The Bible’s Many Dark and Obtuse Sides

The Old and New Testament God’s Support for and practice of Murder, Child Murder, Human Sacrifice, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, Discrimination, Slavery, Rape, Adultery, Dividing Families, Child Abuse, Anti-Semitism, Vigilantism, Theft, Deception, Autocracy and Abrogation of Free Will
Mass murder, ethnic cleansing & plundering committed by God or his obedient followers in the Old Testament.

Genesis 7: 21-22: The great Flood. “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth….and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.” (Biblical accounting indicates the death toll would have been in the many hundreds of millions or low billions, at least a third of which would have been children of which none survived the disaster.)

Genesis 19: 24-25: “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.”

Genesis 12: For his safety Abraham tells his wife Sarah to pretend she is his sister. “When Abraham was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld [Sarah] that she was very fair…. And [Sarah] was taken into Pharaoh’s house [as a wife].” Pharaoh makes Abraham very wealthy. “And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. And Pharaoh called Abraham, and said, “What is this that thou hast done unto me? Why didst thou not tell me she was they wife?’"

Job 1: God’s angel Satan points out that his righteous follower Job may be so devout because his life is so easy, so God tasks Satan with testing Job. 15 The Sabeans attacked and put Job’s “‘servants to the sword. 16 The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants….’” 17 The Chaldeans “‘put the servants to the sword.’” 18 His sons and daughters were having a party “‘when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead.’”

Exodus: God encourages part of Israel to settle in Egypt and the Hebrews are eventually enslaved. “2: 11-12: “[Moses] spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when there was no msn, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 3: 21 And I will give [the Israelites] favor in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 22 But every woman shall borrow of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil [plunder] the Egyptians. 4: 21 And the Lord said unto Moses, when thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. 24-25: And it came to pass by the way to the inn, that the Lord met [Moses], and sought to kill him (God spares Moses after his son is finally circumcised). 7.3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, 4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 9.11 The boil was…upon all the Egyptians. 12 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them, as the Lord had spoken unto Moses. 16 And in the very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man [including slaves] and beast: and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. 27 And Pharaoh…said…I have sinned this time, the Lord if righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 10.1 And the Lord said unto Moses, go in unto Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs before him. 2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of they son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among theml that ye may know I am the lord. 15 [Locusts] did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit in the trees….and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs in the field. 16 Then Pharaoh….said I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once,, and intreat the Lord your God, that he may take away from me this death only. 20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go. 24 And Pharaoh…said….go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. 25 And Moses said, thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings. 27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. 11.9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 10 And the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel out of his land. 12.27 It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. 29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon. 30 There was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.” (Considering the very large population of ancient Egypt, the death toll would have been in the hundreds of thousands, including many children.)

Exodus 14: “4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them and I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. 8 And the Lord hardened the heart Pharaoh King of Egypt, and he pursued after the Children of Israel [leading to the destruction of the entire army].”

Exodus 23: God tells the wandering Israelites “23 My angel [possibly Jesus] will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittittes, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hevites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 27 I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter.”

Exodus 32: The response of God and Moses to the Israelites religious right of conversion involving sacrificing animals to the Golden Calf while Moses was receiving the commandments including the ban on murder. “27 Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, put every man his sword by his side, and go forth from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his neighbor. 28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. 29 For Moses said, consecrate yourselves to day to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day. 35 And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf.”

Numbers 11: 33: “And while the [quail] flesh was yet between [the Israelites] teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people against a great plague.”

Numbers 16: After more trouble with a group of his Chosen People “32 the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses [including wives and children]…. 33 down alive into the pit…. And they perished from among the congregation. 35 And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the 250 men that offered incense. 47 and behold, the plague was begun among the people…. 49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred.”

Numbers 21: After the Israelites disrespect God yet again “6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”

Numbers 25: The Israelites are having unsanctioned sex with the Moabites, so “4 the Lord said unto Moses, take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun…. 5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baal peor.” When an Israelite brings a sinning Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and others Phinehas “7 took a javelin in his hand; 8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand…. 12 Wherefore say, Behold, I [God] give unto [Phinehas] my covenant of peace: 13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God.”

Numbers 21: 3: “And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities.”

Numbers 31: 17: The orders of God and Moses to the Israelite warriors after their assault upon the Midianites (among whom Moses had earlier been given refuge) in response to their corrupting influence. “Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.” (Also see below.)

