Butchery On The Sabbath or God’s Mercy Shines Through Again.

Yep! This about sums it up.

Originally, I was going to skip right over this section and cuddle up to the Golden Calf story. You have no idea how I have looked forward to that chapter, any other goddamned chapter, in fact. Fictitious or not, I’d have characters and events to write about rather than bullshit temple construction plans and priest consecration. Ugh! But then I read Exodus 31/12 and fell in love with its merciless incongruity. It sums up so many of the inconsistencies so much better than all the other dreck that I feel we can’t just pass it by without even a look. It’s like one of those campy pieces of Americana that still litter the landscape of North America such as the world biggest ball of twine or the largest working toilet west of the Mississippi. Who the hell could resist stopping if only to claim some bragging rights later. How can someone not go out of their way to see a huge working toilet? C’mon people!  Large! Working! Toilet!

That in mind, let’s look at this toile… um…. I mean, rules and regulations regarding keeping the Sabbath.  Yeah.  That’s it.

“But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
‘Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.
‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. ‘So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.“It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

Killed for working on Sunday! Wow!  Ain’t God a bastard? Holy shit people, that’s positively baddass. No labor protections back then.  No mercy.  Just sudden and swift “justice”. What I find odd is the same people who hold to a strict Biblical prohibition of a gay lifestyle never bat an eye about going out to eat on the Sabbath. I sure don’t see many people pushing for this particular literal view of the Sabbath any more, and dammit, I wonder why? It’s Biblical after all. God said it. Was he just kidding here? In fact the condemnation of Sabbath violations is more even firmly stated so why do all those people raging about the immorality of homosexuality based on Exodus simply gloss right over this one? Why aren’t the Westboro Baptists screaming about God killing clerks manning the Seven-Eleven cash registers on those Sunday shifts? Why aren’t religious fanatics stoning all those waitresses and waiters shoveling food into our fat little mouths at Perkin’s Sunday Brunch? Why in the name of all that is holy between Yahweh’s butt cheeks, are they not screaming about God’s retribution for all those people violating the Sabbath by driving taxis, flying airplanes, and making electricity? It obvious that all those poor working bastards who are trying to feed their families by puling extra shifts are offending God, so why aren’t we killing them?  Don’t they deserve it, Biblically?

If someone wants to subscribe to a literalist point of view and use the Old Testament to support shit-assed crazy theory of morality, why don’t they use all of it? Why do they get to pick and choose what they want to follow? Any guesses? Oh, I know that the “real” Christian will have a long list of other Bible verses that if taken in the proper order and with just the right amount of weight and with one eye closed, will mitigate the concept as much as they need to get on with their lives, but that’s not the real reason, people.

This is an easy one. Why don’t people choose to follow rules, however obviously stated, that go against everything they already do?  Because they don’t want to! That would require them to actually change their behavior instead of merely finding justification for what they do, and who in the hell wants to do that. Change is hard.  Justification is easy. Christians choose not to follow the Sabbath because it would gain them nothing and cost them a great deal in terms of money and fun. To the vast number or theistic capitalists, what good would a day be if you are forbidden to make money? To all the rest of Christendom, what good is a day of rest when you are forbidden to do anything truly fun?

The truth is that observing the Sabbath as the Old Testament demands is just too hard and unprofitable. This is the essence of religious power. If what you preach can bring you greater power, influence or comfort then find some kind of Biblical justification. Trust me, there are oodles of rationale for nearly any action you choose. Want to condemn a neighbor for witchcraft and buy up his or her land? It’s in there. Want to annihilate native peoples and just take their country as your own? Yeah,it’s in there. Want to condemn a vast group of people whose only crime is to be aroused by genitalia similar to their own? Oh baby, the Bible has it. That fucker’s a regular Walmart Supercenter!  It has everything you’ll ever need to accomplish your goal.  Seek and ye shall find.

On the other hand, you’re not required to buy everything at Wally World.  If what the Bible actually says interferes with your life, just ignore it.

After all, everyone else does.

The Bible: Noun. (1) An ancient tome written by bronze-age sheep-herders in search of answers in a world without science. (2) A book used by Christianity to justify its superiority over all the other superstitions that are as senseless as their own. (3) An unholy and ancient mess of a book, primarily used today to support, indiscriminately, whatever actions are taken by a concerned individual and condemn those of his or her enemies, also indiscriminately. (4) An ancient work of fiction whose primary historical function has been to create a path of destruction through the ages while giving its holders a desire for more.

Now that’s versatility.

    • numpty
    • April 2nd, 2011

    Hmm, yes…as a young lad when I was sent to sunday school or Church (not too often gladly), I always wondered why the Ministers and helpers were working on the so-called day of rest.

