Memo no 2 to the Bible God aka the Hebrew God

Memo no 2 to the Bible God aka the Hebrew God

Proscription against marrying one’s sister

Leviticus

  • 20.17. If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They must be cut off before the eyes of their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible.
  • 21.16. The LORD said to Moses,
  • 21.17. Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.
  • 21.18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
  • 24.13. Then the LORD said to Moses:
  • 25.44. Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
  • 26.18. ‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.

Gawd, what about Abraham, your blue-eyed boy? He married his sister, apparently with your tacit approval. In fact, going by scriptural text, there is no evidence of any censure from you against Abraham marrying his own sister. On the contrary, with your so-called omnipotence, you helped them procreate a son [Isaac] despite their being well advanced in years with no capability for any sexual procreation. Some present day people have advanced the idea that as her husband he was pimping for her and that he was not as honorable as he has been thought to be, regardless of the prejudice you had apparently formed in your head about him. Pharaoh of Egypt took Sarah as his wife and slept with her after both Abraham and Sarah agreed, wittingly, that she should be known as his sister. There apparently was a purpose in Abraham passing off Sarah as his sister and that purpose was the aim of gaining wealth from Pharaoh for having fun with or deriving sexual pleasure from Sarah. Abraham did the same thing with King Abimelech but you are reported to have intervened in this case, so there was allegedly no sexual intercourse between Sarah and King Abimelech, but still, Abraham is reported to have been bestowed with wealth from King Abimelech after you allegedly told King Abimelech that he and members of his household would be healed of their affliction only after being prayed for by Abraham. The affliction referred to was supposedly your deprivation of King Abimelech of his sexual potency and “closing up” of every womb in King Abimelech’s household. Gawd, why was there no intervention from you when Pharaoh slept with Sarah? Pharaoh, like King Abimelech was innocent, and their actions were largely the misrepresentation of Sarah as Abraham’s sister by both Abraham and Sarah herself. Husband and wife or brother and sister were apparently engaged in an unhealthy conspiracy to benefit financially. Presumably, you can recall how Abraham, notwithstanding the consent of Sarah, committed adultery when he took their maidservant, Hagar, on board as his second wife and she bore him a son [Ismael]. The idea of this ménage-a-trois is said to have originated from Sarah but there was no caution from you concerning the rightness or wrongness of such an idea. Still, Abraham can be accused of being an absolute, despicable cad when he drove Hagar and her son, the son sired by him, out of the house on Sarah’s prompting and because he and Sarah had produced son Isaac. Apparently, to Abraham, one could have pleasure without having any responsibilities. It is as clear as daylight that your administration of justice stinks. Some people say Genesis and all the rest of biblical content came about from your inspiration and if they are right then all this would be old hat to you. But I am not sure. This inspiration thing could have arisen from the human capacity for boundless imagination. Notwithstanding the numerous inconsistencies and contradictions that are found littered throughout the Bible, I still think that it may be necessary to clarify directly with you. Hence I have a few more questions for you: Can it be said that the edicts of yours as spelt out in Leviticus are ideas you crystallized after you became wiser, maybe after watching the behavior of Abraham and his sister and between Lot and his daughters? Or maybe you got your cue from Moses? If anyone was born defective, it must have been due to your doing, in terms of what you allegedly boasted to Moses [Exodus 4.11] – “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord”? You encouraged slavery as a way of life for the benefit of your so-called chosen people. This can be seen as an act of prejudice, immorality or injustice. Do you agree?

PS: This was a piece I posted in another forum [Atheism v Theism] some years ago.

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