The Old Testament
Genesis is the first book of the Bible. It explains the creation of the world and the actual events which lead to the origin of life. Genesis describes the Lord God, who is infinite and all-powerful, he has created everything that exists by his spoken word out of nothing.
Chapter 1.3 of Genesis says ” And God said, Let there be light: and there was light ”
Genesis 1.16 says ” And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. ” (This is when the 3rd day ends & the 4th day starts. Then what was the light in the beginning. Obviously 2 great lights means the sun and the moon. But if the sun and the moon were created later on. How the hell did they calculate the no of days in the 1st place. I mean how did they calculate time. Don’t you need the sun and moon to calculate time in the first place. Couldn’t the man who wrote this Chapter understand this basic scientific fact.)
Genesis 2.2 ” And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” (Now someone explain this to me. Why did God need 6 days to make this world. And after God created the world in 6 days he had to rest on the 7th day. Really God needs rest. Am I the only one who finds this funny.)
Genesis 17.10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.”
Genesis 17.11 ” And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.” (This is god talking to Abraham. Can someone explain to me why God needed Abraham to do this. I mean I am sure there could have been various ways to sign the covenant. Of all the things God told Abraham to circumcise his penis. I can only imagine what Abraham must have thought of when he first heard of this from God. Must have been a very awkward moment.)
Now I am going to type some verses from Chapter 19 of Genesis. I am not making this stuff up. But yes this is disturbing.
Genesis 19. 8 ” Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. ” (This verse disturbs me. Lot is willing to sacrifice his two daughters to the villagers of Sodom to save the two angels in his house. What LOT is saying through this verse is listen you can do whatever you want to do to my daughters. What kind of a father is LOT. He is saying they can literally do anything they want with his daughters. So it means can they rape his daughters too?)
Now I move unto a series of verses from the same chapter of Genesis. Sodom was destroyed and LOT has moved to Za`ar. Sharing verses 29-38.
Genesis 19.29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt. ”
Genesis 19.30 ” And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. ”
Genesis 19.31 ” And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: ”
Genesis 19.32 ” Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. ”
Genesis 19.33 ” And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. ”
Genesis 19.34 ” And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. ”
Genesis 19.35 ” And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.”
Genesis 19.36 ” Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.”
Genesis 19.37 ” And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. ”
Genesis 19.38 ” And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day. ”
(Somebody in their right mind explain Genesis 19.36 to me and tell me if this is not incest. I don’t want to stir any controversy. Now am I cherry picking and attacking Christianity. I want to debate the value of such verses in society.)
The key characters are Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh, Pharaoh’s daughter, Aaron, and Joshua. This book is a record of the events of Israel’s freedom from slavery in Egypt. It describes the events in a chronological order and also lists the Laws that God has given to the Israelites, in order to guide them in their relationship with Him.
Chapter 1 to 19 is primarily about God talking to Moses and explaining how they defeat the Egyptian Pharaoh.
Exodus 12.13 ” And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. ” (So in this verse God is telling Moses to tell the children of Israel who live in Egypt that they will kill a lamb of a particular type in a particular manner and mark their houses with that lambs blood. But why is that ? Simply because god is going to hit Egypt with a huge plague and he wants the children of Israel to mark their houses. Because if they don’t do that the chances are god might accidentally kill them too. And here I thought god would know in advance who his people are.)
Exodus 14.31 ” And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses. ”
Exodus 19.4 ” Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. ”
Exodus 19.5 ” Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: ”
(So in the 3 verses mentioned above the message is pretty much ” hey guys you have seen what I did to the Egyptians so now you better behave “)
Exodus 20.3 ” Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 20.4 ” Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: ”
Exodus 20.5 ” Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; ”
(I don’t even have to say anything here. God himself says that he is a jealous god. To be fair to God in this chapter he also says not to kill, steal, commit adultery & few more sensible things after a barrage of insecurity.)
Exodus 22.20 ” He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed. ” (Pretty much a direct threat)
Exodus 31.15 ” Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. ” (So basically all those people who work on a Sunday get this clear. You might be put to death. I am not saying this the God of the Bible is.)
Exodus 34.13 ” But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: ”
Exodus 34.14 ” For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: ” (And again over here through these two verses you see instructions of destroying alternative modes of worship. So much for secularism of the Indian variety. The reason given to destroy the people other modes of worship by the God of the Christians is ” Hey I am Jealous “.)
Leviticus in mainly about events/things mentioned at Mt. Sinai. The key personalities of Leviticus include Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu Eleazar, and Ithamar. This chapter explains the infinite nature of God. God expects people to act in a holy manner towards himself. And it is regards to this that God gives them many instructions to carry out. The Book has a lot of instructions for the Israelites, especially to the Levitical priests, about how they are to carry out offerings, ceremonies, and celebrations.
In Leviticus Chapter no 1 to 18 basically are about a lot of different ways in which different animals can be sacrificed if you want to please the Lord. So if you are a vegetarian please don’t read them or you will not have a good time.
Leviticus 19.4 ” Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God. ”
Leviticus 26.1 ” Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. ” (So god has clearly told you polytheists/idol worshippers better watch out. He does not like idol worshipping.)
Leviticus 20.2 ” Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.”
Leviticus 20.3 ” And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. ” (So Mo`lech is an ancient Amorite God of the Canaaonites, Pheonicians and some cultures in North Africa & Levant. In Leviticus it is portrayed as a form of idolatry and obviously God again has a problem with it. I have to say God is quite accommodating, isn’t it?)
Leviticus 24.16 ” And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death. ” (So it is pretty clear here that blasphemy is a serious problem. One who commits blasphemy shall be put to death. This particular verse states that there was a man whose father was an Egyptian and whose mother was an Israelite named Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri from the tribe of Dan. There in the camp this man quarreled with an Israelite. During the quarrel he cursed the Lord, so they took him to Moses, put him under guard, and waited for the Lord to tell them what to do with him. The Lord said to Moses what is mentioned in the verse Leviticus 24.16 which is ok boys kill the guy.)
Leviticus 26.15 ” And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: ”
Leviticus 26.16 ” I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. ”
Leviticus 26.21 ” And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. ”
Leviticus 26.22 ” I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate. ”
(These 4 verses are mere examples of the method in which God basically issues a warning that listen if you don’t listen to me and follow me and worship me I will hurt you so badly that you cannot imagine. You will endure extreme pain that you have never ever thought of. And this style of talking via threats continues in Leviticus 26.23, 26.24, 26.25, 26.27, 26.28, 26.29, 26.30, 26.31, 26.32, 26.33, 26.34, 26.35, 26.36, 26.37, 26.38 & 26.39.)
Leviticus 20.13 ” If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. ” (Sorry my homosexual friends, God does not approve of you and wants you to die. Also if God created us in the 1st place why did he make homosexuals if he had such a problem. And don’t give me the theological argument that God gave us Free Will. Let me have some fun.)
The key characters are Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Joshua, Caleb, Eleazar, Korah, and Balaam. This book tells how people of Israel tried to enter the promised land but they failed and were punished. It is basically about a population census taken by Moses.
Numbers clearly indicates the expansionist tendencies of Judeo Christianity. It starts with God instructing Moses in the wilderness of Si`nai to gather all the children of Israel who are twenty years and above and create an army out of them. Chapters 1 to 4 pretty much deals with God telling Moses to get the folks from different tribes together and form an army.
But chapter no 5 is interesting at first god says this
Numbers 5.2 ” Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead: ”
Numbers 5.3 ” Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell. ” (God does not want lepers or people with skin diseases around the areas where he dwells. Wasn’t god everywhere ? And why does God need protection from Lepers ? The rest of the Chapter deals with the amazing amount of ways in which a female has to prove herself and show to the priest how she does not suffer from this peculiar word they use called ” uncleanness “.)
The entire thing basically leads to the Law of Jealousies.
Chapter 6 of Numbers explains the Law of Nazarite. It is about different types/aspects of the separation of a man and women.
Now a peculiar trend that starts to emerge from this Chapter is a. God only likes to speak through Moses and b. How God hates to be questioned. One simply cannot question the intention of God. c. God is expanding his kingdom and pretty much kills all the tribes that do not bow down to his terms and conditions. He seems more like a dictator and less like a God. See the next few verses.
Numbers 11.1 ” And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. ”
Numbers 12.1 ” And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. ” (And then God heard them and called Moses, Miriam and Aaron together and basically told them that I will speak to whom I want and when I feel like. Also the prophet department is my problem not yours so shut up Miriam and Aaron. And then god does this ….)
Numbers 12.10 ” And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. ”
Numbers 14.11 ” And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? ”
Numbers 14.12 ” I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. ”
Numbers 14.35 ” I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. ”
Numbers 15. 35 ” And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. ” (Yes I did not make this verse up. God is instructing his Bhakts to kill someone.)
Numbers 16.21 ” Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. ”
Numbers 16.28 ” And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. ” (Now how clearer can the message get. Moses categorically states that whatever problems the opposing point of view faces is all the doing of GOD and not him. He is merely following instructions. )
Numbers 16.30 ” But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. ”
Numbers 20.24 ” Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah. ”
Numbers 21.6 ” And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. ” (You know why this previous verse incident happened. Because they questioned God and Moses asking hey man where have you gotten us. How are we supposed to eat and feed our own.)
Numbers 25.4 ” And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. “( You see the potential of violence in this book. There are so many occasions where God clearly instructs his bhakts to simply kill.)
This is the fifth book of the Old Testament. This book kind of summarizes what had happened in the previous books and through the stream of events which happened in the previous books God tries to set the rules for the future generations to come via Moses. This is where you have the word “Ten Commandments” being uttered.
Deuteronomy 2.34 “And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain: ” (This is what happened to the people of Hesh`bon when their king Si`hon did not let Moses and his tribe pass by.)
Deuteronomy 3.3 ” So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining. ” (Same treatment different tribe. This time the privilege of being completely annihilated is of the people of Ba`shan and their king Og.)
Deuteronomy 3.21, 3.22, 3.26, 3.27, and 3.28 explains how God is wroth with Moses for the sake of their own people and decides that his journey is going to be till Jordan only. Now let us pass the baton over to Joshua. And the rest of the Book of Deuteronomy is now about Moses telling the folks the covenant they had with the Lord and the strict rules they have to follow where they are settled.
Deuteronomy 4.2 ” Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. ” (This my dear friends is the problem. This is why Science and Christianity are at loggerheads. When you say you cannot add or subtract anything you become outdated and rigid.)
Deuteronomy 4.10 ” Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. ” (Again see the thought process. The bhakts have to learn to fear god. Is he a God or a dictator of a country ?)
Deuteronomy 4.16 ” Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, ”
Deuteronomy 4.17 ” The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, ”
Deuteronomy 4.18 ” The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: ”
Deuteronomy 4.19 “And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. ”
Deuteronomy 4.25 ” When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: ”
Deuteronomy 4.26 ” I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. ” (See the tone in all these verses. God has pretty much clarified that you just cannot worship any kind of image which represents any living thing or any element of nature. And if you do you will be destroyed. The god seems to have a huge problem with polytheism. Now if you are a Hindu, the question you need to ask yourself is what will be the plight of a Hindu in a society like this.)
Deuteronomy 4.30 ” When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; ”
Deuteronomy 4.31 ” (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. ” (So God is merciful but conditions apply. He is merciful only when you believe in him and only him. This is not unconditional love. This is dictatorial love.)
Deuteronomy 4.39 ” Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. ”
Deuteronomy 4.40 ” Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever. ” (The key words in the above 2 verses is “ there is none else “ & “ forever “. This shows the exclusivist attitude of Christianity. No they do not believe in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.)
Deuteronomy 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 6.13, 6.14, 6.15, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.25, 8.19, 8.20, 9.16, 11.16, 11.17, 11.28, 17.3,27.15,29.20 and 30.70 talks again about how one cannot do any form of idolatry. God again declares to the people of Israel that he is a jealous God. So much for him being merciful a while ago! He also mentions how it is important to maintain the day of the Sabbath. He also states how you cannot marry the people from the seven nations where idolaters stay.
Deuteronomy 6.2 ” That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. ” (Yes you have to fear god. Not just you, your entire family has to fear god and listen to his commandments blindly so that you live. Similar sentiments reiterated in Deuteronomy 8.6.)
Deuteronomy 6. 4 ” Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: ” (Monotheism)
Deuteronomy 18.15, 18.16, 18.17, 18.18, 18.19, 18.20, 18.21, 18.22 basically states whenever God will feel like, he’ll raise a prophet again amongst the people of Israel and will speak to them through him exclusively. Then the people ask how they will know the prophet is the real thing. And God says that the true prophet will be the one that speaks my name exclusively. And if a prophet does not speak my name he shall also die.
Deuteronomy 22.5 ” The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. ” (So cross dressers God does not like you.)
Deuteronomy 28.15 ” But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: ” (So basically here Moses is again telling his people that you will follow the God’s word completely. In case you don’t then God will hit you so hard that you will be destroyed and there will be a barrage of curses which will come in a huge variety which are explained in Deuteronomy 28.16 to 28.45.)
The book of Deuteronomy ends with Moses passing away at the age of 120 years in the land of Moab and passes on the baton to Joshua.
The Book 6 Joshua basically is about the expansion of the kingdom of the people of Israel from Jordan to further lands. Chapter 1 to 12 is basically about the wars that Joshua fought. Joshua who was the son of a Nun basically marches forward with his army and continues the work of his predecessor Moses. In his process of conquering he destroys the King of Jericho, King of A`i, Kind of Jerusalem, King of Ha`zor and many more.
There is a particular incident where they are helped in Jericho by a woman called Ra`hab who had hidden the two spies of Joshua when they came to Jericho secretly. She could be the Jaichand of Jericho.
Also while they were marching and were fighting the King of Ha`zor only one particular tribe surrendered to them which were the inhabitants of Gib`eon.
Also a incident about a particular tribe of Judah is there which did not obey the orders of the Lord. These guys where part of Joshua’s group. And they were stoned and burnt to death.
By Chapter no 13 Joshua becomes very old and he then decides to hand over the reins of the many areas he has captured by now to different people. And accordingly he divides the conquered land among the people of Israel. The place where he makes the covenant with all these people is called She`chem. Joshua dies at the age of one hundred and ten years.
This book is about the time post Joshua’s death and how the people of Israel try to expand their kingdom further. The key characters in this chapter are Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Abimelech, Jephthah, Samson, and Delilah.
This chapter is basically about how the children of Israel after the death of Joshua have gone off the track of Lord thy God and have started worshipping the God Baal i.e another form of idolatry. The god tries to save the people of Israel by sending a series of judges/ rulers/prophets. Their job is to act as temporary leaders/guides of the people.
