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1 SAMUEL 18:27

May 31, 2016 10:41:50 PM
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David and his men killed 200 Philistines, presenting their foreskins to the king to win Michal in marriage.

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1 SAMUEL 30:17

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David killed all but 400 Amalekites, who escaped.

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2 SAMUEL 2:23

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Abner thrust the butt of his spear through Asahel’s stomach.

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2 SAMUEL 3:30

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As revenge for Asahel’s death, Joab and Abishai killed Abner.

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2 SAMUEL 4:7-8

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Ish-bosheth was lying on the bed in his bedroom. Recab and Baanah went into the room, stabbed and killed him. They decapitated him and took the head to David at Hebron. David was not pleased that an innocent man has been murdered.

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2 SAMUEL 4:12

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David punished Rechan and Baanah by killing them, chopping off their hands and feet and hanging their bodies by the pool at Hebron.

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2 SAMUEL 6:6-7

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The oxen carrying the Ark of God stumbled, and Uzzah reached out to steady it. God punished his "irreverent act" by killing him where he stood.

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2 SAMUEL 6:22-23

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Michal mocked David for exposing himself to slave girls. Michal was punished by God, who made her barren of children for the rest of her life. (Also note the contradiction in 2 Samuel 21:8, where Michal is said to NOT be barren, but instead has five children.)

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2 SAMUEL 8:1-18

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David’s acts included killing 2 out of 3 Moabite soliders, hamstringing 6,900 chariot horses, killing 22,000 Syrians, and striking down 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. Verse 6 says "…The Lord gave David victory wherever he went."

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2 SAMUEL 10:18

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David killed 700 charioteers and 40,000 Aramean foot soldiers.

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Many in the religious culture insist that the God and the Holy Bible provide the foundation for all morality.

With that in mind, take a moment to browse some specific examples of God-endorsed atrocities. Then, ask yourself (honestly) how you would feel about these accounts of rape, incest, slavery, torture and infanticide if the acts had been perpetrated by a human being: Hitler, Stalin, Hussein, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.

Doesn’t your moral code require you to denounce these acts as horrific and monstrous? Do you hold God to a different standard simply because "He is God, and he can do whatever he wants?"

Think about it. Even if Yahweh existed, would he be truly worthy of our praise and allegiance? Or is the truly moral person obligated to shun and denounce this petty, jealous, cruel and murderous tyrant?

This page addresses issues, contradictions and false logic with three of the most popular bible stories (Creation, Noah’s Ark and the Nativity Story), followed by a list of other scriptural accounts that conflict with each other. Browse the points below and ask yourself if the bible is truly a perfect, accurate, divinely-inspired document for living.


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