I often get confronted by Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as Christians, that the Bible is the ultimate source of morality, justice, and righteousness. They are shocked when I challenge them on that. When I show them in their own Bible how vicious, violent, and wrathful their God is, they are often left shocked.
Dogmatic Christians often respond with something like “that scripture is not supposed to be taken literally.” Why then is all other scripture taken literally?
Christians will say these scriptures are literal when they want to demonstrate the power of their God but conveniently switch sides and say the accounts are symbolic when they realize how immoral they are.
The majority of the Bible is quite literal, and Christians conveniently pick and choose which text should be interpreted as literal in an attempt to paint an image of a loving and righteous God.
Here is a short list of some of my favorite bible quotes that will make you sick.
GOD ACCEPTS HUMAN SACRIFICE.
In the book of Judges, Jephthah makes a vow to God that if he is given victory over the Ammonites, he will sacrifice the first person who comes to meet him when he returns home. God accepts the pledge and gives Jephthah the victory.
When Jephthah returns home, his daughter runs out to greet him. Shockingly, Jephthah follows through with his pledge by burning his daughter as a human sacrifice.
|“Jephthah made a vow to the LORD: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”|
When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.
When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.”
“My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me just as you promised, now that the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites.
But grant me this one request,” she said. “Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.”
After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin. From this comes the Israelite tradition”
The book of Psalms, a hymn expressing the yearnings of the Jewish people during the Babylonian exile, expresses the desires of “God’s people” to murder the infant children of the Babylonians by dashing their little bodies against rocks.
|“Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.“|
In Hosea, the people of Samaria are told that their babies will be killed by dashing them to the ground and that their pregnant women will have their wombs torn open to kill their unborn babies.
Their sin? Rejecting the belief of the Israelite God.
|“The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.”|
|As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.|
Then he said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city.
|“You are my war club, my weapon for battle— with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms, with you I shatter horse and rider, with you I shatter chariot and driver, with you I shatter man and woman, with you I shatter old man and youth, with you I shatter young man and young woman…“|
|“Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number”|
EGYPTIAN BABIES MURDERED IN THEIR SLEEP
|“At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.|
Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.“
GOD SENDS A BEAR TO MAUL CHILDREN WHO MADE FUN OF A BALD MAN
In 2 Kings, a bald prophet named Elisha was confronted by a group of young boys who were making fun of his bald head. Elisha got so upset that he lay a curse on them, and God sent two bears to maul 42 of the young boys.
|“…Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!”|
He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.“
2 Kings 2:23-24
SAMSON DECEIVES HIS COMPANIONS AND MURDERS 30 INNOCENT MEN
At his marriage feast, Samson devised an unfair way to profit from a group of men.
He said to them that if they could solve his riddle, then he would owe them thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. If they couldn’t, they would have to give him the same. He then continued to tell a riddle that was impossible to solve.
“Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet.”
The riddle referred to a personal event that Samson never shared with a soul. When he killed a lion and came back later to find honey in its carcass.
Even though Samson tried to trick the men, they figured out the riddle with his wife’s help. Instead of paying his debt in an honorable way, he went down to Ashkelon, killed 30 men, took their garments, and used the stolen goods to pay his debts.
Disgustingly, it was God who gave him the power to kill these innocent men and steal their property.
|“…he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.|
Some time later, … he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it, he saw a swarm of bees and some honey.
He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass.
…[at the wedding feast, the people] chose thirty men to be his companions.
“Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.”
“Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet.” For three days they could not give the answer.
[Samson’s Wife] cried the whole seven days of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.
…the men of the town said to him, “What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?”
Then the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle.
SAMSON BURNS THREE HUNDRED ANIMALS ALIVE AND DESTROYS PEOPLE’S SOURCE OF FOOD
While Samson was away an Ashkelon, murdering the 30 men to steal their property so that he could pay his debts, his wife was given away to one of his companions.
He was so enraged that he collected three hundred foxes, tied them up in pairs, and tied a torch to them. He then set them on fire so they would run, trying to escape the flames while being burned alive. They ran in crooked lines setting alight his victim’s vineyards, olive groves, and grainfields.
|“He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he returned to his father’s home.|
[When he returned] Samson’s wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast.
So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.”
Judges 14:20 – 15:5