Top 20 Evil Bible Stories

by Luke Muehlhauser on December 4, 2008 in Bible

Reposted from my old site.
Noah was a jerk.

Noah was a jerk.

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

- Richard Dawkins

There is plenty of evil in “the Good Book,” but here are some highlights:

1. God drowns the whole earth.
In Genesis 7:21-23, God drowns the entire population of the earth: men, women, children, fetuses, and perhaps unicorns. Only a single family survives. In Matthew 24:37-42, gentle Jesus approves of this genocide and plans to repeat it when he returns.

2. God kills half a million people.
In 2 Chronicles 13:15-18, God helps the men of Judah kill 500,000 of their fellow Israelites.

3. God slaughters all Egyptian firstborn.
In Exodus 12:29, God the baby-killer slaughters all Egyptian firstborn children and cattle because their king was stubborn.

4. God kills 14,000 people for complaining that God keeps killing them.
In Numbers 16:41-49, the Israelites complain that God is killing too many of them. So, God sends a plague that kills 14,000 more of them.

5. Genocide after genocide after genocide.
In Joshua 6:20-21, God helps the Israelites destroy Jericho, killing “men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.” In Deuteronomy 2:32-35, God has the Israelites kill everyone in Heshbon, including children. In Deuteronomy 3:3-7, God has the Israelites do the same to the people of Bashan. In Numbers 31:7-18, the Israelites kill all the Midianites except for the virgins, whom they take as spoils of war. In 1 Samuel 15:1-9, God tells the Israelites to kill all the Amalekites – men, women, children, infants, and their cattle – for something the Amalekites’ ancestors had done 400 years earlier.

6. God kills 50,000 people for curiosity.
In 1 Samuel 6:19, God kills 50,000 men for peeking into the ark of the covenant. (Newer cosmetic translations count only 70 deaths, but their text notes admit that the best and earliest manuscripts put the number at 50,070.)

7. 3,000 Israelites killed for inventing a god.
In Exodus 32, Moses has climbed Mount Sinai to get the Ten Commandments. The Israelites are bored, so they invent a golden calf god. Moses comes back and God commands him: “Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.” About 3,000 people died.

8. The Amorites destroyed by sword and by God’s rocks.
In Joshua 10:10-11, God helps the Israelites slaughter the Amorites by sword, then finishes them off with rocks from the sky.

9. God burns two cities to death.
In Genesis 19:24, God kills everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from the sky. Then God kills Lot’s wife for looking back at her burning home.

10. God has 42 children mauled by bears.
In 2 Kings 2:23-24, some kids tease the prophet Elisha, and God sends bears to dismember them. (Newer cosmetic translations say the bears “maul” the children, but the original Hebrew, baqa, means “to tear apart.”)

11. A tribe slaughtered and their virgins raped for not showing up at roll call.
In Judges 21:1-23, a tribe of Israelites misses roll call, so the other Israelites kill them all except for the virgins, which they take for themselves. Still not happy, they hide in vineyards and pounce on dancing women from Shiloh to take them for themselves.

12. 3,000 crushed to death.
In Judges 16:27-30, God gives Samson strength to bring down a building to crush 3,000 members of a rival tribe.

13. A concubine raped and dismembered.
In Judges 19:22-29, a mob demands to rape a godly master’s guest. The master offers his daughter and a concubine to them instead. They take the concubine and gang-rape her all night. The master finds her on his doorstep in the morning, cuts her into 12 pieces, and ships the pieces around the country.

14. Child sacrifice.
In Judges 11:30-39, Jephthah burns his daughter alive as a sacrificial offering for God’s favor in killing the Ammonites.

15. God helps Samson kill 30 men because he lost a bet.
In Judges 14:11-19, Samson loses a bet for 30 sets of clothes. The spirit of God comes upon him and he kills 30 men to steal their clothes and pay off the debt.

16. God demands you kill your wife and children for worshiping other gods.
In Deuteronomy 13:6-10, God commands that you must kill your wife, children, brother, and friend if they worship other gods.

17. God incinerates 51 men to make a point.
In 2 Kings 1:9-10, Elijah gets God to burn 51 men with fire from heaven to prove he is God.

18. God kills a man for not impregnating his brother’s widow.
In Genesis 38:9-10, God kills a man for refusing to impregnate his brother’s widow.