As we have one prophet/judge after the other there is a consistent pattern. The people of Israel start worshipping other Gods, in retaliation the Lord thy God sends a judge to save them, and once the judge dies the people go back to the old God which is considered to be an even greater evil.
The chapter ends with the story of the Israelite tribe of Benjamin which commits a crime when they slain one of their own and his daughter. The other tribes of the people of Israel get angry and with the help of the Lord thy God they kill all the people in the tribe of Benjamin.
The Book of Judges ends with this verse:
Judges 21.25 ” In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. ” (So basically the verse is trying to portray a state of anarchy in Israel because people have stopped believing in the God of Israel and have gone back to idolatry and hence there is chaos. Kind of also shows the basic psyche of Christianity and how obsessed it is with homogenizing all modes of worship.)
This is a very small book which has only 4 chapters. The book is the story of a women Naomi and her daughter in law Ruth. Naomi’s husband and her two sons die. Then she tells her two daughter in laws Orpah and Ruth to go back to their parents. Orpah agrees and goes back to her parents in her village but Ruth refuses to go. She wants to stay back and be with Naomi and her god. So Naomi now goes to Bethlehem and there Ruth comes across a guy called Boaz. So Naomi tells Ruth she should marry Boaz. Ruth follows orders makes a nice little plan where she goes and lies besides him. But hang on there is a little glitch. Boaz says that he cannot marry Ruth as there is a closer relative and he has first rights. He goes and discusses this matter with the 10 elders of the city in presence of the relative of Ruth. But the kinsmen of Ruth is more interested in cutting a deal and rather prefers to buy a piece of land Naomi has rather than marrying Ruth. So Boaz seals the deal by plucking off his shoe and gave it to his neighbor. And wallah he marries Ruth and Boaz and Ruth have a son called Obed. And Obed had a son called Jesse, and Jesse had a son called David.
The First Book of Samuel
So the next Judge/Prophet of Egypt is Samuel who was the child of a woman called Hannah. Samuel is given to the main priest of Israel Eli at a very young age. Eli’s own son’s were not obeying the law’s of the Lord thy God. This pisses God off and hence God decides that the new priest of Israel will be someone who is not from Eli’s family. God then starts talking to Samuel and he is now the recognized prophet.
There is a story of how during a war with Philistines both the son’s of Eli are killed. Also the Philistines steal the altar of God. Listening to this news Eli dies. But then the Philistines are hit by a barrage of problems because they stole the God’s altar. As usual the people of Israel who have again gone to worshipping idols are pissing God off. And like every single occasion this time Samuel tells them to stop this and they stop and God is happy.
Again over a period of time things go wrong again and the people of Israel tell Samuel that they want a king. This displeases Samuel, but God tells him to go ahead anyways. Because God’s logic is by asking for a king they have not rejected Samuel, they have rejected God himself (Samuel 8.7). The people are warned by Samuel about the many problems they will face if they go for a monarchy over a theocracy in Samuel 8.8 to 8.18. But the people insisted that they want a monarchy and God told Samuel just give them what they want as of now.
So the next day a man called Saul who was the son of Kish of the tribe of Benjamin comes before Samuel as he was searching for his lost donkeys. God tells Samuel this is the man who you will appoint as the king. So Samuel does the ritual of pouring oil over Saul’s head. God then gives him various signs that indicate that Saul is the real deal. And then Samuel steps down as the leader and lets Saul take charge. But he clearly warns the people of Israel that God will be with them until they follow his laws.
Then Saul fights a lot of battles and wins them. But then Saul starts to disobey God. He starts to fight without executing the proper sacrifice rituals of war. In a particular fight with the Amalekites Saul does not kill their king Agag and also does not slaughter their best cattle. This pisses God off as he had clearly instructed Saul to destroy everything completely.(Talk about a merciless God. I thought God should be happy that Saul left some people alive. But this God is the complete opposite. He is angry with Saul because he did not kill everyone.)
This incident annoys Samuel and he tells Saul that following the instructions of God are more important than keeping animals for sacrifice. And now because of this mistake God will choose another man to be the King of Israel. Saul gets all teary eyed and begs Samuel for forgiveness. He tries to grab Samuel’s cloak but it gets torn (this is symbolism for Saul’s kingdom being broken)
Now Samuel goes to Bethlehem and there he chooses the new King of Israel. His name is David. He is the youngest son from the family of a man called Jesse. David is a shepherd by profession. Now God is slowly taking Saul’s powers away and giving them to David and Saul is getting influenced by the evil spirit (Samuel 16.14). But David is slowly getting close to Saul and his becomes the right hand man of Saul.
The Philistines attack again. The Philistines have a great warrior called Goliath in their ranks. Everybody gets scared of Goliath but David says I will go and fight him. David goes in the battle field against Goliath with a simple weapon and a few stones. Goliath attacks him and David attacks Goliath back with a stone and kills him in a single shot. The people of Israel as a result of David’s bravery defeat Philistines.
When the Israel army comes back the women sings songs in their praise. But they praise David more than they praise Saul (Samuel 18.7 & 18.8). Saul becomes very jealous. But David by now has become a very close friend of Saul’s son Jonathan. Both of them together win many more battles for Israel. This makes Saul even more jealous, he tries to kill David with a spear but that attempt is unsuccessful. He then sends David on a mission where he is supposed to go and kill a 100 Philistine men and come back with their circumcised foreskins. And Guess what David does exactly that what Saul told him to do (Samuel 18.27).
Because of these results now Saul grudgingly rewards David by marrying his daughter Michal to David. Saul again tries to kill David, but with the help of his wife and Jonathan (Saul’s son) David flees from the scene. He later on builds an army of unhappy Israelites.
Saul keeps on trying to kill David but loses to him. A particular incident in Samuel 24.4 to 24. 6 is there where David suddenly attacks Saul and cuts his robe off. Another incident is shared where David and his men sneak into Saul’s tent and steal his spear. In both these occasions Saul begs to David for mercy. David in an act of kindness spares Saul’s life twice.
The end of the book is about how Saul never learns from his mistakes. David then goes seeks refuge with the Philistines. Saul decides to go and fight the Philistines but is scared as hell. In his fear he goes and consults a witch. He forces the witch to bring back the soul of Samuel. Samuel’s ghost gets very angry with Saul and tells him that Saul and his sons will die in this battle (Samuel 28.9 to 28.20). In between David goes to fight with the Amalekites where he is victorious. On the other side Saul loses his battle with Philistine. Saul and all his sons including Jonathan are killed in this battle. During the battle Saul orders his armour bearer to kill him as he did not want to die of the hands of the uncircumcised. But his armour bearer refuses and Saul kills himself by falling over his own sword. (Samuel 31.4, 31.5, 31.6).
The Second Book of Samuel
This book starts with David lamenting the death of Saul and his son Jonathan by singing a song. Then Saul’s General Abner gets the support of the northern tribes and makes Ishbosheth the King of Israel. This is followed by a number of small wars/conflicts between Abners army and the army of Joab who is David’s General.
Then Ishbosheth falsely accuses Abner of sleeping with one of the royal concubines. This angers Abner and he shifts his loyalty to David. Abner also convinces many other tribes to recognize David as their King. In all of this suddenly Abner is murdered by being stabbed by Joab. David gets angry on this act of Joab and does not support him. This makes the people of Israel very happy that David has behaved righteously. Then two of Ishbosheth’s men murder him and come to David and present his head to David. David gets extremely angry by this act of those two men and executes these men publicly. Post this all the tribes of Israel declare David as their king.
Now David goes on a conquering spree. He conquers Jerusalem and its surrounding areas.
Then one day David watches a female called Bathsheba bathing from a rooftop of his palace (Samuel 11.2,11.3,11.4). He forcefully has sex with her and impregnates her. He then sends Uriah the Hittite to die on the battlefield. Then David is told off by Nathan by explaining his folly in this case by sharing a small story of a wealthy man who steals from the poor man. Nathan tells David how God will punish him. David regrets his actions and the son of Bathsheba and David dies. They later on have another son called Solomon.
Then comes the story of David’s son Amnon who falls in love with his half-sister Tamar. He then goes on to rape her. David is angry but chooses to stay quite. But Tamar’s brother Absalom decides to avenge this and he and David’s other sons murder Amnon while they take him out of the country. Absalom then flees the main city. David let’s him back later on once he is done mourning the death of Amnon.
Then Absalom plans to overthrow David with the support of his main counselor. He tries to win the heart of the people of Israel by being nice to them. When David hears this he flees from Jerusalem. In a small story one of Saul’s relatives curses David and throws stones on David’s caravan. But David forgives him and no one hurts that relative of Saul.
Absalom comes to Jerusalem and there he has sex with David’s concubines. While all of Absalom’s aides tell him to attack David asap, one of David’s officials who pretends to support Absalom convinces him to wait. Because of this delay David gets time to prepare his army and then goes and completely destroys Absalom’s army. While at battle Absalom injures himself. Joab makes most of this opportunity and kills Absalom inspite of David telling them to treat Absalom gently. When David hears the news he weeps profusely.
David also shows mercy to all the supporters of Absalom, especially his commander Amasa. David regains his friendship with the tribe of Judah. But the other tribes who are the supporters of Absalom still fear that David will be angry with them. Joab in the mean time controls a uprising of the rebels in the city by severing the head of one of the main rebel leaders. He also is very angry that David had forgiven Amasa. He kills Amasa one of the days while pretending to meet him.
David keeps on expanding his empire with the help of conquests in most cases and diplomacy in some cases. Chapter 23 is about a song David sings praising the Lord thy God and how he is loving, merciful etc. It also gives names of the various men who fought bravely for David. The book ends with David building a altar for the Lord thy God.
The First & Second book of Kings
David is now a very old man. His crown is now claimed by Adonijah his son who is propped up by Joab his commander and a priest called Abiathar. Once the news of this spreads David’s wife Bathsheba is told by Nathan to go and confront David about making Solomon his son the King of Israel. David agrees to the point of view of Nathan his priest and appoints Solomon as his successor. The condition is that Solomon should always follow the word of Lord thy God. Solomon obviously says yes and then strengthens his hold by killing Joab, Adonijah and their supporters. He then spreads his kingdom by marrying the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh.
Solomon is a good and righteous king until the Chapter 10. There are stories of how his follows the God’s word and delivers justice honorably. There is a story of two women and how they claim the only alive son to be theirs and how Solomon deals with them.
Solomon builds this huge altar for The Lord thy God. God is very happy and blesses him but obviously like everytime God warns him that his love and protection is conditional. He will only love him till Solomon follows his instructions completely and only worships him.
And guess what in Chapter 11 Solomon marries many women of other religions. And he starts worshipping their Gods. He also lets them build their places of worship. Now in today’s world this would be called being Secular and Accommodating. But not for the God of the Bible. He gets pissed off and completely destroys Solomon’s kingdom. He takes all the tribes away from Solomon other than one tribe which is from Judah. This story is explained by a story where a prophet meets one of Solomon’s officials Jeroboam and shows him a cloak cut in 12 pieces. The 12 pieces symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel. He basically tells his official that God has now chosen him to rule the selected tribes of Israel. (Kings 11.29 to 11.32)
Now Solomon dies and his crown is taken over by Rehoboam. The people come and meet Rehoboam led by Jeroboam and tell him to be nice to them. But he refuses and tells them that he will be even harsher with them. The people get angry and split Israel into two pieces and the other side is led by Jeroboam. The north is led by Jeroboam and the south is led by Rehoboam.
Now to separate themselves from the other Jeroboam starts building new altars. His people start worshipping the idols in these new altars. And guess what God gets angry. And in a matter of a few years Jeroboam and his entire family is slaughtered.
Guess what just like Jeroboam the other king Rehoboam also does the same thing. He goes one step further by allowing prostitution in the shrines as well. The north and south kingdoms go on fighting each other. After the death of Rehoboam and Jeroboam a series of kings come and go. But the pattern is pretty much the same. They keep worshipping idols and the God keeps on punishing them. A few kings from the south do try to course correct, but even they do not stop the worshipping of idols. It is quite amazing because an act which allows other modes of worship to prosper would be hailed as a great deed in today’s day and age, but in the Bible it is consistently shown as the biggest sin.
Then there is Ahab who with the help of his wife Jezebel starts spreading the worship of Baal in the northern territories. To counter this a prophet called Elijah confronts Ahab and tells him that he is not doing the right thing and God will punish him. Elijah is now living a secluded life. Then Jezebel starts murdering all of the prophets of the Lord thy God. Hearing this Elijah publicly challenges the priests of the God Baal to a challenge. He wins the challenge but no one pays heed to him.
He runs away to the desert to save his life. There he complains to God that inspite of all his efforts the people of Israel are still worshipping idols. Then there is this symbolism of God talking to Elijah in a form of a whisper. Now it could be construed as the weakening of this particular religious cult. Elijah gets happy that God has spoken to him and then goes back to Israel where he appoints his successor called Elisha.
Then Ahab and Jezebel steal a man’s vineyard and then the man is killed by stoning in public. Elijah curses Ahab that he will die and dogs will lick his blood. Then comes the story of Ahab tying up with the king of Judah to fight the Arameans. Ahab is killed there and guess what a dog comes and licks his blood there.
Then one day Elijah goes to heaven in a burning chariot. Elisha takes over. He starts doing simple magic tricks and spells. He is now pretty much like a psychic. Then one day Elisha initiates a coup against Ahab and Jezebel. He uses Jehu the commander of Ahab to kill him and Jezebel. Jehu then goes and murders the entire family of Ahab. He also murders all the priests of Baal. But although he has wiped out the cult of Baal from Israel he does not stop the worship of other Gods.
Then basically there is a continuous flow of the stories of Kings of Israel. The one common flow in all of them is that the new king is even more evil than the previous one. Then Assyrian groups take over northern Israel. There is idol worshipping all over the land. Obviously it shown in a bad light because the God of the Bible has a problem with idol worshipping.
A few of the king’s of Judah do try to get back the southern kingdom. They succeed to begin with. Hezekiah becomes one such king who destroys all idol worshipping in the southern land. He is helped by the prophet Isaiah. Josiah carries forward the work of Hezekiah and they spread the monotheistic faith again. But he is defeated by the King of Babylon. The tribe of Judah also is now defeated and they run away and settle in a land far away.
The First book of Chronicles
The 1st book of Chronicles basically explains the entire genealogy of what was already mentioned in all previous chapters. The main characters are King David and Solomon. Lot of this book is similar to the 2nd book of Samuel, and therefore describes similar events.