Deuteronomy 2: 34-35: As part of a plan to promote their conquest, God hardens the heart of the Heshbon king so that he refuses the Israelite demand to pass by. “And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain. Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.”

Deuteronomy 3: 6-7: God orders the Israelites to conquer the sixty Bashan cities. “And we utterly destroyed them, ……utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for prey to ourselves.”

Deuteronomy 7: Through Moses God details the way in which the Chosen People should treat the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites as they conquer the Promised Land. “2 And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee, thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them, thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them. 16 And thou shalt consume all the people which the Lord thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them.” (According to Biblical accounts of population at the time, estimated number of dead during the conquest were a few million.)

Deuteronomy 20: “13 And when the Lord thy God hath delivered [a city] into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword: 14…. And thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy god hath given thee. [and] 16 thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: 17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.”

Joshua 6: 21: As the ethnic cleansing conquest continues the Israelites enter Jericho after the blowing of the trumpets and “utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old…. with the edge of the sword.”

Joshua 8: The Chosen People move upon Ai. “1 And the Lord said unto Joshua…..take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land. 2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it. 8 And it shall be that when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the Lord shall ye do so. 24 And it came to pass when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai and smote it with the edge of the sword. 25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand…… 26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, where-with he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. 29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree”

Joshua 10: “11: And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were going down in Bethhoron, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were much more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.” After God stops the sun so the Israelites and their allies can continue to their unprovoked conquest the mass slaughter continues. 28 After the five kings were captured “Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five tree. 28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword……and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain. 30 And the Lord delivered [Libnah], and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it. 32 And the Lord delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel…..and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein. 33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining. 35 And they took [Eglon] on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed. 37 and they took [Hebron], and smote it with the edge of the sword…. destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein. 39 And [Joshua] took [Debir] and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining. 40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills….the south…..the vale…..the springs….he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded. 41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.”

Joshua 11: Joshua continues God’s work. “11 And they smote all the souls that were [in Hazor] with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire. 12 And all the cities of those kings….did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. 14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe. 15 As the Lord commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua. 16 So Joshua took all….the south country…..the land of Goshen…..(and) Israel. 18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, (all) they took in battle. 20 For it was of the Lord to harden their [the Israelites enemies] hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly.”

Judges 1: 17: “And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it.

Judges 9: “45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was therein.” The Israelite leader than organizes his warriors to deal with the enemy trapped in a tower by setting “fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.”

Judges 11: “29 Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah. 32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon…..and the Lord delivered them into his hands. 33 And he smote them…even twenty cities…with great slaughter.”

Judges 13-16: “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines.” To punish the Philistines for doing his will and enslaving his Chosen People God arranges for the birth of Sampson. After losing a riddle game “the spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil.” Later “the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him…. and he found a new jawbone of an ass…. and slew a thousand men therewith.” In the end Sampson called upon the Lord for strength and asked “’Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lads, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”

I Samuel 6: After God removes his favor from Israel the ark of the covenant is captured by the Philistines. But they suffer so much from its presence – including the growth of tumors on the men’s secret parts – that the Philistines decided to give it back to the Israelite city of Bethshemesh, which was exulted by ark’s return until they made a mistake “19 And (God) smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked upon the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.”

I Samuel 15: During their time in the Wilderness the Israelites had been attacked by the

Amaleks, and in Exodus 17:16 Moses said that “the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Later, in I S. 15.2 “Thus saith the Lord of the hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel. 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling. 8 And [Saul and his army] utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 33 And Samuel hewed Agag [Amalek king] in pieces before the Lord.”

1 Samuel 27: “8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the Gechurites, and the Amalekites…. 9 And David smote the land, and left neither man or woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel.”

2 Samuel 8: “1 In the course of time David defeated the Philistines and subdued them…. 2 David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death…. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought tribute. 3 Moreover, David fought…. Zobah. 5 When the Arameans of Damascus came to help…. Zobah, David struck down 22,000 of them, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went. 7 David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. From Tebah and Berothal…. King David took a great quantity of bronze. 13 And David became famous after he returned from striking down 18,000 Edomites. 14…. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

2 Samuel 24: “1 Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.’” The great king wishes to repent after this dire sin so God allows him to pick among three punishments, David decides this one is the least odious. “15 So the Lord sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of [three days], and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.”

1 Kings 18: 40: “Then Elijah commanded them, ‘Seize the 450 prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!’ They seized them and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.”

