1-Samuel: The Post Mortem
1-Samuel: What was it all about?
Well, that was a slightly more interesting story than Ruth. With this we had Samuel through to Saul through to David. Saul and David being the main players. Why God would tell Samuel to make Saul the King when he would have known that he was the wrong choice is beyond me. Yes, that’s right. I’m not all knowing and don’t pretend to be as opposed to this petulant freak we call God. How this book can continue to say God is all knowing, all wise, all powerful while at the same time proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is nothing of the kind leaves me bewildered. People read this tome daily. They preach from it daily. They teach it to our children daily. And yet, while reading it they must somehow turn off that portion of the brain that leads the rest of us to think for ourselves and see how dangerous this book really is to a civilised and modern society.
How can we ever expect to move forward into the future with a positive outlook while at the same time keeping ourselves chained like slaves to, among other things, a superstitious, lawless, genocidal, bigoted past?
When you read section after section that Saul is tormented daily by God’s tormentors, pushed into slavishly pursuing David for no other reason than God’s amusement, to then be persuaded to give up the chase and change his mind again the following day, it just becomes a joke. Think about it for a second. If you were pissed off at someone and you chased them around the desert until you finally caught up with them and they were unarmed, you had a sword or spear and they kept insulting you, would you let them go? No? Of course not. But this book expects us to believe that Saul would do just that in the face of David’s insults. Do you want to believe it is because that is what God wanted him to do? Ok, believe that, but explain it to me. What is the payoff to anyone to have them behave in this manner? Where is the moral teaching behind it? The only story here is to stay the hell away from religion before it sends you around the twist and has you locked up in a rubber room somewhere.
In one section it tells you David had three wives and in another it tells you he only had two. One person, Jonathan, who backed David right from the beginning and was ultimately the cause of David’s life being saved was then killed without anything being done by God to save him. What good did it do Jonathan to be a believer?
To finish off I’d like to ask yet again, what good it does anyone, even God, to have so many people being killed day after day, week after week, year after year? Even the Israelites aren’t being allowed to live in peace. The millions they’ve killed certainly haven’t benefited. The slaves they’ve captured haven’t thrown any parties and thanked anyone for being held captive and worked to death day after day. The women/girls they capture and rape aren’t sending out messages of appreciation. It’s no better from the other side of the equation either. The Philistines are just as bad. It’s just one big bloodbath that only seems to be for the amusement of God. And what god would that be? They don’t all believe in the same god. Is there a whole plethora of the bastards up there in the sky playing some kind of wargame with us as the game pieces? Millions dying in wars, earthquakes, plagues, fires, floods, famines and just for their amusement?
Get over yourselves people. It’s a book. A badly written book with nothing to back it up. Put the stupid thing down, back away from it and never pick it up again. You and the rest of the world will be better of for it.