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John 11:35

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Let’s talk about the Bible for a minute.

Just from a pure numbers standpoint, nothing can touch it. And if we were giving medals for the Olympics of Written Word, the Holy Bible would take all three prizes.

There is no runner up folks. The Bible stands alone.

Here is a book that has been passed down generation to generation before books were even invented. Empires have risen and fallen, languages have come and gone, wars have been won and lost, new lands have been discovered! Through it all, the good ol Holy Bible stands strong. The words of the Ten Commandments scribed onto a freaking stone tablet 3,500 years ago are still being published today. Moses should be damn proud.

Moses rocks by the way.

Then there is the “New” Bible or New Testament. Again, another incredible sequence of events. You have a guy named Jesus who supposedly could bring people back from the dead, among other cool things. He supposedly performed miracles left and right.

Jesus also ran around speaking of God. He preached to people about believing in this God, or your soul will go to Hell in a fiery torment for eternity.

Okay? So it’s like his way or the highway? Okay fine, I’m kinda stubborn too. Although I won’t promise you eternal pain and suffering if you don’t agree with me. But then again I am not the main character in the biggest sold story in the history of the planet either.

Now I’ve been reading a little of the Bible lately. No, seriously! I figured there’s gotta be a damn good reason this book is so revered by trillions of people for thousands of years. It’s one of those books you can just pick up, open a page, and start reading. It’s fascinating no matter where you pick up.

No, I’m not kidding or being sarcastic. It’s a collection of some remarkable stories.

A bunch of stories actually. And honestly, a lot of them are so damn silly I just can’t believe what I’m reading.

Silly only because as I’m reading every verse, I’m thinking how this book is worshipped as the rules of life by more people than anything ever written!

People have then and do now take this shit verbatim. Meaning, they believe every single story as truth. Or most of it anyway. And they take it as the policy at which they should live their lives.

What do you think of the Bible? Do you try to do as the Bible says? If you do, you’ll be running in circles, as it is nearly impossible to follow the rules set forth in this storybook.

Have you ever noticed the people that DO try to strictly use the Bible for their moral code of conduct only do it as a front? I’ve always found these people to do just as much fucked up shit as me and everyone else. The only difference is they are sneaky about it. Ironically this makes them worse off than if they didn’t choose to supposedly follow the Bible in the first place.

Anyway I’ll leave you with this. The New Testament was written by about 40 men. They didn’t collaborate on it, they wrote their “books” separately anywhere from 20-80 years after the Jesus died.

Each of these men base their entire writings based around one premise: They are speaking in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ who was the Son of God.

Now we can come to either 1 of 2 conclusions about the authors of the bible. Ready?

Number 1. They were right. Jesus was the Son of God. Everything you read in the Bible is what God intends you to see as his instruction manual for life on Earth. They were translating for God so we can read it.

Or

Number 2. These men were all mentally insane. Jesus was made out to be a God from hearsay over the course of the years that passed after he died. The people that preached this and made it widespread word were delusional conditioned madcaps. They were part of a religious organized cult. Till this day, the entire human race has gotten suckered into believing their fanatical stories.

What do you think?

Number One or Number two?

It has been brought to my attention there is a Number Three.

Number Three: They lied and made it all up.

For the record? I'm going with 2. Although I don't know if that 's my "final answer". ;-)

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  1. pimpdisclosure 49 months ago | reply

    hahahahaha funny you are the only one to point this out. It actually was a mistake when I first commented without pimp. Fact of the matter is I am not using pimpexposure for anything but to post the occasional doozy of a picture, so I might as well use this account to comment too. Sorry to confuse.

    Side note: I reserve the right to change my mind about this at ANY TIME! hahahahaha
    Yes it all seems pretty damn preposterous and hysterical when you lay it out like that.

    But like you said, it's just a way to make the human race feel better about dying and other things they cannot understand.

    I'll say this: We are not as "advanced" as we perceive ourselves to be. In fact, and I've said this before, if you laid time on a scale from beginning of existence to the end of existence (whatever that is and beyond earth to all of eternity), right now we are at the very beginning of existence.

    That's my belief.

    This bible bullshit is proof of it to me. The fact that so many people blindly believe a storybook for everything they live for is more proof than anyone should need.