It starts with Adam and then one by one all the genealogies of the people of Israel are stated from Chapter1 to 9. It again mentions all the 12 tribes of Israel and their King David and then his successors.
The latter part of the book deals with King Saul’s death. Then the entire reign of David is also explained. The story of the temple which Solomon builds is mentioned again. The book ends with Solomon as the king of Israel.
The Second book of Chronicles
The second book of Chronicles starts from King Solomon right upto the Babylonian capture which was mentioned in The second book of Kings at the end. The main characters of this book are King Solomon, the queen of Sheba, Rehoboam, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, Joash, Uzziah, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, and Josiah.
Chapters 1 to 9 are about the reign of King Solomon. It describe his good side and what all he did for God. Chapters 10 to 36 are about the state of Israel post the partition. The focus is more on the good kings which were the southern kings. These were the kings who followed the word of God. There are 20 kings who belong to the dynasty of David. The book ends with Cyprus who is the king of Persia basically recalling the exiled people of Israel back to Jerusalem. The idea is to establish the glory of God back again by fulfilling his demands.
This is a very small book with just 10 chapters. So it starts off with the return of the 1st set of the people of Israel under the leadership of Zerubbabel & Jeshua. Once they arrive in Israel they try to reconstruct the temple of Lord thy God. (Chapter 1 -3)
So as the activity is going on some of their adversaries come and approach Zerubbabel and offer him to build the temple together. But their offer is rejected by Zerubbabel. As a result they get angry and try to stop the construction of the temple. They then write a letter to the King Darius of Persia complaining about the activity and bring the construction to a halt. (Chapter 4)
Now the Prophet Haggai and Zechariah write a letter to the King Darius of Egypt and remind him of the decree that King Cyrus had made with them which clearly allowed them to build a temple. The king Darius checks his records and finds the statements of Haggai and Zechariah to be correct and gives them permission to build the temple of the Lord thy God. (Chapter 5 & 6)
Post this Ezra comes back to Israel in the 2nd migration to Israel. He then starts teaching people the covenant of the Lord thy God. His single purpose is to purify the people of Israel from all their previous practices which he considered bad i.e idolatry. (Chapter 7 & 8)
The last two chapters are about Ezra and how he has problems with the people of Israel and their habit of mixed marriage. The problem with mixed marriage is because the wives of these individuals are all into idolatry. The point to be observed is the how Christianity despises idolatry and the sheer obsession they have with getting rid of any other alternative thought.
The chapter starts with Nehemiah finding out about the temple being built in Jerusalem. He then gets sad when he finds out that there was no wall in the city. He prays to God to save the city of Jerusalem. Then the Kind Artaxerxes asks him why is he sad? He narrates to the King the problems the city of Jerusalem faces. The king helps him out and allows him to go and build a wall in Jerusalem. He also gives him material which will help him build the wall.
When the news of Nehemiah’s entry to Jerusalem spreads three people namely Sanbalat, Tobiah and Gesham along with others try to stop Nehemiah from constructing the wall. But Nehemiah along with the people of Israel manages to build the wall eventually. There are mentions of how the people of Israel work with a sword in their hands all the time.
Then Chapter 8 has the mention of Ezra reading the law of Moses which were set by him under the instruction of the Lord thy God. Nehemiah goes away from Jerusalem for a while. But as soon as he goes away people go back to mixed marriages. They also stop following the day of the Sabbath. Nehemiah comes back and scolds the people of Israel and tells them to get their act together.
Nehemiah 13.21 ” Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath. ”
Nehemiah 13.25 ” And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves. ”
The central characters of this book are King Ahasuerus, Queen Esther, Mordecai the care taker of Esther & Haman the chief advisor of the King Ahasuerus.
The book starts with how King Ahasuerus decides to throw a feast. He then instructs his queen of then named Vashti to come before the king absolutely naked with only a crown over her head (Esther 1.11). The queen Vashti refuses to do so (Esther1.12). This angers the king and he asks his ministers for advice in regards to what action should be taken against the queen Vashti. They advice him to banish her and the king does so accordingly.
Then the king is single again and he gets lonely. So his advisors advice him to host a Swayambar. When the news of this Swayambar reaches the ears of Mordecai he tells Esther who was a orphan whom he was taking care of, to participate in this Swayambar. Esther follows instructions and she wins the Swayambar and becomes the queen.
Now the King Ahasuerus appoints Haman his main in charge after him. Haman is walking past people one day and all bow down to him except Mordecai. This angers Haman a lot and he decides to take action against Mordecai. He goes to the King Ahasuerus and explains the situation to him and convinces the king to give him permission to kill the perpetrators.
Mordecai hears of this news and gets very sad. He then sends this message across to the queen Esther and asks for her help. Esther then goes to the king and invites him and Haman to a dinner. The king agrees. While they are having a dinner the King Ahasuerus asks Esther if she has any wishes. Esther says she would like to host another such dinner. The king grants her wish.
Then one night the king get sad suddenly and realizes that Mordecai had once saved the kings life by informing him about how two of the king’s chamberlains were trying to kill him (the story is mentioned in Esther 2.21, 2.22, 2.23).
Just as the king is reminded of this incident Haman has entered the kings court. The king then instructs Haman to go and honor the man who has delighted the king. Haman thinks to begin that the king was mentioning him, but then when he realises that the king had mentioned Mordecai he gets sad.
Then the queen Esther hosts the 2nd dinner as mentioned earlier with the King Ahasuerus and Haman. The king is very happy with Esther and asks her again what she wants. This time Esther tells the king what Haman is trying to do to Mordecai and all the Jews in his kingdom. She asks the king to kill Haman. The king gets angry and instructs his men to hang Haman.
The last part of this book is about how the Jews celebrate this news and explain the way in which they celebrate the news. The chapter ends with the verse that mentions how Mordecai is now next unto the King Ahasuerus.
This chapter is about a man called Job who is living a very good life in a place called UZ. So the story goes like this. One day Satan & God meet up. God tells Satan about the qualities of Job and how he has been righteous and absolutely dedicated to him. Satan counters God by saying that Job is dedicated to God only because God has blessed Job with all the good things in life. Satan than throws a challenge to God saying that if God allows Satan to punish Job he can prove God wrong. Satan’s logic is that if he hurled a barrage of problems on Job he will immediately turn away from God and start cursing God. God accepts Satan’s challenge but only ads one caveat that Satan cannot take the life of Job. (Job 1.1, 1.8, 1.11, 1.17, 1.19, 1.20, 1.22, 2.2, 2.6)
Once the deal is sealed Job receives a series of bad messages throughout the day. Job tears his clothes and prays to God. But Satan again appears and challenges God. God gives Satan another chance to prove him wrong. Now Satan inflicts even more personal injuries to Job.
Then three of Job’s friends namely , Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar come to visit him. But Job keeps silent for seven days. From the seventh day starts a conversation between Job and his three friends.
The entire crux of the conversation revolves around Job saying that he has been nothing but righteous and dedicated to the Lord thy God. But his friends consistently tell him that his agony is because of his own sin’s and that he should go and seek God’s help. Infact in Job 8.4 Bildad goes to the extent of saying ” If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;”
Zophar takes it up another knotch. He says whatever Job has suffered till now is nothing. He should suffer even more. This goes on back and forth with Job getting irritated and calling his friends useless. Then Job questions the entire relationship of man and God. He also recognizes the fact that it is hard to understand the ways of God.
His friends than accuse Job of being offensive to them. They accuse him of not fearing God enough ( Now this is the part that bothers me a lot. What is this underlying obsession in Christianity of fearing God. ) Job’s frustration keeps on increasing but he does not lose his resolve to find a solution to his problem.
Then another friend of his named Elihu comes in the conversation and tells Job that he has been obsessed about vindicating himself rather than God. He again reiterates the point that physical suffering is God’s way of communicating his love to you. He makes you suffer so that he can show his love when he saves you. (Job 33.24). (This has to be one of the stupidest things I have heard in my life. Why would a God have to make a human being go through so much suffering. I mean for what. Just to show to a human being that he loves him. Why wouldn’t God just say that directly. Why would a God play such games with mankind.)
Finally God comes in the conversation in Chapter no 40. He then asks a number of rhetorical questions to Job. It is basically God telling Job how he is the be all and end all of everything and that Job knows nothing. Job obviously is super impressed with God and bows down to the greatness of the Lord thy God.
God is now impressed with Job but is super angry with the three friends of Job who gave him unsound advice (Job 42.7, 42.8). But Job requests God to forgive them and God listens to him. God now gives Job back double the amount of things he had taken away from him. he makes him healthy, gives him new children and Job lives a long life.
The God of the Bible really works in mysterious ways. If you don’t believe me ask Job. The poor guy has to go through hell and for what! Because God & Satan have a silly argument over whether Job really is dedicated to God or not. Just so that God proves his point to Satan he lets Satan make Job go through a series of problems. I mean what kind of a God would make his own children go through agony. And why does a God need this kind of affirmation from his bhakts. I am sorry but the God has some serious issues.
This book is entirely about songs and poems sung in the praise of the Lord thy God. One after the other poem basically repeats again and again how God is a savior, he knows everything, he sees everything, he is everywhere and you cannot escape from him.
Almost all of the Psalms are written/sung by David. There are some Psalms called “ Sons of Korah “ and then few are by a person called “ Asaph “. I am sharing some of the verses.
Psalm 1.1 “ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. ”
Psalm 1.6 ” For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. ”
Psalm 18.4 ” The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. ”
Psalm 25.14 ” The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. ”
Psalm 37.20 ” But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. ”
Psalm 37.38 ” But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. ”
Psalm 44.20 ” If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; ”
Psalm 44.21 ” Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. ”
Psalm 44.22 ” Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. ”
Psalm 47.2 ” For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. ”
Psalm 47.3 ” He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. ”
Psalm 51.13 ” Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. ”
Psalm 53.1 ” The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. ”
Psalm 66.5 ” Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. ”
Psalm 81.8 ” Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; ”
Psalm 81.9 ” There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. ”
Psalm 106.36 ” And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. ”
Psalm 106.40 ” Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. ”
Psalm 109.8 ” Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ”
Psalm 109.9 ” Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. ”
Psalm 109.10 ” Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. ”
Psalm 109.8, 109.9, 109.10 is the King David singing the Lord and wishing those things against the people who have spoken against him. Basically they are pagans.
Psalm 137.9 “ Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. “
Psalm 144.7 “ Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children. “
This book is a collection of short parables and poetry. The main author of this book is King Solomon. Some Chapters are written by Lemuel and Agur. The book revolves around teaching wisdom to people through one liners. This entire chapter can fall under the category of truisms. Chapters 1-9 is about how young men should behave. Chapters 10-24 is about the behaviour of society in general. Chapters 25-31 are about how a leader/king ought to behave. Just sharing a few truisms from this book.
Proverbs 1.7 ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ”
Proverbs 1.10 ” My son if sinners entice thee, consent not thou.” (Now sinners in the bible are more often than not the pagans.)
Proverbs 1.29 ” For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: ”
Proverbs 1.33 ” But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. ” (Again evil here is paganism and false gods.)
Proverbs 2.17 ” Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her Lord. ” (There is a underlying trend throughout the bible which always forbids men from marrying ” strange women “. Now these ” strange women ” are usually women who believed in Pagan Gods. Although there are occasions where prostitutes are referred to as ” strange women “, but that is rare.)
Proverbs 6.26 ” For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. ” (See how a prostitute is clearly called a whore. Explains my point about the ” strange women “.)
Proverbs 8.36 ” But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. ” (what a brilliant way to threaten someone.)
Proverbs 9.10 ” The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. ”
Proverbs 10.29 ” The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. ”
Proverbs 10.30 ” The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. ” (Now my problem with Proverbs 10.29 & 10.30 is that if you study the bible in detail you will realise that such examples have been used to justify the destruction of Pagans. )
Proverbs 11.22 ” As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion. ”
Proverbs 12.4 ” A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. ” (what is interesting is how many times women are attacked for adultery. But not once is the topic of men committing adultery every discussed. It is always the woman’s fault.)
Proverbs 16.5 ” Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. ” (what a weird way to tell someone to be humble.)
Proverbs 19.28 ” An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. ”
Proverbs 22.14 ” The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein. ”
Proverbs 23.17 ” Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. ”
Proverbs 23.27 ” For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. ” (see how in this verse a whore and a strange woman are clearly two separate entities.)
Proverbs 25.24 ” It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. ”
Proverbs 28.9 ” He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. ”
Proverbs 31.3 ” Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. ”
The author of this book does not give a name but simply calls himself the Son of David. The books 2nd verse is ” Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. ”
The author of this book basically is trying to state that whatever we do in life from the beginning to end is pretty much meaningless. The author gives various examples of how he tries all the materialistic pleasures of acquiring wealth, having alcohol, becoming powerful, getting lots of property, having a lot of sex and pursuing various other activities. But even after doing all these things he is never satisfied.
He then goes on and says that he tries to get all the wisdom under the sun. But then concludes by saying this is also useless as both the wise and foolish die the same way. He pretty much concludes that there is a time and space for all activities. He tries to show different types/sides of good and evil. But again he concludes that whether you commit good or evil you eventually end up the same way. His final conclusion is that one should enjoy life but try to be responsible and do everything within limits.
So the basic aim of mankind should be to enjoy life and follow the rules set by God. The author continuously tries to preach the middle path. Ecclesiastes 12.13 pretty much sums up the conclusion of the chapter. It says ” Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. ”
The Song of Solomon
This book is about poems which discuss a conversation between a young woman and his lover. This book clearly shows how colour of the skin is a matter of concern. In Solomon 1.5 & 1.6 the young woman explains that she has a dark complexion because her family has been sending her to work in the vineyards and she is tanned because of that.
The rest of the Book is basically different ways in which the man and the woman express love towards each other and describe each other’s beauty. But I will share some verses.
Song of Solomon 1.5 ” I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. ”
Song of Solomon 1.6 ” Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. ”
Song of Solomon 1.13 ” A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. ”
Song of Solomon 4.1 ” Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. ”
Song of Solomon 4.5 ” Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. ”
Song of Solomon 4.10 ” How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices! ”
Song of Solomon 4.12 ” A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. ”
Song of Solomon 5.1 ” I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. ”
Song of Solomon 5.9 ” What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us? ”
Song of Solomon 6.1 ” Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee. ”
Song of Solomon 7.3 ” Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. ”
Song of Solomon 8.1 ” O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised. ” (sick way of presenting sexual acts)
Song of Solomon 8.8 ” We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for? ”
Song of Solomon 8.10 ” I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour. ”
The Book of the Prophet Isaiah
This book is divided into two parts according to historians. First part is Chapter 1-39. Second part is supposedly written a little later which are chapters 40-66.
