is so difficult to understand. In fact there is no such thing as a completely unconditioned mind. There is only the mind that has come to understand conditioning, and can, for the most part, go beyond it.
I have had so much harm brought to me by “Christians”, and the oddest thing is that the legal system we have in place today has evolved from and is run by these Corporate “Christians”. It is a mutation of the very system, and a product of the very religion that we hoped to leave behind when we came to this new world. The even more bizarre aspect of all this is the fact that those that fight the wrongs in this Christian run system are also professed Christians. It is Christians against Christians! And even more bizarre than that is the fact that anytime you point out any discrepancy from honesty or integrity in those that make up both sides of this fight, the other side will simply say, “Well they’re not really a Christian.” Then when you point out this to the other side the answer is redundant and again the statement, “Well they’re not really a Christian.” My question is, who really is a Christian?!
The simple fact is that most so-called Christians only want harm to come to me or they will justify the harm that I am brought to bear if I do not believe and accept this bizarre religion just as they do.
Judge for yourself if belief has made you a threat to everything that is non-essential and if you accept and love others unconditionally. If it has done this, then you are a deeply religious person, and that is what our creator expects us to be. There is nothing in the Old English translation that says anything about being a “Christian”--- and Jesus was not a “Christian”. Of course the reality is that Jesus, as depicted in religion, never exised.
Our founding fathers were not Christians, but were, for the most part, Deist, and they believed in a Creator and not in “religion”. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear that our Creator endowed us with natural rights.
My God, why don’t you people study what Christianity has really done to mankind! Open your hearts to the truth, because it is this truth that will set you free.
Look at what we did to the natives and the American Indians! According to the bible Jesus tells us to be as harmless as doves but as wise as serpents. Yet most “Christians” will refuse to look at anything that questions the validity of their belief. Contempt prior to investigation is the highest form of ignorance! What happened to this open mind?!
I accept everything in the world to be perfect just the way it is. This allows me to face the reality of the wrongs directly and not to escape from “what is”. I also accept everyone for what they are, and that includes you. Many have told me just to “act like I am a Christian and play the game”; but I refuse in the name of truth to do that. I will not lie just to have you accept me, just like I will not lie and admit to something I did not do just to get two years of probation instead of a possible twenty-year sentence, or more for a crime I did not commit. Where I was the victim!
That’s right. I was the victim of a violent crime and then I was arrested as the perpetrator! And some crooked cop named Preston Peavy commits felony crimes in every attempt to manufacture my guilt and others officers cover for their own! It’s like a band of thieves! What kind of country is this?!
All I ask of you is to accept me for what I am, and not to impose the very belief system on me that I am convinced has created the neurotic and confused society we live in today. Some eighty percent of the people in the legal system are so-called “Christians,” and these are the very people that are bringing this nightmare to me and to your loved ones. This is a fact whether you accept it or not. Christians can bring harm to others or do anything, because they can justify their wrongs because they are “not perfect” and they are “forgiven”, and Jesus died for their sins!!
I wish people could see the evil of religion and how it brings about separation and not brotherhood. If I say that I am a Christian, have I not separated myself from the non-Christians? All religions are based on separation, though they may preach brotherhood. And as soon as a “Christian” finds out where I stand, they want nothing more to do with me. How is this different for the Islam’s and their cynical beliefs?! Where is the love and compassion in this?!
In fact the nightmare I am going through now has it basis in the fact that this woman told Investigator Massey that I did not believe in the bible, and he even asked if I was “atheist”, and I have this on tape (and now in a transcript)! So the entire legal community and the sheriff’s department were out to destroy the “atheist” that had brought harm to the so-called “Christian girl”! When, in truth, it was the “Christian girl” who had brutally beaten the “Deist” and now the State of Georgia is following in her footsteps! Thomas Paine suffered a similar tragedy because he questioned the divinity of Christianity, and thus he was labeled an atheist and destroyed by the ruthlessness of misinformed Christians. The pages of history have been stained blood red in the name of religion!!
Why are we so afraid to look into history and into the truth about religion and the neurosis and even psychosis it has brought to our world? I have studied with an open mind everything there is to learn about religion. Belief is a denial of truth— belief hinders truth. The man who has separated himself from the world of the homemade and the world of reality, is a man with none of these bizarre beliefs.
Truth is a pathless land, and cannot be approached by any path whatsoever. The truth is we are human beings, and not one of us is perfect and we are all fallible and we all have made mistakes and will continue to make mistakes. But why don’t we die to our little mistakes and to the trivial mistakes of others and get on with our lives?! Every minute of our life is precious, so why do we carry over the stupid mistakes of the past and hold them in memory?
