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Meditation 111
An Annotated Joshua

by: J. Maus ( ol’ Broccoli Dick)

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In the Bible I read, there is a little paragraph in the beginning of the Book of Joshua that states, “...the Book of Joshua was built up by a long and complex process of editing traditional materials”. What that says to me is that the Book of Joshua (and most likely, the whole Bible) is not only apocryphal but also dramatized, interpreted and reinterpreted. The Book of Joshua is an example of pro-war propaganda, pro hate, pro-killing, cultism, and has a severely sadistic tone throughout. To truly grasp the ferociousness of Joshua the book must be read in its entirety. I’ve only highlighted passages that touch on something unique or are good examples. If I were to say something about every terrible thing written in The Book of Joshua this essay would be about 100 pages long. The Book of Joshua, I can’t imagine anyone subscribing to it except maybe militants and or votaries.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Book of Joshua, let me sum it up for you. Joshua is the successor to Moses. Joshua leads twelve tribes into Israel and slaughters absolutely every living creature in it. Joshua divides up the land. Joshua dies at the age of one-hundred and ten years old.

Joshua, lets take a closer look.

Act 6 “The Book of Joshua”

5 : 13 Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?"

This is a logical fallacy called, False Dilemma. Joshua is saying that there are only 2 options available when, in fact, their are more options. Perhaps the person that Joshua is speaking to agrees with him on all but one issue. What is this man to say with a sword to his throat? (it should be noted that this man was a messenger from God and if you believe that, you need to get your hands on an Abnormal Psychology book)

6 : 19 "But all the silver and gold and articles of bronze and iron are holy to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD."

What makes these things holy to the lord?

It’s illogical.

Either God doesn’t exist or God made these things as parts of a whole universe. And if their parts of something bigger, they should be on equal status because the universe is unchangeable. And by this I mean that 1+1=2. You can't make gold, there is only so much of it. If God made the universe he only put X amount here. In the whole entire seemingly infinite universe, there is only X amount of gold that God put here. What about Carbon? Only X amount again? It seems that if there is only X amount of all the ingredients in the universe then the universe is a formula or a recipe. In a formula or a recipe every part is as important as each other because they must go together to fulfill the totality. Why are these things Holy to the LORD? They are not, they're holy to the people.

It seems egotistical and anthropocentric.

Where is Earth? Are we at the center? A little planet by a little star that’s one of millions of stars is a tiny galaxy that’s part of a million galaxies in a place that’s so big we cannott see the other side because it is moving one direction and we are moving the other and the light between the two can never catch up to each other.

A creator who is both omnipresent and omnipotent would never value the same things that we do.

6 : 21 They utterly destroyed everything in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

I wonder what society would think of this today? I can just imagine a newspaper headline that reads, “Town A kills all in Town B”. Could you just imagine a group of people, “holy people”, marching into your city and killing not only Men and Women but also Children and Animals because God promised them the land? Private property created crime, just ask Jenny Holtzer and Native American Indians.

Drugs, sex, television, video games and the media don’t make people like this, cults make people like this. A cult has three parts. First, an organized ritual that revolves around a deity. Second, isolation from an “evil” society. And third, a charismatic leader. In the case of Christianity, Jesus Christ. I think Jesus was a very charismatic leader. Not the smartest leader but definitely very popular. Christianity is a cult that society is blind to because its integrated and woven into society.

7 : 6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, {both} he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.

They put dust on their heads? Oh, they put dust on their heads. It always makes sense when people put dust on their heads. I put dust on my head last night. I think I'll go put some dust on my head right now.

7 : 25 Joshua said, "Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day." And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.

I'm not sure what the point is to burn somebody that you’ve just stoned and killed?

8 : 25-26 All who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000--all the people of Ai. For Joshua did not withdraw his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

This is one of a great number of cities that Joshua did this to.

10 : 11 As they fled from before Israel, {while} they were at the descent of Bethhoron, the LORD threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; {there were} more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.

The next time some Christian is telling me about how much God loves me and this and that about God, I'll have to ask them about the time when God threw stones from heaven killing people.

10 : 14 There was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.

Balderdash! It’s religious crap like this that fuels all the evil in the world.

How comforting it must be to have God on your side. How comforting it is to think yourself virtuous and think your enemies wicked. How easy it must be to hide behind religion with your eyes closed. How easy its is to get drunk on thoughts like these and find reason for building bombs and flying airplanes into the World Trade Center. God Bless America? Why would God, bless America? If someone would asked me that last question I’d respond, No, God probably doesn’t bless us because this world is neither good nor bad. Muslims think that Allah is on their side. Same thing right? Why don’t we drop this thing, Religion?

It seems very clear to me that it is we who are in control. We are calling the shots. If someone were to say something along the lines of, “I am the avatar, the one true being, the creator, the salvation of man, he who knows the one true way and I will stop at nothing to achieve world domination”. This person would likely be committed because we’re smarter than people were when the Book of Joshua was written. And yet millions of people cling to that force that they can't see. A mechanism for false hope and an excuse for acting badly.

10 : 24-26 When they brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, "Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings." So they came near and put their feet on their necks. Joshua then said to them, "Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight." So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening.

What a sadistic and callous person Joshua was! I wonder what an orthodox Christian would say about this? This is the worst kind of violence. This is not only real violence, this is the word of God, it should not be questioned and it is the one source, the One True God, who we adore and love more than thyself.

It is my unchangeable belief that no human can say anything about God. One thing I hate about the Bible is its certainty of God’s thoughts and what God wants. He could exist, he might not. He may be a She. She may be one of Many.

If I were to ask a human to tell me about a spoon, any reasonably intelligent person could come up with some basic info on spoons. For example, the are made of metal. Asian people traditionally don't use spoons; they use chopsticks. Soups spoons are different than dinner spoons. You can use spoons as a musical instrument and so on. Now ask your dog about the spoon. He can smell it, taste it, look at it, and paw it around. He is aware of the spoon. But as keen as a dog can be, it will never understand that a spoon is made of metal that comes from ore in a mine somewhere where blue collared men make a living. Notice that last sentence has fact’s, (spoon is metal, metal comes from ore), and it has assumptions, (men, not women and blue collared instead of white). A dog cannot make assumptions like this and the dog is completely unaware that it is humans who made the spoon. A dog would have no reason to think that humans are responsible for making spoons or if they were grown somewhere or if spoons fell out of the sky. The bottom line is that we cant understand things higher then us no more than a dog can understand a spoon with the depth that humans can. When I use my senses and look at things, smell flowers, taste ice cream, I am overwhelmed at what it is that I might not know. Like a dog playing with a spoon, totally unaware of what it really is. It scares me to think that I know that I don’t know and what really scares me is to know that other people think they know.

I made some statements about war and politics, this essay is not concerned with either. They were used for illustrative purposes only.

Christians, (and almost all religions), will know what’s right and wrong from the timely wisdom of ignorant men who lived many thousands of years ago. I will know what is right and wrong using an amalgam of common sense, knowledge and love.

Please pray for me, Jamie