Herein we continue, from part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4, considering an article titled, “Other Disgusting Quotes in the Bible!” written by Oleg Dei who heads an Atheist anti-Christian support group which masquerades as a group interested in science which calls itself the Science Club of Long Island. We have written about Oleg Dei and the Club before and you can find those articles here.
Oleg Dei chose to illustrate the next point with a photograph:
“God Gave Hemorrhoids
‘The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.’ (Deuteronomy 28:27).
‘But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, Ashdod and the coasts thereof’ (I Samuel 5:6).
‘And it was after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.’ (I Samuel 5:9).
When Israel felt rebellious against God's plan, He threatened them with type of plague: ‘emerods’ or by today's terminology, ‘hemorrhoids.’ Boy this God is a real pain in the a**! Below - open wide let’s see some God given hemorrhoids!
God's Bowel Diseases
‘Behold with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods: And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.’ (II Chronicles 21:14-15).
‘And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease. And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.’ (II Chronicles 12:18-19).
Why God punish his children with a[n] incurable cruel bowel disease where the person's guts spill out of the abdomen, goes beyond human decency and comprehension.
‘If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.’ (Malachi 2:2-3 ).
Why would a loving God spread dung his people’s faces? Gross, beyond imagination.”
Again, we are presented with mockery as a replacement for reasoned discourse. But why would YHVH punish His children in, actually, any way He chooses such as with incurable bowel diseases? Well, for committing such actions as human/child sacrifice, temple prostitution, sexual perversions of each and every sort including bestiality, just to name a few.
Now, as per Oleg Dei this “goes beyond human decency and comprehension” which means that as an Atheist, he places humans above YHVH so that He has to abide by our arbitrary and tentative standards. And, of course, if YHVH is to abide by our standards we would be YHVH’s god. That is the whole point of Atheism; to auto-deify, to make one’s self god.
The Malachi 2:2-3 text denotes hyperbolic, symbolic terminology, of course, as how can dung be spread on a concept such as a solemn feast? But “Why would a loving God” do such a thing? The question is not “Why would a loving God” but, rather, how does Oleg Dei define the term/concept “loving” or “love.” You see, he is sneaking in a definition without revealing it and thus, imposes an ethical standard upon YHVH.
For details on this point, see "Love" and "Hate"-Defining Terminology.
Thus, Oleg Dei makes fun but does not provide a premise for condemning YHVH or the Bible.
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