On The Death of Judas

Christians certainly have no sympathy for Judas Iscariot. Considered among the vilest humans in all of human history, Judas betrayed his Lord and master after nearly three years of missionary work, after witnessing virtually every “miracle,” Jesus is said to have performed, and even after being taught “secret knowledge” not even found in the gospels. So what caused Judas to betray Jesus? Money? Resentment? Or was it something else? Something Scripture fails to make clear?…
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Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – The Conclusion

The Slaying of Jephthah’s Daughter We saw in Part I that Christian apologists insist that Jephthah did not  ritually slaughter his own daughter and offer her up as a burnt-offering to the God of Israel. Instead, apologists maintain, Jephthah’s “sacrifice” was that his daughter was fated to consecrate the rest of her life as an unmarried virgin in full devotion to God. And, consequently, Jephthah to lose the opportunity to carry on the family’s lineage.…
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Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – Part I

The Old Testament Book of Judges relates a story that almost defies belief. It’s the story of a mighty Israelite warrior named Jephthah who ends up offering up his only daughter  as both human sacrifice and “burnt offering” up to the God of Israel. How this came about is related in Judges 11:29 – 39. The events appear to have occurred sometime between the years 1118 -1094 B.C.E. A Semite tribe known as the Ammonites…
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An Atheist’s Take On What Really  Happened In the Garden of Eden.

     The following is a tongue-in-cheek atheist’s take as to what events may  have actually occurred  in regards to the fictitious Garden of Eden story in Genesis. Be forewarned, it will undoubtedly offend some viewers. Yet, it is  in line with what we can glean from the Bible. 1.   The Prelude: The God  Jesus creates everything in existence (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; and Revelation 4:11), including very evil itself. He then creates a booby-trapped “Tree…
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On Prayer

 A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Have you ever asked yourself why Christians feel the need to pray? The faithful will tell you that they pray for a wide variety of reasons. They may pray to their God to praise Him for being so loving and wonderful, or merely to give “thanks” for the “blessings” He’s bestowed upon them. Some pray to confess their “sins” directly to God and thus make their remorse feel all that more sincere. Many pray to seek God’s Divine help or…
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“While it Was Still Dark . . .” Part II

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part II      Mary Magdalene is now breathlessly reporting all that she had seen and heard at Jesus’ tomb to the disciples in Jerusalem (cf. John 20:18). And it is here that she happens upon friend and fellow disciple, “the other Mary.” Together, they decide that yet another  visit to the tomb is in order and quickly prepare for the return trip; this marking the 3rd  visit by Mary Magdalene within the span of a mere…
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On God and Evil . . . Christian Apologists Play “Defense”

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part V It’s a “Mystery”      Rather than provide a blow-by-blow account of what Christian commentators have had to say elsewhere in respect to the issues covered in this series, I will simply focus on the two most resilient “defenses” apologists have had to offer when caught in a particularly difficult exegetical bind.      The first of these I find inherently dishonest and intellectually bankrupt. It is completely devoid of any real  quantitative substance. Yet, it is, without a doubt, one of the most…
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On God and Evil . . . God’s Evil Power

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part IV On God’s Evil Power      Have you ever wondered where Satan gets his extraordinary powers from? (Pssst, that’s him in the painting above disguised as Jesus! Damn  decent impersonation of him, wouldn’t you agree?) Okay, enough silliness. Back to the serious stuff.      It is rather clear that Satan couldn’t have created his evil powers himself. The Bible clearly demonstrates that it is God who created every  single thing in existence: God and God alone. “For by him…
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On God and Evil . . . What “Sinless” God?

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part III What “Sinless” God?      There is a deeply-held religious conviction that God is utterly  incapable of doing anything evil, of being wicked, or of behaving “sinfully”; that He is simply unable to exhibit anything other than pure “holiness.” Evil is altogether absent from God’s heart, insist Christian commentators. God is all that is Good. He is without blemish. Sin is an anathema to God’s very being!      Really?      Well, if God actually thought-up  the concept of evil,…
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On God and Evil: About that “Tree of Knowledge”

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part II About That “Tree of Knowledge”      The bible tells us that God planted a “tree of knowledge” right alongside normal fruit-bearing trees in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 2:9). This “knowledge tree” gave the partaker of its fruit the ability to discern the difference between what is good and what is evil, with scripture once again pointing to that force which produces evil and wickedness, and which, as we have…
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On God and Evil . . . Yet Another Go-Around

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part I      After having undergone a rather strenuous evolution through the hands of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin writers down through the ages, the terms “Lucifer,” “the devil,” and “Satan” have come to symbolize a beguiling supernatural creature who Christians believe to be the very embodiment of “evil“.      One tradition holds that this creature was originally an angel esteemed highly by God who somehow transformed himself into a megalomaniac intent on usurping his Lord and Creator as Lord of the…
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The Origin of Evil: God’s Dirty Little Secret

A Philosophical/Theological Commentary Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that “God” actually exists. Let us, then, go back in time; to the dawn of time; on a hypothetical journey to the time before time even began; to that time referred to in Scripture as “In the beginning.” At a certain point during our imaginary journey into preexistence, we will come across God deep in thought mulling over the idea of creating the very…
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