Memo no 3 to the Bible God aka the Hebrew God

Numbers

  • 1. The LORD said to Moses,
  • 2. “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”
  • 31.7. [Moses said] Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man.
  • 31.26. “You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured.
  • 31.27. Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community.
  • 31.28. From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the LORD one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats.
  • 31.32. The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,
  • 31.33. 72,000 cattle,
  • 31.34. 61,000 donkeys
  • 31.35. and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
  • 31.40. 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.

Gawd, first things first: Is this story true or false? If true, then, without doubt, it can be taken at face value and you can be justly accused of being an ungodly creature and a criminal with a lethal killing instinct. A human court of law would have no hesitation in sentencing you, whether invulnerable, omnipotent or otherwise, to the gallows. And no doubt, Moses, your right hand man, and his accomplices would have received the same treatment for their crime of genocide arising from executing your instructions. It would not be unreasonable to say that you probably watched with relish the killing of every Midianite woman who had slept with a man. What if they were married women who had only slept with their husbands? Notwithstanding their marital status or that they had only slept with their husbands, all Midianite women were killed purely for being non-virgins. Gawd, why did you create sex in the first place? According to Genesis and if Genesis accounts can be believed, you created sex when you created Adam [a male] and Eve [a female] for the purpose of sexual procreation, for increasing in number and filling the Earth. If the Genesis account of Adam and Eve is true then we can say their physical bodies were works of your divine artistry. But some present-day people have expressed the opinion that the human body seems to have a number of flaws. However, we shall discuss this on another occasion. Now back to the Midianites story. Without a physical examination, how can another human tell whether a girl or woman has slept with a man or is still a virgin? Under certain circumstances, the answer is Yes, otherwise the answer is No; obviously, for example, if a human female has sexually procreated, then she is no longer a virgin. Can a married woman/widow still remain a virgin? In case you are ignorant, the answer is Yes if, for instance, her husband is/was sexually dysfunctional or has died before consummating the marriage, and I don’t think we need to delve deeper into the question. Presumably women who had to undergo a physical examination suffered the humiliation of being probed physically before escaping death for being virgin or losing their lives for being non-virgin. My apologies for assuming you might be ignorant since, as we have just said a moment ago, you supposedly designed the human body [male or female] and therefore can be assumed as having intimate knowledge that the hymen – supposedly a functional virginity test [but may not be the final arbiter in modern medical practice] for a female human being – is usually ruptured during sex. But I have no doubt that you would agree that any strenuous form of physical exercise, such as gymnastics, bicycle-riding, horse-riding, and perhaps any other form of physical exercise requiring movement of legs and body, may also rupture the hymen. Therefore, a ruptured hymen is no guarantee that a girl or woman is no longer a virgin. Would you agree? I suppose the answer cannot be other than Yes. But, then, we cannot discount that such possibilities were unknown to your stupid, unthinking, barbaric followers of this period. However, we must also remember you were their Gawd, their leader and you were, according to script, teaching them as to how they should live, strictly according to your laws or guidelines. People say that the followers in a group or community usually follow in the footsteps of their leader and thus if their leader is cranky or irrational then one can expect no less of the followers. On the point regarding strenuous exercise, we have to acknowledge, however, that bicycles were non-existent hence this particular category can be removed from the equation. What about horses and gymnastics? Modern gymnastics, arguably, was developed much later in human history and that, presumably, can also be taken out of the equation. But what seems unquestionably clear is that a broken hymen cannot be taken as conclusive proof of being a non-virgin, that this story is basically about hatred or revenge and that using the non-virginity of women or girls as the sole criterion for terminating their lives can be seen as an act of madness that could only be possible with a mad god and his mad followers. Do you agree? It can be said that only virgin women or girls could give pleasure to a maniac like you and to your maniacal people since boys, regardless of whether they were still virgin, were killed. What did you do with the 32 virgin women presented to you as your share?

Gawd, if this story is not true then the person who wrote it can be accused of fabricating; in which case, we cannot rule out that, possibly, there are other fabrications strewn throughout the pages of the Bible. But whether untrue or true, there is no denying that the Bible is littered with inconsistencies, discrepancies and contradictions. I for one find it hard to accept the story of a barbaric, cruel, malevolent maniacal god with a morbid instinct for revenge and genocide incarnating on Earth as a human for the purpose of teaching other humans the virtues of love, compassion and humility. The whole thing seems to be myth. One way of interpreting the incarnation story is to say that Gawd can be accused of being a liar and a hypocrite or of suffering perpetually from an incurable amnesia. Another interpretation is that some people are probably suffering from a delusion, due to their inability to distinguish between fact and fiction or between reality and imagination. Thus your so-called existence, based purely on scriptural evidence, could be just stupid, irrational, human imagination, although no one can deny there is no empirical proof for your existence or non-existence.

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

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