Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Greatest Story Ever Written (or plot holes are a scourge)

I've started reading The Bible. Already I have questions. I feel that even though I'm an atheist, I should know what this book says since so many people quote it all the time. I've tried to read it before but I usually just get so bored. Clearly it isn't going well this round since according to my Kindle I'm 0% through.  In case it matters I picked up the English Standard Version since it was a free download on my Kindle.  Maybe one of the others would leave me with fewer questions. Hard to know.

So I've started The Bible (First question, it is big T in The Bible not little, right?) and I'm just past the story of Noah and just read about Abram going to Egypt with his wife. So here are my questions:

1 - Abram goes to Egypt and lies about his wife being his sister because he's worried about the Egyptians killing him because she's so beautiful. That logic I don't even understand, but whatever. Here's the question - Since Abram and the Egyptians are all descendants of Noah, why would the Egyptians be a threat to Abram's wife? Has that much time passed? Shouldn't they all still have some of the same values? Does that mean a guy with a super attractive wife who came into Abram's territory would be killed so Abram could have his wife?  (Completely unrelated each time I read Abram I think of the guy off The Real World/Road Rules challenges so I completely picture a blonde kind of dumb surfer dude as Abram)

2 - Noah repopulated the planet so the Egyptians are part of Noah's family. Shouldn't they be covered under the "covenant" made with Noah? Why would God curse them since it was Abram who lied. It isn't like the Pharaoh knew the wife was married to someone else.

3 - If the Egyptians are not of Noah and therefore not of God, where did they come from? It was pretty clear that there was a flood and everyone and everything in the WORLD was wiped out and Noah repopulated everything. So where did the Egyptians come from?

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