The simple truth is that thought has created and invented all the religions throughout the world, and this energy behind creation is unknown and mysterious, and has nothing to do with what thought had conditioned our minds to think. Your effort to be free through the stranglehold of religion will never bring you freedom. It is only when we get past the conditioning of religion that we can absolve the self completely and become part of the very energy that created us. This energy is unknown, and the name is not the thing—the description is not the described.
I have learned how important it is to live like we are dying. It’s like putting our hands together in prayer, and one hand is life and the other is death, and life walks with death. It has been written, “I say unto you, there are none righteous, no not one, except he who has died to self.” If we could all understand this, there would be no war and this world would be a nice place to live. Living a life of truth and goodness and walking with this energy behind all creation has nothing to do with the religions that have been created by man. This energy behind all creation has not written any books.
I have done the most miraculous things in my life after getting rid of religion, and I have lived a life of integrity, with goodness, and respect for others. I designed a physically constructed a beautiful home from the ground up on the most awesome lot in a place that I have loved all my life, and I have helped others along the way. I have gone on to achieve difficult ratings with the United States Parachute Association, and have earned my Accelerated Freefall Instructor and my Pro-demonstration Ratings.
I lost my home and everything else, and had to move into a shed on my property in order fight this battle that should have never been waged. The insanity of this tragedy that ruined my life should tell us that something is wrong. But nothing is done! Most people are too fearful of their own government to stand up against the injustices they often bring to good people. Others are too indifferent to even care.
Some people just live a life of goodness, and my dear sweet, and talented mother is one of those people. The District Attorney, Garry Moss, and all those involved in this nightmare, should realize what they are doing to my mother. My mother has Lupus and this stress is killing her! You people are killing one of the sweetest, honest, and most gentle “Christian” women that ever lived!
The deeply religious are those with goodness and love. Without goodness and love we are not educated human beings, and with love anything is possible.
Friday, August 31, 2007
I was asked a couple of questions that I answered below. I thought this might be interesting to you.
Question one: Why do you seem to question a religion that our entire system of time is based on the death of Christ?
Question two: In your work you mention that many of the evil acts committed by people are supported in the Bible and by the vengeful and violent acts of God. Can you back up this claim with evidence of the scriptures that would do this?
Where did the calendar for BC and AD come from?
Answer: Pope Gregory XIII was born in 1502 and died in 1585. He carried out the reform of the Julian calendar. In 1582 he issued a decree dropping 10 days from the calendar which is now known as the Gregorian Calendar and today it serves as an international standard for civil use. In addition, it regulates the ceremonial cycle of the Christian Churches. In fact, its original purpose was ecclesiastical. However, this calendar still requires intercalation (inserting). There must be a leap day or a leap second at times in order to bring the calendar back into sync with the vernal equinox. Although a variety of other calendars are in use today, they are restricted to particular religions or cultures. The start of this calendar at the death of Christ was nothing more than a guess, as there was no evidence or record of the date in any historical or biblical account.
Here are pages and pages of examples of a not so loving god and a not so holy bible that teaches people not to be so good...
According to the Bible, if any of your loved ones talk of serving other gods what should you do?
Answer: (You must kill them.) “If your brother, the son of your father or of your mother, or your son or daughter, or the spouse whom you embrace, or your most intimate friend, tries to secretly seduce you, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ unknown to you or your ancestors before you, whether near you or far away, anywhere throughout the world, you must not consent, you must not listen to him; you must show him no pity, you must not spare him or conceal his guilt. No, you must kill him, your hand must strike the first blow in putting him to death and the hands of the rest of the people following. You must stone him to death, since he has tried to divert you from Yahweh your God… (Deuteronomy 13:7-11)
Savagely beating another person with a weapon is a sin, unless you stop just before your victim dies and the victim is:
Answer: (Either one of your servants or your own child.) “And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money” (Exodus 21:20-21). “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13-14).
Killing someone is a sin unless your victim is:
Answer: A Wicca -- (A Wicca is a person in an Indian religion that worships nature), a stranger who has the nerve to approach you, or a virgin in the city. “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” (Exodus 22:1). “But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death” (Numbers 3:3). “If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 22:23-24).
What words can earn you a one-way ticket straight to Satan's lair?
Answer: (Calling someone a fool) "But I say unto you, That whosoever shall be angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall surely be in danger of hell fire" (Matthew 5:22).
