Cruelty and Violence in the Bible (Genesis & Exodus)

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Cruelty and Violence in the Bible (Genesis & Exodus)
2012-01-02 16:53:37
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Cruel and violent verses in the Bible in Genesis and Exodus
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  1. Those that bring forthe bad fruit will be burned
    Matthew 3:10

    3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
  2. Jesus does not have the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Bible
    Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
  3. "I will destroy ... both man and beast." God is angry. He decides to destroy all humans, beasts, creeping things, fowls, and "all flesh wherein there is breath of life." He plans to drown them all.

    6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

    6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die
  4. God is willing to kill every living substance that he had made including all innocent animals and humans
    Genesis 7:4

    For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
  5. God drowns everything that breathes air. From newborn babies to koala bears -- all creatures great and small, the Lord God drowned them all.
  6. 7:21And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
    • 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
    • 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
  7. God sends a plague on the Pharaoh and his household because of a lie Abraham had told the Pharoah (that Sarai was Abrahams sister, not his wife)
    Genesis 12:17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
  8. God tells Abram to kill some animals for him. The needless slaughter makes God feel better.
    Genesis 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
  9. Hagar conceives, making Sarai jealous. Abram tells Sarai to do to Hagar whatever she wants. "And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled."
    Genesis 16:6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
  10. God couldn't find even ten good Sodomites because he decides to kill them all. Abraham didn't ask God about the children. Why not save them? If Abraham could find 10 good children, toddlers, infants, or babies, would God spare the city? Apparently not. God doesn't give a damn about children
    Genesis 18:32 And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
  11. Lot refuses to give up his angels to the perverted mob, offering his two "virgin daughters" instead. He tells the bunch of angel rapers to "do unto them [his daughters] as is good in your eyes." This is the same man that is called "just" and "righteous"
    Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

    • Peter 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
    • 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
  12. God kills everyone (men, women, children, infants, newborns) in Sodom and Gomorrah by raining "fire and brimstone from the Lord out of heaven." Well, almost everyone -- he spares the "just and righteous" Lot and his family.
    Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

    19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
  13. God turns Lot's nameless wife into a pillar of salt because she looked back onto Sodom and Gomorrha after God killed every living thing there
    Genesis 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
  14. Sarai tells Abraham to "cast out this bondwoman and her son." God commands him to "hearken unto her voice." So Abraham abandons Hagar and Ishmael, casting them out into the wilderness to die
    • Genesis 21:10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
    • 21:11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
    • 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
    • 21:13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
    • 21:14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
  15. God orders Abraham to kill Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham shows his love for God by his willingness to murder his son. But finally, just before Isaac's throat is slit, God provides a goat to kill instead.
    • Genesis 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
    • 22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
    • 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: fornow I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
    • 22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
  16. Abraham about to kill his son for God
    Genesis22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
  17. After God killed Er, Judah tells Onan to "go in unto they brother's wife." But "Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and ... when he went in unto his brother's wife ... he spilled it on the ground.... And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; wherefore he slew him also." This lovely Bible story is seldom read in Sunday School, but it is the basis of many Christian doctrines, including the condemnation of both masturbation and birth control.
    • Genesis 38:8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
    • 38:9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
    • 38:10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
  18. God brought a seven year, "very greivous" famine on the whole earth for no apparent reason (except maybe to make Joseph wealthy).
    • Genesis 41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
    • 41:26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
    • 41:27 And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
    • 41:28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.
    • 41:29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
    • 41:30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
    • 41:31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
    • 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
    • 41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
  19. Moses kills an Egyption when he is sure no one is looking
    • Exodus 2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
    • 2:12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
  20. God threatens to smite all of Egypt
    Exodus 3:20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
  21. God threatens to kill the Pharoah's first born son.
    Exodus 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
  22. God wants to kill Moses for neglecting the rite of circumcision of his son. Zipporah averts disaster by reacting quickly and hastily performing the rite, thus saving her husband from Yahweh's anger.
    • Exodus 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
    • 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
    • 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
  23. Moses and Aaron ask the Pharaoh to let all the Israelites go into the desert to pray for three days, or else God will kill them all "with pestilence, or with the sword."
    Exodus 5:3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
  24. God tells Moses and Aaron to smite the river and turn it into blood.
    • Exodus 77:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. (7:3) "I will harden Pharaoh's heart."God hardens Pharaoh's heart for the second time.Who hardened the Pharaoh's heart? (7:4-5, 17)(7:4) "Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt."God will make sure that Pharaoh does not listen to Moses, so that he can kill Egyptians with his armies.(7:5, 17)"And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD."(Who else could be so cruel and unjust?)7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.7:6 And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.7:7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.7:8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, (7:8-12) God tells Moses and Aaron that when Pharaoh asks for a miracle just throw your rod down and it will become a serpent. So when the time comes, Aaron throws down his rod and it becomes a serpent. But the Egyptian magicians duplicate this trick, too. Luckily, for Aaron, his snake swallows theirs. (Whew!)(7:11) "Now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments."The magicians know the rod to serpent trick too!Score: Aaron 1, Magicians 1(7:12) "For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods." Second Meeting with Pharaoh7:9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.7:10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.7:11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.7:13 And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. (7:13)"And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them."God hardens Pharaoh's heart the 3rd time.Who hardened the Pharaoh's heart?The First Plague7:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.
    • 7:18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
    • 7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
    • 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
    • 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
  25. The fifth Plague: God kills all of the cattle in Egypt except the Jewish ones
    Exodus 9:6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.
  26. The sixth plague: boils and blains upon man and beast.
    Exodus 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egyp
  27. God sends plague on hearts and servants in Egypt so that they will no his powers
    • Exodus 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.
    • 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
    • 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
  28. The seventh plague (hail).
    • Exodus 9:22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
    • 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
    • 9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
    • 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
  29. God shows he wishes to be remembered by his eradication of cattle, men, women, and children
    Exodus 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.
  30. God orders the mass murder of all first born children and animals in Egypt.
    • Exodus 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
    • 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.
    • 11:6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