So like every other chapter in the Bible this is also pretty predictable. The 1st 39 chapters are all about how the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel have become sinners and they are following false gods and are into idolatry.
By the time Chapter 40 arrives Isaiah has kind of gotten things in control. So from chapter 40 until 55 God is basically instructing all his followers how he is the only God and all of them better obey his commands etc.
Chapter 56 to the end are about how the glory of the Lord is restored and things are now in control. But hang on there is always the caveat. These things are fine and dandy only till they obey the word of the Lord thy God.
But the main theme of this Book for Christians is the declaration of the arrival of a future prophet who will be a virgin birth. There are also mentions of how that messiah will be. This is the stand alone point of the Book of Isaiah. Now we move onto a few verses.
Isaiah 1.2 ” Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. ” (see how the chapter starts clearly with the direction that things are not looking good.)
Isaiah 1.3 ” The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. ”
Isaiah 1.4 ” Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. ”
Isaiah 1.13 ” Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. ”
Isaiah 1.20 ” But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. ” (so much for religion of peace.)
Isaiah 2.8 ” Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: ”
Isaiah 2.9 ” And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. ”
Isaiah 2.17 ” And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. ”
Isaiah 2.18 ” And the idols he shall utterly abolish. ”
Isaiah 2.19 ” And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. ”
Isaiah 3.8 ” For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory. ”
Isaiah 4.4 ” When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. ”
Isaiah 7.13 ” And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? ”
Isaiah 7.14 ” Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. ” (Christians believe this is the announcement of the arrival of Jesus Christ.)
Isaiah 8.12 ” Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. ”
Isaiah 8.13 ” Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. ”
Isaiah 9.17 ” Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. ”
Isaiah 9.19 ” Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother. ”
Isaiah 13.11 ” And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. ”
Isaiah 19.22 ” And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them. ” (What a god first he will attack people. Then when they are hurt and scared and come to him in refuge he will heal them.)
Isaiah 26.13 ” O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. ”
Isaiah 26.14 ” They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. ”
Isaiah 34.8 ” For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. ”
Isaiah 37.19 ” And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. ”
Isaiah 42.8 ” I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. ” (bad news for hindus.)
Isaiah 43.11 ” I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. ” (exclusivist)
Isaiah 43.12 ” I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. ”
Isaiah 44.6 ” Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. ”
Isaiah 44.8 ” Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. ”
Isaiah 44.9 ” They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. ”
Similar feelings like 44.8 & 44.9 are repeated in 45.5, 45.16, 46.9.
Isaiah 48.11 ” For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. ” (what a insecure non accommodating God.)
Isaiah 48.12 ” Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. ”
The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah
So like every chapter in the bible this chapter is also on the same lines. Same thought different prophet. This time god has appointed Jeremiah as his agent to speak to the people(Jeremiah 1.5 & 1.9). In a very predictable pattern the book starts with Jeremiah warning Judah about the problems he is going to face if he does not re convert himself and his people back into the fold of the Lord thy God.
Chapters 1 to 28 are a barrage of threats to Judah and his people. It is quite graphic the way in which God threatens the disbelievers.
The rest of the book is about Jeremiah setting up the New Covenant and explaining how God transforms them once they are free from the rule of Zedekiah. But Zedekiah gets angry and throws Jeremiah in prison. Jeremiah warns the king of the big mistake he has made and predicts how they will lose to the King of Babylon. Jeremiah had been given asylum by the King of Babylon.
As predicted by Jeremiah, Zedekiah loses to the King of Babylon. This ends the exile of both the southern and northern kingdoms of Israel. The book ends with god promising to rescue the nation. It ends with God saying he will punish the king of Babylon just like he punished the King of Assyria. Now sharing a few verses which I feel need to be shared.
Jeremiah 1.5 ” Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. ”
Jeremiah 1.9 ” Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. ” (I don’t know why but I find this verse very funny.)
Jeremiah 1.16 ” And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.”
Jeremiah 5.9 ” Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? ”
Jeremiah 6.19 ” Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. ”
Jeremiah 6.21 ” Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish. ”
Jeremiah 7.3 ” Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. ”
Jeremiah 9.9 ” Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? ”
Jeremiah 11.3 ” And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant, ”
Jeremiah 11.4 ” Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: ”
Jeremiah 11.10 ” They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. ”
Jeremiah 11.11 ” Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.” (god’s playing hard to get.)
Jeremiah 11.12 ” Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. ” (this is how kids tell their friends when they don’t listen to their advice. Now go and talk to your other friend. I told you not to go down that line, now you suffer.)
Jeremiah 11.22 ” Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine: ”
Jeremiah 12.17 ” But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD. ”
Jeremiah 13.14 ” And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them. ”
Jeremiah 13.23 ” Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. ” (This is god’s way of saying you guys will never change. Talking to ya’ll is like talking to a brick wall. )
Jeremiah 15.6 ” Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting. ”
Jeremiah 15.7 ” And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways.” (“ways” is = to idolatry.)
Jeremiah 16.11 ” Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; ”
Jeremiah 16.20 ” Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? ”
Jeremiah 16.21 ” Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD. ” (This is god’s way to saying, do you know who I am? Gangsta style threats)
Similar story repeated in Jeremiah 17.27, 18.15, 18.16, 18.17, 19.15, 22.9, 22.26, 23.32, 23.40, 29.17, 29.18, 29.19, 32.37, 32.39, 37.19, 43.12, 43.13, 44.11, 48.1, 51.52,
The Book of the Lamentations
This very short book is basically about Jeremiah sulking about how bad the state of affairs are in Jerusalem. He discusses the atrocities committed by the Babylonians over Jerusalem. The message he is trying to send across through his grief is that this is what happens to you when you stay away from the path of the Lord thy God.
The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel
Now we move on to the next prophet. Again the same pattern repeated. The main characters of this book are Ezekiel, Important leader’s of Israel, Ezekiel’s wife, King Nebuchadnezzar, and “the prince”.
This book is basically God’s way of warning Judah and telling them guys I am giving you one last chance to get your act together. What is funny is that God says that in every chapter of the Bible in the entire Old Testament. This book basically revolves around the time of the Babylonian rule.
The book starts with God choosing Ezekiel as his prophet to deliver his message. Then till chapter no 24 you have Ezekiel delivering god’s message to the people who have gone off the path of the Lord thy God. Some amazing but very predictable threats are given to the people. In Chapter 16 God compares Israel to a female committing adultery.
Then Ezekiel starts picking different nations (7 to be precise) around Israel and starts condemning them and warning them of the bad things that will happen to them. These nations are Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt.
From chapter 33 Ezekiel concentrates on the act of restoration. The last few chapters are strictly about the restoration of the Temple. The last chapters sound like the lecture of a architect. Now I will share verses from this book.
Ezekiel 1.3 ” The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him. ”
Ezekiel 2.3 ” And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. ”
Ezekiel 2.4 ” For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. ”
Ezekiel 2.5 ” And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. ”
Ezekiel 3.1 ” Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. ”
Ezekiel 3.2 ” So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. ” (this is funny)
Ezekiel 3.3 ” And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. ”
Ezekiel 5.13 ” Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them. ”
Ezekiel 6.4 ” And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. ”
Ezekiel 6.5 ” And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. ”
Ezekiel 6.6 ” In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. ”
Ezekiel 6.7 ” And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”
Ezekiel 6.9 ” And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. ”
Ezekiel 6.10 ” And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. ”
Ezekiel 7.8 ” Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. ”
Ezekiel 7.9 ” And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth. ”
Ezekiel 7.27 ” The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD. ”
Ezekiel 8.10 ” So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. ”
Ezekiel 8.16 ” And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. ” (surya namaskar. FYI this is a problem for them.)
Ezekiel 9.5 ” And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: ”
Ezekiel 9.6 ” Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. ”
Ezekiel 12.20 ” And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. ”
Ezekiel 13.3 ” Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! ”
Ezekiel 13.8 ” Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD. ”
Ezekiel 14.4 ” Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; ”
Ezekiel 14.5 ” That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. ”
Ezekiel 14.6 ” Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. ”
Ezekiel 14.7 ” For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: ”
Ezekiel 14.8 ” And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. ”
Ezekiel 14.9 ” And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.”
Ezekiel 14.13 ” Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: ”
Ezekiel 15.7 ” And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them. ”
Ezekiel 15.8 ” And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD. ”
Ezekiel 16.26 ” Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. ”
Ezekiel 16.30 ” How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; ”
Ezekiel 16.49 ” Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. ”
Ezekiel 16.50 ” And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. ”
Ezekiel 18.20 ” The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. ”
Ezekiel 18.21 ” But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”
Ezekiel 18.23 ” Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? ”
Ezekiel 18.24 ” But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. ”
Ezekiel 18.30 ” Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. ”
Ezekiel 20.13 ” But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. ”
Ezekiel 20.16 ” Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. ”
Ezekiel 20.21 ” Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. ”
Ezekiel 20.24 ” Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols. ”
Ezekiel 20.27 ” Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me. ”
Ezekiel 21.17 ” I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the LORD have said it. ”
Ezekiel 22.4 ” Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries. ”
Ezekiel 23.2 ” Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:”
Ezekiel 23.3 ” And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. ”
Ezekiel 23.7 ” Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. ”
Ezekiel 23.8 ” Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her. ”
Ezekiel 23.9 ” Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. ”
Ezekiel 23.10 ” These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her. ”
Ezekiel 23.11 ” And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms. ”
Ezekiel 23.18 ” So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister. ”
Ezekiel 23.29 ” And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. ”
Ezekiel 23.30 ” I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols. ”
Ezekiel 23.34 ” Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. ”
Ezekiel 23.47 ” And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire. ”
Ezekiel 23.48 ” Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness. ”
Ezekiel 23.49 ” And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD. ”
Ezekiel 24.10 ” Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. ”
Ezekiel 24.11 ” Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed. ”
Ezekiel 24.24 ” Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.”
Ezekiel 25.11 ” And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD. ”
Ezekiel 25.12 ” Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them; ”
Ezekiel 25.13 ” Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword. ”
Ezekiel 25.14 ” And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD. ”
Ezekiel 25.15 ” Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; ”
Ezekiel 25.16 ” Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. ”
Ezekiel 25.17 ” And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them. ”
Ezekiel 28.2 ” Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:”
Ezekiel 28.10 ” Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. ”
Ezekiel 28.18 ” Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. ”
Ezekiel 30.8 ” And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed. ”
Ezekiel 30.13 ” Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt. ”
Ezekiel 30.22 ” Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand. ”
Ezekiel 32.9 ” I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known. ”
Ezekiel 32.15 ” When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD. ”
Ezekiel 36.6 ” Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: ”
Ezekiel 36.17 ” Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. ”
Ezekiel 36.22 ” Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. ”
Ezekiel 36.23 ” And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. ”
Ezekiel 36.25 ” Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. ”
Ezekiel 37.23 ” Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. ”
Ezekiel 39.21 ” And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. ”
Ezekiel 39.22 ” So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. ”
The Book of Daniel
This is a small book of just 12 chapters. The main characters of this book are Daniel (He is also called Belteshazzar by the Babylonians), Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Belshazzar, and Darius. The book is about how Daniel goes to work for the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. How he earns the trust of the king by interpreting his dreams twice. Then there is the story of his friends refusing to accept the God’s of the Babylonian Kingdom. They reject the king’s food, pray to their God when it was illegal to do so. They also refuse to bow to the king’s idol, for which they were thrown into a scorching furnace. But nothing happens to them and they come out completely fine. Obviously Daniel at the end of all such events says that it not Daniel who is doing all these wonders but it the Lord thy God himself. The last 5 chapters describe the visions of Daniel. He says that they are instructions of God. The visions are about the kingdoms that he lived in and that a Messiah will come followed by a series of apocalyptic events.
The Book of Hosea
This book starts with God declaring Hosea as his prophet. The 1st 3 chapters are about Hosea marrying this women and has 3 kids with her. But the women is adulterous and she sleeps around. Hosea leaves her saying that the 3 children are not his flesh and blood. But then god tells Hosea to take her back. So he goes and buys her back and tells her clearly that now she shall not get back to her “whorish” ways.
This example mentioned in the 1st 3 chapters is used as an example of God telling the people of the Northern kingdoms how they have walked away from the path of God. And because they have done that they will suffer. And it is through this suffering that they will run back to God and he will then rescue them.
The Book of Joel
Same pattern different prophet. A very small book of 3 chapters. The 1st chapter describes how everything is getting destroyed by locusts. He basically tries to tell the people of Judah that this destruction is a sign that the people have strayed away from the path of the Lord thy God. So they better get their act together or there is more destruction in store for them.
The Book of Amos
Now we are back again the Northern Kingdom. Things are looking very bad. God does not like the way things are going. So he appoints Amos to talk to the people of Israel. It starts with Amos declaring punishments to the 4 neighboring nations of Damascus, Gaza, Edom, and Tyre.
Then you have a series of 5 chapters where Amos gives a variety of examples of how God is going to punish the people of Israel because they have gone back to idolatry. The book ends in chapter 9 where Amos declares how he will restore the fallen kingdom back. (Amos 9.9, 9.10, 9.11)
The Book of Obadiah
This is the shortest book of the Old Testament. It is just 1 chapter. This book of the story of the people of Edom. The people of Edom refuse to follow God’s commands. Hence God sends his prophet Obadiah to pronounce his judgement. The first few verses of the chapter describes how the Edomites have become arrogant and explains all their sins (guess what it is always idolatry). The last few verses explain the defeat of the people of Edom and how the Israelites defeat the Edomites.
The Book of Jonah
This is one of the funniest stories of the Bible. It is about the Prophet Jonah. It starts with God telling Jonah to go to Nineveh but he disobeys God and boards a ship that is going to Tarshish. Then a storm comes and the sailors get worried. Jonah tells them this is God’s punishment. The sailors ask Jonah what shall they do. He tells them to throw him in the sea because God is mad at him and if he stays on the ship they will suffer. And when he enters the water a big fish swallows Jonah. So now Jonah stays inside the fish for 3 days & 3 nights, and guess what nothing happens to him. So while he is in the tummy of the big fish he realises how he has been a very disloyal and prays to God and asks for forgiveness. God forgives Jonah and lets him come out of the body of the big fish. (Now Christians believe this story literally. I have met many who do. Can someone explain how the hell does one stay inside the stomach of a big fish and does not get dissolved. Please someone explain the science. The answers Christians give ” God works in mysterious ways “. No God does not work in mysterious ways, he works in unscientific ways.) Once Jonah is out of the body of the big fish he goes to Nineveh to fulfill his mission. It ends with God telling Jonah how loving and compassionate he is. (Talk about love and compassion. God just made Jonah spend 3 days inside a fish.)
