Getting The Most Out Of Your Bible Reading

Getting The Most Out Of Your Bible Reading September 17, 2018

There are ways we can get the most out of reading our Bible. Here’s a few ways.

Meditate on the Word

Our church elder mentioned that meditating on the Word of God may be a lost art today. It’s one thing to read the Word, but it’s totally different when we stop and contemplate the Word. I would rather read only a few lines of Scripture and mediate on these, than read a whole chapter and not remember most of it. There is such an economy of words in the Bible where very little says voluminous amounts. For example, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). This verse says a lot, so meditate on it. Spend time reflecting, pondering, and thinking about that verse, and the context of that verse. When we’re in no hurry, the Word penetrates deep into our mind and allows us to internalize it. I think we miss out on a lot when we simply read over the Word and without meditating on it. God’s Word is so important to Him that the longest chapter in the Bible refers to the Word of God (Psalm 119). Whatever we do for God depends on our meditating upon and reading of His Word. God told Joshua that “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). So it would be “only then” or, only after you mediate on the Word that success will come, but only if you “do according to all that is written in it.”

Memorizing Scripture

Memorizing Scripture may be what the psalmist called hiding God’s Word in his heart. The Scriptures often tell us to meditate on His Word, day and night, but you cannot meditate on the Word if you are not reading the Word, and it both day and night. The psalmist also knew that being in the Word will help us from falling into sin. It won’t keep us out of sin entirely, but the psalmist said, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you,” (Psalm 119:11). He “stored up” or memorized God’s Word so “that [he] might not sin against [God].” That works for us too! Jesus was confronted by Satan in the temptation in the wilderness, so what does Jesus do? Jesus quoted Scripture as a rebuttal to every one of Satan’s temptation. James wrote, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), so who’s the one put to flight? It isn’t us. It’s Satan, and that resistance is made stronger by quoting or memorizing the Word of God. That’s because the Word of God has power (Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:18) that we don’t have. Jesus rebuffed the Devil, not by resisting him in the flesh, but by the Spirit and by the Word. Satan can’t handle the truth, and it wouldn’t hurt to remind him of his future (Rev 20:10). Part of the reason the psalmist wrote, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97) was that it kept him from falling into sin. He was able to recall Scripture and mediate on the promises of God. One man said, “Sin will keep you out of the Bible, but the Bible will keep you out of sin.” He wasn’t saying that we’d be sinless, but we might sin, less!

The Helper

The Holy Spirit can help us make more sense of the Scriptures if we pray for His aid. He can help us understand what God’s Word is saying. Ask the Spirit to show you what God is saying in His word, and why. Is He is saying this to me? Where is this applicable in my life, and so forth? As Jesus told the disciples, so He tells all believers, that “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26), however this is where people can get into error. They believe the Spirit told them this or told them that. They might even say, “God spoke to me about something.” I would ask, “Does it square what God’s Word says? Is it in anyway contrary to God’s Word? Have you not read that God has already spoken in these last days, and most clearly through His Son (Heb 1:1-2)? Yes, we want to know how certain Scriptures apply to our everyday lives, but we don’t want them to say something they don’t say. For example, Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:19-20). This doesn’t mean we are all to become missionaries and go into foreign countries, but how frequently will we not even go next door to invite someone to church? So be certain to pray that the Holy Spirit will not only help us understand the Word; He will prompt us to obey the Word, so pray for the Spirit’s help in all things, particularly in reading the Bible and living it out.

Have a Plan

I love the advice of many Bible teachers and scholars who advise us to have a daily Bible reading plan so that we can gain wisdom from the Scriptures. I read some out of the Old Testament and then some from the New Testament every morning. For me; no Bible, no breakfast. As hard as it is to do at times, I must make time for daily reading of the Word. Honestly, there are days when I don’t feel like it, but I’ve discovered that when I don’t feel like it, is the very time I need it most! We don’t eat one meal a week, so why study or read the Bible only on Sundays? A daily intake of the Word of God is essential to sustain us through the difficult trials, temptations, and tests that will come, perhaps even today. Have a plan and stick to it; even when you don’t feel like it…no, especially when you don’t feel like it.