19. God threatens forced cannibalism.
In Leviticus 26:27-29 and Jeremiah 19:9, God threatens to punish the Israelites by making them eat their own children.

20. The coming slaughter.
According to Revelation 9:7-19, God’s got more evil coming. God will make horse-like locusts with human heads and scorpion tails, who torture people for 5 months. Then some angels will kill a third of the earth’s population. If he came today, that would be 2 billion people.

Now, Christians have spent thousands of years coming up with excuses for a loving god that would allow or create such evil. In fact, they’ve come up with 12 basic responses, which are the subject of The Tale of the Twelve Officers.

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Lorkas May 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

2. God kills half a million people.
In 2 Chronicles 13:15-18, God helps the men of Judah kill 500,000 of their fellow Israelites.

Were there even 500,000 people in Israel at this time? This would be the bloodiest battle that took place before the 20th Century. The only American war that had this many casualties was the Civil War.

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lukeprog May 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm

That’s another reason why it’s ridiculous, yes.

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dutchess May 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Christians will argue that this was the OT god and that he’s different in the NT.  His wrath was quenched with Jesus’ sacrifice.  How do you counter?

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Hokie June 1, 2009 at 3:30 am

I like to say that saying that was the OT “g”od is like saying he changed his mind from then to the NT.  So…if he changed his mind that would be admitting he was wrong originally.  If he was wrong, then he is not “g”od.

- Take that religion!

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Reginald Selkirk June 12, 2009 at 6:03 am

18. God kills a man for not impregnating his brother’s wife.

It would only be fair to mention that his brother was dead, so that it was his brother’s widow whom he refused to impregnate.

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Reginald Selkirk June 12, 2009 at 6:10 am

dutchess: Christians will argue that this was the OT god and that he’s different in the NT.  His wrath was quenched with Jesus’ sacrifice.  How do you counter?

1) A Biblical counter:

Matt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

2) A philosophical counter: A claim that God’s “wrath was quenched” goes against arguments that God is unchanging and/or outside of time.

3) A philosophical omni counter: If God is omniscient, could he create a rock so large that His hitting His head on it could explain the change of personality He underwent between the OT and the NT?

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Reginald Selkirk June 12, 2009 at 6:11 am

Oops, I meant omnipotent, not omniscient.

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lukeprog June 12, 2009 at 6:44 am

Reginald: Oops, fixed.

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Apollo June 12, 2009 at 7:55 am

I always find the section where God goes crazy after David takes a census and kills 70,000 folks one of the prime examples of God’s ability to be incredibly immoral. Interestingly enough, David is given a choice of the form of punishment. It could come from God or his enemies. He chooses God’s tender mercy. With friends like that…

Also noteworthy in the passage is that after murdering 70,000 innocents for David’s boo-boo God seems to come to his senses and the place where God ends his killing spree is the location of the future Temple.  The grand Temple would be a constant reminder of God’s murderous rampage.

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Lorkas June 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm

You know, it might be worthwhile to break down the Dawkins quote and give at least one verse as a source for each adjective/noun used to describe the God of the Old Testament.

Something like:
Jealous and proud of it–Exodus 20:5, 34:14
Petty–[...]

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Cameron June 15, 2009 at 10:25 am

One thing I love to point out to Evangelical Christians is how God tells David in 2 Samuel 12:8,9 that He gave David WIVES and would have given him even more! This destroys their argument God only intended marriage to be between 1 man and 1 woman. They never know how to counter this argument. Then for disrespecting God according to verse 14, God kills David’s infant son. Apparently God’s ego couldn’t handle what David did.

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Really August 6, 2009 at 6:37 am

Do yall really look for arguement points to belittle people when you want to argue with them. Guess what, its hard to prove to someone that they are wrong when the foundation of their religion is faith. Why don’t you do your thing and they’ll do their’s. Seriously if religion helps people to be better human beings and many do. I know religion causes many wars yada yada but if you stop and think Christians have done as much good as bad. Atheist are no better their are good ones and bad ones. Just live your life and quit pestering.

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Wilson Silva October 10, 2009 at 7:39 am

I totally agree with Lorkas. It might be worthwhile to break down the Dawkins quote and give at least one verse as a source for each adjective/noun used to describe the God of the Old Testament.

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lukeprog October 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Wilson Silva,

That has been done.

