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DEUTERONOMY 28:53

May 31, 2016 10:41:48 PM
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God’s punishment for disobedience included eating "the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you."

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JOSHUA 6:21-27

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Under God’s direction, Joshua destroyed the entire city of Jericho…men, women, teenagers and infants…with the edge of the sword. The soldiers then pillaged the silver, gold, bronze and iron for God and burned the city.

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JOSHUA 7:19-26

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Achan took a robe and some money from the plunder. Joshua and the Israelites took Achan, the loot, his sons, daughters, cattle, donkeys , sheep and possessions to the Valley of Achor, where all were stoned and burned.

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JOSHUA 8:22-25

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God helped Joshua battle and slaughter 12,000 men and women in the city of Ai. None escaped.

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JOSHUA 10:10-27

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God helped Joshua slaughter the Gibeonites.

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JOSHUA 10;28

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With God’s approval, Joshua put the city of Makkedah" to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors."

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JOSHUA 10:30

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The Lord gave the city of Libnah to Joshua. Everyone in the city was "put to the sword."

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JOSHUA 10:32-33

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God gave his approval as Joshua killed every man, woman and child in Lachish with the sword.

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JOSHUA 10:34-35

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Everyone in the city of Eglon was killed by the sword of Joshua and his army.

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JOSHUA 10:36-37

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God approved as Joshua killed the king of Hebron, its villages and every citizen. "They left no survivors."

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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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