How does God kill people that complain?
Answer: (Burns them to death.) “And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp” (Numbers 11:1).
How many men did God kill because someone decided to peek into the ark of the Lord?
Answer: (50,070) “And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter” (1 Samuel 6:19).
How many men did Moses kill in one day because they failed to say they supported God?
Answer: (3,000) “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men” (Exodus 32:26-28 ).
How many Israelites did God deliver to the people of Judah to slaughter?
Answer: (Half a million) “Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them into their hand. And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the Lord God of their fathers”
Notwithstanding the above, how many people of Judah were once killed or enslaved because they didn’t give God his due?
Answer: (120,000 valiant men were killed and 200,000 women and children were taken as slaves (not to mention the theft of property.)) “For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. . . . And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them” (2 Chronicles 28:6-8 ).
How many Ethiopians did God kill for His chosen people?
Answer: (One million) “And Asa had an army of men . . . And there came out against them Zera the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand . . . Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power, help us, O Lord our God . . . So the Lord smote the Ethiopians” (2 Chronicles 14:8-12). How many soldiers did God burn to death with fire from Heaven because they confronted Elijah? Answer: (150 (three sets of 50)) “And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. Again also he sent unto him another captain . . . And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty . . . And he sent again a captain of the third fifty . . . Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties” (2 Chronicles 1:10-14).
Speaking of God’s chosen people, how many kings were maimed in God’s name?
Answer: (70 had their thumbs and big toes cut off.) “And they found Abonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and Perizzites. But Abonibezek fled; and they pursued after him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. And Abonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me” (Judges 1:5-7).
How many people did God kill in one day for having premarital sex?
Answer: (23,000) "Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand" (1 Corinthians 10:8 ).
After God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, how many of their own people did they kill, at God's behest, for declining to give God His due?
Answer: (3,000 spouses and siblings in a single day) "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men" (Exodus 32:26-28 ).
How many Israelites did God kill to punish David for counting them?
Answer: (70,000 people through pestilence) "And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel, And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. . . . And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel. . . . So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men" (1 Chronicles 21:1-14). How many people did God slaughter in a plague because they had the audacity to question the judgment of Moses and Aaron? Answer: (14,700, plus 250 He burned to death with fire) "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. . . . and, behold, the plague was begun among the people . . . Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah" (Numbers 16:44-49). "And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense" (Numbers 16:35).
How many Israelites did God slaughter in a plague for some men having sex with the daughters of Moab?
Answer: (24,000) "And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. . . . And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand" (Numbers 25:1-9).
How many members of other races and tribes did the Lord deliver to be slaughtered by Israel because he favored the Israelites and was prejudiced against other tribes?
Answer: (10,000 Canaanites and Perizzites and 10,000 Moabites to name a few) "And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men" (Judges 1:4). "And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the Lord hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over. And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man" (Judges 3:28-29). Etc.
How many Assyrians did God kill after their king and his servants made fun of God?
Answer: (185,000) "And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. . . . And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. . . . Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses" (Isaiah 37:1-36)
How many Israelites did God threaten to kill when the tribe abandoned Him?
Answer: (90 percent of the population of each community) "Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. For thus saith the Lord God; the City that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall have ten, to the house of Israel" (Amos 5:1-3)."
When God became particularly disgusted with the sin of man, how many beings did He kill?
Answer: (Every living thing (children and unborn children included) on the face of the earth (except those few residing on an ark)) "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. . . . And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died" (Genesis 6:5-7:22).
What punishment did God say is mandatory for an unruly child?
Answer: (Stoning To Death) "And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die" (Deuteronomy 21:20-21). "For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death" (Mark 7:10). "And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death" (Exodus 21:15). "And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death (Exodus 21:17)."
What is God's punishment for women who wear showy jewelry and clothing?
Answer: (Ugliness, misery and death) "In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon. The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels. The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy might in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn: and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground" (Isaiah 3:17-26).
By the time God gets through with his killing spree, how many dead will there be?
Answer: (Enough to cover the entire surface of the Earth.) “And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried, they shall be dung upon the ground” (Jeremiah 25:33).
Failing to engage in which of the following acts of retribution can yield permanent residence in flames?
Answer: (Failing to amputate body parts involved in sinful acts) "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. . . . And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. . . . And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire" (Mark 9:43-47; see also Matthew 5:29-30; 18:8-9; Luke 20:46-47).
How does God punish sinners with dung?
