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JUDGES 20:43-48

May 31, 2016 10:41:49 PM
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The Israelites killed 25,000 men. 600 men fled to the desert. The Israelites went and put everyone in the towns "to the sword, including the animals and everything else they found." Then they burned the towns down.

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JUDGES 21:10-12

May 31, 2016 10:41:49 PM
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The assembly killed every male and non-virgin female in Jabesh Gilead. They found 400 virgins to bring back for themselves.

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1 SAMUEL 4:10

May 31, 2016 10:41:50 PM
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The Philistines killed 30,000 Israelite soldiers.

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1 SAMUEL 5:6-9

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As punishment for stealing the Ark of the Covenant, God afflicted the Philistines with tumors in their "secret parts."

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1 SAMUEL 6:19

May 31, 2016 10:41:50 PM
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Some of the men of Beth Shemesh looked into the Ark. God punished them by killing all 70 of them.

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1 SAMUEL 7:7-11

May 31, 2016 10:41:50 PM
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God helped Samuel’s men kill the Philistines, "slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Car."

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1 SAMUEL 11:11

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Under God’s blessing, Saul and his army slaughtered the Ammonites "until the heat of the day."

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1 SAMUEL 14:31

May 31, 2016 10:41:50 PM
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Jonathan and his men slaughtered the Philistines and "pounced on the plunder," eating meat with blood in it. God supported the slaughter of men but was displeased at the eating of unclean meat. So Saul built an altar to the Lord.

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1 SAMUEL 15:7-8

May 31, 2016 10:41:50 PM
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God commanded Saul to attack the Amalekites and "totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys."

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1 SAMUEL 15:33

May 31, 2016 10:41:50 PM
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"Samuel put Agag to death before the Lord at Gilgal."

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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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