2 Kings 1: 9-12: “Then the king of Israel sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’ Elijah answered the captain, ‘If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men, At this the king sent to Elijah another captain and his fifty men. The captain said to him, ‘Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’’ “If I am a man of God,’ Elijah replied, ‘may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.”

2 Kings 3: 18 The Lord will “hand Moab over to you. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones. 24…. the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites, 25 They destroyed the towns…. They stopped up all the springs and cut down every good tree.”

2 Kings 10: After God anoints Jehu King he sends instructions to the guardians of the sons of the sinful late King Ahab. “7 When the letter arrived, these men took the princes and slaughtered all seventy of them. They put their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu. 11 So Jehu killed everyone in Jezreel who remained of the house of Ahab…. leaving no survivor.” When Jehu meets the relatives of Ahaziah he orders that he instructs his escort who “14….took them alive and slaughtered them…. Forty two men. He left no survivor. 17 When he came to Samaria, he killed all there who were left there of Ahab’s family; he destroyed them according to the word of the Lord spoken to Elijah.” Jehu invites all the worshippers of Baal to an assembly to worship Baal. 25 Jehu “ordered the guards and the officers: ‘Go in and kill them; let no one escape.’ So they cut them down with sword. 30 The Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I has in mind to do, your descendents will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.”

Esther 9: The Persian King Xerxes allows the Jews in his empire to deal with their enemies. “5 The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased with those who hated them. 16…. They killed 75,000 of them.”

Psalms 137: 8-9: “Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against rocks.”

Human sacrifices ordained by God

Judges 11: “30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If though shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands. 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. (See above extracts) 34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances. 35 And [Jephthah] rent his clothes, and said, alas my daughter thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me, for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back. 36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies. 38 And [she went] away for two months: and she went with her companions and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man, And it was a custom in Israel.” (Note that the girl’s name is never given, she being the mere property of her father by Hebrew law.) (The procedure involved in a burnt offering is detailed in Leviticus 1. “4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5 And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord: and the priests….shall…..sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar. 6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. 8 And the priests….shall lay the parts, and the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: 9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the Lord.”)

2 Samuel 21: 5-9: “They answered the king, ‘As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel, let seven of his male descendents be given to us to be killed and exposed before the Lord at Gibeah of Saul – the Lord’s chosen one.’ So the King said “I will give them to you”…. The King took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah….together with the five sons of Saul’s daughter Merab…. He handed them over to Gibeonites, who killed and exposed them on a hill before the Lord. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.”

1 Kings 13: 2: “He cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord: ’O altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places who now make offerings here, and human bones will be burned upon you.’”

2 Kings 23: 20: “Josiah slaughtered all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones on them.”

The disobedient & their kin: murdering, stoning, & burning them alive, & lions and bears

Exodus 21: 17: “Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.”

Exodus 22: 18-20: “Do not allow a sorceress to live.

Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death.

Whoever sacrifices to any God other than the Lord must be destroyed.”

Leviticus 20: 27: “A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; there blood will be on their own hands.”

Leviticus 20: 9-16: “If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his cursed his father or his mother, and his blood will be on his own head.

If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

If a man sleeps with his father’s wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

If a man sleeps with his daughter-in-law, both of them must be put to death. What they have done is a perversion; their blood will be on their own heads,

If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. Hey must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

If a man marries both a woman and her mother, it is wicked, Both he and they must be burned in the fire, so that no wickedness will be among you.

If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal.

If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They must be put to death, their blood will be on their own heads.”

Leviticus 21: 9: “If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.”

Deuteronomy 22: If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death – the girl because she was in town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. 28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29…. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her.

Leviticus 24: 13-16: “Then the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him. Say to the Israelites: If anyone curses his God, he will be held responsible: anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, he must be put to death.”

Deuteronomy 13: Instructions for punishing apostates. “5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death. 8 Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him. 9 You must certainly put him to death. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away from the Lord your God. 15 Destroy it [town of apostates] completely, both its people and its livestock.”

Deuteronomy 17: More on dealing with apostates. “5 Take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.”

Numbers 15: “32 A man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. 35 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.’ 36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stones him to death, as the Lord commanded Moses.”

Joshua 7: 24-25 An Israelite violates God’s command to not plunder Jericho, as His punishment they “took Achan…. His sons and daughters…. Then all Israel stoned him, and after they stoned the rest, they burned them.”

2 Samuel: 11: King David who already has many wives and concubines sees the beautiful Bathsheba wife of Uriah bathing on a nearby roof and he invites her to her palace and either rapes her or she commits adultery and she gets pregnant. So the great Israelite king sends to Uriah to war in a scheme designed to get him killed by the enemy which succeeds. 12: God does not approve so the “15 Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 18 On the seventh day the child died.”