    • Perhaps, we should show up to their services with a bagful of stones. We could always claim Biblical justification afterwards.

  1. Damn, that’s good. How are we supposed to add cogent, pertinent comments, though, when you’ve already said it all perfectly? I demand that you write less-well from now on!

    such as the world biggest ball of twine or the largest working toilet west of the Mississippi.

    Has somebody been reading Bill Bryson? Anyway, I give you (drum roll, please)… The Biggest Working Accordion In The World.

    Re. the gay ‘lifestyle choice':

    The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and three-hundred and sixty-two admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision.
    —Lynn Lavner

    Odd thing, though; if you press Christians about the other things in Leviticus that they don’t obey, whilst following the anti-homosexual one, they’ll tell you that the OT is superseded by the NT, and point you at some passage in Romans. But if the OT is superseded, howcome they still follow all that stuff about original sin, the 10 commandments and so on? As you say, they pick and choose the bits that agree with what they want to do.

    • numpty
    • April 3rd, 2011

    Odd thing, though; if you press Christians about the other things in Leviticus that they don’t obey, whilst following the anti-homosexual one, they’ll tell you that the OT is superseded by the NT, and point you at some passage in Romans. But if the OT is superseded, howcome they still follow all that stuff about original sin, the 10 commandments and so on? As you say, they pick and choose the bits that agree with what they want to do.

    Never press a Christian…..I find they bruise really easily :0

    • numpty
    • April 3rd, 2011

    Holy Moses….where are my quotatiom marks!!!!?

    • Holy Moses….where are my quotatiom marks!!!!?

      Failed <blockquote>?

    • Ron
    • April 3rd, 2011

    Technically, non-Jewish people only have to follow the three commandments given by God in his covenant with Noah:

    1) Don’t eat live animals
    2) Don’t take a human life
    3) Be fruitful and multiply

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%209:1-17&version=NIV

  2. Posted my third point of evidence for God’s existence on my blog here for anyone who’s interested. Figured Daz and Amy might be most interested, but still, just making good on my word. Have a good day all!

    • rustiguzzi
    • April 8th, 2011

    Meanwhile, back at the Book of Exodus . . . I have been reading ‘The Bible (the Old Testament) according to Spike Milligan’, which I recommend as an aid to this Bible study.

    In Spike’s version, for example, after the instruction “thou shalt kill a ram, take his blood, put it on the tip of the right ear of your brother Aaron [etc. etc.]” Moses answers “Isn’t this a bit silly, Lord?”

    Spike does his best to parody the scriptures, but some things are beyond parody.

    • Nancy B
    • April 9th, 2011

    “Seek and ye shall find.”

    LOL, good one.

    Funny how the Family Christian Bookstore is open on Sunday.

    And why does the punishment for everything have to be death? Didn’t they have fines back then, or jails? No one had ever come up with the idea of community service?

    Anyway, I think that before these extremist christian freaks try to force their religion upon others ever again, they should have to first follow their own rules and live up to their own standard.

    Let’s start with this sabbath thing. Any fundie who has ever worked on Sunday should kill themselves immediately. And by work I mean not just a job, but also mowing the lawn, knitting, preaching, shopping, turning on a light switch, or anything even a teensy bit productive or unpleasant.

    Yep, come on, fundies, get a move on. It says it right there in your babble, erm, I mean bible. It is your religious duty, you owe it to your god to do this! :-D

    “Odd thing, though; if you press Christians about the other things in Leviticus that they don’t obey, whilst following the anti-homosexual one, they’ll tell you that the OT is superseded by the NT, and point you at some passage in Romans.”

    The NT says that the “old law” has to be followed. http://www.evilbible.com/do_not_ignore_ot.htm

    Hubbo wrote: (snip shameless plug).

    KK, I think Off-topic spam should be deleted. JMHO.

    • rustiguzzi
    • April 11th, 2011

    Just had a peep at Numbers 15:32-36, in which a man is found gathering sticks on the sabbath, and the Lord tells Moses (or so Moses says) that ‘all the congregation shall stone him’, which they do, and he dies. I don’t know which is the more appalling – the severity of the sentence, or the fact that the people carried it out, apparently without anyone objecting.

    • How about the disobedient heart of the individual? Just throwing it out there.

        • Anonymous
        • April 11th, 2011

        Stoning for picking up sticks on the sabbath? Are you condoning this? How can anyone who excuses this think that only the Quoran is an evil book.
        Disobedient heart? Who cares! This God is just a dick.

      • @Anonymous:

        Please don’t feed the troll.

      • Thanks Daz. :-)

        If stoning is the moral consequence, then we have to look at the moral choice on the part of the individual that necessitated the consequence.

