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EXODUS 8:24

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God sent a swarm of flies.

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EXODUS 9:5

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God killed all of the Egyptian livestock with a plague.

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EXODUS 9:10

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God sent a plague of festering boils on the people and animals.

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EXODUS 9:22-25

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God sent a hail storm to Egypt, striking man and animal, stripping the land.

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EXODUS 12: 29

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God killed the first-born in every Egyptian home that wasn’t marked with lamb’s blood.

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EXODUS 17:13

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Moses held out the staff of God, allowing Joshua to kill the Amalekites.

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EXODUS 21:20-21

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According to God’s law, it was wrong to beat a slave to the point of death. But if the slave survived and got back up within a few days, the beating wasn’t punishable, because the slave was the property of the master. (God endorsed slavery and the beating of slaves.)

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EXODUS 32:27

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After seeing the golden calf, God commanded the Levites, "Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor." 3,000 were slaughtered, and God was pleased.

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LEVITICUS 26:7-8

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God rewarded obedience with assurances that enemies would all die by the sword.

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LEVITICUS 26:22

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God warned that, if the people didn’t listen to Him, he would send wild animals to rob parents of their children, destroy cattle and leave the roads deserted.

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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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