30 November 2006

New Brick Testament Stories

If you haven't seen the Brick Testament before, you should.

It's just the Bible, plain and simple, illustrated with Legos. One of the latest additions is also one of my favorites. Here's a link.

God Commands Amalekite Genocide

And be sure to see the follow-up story.

Saul Rejected for Incomplete Genocide

These Bible stories are a great opportunity for Pope Benedict and the Vatican, who encourage all "faiths to say 'no' to violence in the name of God."

Why not begin by removing 1 Samuel 15 from the Bible? Since that chapter claims that God ordered the genocide of the Amalekites, it couldn't have been inspired by God, right? Get it the hell out of the Bible, I say.

Just say no to violence in the name of God (and thereby reject the violence in the Bible, Quran, and Book of Mormon).


Kilgore Trout said...

Ah yes the lego bible stories. Ive only seen little bits from the site but it looks good.

I only recently stopped lying to myself and declared myself atheist instead of the agnostic tag I used for many years. Yeah the argument can be made that no one is truely an atheist because an absence of proof is not a proof of absence, but im as agnonstic about god as I am the easter bunny. anyway, its great getting connected in with theonline atheists, help to be reminded that your not alone.

Then again of my friends one is a jewish-deist and most of the rest are some sorta agnostic, the only difference being that if you ask them they would might call themselves christians but if you ask what they beleive, there isnt much christianity in there. Oh and one die-hard uber-conservative christian. I make fun of him alot. but its easy when the person believes that the bible is the only truth, that all science is flawed, and that they profess not to be a part of any denomination because none of them are extreme enough for him. then tops it off by pointing out that he's never read the bible. like I said hes easy to pick on.

Anyway thanks for the site!

Judah Gabriel Himango said...

I guess what the real argument boils down to is whether killing is ever justified. If one person murders another, is it just to kill that person?

An eye for an eye is often misunderstood: it's intent is to limit vengeance. If a man kills your son, that man deserves death, not the man and his son. That's why "eye for an eye" was, compared to previous punishment systems, a great advancement in justice.

The Amalekites were not some innocent people group the Israelites stumbled on and massacred. No, the Amalekites attacked the Hebrews during the exodus from Egypt and also attacked the Israelites at Hormah (Num 14).

When you see Samuel 15, you'll notice God saying something to the effect, "Go destroy the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they came up from Egypt." That is just retribution -- death for death. Without retribution, there is no justice, and without justice there is no order.

People don't like to talk about anything negative now, not even the Pope as you mentioned. The Pope seems to think God is a happy smiley god. While I do agree that God is about love foremost (see Jesus' statement about the two greatest commandments in the Bible), God is also a just God, repaying the debt owed. It's the ultimate reaping what one's sowed: sow evil your whole life, your life will end up full of hatred and strife. Sow good your whole life -- living your life for others and for God, living unselfishly -- and your life becomes a full, joy-filled life, satisfied by the serving of other people instead of yourself.

Anonymous said...

"Go destroy the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they came up from Egypt."

Yes, I know this is an old post.

But, uh, doesn't destroying a people for what their forefathers did seem kind of like killing a man and his son for killing your son?