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28th May 2011, 09:36
Yahweh, a god in Man's Image

All cultures have anthropomorphized their gods into humanoid (if sometimes grotesque) form. Were the Jews the exception? Hardly. We know precisely what the Hebrew god looked like. He was a man, no doubt looking remarkably like the bearded sage asking us to worship him. He has body parts: eyes and a face (‘they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes’ – Jeremiah 16.17); nose and a mouth (Psalms 18.8); lips, tongue and breath (Isaiah 30.27,33); loins (Ezekiel 1.27); even ‘back parts’ (Exodus 33.23). He also has several ‘human’ emotions, manly appetites, and a worrying disposition towards pathological violence.

Yahweh feels regret for his own evil (‘And Yahweh saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and Yahweh repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.’ - Jonah 3.10); and grief (at the wickedness of men) ‘and it grieved him at his heart’ - (Genesis 6.6). He actually gets down and wrestles with Jacob, dislocating his thigh (Genesis 32.24). He forgets (he goes on calling Jacob ‘Jacob’ even after re-naming him ‘Israel’ - Genesis 35.10, 46.2). He practises favouritism (choosing the Israelites ‘above all people’ - Exodus 19.5; but he just does not like Cain or Esau!). He holds grudges (‘I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation’ – Exodus 20.5).

For an omniscient god he is surprisingly unknowing (‘They have set up kings, but not by me; they have made princes, and I knew it not.’ – Hosea 8.4). And for an omnipotent god he has his limitations (‘The Lord was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of iron.’ - Judges 1.19).

And after his creation of the world, he even has to rest from his labour (‘And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work’ - Genesis 2.2) – to the endless bemusement of pagan critics, whose own gods didn’t need to rest!


The most disturbing aspect of Yahweh’s humanoid personality, however, is his blood-lust. The smell of burning flesh is a ‘sweet savour unto the lord’ – so sweet, in fact, that the phrase appears in the Old Testament no fewer than twenty-three times. The butchery demanded by Yahweh is truly monumental. Believers are required to sacrifice two lambs day-by-day continuously – and that’s just for starters! Just as well Yahweh had several thousand priests to help him trough through the banquet!

Livestock bears the brunt of this god’s appetite but humans could so easily get the chop from the big guy. God kills Uzzah for simply steadying the tumbling Ark (1Chronicles 13.9,10). Poor Onan was zapped for using the withdrawal method of birth control (Genesis 38.10). But such isolated vindictiveness palls in comparison with the mass killings of the Lord. When the autocratic Moses faces a rebellion led by Korah, God uses an earthquake and fire to consume two hundred and fifty rebels. When indignant sympathizers protest at the injustice, Yahweh wipes out another fourteen thousand seven hundred with a plague (Numbers 16). What a guy!

"Yahweh" is an abbreviation of the longer name, "Yahweh Sabaoth." It means, "he who musters armies."

Thus Yahweh's name identifies the god primarily as the military leader of the tribe.

‘The Lord is a man of war; the Yahweh is his name.’ Exodus 15.3

Virgins saved for later use

Moses flies into a rage because his returning Israelite war party has slaughtered only the adult male Midianites!

"Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man by sleeping with him. But all the young girls who have not known a man by sleeping with him, keep alive for yourselves."
Numbers 31.17,18

Uzzah helping hand - learns the hard way to keep his hands to himself

The Ark of God remained in the house of Abinadab, the father of Uzzah and Ahio, for twenty years,
David, after he became king, determined to move the Ark to Jerusalem, totally ignored the instructions of God regarding how to move the Ark and copied the method of the Philistines, using a new ox cart. Things, seemingly, went well until the procession arrived at Nachon's threshing floor and Uzzah, touching the Ark to stay it, was smitted dead.

"At that Yahweh's anger blazed against Uzzah so that he struck him down because he had thrust his hand upon the ark, and he died there before God."
(1Chronicles 13.9,10)

Korah finds no democracy in Israel - Rebels consumed by earth, fire, plague

But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, "Ye have killed the people of the LORD."

