Friday, March 12, 2010

I Am Not Ashamed...

I just came across the I Am Not Ashamed project, by who else but Answers in Genesis. The goal is to create a video bible out of YouTube videos.  Basically, you submit yourself reading your favorite passage from the Bible, and they all get collected on their website.  Here's a short intro video:








For example, take a look at this guy reading Genesis 1:1-4:








Hey, it's Ken Ham!  No wonder he can read that passage with a straight face.  Actually, a lot of the videos on their site appear to be shot at the Creation Museum.

Of course, suggesting that people recite their favorite bible verse, along with the name "I Am Not Ashamed" itself, might cause some problems.  I'm sure there are plenty of people willing to post John 3:16 or their favorite Psalm or Proverb.  But whose favorite passage is, for example, 2 Kings 2:23-25?

[23] He went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!"
[24] And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys. 
[25] From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and thence he returned to Sama'ria. 

Well, besides me, of course :-).  Maybe I should submit it!

And who can read passages like these with a straight face?

There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.   (Ezekiel 23:20)
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry.  And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once.  (Matthew 21:18-19, and the story is also recounted in Mark 11:12-14)

Not to mention the droves of gratuitous violence condoned by God and his prophets throughout the bible.  Thousands upon thousands of people are killed off in the Old Testament because God gave their land to the Jews, or because they broke some ridiculous law about working on the sabbath or properly observing the myriad of rules for burnt, animal sacrifices.

People who can read this stuff and remain unashamed scare me a little bit...

3 comments:

  1. There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

    I imagine atheists would line up to contribute that one. :)

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  2. I'd like to not only recite it, but maybe put on a little skit too :-).

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  3. New idea... I'm going to created a video where I read both books of Chronicles, completely monotone and expressionless. How long do you think that would take?

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