I haven’t talked too much about the bible lately, so I figured I’d give it another whirl. What better place to start than the beginning…
The Bible picks things up at Day 1, but I’m more interested in Day 0. What happened on Day 0? Trick question, there is no Day 0, just as there is no year 0. However, one can imagine what one would call the era denoting these prior days: BG, Before God.
What were things like back then? Well, according to the Bible, it was wet. It’s pretty fuzzy beyond that.
I sometimes wonder why religious people would trust a being which won’t even explain where it came from. If you met someone and asked where they’re from, and they said “I have always been,” you would probably bury your head in a book or put headphones on and ignore them.
There is, in fact, an innate human fear of outsiders. There is a legitimate function to this, sociologically. Exile was a common punishment throughout history, and self-imposed exile (otherwise known as “fleeing”) is also a common practice. Societies do not want criminals joining their ranks, and they have little way of distinguishing between those kicked out or escaping punishment for crimes, and those innocently seeking asylum from persecution or famine.
How is it that right-wingers hate undocumented immigrants, but take God at His word?