And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, "Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment ..."
(Numbers 16.41,45)

Onan murdered for using birth control

And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

Poor Onan was then killed for using the withdrawal method of birth control

And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
Gen 38:10

28th May 2011, 10:44
Headlines: Breaking news on House of Yahweh

Boy terrified in ritual abuse in the mountains - Yahweh cult's 'Test of Fear'

http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/isaac-sacrifice.jpg | God tells Abraham{br}to sacrifice Isaac.{br}(Genesis 22.2) | "God put Abraham to the test ... Abraham built an altar ... bound Isaac hand & foot ... took the slaughtering knife to kill his son ... But the angel of the Lord began calling ... 'Do not put out your hand against the boy .... for now I know that you fear the Lord ...' (Genesis 22.1,12)
{colsp=3} The story of Isaac is NOT a condemnation of child sacrifice. Isaac was spared not because human sacrifice was seen to be wrong but because Isaac was the "child of promise" and needed to survive. The yarn requires the normality of human sacrifice. Abraham was praised for his willingness to appease Yahweh by killing his own son. The sham murder of Isaac (the 'Aquedah') was the prototype for a 'redemptive sacrificial death' subsequently re-worked as the crucified Jesus.

Girl Not So Lucky – Religious Fanatic Sacrifices Virgin Daughter

http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/Jephthah-Daughter.jpg | Prostitute's son Jephthah, in{br}victory vow with God, makes{br}burnt offering of only daughter.{br}(Judges 11.29,39) | "I will give to the LORD the first thing coming out of my house to greet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering ... her father kept his vow, and she died a virgin."

Yahweh - Blessed Murderers - Blessed Are The Baby Killers:

http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/golden-calf-massacre.jpg | Moses orders Levite fanatics{br}to murder 3000 golden-calf{br}enthusiasts.{br}(Exodus 32.27,29) | "'Today,' Moses said, 'you have consecrated yourself to Yahweh, at the cost of your sons and brothers. And so he bestows a blessing on you today.'"
http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/toes-off.gif | The LORD delivers 10,000{br}Canaanites and Perizzites for{br}slaughter in Bezek. As part of{br}the fun 71 kings have their{br}thumbs and big toes cut off.{br}(Judges 1.2,7) | "And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand."
http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/jael-kills-sisera.jpg | Female fan of Yahweh{br}drives tent peg into head of sleeping{br}Canaanite general.{br}(Judges 4.21) | "And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said ... fear not ... she covered him with a mantle ... and gave him drink, and covered him ... Then Jael took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died."

http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/Jezabel.gif | Elisha orders the assassination of Jezebel.{br}(2 Kings 9,5,37) | http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/jew-hero-eli.gif | Elijah Murders 450 Priests of Baal.{br}(1 Kings 18.40)
http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/jew-hero-josh.gif | Joshua Slaughters 31 kings{br}(Joshua 12.1,24) | http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/jewish-hero-sam.gif | Samson Slays 1000 Philistines (with an ass's jawbone! ){br}(Judges 15.16)

http://www.wendag.com/images/Yahweh/jehu2.jpg | Usurper Jehu tricks all the{br}priests of Baal into temple{br}slaughter.{br}(2 Kings 10.19.30) | "Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal. And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them."
{colsp=3} God was delighted with the massacre:{br}"And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing right in mine eyes, hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the 4th generation shall sit on the throne of Israel."

28th May 2011, 10:54

In Joshua’s (supposed) wars of conquest, Yahweh gets right in there. He throws down ‘great stones from heaven’ (Joshua 10.11) and scores a better body-count than his Israelites with mere swords. When the Lord gets up a real head of steam the slaughter reaches a truly epic scale. For merely looking into his Ark, Yahweh wipes out fifty thousand and seventy unfortunate men of Bethshemesh (1 Samuel 6.19). When King David slips up and orders a national census, an enraged Yahweh zaps seventy thousand.

Quite apart from the celestial superman’s own killing, he animates his favourites into wiping out whole cities and nations. Jericho, Sodom, Gomorrah, Ai, Makkedah, Libnah etc., etc., are ‘smote and consumed’ – men, women, young, old, ox, sheep and ass!

‘You shall annihilate them - Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebusites – as Yahweh your God commanded you.’
– Deuteronomy 20.11,18.

In the largest single god-inspired massacre in the Bible, one million Ethiopians are slaughtered!
(2 Chronicles 14).

But then we have been warned:

‘The Lord is a man of war; Yahweh is his name.’ – Exodus 15.3


All this carnage, of course, is allegorical, albeit that certain stories may have a tenuous link with an ancient skirmish somewhere. The point is to terrify people into obedience of the priesthood.

‘Moses’ is an archetypal ‘wise priest’, who rules with a rod of iron and brooks no opposition.

‘Take heed’ is the warning. ‘Look what happens when you disobey the word of the Lord!’