scapegoat [skeyp-goht ]
A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
Does the Bible say left-handed people were sinners? It does not come right out and say so, but many people think it does try to imply this.
The Hebrew Bible mentions left-handed people on three occasions: the story of Ehud’s assassination of the Moabite king (Judges 3:12–30), the 700 Benjamites who could use the sling with deadly accuracy (Judges 20:16) and the two-dozen ambidextrous warriors who came to support David in Hebron (1 Chronicles 12:2). All of these stories of left-handed people in the Bible appear in military contexts, and, curiously, all involve members of the tribe of Benjamin.
Left-handed people were seen as evil and part of the occult.
I borrowed some insight from another blog post I read because it explains so much:
Being a lefty in the recent past is no different from being gay in the present.
In Christianity, and even in other religions, the right side is associated with the favored hand of God, which means that the other side, the left side, is associated with the devil.
Imagine that: In the past, if you were simply a lefty, you would have been punished and forced to convert to using your other hand, because those in power at the time believed that it was sacrilegious and even went against God. In contrast, in the present, it’s universally accepted that lefties are, on average, more creative, more artistic and more innovative than those who are right-handed.
And I am among brilliant company. In addition to the figures mentioned earlier, five out of the last seven presidents were lefties (including Barack Obama). The list is too vast, too brilliant and too significant to name them all without leaving out so many. We may only be 10 percent of the population, but it appears that we are a majority of history’s most significant individuals.
My own son is left-handed, something that I noted when he was only 6 months old, holding a bottle by himself. His mother said that children don’t develop that trait at such an early age; yet another claim she got wrong. He’s 27 now and just perfect.
No, there isn’t a war against Christmas, the war is against STUPIDITY, which many people (especially Christians) seem to think that being stupid is a good thing. I’ve railed on before about how the holidays would be so much easier of people were honest with their children, rather than tell them some lie about a jolly fat man who brings them presents IF they are good. I know this because I used to be an elf.
I was reminded of this simple yet seemingly impossible task this morning when I was at the local Wally-World, buying yet another $100 worth of “stuff”, which thanks to modern hidden inflation, now fits nicely into just one bag. The young woman in front of me in line was struggling with her cart full of stuff while her (roughly 8 year old) son was tinkering with some of the toys that lined the gauntlet leading up to the register. He picked up one toy (some plastic guy/truck/action figure/hell, I don’t remember) and he commented: “This is the one Santa brought me last year!”. I wonder if the kid will ever realize that Santa doesn’t exist and his mother bought him the toy. Sadly, the chances are good that he never will. I also wonder if the mom will ever realize that the store has created that “toy gauntlet” specifically to make her spend more money. Again, the chances are good that she never will.
Something else that really bugs me is the over-commercialization of anything, and Christmas is by far the winner in this category. It’s one thing to tell your kids that Santa flies around the world in one night, delivering presents to all the good kids. It’s a highly implausible story, yet parents keep telling this story and kids keep eating it up. But how do you explain an inflatable, soft, Santa helicopter? Seriously, are all of the reindeer sick this season? Or has your mythological old man upgraded to some modern technology in the world-wide parcel delivery business?
And don’t get me wrong, I do like some Christmas lights, especially the more “conservative” arrangements. The “illuminated trees” are a nice modern touch that I think works nicely with palm trees.
But just when I thought I’d seen it all, another neighbor has a festive Mickey Mouse. Fan-fucking-tastic.
Maybe he can team up with KFC (Kentucky Fried Claus) and they can produce a “fried-rat-on-a-stick”; which seems about as plausible a treat as anything else the sheeple are willing to eat up every holiday season.
Hell I even have some lights up on my home, so apparently I’m not as “hum-bug”-ish as most people think I am.
So if you still think there is a “war on Christmas”, do us all a small favor and research the actual history of this claimed event as well as all the history regarding other claims which share very similar history. Go ahead, I’ll wait….
Below is an exchange I posted to http://www.ironchariots.org. I’m interested if anyone here has an opinion or an idea regarding this incident.
I would like to relay an event that happened to me some years ago. As outrageous as this may sound, I swear that this happened as I describe it.
Back in the mid 1990s, I was married to a girl that I despised. She was not what I wanted in a wife, but she was the mother of my only child. Yes, we got married because she was pregnant, but that’s another discussion.
At the time, we were sharing a house with her parents and my son was about 5 years old. My wife & I got into yet another stupid argument and of course, her parents took her side of the argument, simply because they were family. I was out numbered and furiously mad so I went to our bedroom and took my rifle down from the shelf. It was loaded and for a moment I thought about who was going to die first.
As I was standing there, thinking about the best way to use 7 rounds of Winchester’s finest 30-30 ammo, an audible voice in my head said “Unload the gun NOW, before someone gets hurt”. Yes, it was an actual voice, as real as any I had ever heard. It was a man’s voice, but other than that, it was quite ordinary. I unloaded the rifle, placed it and the ammo back on the shelf, and I sat on the edge of the bed. All of a sudden, my entire body shook uncontrollably. I relaxed, calmed down, and eventually walked out of the bedroom.