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gallus1 November 8, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Really: Do yall really look for arguement points to belittle people when you want to argue with them. Guess what, its hard to prove to someone that they are wrong when the foundation of their religion is faith. Why don’t you do your thing and they’ll do their’s. Seriously if religion helps people to be better human beings and many do. I know religion causes many wars yada yada but if you stop and think Christians have done as much good as bad. Atheist are no better their are good ones and bad ones. Just live your life and quit pestering.  (Quote)

Whatever immoral acts atheists, bhuddists, hindus, worshippers of Zeus or Wotan or the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster may have done does not negate the need to decry the evil monster of the Bible. By all means deride any group that does wrong but you indict yourself by attempting to assuage Yaweh’s crimes against other villians. The God of Islam, Judah and Christianity is evil and we should not hide that fact until their leaders quit the propagation of these evils as some kind of virtue. God B.less!

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whit November 20, 2009 at 4:34 am

99.98% of all scientist believe in evolution. 70% believe in a God. I like those odds better than an angry atheists opinion who doesn’t know how to do proper research.

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Nero November 23, 2009 at 6:45 am

whit: 99.98% of all scientist believe in evolution. 70% believe in a God. I like those odds better than an angry atheists opinion who doesn’t know how to do proper research.  

Source?

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Rosana December 6, 2009 at 8:06 am

My God is my most precious treasure. And you know what, He could do whatever He wants, because He is God, He is my Creator. But even though, He does care for me, even gave His life for me. And that’s why I love Him, and I can’t live without Him.

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aspentroll.myid.net December 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm

These 20 stories are one, just one, of the very many reasons that I am an atheist. They are stories that seem to be constructed to scare the crap out of gullible people back in ancient times. I don’t believe for a second that any of that happened. What would be a better way of getting food and control for the fraudulent priests of the day.
Times haven’t changed all that much. Religion still has a death grip on the gullible to this day. Religious people of today are still gullible when they believe they will keep on living in a heaven like place and that they will go to Hell if they don’t believe what their priests tell them.
I find this to be astonishing and really wonder where we are going with this type delusional thinking controlling the majority of people these days.

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slimemold December 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Rosana: My God is my most precious treasure. And you know what, He could do whatever He wants, because He is God, He is my Creator. But even though, He does care for me, even gave His life for me. And that’s why I love Him, and I can’t live without Him.  

Rosana,
You are right. Your God, if he existed, could do anything he wanted. But that doesn’t mean what he did is moral. Now that he has given his life for you, we no longer have to worry about his silly and evil dictates.

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lukeprog December 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm

aspentroll,

Yup.

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Steve December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

God can do whatever he wants? This is in blatant disregard to any form of morality. If God can (and does)order people to break the law, then he has broken the law himself. Nice to think he can do anything and get away with it. Isn’t that what the people of Germany said during the Third Reich? If this is your most precious possession, I feel sorry for you. You take the word of a liar, the promise of a maniac, and the actions of a mass murderer and call them good. It isn’t easy to break free from an abusive relationship. but I did it and so can you.

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Steve December 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

If He wanted to do something for me, I would rather he didn’t give his life. I would prefer he would make a better universe, make just laws and keep them, and actually practice what he preaches. Good and evil cannot be balanced on scales, though people have that impression. If he is God, then he must be all good or his claims are vain. He has no right to judge others when he has violated the law himself. Self righteousness is particularly ugly when matched with overweening power and murderous intent. If Christians have done some good things, that credit goes to them and not their God. No Zeus or Odin or Aztec god could be more immoral or despicable. There’s only one entity that deserves to burn in hell forever. “He who digs a pit shall fall therein.”

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Nathan January 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

dutchess: Christians will argue that this was the OT god and that he’s different in the NT.  His wrath was quenched with Jesus’ sacrifice.  How do you counter?  

No they won’t. That would be a dumb argument to make.

Christians will argue that either these were the actions of sinful people not doing what God told them to (like Jepthah) or that no person is innocent (all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) and so they deserve death (for the wages of sin is death)… Because that’s what the Bible says.

They’ll also suggest that disasters are a symptom of a good world broken by sin (Romans 8) and that people dying as a result of God’s judgment aren’t more culpable than those who live (Luke 13).

Why do you resort to such poor arguments that barely any Christians actually hold to? Some people call those caricatures – others strawmen. I call it dumb.