1 King: God had cursed Israel due to the sins of Solomon so following kings are sinful. Because it was correspondingly errant God says “14: 10 I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam, I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel – slave or free. I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung until it is all gone. 11 Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country. The Lord has spoken! 17 Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah. As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house the boy died.” When Baasha becomes king of Israel “15: 29 he killed [the late] Jeroboam’s whole family…. according to the word of the Lord.” Baasha is also a sinner so God says “16: 3 and I will make your house like that of Jeroboam…. 4 Dogs will eat those belonging to Baasha who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country.” After Baasha dies a new king “12 Zimri destroyed the whole family of Baasha, in accordance with the word of the Lord.”

1 Kings 13: 23: “When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. As he went his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him [while leaving the donkey untouched]. 26: When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey had heard of it, he said, ‘It is the man of God who defied the word of the Lord [after being duped by a false prophet into eating and drinking at the wrong place]. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord has warned him.’”

1 Kings 20: 35-36: “By the word of the Lord one of the sons of the prophets said to his companion, ‘Strike me with your weapon,’ but the man refused. So the prophet said ‘Because you have not obeyed the Lord, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you.’ And after he went away, a lion found him and killed him.”

2 Kings 2: 23-24: “And the prophet Elijah went up unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth young lads out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up thou bald head; go up thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and mauled forty and two of the lads.”

2 Kings 17: 25: Because Israel is so sinful God allows the Assyrians to take it over and repopulate it with nonHebrews who have no clue about the existence of the Biblical creator. “When they first lived here, they did not worship the Lord; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people.”

Threats, promises & examples of God/Christ’s violence and anti-Semitism in the New Testament

Matthew 5: 29-30 (Sermon on the Mount): If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.

Matthew 10: 12-15: Jesus says “As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

Matthew 11: 20-24: “Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed. ‘Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you Bethsaida!… I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths…. I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Matthew 10: 34-36: Jesus says “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”

Matthew 22: 1-14: Parable by Jesus; “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.” After various troubles with the original invitees the king ends up inviting people off the street to the banquet; “But when the King came in to see the guests he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Jesus says “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Luke 12: 49, 51-53: Jesus says “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and I wish it were already kindled!… Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against so and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Luke 14: 26: Jesus says no one can be his disciple unless they “hate [their own] father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters.”

Luke 19: 27: Jesus cites the just action of an earthly king against an enemy as an example of how he as The Lord must be feared and obeyed, or else; “….those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them – bring them here and kill them in front of me.”

Luke 22: 35-38: “Then Jesus asked them, ‘When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?’ ‘Nothing,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.’ The disciples said, ‘See, Lord, here are two swords.’ ‘That is enough,’ he replied.”

John 2: 15: “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” (qualifies as a premeditated, violent, anti-Semitic hate crime in a place of worship that was being run in accord with Jewish practices, rather than a peaceful protest or petition).”

John 8: 44: Jesus says to a group of Jews “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.”

Revelation: 4 In heaven the Lord sits upon his throne surrounded by 24 elders and 4 six winged chimeras (lion, ox, man, eagle) covered with eyes all round who sing His praises day and night and throughout the following events. 5 God gives a scroll to the Lamb, who breaks the seven seals of wrathful judgment. 7 Four angels of disaster are ordered by God to wait until he gives protection to 144,000 male virgin Hebrews. 8-11 An angel casts storms and an earthquake upon the Earth. Seven angels then herald the following: a hail of fire mixed with blood burns a third of the earth and trees and all the grass, a blazing mountain impacts the sea and a third of its creatures and ships are destroyed, a blazing star – Wormwood – falls onto a third of the springs and rivers poisoning many people, human faced locusts sting all the rest of humanity for five months. The four horseman kill a third of humanity. An earthquake kills many people. 15-16 Seven angels sing praises to God, and then release plagues: a poison that kills all sea life, a substance that poisons freshwater, the sun scorches people with fire, a superearthquake collapses the cities of the nations, and huge hailstones. 19 In the Second Coming God leaves his throne and followed by the armies of heaven Jesus uses a sharp sword coming out of his mouth to strike down the nations that he will rule with “an iron scepter”. An angel invites the birds of the sky to “gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.” Only the 144,000 protected survive.