The Book of Micah
This book revolves around the encounter of the Prophet Micah with the people of Samaria and Jerusalem. Same pattern as every time the first few chapters talk about the judgments of God. The last few chapters are about how the people can restore themselves and their salvation.
The Book of Nahum
A small book of 3 chapters. This is again about the people of Nineveh. Post Jonah Nineveh’s residents have gone back to their evil ways. This time they are warned by the Prophet Nahum. The 1st Chapter is about how strong the God is and how he can destroy anything that comes in his way. It is explained in this book by the example of how mountains quake in front of the Lord (Nahum1.5). The next two chapters have the verses where Nahum predicts the complete destruction of Nineveh.
The Book of Habakkuk
Another small book of just three chapters. It revolves around the Prophet Habakkuk and the Babylonians. The 1st chapter is about Habakkuk asking questions to God as he describes the current state of affairs which are bad according to him. In the 2nd chapter God answers the questions raised by Habakkuk by telling him to be patient and have faith in him. The 3rd chapter is about Habakkuk thanking God for being kind to him and answering his questions in such a wonderful manner.
The Book of Zephaniah
This is the story of the encounter of the Prophet Zephaniah and the people of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. The 1st two chapters are about the various kinds of problems/punishments God is going to heap upon the people of Judah. The 3rd chapter kind of consolidates the mentions of the first two chapters and Zephaniah says that God punishes the people who deserve to be punished and post that a new kingdom will be made whose people will be obedient to the Lord thy God.
The Book of Haggai
This is a small book of just 2 chapters. The key people are Haggai, Zerubbabel, and Joshua. The book revolves around the resumption of the work of the temple which was stopped. The 1st chapter talks about God telling Haggai to tell the people of Jerusalem that they have not completed the construction of the temple. In the 2nd chapter Haggai explains the value of building the temple at Jerusalem to his people and motivates them to finish the work.
The Book of Zechariah
This book is a very important book for the Christians. Because after Isaiah this book has the most clear mention of the coming of Jesus Christ (According to the Christians). Key characters are Zechariah, Zerubbabel and Joshua.
This first 8 chapters are very similar to that of the Book of Haggai in the sense that Zechariah here mentions in his visions how the people of Israel have gone astray and are not motivated enough to build the Temple of the Lord thy God. There are a series of verses which explain the visions of Zachariah who encourages the people to build the temple and explains the advantages of the same. There is the mention of a man called Branch who will build the temple of God and will sit on the throne of Israel. (Zechariah 6.12, 6.13)
The next 6 chapters are very vague with some mentions of judgment against the neighboring nations. But the Christians believe that there are 4 verses that are extremely important that clearly state the mention of a ” Messiah ” via his arrival, his betrayal, his crucifixion and finally the second coming. These verses are Zechariah 9.9, 11.12 12.10 and 14.4. I personally could not find a connection to Jesus, or should I say I failed to understand their logic, but I will leave that to the Christians. Unlike Isaiah 7.14 which clearly talks about a virgin birth.
The Book of Malachi
This is the last book of the Old testament. it has 4 chapters. This book revolves around Malachi and the priests. The first 3 chapters are about how Malachi points out all the mistakes the Jews have committed which includes the priests (chapter 2). In Malachi 3.1 it is mentioned that God will send a messenger to prepare the way for them. In the last chapter Malachi explains the punishment they will suffer from the Lord thy God (Malachi 4.1). And as usual it ends with the standard caveat that those who want to save their lives should follow the instructions of the Lord thy God (Malachi 4.4, 4.5). The last verse of the Old Testament bears proof to the state of affairs of Israel. I would never imagine a holy book ending with God talking about punishing his bhakts. Will type it in for your reference.
Malachi 4.6 ” And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. ”
From this verse what the author of this book is trying to indicate is the kind of situation that existed during this particular time in Israel. Obviously the author thinks it is a sad state of affairs because the people of Israel have fallen away from the path of the Lord thy God and are worshipping other God’s like Baal. That obviously is a huge problem with the jealous, dictatorial, self centered and vengeful type of character that the God of the Bible’s Old Testament is.
The New testament
The Gospel According To Saint Matthew
The Gospel begins with Mathew giving a detailed account of the ancestry of Jesus. From Abraham till Jesus there are 42 generations. So Mary has a child without having normal sexual intercourse with Joseph in Bethlehem. Joseph gets confused at first and decides to let go of Mary quietly. But then one day the angel of God comes and tells him that The Holy Ghost has conceived this child and that he is supposed to name him Jesus. Joseph then stays on with Mary because he is such a nice guy.
Then the King Herod of the wise men from the East hears that a child is born and he is a virgin birth. He gets informed that this child is the ” King of the Jews “. Herod gets very angry and orders that all children should be murdered in Bethlehem. When Mary & Joseph hear this news they quickly escape to Egypt. Post the death of Herod they then go to Nazareth. In Nazareth they stay in a town called Galilee.
Then we fast forward many years and now Jesus is a grown man. The weird part is that there is no information at all about Jesus the teenager. Jesus is a baby and then suddenly you know of Jesus the grown up man. What happens in between no one knows. In the 3rd chapter you have John the Baptist who baptizes Jesus. (John the Baptist is mentioned in Malachi 3.1) Then God announces that Jesus is my son. Then Satan puts Jesus through a test where he is in the wild for 40 days and he comes out with flying colours.
Then starts Jesus’s journey as a preacher. His earliest disciples are Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Chapters 5 to 7 are about Jesus giving the Sermon on the Mount. These are the messages of Jesus on being humble, love thy neighbour etc. Also in Chapter 7 Jesus gets a little angry and basically says people who don’t believe him are foolish (Matthew 7.26).
Jesus keeps on travelling across Galilee and as he is travelling he keeps healing people. These miraculous things are explained in the form of the 10 miracles of Jesus. By Chapter 10 Jesus has his 12 disciples. It is from here that you start seeing the trend of Jesus training his disciples in the art of conversion.
Then Jesus starts facing opposition. People now question Jesus’s methods to which he replies in his own ways. There are parables in Chapter 13. Then Jesus goes on performing one miracle after the other. But there is resistance from his own people. Then one day Jesus walks on water to remove the doubts of his disciples. There is one thing that I find very interesting. Jesus did not like divorce. He also does not like wealthy people. Seems like Jesus was a socialist.
In Chapter 21 Jesus gets angry at the temple keepers and criticizes their poor upkeep. He says the focus of Jews has been primarily on legal issues rather than on being just and humane. Jesus warns the Jews about God punishing them and that they should get ready for the end of the world. Obviously he adds the caveat that the righteous will be saved. And who are righteous, naturally the ones who agree with Jesus’s point of view.
Chapter no 26 is about the famous Last Supper. Here Jesus informs his disciples over dinner that one of his disciples Judah will betray him. He also states that when he dies all his other 11 disciples will run away and there is a special mention of Peter who will betray him. There is then the symbolic mention of Jesus breaking bread and drinking wine with his disciples. The bread symbolizes Jesus’s body and the wine is Jesus’s blood (Matthew26.26, 26.28).
So after mentioning all this that is going to happen to Jesus he then suddenly goes and asks God is there a escape route to this. (Now if you are Jesus and you know that what you have just mentioned above in inevitable, why would you then go and ask God about a escape route). Anyways by the time Jesus is done talking to God Judah arrives with Roman soldiers. Judah kisses Jesus via which they know who is the person who claims to be the Son of God.
Jesus is then brought in front of a court for judgment. Pilate the governor is very weary of passing a judgment and decides to crowd source the verdict. Then there are verses where the crowd says Jesus should be crucified (Matthew27.22). Jesus is dragged out with a crown of thorns and is crucified. Then suddenly Jesus shouts on the cross asking God why has he done this with him (Matthew27.46) (Once again if you knew all that is happening to you in advance why so much melodrama).
Then comes the part where Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James Joseph go to visit Jesus’s tomb to perform some rituals. They are surprised to see that Jesus’s tomb is empty. At that time a angel comes and tells them Jesus has been resurrected from the dead and he’ll be in Galilee. Then Jesus meets the women and tells them to call his disciples. At first when his disciples arrive they don’t believe that it is really Jesus. But then Jesus convinces them that it is really him and he instructs them to go around baptizing people in the name of The Father, The Son & The Holy Ghost. Now I’ll share a few verses from the entire Gospel.
Matthew 5.17 ” Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. ”
Matthew 5.19 ” Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. ”
Matthew 5.32 ” But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. ” (I just find this verse weird)
Matthew 5.39 ” But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. ” (Gandhian ways. But what happened to this message when the crusades were happening)
Matthew 5.44 ” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; ”
Matthew 6.24 ” No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ” (Exclusivist attitude & suggestion of surrender to God)
Matthew 7.5 ” Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
Matthew 7.12 ” Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. ”
Matthew 7.15 ” Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. ” (So much for being nice and kind to all. Here he says beware of others)
Matthew 7.20 ” Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. ”
Matthew 7.21 ” Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. ”
Matthew 7.23 ” And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. ”
Matthew 7.24 ” Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: ”
Matthew 7.26 ” And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: ” (So this is Jesus saying only if you agree to my point of view I will call you wise. If you disagree then you are a dumb person.)
Matthew 10.13 ” And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. ” (Being trained in conversion.)
Matthew 10.14 ” And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. ” (Don’t lose hope while trying to convert.)
Matthew 10.16 ” Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. ” (Jesus tells them to be sly.)
Matthew 10.18 ” And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. ”
Matthew 10.22 ” And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. ” (People will not like you for your conversion activity but keep going till the end.)
Matthew 10.33 ” But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. ” (If you don’t agree with me then….)
Matthew 10.34 ” Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. ”
Matthew 10.35 ” For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
Matthew 10.37 ” He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. ” (love me more than your own family)
Matthew 10.38 ” And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. ”
Matthew 10.39 ” He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. ”
Matthew 11.6 ” And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. ”
Matthew 11.28 ” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ” (Conversion training)
Matthew 11.29 ” Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. ”
Matthew 12.30 ” He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. ” (Again you have to agree with me or else….)
Matthew 12.31 ” Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. ” (Again exclusivism, you have to follow the rules of this particular God.)
Matthew 12.32 ” And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” (Bad news for atheists and worshippers of other God’s.)
Matthew 12.50 ” For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. ” (What about who don’t? Indications given in previous verses of the same chapter.)
Matthew 13.15 ” For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. ”
Matthew 18.3 ” And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. ” (Just blindly believe me, no critical thinking allowed.)
Matthew 18.6 ” But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. ”
Matthew 18.16 ” But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. ” (If you alone cannot convert then take more with you but just convince them about your point of view. Relentless pursuit)
Matthew 18.17 ” And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. ”
Matthew 19.9 ” And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. ”
Matthew 19.23 ” Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. ” (Socialist Jesus🙂)
Matthew 19.24 ” And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. ”
Matthew 21.12 ” And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,, ” (Angry Jesus)
Matthew 21.13 ” And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. ”
Matthew 23.33 ” Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? ”
Matthew 24.11 ” And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. ” (Beware I am the real thing. Poor Prophet Mohammad. According to Jesus he is fake.)
Matthew 24.24 ” For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. ”
Matthew 28.19 ” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: ” (Ok my disciples I’m back now go all over the world and start converting people.)
Matthew 28.20 ” Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. ” (The entire focus of Jesus’s teachings is to convince the entire world that he is the only hope and his disciples have to go around everywhere and save those poor disbelievers.)
The Gospel According To Saint Mark
The Gospel of saint Mark is actually the first book if one tries to date the books of the New Testament. But because the Gospel of Matthew gets a better continuation with the Old Testament it is provided as the first book of the New Testament. This book is a short account of 16 chapters. The striking difference between this book and the Gospel of Saint Matthew is that Saint Mark has completely omitted the details of Jesus’s birth, the sermon on the mount and some parables from the Gospel of Saint Matthew.
The book is divided into 2 parts. In the 1st eight chapters Jesus is travelling towards the northern direction talking to people and preaching the word of God. In the last 8 chapters he comes back by travelling South.
The book starts with John the Baptist awaiting the arrival of the Messiah. He then goes on to baptize Jesus. Then the book explains the story of how Jesus chooses his 12 disciples and until chapter 8 you have various stories of Jesus healing, teaching, performing miracles which are the same that were mentioned in the Gospel of Saint Matthew.
Then the book moves to the part where Jesus declares his death and resurrection. Then the entire scenario is narrated with the last Chapter concluding with the arrival of Jesus after 3 days of his death where he instructs his 11 disciples to go and preach the word of the Lord to everybody. I will now share a few verses from this book.
Mark 1.17 ” And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. ” (Jesus is telling Simon & Andrew to come with him and he will teach them how to convert people to their point of view. Nice way to express it, isn’t it? Fishers of men??? As if human beings are wild animals which needed to be tamed.)
Mark 3.29 ” But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: ” (So atheists/agnostics/believers of other God’s are basically eternally damned.)
Mark 8.34 ” And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. ”
Mark 8.35 ” For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. ”
Mark 9.42 ” And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. ”
Mark 10.15 ” Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. ”
Mark 13.6 ” For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. ” (So Christ is saying that Prophet Mohammad is a fake Prophet?)
Mark 13.13 ” And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. ”
Mark 13.21 ” And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: ”
Mark 13.22 ” For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. ” (Jesus claiming his monopoly over the truth. No one can come after him.)
Mark 16.15 ” And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ”
Mark 16.16 ” He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. ”
Mark 16.17 ” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; ”
Mark 16.18 ” They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. ”
Mark 16.19 ” So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. ”
Mark 16.20 ” And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. ”
The Gospel According To Saint Luke
Again this book repeats pretty much the same story as the previous two Gospels have narrated. But there are some differences which need to be shared. In Luke’s Gospel the genealogy of Jesus is traced back to Adam. There is an attempt to downplay the Jewish roots of Jesus which are in contrast to the genealogy shown in the Matthew’s Gospel. I guess because the Matthew’s Gospel was the first book after the Old Testament ended and they needed the genealogy to connect with the Jewish tradition. This is my guess and I have no way I can prove this.
Also in this Gospel there is a rare story of the 12 year old Jesus whose parents can’t find him. Eventually they see him sitting in the temple chatting with the doctors where he is asking them questions. This story is not found in the other two previous Gospels. Also Luke’s Gospels has parables which have the story of the Good Samaritan and the parable of a woman called Mary. Also there is the mention of the 70 disciples of Jesus in this Gospel in Chapter no 10 which are not there in the other two Gospel’s.
