posted on Feb, 7 2016 @ 07:01 PM
Is the Bible Out-dated or is it Still Relevant in the 21st Century? What Needs to be added or taken away from it?
Ever since the turn of this century the debate has been heating up as to whether the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is still a viable document
(after all, it was written over 2000 years ago) for living in the highly complex world of the 21st century.
Moderns have been deluged with vivid images in the media (over the past 15 years especially) that (for example) genocide is a bad thing (think all the
media attention given to the atrocities of Nazi Germany), yet the Hebrew Torah demands the total genocide of certain tribes (e.g. the Amalekites)
sanctioned by YHWH the clan-god of Yisro'el as if genocide is a good thing. ('You shall utterly exterminate the Amalekites from under the vault of
heaven...') which command comes straight from the mouth of YHWH in the Torah, a book which is the absolute core of Judaism (and by default,
See Deut 25:19 (And Ex. 17:14, Numbers 24:20)
“It shall be that when YHWH your clan-god gives you rest from all your enemies all around, in the Land that YHWH your clan-god gives you as an
inheritance to possess it, you shall utterly exterminate the memory of the Amalekites from under the vault of heaven. Never forget it!”
see also 1 Samuel 15:3
עַתָּה לֵךְ וְהִכִּיתָה אֶת-עֲמָלֵק, וְהַחֲרַמְתֶּם אֶת-כָּל-אֲשֶׁר-לוֹ, וְלֹא
תַחְמֹל, עָלָיו; וְהֵמַתָּה
מֵאִישׁ עַד-אִשָּׁה, מֵעֹלֵל וְעַד-יוֹנֵק, מִשּׁוֹר וְעַד-שֶׂה, מִגָּמָל
“Now go and genocide the Amalekites, and utterly destroy everything that they have, and spare not one of them; but slay both man and woman, infant
and suckling, ox, and sheep, camel and ass,” - then king Saul truck down the sons of Amalek as he was commanded but he then took mercy upon King
Agag and upon some of the Amalekite animals. YHWH and the prophet Samuel harshly rebuked Saul for not fulfilling the word of YHWH in leaving some of
the Amalekites alive."
What are we to make of a book that at times reads like Mein Kampf in Hebrew?
Added to this we have many ancient pre-scientific blunders and fallacious notions that are in the text of the 'holy bible' which do not square at
all with modern scientific discovery, including but not limited to the ancient Levantine cosmological view of an immobile flat earth at the center of
the universe surrounded by a solid Dome of heaven (Heb. Reqia'k) in which the sun, moon and stars were placed 'to give light upon the earth'. That
the sky is a solid dome surrounding the earth is obviously untrue, unless all those satellites in orbit are a hoax.
Talking Snakes and Hebrew speaking Donkeys aside, what are we to make of stories like that in Joshua chapter 10 which speak of the stilling of the sun
and the moon so the Hebrews could finish a battle 'and be revenged on their enemies'...? (a text which cites a book not even in the bible, the
socalled Book of Yasher, or 'Book of the Straight')
אָז יְדַבֵּר יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, לַיהוָה, בְּיוֹם תֵּת יְהוָה אֶת-הָאֱמֹרִי, לִפְנֵי
בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל; וַיֹּאמֶר לְעֵינֵי
יִשְׂרָאֵל, שֶׁמֶשׁ בְּגִבְעוֹן דּוֹם, וְיָרֵחַ, בְּעֵמֶק אַיָּלוֹן
וַיִּדֹּם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וְיָרֵחַ עָמָד, עַד-יִקֹּם גּוֹי אֹיְבָיו--הֲלֹא-הִיא
כְתוּבָה, עַל-סֵפֶר הַיָּשָׁר; וַיַּעֲמֹד
הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ בַּחֲצִי הַשָּׁמַיִם
"Then spoke Joshua to YHWH in the day when YHWH delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel: 'Sun,
stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Aijalon...and the sun stood still, and the moon stayed in its place, until Yisroel had
avenged themselves of their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jashar? "
Or what are we to make in the 21st century of the observation in Psalms 137 that blesses those who would smash the heads of Babylonian babies against
the rock face?
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתְּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי, שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע
"O daughter of Babylon, who is to be destroyed happy shall he be, that repays you as you have dealt with us - yea, blessed be he who takes and bashes
your babies heads against the cliffs...'
Turning to the New Testament for a minute, and putting aside the commands to give up all one's material wealth for the Kingdom, we read that men
should not hesitate to castrate themselves in order to be fit for the Kingdom - certainly he did not seem to have any qualms about espousing the
eunuch's way of life .
See 'Matthew' 19:12
εἰσὶν γὰρ εὐνοῦχοι οἵτινες ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς ἐγεννήθησαν οὕτως καὶ εἰσὶν
εὐνοῦχοι οἵτινες εὐνουχίσθησαν ὑπὸ τῶν ἀνθρώπων καὶ εἰσὶν εὐνοῦχοι
οἵτινες εὐνούχισαν ἑαυτοὺς διὰ τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν - ὁ δυνάμενος
"For there are eunuchs who were born that way from the womb, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs [singers] by others--and there are
those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
Is this a book we should be reading to our children as an example of the good life?