Saturday, January 28, 2012

Random Bible Verse of the Day - The Sermon on the Mount

Cheers! ...wait, where'd my beer go?
Well, this one probably wont seem too random since its so well known.  But such is the nature of true randomness.

Random Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 5:3-12- "The Sermon on the Mount"

 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  [not sure what this is supposed to mean - spirit as in 'belief'?  That would seem to contradict the purpose of religion.  Or spirit as in morale?  Why would they be better off than those with a good morale?]
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
   for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
   for they will inherit the earth.  [does inherit the earth mean they will be politically powerful?  and on what basis?  why would you think this to be true?]
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
   for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
   for they will be shown mercy.  [ok finally one I can get behind; though the conclusion that they will be shown mercy seems spurious.  And is being merciful just for anticipated reciprocity that laudable?  Instead, how about 'blessed are the merciful, for they care about the well-being of other human beings' ?]
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
   for they will see God.  [I'd like a definition of 'pure' and 'see'.  The vagueness is killing me!]
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,  [promoting peace...good stuff]
   for they will be called children of God.  [...but what the hell does that have to do with being a called child of god?  what does that even mean?  And who cares what one is called?]
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,  [it takes courage to maintain your ideals if you're being persecuted, but does this imply that the persecutors are doing the persecuted a favor by persecuting them?]
   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  
   11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. [what an ego - what happened to all that talk about being 'meek'?]12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  
See the big problem with the Bible is that as an instructional document, it is really freaking ambiguous.  I guess you could take it as a poem or whatever, but its purpose clearly seems to be to give instructions to believers.  I think we can at least say this document didn't go through the Quality Control Department at corporate.

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