Category Archives: The B-I-B-L-E

Let’s start 2017 off with a big ol’ pffft to 2016

So last year, I made three resolutions. I am a big fan of resolutions, eve if I am not that dedicated to actually keeping them.

For 2016,  told myself I would:

  • Learn to play the banjo
  • Find a church
  • Read the Bible cover-to-cover

In fact, referencing the Meat Loaf song above, one out of three ain’t bad. Of the three resolutions, I made, the only one I kept was reading the Bible cover-to-cover, helped by a phone app that kept me on track. (And let me tell you, ending a crap year like 2016 by reading the book of Revelation is a big ol’ slice of cake with ice cream on top. Angels! Seven bowls! The apocalypse! Yay!)

I actually only visited one church in 2016, and put the banjo in a closet about, oh, 10 months ago. I learned the rolls and got bored. I thought about taking lessons but as with most half-baked ideas, it just didn’t seem worth it.

Because I expect 2017 to be a challenging year (I don’t like one single, solitary thing about our new president), I believe I will track back and read the Bible again. Baby steps.

I wish for you a hope-filled and beautiful ’17. According to this half-baked website, the number 17 in the Bible stands for overcoming the enemy. That could be a good thing, yes?


Jeremiah was a downer

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Actually, that’s kind of appropriate, especially the “never understood a single word he said…”

As I promised myself earlier, I am reading the entire Bible, cover to cover, this year, in little snippets of three chapters here, four chapters there, and I am deep into the Hebrew Scriptures, in the book of Jeremiah, the prophet.

I have read the entire Bible before, but never like this, page by page, and while sometimes (The begats!) it has been slow-going, I have to say it’s also mostly been illuminating.

Because of my fundamentalist background, I am now beginning to see some of the roots of my faith, where we spent as much time with the Old Testament as we did with the New. I am also seeing the — I mean no disrespect — evolution of God, or maybe, the evolution of people’s perception of God. Old Testament God is one scary dude. OTG promises death and destruction with beautifully written phrases, such as the one that admonishes people because they don’t even know how to blush (so they don’t have the sense to understand proper behavior).

Jeremiah had a tough job, trying to get his people to understand and avert the coming destruction. He was not successful, but I give him credit: At least he hung around to help after Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed. I would think the role of prophet would be pretty thankless (they aren’t loved in their hometowns, after all, and that’s where people are supposed to love you, regardless) but you can just hear his frustration growing into anger morphing into a high state of panic.

Honestly, I’m glad I’m doing this. I’m learning a lot. I highly recommend it, but yeesh.

Can a Bible be a national security threat?

It can be if it’s the Holman Bible, says Mikey Weinstein.

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

Jesus was a radical economist

Remember the Rev. Howard Bess? The Baptist minister clashed with former Alaska governor/former vice presidential candidate/current gadabout Sarah Palin over abortion and gay rights, says about Jesus:

Jesus made his reputation as a Jewish economist, one with very strong opinions about wealth and property, about the relationship between the rich and the poor.

He also was intensely religious and loved nothing more than debating the meaning of the law of God or Torah. For instance, he is presented in the Gospel of Luke as being a precocious 12-year-old boy absorbed in debating religious leaders about the meaning of Torah.

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

Underemployment v. unemployment in one handy picture

Is the Bible a valuable moral guide (religous or not)?

Some say yes.

Some say maybe.

I say yes — with a long list of caveats. You?

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

Democrats = Pontius Pilate?

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) needs to read his Bible more closely. Rep. King, stumping online, compared Democrats to Pontius Pilate. For those of you who don’t consult your Bible, Pilate was the Roman governor who authorized Jesus’ crucifixion (though this source has doubts about that).

Even if I unhinge my brain, I am not following Rep. King’s logic. He quotes Dueteronomy to show that the Bible is “very clear” on the subject of borders, but here — as with the discussion about marriage equality — he doesn’t go much into context. For example, how would we (literally, as that appears to be Rep. King’s wont) apply verse 9-14, a discussion of the special care that God extended toward Jacob. Are we to expect honey from the rock, too? Because I would really like that. And herein we see the danger of a speech-writer doing a search on “boundary” and using whatever s/he finds there as scriptural backing.

But that’s just lil’ ol’ me talking. Mostly, Rep. King seemed appalled that lefties read the Bible, too. We do, Rep. King. Fear us.

And thanks, Sis. Cynical, for the link.