Conclusion

What other things might you suggest where we could get the most out of our Bible reading? I do see the value in meditating on God’s Word. Reading it slowly and getting the most out of it. I also see the benefit of memorizing Scripture. This allows us to recall Scripture when we’re tempted. For example, some who are battling an addiction to pornography, quote Job 31:1 when they are tempted, and that’s where Job wrote, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” It also helps immensely to pray for the Spirit’s help in opening up the Scriptures, particularly the difficult ones, and of course, it’s a great idea to have daily Bible reading plan. Have a plan and stick to it? Don’t have time? Set the alarm a bit earlier. It’s just a matter of mind over mattress. Read it when you don’t feel like it, and in fact, when you don’t feel like reading the Word, you need it more than you think!

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Glory

    This is the truth about Jesus and a good word to meditate on.

    John 1:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

    The Word Became Flesh
    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men.

    • There isn’t and wasn’t any Word. Just breathe in slowly. Breathe out slowly and calm your mind. Meditation is good for you but neither it, nor any holy books, show us the existence of any god. Breathe and enjoy your breath. Let the breath inspire and uplift you. Let the breath breathe compassion and kindness into you. It can change your mental state and produce a sense of well being. Read Sam Harris on the benefits of meditation.

    • pud

      No it isn’t the truth..it’s mindless religious zealot gibberish for the simple minded and deluded fear filled chumps like you who’ve been indoctrinated into this awful cult

  • Glory

    Commentaries are helpful with understanding the Bible.

    John 1:18
    18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[f] who is at the Father’s side,[g] he has made him known.

    StudyLight commentary says:

    by-Verse Commentary

    John 1:18

    No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.-end of commentary

    Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to be the child of God’s tutor so be sure to fellowship with the more mature children of God when trying to learn about God and His nature and plan.

    Why consult anyone God did not grace with His spirit?

    Become the smart blessed child of God and ask God for the gift of faith and to increase your faith, too.

    • Breathe! Just breathe! You won’t need any non existent Word of God. You certainly won’t need the barbaric book called the bible, written by ancient and bloodthirsty savages. Just breathe! Let the breath calm you down. Breathe slowly! Breathe in and out and find peace within.

    • pud

      The “gift” of gullibility…fixed it for you

  • Glory

    I see John Arthur is trying to argue people out of their belief in Jesus which is their greatest blessing but I have blocked him.

    The silencing of evil is golden.

    Praise God. I finally learned and went from innocence to wisdom as God taught me to stop reasoning with toxic haters on the Internet.

    How Great Thou Art, Home Free
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tXQpDDcrN-w

    Do not allow Satan a foothold by sharing your thoughtlife with evil people if their motive is to destroy your heart’s improvement from evil to holiness and loving kindness.

    You need your good heart and other people need your good heartedness.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you so much. I am not going to reply or respond to those who only come with an agenda to attack God and believers. Its a huge waste of time. They are not really sincere in wanting to learn about God but only interested in bashing Christianity.

      • Glory

        Exactly. It is only common sense that a person protect his heart.

        I used to be too soft hearted and helpful to do that though.

        Keep praying though. I do believe there will be many deathbed conversions as there are no sinners in foxholes.

        Unbelief is a sin and unbelievers are probably bigger escapists than Christians that is why they settle for moral relativism as if you could ever tolerate evil without it taking a mile.

        Christians are the realists who trust God to deal with their sin and make something out of them. That is reality.
        Realists deal with their problem or let God deal with them. Escapists make excuses and run.

        So who’s really delusional? The realist or the escapist?

        You don’t fix your problems by running from yourself.

        Have a blessed day, Pastor and I am glad you are saving your heart for God.

        • pud

          How many praying believing soldiers were killed or maimed in their foxholes? Huh?

        • If Fundamentalist Christians are realists why are so many deluded to believe that Jesus floated into the sky contrary to the law of gravity. You are escapists and run. You people need to study physics. Stop running from yourself.

          Virgins don’t give birth. So the story of a virgin giving birth is a myth. You need to read proper biology. Stop being an escapist and live in the REAL world. Stop running from yourself and believing in fairy stories. You are an escapist par excellence.

      • pud

        You don’t and won’t reply because you’re a coward and have no arguments only your entrenched cult views and a wall against anything true

    • There is no evil on my part. Evil is following the barbaric commands of a barbaric book. I’m doing good because if you take a deep breath and breathe deeply, you will find peace without having to follow your book of fairy stories.