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ken February 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm

If people want to believe these heinous acts are moral and proclaim their God is All Loving, Just and Good, thats fine. But they inculcate children with this before their minds are mature enough to discern and judge on its merits. This leaves them (like almost all theists) unable to free themselves from the indoctrinated fear of even doubting. Many Intelligent people are unable to set aside the fears embedded in their psyche since childhood, thus, it is left to those who care which sort of world is bequeathed to our decendents to show these beliefs for what they are. If that means ridicule then who are you to say this is wrong? If they proclaim i’m going to burn for EVER then i’m going to ridicule them. Why do you feel they are untouchable? Does the religious context allow a privilege other genocidal maniacs are not due?
You sound like 1.2 billion Roman Catholics who listen to their leader (who doesn’t play the game) decree that 3,000,000 africans dying of AIDS (each year)is bad, but not quite as bad as condoms…….and all those catholics(and other fellow christians) dont feel able to decry him simply by virtue of his religious post. Had a secular leader issued such a decree, he’d be rounded up and ball-whipped.
Perhaps you’re right tho, perhaps ridicule is not the answer, perhaps treating these people in the same way they historically treated non-believers is the way to go…..you think?

But go ahead, you concern yourself with the evil of our ‘pestering’.

God B.less

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Geek February 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm

dutchess: Christians will argue that this was the OT god and that he’s different in the NT.  His wrath was quenched with Jesus’ sacrifice.  How do you counter?  

If Ted Bundy’s son would sacrifice himself for you, would you think of Ted Bundy as a better person (assuming his wrath/insanity would be quenched)…

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Mark CE March 6, 2010 at 1:09 am

“God is so evil he can’t exist” — no logic there. Find yourself railing against the Old Testament God, mocking a fictional being? First sign of madness. Either that or — look deep inside — you’re not an atheist at all…

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Vercingetorix March 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

Add to those 20 stories the fact that God has killed every human being that has ever lived, including everyone reading this thread, AND their children!!!1!!11!eleventy!!

Honestly, you’re not breaking new ground here. I get the distinct impression of childhood here – “Why, if God exists, do people die?” “Then if people die, God shouldn’t exist!”

Are you folks really so shallow you can’t get out of the “God doesn’t exist/if God exists, he’s actually the devil” closed loop?

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lukeprog March 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Vercingetorix,

You’re ignoring the main point. Are you trying to say that God is moral if he commanded mass rape and genocide?

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Vercingetorix March 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I’m not ignoring the main point – that is the main point: God has killed and will kill Everyone. No exceptions.

It’s not that he’s the architect of the above 20 genocides/mass rapes/etc. He’s the architect of ALL genocides plus plagues, mass starvations, poverty, torture, boredom, ennui, parking tickets, taxes, and death itself, at least at some level, either by following some sort of cosmic plan or incorporating mankind’s free will into his divine plan.

If every bad thing in the universe from cannibalism to pimples is God’s good work, how can he be Good?

Well, how can He be Bad/Evil?

Your specific laundry list of grievances was known to Plotinus, Nicholas of Cusa, Aquinas, Martin Luther, and many many other luminaries of philosophy and theology. With the possible exception of Plotinus, they all read the bible too.

The problem (actually your problem if you hew to that list) is that God is not human. He’s not bound by human laws; he probably doesn’t even obey gravity. Pace Yakov Smirnoff, in Heaven, gravity obeys God. He isn’t bound by human moral laws.

At heart, what you’re asking is not whether God is benevolent or evil for tolerating/creating death and pain in his universe. I’m pretty sure that God cannot practice idolatry or covet his neighbor’s donkey or wife, after all. It wouldn’t make any sense to say that “God raped you” or even that “God murdered you,” any more than it makes sense to say that “the Universe raped you” or “physics murdered you.” God could make a horrific human being, and still a good God.

What you’re asking is: “How can human beings be good if, by obeying God’s dictate, they break moral laws?” That’s a well formed question, alot deeper than “I suffer, therefore God’s a d!ck.”

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cola April 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

You are right. If god is the universe then he’s neither bad nor good and he sure isn’t omnipotent.
He isn’t bound by human moral laws, therefore, he has no morals.