Answer: (He treats them like dogs, smearing feces on their faces.”) “If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it” (Malachi 2:2-3).
In a single passage, how does the Bible say God will handle sinners?
Answer: “And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung” (Zephaniah 1:17).
To a True Christian, what is the equivalent of dung?
Answer: (Everything in the world other than knowledge of Jesus, including all other loving relationships.) “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8 ).
How many animals did Solomon kill in a sacrifice to please the Lord?
Answer: (120,000 sheep and 22,000 oxen) “And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offering, which he offered unto the Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord” (1 Kings 8:63).
Which of the following are among God’s methods of punishing those who break His commandments?
Answer: (You name it, it’s depending on His mood.) “But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments…I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes…I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle” (Leviticus 26:14-22). “If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments…The Lord will smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish…The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart” (Deuteronomy 28:15-28 ).
How does God handle people who make Him jealous by having a religion different than ours?
Answer: “They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up...And he said...They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger...For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs” (Deuteronomy 32:17-25). “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalms 2:8 ).
How does God prefer to torture those who somehow become enemies of His chosen people?
Answer: (All kinds of ways.) “God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations of his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows” (Numbers 24:8 ). “Moreover the Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed. Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible” (Deuteronomy 7:20-21). “And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood” (Isaiah 49:26).
How does God kill those who vacation in Egypt?
Answer: (Take your pick.) “And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If you wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there; Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them” (Jeremiah 42:15-17).
When a community’s sins really make God mad, how does God find comfort?
Answer: (One of any several ways.) “Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity. A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted” (Ezekiel 5:11-13).
Whom does God slaughter when He gets jealous because a community is worshiping someone else?
Answer: (It all depends on who you are.) “Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up” (Hosea 13:16).
How does God punish promiscuous folks, like men who have sex with both their wives and mothers-in-law and the daughters of priests who sleep around?
Answer: (He has them all burned with fire.) “And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you” (Leviticus 20:14). “And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire” (Leviticus 21:9).
In Jesus’ time, how did the Trinity deal with nonbelievers?
Answer: (He had one eaten by worms and struck another one blind) “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” (Acts 12:23). “But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him. And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand” (Acts 13:8-11).
What punishment does God mandate for anyone with a different religion?
Answer: (Death of the nonbeliever (man and woman, great and small) and everyone in the community.) “He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed” (Exodus 22:20). “If thou shalt hear say . . . Certain men . . . saying, Let us go and serve other gods . . . Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword” (Deuteronomy 13:12-15). “That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman” (2 Chronicles 15:13).
How did Jesus punish those with different religions?
Answer: (He took their speech, had worms eat them, and had others kill them.) “And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak . . . because thou believest not my words” (Luke 1:20). “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” (Acts 12:23). “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me” (Luke 19:27).
How has God punished those who have no knowledge of him?
Answer: (He has sent lions to maul the ignorant to death.) “Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land” (2 Kings 17:26).
How should we punish whore-committing nonbelievers in a manner that will reduce God’s otherwise unrelenting wrath?
Answer: (Kill them, and hang their heads against the sun for God to view.) “And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. . . . and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel” (Numbers 25:1-4)
What is God’s punishment for adultery?
Answer: (Kill the man and the woman) “If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel” (Deuteronomy 22:22).
How did God punish a man who kept the Ark of the Covenant from falling off its cart and being damaged?
Answer: (God smote him dead.) “And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor [sic], Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God” (2 Samuel 6:6-7; see also 1 Chronicles 13:9-10).
What is the punishment for someone who anoints a stranger with holy oil?
Answer: (They are to be banished all the people.) “This shall be an [sic] holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations. . . . Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people” (Exodus 30:31-33). People of what religions are going to burn forever as Satan stabs their behinds with pitchforks for eternity? Answer: (Jews, Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, Agnostics, and everyone else who is not “Christian”) "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18 ). "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16).
What type of blasphemy yields eternal damnation?
Answer: (You can be forgiven for blaspheming Jesus, but blaspheming the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven and begins your descent into the fiery abyss) "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come" (Matthew 12:31-32; see also Mark 3:28-29; Luke 12:10).
Who among the following think they're going to Heaven but will wind up in Hell instead?
Answer: (All those who are “saved” and then continue to sin, All those that do not do the will of God) "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).
People who experience which of the following cannot experience God's love?
Answer: (Pleasures of the flesh or that have not died to self) "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:6-8 ); see also Galatians 6:8 ).
Which of the following insincere acts results in damnation of your soul?