    • Sit in the silence and breathe! breathe deeply and slowly . Breathe in and out and you will find the peace that you are so desperately looking for.

  • Franszwa Bandung

    Romans 5:5 Your HOPE has been answered ( No More HOPE )

    1Corinthians 6:19
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?
    You are not your own;

    Hebrews 3:6
    But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house.
    And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.
    The word “temple” in the Old Testament always means the
    material temple; in the Gospels our Father “spoke of the temple of his body;” in the rest
    of the New Testament the body of every baptized Christian is the temple of God , because “God dwelleth in you”

    (1 Corinthians 3:16-20; comp.
    Acts 5:32 and John 14:16-17 and 1 John 4:13 and 16 and 1 John 3:24).
    In another aspect Christians can be regarded as “living stones in one spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5).
    The temple; rather, the shrine (uses) wherein God dwells (naiei), and which is the holiest part of the temple (hieron).
    The most deadly danger facing anyone today is to insult the Spirit of God by refusing obedience to His conviction.

    Ephesians 4:4 The Point is, He only have one Sanctuary,that is us (you and me) why should we go and insult Him (GOD) by going to another counterfeit Church, Temple, Tabernacle, Synagogue, Mosques, Monastery, Kingdom Hall,TV. evangelists or any place of worship including your own !!!

    Acts 17:24″He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples,

    2 Corinthians 6:17 and Revelation 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;

    It means, if you can’t find God within you self, you will not find Him in any Church,Temple, Tabernacle or any place of worship.
    I’ll tell you why: because the Holy Spirit is the only way God can reach an individual. There is no other way for God to save a person except through the Holy Spirit.

    Genesis 3:1 He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?'” So then, Do not act as satan did to Eve, with interpreting Gods words to satisfy your behavior and deceive your self and your love ones by saying……

    (( Did God really say , the Spirit of God dwell in us? )) Whoever says “I know him” but have doubts about the above
    scriptures and say it is not true, he make God a liar.

    It is the craft of Satan to make us think and speak of the Divine law as uncertain or unreasonable,
    and so to draw us to sin; it is our wisdom to keep up a firm belief of God’s commands, and a high respect for it.

    The reader is left to decide whether he believes God, or the ministers of any religion. When anyone
    turns a deaf ear to the word of God, here above, God will ‘give up’ on him and allow the devil to control your life. *

    Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit,
    according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. AMEN.

    Deuteronomy 18:19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name,
    I myself will require it of him. [He means me,I’m telling you]

    Proverbs 28:9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. Please copy this and share it with your love ones and friends.

    When correctly understood,This is a responsibility not to be taken lightly..

    • pud

      OH NO!! Not the “devil”…oooooo! scary!!

    • You’re very selective in your quoting of the bible. This is typical of most Fundamentalists. I notice that you do not quote from the barbaric portions. Why is that? Don’t you really believe that it is the Word of God? I suggest that you study the Scriptures quoted by Pud and try and explain them.

      You might be better off putting the bible in the waste paper basket after you have studied the passages quoted by Pud and breathe deeply instead. Just breathe! Breathe in slowly and deeply, hold your breath, then breathe out slowly. This might give you the peace that you are looking for.

  • pud

    Don’t forget the real gems!

    Deuteronomy 4:5-8 – “See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?'”

    Jesus agrees with God. He says he has not come to change the old laws but rather to teach others to uphold them:

    Matthew 5:17-19 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

    What follows is a sample of these great, just, and moral laws. Remember, Christians, according to the Bible you should look at these laws and say “surely this is a just and wise nation!” and teach others to follow them.

    SLAVERY (See also Why does God love slavery?)

    All of us know that slavery is abhorrent. Slavery involves the loss of free will and the subjugation of one person to another. Slavery is a form of imprisonment. Slavery turns human beings into a type of livestock that can be bought and sold as the property of another person. No human being would want to be enslaved. This is what makes the concept of slavery so repugnant. It is surprising, therefore, to find that God embraces slavery wholeheartedly. The Bible is so supportive of slavery, in fact, that it was frequently used as a justification for American slavery prior to the Civil War.

