Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Reading the Bible -Genesis 19

Last week we left of with Abraham bargaining with Jehovah over the amount of good people he will need to find before he spares the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. We should also remember at this time that Jehovah's two angelic companions have set of to investigate the cities to see if the bad things they hear about them are true. It is here that we pick up the story when Lot meets the two angels entering the city of Sodom and he pleads with them to come stay at his house. Needless to say the want to stay in the town center for the night, as how else are they to determine whether there are good people in the cities?
To this they said: “No, we will stay overnight in the public square.”
Needless to say the angels will is rather week for godly beings and the relinquish to Lot and decide to go stay at Lots house. This is rather lucky as they get treated to a second treat for the day when Lot lays out a feast for them. Again we see these angels being revered similar to the god, so polytheism?
But he was so insistent with them that they went with him to his house. Then he made a feast for them, and he baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
And this is where the shit storm begins.

All the men (boys to old men, and clearly babies as well otherwise we may get to the magic number of ten) of Sodom surround Lot's house and call to Lot to release they men to them so they can have some gay sex.
And they kept calling out to Lot and saying to him: “Where are the men who came in to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we may have sex with them.”
Needless to say Lot acts as a hero and decides that the angels should not be raped and instead decides to bargain with the mob in the most logical way, i.e. offering them to do whatever they want to his two virgin daughters.
Please, here I have two daughters who have never had sexual relations with a man. Please, let me bring them out to you for you to do to them whatever seems good to you. But do not do anything to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
This is screwed up, as it shows that the angels are rather weak that they cannot take care of themselves, or that Lot is lacking in faith in Jehovah. But the crowd does not want the daughters instead they say that they will instead rape Lot.
“This lone foreigner came to live here, and yet he dares to judge us! Now we are going to do worse to you than to them.”
It is at this point that the angels finally step in and decide to do something, as they blind the mob thereby making them unable to find Lot.
But they struck the men who were at the entrance of the house with blindness, from the least to the greatest, so that they wore themselves out trying to find the doorway.
Can anyone say misogyny? I mean it is okay to rape two girls, but when the men decide to rape a man then the angels act. Either god really hates gays, or god hates women.

It is at this point that the angels tell Lot that they are going to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
For we are going to destroy this place, because the outcry against them has indeed grown great before Jehovah, so that Jehovah sent us to destroy the city.”
Remarkably, the angels have decided this without even looking for the ten good people in the city, never mind the non-existent search of Gomorrah for ten good people. Actually we should also make this number six, as Lot his wife and daughters were also to be spared. In fact the angels forcibly removed Lot and his family when they did not want to get a move on before the destruction started.
When he kept lingering, then because of Jehovah’s compassion for him, the men seized hold of his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, and they brought him out and stationed him outside the city. As soon as they had brought them to the outskirts, he said: “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you and do not stand still in any part of the district! Escape to the mountainous region so that you may not be swept away!”
This really begs the question, did god actually try check for ten good people? Naturally we can assume that god already knew there were no good people, but then why wait so long to get Lot out? Well it turns out that the only reason Lot was removed is that Jehovah felt he needed to save him for Abraham. So again we see that everything that happens truly is about Abraham, after all Jehovah is not going to be particularly kind to Lot as we will see later.
So when God destroyed the cities of the district, God kept Abraham in mind by sending Lot out from the cities he overthrew, the cities where Lot had been dwelling.

Lot and his family then finally gets a move on and escape to the city of Zoar, when they get there they are spared the destruction that now befalls Sodom and Gomorrah as god rains sulfur and brimstone from the heavens onto them. Interesting fact about Zoar is that it may or may not have existed. At least we can here say that Zoar may have existed, while there is zero evidence for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Unfortunately, for Lot's wife, Zoar was not such a safe place to be as she got turned to salt by Jehovah for looking behind herself at the fires that were reigning down on Sodom and Gomorrah.
23 The sun had risen over the land when Lot arrived at Zo╩╣ar.
26 But Lot’s wife, who was behind him, began to look back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Needless to say Lot was frightened by this whole experience and when the destruction was over, he and his daughters fled from Zoar into the mountains and lived an a cave. This was not such a great idea it turns out, as Lot's daughters decided to get him drunk so that they could have sex with him. So Lot being black out drunk (someone smell bullshit) somehow got off with his daughters to such an extent that they both fell pregnant.
So both daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father.
These pregnancies then lead to the birth of two boys which became the fathers of the Moabites and the Ammonites. This story of the incest pregnancies and Lot's salt wife really shows that God (even though he allowed them to escape destruction) does not care for Lot. We should remember here, that even though the Moabites and Ammonites originated from Jehovah's chosen stock they were not going to be blessed like the Israelite's.

Till next week let the incest, homophobia and misogyny wash over you.

All verses come from the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.
Online version available at the Jehovah's Witnesses official website