I can attribute the shaking to the adrenaline in my body running out, but the voice….. I have no idea. Could that have been “God” or some guardian angel, or maybe it was just my own common sense telling me to not make the ultimate mistake? I don’t know.
You will be happy to hear that I did divorce her a few years later, then won back custody of my son. He is 23 now and quite normal by all measurements, so I must have done something right in raising him.
I would prefer to attribute that voice to my own common sense, though I had never heard it before and never since. (I sure could have used that voice telling me otherwise just before I married her!) And it was a very stressful situation, so who knows exactly how the brain works given that level of stress.
In an odd way, it might be related to how the brain and your senses act if you are in a car crash and everything seems to go into slow-motion. (I’ve been in that situation too, and I can attest that it does happen).
I’ve railed before about giving credit where credit is due, so I won’t rehash that subject here in the text. But what’s really eye opening is some people actually think SIN can be passed down from one generation to another. Really?!?! Is there a “sin gene” because I’d like to know, I bet my son would like to know and I’m certain every scientist who studies genetics would like to know too.
Let’s be perfectly clear here – the #1 reason why sex exists is for procreation of the species, but the #1 reason why humans engage in sexual activity is because it’s enjoyable. There, I said it, sex is FUN. And many times fun gets interrupted by reality, like an unwanted pregnancy.
So how can one have a little bit of fun and not be interrupted by reality? Take matters into your own hands! (pun intended)
There are many lines in the Bible that addresses sex and even a few that address masturbation. Genesis 38:9-10, Leviticus 15:16, and Matthew 5:28-30 come to mind.
But the bigger question is WHY this information is mentioned. Because 2000 years ago, cleanliness was next to godliness! Actually, this was probably documented because someone was trying to improve the overall look of the city as well as the health and well being of the population; what a concept that must have been back then!
Think about the sheer amount of bodily fluids that might have been puddling up, waiting for someone to stumble upon. Can’t have the maintenance of the city’s walkways turning into a “sticky situation”. (again, pun intended) So if the law of the land forbids having fun, then the city stays clean and the tourist visit rather than spending their hard earned shekels somewhere else. AND, if the people keep their fluids contained within other people (rather than wasting them on the ground), then eventually there will be more people available to tithe to the local church. So in the end, it’s a marketing decision!
Thomas Jefferson wrote a synopsis of the Bible by trimming out all of the supernatural stuff, trying to keep just the morals and teachings (keeping the meat, tossing the potatoes). He did this with a razor knife and glue, so I wonder if the final product turned out looking like a bad ransom note. I bet he would have loved to have a laptop computer with Word Perfect on it. I do give him credit for trying though.
“The Way” was a 1970s attempt to “modernize” the historical Bible, but what would the Bible say if it were written today, using the world that we currently have, see and experience as the perspective of the author(s)?
But were any of the know problems in the Bible corrected through the years and/or translations? Wikipedia is updated all the time and yet the Bible still has many errors and inconsistencies.
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Not withstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.”
How can ANY woman support this book? Seriously, we know it’s written from a misogynistic perspective, but this passage is quite obvious. There are no “equal rights” in this book. There is no “love thy neighbor”. There is only subjugation and obedience.
And that’s not right.
The first album I ever heard in stereo was Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive” soon after it was first released in 1976. One of my older sisters had bought the LP and Santa was nice enough to bring her an all-in-one stereo system. I would listen to it with headphones and it sounded *AMAZING*. I would play it over and over, air-drumming the entire time. (A year later I would buy my first drum set, but that’s another story). I was blown away by the “Talk Box” and decades would go by before I learned how it actually worked. But quickly my sister grew tired of me hogging her stereo, so I was reduced to using my parents BSR turntable and ancient amp that was in the living room “entertainment center”, along with the 20 inch color TV. The album never sounded as good on the BSR and many years later I would find out why – dad’s old amp was mono and only one line of the turntable was plugged in to it!
Anywhoo, my parents put up with my constant appropriation of the living room tunes but my mother would always cringe when “Do You Feel Like We Do?” would come on. Half way through the song, he transitions from using the Talk Box back to his normal voice and this transition happens as he says the word “well”; but my mom thought it was “Hell”, and this really upset her. I had to stop the record and show her the lyrics sheet to prove she was not hearing the words correctly.
There’s a terrible joke that describes the number of paper bags you need to have sex with an ugly girl. One bag to cover her face (so you don’t see her), one to cover your face (in case her bag falls of) and a third bag available on the night stand in case a stranger walks in on your romantic endeavor (so they can cover up too).
So, what if the story of Mary & the virgin birth (Jesus) wasn’t actually created by Mary (as a way to cover up her own infidelity), but instead was created by Joseph because he did not want to admit he had sex with an ugly girl? Imagine he’s talking with his buddies and they find out Mary is pregnant…..
Guys always boast about their sexual “conquests” and they usually lie about their failures.