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NUMBERS 25:9

May 31, 2016 10:41:47 PM
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A plague from God killed 24,000.

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NUMBERS 31:9

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Under God’s command, the Israelites captured the Midianite women and children, and "they took all the plunder and spoils."

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NUMBERS 31:17-18

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God commanded Moses to kill all of the male Midianite children and "kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man." The virgins were presumably raped. (NOTE: How could the soldiers know which women were virgins?)

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NUMBERS 31:31-40

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God divided the plunder to the soldiers, the priest, the Israelites and for tribute to the Lord. 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 donkeys and 32,000 virgin women.

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DEUTERONOMY 2:33-34

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Under God’s leadership, the Israelites utterly destroyed the men, women and children of Sihon. "…we left no survivors."

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DEUTERONOMY 3:6

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Under God’s leadership, the Israelites destroyed the men, women and children of Og. They plundered the livestock and possessions.

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DEUTERONOMY 7:2

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God told the Israelites, regarding their enemies, to "destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy."

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DEUTERONOMY 20:13-14

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God laid down the rules for battle, instructing the slaughter of all of the men. Women, children, livestock and possessions could be taken as "plunder for yourselves."

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DEUTERONOMY 20:16

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"…in the cities of the nations the LORD your god is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes."

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DEUTERONOMY 21:10-13

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According to God’s law, if an Israelite soldier was at war with an enemy, and he saw a beautiful woman that he found attractive, he could capture her to be his wife. She must then shave her head, trim her nails and discard the clothing she was wearing when captured. She could mourn her father and mother for a month. If the soldier wasn’t pleased with her for any reason, he could "let her go wherever she wishes."

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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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