    Exodus 21:20-21 – “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.”

    Colossians 3:22-24 – “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

    Ephesians 6:5 – “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.”

    1 Peter 2:13 – “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority.”

    1 Peter 2:18 – “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.”

    1 Timothy 6:1 – “1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.”

    Some Christians claim that Biblical slaves are supposed to be released after six years, and therefore Biblical slavery is more just than our modern conception of slavery. This is not the case. The passage in question, Exodus 21:1-4, only refers to freeing Hebrew slaves. Foreign slaves are forever your property, to be passed down to your children (in contrast to Israelite slaves):

    Leviticus 25:44-46 – Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

    Most troubling, God not only condones slavery, he COMMANDS you to enslave people who you conquer in the course of normal, non-holy warfare:

    Deuteronomy 20:10-15 – When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies. This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.

    WOMEN (See also Why is God so sexist?)

    In the ancient near east, women were considered the property of men. A daughter belonged to her father, until she was engaged to be married. At this point, the groom paid the girl’s father a “brideprice”—usually slightly more than the cost of a slave—and in exchange, she became his property. Since daughters couldn’t work or fight, they were considered less valuable than men, and so in practice the idea of a “brideprice,” barbaric as it was, probably reduced the number of infanticides—it was common for parents to leave unwanted children (usually girls) out in the wilderness to die of exposure.

    As one would expect from a book written by bronze-age Mesopotamian nomads, the Bible has the exact same view of women-as-property as the Code of Hammurabi and other near-eastern myths and legal codes. Adultery is conceived as a property crime and, like thievery, is punished by death:

    Leviticus 20:10 – ‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

    If a man suspects his wife of adultery, he can force her to undertake a “trial by fire” where she drinks a magic potion that makes her barren if she is guilty. This is similar to the “trial by water” in the Code of Hammurabi where suspected adulteresses are thrown into a river to see if they float. (Note that there is no such test for men suspected of adultery, only women.)

    Numbers 5:11-31 – ” 11 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him by sleeping with another man, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure- then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder offering to draw attention to guilt. ‘The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the LORD. Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, ‘If no other man has slept with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have defiled yourself by sleeping with a man other than your husband’ here the priest is to put the woman under this curse of the oath-‘may the LORD cause your people to curse and denounce you when he causes your thigh to waste away and your abdomen to swell. May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells and your thigh wastes away.’ Then the woman is to say, ‘Amen. So be it.’ The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water. He shall have the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water will enter her and cause bitter suffering. The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the LORD and bring it to the altar. The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water. If she has defiled herself and been unfaithful to her husband, then when she is made to drink the water that brings a curse, it will go into her and cause bitter suffering; her abdomen will swell and her thigh waste away, and she will become accursed among her people. If, however, the woman has not defiled herself and is free from impurity, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children. This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and defiles herself while married to her husband, or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the LORD and is to apply this entire law to her. The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.”

    Virgins fetched a higher brideprice than non-virgins. As such, if a newlywed “misrepresents” her virginity—by failing to prove she is a virgin on her wedding night—God says she should be stoned to death on the doorstep of her father’s house. (Note: no such law is found in the Code of Hammurabi.)

    Deuteronomy 22:13-21 – If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” then the girl’s father and mother shall bring proof that she was a virgin to the town elders at the gate. The girl’s father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town, and the elders shall take the man and punish him. They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver a and give them to the girl’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives. If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.

    Rape is not punishable as a crime in the Bible. If a man rapes a married or betrothed woman, he is punished for the crime of adultery. If the victim fails to cry out loudly enough while she is raped, it is assumed that she is accomplice to adultery and she is killed as well.

    Deuteronomy 22:23-27 – If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the girl because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you. But if out in the country a man happens to meet a girl pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. Do nothing to the girl; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders his neighbor, for the man found the girl out in the country, and though the betrothed girl screamed, there was no one to rescue her.

    If a man rapes a virgin who is not betrothed—that is, who does not belong to another man—there is no punishment. The rapist pays his victim’s father the brideprice and marries her. He cannot divorce her (apparently God thought this was for the girl’s benefit). Again, rape is not punished at all: this law essentially states, “you break it, you buy it.”

    Deuteronomy 22:28-29 – “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.”

