19: OMG!

Genocide, cannibalism, incest, kidnap and rape, murder of civilians in wartime; it’s all there in the Hebrew Testament (Old Testament), not just happening but endorsed, promoted and ordered by God (a.k.a. Jehovah or Yahweh.)
Here are some examples.

Genocide as a moral duty

(a)    Deut. 20:16 . Moses tells his armies not to leave anything alive that breathes.

(b)   Josh 10:40 reports that god also told Joshua to kill everything that breathes in neighbouring regions and he did. “Exterminating them without mercy as the Lord had commanded Moses.”(Josh 11:20).

(c)    1 Samuel 15:3, Samuel quotes to Saul the orders from god: “Now go, attack the Amelekites 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.”

(d)   Saul kept a few animals to sacrifice later and for this disobedience, god sent someone to kill him! (1Sam. 28:18-19)

Cannibalism

God punishes people by causing them to become cannibals.

“And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughter ye shall eat.” (Lev. 26:29). Cf also Deut.28:53-57; Jer.19:9; Lam. 2:20; Ez. 5:8-10.

Approval for kidnap and rape

(a)    When Moses’ army defeated the Midianites, he tells them to spare only female virgins – these his soldiers can keep for themselves, all 32000 of them. These kidnapped women are to be taken home and kept as a wife on a trial basis. (Num.31:7-15) c.f. Jud.21:10-24.

Murder of civilians in wartime

(a)    Isaiah 13:16-18 prophecies the fate of Babylon when its inhabitants fall prey to “the wrath of the Lord Almighty”: “Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses looted and their wives ravished.”

(b)   As for the Samaritans “They shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” (Hos. 13:16)

Don’t call me ‘Baldy’!

Elisha’s temper and cruelty is hideous yet sanctioned by the divine. When Elisha was confronted by children calling him ‘Baldy’ he responded by getting God to set bears on them, murdering 42 of them (2Kings 2:23-24)

And that’s just a sample. All I can say is “O.M.G!”

To switch to something lighter check out Numbers 6:5. It’s why Rastafarians grow dreadlocks. (Seriously)

Source: Krueger, Douglas “What is Atheism?” Prometheus (1998)

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