Patience of Ajax

One day Zeus was talking to Hades. “What have you been up to, brother?” he asked.
“Oh, just going about seeing what kind of mischief I can cause upon people,” Hades replied.
“Oh cool. Have you messed around with my faithful servant Ajax?”
“Humph! You won’t let me near him!” Hades responded.
“Oh, what the heck, go on and do whatever you like to him,” Zeus bragged. “I could SLAY him and HE would still fall down and kiss my feet. Or my butt or whatever I asked him to kiss.”
“All right!” Hades exclaimed.
“Oh, one thing though, brother,” Zeus said, “don’t kill him.”
“Aww, you’re no fun!” Hades complained.
“I’m serious, Hades. You can give him boils all over his body or take anything you want from him, but keep him alive. I want to show you that you can really mess him up and he will STILL kiss my big fat–well, you know.”
“You’re such a pathetic egomaniac, brother,” Hades said, laughing. “Oh, how about his children? Can I take THEM?”
“Oh sure,” Zeus replied. “They’re non-consequential. After all, I can make more just as good as those ten he’s got. No big deal.”
So Hades went out, with the urging of Zeus, and killed all of Ajax’s children. He also made Ajax so miserable that even his own wife urged him to curse Zeus and die. But Ajax kept clinging to Zeus. And in the end, Zeus rewarded him with more children and more wealth than he had previously.
This is a sweet story of how wonderful it is to be devoted to Zeus, who is good all the time. Yes, all the time Zeus is good. So always be faithful like Ajax!

Tina Rae Collins

August 17, 2016

 

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HOLY Bible?

Holy Bible

Even a casual student of the Bible knows that it contains god-condoned heinous behavior. Believers in the inspiration of the book tend to ignore, downplay, or justify appalling acts of their god and his people, but today I feel the need to shine a tiny light on a few of these atrocities.

The writers of the Bible declared that their god accepted the practice of buying human beings and keeping them as property, and even bequeathing these slaves to their children.

Leviticus 25:44  As for your male and your female slaves, whom you may have; of the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. 45  Moreover of the children of the strangers who sojourn among you, of them you may buy, and of their families who are with you, which they have conceived in your land; and they will be your property. 46  You may make them an inheritance for your children after you, to hold for a possession; of them may you take your slaves forever: but over your brothers the children of Israel you shall not rule, one over another, with harshness.

That last part means, of course, that the Israelites could rule “with harshness” over those outside their tribes. So, no, this isn’t just some form of indentured servitude.

The Bible also claims Israel’s god told his people to murder babies.

1 Samuel 15:3  Now go and strike Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and don’t spare them; but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.

Psalm 137:8  Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, He will be happy who rewards you, As you have served us. 9  Happy shall he be, Who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

Furthermore, the Israelites begged their beloved deity to perform abortions.

Hosea 9:14  Give them—Yahweh what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

And, behold, their wish was apparently his command. Four chapters later we read:

Hosea 13:16  Samaria will bear her guilt; For she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed in pieces, And their pregnant women will be ripped open.”

Finally, the writers of the Bible said their god commanded them to murder anyone who didn’t believe in him or even tried to get them to worship a different god (they believed in gods other than their own).

Deuteronomy 13: 6  If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend, who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known, you, nor your fathers; 7  of the gods of the peoples who are round about you, near to you, or far off from you, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; 8  you shall not consent to him, nor listen to him; neither shall your eye pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him: 9  but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first on him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10  You shall stone him to death with stones, because he has sought to draw you away from Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

We know that human trafficking, killing infants, ripping apart pregnant women, and murdering anyone whose religion differs from ours are evil acts. That’s because our ways and thoughts are higher than that of the biblical authors. If a god did indeed inspire the so-called holy Bible, his sense of morality is far beneath ours.

Tina Rae Collins

September 3, 2016

All citations are from the World English Bible. Italics are mine.