    12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
  31. God kills the Egyptians in another flood
    • Exodus 14:26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
    • 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
    • 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
  32. The Lord is a man of war
    Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
  33. The right hand of God dashes people to pieces.
    Exodus 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
  34. If you do what God commands, he will not give you a disease.
    Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
  35. Joshua destroys the Amalekites with God's approval.
    Exodus 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
  36. God orders who ever (man or beast) touches Mt. Sinai to be put to death (shot or stoned)
    • Exodus 19:12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
    • 19:13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
  37. God tells Moses that who ever sees God, will most likely perish.
    Exodus 19:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.
  38. God offers to bless all those who make animal sacrifices to him.
    Exodus 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
  39. God says anyone who smites or curses their parents shall be put to death.
    • Exodus 21:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
    • 21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
  40. God says if anyone steals or sells a stolen slave they will be put to death.
    21:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
  41. If you beat your slave, he must live a minimum of two days thereafter for they are yours.
    • Exodus 21:20 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.
    • 21:21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.ely be put to death.
  42. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.
    • Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    • 21:25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
  43. If you beat your slave so that they lose an eye or a tooth, they must be set free (but you are not to be punished?)
    • Exodus 21:26 And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
    • 21:27 And if he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his maidservant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.
  44. If an ox gores a man or women to death, they must be stoned to death; and if it occurs due to the owner's negligence, the owner will be put to death.
    • Exodus 21:28 If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.
    • 21:29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.
  45. If a ox gores a slave, then the owner of the ox must pay the slave owner and the ox must be stoned.
    Exodus 21:32 If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
  46. Wtiches are to be killed
    Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
  47. Who ever has sex with an animal shall be put to death.
    Exodus 22:19 Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.
  48. Whomever worships another god should be killed.
    Exodus 22:20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
  49. God wants the first born son to be given to him?
    Exodus 22:29 Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.
  50. God wants two lambs to be sacrificed daily for him
    Exodus 29:38 Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually.
  51. God wants you to sacrifice a bullock (castrated male bovine) everyday, continually, for your sins.
    Exodus 29:36 And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it. day by day continually.
  52. Whoever breaks the Sabbath are to be put to death.
    • Exodus 31:14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
    • 31:15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death
  53. God orders the sons of Levi (Moses and Aaron and others on God's side) to kill any of their family members, companions, and neighbors who took part in the worship of the Golden Calf which Aaron made.
    • Exodus 32:27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
    • 32:28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
  54. Having not being satisfied with the killing of 3,000 who worshipped the Golden Calf, God sends a plague to finish the rest.
    Exodus 32:35 And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.
  55. If one can not be redeemed, break their neck.
    Exodus 34:20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not,then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.