According to the Bible, when God brought the people of Israel into what would become the land of Israel, there were other nations already living there, so God had to get them out of the way. He thought those nations were terribly wicked, so he drove them out and destroyed them. Except he didn’t get rid of them completely. He let some nations survive and continue to live in the land among the Israelites. Why did he decide to do that? The Bible gives four reasons, but they can’t all be true…Continue reading Why did God leave some nations among Israel?
Jacob’s son Judah had three sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. God killed Er because he thought he was wicked, so Judah told Onan to have children with Er’s widow, Tamar. But if Onan had children with Tamar, they wouldn’t be considered Onan’s children for some reason. So he refused to do it. God thought it was wicked to not impregnate your brother’s wife, so he killed Onan too. Tamar wanted to have children, but Judah wouldn’t let her marry his last son, Shelah.Continue reading The Story of Judah and Tamar—
Somebody Get Me Pregnant Already
The Bible says we should follow God’s example. That makes sense, because God is perfect, and everything he does is right. God is love, and we should walk in the way of love. We should be holy as God is holy, and perfect as he is perfect. We should speak the way God would speak. We should think like Jesus and follow his ways.
Paul taught his followers to transform themselves and become like God, because God wants his people to become like him. Paul followed Jesus’s example, and we should follow Paul’s example, so that we end up following Jesus’s example too.
How can we follow God’s example, though? I mean, if we can’t see God, how can we know what kinds of things he does, so that we can do the same? We can find out what God does by reading stories about God in the Bible. That includes stories about Jesus, since according to the Bible, Jesus is God.
So, here are some things we should do in order to follow God’s example, according to the stories about God in the Bible:
- We should be perfect.
- We should tell people to obey God’s laws.
- We should tell people Jesus is the Messiah.
- We should observe the Sabbath.
- We should be wise.
- We should try to keep our lives.
- We should show everyone how good we are.
- We should keep our good deeds secret.
- We should perform supernatural signs and wonders.
- We should pray so others can hear us.
- We should only pray for those who are close to us.
- We should receive good things.
- We should refrain from stoning people if we are without sin.
- We should let foreigners enter holy places.
- We should take oaths.
- We should eat and drink excessively.
- We should celebrate.
- We should roar.
- We should be easily angered.
- We should be impatient.1
- We should be proud.
- We should be jealous.
- We should be hateful.
- We should cause chaos.
- We should argue.
- We should call people fools.
- We should judge and condemn people.
- We should judge those who are outside the church.
- We should disrespect our parents.
- We should refuse to listen to people.
- We should refuse to forgive people who curse us.
- We should curse people.
- We should lie.
- We should bring charges against people.
- We should accuse people when they have done us no harm.2
- We should be late.
- We should desert our flock.
- We should take retribution.
- We should punish people for the sins of their ancestors.
- We should refuse to help those in need.
- We should heavily burden people.
- We should unnecessarily delay doing good to others.
- We should make people stumble.
- We should steal our neighbors’ land.
- We should get married.
- We should be married to two sisters at the same time.
- We should impregnate other people’s fiancées.
- We should impregnate our mothers.
- We should marry our daughters.3
- We should hate our wives and treat them harshly.
- We should get divorced.
- We should be violent.
- We should destroy fruit trees.
- We should be quick to destroy fig trees that aren’t fruitful.
- We should sacrifice on the mountains.
- We should harm foreigners.
- We should harm Edomites.
- We should harm Moabites.
- We should harm our enemies.
- We should harm our neighbors.
- We should plot harm against those who trust us.
- We should murder people.
- We should shed blood on a bare rock.
- We should sacrifice our children.
- We should kill the Lord’s anointed king.
- We should destroy the earth.
- We should call men fathers.
- We should make images of things in heaven.
- We should work on the Sabbath.
- We should change God’s commands.
- We should reject Jesus.
- We should betray Jesus.
- We should call ourselves gods.
…Wait a minute. Those are all things the Bible says we shouldn’t do!Continue reading Should we follow God’s example?
Shechem, the son of a ruler in the nearby city of Shechem, raped Dinah. When Dinah’s brothers heard about that, they were furious, because Shechem had sex with Jacob’s daughter. Nobody should have sex with Jacob’s daughter!Continue reading The Story of Dinah and Shechem—
Somebody's in Canaan with Dinah
In Luke’s genealogy of Jesus, it says Shelah was the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad (who was Noah’s grandson).Continue reading Was Shelah the son or grandson of Arphaxad?
If someone claims to believe in Jesus, ask them if they ever get hungry or thirsty. If they answer yes, that means they don’t actually believe in Jesus. If they answer no, you still need a little more evidence before you can conclude that they’re a believer.
Next, ask them to show you some miracles like Jesus did. Jesus says everyone who believes in him can do all the same things he did, and more! So have them start off with some of the miracles that Jesus did, like mind reading, turning water into wine, turning a little food into a lot of food, walking on water, flying, disappearing, controlling the weather, curing every disease, and raising the dead.Continue reading How to tell if someone really believes in Jesus
Righteous people give without sparing. God rewards those who give to the poor by making sure the givers lack nothing. If you invite guests over for a meal, never invite your friends and relatives; only invite poor and disabled people.1 One of the requirements to gain eternal life is to sell everything you have and give the money to the poor. If you do that, you will be perfect, and God will reward you in heaven. Even if you’re poor yourself, you must work your way out of poverty, just so you’ll have something to give to the poor.
But if you refuse to listen to the pleas of the poor, your own pleas will be ignored and you will be plagued with curses. If you ever keep anything to yourself when poor people want it, the love of God is not in you, and you deserve to lose an arm.Continue reading Should people give everything to the poor?
Here’s a flowchart showing what an inconsistent mess the Bible’s concept of God is:Continue reading God flowchart
Jacob and Esau were twin brothers, the sons of Abraham’s son Isaac and Rebekah, Isaac’s first cousin once removed. Esau, the firstborn, was red and hairy. His brother Jacob was notoriously deceptive; he was pulling Esau’s leg from the day he was born.Continue reading The Story of Jacob and Esau—
How to be Blessed