Okay, okay, BuzzFeed occasionally does something worthwhile

I’ve grown a bit tired of all the listicles floating around on Facebook these days, but it would seem that BuzzFeed put one together that’s too relevant for Holey Books to ignore. The list is called The 16 Most Bizarre Moments In The Bible. If you’ve been a regular reader you’ll noticed we’ve pick up a number of these and will likely comment on the ones that appear later in the Bible than we’ve currently reached (Judges). Sadly, I think we missed the whole God shows his butt to Moses.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far from the list:

3. “When God used his magic to dislocate Jacob’s hip in an all night wrestling match.”

4. “When God slew Onan for practicing the pull-out method.”

5. “When Adam lived to the age of 930.”

7. “When God laid the smack down on Egypt with not just one, but TEN horrible plagues.”

8. “When Balaam’s donkey inexplicably started talking and explained why animal cruelty is wrong.”

9. “When God ordered Abraham to kill his son just to prove that he loved Him.”

12. “When God became so disgusted with mankind that He flooded the Earth and started everything over again.”

We didn’t hit them all, so be sure to check out the rest of the list.

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2 Responses to Okay, okay, BuzzFeed occasionally does something worthwhile

  1. Ruby says:

    Hi there,

    I don’t know what your motive is when you started out this blog. It says in your About section that you examine the holy books of the major religions, but mostly you talk about bashing the Bible. Where are the posts about the Torah or the Qur’an? Those are major religions. And it seems when you talk about the Bible, it’s a one-sided perspective. And one that seems to be against the Bible, accusing and judging God harshly. It’s like who are you to judge God that way? I don’t know why you deal with the Bible the way you do. Did something so bad happened in your life? What happened in your life that made your thinking this way? What is your motive in writing out these things? Is it to stray away people away from God? Or is it exercise critical thinking leaving the viewers to decide for themselves? Why do you give a picture of a petty, jealous and vengeful God? If you are truly attempting to examine the books, why do you do it in a biased way? Why don’t you search out different perspectives about what the Bible is saying? From Christians, from Muslims, from Jews? Why don’t you conduct research to search what is true and good? After all this is the age of information. Here’s an article that I found about God hardening people’s hearts which can be added to the discussion of your article about the ‘Goodness of a Loving God: More Hardened Hearts’ : http://understandingbooksbible.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/0204/

    I don’t know why you do the things you do, but I really hope and pray that God will soften your hearts and convict you to the truth and not rely on your own understanding, cynicism and wisdom.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Ruby,

      We definitely appreciate your comment. I’ll try to address a few of your questions as succinctly as I can:

      Regarding our bias against God:
      You’ve found us out. Neither Greg, nor myself, think the Bible is divine in any stretch of the imagination. Nor have we found evidence to suggest that the God described in the Bible is anything but man-made. What we’ve done (and still occasionally do from time to time) on this site is point out the absurdities we find in the holy books. This includes things like unsubstantiated claims about the physical world (e.g. the creation stories), things that run contrary to the modern Christian idea of the “God of love” (e.g. genocide commanded by God), and that the history of the Bible makes it exceedingly difficult to believe it is the perfect word of the one true God. I would have hoped that the site name (Holey with an ‘e’) would have given us away. Oh well.

      Regarding our focus on the Bible and not other holy books:
      Believe me, we’d like to get to these. Our plan is to read through, and comment on, the entire Bible first. It’s a large book. We both have day jobs, families, and other commitments that have grown since we started Holey Books. It might take a few years, but we’ll get there. Currently we are planning to tackle the Book of Mormon (and other Mormon texts) next, though are definitely open to suggestion.

      “Why do you give a picture of a petty, jealous and vengeful God?”
      Because that’s how he’s depicted in the Bible. Or at least in the books we’ve worked through so far. It takes some serious mental gymnastics and sugar coating to think drowning the world was something done by a loving God. Or ordering his chosen people to murder the women and children of his enemies.

      Regarding your link:
      I read the link you provided and I think I can sum up his argument pretty quickly as: for God, the ends justify the means. It’s okay that God killed everyone in the flood because maybe their souls were saved and it helped Israel establish itself as an example for Godly living. Well, that settles it. It’s okay that the Israelites murdered innocents because only their earthly lives were at risk and maybe not their eternal ones. Never mind there isn’t any, you know, evidence for life after death. This is absolutely crazy thinking. It’s more than that, it’s dangerous thinking.

      Again, thanks for commenting. We’re always happy to engage with our readers.

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