Now let us summarize this Gospel in a chapter wise distribution. The 1st 4 Chapters are about the birth of Jesus and his baptism by John the Baptist. The next 17 chapters are about how Jesus gets his 12 disciples and goes on this journey where he preaches, heals, performs miracles etc. The last 3 chapters are about how Jesus is betrayed by Judas, his arrest followed by his crucifixion. The book ends with the resurrection of Jesus and him telling his 11 disciples to go and spread the word of God. Now onto a few verses.
Luke 6.37 ” Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: ” (Jesus tells us not to judge but then I see him judging the people who disagree with him all the time in the Bible. Seems very hypocritical.)
Luke 10.3 ” Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. ” (Again it seems as if the ones who disagree with Jesus are portrayed as prey.)
Luke 10.10 ” But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, ”
Luke 10.11 ” Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. ”
Luke 11.23 ” He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. ” (Isn’t this being judgmental and not being so forgiving as Jesus claims to be.)
Luke 12.4 ” And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. ”
Luke 12.5 ” But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. ”
Luke 12.8 ” Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: ”
Luke 12.9 ” But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. ”
Luke 12.10 ” And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. ”
Luke 14.26 ” If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. ”
Luke 14.27 ” And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. ”
Luke 16.13 ” No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ”
Luke 18.17 ” Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. ”
Luke 21.17 ” And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. ”
Luke 21.18 ” But there shall not an hair of your head perish. ”
Luke 21.19 ” In your patience possess ye your souls. ”
The Gospel According to Saint John
This Gospel skips the details of Jesus’ birth and his childhood. The central focus of this Gospel in basically about how Jesus is divine. Many verses in the Gospel quote Jesus saying He and his father are one. The Gospel begins with John the Baptist and his baptism of Jesus and his declaration of Jesus being the true son of God. The next 10 chapters explain 7 miracles of Jesus Christ. Now this Book’s most interesting parts are chapters 13 to 17. Unlike the previous three Gospels this one has a detailed account of the conversation between Jesus and his disciples during the Last Supper. The last three chapters are about the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection. Now I will share a few verses from this Gospel.
John 1.17 ” For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. ”
John 2.19 ” Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. ”
John 3.15 ” That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. ”
John 3.36 ” He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. ”
John 4.23 ” But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. ”
John 5.18 ” Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. ”
John 6.47 ” Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. ”
John 8.15 ” Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. ”
John 8.16 ” And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. ”
John 8.24 ” I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. ”
John 8.26 ” I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. ”
John 8.28 ” Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. ”
John 8.58 ” Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. ”
John 9.5 ” As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. ”
John 10.9 ” I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. ”
John 10.30 ” I and my Father are one. ”
John 10.38 ” But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. ”
John 11.26 ” And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? ”
John 12.26 ” If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. ”
John 12.46 ” I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. ”
John 12.47 ” And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. ”
John 12.48 ” He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. ”
John 14.6 ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ”
John 14.10 ” Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. ”
John 15.6 ” If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. ”
The Acts Of The Apostles.
The Book of Acts can be called a sequel to the Gospel of Luke. The key characters of this are Peter, Paul, John, James, Stephen, Barnabas, Timothy, Lydia, Silas, and Apollos. The entire work is based around the missionary work of the early disciples and how they spread the word of God around. This is the first time that the words ” Church” & “Christian” are used in the Bible. The Book begins with Jesus handing over the reins to his 11 disciples. Peter is the leader of the disciples now. The first thing the apostles do is appoint Matthias as the 12 disciple/apostle. He replaces Judas who had betrayed Jesus and had gotten him arrested.
There is a story of the Holy Spirit that comes upon them and then they suddenly start speaking different languages. (Basically it is a process of the 12 disciples learning different languages so that they can go around in different areas to convert people.) Peter then gives a sermon which results in 3000 Jews converting to Christianity. Then there is a story of a couple that defrauds the Church and they are murdered for that (So much for Jesus preaching his folks to forgive the enemy). Peter then goes to a Jewish temple and preaches the Gospel of the Lord. The high priests of the temple don’t like it and arrest him. He is later on summoned in a court where Peter puts his point of view across and the people say that he should be let off with a warning. But the high priest imprisons him, but then suddenly there is earth quake in the area of the prison and prison doors open and he is freed.
One of the most important aspects for me in this Book is the division of the Church in two parts. The Hellenists who were Jews with a Greek background feel discriminated and say that they are getting a raw deal from the Hebrews. The dispute is settled by setting up a separate team of 7 disciples for the Hellenists. The leader of the Hellenists is a man called Stephen. Stephen is then accused by the Jews for heresy. He is produced before the Sanhedrin/court where he explains his point of view and eventually accuses the Jews of being rigid in their thoughts. The Jews are annoyed and Stephen is stoned to death. The man who approved his stoning was called Saul. Then there is a story of Saul becoming blind and suddenly Jesus asks Saul why is he so harsh on the Christians. A conversation ensues which ends with Jesus curing Saul. Now Saul himself becomes a devout Christian who travels all over the country and converts people to Christianity. Saul is renamed Paul.
Then there is a story of how the Gentiles aka pagans/idolaters/unclean people are being discriminated against. So Peter turns his focus on them by explaining to them that God does not discriminate and a lot of gentiles convert to Christianity. Then Paul and Barnabas are involved in a debate over the traditional Jewish Christians where they insist for someone to become a Christian they have to follow all Jewish traditions and circumcision is a must. But Paul believes in a more flexible strategy so that they attract people to the Christian fold and circumcision is a problem with the Gentiles. So he decides to relax the rules a bit for the Gentiles. They then spilt up and Paul goes ahead with another disciple called Silas.
Paul then goes to Greece where he has a little bit of success. The idea is to fit Christian beliefs into Greek ideas/beliefs. Paul goes to Athens, Corinth, Aquilla and Priscilla. He then goes to Ephesus where there is a riot by the locals who say Paul’s preaching will destroy their business of making idols. Paul then goes back to Jerusalem. There he is accused of teaching against the Jewish Law. Paul is then produced in the court. There he creates a rift between the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The tribunal sends Paul to Caesarea when they get to know that 40 Jews are planning to kill him. At the trial is Caesarea Paul is sentenced for 2 years imprisonment. Paul appeals against the sentence and after the death of the previous governor Felix he is sent to Rome by the new governor Festus. On route Paul is brought in front of the Jewish King of Palestine Agrippa. Paul narrates the story of Jesus and his death followed by his resurrection to the King Agrippa who is very impressed.
On the way to Rome Paul’s ship is wrecked. Paul finally arrives at Rome after a few months. He then goes around preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in Rome. The Chapter ends here. Now I will share a few verses.
Acts 1.26 ” And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. ”
Acts 2.38 ” Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ”
Acts 2.40 ” And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. ”
Acts 2.41 ” Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. ”
Acts 3.14 ” But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; ”
Acts 4.12 ” Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. ”
Acts 6.1 ” And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. ”
Acts 6.3 ” Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. ”
Acts 7.51 ” Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. ”
Acts 13.9 ” Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, ”
Acts 13.10 ” And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? ”
Acts 13.11 ” And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. ”
Acts 15.1 ” And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. ”
Acts 15.2 ” When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. ”
Acts 15.3 ” And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. ”
Acts 15.19 ” Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: ”
Acts 15.20 ” But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. ” (idol worshipping is a strict no no.)
Acts 15.29 ” That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. ”
Acts 16.5 ” And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily. ”
Acts 16.30 ” And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? ”
Acts 16.31 ” And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. ”
Acts 17.16 ” Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. ”
Acts 17.22 ” Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. ”
Acts 17.23 ” For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. ”
Acts 18.6 ” And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. ”
Acts 19.26 ” Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: ”
Acts 19.27 ” So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. ”
Acts 19.36 ” Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. ”
Acts 21.25 ” As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. ”
Acts 23.3 ” Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? ”
Acts 26.28 ” Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. ”
The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Romans
From this Book starts a series of letters which Paul writes to citizens/followers/believers of different areas. Paul had personally not visited Rome and only had a few acquaintances in Rome. The Epistle begins with Paul giving an elaborate introduction of himself and then goes on to praise the Roman Church.
Then Paul shares the state of affairs at a point of time in the past. He tries to explain how the state of affairs were not looking good because people were worshipping idols, and the Jews were more obsessed with rituals like circumcision then actually following the law of the Lord. Paul then moves onto the central theme of all the Epistles of Paul i.e faith. Paul tries to put the point across that salvation is only attainable through faith. Jesus’s sacrifice brought grace in everyone’s life and everyone must follow the path of holiness and not of sin. Jewish law tends to send one on the direction of sin. Paul explains that the Jews made the mistake of thinking that Jewish law is the means to salvation. He tries to reconcile the Christian concept of Grace with Abraham’s covenant with God. He then goes on to say that eventually the Jews will come around and show their faith in Jesus. Paul explains what are the standard do’s and dont’s for the ideal Christian. They pretty much float around charity and complete submission to the concept of Jesus being the son of God and that they have to believe each and every word of the story if they want salvation. The chapter ends with Paul greeting many scholars. Now a few verses.
Romans 1.18 ” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; ”
Romans 1.21 ” Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ”
Romans 1.22 ” Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, ”
Romans 1.23 ” And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. ”
Romans 1.24 ” Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: ”
Romans 1.32 ” Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. ”
Romans 3.30 ” Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. ”
Romans 3.31 ” Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. ”
Romans 5.12 ” Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: ”
Romans 5.18 ” Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. ”
Romans 5.19 ” For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. ” (complete incompatibility with dharma. because in dharma karma is an individual process. one persons karma cannot affect others.)
Romans 6.23 ” For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ”
Romans 8.2 ” For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. ”
Romans 8.9 ” But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. ”
Romans 8.18 ” For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ”
Romans 10.1 ” Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. ”
Romans 10.2 ” For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. ”
Romans 10.3 ” For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. ”
Romans 10.4 ” For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. ”
Romans 10.11 ” For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. ”
Romans 12.19 ” Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. ”
Romans 12.20 ” Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. ” (if this and the previous verse are the norm why did the crusades happen?)
Romans 13.2 ” Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. ”
The First Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Corinthians
Unlike the Epistle to the Romans this particular book specifically deals with pointed issues. The Corinthians had become a very prosperous city and a result of that had led them back into factionalism, idolatry and some objectionable sexual activities. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians deals specifically with these issues.
The first four chapters deal solely with the factionalism that has developed within the Church. The Church had divided itself according to different variations being taught by the preachers. Paul tries to correct that mistake by them explaining that they are all united under Jesus.(Homogenizing has been a obsession of Christianity from day one.)
The next 7 chapters are about the various sexual practices that the Church had gotten into. He explains that the Church must solve the moral matters within themselves and the sinners must be chastised. He also gives an explanation pertaining to marriage. He again clarifies that it is not mandatory to get circumcised when one converts to Christianity. He also says that it is ok to eat food that is dedicated to other Gods as long as people believe that Jesus Christ is the true son of God and he is the only true path to salvation. He mentions that women should pray with their heads covered and men must worship bare headed.
In chapter 12 to 14 Paul clarifies a query of the Corinthian Church. The Church of the Corinthians has people who speak in different languages. Paul acknowledges the importance of accepting people who speak in different languages as it strengthens their community. But he clearly states that the prophecy with a clear message is far more important than speaking different languages because there is the chance of the message being corrupted.
The Book ends with Paul explaining the death of Jesus followed by his resurrection. He explains that this is the most important point of Christianity and that people must strictly follow this doctrine. Now a few verses from this Book.
1 Corinthians 1.17 ” For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. ”
1 Corinthians 1.22 ” For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: ”
1 Corinthians 1.23 ” But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; ”
1 Corinthians 1.25 ” Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ”
1 Corinthians 2.14 ” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ”
1 Corinthians 3.11 ” For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. ”
1 Corinthians 3.17 ” If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. ”
1 Corinthians 3.19 ” For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. ”
1 Corinthians 4.21 ” What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness? ”
1 Corinthians 5.10 ” Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. ”
1 Corinthians 5.11 ” But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. ” (exclusivism and discrimination)
1 Corinthians 6.9 ” Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, ”
1 Corinthians 7.8 ” I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. ”
1 Corinthians 7.9 ” But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. ”
1 Corinthians 7.38 ” So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. ”
1 Corinthians 8.4 ” As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. ”
1 Corinthians 8.6 ” But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. ”
1 Corinthians 9.16 ” For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! ”
1 Corinthians 9.20 ” And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; ”
1 Corinthians 9.21 ” To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. ”
1 Corinthians 10.6 ” Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. ”
1 Corinthians 10.7 ” Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. ”
1 Corinthians 10.9 ” Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. ”
1 Corinthians 10.10 ” Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. ”
1 Corinthians 10.14 ” Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. ”
1 Corinthians 10.19 ” What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? ”
1 Corinthians 10.20 ” But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. ”
1 Corinthians 10.22 ” Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? ”
1 Corinthians 10.28 ” But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: ”
1 Corinthians 11.3 ” But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. ”
1 Corinthians 11.7 ” For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. ”
1 Corinthians 11.8 ” For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. ”
1 Corinthians 11.9 ” Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. ”
1 Corinthians 11.10 ” For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. ”
1 Corinthians 11.14 ” Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? ”
1 Corinthians 12.2 ” Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. ”
1 Corinthians 14.34 ” Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. ”
1 Corinthians 14.35 ” And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. ”
1 Corinthians 15.12 ” Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? ”
1 Corinthians 15.13 ” But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: ”
1 Corinthians 15.14 ” And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. ”
The Second Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Corinthians
This letter is written by Paul to his disciple Timothy. In Acts 19.21, 19.22 Timothy had visited Corinth and complained to Paul about the state of affairs there. Paul decides to visit Corinth at that time where he is confronted and insulted. As a result he says he is not visiting the Corinthians and has instead chosen to write this letter to them. He tells his community to show love and forgiveness to the unnamed person who had insulted him.
Most of the letter is centered around how Paul transformed into a believer and his journey around the country preaching the word of God. He says that he is what he is today because of all the hardships he has suffered in his journey over the years. He expects the Corinthians to judge him in the same fair way as God judges Paul. He warns the Corinthians against worshipping false Gods. He then writes how he has been told by Titus that the Corinthians have realized their mistake. He then requests the Corinthians to donate for the Church in Jerusalem.
The book suddenly changes it’s tone and Paul again goes back to repudiating his critics and explaining to them the hardships he has gone through. Now we will go through a few verses.