    Viva la abs? Should I start a new group and get everyone on flickr to jump on it with me (except him of course).

    Come on? ;) Nah wouldn't be the same unless his wife started the group for me but I didn't know anything about it. Oh well.

    And about the scientific theories set forth in the bible, I don't know anything about that. However I've never seen dimensions or any sort of mathematical equations in the bible, so I really don't know what you mean.

    still sounds to me like a really good storybook?

    And why does everyone say Jesus just loved his diciples and was a great guy. If Jesus was born today and those same 12 people followed him around and they tried to pull this same gig off? They'd be locked up in an insane asylum or killed.

    Actually come to think of it, that's what essentially happened to them anyway.

    Maybe the Roman government was on to something?
    I think it's a fantastic book my friend. If it makes you believe to travel and do wonderful things, more power to you. I actually think that's a beautiful thing.

  2. Deb Fuller 49 months ago | reply

    1. this shot is AMAZING
    2. i can't pick one, two, or three. i pick to question
    3. i believe hypocrites sit in the front row
    4. karma baby. live accordingly.

  3. KaceyLou 49 months ago | reply

    Haha- well most people picture Jesus as this soft spoken good looking man who smiled at everyone and it was just obvious that he was "holy" but I think by the crowd that he ran around with and the fact that he was a carpenter shows us that he was mostly a normal, gruff man. Acutally he was pretty cool, he never just gave an answer outright really, he kinda told a story and let the listener figure it out for himself. He had a lot of wisdom. Again, that book I mentioned gives some perspective. And I agree with you.. people would think they were insane, and that is what happened...
    I think a lot of christians try to live up to what they think Jesus was. This "holer than thou" perfect person that was happy all the time. I think christians have given other christians a bad name and the term 'hypocrite' . Christains should have never pretended like that are better than anyone and that they dont fuck up like everyone else. I always try to remember that when I see someone acting a certain way that I don't know what is going on in their head. They could be struggling with their choices and feel bad for what they've done even though they don't act like it. Even if they are a christian or not.
    When persons that we don't know do something bad our tendency is to judge and be like, "man they're a horrible person" but when we actually know the person or they are our family we are usally like " yeah well they screwed up but they have a really good heart" Jesus knows us and knows our hearts, it doesn't mean there wont be natural consequences to our actions but it means he forgives us and will be with us through it.

  4. tapper22 49 months ago | reply

    Pimpster -- you are kind of an idiot.

    1) The proof for historical Jesus is dubious. Historians tend to agree that he probably existed, but I think they lack a level of verifiable proof. I'm in a minority on this one I'll admit. Most of it is a patchwork of early sources (i.e. discussions after his death and attempts to show commonalities in stories) The Romans, for example, have no proof that they crucified him. There are no recorded references to him during his supposed lifetime that I know of. At best, there is proof that people living after his death believed he existed, but that isn't quite the same as having proof of his existence. The problem is most people simply accept that he existed without even questioning it. That helps prove my third point below.

    2) The Bible did not predate books. In fact, some of it was stolen from other books (see the Epic of Gilgamesh for example as a source for the Noah story in Genesis -- and have you read that story? The imaginary friend in the sky (God) basically commits genocide and infanticide. Nice.)

    3) You ignore how ideology works. People don't spread ideological positions because they are told to do it by a small cadre of important folks. They don't listen to a small group of people who command and control the world. People spread ideological positions because they are convinced that they want to do it by all the others who do it. Gender, sexuality, religion, etc are ideological formations that folks spread, but it isn't because a group of powerful people tell them to. If that were the case -- if it were that obvious -- then people would just rebel. Instead the ideological apparatuses are disseminated by a general populace. Those formations are usually at their most obvious when they are breaking down and failing; when they are going strong, they aren't noticed as clearly or dissent is squelched by the masses who want to endorse the positions.