Christians invent communism enforced by death and terror

Acts: Description of the first and ideal Christian churches. 2: 44-45: “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” 4: 32-37: No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…. There were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. Joseph… sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. 5: When a church member fails to turn over all his property to the church “he fell down and died,” when his wife later did the same “she fell down… and died… Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.” This is the first description of socialism, including that enforced by lethal punishment.

Slaves: keeping, beating, murdering & raping them, plus adultery & more theft

Exodus 20: 17: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant [slave], nor his maidservant [slave], nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.”

Exodus 12: 44: “Any slave you [a Hebrew] have bought may eat of it [Passover meal] after you have circumcised him.”

Job 1: “1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil…. 2 He had…. a large number of servants [slaves]. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Genesis 16: “Now Sarah, Abraham’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant [slave] named Hagar, so she said to Abraham, ‘The Lord has kept me from having children. Go sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her’…. Sarah.… took her maidservant and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarah said to Abraham, ‘You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me. ‘Your servant is in your hands,’ Abraham said. ‘Do with her whatever you think best.’ Then Sarah mistreated Hagar, so she fled from her…. Then the angel of the Lord told her, ‘Go back to your mistress and submit to her.’ The angel added, ‘I will so increase your descendents that they will be too numerous to count.’” (God later allowed the elderly Sarah to become pregnant.)

Genesis 30: Then [Rachel] said, “Here is Bilhah, my maidservant [=slave]. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I can bear build a family.” So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, and she became pregnant and bore him a son. Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to me and given me a son.” (Jacob has numerous illegitimate children with God’s approval who then allows Rachel to get pregnant too.)

Leviticus 19: “20 If a man sleeps with a woman who is a slave girl promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment. Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed. 21 The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for a guilt offering to the Lord.”

Leviticus 25: 44-46: “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You must treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.”

Exodus 21: 2-11: “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free. But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he must be his servant for life. (Note affirmation that servant means slave.) When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making a payment.”

Exodus 21: 20-21: “If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies under his hand he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken, for he is his property.”

Exodus 21: 26-27: “If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye. And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.” (Note that the freeing of “servants” confirms that they are slaves.) 32: If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull must be stoned.”

Exodus 21: 29-30: “If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or a woman, the bull must be stoned and the owner must also be put to death. However, if payment us demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.”

Numbers 31: The instructions from Moses on how to treat the Midianite virgins not slaughtered along with the rest of the population. “But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves…. You and Eleazar the priest and family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured. Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community. From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the Lord one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats. Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazer the priest as the Lord’s part. From the Israelites’ half, select one out of every fifty, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the Lord’s tabernacle. So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses. The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 donkeys and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man (italics added).”

Deuteronomy 20: “10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city…. 14 As for the women, the children, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves.”

Deuteronomy 21: 10: “When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.”

2 Samuel 12: “29 So David mustered the entire army and went to Rabbah, and attacked and captured it. 30…. He took a great quantity of plunder from the city and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brickmaking [like the enslaved Israelites in Egypt]. He did this to all the Ammonite towns.”

1 Kings 4: 6: Wise King Solomon had many chief officials, including “Adoniram son of Abda – in charge of forced labor.”

I Kings 9: “20 All the people left from the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivetes and Jebusites, 21 that is, their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites could not exterminate – these Solomon conscripted for his slave labor force.” (God objected to this, he had given the orders in Duet 7 & 20 that these peoples be entirely exterminated.)

1 Chronicles 5: The Israelites “19 waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Napish and Nodab. 20 and God handed the Hagrites and all their allies over to them…. 21 They seized the livestock of the Hagrites – 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep and 2000 donkeys. They also took 100,000 people captive.”

Luke 12: 46-48: Jesus says “But suppose the servant [slave] says to himself, ‘my master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The Master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.”

Matthew 14: 66: “While Peter was below in the court yard, one of the servant girls [slave] of the high priest came by.”

Galatians 3: 28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 12: 13: “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free.”

Colossians 3: 11: “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”

Colossians 3: 22: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.”

Colossians 4: 1: “Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you also know you have a master in heaven.”

Ephesians 6: 5: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.”

1 Timothy 6: 1-2: “Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.”

Philemon: The entire chapter is about Paul returning a Christian slave to his rightful master.

Divorce & child abandonment

Ezra 10: Many Hebrews married nonHebrews in violation of God’s earlier instructions. It was therefore decided that “3 Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my Lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. 10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, ‘You have been unfaithful, you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. 11 Now make confession to the Lord, the God of your fathers, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.’”

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