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bullet 2 Samuel 24:1 (KJV) "And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah."
bullet 1 Chronicles 21:1 (KJV) "And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel."

All the versions of “the" Bible now in print render the claim that the Bible is the literal word of God meaningless. Let us assume however that whatever version of the Bible you reference is in fact the literal word of God.

The versus quoted above create somewhat of a problem if both are truly the literal words of God. For both to be literal, they would have to both be true because God would not lie. For both to be true God would have to be Satan and Satan would have to be God.

The problem with claiming that the Bible is the literal word of God is that not every word written in the Bible was spoken by God, so the best you can claim is that only the words of God that are quoted in the Bible are the literal words of God.

Now this claim assumes that the quotes are accurate and that the translations of not only the quotes credited to God are accurate but that the entire translation of the Bible is accurate.

Considering this claim and the versus quoted above, there is only one explanation for two different books of the Bible to describe the exact same event differently: David did not know who provoked him to number the people of Israel and Judah. It could have been God or Satan. Those around David who recorded the facts could also not tell.

A difficult issue to consider because now one is not sure if the people commanded by God in the Bible were not actually commanded by Satan, for if David could not tell the difference between God and Satan others surely could not.

Another possibility is that one of the two versus above is simply wrong. Unfortunately, this is probably the correct and only possibility, if you consider how one reads the Bible.

This is a catastrophic possibility for three reasons:

  1. How do you decide which of the two verses is correct?
  2. How do you know if any verse in the Bible is correct?
  3. Vanity!

Vanity is the answer. One’s vanity is the key to reading the Bible. One’s vanity will provide the filter to determine what is correct and what is not. After all this a belief and belief is not based on fact. If it were, it would be classified as knowledge.

This one fact explains why Christians have a 2000 year history of genocide, enslavement, and extermination yet feel they are a peaceful religion.

Vanity is why no Christian will exclaim in public that the sole purpose of their religion is to fulfill the mass genocide prophesied in Revelations.

God, not Satan gave us the ability to reason. Satan attacks reason through vanity.

Revelations makes perfect sense in this context, for Satan not God wishes to exterminate what God has created. What better way to override the reasoning of good people and have them strive to destroy the earth than to promise their vanity eternal life in some gold plated heaven.

The Bible provides one’s vanity with the standards to judge others as wrong or evil and then motivates one’s vanity in the name of God to convert, enslave, or exterminate those so judged.

Christians have a history drenched in the blood of those they slaughtered while fulfilling God’s will.

When a reasonable person who is living a good life, who is not vain, nor insecure, reads the Bible literally and within the context of Christian history, it is clear to that person, that the Bible is not the word of God but is solely the work of Satan.

How you respond to what you just read will be based on your vanity, your insecurity, and your ignorance..

Ask yourself how forceful you are when pushing your beliefs on others. How prejudicial are you of others that do not believe as you do? How strongly do you enforce your beliefs on those you can control?

Then consider that the magnitude of effort you expend to force your beliefs on others is directly proportional to your vanity, your level of prejudice is directly proportional to your insecurity, and the depth to which you enforce your beliefs on those you control is directly proportional to your ignorance.

Now consider:

"If the savage resists, civilization, with the Ten Commandments in one hand and the sword in the other, demands his immediate execution."

Andrew Johnson, message to Congress, 1867.

This quote is unique in that the leader of a Christian nation exposes the true purpose and context of Christianity.

Notice that the United States government considers only Christians as civilized (just a little vain).

The Ten Commandments is referenced to motivate the Christians through the ignorance of their vanity. No reference to mass execution is mentioned in the 10 Commandments but the Christian Government feels the commandments justify mass execution.

Psalms 2:8 should have been referenced instead, for God had given the Christians the heathens (savages) as inheritance and a Christian can do what they want with a heathen. The problem with Palms 2:8 was that a war that ended slavery had just concluded and some reasonable Americans considered the indigenous as humans. So inheriting humans would be too much like referencing slavery and slavery was considered wrong even though the Bible supports slavery and provides commandments that govern how a slave is to be treated.

Without the context of Satan, the Bible, and the vanity of Christians, would the history of Christianity make any sense at all?

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First posted: 2006-NOV-23
Latest update: 2006-NOV-23
Author: Troy C. Bakel

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