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LEVITICUS 26:27-29

May 31, 2016 10:41:46 PM
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God threatened hostility, punishing people for their sins "seven times over," making them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters.

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NUMBERS 12:9-14

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God was displeased with Miriam, so he struck her with leprosy and banished her from the camp for seven days.

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NUMBERS 15:32-36

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A man gathered sticks for a fire on the Sabbath. By God’s command, he was stoned to death.

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NUMBERS 16:27-33

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The men were rebellious, so God caused the earth to open and swallow up the men, wives and children.

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NUMBERS 16:35

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A fire from God killed 250 men.

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NUMBERS 21:3

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The Lord gave the Canaanites over to Israel, who "completely destroyed them and their towns."

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NUMBERS 21:6

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God sent venomous snakes, which bit and killed many Israelites.

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NUMBERS 21:35

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With God’s approval, the Israelites went into the city of Og, killed the king, his sons, the army (leaving no survivors) and took over the land.

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NUMBERS 25:4

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God told Moses to kill the leaders of Shittim and expose their bodies in broad daylight.

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NUMBERS 25:8

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Phinehas, son of Aaron the priest, killed an Israelite man and Midianite woman with a spear, plunging the spear "into the woman’s body."

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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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