Answer: (Eating bread and drinking wine unworthily) "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. . . . For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body" (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
What is God's punishment of those who overeat?
Answer: (Death by plague) "And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague" (Numbers 11:32-33). "The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel" (Psalms 78:31).
What did Jesus say happens to those who have premarital sex?
Answer: (They cannot enter Heaven so they must wind up in Hell) "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
What is the punishment for a single mother having a boy out of wedlock?
Answer: (The woman may not be punished but the child and his descendants will go straight to Hell) "A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord: even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord" (Deuteronomy 23:2).
What has God done in the past to children who make fun of unattractive people?
Answer: (God sent bears to maul all the children to death) "And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them" (2 Kings 2:23-24).
What punishment did God promise for promiscuous women?
Answer: (His followers will cut off their noses and ears, burn them in fire, take away their children and strip them naked) "And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more" (Ezekiel 23:25-27). "And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire (Leviticus 21:9)."
What does God demand happen to those couples who have sex during the woman's time of the month?
Answer: (They are to be banished from society and not permitted to interact with people) "And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people." Leviticus (20:18 ).
What punishment does God mandate for a man who rapes a virgin?
Answer: (The rapist must pay the father 50 shekels of silver and his victim and him shall be married) "If a man finds a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay a forcible hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days Deuteronomy 22:28-29)."
What did Jesus do to those who failed to sell all their possessions and give every dime to the Lord?
Answer: (Jesus struck them dead) "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? . . . And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. . . . Then fell [Sapphira] straightway at [Peter's] feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband." Acts (5:1-10).
Why are some people blind, deaf, dumb or handicapped in some other way?
Answer: (These deficiencies are deliberately inflicted on some people by God) "And the Lord said unto [Moses], Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord ?" (Exodus 4:11). "And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season" (Luke 1:20).
Who do you have to hate in order to be a disciple of Christ?
Answer: (It is very important that you hate your father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, and even yourself, if you are going to follow Jesus.) “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26; see also Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30).
What does the Bible say about a woman's role in the church?
Answer: (A woman is never to open her mouth in church. She has nothing valuable to say and should limit her participation to asking her husband to explain things to her) "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church" (1 Corinthians 14:34-35).
What does the Bible say about a woman's role in the educational process?
Answer: (Women should never be teachers because they are easily deceived) "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression" (1 Timothy 2:11-14).
According to the Bible is a wife permitted to follow her own conscience?
Answer: (No, a woman must obey her husband in all matters at all times) "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in every thing" (Ephesians 5:22-24). "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God" (1 Corinthians 11:3). "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord" (Colossians 3:18 ).
In God's eyes, according to the Bible, who is worth more, women or men?
Answer: (God expressly says men are worth more, and actually provides dollar amounts proving this) "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When a man shall make a singular vow, the persons shall be for the Lord by thy estimation. And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary. And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels. And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. And if it be from sixty years old and above, if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female, ten shekels" (Leviticus 27:1-7)
What are the requirements for a woman's physical appearance?
Answer: (A woman must dress modestly and refrain from wearing expensive jewelry and a woman should wear her hair long) "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array" (1 Timothy 2:9). "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering" (1 Corinthians 11:15).
Can you trust a woman's promises or guarantees?
Answer: (No, because women are deceitful and manipulative and because a woman's promise is null and void if her husband disapproves of it) "And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her" (Ecclesiastes 7:26). "But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the Lord shall not forgive her" (Numbers 30:12).
In times of war, what is God's plight for women in the captured areas?
Answer: (While the men are to be killed, the women are to be taken as slaves. Pretty women are to become the wives of conquering men who find them attractive. Women in places the Lord gives His chosen people as an inheritance are to be killed along with every other living thing) "And when the Lord thy God hath delivered [a city] into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword: But the women, and the little ones . . . shalt thou take unto thyself . . . But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth" (Deuteronomy 20:13-16). "When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies . . . And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house . . . thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife" (Deuteronomy 21:10-13).
Murdering your own child is a sin, unless your child…
Answer: (Unless your child cursed at you, had spiritual beliefs other than Christianity, or was killed in the name of Jesus) “And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death” (Exodus 21:17). “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods…thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die” (Deuteronomy 13:6-10). “And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:21-22).
Self-mutilation is a sin unless it is done in the name of …
Answer: (unless it is done in the name of the Lord and to punish the body through self denial) “I pommel my body and subdue it” (1 Corinthians 9:27).