If god’s the universe, then it wouldn’t make any sense to say that “god loves you” or even that “you should worship god,” any more than it makes sense to say that “the Universe loves you” or “you should worship physics.”

If that’s the case, he’s just something that we need to learn to work with and take advantage of and definitely not something that someone should look into for morals or loves since this thing has none.

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fred April 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

It is repeated many times in the OT that God likes holocausts very much . Why did jews chose this name to describe their suffering mith?

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Glenn April 21, 2010 at 8:32 am

I can’t believe anyone in this day and age is still discussing the god theory! I thought us intelligent humans threw that idea out ages ago. I mean seriously, does anyone actually believe any of that crap anymore. The battle being raged between unseen forces, a god commanding his legion of spectral beings from some other place called heaven where everything is perfect and of course who has an opposite, evil opponent, the greatest villian of them all. The devil horned lucifer. Seriously…. Is this Scientology we’re talking about? Or just plain Science Fiction. Wake up you indoctrinated fools. The jokes on you.

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Trplcvpsc April 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

Glenn!, poor sinner Glenn..
be careful with your words if you don’t want to go straight to hell.
I’m only advising you that God, with his rage, can send you right to the flames of Hell.
Be careful, my friend, maybe there’s still time to react… think it over.

Amen

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Joshua Towns June 3, 2010 at 12:22 am

Most would agree that Jesus was a prophet or a good man. The fact is that Jesus said he was God. This offended the religious leaders of His time. There is only two conclusions to come up with. He was either the biggest liar and deceiver to walk the face of the earth or he was actually who He said He was. The fact is that 2000 years later, religion still revolves around the life of one man, Jesus Christ. I am not writing to argue or be disrespectful, but the evidence is there. If you think there is a possibility that it could possibly be true, challenge God. God, if this is true I ask you to show me. I believe God is very compassionate toward mankind. I believe He will honor the sincere heart that truly desires an encounter.

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aspentroll.myid.net June 3, 2010 at 8:01 am

It looks like everything that can be said has been said.

I’m a little disappointed though, TRPLCVPSV is sending
Glen, the poor sinner, to hell for what he said and he’s left me alone for my very sinful statements.

Could it be that T@5gSASShLe, or whatever he calls himself, didn’t read all the comments, just the way he hasn’t read and understood the bible that he so zealously believes is true?

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Trplcvpsc June 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

Glen will go to hell, Aspentroll too, of course, and me too for making fun with the Holy Bible.
Image for one moment that Hell and Heaven exist and it is clear where we are going to stay for eternity.

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JillZ September 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Seems to me that all the evil written about the alleged god in the book called the bible is further evidence that it is simply an invention of evil men wanting an excuse to do horrible things to humanity and to control the masses.

It use to be illegal for anyone other than clergy to read this book the bible – talk about control.

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Aspentroll September 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

See you guys, I’m off to hell now. Got my bag packed with wieners, buns, steaks and anything you can use when it’s hot out. Shorts and tank tops also a must. See the rest of you down there because you are all going there for one or another bad thing you’ve done or thought. This imaginary god knows all about you, just like Santa does, and is waiting to burn your sad asses just for looking cross-wise at anything he has done or omitted to tell you he has done.

But isn’t it sad that here in the 21 Century there are still people who still believe in fairy tales just like children and pay money every Sunday to hear just how bad they are. The pastors and priests won’t tell you this because they made a bad choice when they went to college
and won’t admit it.

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Pluto September 27, 2010 at 8:26 am

I’m an agnostic atheist (I don’t worship a god or belong to a religion but I do believe in the single principle underlying the creation)
1.Fundamental atheism has massacred more people than religions.{google ‘highest number of genocides’}
2.Islam is a bigger threat to world peace.Muhammad committed murder,rape & plunder.Jesus & his disciples did not.There’s not one christian in the Bible committing murder,rape & robbery.
3.You can’t hold Jesus responsible for the atrocities commited by Moses & others in the O.T.
That’s like holding Buddha responsible for the Hindu Aryan genocide against aboriginal indians.
Buddha was born a hindu,lived as a hindu monk & died a hindu.
Jesus was born a jew,lived as a jewish priest(rabbi) & died a jew.
Both Jesus & Buddha was smart enough to take the good teachings from the old religion,discard most of the bad & start their own movement.

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Pluto September 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

Vercingetorix asked:Well, how can He be Bad/Evil?”

