The act of murder is rampant in the Bible. In much of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, there are laws that command that people be killed for absurd reasons such as working on the Sabbath, being gay, cursing your parents, or not being a virgin on your wedding night.
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Source: Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion.
The following passages are a very small percentage of the total passages approving of murder in the Bible.
- Homosexuals. Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-32.
- Adulterers. Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 22:22.
- Disobedient children. Deuteronomy 21:20-21, Leviticus 20:9, Exodus 21:15.
- Women who are jot virgins on their wedding night. Deuteronomy 22:13-21.
- All non-Christians. Luke 19:27.
- Those accused of wickedness by at least two people. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.
- Anyone who works on a Sabbath. Exodus 35:2-3, Numbers 15:32-6.
1. The Flood. Genesis 6-8.
2. The cities of the plain, including Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 18-19.
3. The Egyptian firstborn sons during the Passover. Exodus 11-12.
4. The Canaanites under Moses and Joshua. Numbers 21:2-3; Deuteronomy 20:17; Joshua 6:17, 21.
5. The Amalekites annihilated by Saul. 1 Samuel 15.
The Bible is written by men, and it shows. Here’s what the Bible says about women?
- It is shameful for a women to speak in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:32-5.
- A man must approve his wife’s words if they have to have force. Numbers 30:8.
- A woman must not teach or hold authority oven men. 1 Timothy 2:12.
- Lot saves the messenger from the men of Sodom by offering up her virgin daughters to “Do to them as you please.” Genesis 19:8.
- Kill every woman who have slept with a man, but save yourself every girl who have not slept with a man. Numbers 31:17-8.
- God himself supports slavery. Leviticus 25:44-6, Ephesians 6:2-8, Colossians 3:22.
- Instructions as how you would sell your daughters as slaves. Exodus 21:7-8.
- When to give your slaves a “severe” or “light” beatings. Luke 12:42-8.
- It is okey to beat your slaves only if they wont die in two days. Exodus 21:20-1.
- How to mark your slave; drive an awl through the ears. Deuteronomy 15:17.
- It is best if all people remain unmarried, marriage is lesser-of-two-evils, compromise of Christians too weak to resist their sexual urges. For it is better to marry than to burn. 1 Corinthians 7:1-2, 8-9, 25-6, 38.
- The rapist of an unmarried woman must buy her and make her his wife. Apparently, a far more holy union than a loving same sex relationship. Deuteronomy 22:28-9.
- If a man suspects his wife of cheating, he can serve her a “cursed” drink. If she becomes deformed then that proves her guilt. Numbers 5:12:31.
- 42 children killed by 2 bears for calling a prophet a “baldy. 2 Kings 2:23-4.
- It is acceptable to beat your children a rod, it wont kill them. Proverbs 23:13-4.
- God commits, orders or endorses every form of atrocity known to man. Pretty much pick a page in old testament at random and boom! Try it. No really, TRY IT.
Believers or followers of the Bible often says that these passages and acts of violence are only in the Old Testament and thus should not be taken seriously. Let’s see, do the Old Testament still applies?
- Every “jot” and title. Matthew 5:17-9.
- Christ tells us that we must hate our entire family and even our own life, if we want to be one of his disciples. Luke 14:26.
- Those who abandoned their families will be rewarded. Matthew 19:29.
- “For I am come to set a man a variance against his father and the daughter against her mother. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household” — Matthew 10:35-6.
- “I came not to send peace, but a sword.” — Matthew 10:34.
- “If you don’t have a sword, sell your clothes and buy one.” — Like 22:36.
- Curses the fig tree for not bearing fruits on its off-season. (I mean, who does this?) Mark 11:12-4, 20-1.
- Refuses to help a girl because she was a “dog” gentile. Matthew 15:22-8.