My son: Mom? I wish you went to an ancient Greek church when you were little so we could have… what’s this writing called again?
Me: Embossing. Embossed lettering.
My son: So we could have embossed Greek Myths books instead of embossed Bibles.
Me: Me too. That would be fantastic.
My son: Do you think someday there will be books of Bible Myths and kids will read them and laugh that people used to believe that stuff?
Me: I’m almost certain that will be the case.
My son: Do you think it will happen before I die?
Me: Hmm… tough question. I don’t know of any books like that right now, but there’s nothing stopping someone from writing one. And lots of people already laugh when they read Bible myths. But to get to a consensus…. (a consensus means everyone will mostly agree). I don’t think there will be a consensus that the Bible god is a myth within 100 years. So I guess my answer is that lots of kids will laugh when they read them, but not all of them. That will take longer than my life and yours, I think.
My son: Can 9 year olds write books?
Me: Of course.
My son: Could I write a book of Bible myths?
My son: Would you help me?
Me: I could definitely help you if you needed it.
My son: Maybe we could call it People Used to Believe This Was True But Now We Know It’s Mostly Just Myths
Me: That’s a little wordy for a title.
My son: Bible Myths for Kids?
Me: Much more concise. I like it.
My son: This will be fun!
Now the David and Goliath post is getting a bunch of hits from people looking for “Bible stories for kids David and Goliath.”
This amuses me greatly.
(Also, add David and Goliath to the list of stories that are NOT great for kids. Bet most of you don’t know the real version?)
I installed a stat counter on my site around a year ago and people querying “great bible stories for children abraham and isaac” land on this page frequently. I don’t check the stats very often, but I would say it happens 10-20 times a week.
I used to feel a little bit guilty about this, but I read the story again this morning and it pisses me the fuck off that parents are teaching this shit to THEIR CHILDREN. I hope, just maybe, these parents don’t immediately click off the page and actually take a moment to read what I wrote and think about it. Wake the fuck up and realize teaching their kids that KILLING A CHILD because a voice in their head told them to is wonderful and worthy of their God of Love’s admiration, just might not be a great lesson.
That maybe, just maybe, their God of Love isn’t really a God of Love. It’s a god of horror and war and misery; a god that demands blood sacrifices - animals and children and his own son. A god invented by violent people during a violent time as an excuse to do horrible things to their fellow humans.
And it’s fucking NOT a Great Story for Children. ~JJ
I realized I had always had the Bible served up to me piecemeal and in sections. It had been edited! Severely edited! It was quite different reading it as an adult. As an adult, you could begin to see the whole puzzle. As an adult, it was disturbing.
For example, when I read about the flood as a kid I didn’t think about the fact that god killed everyone just because he was angry - just DROWNED THEM ALL because he thought they were all bad - which you have to assume included a lot of kids and unborn fetuses..which I guess was okay with god… but then I was relieved to hear that god comes to Noah after the flood and he says, “You know the whole flood thing? It might have been a big mistake.” And he promises that he’ll never do it again.
And that was another surprise! God has regrets?
The post you are referring to was actually written by Meg on The Thinking Atheist’s facebook page (for those who are curious, you can read the post HERE on my site or on facebook HERE - scroll down to February 6th). It was strongly worded and was written in response to the five year old little girl who was raped and beaten by her own father.
I didn’t comment on the post other than saying I agreed with Meg - that people defending Islam because it was “racist” to speak out against it are despicable.
I agree with you. Islam as a myth is no worse than Christianity… both have their own horrors and taken to an extreme either one can be used to justify atrocities. Both are extremely misogynistic. Both promote immoral behaviors (think murder, rape, stoning, abandoning one’s family, etc.). Both demand complete adherence or suffer the wrath of god.
People often use the “kill the infidels” lines from the Qur’an to show just “how much worse” Islam is… but the Bible okays killing people that work on the sabbath and stoning blasphemers to death as well. So really? Not much of a difference.
Thanks for the question Jess! ~JJ
My son: Isn’t it weird that we’re dead and then we come to life and then we’re dead again?
Me: Huh? What do you mean?
My son: We’re dead. And then we come to life. And then we die again.
Me: What do you mean we’re dead and then come to life?
My son: When we’re an egg. We’re… like… dead. But then we COME TO LIFE. It’s pretty cool.
Me: OH. Yes, I suppose it is kinda like that, isn’t it?
My son: We’re like those Bible stories! What’s that word again? When you’re dead but then you come to life?
My son: Yeah! We’re resurrected!
Me: I don’t think that quite fits the definition, but I like where you’re going with it. I believe to be resurrected you have to be alive, then dead, then alive again.
My son: Oh! Like when we die and then we come back to life as grass?
Me: Hm. I’m going to have to ponder that one for a bit.
ME TOO! I joined a Bible study group at a Catholic church down the street from my apartment. It was me and 8 little old Catholic ladies (some of whom would bring along their knitting). We would talk and pray and read and discuss…
The more I read, however, the less there was to discuss. It was more “what the hell?” than “praise the Lord.”