If you know anything about me, you know I love…no…LOVE fantasy fiction. Books, movies; I love it all. And that’s why the Old Testament is my favest part of the Bible. Who’s with me here?!
Come on! The mass destructions (the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah), mysterious deaths (bam!pillar of salt), feuds, political intrigue, supernatural beings (which by the way are totally mentioned in Gen 6:4) and the awe inspiring magic (well, not all magic, coz creating something from nothing is sorcery. And people against the whole sorcery thing, deeming it as evil, NEWS FLASH! God was the ultimate sorceror!).
And talking about the Flood, God told Noah to, and I quote, “Take along all kinds of food for you and them.” ‘Them’ being the animals. So basically for some animals, who thought they were being saved from whatever (assuming they were smarter than their modern contemporaries, hey! it happened with humans why not them?), were actually being herded into the Ark to feed the omnivores and carnivores. Talk about the ultimate betrayal!
Plus, it should be totally clear that they weren’t 2 of each animal, but 7 pairs of clean animals and a pair of the unclean. But of those 7 pairs, one set were for sacrifice after the flood and “The odor of the sacrifice pleased the Lord”; conclusion? God is definitely not vegetarian. I mean, look at what happened to Cain and Abel. Yeah, I went there.
So long story short, we come to the Tower of Babylon. Hmmm…I wonder where the name Babel came from…I could search the net, but why deny you, my dear reader, the chance to comment? So yeah, the Tower of Babylon. Since everyone by now was a descendant of Noah (you know, coz the rest of the world had been wiped out), they all spoke the same language, were basically the same people. And by the way, they didn’t want to reach God with the tower (as I was probably told a long time ago and took it literally) but their aspirations were to; build a city with a tower that reaches the sky, so that we can make a name for ourselves. And God’s response? “…this is just the beginning…soon they shall be able to do anything they want! Let us go down and mix up their language so that they will not understand each other.” (Thus giving rise to the royal ‘we’).
The interpretation of the Bible is a thing of beauty. In the first 11 chapters of the Bible, God is potrayed as spiteful, fickle, judgemental and unfair.
But at least He cleaned up His act in the New Testament…or did He?
Stay tuned for more episodes of ‘The Bible; What!?’
I bet the ‘friend’ who told me to read the Bible again didn’t see this one coming.
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