Nowadays lying is considered a sin, and even a crime, but the bible is replete of lies. Who was the first liar in history? God himself! If you do not believe me, read the next passages:
2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge and they did not die. Why did god tell them they would die if he knew they would not? He was trying to scare Adam and Eve with something they had no conscience of, death!
They were the first people on earth, and they had never witnessed such occurrence, why would they be afraid? Did god not know that?
The “perfect religion” was founded on lies.
But the lies did not stop there. Read the following passage:
4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
Here is the second liar, Cain. Yes. Cain was not only a murderer, he was also a liar. He pretended not to know where Abel was when he had just killed him! How can the catholic church say that lying is a sin, when their very god and his third child set the example? Is that the reason why they keep lying to this day?
According to Constantine’s bible, god created mankind, but he chose only one people to call his, the Hebrew. He talked to Abram, the founding father of the Hebrews and promised him he would raise a great nation from his descendants.
12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
After that, Yahweh or Jehovah sent Abram to Canaan, where he was to start his nation, but the land was occupied by the Canaanites, so Abram could not take possession of it. Was this another lie?
First of all, why did Yahweh or Jehovah promise to give Abram a piece of land that was already taken? Did he not know that? Before sending him, he should have vacated the land. The same way he appeared to Abram, he should have materialized before the king of the Canaanites, and he should have told him to move out because his favorite child was coming to take possession.
But that is what bothers me about Yahweh or Jehovah. He takes decisions that affect others, but he chooses not to tell them. When he decided to terminate all living creatures on earth, because they have sinned against him; did he tell everybody his plans? No. He decided to talk just to one person, Noah. Yahweh or Jehovah had the ability to talk to crowds, but he chose to talk just to one person.
When he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, he did not appear in a cloud and tell the whole congregation, “Hey sinners, stop those orgies or I will disintegrate you and everything you have built here.” I am sure they would have listened. Instead, he sent some emissaries. The people did not even know he had sent them. Why should they have listened to them?
And here he is again, making promises to Abram without telling those who will be affected. No wonder he could not keep that promise.
Soon after Abram arrived in Canaan:
12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
Yahweh or Jehovah sent Abram to Canaan, and he received him with famine! The almighty could not send rain, crops and game for the very person he had anointed! I cannot believe it. His solution to the problem was sending Abram to Egypt.
He told Abram to go down to Egypt, but he forgot to tell the Egyptians Abram was coming. How hard could that have been? He had all kinds of media to do it: angels, dreams, etc. However, he never warned Pharaoh of his child’s arrival. Since he did not do the obvious, Abram had to LIE to save his life. Could Yahweh or Jehovah, with all his powers, not protect him?
12:11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
12:13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
12:14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
12:15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
Now we can see why the bishops in Nicaea had no remorse when they recurred to lying. Abram, the founding father of Constantine’s new religion, had done the same thing; although he did not do it to gain money and power at the beginning, but to save his life. If the Catholic religion is so perfect, why did its founders recur to lying to build it?
But it looks like Abram’s biggest sin was not lying.
12:16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
He traded his wife for cattle and servants! What does that make him? The first pander in history? He profited from his wife’s sexual relationship with Pharaoh. How come god’s chosen one had to corrupt his wife to get wealth? And god was OK with it, because he did no reprimand Abram. He punished pharaoh, instead:
12:17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
It looks like god not only used Moses to bring plagues to Pharaoh, he also used Abram. Could it be possible that those plagues were a common occurrence in ancient Egypt, and the Levites were just telling that their god brought them?
Let us keep reading:
12:18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
12:19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
12:20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
It does not make sense. The victim of the lie is punished, and the liar is rewarded. He gets to keep not only his life, but also the cattle, the servants and his wife. Thanks to the wealth Abram got from that deal, he had the resources to start his new life:
13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
The rewards for Abram did not stop coming his way.
15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites
God gave him all the land from Egypt to Babylon.
After that promise, Abraham _his name had been changed by then_ tried to pull the same stunt in Gerar, the stunt that had worked in Egypt.
20:1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
Fortunately for Sarah or is it Sarai? Abraham’s wife, Abimelech did not sleep with her. He had a dream through which he was told by god that Sarah was not Abraham’s sister but his wife. When Abimelech confronted Abraham, the latter explained that Sarah was really his sister. She was, he explained, his father’s daughter, but not his mother’s. In other words, she was his half-sister! Is that not incest? Now Abraham does not have the excuse that there were no other people around. What was it with the Hebrew men? They would rather marry their own sisters than marrying a woman from other clan.
It is clear that Yahweh or Jehovah can talk to kings in dreams. Why did he not also tell him, “Now that I am at it, vacate the land because Abraham is going to take possession of it?” But he did not do that. He just told the king not to sleep with Sarah.
As strange as it may sound, the half-lie Abraham told worked for him. Let us read the next passages:
20:14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
20:15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
20:16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
He was rewarded again for wrongdoing. His wealth was two-folded.
The lie worked for the father, so why would it not work for the son? Isaac, Abraham’s son, did exactly the same:
26:6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
26:7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
This time the king of Gerar did not buy into it. He warned all his men not to touch Rebekah, and he did not give Isaac anything. However, Isaac was still rewarded for lying:
26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
Why does this family keep being rewarded for doing the wrong thing? I understand that they needed money, lots of it, to found a nation, but could Yahweh or Jehovah with all his power, not provide them in a different way? The bible is supposed to teach good things, and as far as I know lying and prostituting are not.
The lying and deceiving did not stop there. When Isaac was about to die, he talked to his son Esau, his firstborn:
27:2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
27:3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
27:4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
27:5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
27:6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
27:7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.
27:8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
27:9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
27:10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.
27:11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
27:12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
27:13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
27:14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.
27:15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:
27:16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:
27:17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
27:18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?
27:19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
27:20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.
27:21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
27:22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
27:23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.
27:24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
27:25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.
27:26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27:27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
27:28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
27:29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
27:30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
27:31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.
27:32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.
27:33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
27:34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
27:35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
27:36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
27:37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?
27:38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
Now it is not only lying and deceiving, it is also stealing. Jacob stole Esau’s right to inherit the wealth of his father’s and the chance of being the founder of the Hebrew people.
This lie and this robbery did not bother god. On the contrary, he was so pleased that he renewed the covenant he had done with Abraham:
28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
The string of lies keeps on and on:
29:18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
29:19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
29:21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
29:23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and
brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
29:24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
29:25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
29:26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
29:27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
29:28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
I will stop writing about the lies, but not because there are no more of them. I will stop because, otherwise, this chapter will never end.
These are the tales the catholic church regards as the origin of all humanity. No wonder Constantine and his bishops lied to make their empire! God himself rewards the liars. For lying, Abraham was granted the territory from Egypt to the River Euphrates. For doing the same, the catholic church was granted almost half of the world!
There will certainly be those who will argue that those were tough times. People had to do whatever it was necessary to survive. They will also say that Moses had not written the laws yet, or that Jesus had still not come to earth. Whatever they say, Yahweh or Jehovah knew better. He should have chosen a different path for his people to emerge. But then again, we now know that he had no powers to make things happen in the way they should have. Those powers were given to him by the men writing the bible, the Levites. These stories are so imperfect because no divine being was behind them; imperfect men were.
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