I say:Jehovah is no different to the hindu gods,like Krishna,Brahma,Indra,etc. or even Allah for that matter.
All these gods ordered murder,rape & plunder.The hindu gods are the only ones that had the privilege of actually engaging in these acts.

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Pluto September 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

I personally do believe that religion will cease to exist by the 22nd century.Islam will cease to exist by 2040.
I guess after that,it will be the fundamental atheists against the agnostic atheists like myself.
We WILL hold you responsible for the mass murders committed by Mao & Stalin.

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Grind Basterd October 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

who created your kreator?simple question, answer must also be simple as this. i used K cause i like the band KREATOR!

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james November 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm

As Betrand Russell said, just one bit of hard evidence would clear all of this up. The trouble is, theists don’t have any.

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Luke Muehlhauser February 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Hurray for translations!

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BertClick April 5, 2011 at 8:18 am

I hate to say that most of you look directly at the literal translations of the Bible and try to understand the things a God that is limitless in power, all knowing, everywhere, and actually think that we as created humans(or evolved creatures) even come close to being able to comprehend a God. Its amazing that we teach socrates, pluto, ticitus, and several others in our schools and no one even questions it. Did you know that we have less than 20 copies of any of their work(most of them only 4 or 5), and it was found a minimum of 900 yrs after their death. Yet, there is 24,000 copies of the NT in which some manuscripts are dated back to the time in which the author lived. (the telephone game, that which is closet to the origin is less altered). If you want a hard evidence look at the historical evidence, or even look at the geographical evidence and finding that prove the Bible to be true. I cant use the Bible to prove it to a non-believer, but there are substantial findings by non christians that prove the Bible at least to be historically, geographically true and with out any falsehood. How could we create a religion that would actually work if we put a God in it the we could comprehend, understand, and by our own understandings recognize his reasoning? Everyone would still question it, or disagree with what he did. Christianity has a God that no human can fully understand. We are not given the power to do so nor could our minds handle it. God can not be put under our laws/rules or even our understanding of Him, he far surpasses all of that to a realm we can not grasp.

Best of Luck

BertClick

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BILL BRAZIL May 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

Christians will argue that this was the OT god and that he’s different in the NT. His wrath was quenched with Jesus’ sacrifice. How do you counter?
WOW
Christianity is satanic,from the beginning until Revelatin we can see satan in control of every thing .Gen,3:3GOD ordered Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree otherwise they die.Gen3:4,Satan told them surely they will not die .They ateand died not.DOG lied and satan told the truth .
In Gen,3:22 GOD did´t like the fact that man(who was created with rational power) knows the difference between good bad so he was expelled out of the graden .
In JOB,2:4,5,6 We can see satan giving instructions to God and God asking Satan to save Bob´s life .
In Hebrews,2:14 GOD made himself a man sacrifying himself to defeat Satan who controlled death .
In John,10:8 to 15 we can see Jesus ( supposedly god incarnate) as the only good shepherd who gave his life to the wolf (satan) to save his sheep
In revelation 22:16 Jesus declared himself to be the morning star , who is Satan himself in ISAIAH,14:12

It would only be fair to mention that his brother was dead, so that it was his brother’s widow whom he refused to impregnate.

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Nyan Nya Nyan June 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

I love how Richard Dawkins ends that quote with “bully.”

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peterg July 17, 2011 at 3:34 am

Hey – great post. I love how you’ve put all the mass murdering down in one handy page that I can quickly reference when the JW’s come-a-knocking! :-)

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astroboi July 17, 2011 at 6:17 am

OK, god is fiction. But a lot of the atheist arguments can be rejected if you simply admit that god exists and IS EVIL! Or at least not concerned with humans best interests. It’s fine for god to insist he (she/it) loves us and all but that doesn’t mean he isn’t lying. And perhaps god is also rather stupid. His early followers seem to believe he can be conned, just as he cons his followers. He gives one group one set of rules, another group a different set and then tells all of them when they can disregard the rules for a while. Perhaps he is like a little kid who tortures and kills his pets out of boredom. And perhaps he is not so omnipotent either. We have only his word on that score. And if he is the supreme con-man, why believe him. In fact, who even says he rules alone? Xians might do well to accept the atheists. The maltheists could do a lot more damage. H. P. Lovecraft imagined a god, Azathoth I believe, who created the universe and was blind, insane and an idiot! It would explain a lot.