    Note that the 50 shekels the rapist pays for his victim’s brideprice is half of what a man must pay to a woman’s father if he unjustly slanders her virginity, per Deuteronomy 22:15. God felt that sullying a father’s honor by accusing his daughter of having unmarried sex is worth twice as much monetary compensation as raping his daughter. Speaking of monetary values, God also makes it explicit that women are worth a little more than half as much as men:

    Leviticus 27:2-7 – If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate persons to the LORD by giving equivalent values, set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel; and if it is a female, set her value at thirty shekels. If it is a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekels and of a female at ten shekels. If it is a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels of silver and that of a female at three shekels of silver. If it is a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekels and of a female at ten shekels.

    It should come as no surprise that women are considered so worthless from a legal perspective, as the theology of both the Old and New Testament supports their inherent worthlessness.

    Genesis 3:16 – “To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.””

    Genesis 19:4-8- “4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.’ Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, ‘No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.'”

    1 Timothy 2:11-12 – “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”

    Matthew 25:1 – “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”

    1 Corinthians 11:3-10 – “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head,a since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.”

    1 Corinthians 14:33-35 – “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”

    GOD DEMANDING MURDER

    Exodus 35:2 – ” For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.”

    Deuteronomy 21:18-21 – “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.”

    Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

    Deuteronomy 25:11-12 – “If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.”

    Deuteronomy 20:10-16 – “When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies. This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby. However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.”

    Isaiah 13:13-16 – “Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger. Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, each will return to his own people, each will flee to his native land. Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished.”

    Numbers 31:14-18 – “Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle. “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.”

    ABSURD

    The following verse is absurd because it shows God hates handicapped people:

    Leviticus 21:17-24 – “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.’ ” So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.

    The following verse is absurd because it shows that God is the willful author of a massive, world-wide Holocaust:

    Genesis 6:6-7 – “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.””

    The following verse is absurd because Jesus tells us that we must hate everyone if we want to follow him:

    Luke 14:26 – ” If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”

    The following passage is absurd because it shows God doesn’t understand genetics:

    Genesis 30:37-39 – “Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.”

    KILLING CHILDREN (See also Why does God massacre millions of children?)

    Exodus 12:28-30 – “The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.”

    Isaiah 13:15-18 – “Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished. See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold. Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.”

    Jeremiah 49:20-21 – ” Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them. At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea.”

    Hosea 13:16 – “The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.”

    • Well put, Pud. Glory and the other religious crackpots proclaim the bible to be the Word of God. Well, you have showed them how barbaric the bible is and yet they still continue to believe that it is the Word. It just shows how brainwashed they are.

      They like to cherry pick the bible to produce gullible followers of their own They ignore these kind of passages which you have quoted. They deceive people by brainwashing them with a loving God, who is everything but loving, if a person believes the nonsense in the book.

      • pud

        They live in a self deluded world re-inforced by their fellow cult members, fear, guilt, shame and self loathing. It’s a real mental illness that because it’s popular remains acceptable. They have no critical thinking skills whatsoever and exist in a perpetual state of fear of the imaginary.

        • pud

          That’s just it….They do not arrive at a “belief” by means of rational thought…They don’t “believe” in any god or devils or heaven…They “believe” in a BOOK! They start not by asking questions but by “believing” what some ancient imbeciles wrote. They go to hospitals, use technology, finally had to admit the earth is round! and they don’t use leeches or claim epilepsy is caused by demonic possession as their stupid ancestors did…they select what they need to and disregard everything that gets in the way of the cult think mentality. They are infantile in their fear of the unknown and like deranged sheep simply follow where the other sheep are going. Rational people ask why questions and how questions then follow where the evidence leads…not these simpletons…they start with an ancient BOOK and use the BOOK selectively to prove the BOOK! It’s totally absurd and babyish but that’s what people do

  • pud

    Almost forget these verses to meditate on…what do they tell you jack?

    DISGUSTING

    1 Samuel 18:25-27 – “Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.’ ” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines. When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, David and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented the full number to the king so that he might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.”

    Ezekiel 23:11-21 – “Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister. She too lusted after the Assyrians—governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men. I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way. But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall, figures of Chaldeans a portrayed in red, with belts around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea. b As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea. Then the Babylonians came to her, to the bed of love, and in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust. When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her nakedness, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister. Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.”

