Obnoxious or revolting passages in the Bible

[text of email sent collectively to some friends on 21 Sep 2016]

“In a previous post I said I would be quoting from the Bible just to show the character of Yahweh/God as portrayed. These are just the tip of the iceberg [all extracted from New International Version].

God’s killing or genocidal instinct [or insanity?]

Exodus

12.29. At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn ofPharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn.

19.12. [God speaking to Moses] Put limits for the people around the mountain [MountSinai] and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

19.13. He shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.’

E23.23. My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.

34.7. He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.

Deuteronomy

7.2. and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.

7.16. You must destroy all the peoples the LORD your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.

20.16. However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.

20.17. Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the LORD your God has commanded you.

Book of Joshua

3.7. And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.

6.21. They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

6.24. Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the LORD’s house.

8.24. When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the desert where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it.

8.25. Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai.

8.26. For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin until he had destroyed all who lived in Ai.

10.28. That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.

10.29 Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Makkedah to Libnah and attacked it.

10.30. The LORD also gave that city and its king into Israel’s hand. The city and everyone in it Joshua put to the sword. He left no survivors there. And he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.

10.31. Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Libnah to Lachish; he took up positions against it and attacked it.

10.32. The LORD gave Lachish into Israel’s hands, and Joshua took it on the second day. The city and everyone in it he put to the sword, just as he had done to Libnah.

11.6. The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.”

11.12. Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded.

11.21. At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns

Judges

3.29. At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not a man escaped.

4.15. At Barak’s advance, the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera abandoned his chariot and fled on foot.

4.16. But Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim. All the troops of Sisera fell by the sword; not a man was left.

8.17. He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.

11.29. Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites.

God’s barbaric, freakish desire for animal meat and blood

Exodus

29.1. This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect.

29.2. And from fine wheat flour, without yeast, make bread, and cakes mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil.

29.15. Take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head.

29.16. Slaughter it and take the blood and sprinkle it against the altar on all sides.

29.38 This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old.

29.39. Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight.

What’s so good about the New Testament? The New Testament advocates the worshipping of the God of the Old Testament.”

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