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*facepalm* July 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

1.Fundamental atheism has massacred more people than religions.{google ‘highest number of genocides’}

Are you serious? I did google it, and guess what came up: World War 2. Funny, since Hitler did what he did under “GOTT MIT UNS” meaning “god with us.” That is recorded as the highest geneocide by numbers. Feel free to google “gott mit uns” and see what it is associated with that phrase.

Has there ever been a large scale genocide where someone said “YOU believe in god? Now we’re going to burn your entire village!!!”? I cannot recall one. Please, instead of saying “google this” I would appreciate you providing facts and not making stuff up as you go along. And by your definition, you are an agnostic THEIST, not atheist.

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Bernard July 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

Were there even 500,000 people in Israel at this time? This would be the bloodiest battle that took place before the 20th Century. The only American war that had this many casualties was the Civil War.

World War I alone had over 16 million casualties.

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Rose July 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Glenn!, poor sinner Glenn..
be careful with your words if you don’t want to go straight to hell.
I’m only advising you that God, with his rage, can send you right to the flames of Hell.
Be careful, my friend, maybe there’s still time to react… think it over.

Amen

You’re really weird…

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Luis Cayetano July 18, 2011 at 3:21 am

DAIM. God is one sinister dude.

Source: the examples cited.

Of course, I don’t believe in God, so God is only a sinister dude in the sense that Darth Vader is: an unpleasant fictional character. The Bible is obviously a series of texts written by flawed human beings. But that he is depicted to have carried out these acts gives me even less of a reason to think that he could serve as the ”foundation” for any ethics worth having.

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jim July 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

Christians will argue that this was the OT god and that he’s different in the NT. His wrath was quenched with Jesus’ sacrifice. How do you counter?

The god of the new testament also condemns those he disfavors to hell. The return of the alleged Jesus is accompanied by a time a incredible suffering. Hell is a place of eternal torture, so one could make the point that the new testament mythical supreme being is even more vindictive than the old testament mythical supreme being.

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memememe August 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

The worst choice in my life, was believing in God, Christ and the bible. Only pain and suffering for me. Thought God could save me but only made me worst, glad I grew up and stopped beleieving in these fairy tales.

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moses August 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

this post is because ppl don reat bible deeply… u guys just read it owtwardly and write stupis articles !!!

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Luis Cayetano August 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

this post is because ppl don reat bible deeply… u guys just read it owtwardly and write stupis articles !!!

How ”deeply” is one supposed to read the Bible to realise that the God depicted in it did evil things?

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nathan November 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

These are all rediculous and taken out of context. Obviously this person either didn’t fully read these sections of the Bible, or is terribly confused and is interpreting these verses the wrong way.

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Ben November 26, 2011 at 2:02 am

These are all rediculous and taken out of context.

Nathan, could you provide examples of context in which the horror of these stories can be justified?

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Wolf Revels December 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Teach a person to fish? Feed them, and their whole family for a lifetime.
Teach a person religion? They will starve to death praying for some fish.

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Anonymous January 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Rosana,
You are right. Your God, if he existed, could do anything he wanted. But that doesn’t mean what he did is moral. Now that he has given his life for you, we no longer have to worry about his silly and evil dictates.

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Rosana,
You are right. Your God, if he existed, could do anything he wanted. But that doesn’t mean what he did is moral. Now that he has given his life for you, we no longer have to worry about his silly and evil dictates.

Slimemold,
Who do you think you are to judge the decisions that God makes?

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Jeremy Gerbert January 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

If you are going to make clames against the bible then atleast read the whole thing learn hermeneutics you obviously do not study the bible you are just like everyone else who reads 1 timothy 1 v 11…. God is not a angry man with Santa’s list waiting to send people to hell he died for you. oh and a lot of the clames you make are wrong lol please if you are going to chose to go against my God at least learn about him just a little

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Psychological Truth January 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

Glenn!, poor sinner Glenn..
be careful with your words if you don’t want to go straight to hell.
I’m only advising you that God, with his rage, can send you right to the flames of Hell.
Be careful, my friend, maybe there’s still time to react… think it over.

Amen

Wow, spoken like a true psychopath and quoting from a “Guide Book” on how to become a dysfunctional , sadomasochistic , psychopath.

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