    Judges 3:15-23 – “Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a foot and a half long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man. After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way the men who had carried it. At the idols near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” The king said, “Quiet!” And all his attendants left him. Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his summer palace and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. Even the handle sank in after the blade, which came out his back. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it. Then Ehud went out to the porch ; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.”

    Judges 4:21 – “But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.”

    Psalm 58:10 – The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

    Genesis 19:30-36 – “Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to lie with us, as is the custom all over the earth. Let’s get our father to drink wine and then lie with him and preserve our family line through our father.” That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and lay with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I lay with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and lie with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went and lay with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.”

    Judges 19:25-30 – “But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, “Get up; let’s go.” But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home. When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. Everyone who saw it said, “Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Think about it! Consider it! Tell us what to do!””

    Joshua 10:22-26 – “Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me.” So they brought the five kings out of the cave—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks. Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Then Joshua struck and killed the kings and hung them on five trees, and they were left hanging on the trees until evening.”

    Matthew 5:29-30 – “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

    2 Chronicles 21:18-19 – “After all this, the LORD afflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease of the bowels. In the course of time, at the end of the second year, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great pain. His people made no fire in his honor, as they had for his fathers.”

    2 Kings 9:33-35 – “Throw her down!” Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot. Jehu went in and ate and drank. “Take care of that cursed woman,” he said, “and bury her, for she was a king’s daughter.” But when they went out to bury her, they found nothing except her skull, her feet and her hands.”

    Numbers 25:1-9 – “While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD’s anger burned against them. The LORD said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the LORD’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.” So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your men who have joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor.” Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them—through the Israelite and into the woman’s body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.”

    Judges 9:51-54 – “Inside the city, however, was a strong tower, to which all the men and women—all the people of the city—fled. They locked themselves in and climbed up on the tower roof. Abimelech went to the tower and stormed it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull. Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’ ” So his servant ran him through, and he died.”

    Psalms 137:8-9 – O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.

    Genesis 38:8-10 – “Then Judah said to Onan, “Lie with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother.” But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. What he did was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so he put him to death also.”

    • The Word of God is worse than much pornographic literature that exists today. These biblical fanatics tell us that we shouldn’t read pornographic literature but they tell us to study the bible which is full of porn. They either are unaware of the porn in the bible, or don’t want us to read these parts, or are plain hypocrites.

  • Glory

    Silence really is golden, Pastor Wellman. I have 15 blocked comments in this section.

    Too bad those people never learned Jesus loves them or they might not have to come over to this blog and project their issues onto Christians.

    Keep praying for them. There is hope for them yet if they can learn a little love and respect for their Father God.

    You have to give respect to get it in this world.

    Everyone reading have a blessed day!

    • “Silence is golden”. Breathe! Just breathe! You will find the peace that you are looking for. You don’t need a book of myths and ‘bloody’ barbarism written by savages to guide you. Just breathe, instead of reading your so-called holy book! Sit in the silence and take deep breaths! Just breathe and calm yourself down! Find the peace that you are looking for.

    • Breathe! Just breathe!. You don’t need any holy book to guide you. Put your barbaric bible in the waste paper basket or us it for toilet paper. Atheist, Sam Harris thinks that meditation is beneficial for some people. You are so lacking in peace, Glory. Find true peace within by rejecting all religion, thinking rationally and empirically and then why not try a breath meditation as well, to find the peace that you are now missing. Jesus cannot supply peace because he’s dead. God cannot supply peace because no non existent being can supply that.

  • Glory

    Wow so far so good. The block feature really works and I am up to sixteen blocks in this thread.

    Praise the Lord! Makes taking every thought captive to Him so much easier.

    So use the block feature and be sure no one lacking peace in his soul tries to steal your’s because you need God’s peace in your soul to be sane.

    Hallelujah!

    • You’re lacking in peace and are trying to steal the inward peace of others by continually speaking your false cult’s propaganda. You will be able to find peace if you just breathe deeply. Your cult is robbing you of peace.

      How can there be any god’s peace when there is no god? It’s all delusional. You need to breathe, Just breathe deeply in and out slowly, give up your religious cult and you will find peace.