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LUKE 8:32-33

May 31, 2016 10:41:53 PM
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Jesus cast demons out of a naked man and into a large herd of pigs. They fell over a cliff to their death. The town asked Jesus to leave.

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LUKE 12:47

May 31, 2016 10:41:53 PM
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Jesus warned that a servant of God who does not heed his master will be "beaten with many blows."

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LUKE 19:26

May 31, 2016 10:41:53 PM
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In the parable of the ten minas, the master (God) said of those who chose not to follow him, "...bring them here and kill them in front of me."

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JOHN 6:53-66

May 31, 2016 10:41:53 PM
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Jesus said to eat his flesh and drink his blood. Despite the metaphorical tone, many disciples were uncomfortable with the idea and chose to walk away.

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ACTS 5:1-9

May 31, 2016 10:41:53 PM
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Ananias lied about the money he’d made on sold property, keeping some for himself. God killed him, then killed his wife for being in on it.

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EPHESIANS 1:4-5

May 31, 2016 10:41:54 PM
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Despite all of Jesus’ instructions to accept him as savior, Jesus also says God "predestined" those will be saved according to His pleasure.

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HEBREWS 12:20

May 31, 2016 10:41:54 PM
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God said that animals must be stoned to death if they lay foot upon Mt. Zion.

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1 PETER 1:20

May 31, 2016 10:41:54 PM
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Despite God’s failed experiment in the Garden of Eden, the mass execution of Noah’s flood and the final solution of Christ’s sacrifice, Jesus was predestined to be crucified all along. "He was chosen before the creation of the world,"

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REVELATION 6:8

May 31, 2016 10:41:54 PM
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In the End Times, God gives Death permission to slaughter 25% of the earth’s population by "sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."

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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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