Cherrypicking Scripture

To the editor:

A recent writer to the Mining Gazette wrote “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” OK, then ask whether the Bible comes from some deity or whether it is just manmade.

Fundamentalists love to quote the Bible. However, they quote their favorite passages and ignore the deplorable ones. Here are some examples of deplorable passages:

II Kings 6:28-29: “And the king said unto her, What ails you? She answered, this woman said, give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son to morrow. So we boiled my son, and did eat him. And I said to her on the next day, give your son, that we may eat him, and she has hid her son….”

Leviticus 26:27-29: “And if you will not for all this listen to me, but walk contrary to me; Then I will walk contrary to you… and I will chastise you … And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters.”

Psalms 137:9: “Happy shall they be who take your little ones and smash them against the rock!”

Isaiah 13:9-16: “See, the day of the Lord is coming, … with wrath and fierce anger. . . . Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses looted and their wives raped.”

Ezekiel 23:20: “She lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.”

Numbers 31:17-18: “Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman not a virgin. But all the virgin girls, spare for yourselves.”

Bible lesson: Don’t let your children read the above passages.

Paraphrasing Robert G. Ingersoll: “(Scripture) should contain the perfection of philosophy. It should perfectly accord with every fact of nature. Its morality should be the highest, the purest. Its laws and regulations should be just, wise, perfect, … . It should be filled with justice, purity, honesty, mercy …. It should be opposed to strife and war, to slavery and lust, to ignorance, and superstition.”

The Bible contains mythology, sex, scatology, polygamy, and slavery. It also depicts wars and genocide committed by or approved by the God depicted therein. A few parts are interesting, but other parts, as shown above, are not worthy of consideration. Clearly, the Bible fails Ingersoll’s criterion and is nothing but a superstitious manmade construct.

David M. Keranen

Bakersfield, California