    4) So the folks who wrote the bible (and I assume you mean the Gospels here), never met this alleged Christ person, but they probably did believe in the stories. Why? Because people important to them probably believed, and as the tales were told orally and embellished, they became the stories that were written down. It isn't about insanity or manipulation so much as ideology. Usually that dissemination relies on a healthy dose of ignorance on the part of the recipient. That is still evident today. Too often religious folks are pretty fucking ignorant as to A) the history of their own religion and B) the history of any other religion and C) philosophy of religion in general. Instead they know just enough to work within the religion of which they are part, without much serious and independent study of that religion. Ideology works because many people are lazy. Religion (and it isn't just religion) works because many people are lazy and want easy answers to hard questions. Folks worth their shit will tell you that institutional religion (broadly defined here) relies on faith, which means you can't know for sure -- thus the need for faith... duuuhhhh. So anyone who tells you they have the answers to unknowable questions is spreading ideology. They can't have those answers; they can think those answers work for them, but when they go beyond that they are little more than proselytizers. And, for me, religious proselytizers are one of the largest problems in our world today. I dislike, especially, how they drape themselves in their faith to avoid hard questions. The worst of them are the ones who think that anyone who disagrees with them is being rude or mean to them. I find that problematic. For example, they are probably people who read my first point and were offended. They hold their faith so above question that they think it is offensive for anyone to question what they believe. That lack of critical thinking skills is a very serious problem, but it isn't insanity that causes it. It is ideology.

  5. SemiCharmedLife (☯) 49 months ago | reply

    Not much on religion - a non committed secular humanist - kind of ambivalent on it.

  6. Kymmie LeAnne 49 months ago | reply

    so ive done this with emily christine, alibubba, lutman123, stephanie lynn and a few others and today im going to be doing this to you..

    today is your day. i will be looking at your whole photostream and see how much your photography has changed and how much it has matured..

    i figured i would do this to your photostream because every picture you have been posting lately has been pretty amazing.

    so on that note im off to start with picture #1 :)

  7. r-dean 49 months ago | reply

    Well, I haven't been here in awhile. Cool shot, love the references.
    Been reading all the very interesting, thought provoking commentary that you've instigated. Watch this - another theory on christianity: zeitgeist movie a very interesting theory, among other things.

  8. S Bavido 49 months ago | reply

    Wow, great post. I'm not going to even try to read all the comments here. Personally, I go with number 1. In fact, I've basically built my life around number 1. While I'm by no means perfect (far from it!), I would disagree with your statement that I would be better off without the Bible.

    I do find it interesting that you point to the authors of the New Testament as being either correct, insane or liers. But consider for a moment, that while parts of the New Testament were written a long time after Christ left, other parts were written when literally thousands of people remembered hearing him preach. Blatant lies about his teachings would never have gotten off the ground. Jesus spent three years traveling around preaching to hundreds of thousands. HIs ideas weren't big secrets. So, to me, the issue seems to be more about Jesus than the writters. Do you think he was God, insane or a lier?

  9. pimpexposure 49 months ago | reply

    I really don't know that much about it to really come to an educational guess on it. But as much as I do know and as blown out of proportion the whole image of "Jesus" is in our time, I'd say the guy was completely out of his mind. #2.

    I completely respect the fact that you are a believer, yet you also remain a critical thinker. I respect you a LOT. MOST people who are believers of the bible and big into religion and faith and all of that look at what I wrote and just dismiss me as going to hell and block me out of their life. You are a rare species I'm glad you came by.

    And I don't believe you would be better off without the bible, where did I say that? The bible is a tremendous book, I stated and I will remain by saying I love reading it. But it's just a fucking book. It's actually a story book. Some of the ideas presented in this book are so out of date, it's ludicrous to sit here and try to live our life like a 1st century Roman citizen. Come on.

  10. twnklmoon 49 months ago | reply

    One of the funniest books ever, "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" by Christopher Moore. He looks at this subject in total tongue and cheek. And it really illustrates the point that it totally depended on the person who was telling the story. A lot of info is missing from the Bible...in his book, he covers Jesus during the "missing" years. His tale includes Jesus going to Asia and learning healing and buddhist teachings. If you look at the bible, a lot of things were "borrowed".

    Great shot and fun musings.

  11. Jeremy Lusk 49 months ago | reply

    Those are sweet pants. The blood is cool conceptually but it doesn't blend into the image all that well.

