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Page 15: spring 1993 GOD'S WORD AGAIN WITHOUT COMMENT Once again we will let the Bible speak for itself to show that it contains unsavory elements and is at times inconsistent and contradictory. The follow- ing passages are quoted without comment except for bracketed [ ] information necessary to clarify meaning. The quotations were topically selected and then the topic separated by asterisks (*****) from other biblical quotations with which they conflict. ********** And your food which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shall you eat it. And you shall drink water by meas- ure, the sixth part of a hin: from time to time shall you drink. And you shall eat it as barley cakes, and you shall bake it in their sight with dung that comes out of man. And Yahweh [the LORD] said, Even thus shall the chil- dren of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them. Then said I, Ah Sovereign Yahweh [LORD]! Behold, my soul has not been polluted; for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dies of itself, or is torn of beasts; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. Then he said to me, See, I have given you cow's dung for man's dung, and you shall prepare your bread on it (Ezek. 4:10-15, Bethel Bible). And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you. If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, says Yahweh [the LORD] of hosts, then will I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your seed, and will spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your feasts; and you shall be taken away with it (Malachi 2:1-3, Bethel Bible). But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? Hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss (Isa. 36:12, 2 Kings 18:27, KJV). Therefore, behold, I will... cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel (1 Kings 14:10, KJV). Behold, I will... cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel (1 Kings 21:21, KJV). Oholibah [the younger sister symbolizing Jerusalem in Ezekiel's allegory of the two whores], her sister, saw it [her sister's destruction from harlotry], but she surpassed her sister in lust and outdid her in playing the whore. She too was infatuated with Assyrians, viceroys and governors, all handsome officers in full dress and riding on horseback. I saw that she too had let herself be defiled. Both had gone the same way, but she carried her for- nication to greater lengths: she saw male figures carved on the wall, sculpted forms of Chaldeans picked out in vermilion, with belts around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads. All had the appearance of high Babyloni- an officers, natives of Chaldea. When she set eyes on them she was infatuat- ed, and sent messengers to Chaldea for them. The Babylonians came to her to share her bed, and defiled her with fornication; she was defiled by them until her love turned to revulsion. When she made no secret that she was a whore and let herself be ravished, I recoiled with revulsion from her as I recoiled from her sister. Remembering how in her youth she had played the whore in Egypt, she played the whore over and over again. She was infatu- ated with their male prostitutes, whose members [genitals, NIV] were like 1 those of donkeys and whose seed [emission, NIV] came in floods like that of stallions (Ezek. 23:17-20, REB). ********** The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times (Ps. 21:6). Every word of God is pure (Prov. 30:5). How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth (Ps. 119:103) Righteous are you, O LORD, and upright are your judgments.... Your word is very pure (Ps. 119:137,140). The LORD is great in Zion, and He is high above all the peoples.... He is Holy.... Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His footstool--He is holy.... Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy (Ps. 99:3,5,9). The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works (Ps. 145:17). ******************************** FREE SUBSCRIPTION: A free one-year subscription to The Skeptical Review can be obtained by writing to P. O. Box 617, Canton, IL 61520-0617. 2

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