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Picking up at Psalm 45. And this one in particular seems like these are written by a culture with a terrible inferiority complex. They are surrounded by great civilizations, with far more power than them, Egypt and Babylon, and they are constantly being overrun, and they need to tell themselves how great they are to compensate. Seems like the classic definition of narcissism.

Psalm 58(?): the fool hath said in his heart, there is no god. Insulting but now seems strange to me to say this, if there was no one running around saying this. Must be an intriguing part of the history that is missing. This seems to be evidence that atheists really did exist. Are there any earlier references, in other histories, that suggest the existence of atheists before this time. Kinda seems to argue against the idea that religious belief is somehow "innate".

Psalm 57 talks about how we should trust in the mercy of god, but looking back, there is little evidence of the mercy of god, so trusting in it would be completely illogical. You are either an intellectual zombie and a slave to his will, or you an enemy and a victim of his rage. Really, not a great choice.

Some motivation! The idea that the "righteous" would desire to "bathe their feet in the blood of the enemy" seems spectacularly immoral to me. Inspires me to be less "righteous" not more.

Some of these curses are bizarre. May they bark like a dog? Odd ways to torture people. Psalms are often talked about as being beautiful hymns, but they aren't very beautiful at all: they are pleas for god to torture their enemies. They are bloodthirty and vicious. How can these possibly be considered beautiful?

The whole notion of the Jewish god, the Israeli god, it's lke posturing. When you are really superior you don't need to flaunt it. But when you are weak, you get all puffed up to try to make yourself seem superior to what you really are.

If god knew these people were lying to him, but he forgave them anyway... isn't that stupid rather than merciful? By forgiving them, they would go back to their evil ways, and surely an omnipotent god would know this?

Kinda reminds me a little of little kids who think that their parents got divorced because of something they did, like wet the bed or didn't do their homework or something small, but had nothing to do with what was going on in reality. They talk about how if only they had followed some silly rule, then god would have been there to slay their enemies and so on. But in reality, they have nothing to do with one another.

God as Lord Voldemort, and his followers at Peter Pettigrew. How is that for imagery?

Talk about setting yourself up for failure; asking anyone to be perfect is to be disappointed.

About halfway through Psalms. Not sure when I'll get back on the road to listen to more. Will try not to be so absent...

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