2 Corinthians 4.3 ” But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: ”
2 Corinthians 4.4 ” In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ”
2 Corinthians 5.7 ” For we walk by faith, not by sight: ”
2 Corinthians 5.11 ” Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. ”
2 Corinthians 5.17 ” Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ”
2 Corinthians 6.14 ” Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? ”
2 Corinthians 6.15 ” And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? ”
2 Corinthians 6.16 ” And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. ”
2 Corinthians 6.17 ” Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, ”
2 Corinthians 7.1 ” Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. ”
2 Corinthians 7.14 ” For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. ”
2 Corinthians 7.15 ” And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. ”
2 Corinthians 8.9 ” For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. ”
2 Corinthians 8.14 ” But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: ”
2 Corinthians 11.4 ” For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. ”
2 Corinthians 11.10 ” As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. ”
2 Corinthians 11.12 ” But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. ”
2 Corinthians 11.13 ” For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. ”
2 Corinthians 11.14 ” And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. ”
2 Corinthians 12.21 ” And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. ”
2 Corinthians 13.10 ” Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. ”
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle To The Galatians
This letter is supposed to be the first letter by Paul. The key characters of this book are Apostle Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Abraham, Titus, and false teachers. The letter is based around Paul writing on how to deal with the issue of circumcision and the general attitude of the Jewish Christians towards the Gentiles.
The book starts with Paul warning the recipients of the letter against going astray from the message he has preached them. He explains to them how Jesus now lives inside him and all his actions are basically on Jesus’s directions. He then addresses the dispute which has been going on between the traditional Jewish Christians and the Gentiles. The view of the traditional Jewish Christians is that one cannot be called a Christian if they don’t circumcise themselves. The Gentiles disagree with the Jewish Christians.
Paul then tells the Jewish Christians that salvation is not achieved by following the Jewish law. He explains how everyone will break the ten commandments one time or the other. He insists that salvation can only be achieved through complete faith in Jesus Christ. The last chapter is about Paul explaining the benefits of following the spirit and surrendering to Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3.3 ” Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? ”
Galatians 3.20 ” Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. ”
Galatians 3.22 ” But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. ”
Galatians 3.23 ” But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. ”
Galatians 3.24 ” Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. ”
Galatians 3.25 ” But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. ”
Galatians 3.26 ” For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. ”
Galatians 4.9 ” But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? ”
Galatians 4.16 ” Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? ”
Galatians 5.1 ” Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ”
Galatians 5.2 ” Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. ”
Galatians 5.3 ” For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. ”
Galatians 5.4 ” Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. ”
Galatians 5.5 ” For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. ”
Galatians 5.6 ” For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. ”
Galatians 5.19 ” Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, ”
Galatians 5.20 ” Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, ”
Galatians 5.21 ” Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. ”
Galatians 6.7 ” Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. ”
Galatians 6.8 ” For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. ”
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians from prison (Ephesians3.1, 4.1). This book is basically about Paul explaining what it means to be a Christian and the basic tenets one needs to follow. The first three chapters are about Paul explaining the creation of the Christian community by God via the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each and every member of this community regardless of whether they are Jews or Gentiles have been saved by God through the deeds of Jesus Christ.
The last 3 chapters deal with Paul warning the Ephesians against going astray. He orders them to be responsible and have absolute faith in Jesus Christ as the true saviour. Now a few verses.
Ephesians 2.12 ” That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: ”
Ephesians 4.5 ” One Lord, one faith, one baptism, ”
Ephesians 4.6 ” One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. ”
Ephesians 4.14 ” That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; ”
Ephesians 5.5 ” For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. ”
Ephesians 5.6 ” Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. ”
Ephesians 5.7 ” Be not ye therefore partakers with them. ”
Ephesians 5.11 ” And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. ”
Ephesians 5.22 ” Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. ”
Ephesians 5.23 ” For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. ”
Ephesians 5.24 ” Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. ”
Ephesians 6.5 ” Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; ”
Ephesians 6.12 ” For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ”
Ephesians 6.13 ” Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. ”
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
This is a small book of 4 chapters. Paul writes this too from prison. This is a letter of appreciation written by Paul to the Philippians because of the financial assistance he receives from the Church at Philippi. Paul basically lauds the people and tells them to lead their lives towards spreading the teachings of Jesus. He explains to them the advantages of centering their lives on Christ. Few verses
Philippians 1.23 ” For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: ”
Philippians 1.24 ” Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. ”
Philippians 2.15 ” That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; ”
Philippians 3.2 ” Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. ”
Philippians 3.18 ” (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: ”
Philippians 3.19 ” Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) ”
Philippians 4.18 ” But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. ” (Similar message of financial assistance in Philippians 2.25.)
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians
This letter was written by Paul from prison when he heard that they were struggling with the problem of heresy. Paul is informed about the teachings being taught to the Colossians by the false teachers. Basically the authority of Jesus was being challenged in that particular part of the country. Paul states in the letter how the position of Jesus Christ as a redeemer and Creator is absolutely non negotiable. He then goes on to explain the greatness of Jesus through a number of verses stating the absolute sovereignty of Jesus and how is the only way to salvation.
Colossians 1.15 ” Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: ”
Colossians 2.4 ” And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. ”
Colossians 2.8 ” Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. ”
Colossians 3.5 ” Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: ”
Colossians 3.6 ” For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: ”
Colossians 3.7 ” In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. ”
Colossians 3.8 ” But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. ”
Colossians 3.14 ” And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. ”
Colossians 3.18 ” Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. ”
Colossians 3.22 ” Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: ”
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
Paul writes this letter in the city of Corinth. Paul sends Timothy to the new church in Thessalonica to get a report of how things are going there. Paul had fears that some false teachers might have infiltrated their ranks and led the Thessalonians astray. There is explanation of the coming of the rapture of believers of Jesus Christ and specific mention of him returning in 7 years (1 Thessalonians 4. 16, 4.17, 4.18).
Paul encourages the Thessalonians to continue in their righteous ways. He tells them that he knows they will face road blocks in the form of false teachers. He tells them to stick to their guns and pursue their passion towards Christ. He understands they are a new community and hence tells them that they will get more mature over the period of time.
1 Thessalonians 1.9 ” For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; ”
1 Thessalonians 4.5 ” Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: ”
1 Thessalonians 5.27 ” I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. ”
The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
The second letter from Paul is written in months of him writing the first letter to the Thessalonians. This is in reaction to another report Paul receives in regards to the citizens of Thessalonica being misguided by a few. There are fake letters being circulated by forging the signature of Paul and his hand writing. Hence this letter has Paul explaining to them the way he writes so that there is no confusion and forgery. (2 Thessalonians 3.17). Paul gives a detailed explanation of the end times in this Book. He as usual tells the Thessalonians to have faith in Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1.8 ” In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: ”
2 Thessalonians 1.9 ” Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; ”
2 Thessalonians 2.3 ” Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; ”
2 Thessalonians 2.7 ” For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. ”
2 Thessalonians 2.8 ” And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: ”
2 Thessalonians 2.11 ” And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: ”
2 Thessalonians 2.12 ” That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ”
2 Thessalonians 3.2 ” And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. ”
2 Thessalonians 3.6 ” Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. ”
2 Thessalonians 3.11 ” For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. ”
2 Thessalonians 3.13 ” But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. ”
2 Thessalonians 3.14 ” And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. ”
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy
Paul writes this letter to Timothy from Macedonia. This book deals with the leadership and organization of the Church. It explains how does one conduct oneself in church gatherings, what are the qualities that are a must in elders/deacons and what kind of discipline should the church follow. The reason Paul explains this to Timothy is because he is a very young Pastor and that the elders may not accept him as a leader very easily. He tells Timothy to stay focused and fight on (1 Timothy 1.18, 6.12). He also warns him against false teachers.
1 Timothy 1.6 ” From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; ”
1 Timothy 1.7 ” Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. ”
1 Timothy 1.8 ” But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; ”
1 Timothy 1.9 ” Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, ”
1 Timothy 1.10 ” For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; ”
1 Timothy 2.9 ” In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; ”
1 Timothy 2.11 ” Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. ”
1 Timothy 2.12 ” But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. ”
1 Timothy 2.13 ” For Adam was first formed, then Eve. ”
1 Timothy 2.14 ” And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. ”
1 Timothy 2.15 ” Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. ”
1 Timothy 3.5 ” (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) ”
1 Timothy 4.1 ” Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; ”
1 Timothy 4.2 ” Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; ”
1 Timothy 4.3 ” Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. ”
1 Timothy 4.4 ” For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: ”
1 Timothy 4.5 ” For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. ”
1 Timothy 5.3 ” Honour widows that are widows indeed. ”
1 Timothy 5.4 ” But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. ”
1 Timothy 5.5 ” Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. ”
1 Timothy 5.6 ” But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. ”
1 Timothy 5.8 ” But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. ”
1 Timothy 5.11 ” But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; ”
1 Timothy 5.12 ” Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. ”
1 Timothy 5.13 ” And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. ”
1 Timothy 5.15 ” For some are already turned aside after Satan. ”
1 Timothy 6.10 ” For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ”
The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy
This second letter is written by Paul from a prison. This letter indicates the end of Paul’s life. It is just before his death. Paul shares some personal details where he is settling his accounts and preparing for the inevitable. He tells Timothy that he should stay focused and never give up. He tells him that keeping the church in bounds will not be an easy task but he has faith in Timothy’s abilities. He tells Timothy to fight the good fight like Paul did all his life (Timothy 4.7).
2 Timothy 4.3 ” For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; ”
2 Timothy 4.4 ” And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. ”
2 Timothy 4.5 ” But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. ”
2 Timothy 4.14 ” Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: ”
2 Timothy 4.15 ” Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. ”
The Epistle Of Paul To Titus
This book revolves around how a Christian can analyze the message of God and his creation. It deals with the appearance of God in Christ firmly putting the entire basis of Christianity around Jesus Christ’s birth. The book states how the Churches in Crete were getting influenced by false teachers. Paul directs Titus to form a group of elders who can oversee the state of affairs the Church of Crete. Paul gives instructions to Titus about the roles to be played by different sections of society.
Titus 1.10 ” For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: ”
Titus 1.11 ” Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. ”
Titus 1.12 ” One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. ”
Titus 1.13 ” This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; ”
Titus 1.14 ” Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. ”
Titus 1.15 ” Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. ”
Titus 1.16 ” They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. ”
Titus 2.2 ” That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. ”
Titus 2.3 ” The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; ”
Titus 2.4 ” That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, ”
Titus 2.5 ” To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. ”
Titus 2.9 ” Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; ”
The Epistle Of Paul To Philemon
This is the smallest book of the New Testament. It is just 1 chapter. This book is about love and forgiveness. Paul request’s Philemon to forgive Onesimus who was once a slave. Onesimus has now converted to Christianity. Paul does not say that Onesimus is free from sin, but he says that he has full confidence that Philemon will respect the feelings of Paul and forgive Onesimus as a result of Christian values of love and forgiveness.
The Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Hebrews
This book is about the message to the traditional Jewish Christians. It talks about Jesus being the son of God and through him will all of mankind reach God in heaven. Salvation is only possible through Jesus. Jesus is above all other people, goals and aims to which human beings are attached. The aim of this book is to reinforce the superiority of the Christian law over the traditional Jewish Law. There are verses where the act of offering sacrifices to Lord in the form of animals is told to be inferior in comparison to salvation through faith in Jesus (Hebrews 1:4; 6:9; 7:19; 9:23; 10:34). Paul tells the Jewish Christians that although they are being persecuted they should not lose faith and they are following the better way. They should stay away from the Jewish law towards which they are being forced to go. There is an entire Chapter no 11 which explains the importance of faith over rituals.
Hebrews 3.11 ” So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) ”
Hebrews 3.12 ” Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. ”
Hebrews 9.24 ” For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: ”
Hebrews 10.30 ” For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. ”
Hebrews 10.31 ” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. ”
Hebrews 11.1 ” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ”
Hebrews 12.8 ” But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. ”
Hebrews 13.4 ” Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. ”
Hebrews 13.9 ” Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. ”
Hebrews 13.10 ” We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. ”
Hebrews 13.11 ” For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. ”
Hebrews 13.12 ” Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. ”
The General Epistle Of James
This books message in unlike any previous book of the New testament. The author James tries to reconcile the matters of faith with the day to day problems of a human being. It starts with James telling the believers to test their faith and get into action mode. In the next two chapters James explains the importance of being practical in day to day life. He tells his followers that if one only has faith and does not work than that faith is of no use. He mentions the importance of maintaining all the laws of God and that if a person breaks even one of the commandments then he basically breaks all of them. The 4th chapter is about James telling his believers to be dedicated to God and submit themselves to his service. In the last chapter James tells them to be humble and not lust after money. He insists that everyone is same in the eyes of God. He insists that every follower of Christianity must pray regularly.
The First Epistle General of Peter
This book has 5 chapters. The key characters are Peter, Silas and Mark. The 1st two chapters are where Peter tells the Christians that they should never lose faith in God. It does not matter whether they are in suffering or in joy. Infact he tells them to expect suffering as it is quite normal and obvious that Christians would suffer persecution and death (The tone and tenor of all the books of the New Testament are very soft. The reason for that being Christianity was not the dominant faith at this time. The true colors of Christianity are shown in the crusades. Infact any communities true morals are only tested when they are the dominant force.)
In the next 3 chapters Peters explains what it means to live a life of holiness. He tells them to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. A ideal Christian is supposed to go and spread the message of hope to everyone (The mention of hope is because the Christians thought man was a sinner and the only hope for salvation is by believing in Christ and following his footsteps.)
1 Peter 3.1 ” Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; ”
1 Peter 3.2 ” While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. ”
1 Peter 4.3 ” For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: ”
The Second Epistle General of Peter
A very short book of just 3 chapters. The central theme is to warn the Christians against the false teachers and Prophets. It ends with Peter mentioning that they should not lose their faith in God as during the end of days the disbelievers will be punished and the believers will go to heaven.
2 Peter 1.9 ” But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. ”
2 Peter 1.20 ” Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. ”
2 Peter 1.21 ” For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. ”
2 Peter 2.1 ” But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. ”
2 Peter 2.2 ” And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. ”
2 Peter 2.3 ” And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. ”
2 Peter 2.6 ” And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; ”
2 Peter 2.12 ” But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; ”
2 Peter 2.13 ” And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; ”
2 Peter 2.14 ” Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: ”
2 Peter 2.15 ” Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; ”
2 Peter 2.16 ” But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. ”
The First Epistle General of John
The first Epistle of John is written to warn the Christians against false teachers. John reassures his followers to have faith in Jesus Christ. The false teachers have started preaching that Jesus did not exist in flesh and have started challenging the claims of the Christians. John reassures his followers in the first two chapters by explaining that Jesus did exist and only if they believed in Jesus as the Son of God will their sins be washed away. John explains to this followers how God loves them and they have to love each other similarly. The letter ends with John insisting again that the Christians need to have 100% faith in him and it is only through faith that they can achieve salvation.