    As for the Bible... I'm not even going to touch it. I think we're on the same page. Cool stories, and it's probably a good historical reference of things that actually happened. Beyond that it's just been manipulated into a means of control over those who fear a lack of control in their lives.

  12. Purple Palindrome 49 months ago | reply

    Ryan, you've hit the bullseye. Either it's true, a bunch of lies, or all Christians are insane. I'm going with totally true. I'm super thrilled you're reading it. Keep us updated on what you're thinking about different parts of it.

  13. DMotown 49 months ago | reply

    "Jesus Wept" John 11:35 Great verse to pick as a title. He deeply loves everyone and is not here to hurt anyone as was said in an earlier post. Not trying to be preachy, but I believe in #1. The former aethiest, C.S.Lewis stated it much as many of you have already said it, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg--or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us." It would take too much space and bore most of you to go on, but if you are serious about checking it out, read (or check out the video) by another former aethiest, Lee Strobel - "The Case for Christ"

  14. MWImages 48 months ago | reply

    Aaaaaaaaaand I'm here to throw in my sticky 2 cents...

    Religion is a beautiful idea. To those who it provides comfort, support and security I wish nothing but happiness. I respect that you have that and I envy you to a degree...

    Personally, I'm far too synical or maybe just suspicous to throw myself so totally behind someone elses opinion. Be it some crazy who lived 2 thousand years ago, a benevolant superpower or Obama himself.

    I have my own mind, my own thoughts and my own moral compass. That may be influenced by others, but it is something entirely my own and I'm very happy that way. So to those mormons who threatened me with brimstone the other day I say 'do one!'

    Aaaaand I vote option 3. Right or wrong to begin with the whole things been bitterly twisted by those in power to perversely control the masses. History is littered with examples of those who threatened that power ending up very, very dead and I'd rather have no religion in the world than one that threatens you for doing what you believe to be right.

  15. -The Sundance Kid- [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

    It would not even be an issue for me to lay down my life for this Jesus. Better yet it is not even an issue to live every day for Him.

    I love your art Pimp. You are very gifted. Your also a curious person and that is what I like all the more about your work. You add an element most people would be to afraid to show to the public eye. Scrutiny and Critical comments don't phase you. Your confident in yourself even when your unsure where you stand. Your also a big hearted person. (I have followed your stream for awhile from a distance and it's noticeable)

    I ain't going to throw comments and opinons just want to say that Jesus Love You Just As You Are Bro. Just As You Are.

  16. Kitchen Sink Realism 47 months ago | reply

    the shot makes this on so many levels. And I think it's bullshit. Whats the best way to get peoples money FEAR. How to do it the manual for if you don't give me my fucking money I'm telling "God" to put you in hell. WTF is heaven or Hell. It's an on going cycle. Yes I do have some sort of faith in consequences but it's do to whenever there's an affect there's an effect. Nothing else. Shit if I had a juicy story to get people's control I'd do it too. Money makes the world go around or we be living like the Amish. So fuck it. I see too many children or just young adults die at the hospital everyday and they have been in that hospital for years or from birth just wasn't suppose to live I guess where was God then They are innocent right so where was he and don't give me that God has his reasons then your a fucking murder and an unjust one at that. So fuck it *sings it FUCKKKKKK IIIITTTTTTTTTTT Amen

  17. zzz00000 [deleted] 31 months ago | reply

    Hypocrisy...alive and well!!
    Too many people claim to be holier than thou it sickens me personally!!!!
    I am a sinner not proud but not in denial!!
    Love the picture!!!!

  18. SDdansker 29 months ago | reply

    I hope that 2 isn't your "final answer". You are absolutely right, it's either all true or it's all a lie. Either Jesus is what he says or he was a liar. He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me." John 14:6.
    I believe this thoroughly. Jesus is "God with us" as the Bible teaches. He died on the cross for my sins, and if I confess my sins He is faithful and just to forgive me my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness as I John 1:9 says.
    Now if I choose to believe that the Bible is God's true word and that Jesus is the Savior and I'm wrong, what have I lost? I've lost nothing,
    But if I choose to not believe and it turns out that I am wrong, then I've lost everything.

  19. lameato feliz 22 months ago | reply

    preciosa...en una expo

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