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JOSHUA 10:38-39

May 31, 2016 10:41:48 PM
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Joshua took Israel’s army to attack Debir. They killed everyone.

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JOSHUA 11:6

May 31, 2016 10:41:48 PM
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God commanded Joshua to defeat the enemy at the Waters of Merom. "You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots."

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JOSHUA 11:8-15

May 31, 2016 10:41:48 PM
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Joshua’s army, under God’s command, did not spare "anyone that breathed."

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JOSHUA 11:20

May 31, 2016 10:41:48 PM
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"For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses."

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JUDGES 1:4

May 31, 2016 10:41:49 PM
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God gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into the hands of Judah. 10,000 enemy killed.

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JUDGES 1:6

May 31, 2016 10:41:49 PM
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Adoni-Bezek (of the Canaanites) fled, but Judah’s army chased him down and sliced off his thumbs and big toes.

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JUDGES 1:8

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God approved the attack by Judah on Jerusalem. Judah’s army killed and set the city aflame.

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JUDGES 1:17

May 31, 2016 10:41:49 PM
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With God’s approval, Judah and Simeon utterly destroyed the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath.

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JUDGES 3:29

May 31, 2016 10:41:49 PM
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The Lord delivered the Moabites into the hands of the Israelites. "At that time they struck down about then thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not a man escaped."

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JUDGES 4:21

May 31, 2016 10:41:49 PM
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Jael drove a tent stakes through the head of Sisera.

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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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