Many of the stories in the Bible are simply appalling, recounting awful behavior by god against people and people against people. But because of a successful whitewashing effort by the church and its followers, people have managed to hide or sugarcoat the worst elements of the stories.
Fellow Ftb Blogger Dana Hunter has done us all a service by publishing a book titled Really Terrible Bible Stories that eliminates all the camouflage and tells it like it is. And this is just volume 1 that deals only with the book of Genesis.
As an example, you can read her rendering of the story of Jacob. He is of course famous for his dream of a ladder that went up to heaven that angels used to go up and down but his sexual exploits are less well known though far more interesting. His life gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘family values’.
This is the book that the Bible-thumping crowd tells us lays out the moral standard that we should uphold. I wonder if those who argue that America has gone to hell ever since the Bible was removed from schools actually want their children to read this stuff. It may be that some of the Bible’s advocates have only read the Bowdlerized or children’s versions and have no idea what the book really contains.
On the other hand, I am sure that children would have paid a lot more attention in Sunday School if these stories had been part of the curriculum.