        Whether I condone it or not is of no relevance to this discussion. Looking at the crux of the issue IS relevant, so I just felt it necessary to point out the missing feature of the argument, though I can understand people’s frustration with such passages.

      • *Sigh*

        Mr Hubbo, you appear to be mistaken as to who I was calling a troll. Let’s just say, it wasn’t Anonymous.

        As to what you condone, obviously it does include wilful misrepresentation of terms in your own arguments, a cheerful willingness to deliberately skew others’ arguments away from what they actually meant, and an extremely laissez faire attitude toward freedom of speech, to the point of subjecting others’ words to your own, hardly disinterested, editorship.

        Whatever else you do or do not condone is of no importance to me.

      • Sorry, Daz. I was sarcastically wearing your comment as a badge of honor. I know who you think the troll is.

        If you don’t value my opinion at all, then don’t respond. Don’t feed the troll. But please don’t interject in others’ discussion unless you value all the opinions within said discussion. Otherwise it just distracts from the issues.

        So I’d appreciate it if you would keep the discussion about the issue, and not about me. We all already know that I’m fallible, so let’s talk about what’s not so clear to others.

    • rustiguzzi
    • April 12th, 2011

    sabepashubbo :

    So I’d appreciate it if you would keep the discussion about the issue, and not about me. We all already know that I’m fallible, so let’s talk about what’s not so clear to others.

    Mr Hubbo, please read your own words and take note. So far, your comments have had nothing to do with the topic. It’s you, and not Daz, who has “interjected”, as you put it. If you’ve nothing to say, best say nothing.

    • My response was to your comment, and it has everything to do with the topic.

    • Ron
    • April 12th, 2011

    rustiguzzi :
    Just had a peep at Numbers 15:32-36, in which a man is found gathering sticks on the sabbath, and the Lord tells Moses (or so Moses says) that ‘all the congregation shall stone him’, which they do, and he dies. I don’t know which is the more appalling – the severity of the sentence, or the fact that the people carried it out, apparently without anyone objecting.

    What I find most appalling is the 21st century Christians who do mental cartwheels trying to excuse the moral depravity of the biblical god they worship, while simultaneously condemning similar atrocities found in the Quran.

    • so that I could give myself to my famliy and church day in and day out for the span of my life. Practicing Sabbath this past year has been a big part of that. This Lent, I joked that my discipline was not fasting,

    • Nancy B
    • April 16th, 2011
    • Nah I’m pretty sure he’s the genuine garden-variety troll.

      To be honest, my problem with him is that he effectively stifles free speech on his own blog, yet takes advantage here, and who knows where else, of the completely free speech offered by those he argues against. And he doesn’t even seem to grasp why anyone would see his behaviour as unreasonable, which would seem to blow his ‘god-given absolute-moral’ compass right out of the water.

      </rant>

  3. actually, the Holy Sabbath is on Saturday and not sunday…

    the person that was kill for breaking the sabath was killed as an example (if you challange one of God’s commandment you would soon challage the remaining)…

    christians (follower of Christ Jesus) don’t care too much about sabbath…

    the problem with the morden church is actually tithe (which is not found in the new testerment).

    • Utter rot!

      the person that was kill for breaking the sabath was killed as an example (if you challange one of God’s commandment you would soon challage the remaining)

      Oh, that makes it all okay then…

      christians (follower of Christ Jesus) don’t care too much about sabbath…

      Within my own memory, Christians were still fighting against the repeal of anti- Sunday trading laws in the UK.

      the problem with the morden church is actually tithe (which is not found in the new testerment).

      I couldn’t give a flying monkey’s false teeth whether members of a congregation want to pay a tithe, or even if they want to join a church that requires such payments. I do, however, object to my taxes paying for the upkeep of their places of worship and other things. I do, however, object to them sticking their scabby snot-encrusted noses into the education system and into government.

      As for this ‘not in the New Testament’ garbage, please: we’ve heard it all before and it holds as much water as a rusty colander. I keep getting told that the ten commandments are fundamental to Christianity, and that even though I’m not a Christian, they should still make an ideal basis for good living. (They’re not, by the way.) Well guess what? They’re not in the NT either. Not only that but I’m sure Jesus says somewhere (perhaps someone more Biblically literate than me can provide chapter and verse) that his followers should follow ‘the law'; the law in question being the Jewish scripture.

      And what’s this ‘the‘ church rubbish? There is no monolithic Christian church. Any hard-line Protestant will tell you that Catholics are idolaters, and any hard-line Catholic will tell you that no one can be a proper Christian without admitting the authority of the Pope on Earth. And that’s just the most glaring example; one of thousands.

      Oh, and in passing: If you can manage to capitalise ‘God’ as per requirement, you can manage to capitalise the first letter of a sentence too.

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