1 John 2.4 ” He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. ”
1 John 2.18 ” Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. ”
1 John 2.22 ” Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. ”
1 John 2.26 ” These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ”
1 John 4.1 ” Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. ”
1 John 4.2 ” Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: ”
1 John 4.3 ” And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. ”
1 John 5.21 ” Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. ”
The Second Epistle General of John
A small book of 1 chapter. This letter is written to warn his followers against the preachers who question the beliefs of Christianity and are misguiding them.
2 John 1.7 ” For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. ”
2 John 1.9 ” Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. ”
2 John 1.10 ” If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: ”
2 John 1.11 ” For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. ”
The Third Epistle General of John
Another 1 chapter Book. The key characters are John Gaius, Diotrephes, and Demetrius. This letter is written to praise Gaius and Demetrius for their dedicated service to the Church. John says that he is extremely happy to see the way they have followed the teachings of Jesus Christ. Then he criticizes a false teacher called Diotrephes who had rejected John’s previous letter. Through this letter John shares his intentions to visit the Church very soon.
The General Epistle of Jude
The tone of this letter is very similar to The Second Epistle General of John. In this letter Jude warns his followers against heresy and advices them to follow the path of Jesus Christ. The letter is just one chapter.
Jude 1.4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. ”
Jude 1.5 ” I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. ”
Jude 1.6 ” And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. ”
Jude 1.8 ” Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. ”
Jude 1.10 ” But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. ”
Jude 1.11 ” Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. ”
Jude 1.13 ” Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. ”
Jude 1.15 ” To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. ”
Jude 1.16 ” These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. ”
Jude 1.17 ” How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. ”
The Revelation of Saint John The Divine
This Book is written by John when he was in Prison. The central theme of this Book is to explain the Supreme authority of Jesus Christ. The book of revelation is a warning to all the non believers that if they do not convert to Christianity a wide variety of pain and torture is in store for them and all of them will go to hell (Assuming a hell exists.)
The book starts with John greeting the Christians from the seven churches. John goes on to explain the revelation he has received from the angel of God. Although after every greeting John curses all the citizens who have gone astray in their respective Churches.
The next 18 chapters are John’s detailed explanation of his revelation. Jesus Christ is symbolically called the ” Slain Lamb “. He is going to be the one who will open the book with the 7 seals. All the seals other than the 5th seal will bring a barrage of problems to planet Earth. In the 7th seal there come 7 angels with trumpets. Again with the blowing of each trumpet comes a variety of punishments for earth. Around the 6th trumpet exactly 1/3rd of the Earth’s population is killed (Why 1/3rd I don’t know. How did they arrive with the figure 1/3rd no one knows). Then come Satan and the Devil. Again 7 angels with 7 bowls pour plagues on mankind. All these punishments are basically a indication of God’s anger on planet earth and its inhabitants. They mention the time Satan will spend in Hell is 1000 years (Again I don’t know why 1000 years). After that the devil will be cast into the Lake of Fire. There is also a Chapter specially dedicated to the destruction of Babylon.
The last two chapters are about John describing how the New Heaven and Earth look like. It ends with John saying who follows these teachings will find his name in the book of life and who doesn’t has a lot of problems to face. Now let us see a few verses.
Revelation 2.2 ” I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: ”
Revelation 2.5 ” Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. ”
Revelation 2.9 ” I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. ”
Revelation 2.14 ” But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. ”
Revelation 2.15 ” So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. ”
Revelation 2.16 ” Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. ”
Revelation 2.20 ” Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. ”
Revelation 2.21 ” And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. ”
Revelation 2.22 ” Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. ”
Revelation 2.23 ” And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. ”
Revelation 2.26 ” And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: ”
Revelation 2.27 ” And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. ”
Revelation 3.2 ” Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. ”
Revelation 3.3 ” Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. ”
Revelation 3.9 ” Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. ”
Revelation 3.15 ” I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. ”
Revelation 3.16 ” So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. ”
Revelation 3.17 ” Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: ”
Revelation 3.18 ” I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. ”
Revelation 3.19 ” As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. ”
Revelation 4.11 ” Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. ”
Revelation 9.15 ” And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. ”
Revelation 9.20 ” And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: ”
Revelation 9.21 ” Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. ”
Revelation 14.9 ” And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, ”
Revelation 14.10 ” The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: ”
Revelation 14.11 ” And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. ”
Revelation 16.2 ” And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. ”
Revelation 16.9 ” And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. ”
Revelation 16.13 ” And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. ”
Revelation 16.16 ” And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. ”
Revelation 17.15 ” And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. ”
Revelation 17.16 ” And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. ”
Revelation 18.8 ” Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. ”
Revelation 18.20 ” Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. ” (Rejoice, really now we are supposed to celebrate mass murder.)
Revelation 18.21 ” And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. ”
Revelation 19.2 ” For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. ”
Revelation 19.15 ” And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. ”
Revelation 19.18 ” That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. ”
Revelation 19.20 ” And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. ”
Revelation 19.21 ” And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. ”
Revelation 20.5 ” But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. ”
Revelation 20.9 ” And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. ”
Revelation 20.10 ” And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. ”
Revelation 20.15 ” And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. ”
Revelation 21.8 ” But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. ”
Revelation 22.15 ” For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. ”
Revelation 22.18 ” For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: ”
Revelation 22.19 ” And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. “
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Freedom of Expression and it’s relevance in Dharma.
The concluding hymn of the Rig Veda 10.192 says something like “Samgacchadhvam, samvadadhvam,sam vo manamsi janatam”, it means “Meet together, talk together, and may your mind apprehend the Truth alike.” The ancient rishi from this verse of the Rig Veda is calling for people to come together and exchange views freely and harmoniously.
In another hymn of Rig Veda 10.121 the Rishi says ” sa dādhāra pṛthivīṃ dyāmutemāṃ kasmai devāyahaviṣā vidhema ||” i.e., He fixed and holdeth up this earth and heaven. What deva shall we adore with our oblation?
Notice the thought of the rishi here. He is questioning the deva which was a central theme of the Vedic times. He is asking which deva do I offer an oblation to? Imagine if something like this happened in today’s world. What would the reaction be on social media? What # will we outrage on?
The last week of May every year thousands of hill tribes converge at the famous Ayyappa Temple to mark Kunde Habba, a festival of abusing God, in Karnataka’s Devarapura area near Thithiamthi Village of Madikeri District’s Virajpet Taluk. Also known as “Bodu Habba” in Kodagu, the festival of abusing God is celebrated by tribal people of that area and it’s surrounding districts.
The story goes that once upon a time Lord Ayyappa had taken the tribals for hunting in the forest. But on the way, Lord Ayyappa met Goddess Badrakali in the forest. Upon meeting her, he abandoned the tribals and left the place with her. Fumed by the Lords behaviour, the tribals felt ditched and since then have started observing that day as a festival to commemorate the incident by abusing the Lord. So the day would start with tribals dancing to the tunes of folk songs all through the day. At the end of the day, all the tribals will assemble in the temple and seek an apology from the Lord. Can you imagine that? Someone is abusing God. Can you believe a faith allowing that?
Another story was narrated by Salman Rushdie in one of his speeches which I saw on youtube. I will share his exact words ” But the Indian tradition also includes from its very earliest times, very powerful defences of free expression. When Deepa Mehta and I were working on the film of Midnight’s Children, one of the things that we often discussed was a text dear to our hearts, the Natya Shastra. In the Natya Shastra, we see the Gods being a little bit bored in heaven and deciding they wanted entertainment. And so a play was made, about the war between Indra and the Asuras, telling how Indra used his mighty weapons to defeat the demons. When the play was performed for the Gods, the demons were offended by their portrayal. The demons felt that the work insulted them as demons. That demoness was improperly criticised. And they attacked the actors; whereupon Indra and Brahma came to the actors’ defence. Gods were positioned at all four corners of the stage, and Indra declared that the stage would be a space where everything could be said and nothing could be prohibited.
So in one of the most ancient of Indian texts, we find as explicit and extreme a defence of freedom of expression as you can find anywhere in the world. This is not alien to India. This is our culture, our history and our tradition which we are in danger of forgetting and we would do well to remember it ”
Now let us read a few verses of Cārvāka the oldest atheistic school of thought known to mankind.
” While life is yours live joyously; No one can avoid Death’s searching eye: When this body of ours is burnt, How can it ever return again? ”
” If a beast slain as an offering to the dead will itself go to heaven, why does the sacrificer not straightway offer his father? ”
” The Sacrifices, the three Vedas, the ascetic’s three staves, and smearing oneself with ashes— Brihaspati says these are but means of livelihood, for those who have no manliness nor sense. ”
Think of the time when these words were uttered and ask yourself who is the most liberal one. Imagine someone in today’s day and age abusing a God or questioning the intelligence of a sadhu who does a Vedic yajna. Just ask yourself which era had freedom of expression and thought.
Our society has had a history and tradition where there have been different schools of thought in Jainism, Buddhism, Cārvāka, etc., who had disagreed with the Vedas and in spite of that had peacefully coexisted with the different Vedic schools.
Intellectual freedom accompanied by the ideas of freedom of expression and thought were an integral part of our ancient Vedic society.
An excellent example of that is the Jain philosophy of Anekāntavāda. This is one of the most important and fundamental doctrines of Jainism. It refers to the principles of pluralism and multiplicity of viewpoints, the notion that truth and reality are perceived differently from diverse points of view, and that no single point of view is a complete truth.
Look at the underlying tone in each and every example I state. Nowhere do we see occasions where there are calls for blasphemy. A close analysis of the Vedic times indicates that our society gave us the freedom to hold many views on the concept of the ultimate reality or for that matter whether there was any such thing as a reality or brahman. The underlying tone in most Dharmic sampradayas is a clear sign of scepticism and an admission that one cannot know for certain some of the higher metaphysical principles and the ultimate meaning of life.
A classical example of that is the Nasdiya Suktam of the Rigveda. It goes as
” Then was not non-existent nor existent : there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it. What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water? Death was not then, nor was there aught immortal : no sign was there, the day’s and night’s divider. That One Thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature : apart from it was nothing whatsoever. Darkness there was : at first concealed in darkness this All was indiscriminate chaos. All that existed then was void and formless : by the great power of Warmth was born that Unit. Thereafter rose Desire in the beginning, Desire, the primal seed, and germ of Spirit. Sages who searched with their heart’s thought discovered the existent’s kinship in the non-existent. Transversely was their severing line extended : what was above it then, and what below it? There were begetters, there were mighty forces, free action here and energy up yonder. Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born and whence comes this creation? The Gods are later than this world’s production. Who knows then whence it first came into being? He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it, Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not. ”
Now let us fast forward ourselves to the current day scenario and let us have a close look at some of the laws that are currently there in our legal system.
IPC 295A : ” Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.—Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of 273 [citizens of India], 274 [by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise], insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 4[three years], or with fine, or with both. ”
IPC 153A : ” Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.—
(a) by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, or
(b) commits any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, and which disturbs or is likely to disturb the public tranquillity, 2[or] 2[(c) organizes any exercise, movement, drill or other similar activity intending that the participants in such activity shall use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in such activity will use or be trained to use criminal force or violence, or participates in such activity intending to use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in such activity will use or be trained to use criminal force or violence, against any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community and such activity for any reason whatsoever causes or is likely to cause fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity amongst members of such religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community,] shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. Offence committed in place of worship, etc.—(2) Whoever commits an offence specified in sub-section (1) in any place of worship or in any assembly engaged in the performance of religious worship or religious ceremonies, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine.] ”
IPC294: ” Obscene acts and songs.—Whoever, to the annoyance of others—
(a) does any obscene act in any public place, or
(b) sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.] ”
Article 19 in The Constitution Of India 1949
” Protection of certain rights regarding freedom of speech etc
(1) All citizens shall have the right
(a) to freedom of speech and expression;
(b) to assemble peaceably and without arms;
(c) to form associations or unions;
(d) to move freely throughout the territory of India;
(e) to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India; and
(g) to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business
(2) Nothing in sub-clause (a) of clause ( 1 ) shall affect the operation of any existing law, or prevent the State from making any law, in so far as such law imposes reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right conferred by the said sub-clause in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence. ”
Look how loosely worded these laws are. A clear reading of these two articles indicates that Cārvāka would have ensured his time in jail by uttering those words that I have mentioned above. If someone found out about the practice of the tribals in the Devarapura area of Karnataka and went to court against them following current laws, he would easily ensure a nice little jail yatra for them.
There have been a series of instances in India where books like Rangeela Rasool to the recent case of Santsurya Tukaram and Loksakha Dnyaneshwar have been banned. If we move over to movies than we have cases like Gokul Shankar to Kaum De Heere.
Look at the entire history of human civilisation. Every time a new thought or fact has been represented it has met with a tremendous amount of resistance. Had Galileo not decided to go ahead and present his findings we would have been robbed of some important findings in regards to the cosmos and science would have suffered.
Did Galileo offend the Christians of his time? If we try to understand and measure the amount of offence, he would have caused we can safely assume that it would have been in equal proportions to the kind of offence a Rangeela Rasool or a Kaum De Heere will cause today. So should we say that Galileo should have been stopped and put in jail under IPC section 295A of India?
One of the most basic tenets of Freedom of Expression is the right to offend. If Galileo would not have offended Christians, then a lot of things that we today know in science might not have come out. Why should any religious thought or idea be beyond the realm of critique and satire? Why should religion get a special privilege in society? Have you ever heard of a scientist going and taking up an AK 47 and try to shoot the people who disagree or make fun of his point of view or his discovery? No form of expression should be banned. Freedom of expression should be absolute, or else it makes no sense. One has a right to be offended and also has a right to seek legal remedies if offended.
But the moot point is when you have laws like the ones that exist in India can anyone dare cross the boundaries and offend any religious idea. What if tomorrow science successfully proves that GOD is nothing but a concept and the creation of the universe was just by chance.
I as an individual have every right to piss a religious person off by poking fun at his beliefs. And, if the religious person is so offended he has every right to use the same means to hit right back at me. The atmosphere in India in regards to Freedom Of Speech is getting worse by the day.
The core essence and strength of Hinduism are its pluralism and tolerance of differing points of view. I urge each and everyone who takes pride in this countries culture and past to realise what Dharma is and start acting on these terms.
Don’t let the west stake copyright’s to this concept of Freedom of Expression too. It would be a damn shame that the one of the most important concepts of human existence which have clear origins in Indian Culture also gets appropriated/digested by the West. Stand up for a concept that is truly yours and fight for it till the last breath in your body.
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