I wanted to revisit two of my earlier articles called The Word Of God and Dangers Of Biblical Literalism. First I would like to examine closely the genealogy of Jesus as given in the book of Matthew. Second I will address yet another problem from that same genealogy and last, I will look at another topic which may be quite surprising so I am not going to ruin the surprise. You’ll just have to read on.In the genealogy given in Mathew, the first thing we notice is the absence of Jesus ‘father’ god [as if god’s word neglected to mention himself in his son’s genealogy], but lets overlook that for now and get right into the begats.
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Whoa. Stop right there. Does that say Judas or rather Judah, the namesake of the Jews and the leader of the tribe Jesus is said to be a lion of? Quite an illustrious ancestor or is it really considering Jesus is said to be god’s only begotten son? Let’s turn the clock back metaphorically, actually turn back the pages of the bible till we reach Genesis chapter 38. In verses 1-11 we read what can be considered a background to the rest of the chapter. Continuing on we read in verse 12 through the end of the chapter of Tamar’s trickery and whoring to have the son that appears in verse 3 of the lineage of Jesus? So god’s illegitimate son has a great, great, great grandfather that was the son of a whore and the product of an incestuous relationship between father-in-law and daughter-in-law? And to make matters worse, although in Genesis 38 Judah was clearly aware of what Tamar had done he calls her righteous so once again Genesis seems like a textbook on the different ways to commit incest. Kind of ironic that Christians are the loudest anti-pornography protesters.
Fast forwarding back through time and ending in the book of Matthew’s genealogy yet again we continue reading. Only this time we get to skip from verses 3-10 and look at 11-12.
Seems pretty straightforward so what is the problem? To be frank and to ruin the suspense, Jeconiah is. Why you ask? Glad you asked, let me show you or rather let the bible show you. In Jeremiah 22:24-30 we read this.
24 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence; 25 And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die. 27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return. 28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not? 29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. 30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.
Wait a minute. This is saying none of his lineage will sit upon the throne of David. In that case how is this part of the genealogy of god’s son?
Almost as an afterthought to these problems Luke wrote a genealogy also which can be read in Luke 3:23-38.
The final topic I would like to address [wow, I hear a sigh of relief from the Christians reading] is one I find really comical considering Christians distaste for pornography combined with their insistence that the bible is the one true word of god. That is what I call the problem of the Song Of Solomon and Ezekiel 23. The Song Of Solomon is often called The Song Of Songs and Canticles. Song Of Solomon is a poem of a man and women essentially from courtship up to the culmination of their ‘relations’. There is no religious content whatsoever in the book so it is usually considered allegorical and referring to the relationship between Israel and god. My issue is not on the interpretation though I will say it is kind of odd that Christians feel so free to change the words of their god based on their comfort. Let’s quickly look at Ezekiel 23 and why I mentioned it. The story without the unnecessary detail is that two sisters were guilty of “committing whoredoms”. As a punishment, one sister’s nakedness was discovered, her children were taken from her, and she was killed. And the fate of the surviving sister was even worse. Her nose and ears were cut off, she was made to “pluck off” her own breasts, and then after being raped and mutilated, she is stoned to death.Why do I call this a problem combined with the Song Of Solomon a problem? Basically this, besides the sheer reluctance of a priest, pastor, minister or whatever you prefer to call them, to read these passages to their congregation [both Song Of Solomon and Ezekiel 23], there is the problem that no Christian as a parent would read either of these word’s of god to their children. Nor would a Sunday school class teaching young children the bible read these passages. Is it because Christians find these words distasteful? Do they think they are holier than god?
As can be plainly seen from everything written above, the bible can’t be considered the word of god. If it was there would be no contradictions nor would there be any inconsistencies. If it were god’s word there would be no discomfort at any of the word’s in the bible yet there are. I wrote an article the other day called The Church: A Hou/se that highlighted the huge number of divisions in the Church. In a feat not to be undone, there are many versions of the bible and some of those even have verses added or removed let alone the Catholics version with 9 added books that are not god’s word to the protestants. I ask all Christians, even though I know it would be extremely hard, remove those fuscia colored glasses you read the bible with and actually look at it for what it is. Use the intellect you claim god gave you and stop dishonoring him by giving blind faith.
- The Word Of God
- The Church: A hou/se
- 101 Contradictions in the Bible.
- “The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats”
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