homicidal obedience

Sharper than a serpent's tooth the blade was raised up high.

At the father's hand, the firstborn had to die.

"To test your faith," Jehovah said, "that's the reason why."

"Lord," said Abraham, "your will I won't defy."

"I know," Jehovah said, "on you I can rely.
Insane psychopaths are in relatively short supply."

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PS Apologies if the above offends anyone. FYI Bob Dylan's lyrics from the album "highway 61 revisited":
"God said to Abraham, "kill me a son."
Abe said "God, you must be putting me on."
God said "No". Abe said "What!"
God said "You can do what you like Abe, but..."
"...next time you see me coming you better run!"


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Alice Audrey said...

LOL. Great last line.

In response to your comments about spirals, first, I beg to differ than humans are a prior "unnatural." Second, it really is wondrous the way spirals work they way into all kinds of interesting places. I find them even more interesting that circles.

Karen said...

I won't attempt to read every blog post on this Web site tonight. It would be ridiculous for me to even try.
Also, there is no need to apologize for roosal, my WORD VERIFICATION.

masterymistery said...

Hi Alice, yes you're quite right about humans of course. Similar issue re natural vs unnatural chemicals. Also organic vs inorganic produce: all produce is organic. Thanks for stopping by.

masterymistery said...

Hi Karen, thanks for visiting cosmic rapture.

It's true there's quite a lot of random stuff to plow through. Take your time -- we're not going anywhere.

Hope you find the content enjoyable or at least provocative!

Cheers,

MM

cordieb said...

Humans have been known to trick their own minds to believe anything in there quest to attain favor with the Divine. And, Human's have used the Divine as an excuse for their unloving thoughts and deeds. In either sense, I find it a sad state of humanity. I don't believe the God who created everthing would have a need for an Ego; but if in it's creation mankind has egos, then I imagine God does too. Since God is in everthing and everything everything is God.

I belive that we hear God telling us, is usually what we are simply telling ourselves. We can feed ourselves with evil or goodness; and we can harbour a loving God or an unloving God.

Imagine Abraham telling this story in 2010. He'd be in a straight jacket. LoL. (Hope that doesn't offend anyone)

Martin Olson said...

Excellent.

cordieb said...

From my own perspective, all beings have a core nature. From where it comes, I don't know. Perhaps it is derived from the collective experiences of life and the collective core energies of those we encounter, both directly and indirectly, or all ways and allways. Collective energys per se. Thought I'd share this riddle with you. Just another one of my attempts to make sense from senselessness.
http://cordiebw.com/2009/01/23/a-spiritual-riddle-3/

Peace, Light and Love, C.

masterymistery said...

Hi Martin, always a pleasure. Thanks for stopping by.

masterymistery said...

Hi cordieb, thanks for your comments.

I am very comfortable with your pantheistic outlook (hope you don't mind having labels applied to your thinking---words can destroy as well as create meaning. But hopefully not in this particular case!).

I strongly believe---as you suggest---that God is us looking in a mirror.

Re your second comment: In my view it goes even further---that the whole of Reality (including the material universe) comprises an intelligent, self-aware being of which each one of us is a part, and in whose core energy we all share.

And even further: that so-called inanimate objects found in nature (eg rocks, icebergs, stars) as well as made by humans (eg tables, chairs, motor cars) as well as immaterial things (eg thoughts, energies, forces) all share in the universal pool of consciousness to a greater or lesser degree.

Alice Audrey said...

So, we're on the same page for natural and unnatural. Yet I do recognize the unnatural conditions humans have created in the world.

My apologies for all the stupid typos in my earlier comment.

weirsdo said...

I agree about the discomfort surrounding the Abraham and Isaac story. Both my kids were horrified by it. (For what it's worth, they also thought turning the other cheek was insane.)

masterymistery said...

Hi weirsdo, in my view and experience, children usually have it right.

One might first think that qualities such as wrath, jealousy and vindictiveness are not appropriate to or found within that which is the object of worship. On second thoughts, one realises that such qualities are more likely than not to be found within anyone or anything irrational and needy enough to require worship.

With children, the order is reversed. Their initial reaction / first thought is that worship is weird, and fundamentally to be avoided at all costs. It is only when "education"/"instruction" has destroyed their innate common sense that they become reluctantly able to buy into worship.

An over-simplification, yes, but with a grain of truth. And where truth is concerned, a grain is all you need.

Thanks for your commment.

*G*R*U*N*T*I*L*D*A* said...

Neat blog you got here...is the background image a screen grab from the SDSS Skyserver scrolling display?

masterymistery said...

Hi *G*R*U*N*T*I*L*D*A,

Thanks for stopping by, and for the compliment. The background image is one of the Hubble Space Telescope images. I got it at http://hubblesite.org/

Cheers

Nessa said...

This is a very troubling story for most of us.

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