I was debating with a christian on xanga and gave the below response (minus the bold bits), to which they responded by reasonably asking me to give scripture references. I decided that if I’m going to go to the bother to look them all up (a random smattering of demented things in the bible) I might as well make it into a blog.
You cherry pick what to believe in the bible as much as anyone. Do you believe genocide of non-believers is okay? Read exodus, moses wipes out thousands of innocent people for not worshiping his god.
“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 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. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.” (exodus 32:26-28)
“Do you believe in killing children because the leader of their country did something wrong?”
This was a reference to god killing the firstborn son of everyone in egypt (who wasn’t jewish, so it was race/nationality-based child murder which is possibly even more demented) because the pharoah pissed him off. This story is very well known so I don’t feel the need to give a quote for this one.
“Do you believe children should be punished with physical pain for the sins of their parents through thousands of generations until the end of time?”
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (genesis 3:16) (not to mention the notion of original sin)
“Do you believe that if you were born out of wedlock your great great great great great great great great grandchild (and all of the descendants in-between) should be barred from heaven as punishment?”
“A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.” (deut. 23:2)
“Do you believe in animal or human sacrifice?”
“Take your son, your only son – yes, Isaac, whom you love so much – and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you.” (Genesis 22:1-18) (See also Judges 11:29-40, 1 Kings 13:1-2 and others for instances of human sacrifice)
(animal sacrifice is well known throughout the bible, so again I’m going to be lazy).
“Do you think homosexuals and witches and people with “familiars” should be put executed?”
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (leviticus 20:13)
“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (exodus 22:18)
(it’s worth noting that witches did not exist when this was written or any time before or afterward)
“A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.” (leviticus 20:27 – see also I shit you not Leviticus 19:31 Leviticus 20:6, Deuteronomy 18:11, 1 Samuel 28:3, 2 Kings 21:6, 2 Kings 23:24, 1 Chronicles 10:13, 2 Chronicles 33:6, Isaiah 8:19, Isaiah 19:3, Isaiah 29:4, all of which talk about familiars and wizards as if they’re real)
I can go on.
All of these inane notions (and many, many more) are found in scripture, no one believes them. So when a christian pretends to be a slave to the teachings of scripture they are either a hypocrite, or their knowledge of the bible has been carefully filtered to exclude most of the less “kosher” parts of the bible.
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Please rec’ this if you think the bible is insane, or would just like other people to know some of the stuff that’s really in there.