Let's think about this. Don't just react. Read.
The modern, enlightened view on slavery is that it is wrong in all cases. Does the bible, in any of its pages, condemn slavery? Is "Thou shalt not keep slaves" among the 10 Commandments? Did Jesus speak against it? No. In fact, God promotes slavery, and gives specific instructions on how you are to use your slaves:
"When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be punished; for the slave is his money." ..........Exodus 21:20
"As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from the nations that are round about you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you, to inherit as a possession forever; you may make slaves of them, but over your bretheren the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another, with harshness." ..........Leviticus 25:44
"Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ...." ..........Ephesians 6:5
"Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, . . . and they shall be your possession . . . they shall be your bondmen forever." ..........Leviticus 25:45-46
"Let all who are under the yoke slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be defamed. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brethren; rather they must serve all the better since those that benefit by their service are believers and beloved." ..........1 Timothy 6:1
"Bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect..." ..........Titus 2:9
"And that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating." (Jesus speaking through a parable) ..........Luke 12:47
Does God have unconditional love for Humankind? Or is He a bloodthirsty monster, worse than the likes of Hitler?
"Behold the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger...Whoever is found will be thrust through and whoever is caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes, their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished." ..........Isaiah 13:9, 13:15
"I will strew your flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with your carcass. I will drench the land even to the mountains with your flowing blood..."
"..the Lord will smite with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts." ..........Isaiah 3:17
"Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in the midst of you and sons shall eat their fathers...I will send famine and wild beasts against you and they shall rob you of your children; pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring a sword upon you. I, the Lord, have spoken."
..........Ezekiel 5:10, 5:17
"I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rend them."
"And I will fill your mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain with the sword shall fall...Then you shall know that I am the Lord." ..........Ezekiel 35:8
"Behold, I will corrupt your seed and spread dung upon your faces..." ..........Malachi 2:3
"...I create woe; I am the Lord, who do all these things."
"'Pass through the city after him, and smite; your eye shall not spare and you shall show no pity; slay old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women...'" ..........Ezekiel 9:5
Does God love women as much as He loves men? Have religions been in the forefront of women's rights? Can a freely-thinking woman read these lines and not be offended? Men- think of your wives, daughters and mothers when you read this...
"But if the thing is true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the young woman, then you shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones..." ..........Deuteronomy 22:20
"Behold the day of the Lord is coming, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in the midst of you. For I will gather the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women ravished..." ..........Zechariah 14:1
"...they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them? Therefore I will give their wives to others..." ..........Jeremiah 8:9
"...I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the light of this sun." ..........2 Samuel 12:11
"I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire will be for your husband." ..........Genesis 3:16
"Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives..." ..........Romans 7:2
"For the wife does not rule over her own body, but the husband does..." ..........1 Corinthians 7:4
"Likewise, you wives, be submissive to your husbands..." ..........1 Peter 3:1
"And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck..." (Jesus speaking) ...........Matthew 24:19
"For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman but woman for man." ..........1 Corinthians, 11:8
"As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church."
..........1 Corinthians 14:34
"Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord." ..........Ephesians 5:22
"Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor." ..........Timothy 2:11
"It is well for a man not to touch a woman." ..........1 Corinthians 7:1
"...the Lord has trodden as in a wine press the virgin daughter of Judah." ..........Lamentations 1:
The Wisdom of Jesus...
"O, woman, what have you to do with me?" (Jesus, illustrating "family values" to his mother) ..........John 1:4
"Let the dead bury their dead." (Jesus to one of his disciples, who wanted time off to attend his father's funeral.) ..........Matthew 8:22
"For ye have the poor with you always." (Jesus, explaining why he refused to sell an expensive alabaster box of precious ointment to help the poor).
The all-knowing Jesus mistakenly claimed that the mustard seed is the "least of all seeds" (Matthew 5:22) and that salt could "lose its savour" (Matthew 5:13), and cursed a fig tree just because it was fruitless out of season (just like it was supposed to be!):
"On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he (Jesus) was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, 'May no one ever eat fruit from you again.'"
..........Mark 11:12 (Is that reasonable?)
Was Jesus the bringer of peace on earth?
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother- in-law...."
"Do you think I have to come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother- in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in- law.
"But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me." ..........Luke 19:27 (parable)
"And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one." ..........Luke 22:36
"If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." ..........Luke 14:26
Jesus, on what happens if you don't take his word on things...
"If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned."
"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the son shall not see life, but the wrath of god rests upon him." .........John 3:36
"The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth."
Is the Bible a good source of moral values and spiritual guidance? Or is it repugnant, vile and obscene?
"Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." ..........Numbers 31:17 (Moses)
" . . . and the people lamented because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter." ..........I Samuel 6:19
"The men of Judah captured another ten thousand (men) alive and took them to the top of the rock and threw them down from the top of the rock; and they were all dashed to pieces." ..........2 Chronicles 25:12
"Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!" ..........Psalms 137:9
"But God will shatter the heads of his enemies..." ..........Psalms 68:21
"The Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud...And Ehud said, 'I have a message from God for you.' And he rose from his seat. And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his (Eglon, king of Moab's) belly." ..........Judges 3:15-21
"Slay and utterly destroy after them, says the Lord, and do all that I have commanded you." ..........Jeremiah 50:21
"For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation." ..........Exodus 20:5
"Then they (the Israelites) utterly destroyed all in the city, both men and women, young and old, sheep and asses, with the edge of the sword."
"And the Lord our God gave him over to us; and we defeated him and his sons and all his people. And we captured all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed every city, men, women and children; we left none remaining." .............Deuteronomy 2:33
"While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the sabbath day...And the Lord said to Moses, 'The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.' And all the congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him to death with stones, as the Lord commanded Moses." ..........Numbers 15:32
"Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands." ..........1 Samuel 21:11
Is the Bible all that is good, clean and wholesome? Do you want to read it to your children?
"David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines; and David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law." ..........1 Samuel 18:27
"He whose testicles are crushed or whose male member is cut off shall not enter the assembly of the Lord." ..........Deuteronomy 23:1
"...she played the harlot in the land of Egypt and doted upon her paramours there, whose members were like those of asses and whose issue was like that of horses." ..........Ezekiel 23:19
"...so when he went into his brother"s wife he spilled the semen on the ground...And what he did (spilling his semen) was displeasing in the sight of the Lord and He slew him also." ..........Genesis 38:9
"Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, remove the foreskin of your hearts..." ..........Jeremiah 4:4
"Bless, O Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; crush the loins of his adversaries..." ..........Deuteronomy 33:11
Does the Bible encourage its readers to think for themselves?
"We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ..." ..........2 Corinthians 10:5
"The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile." ..........1 Corinthians 3:20
Does God forbid abortion?
God frequently kills children, babies, and fetuses, even ripping them out of the bellies of women:
"Samar'ia shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open." ..........Hosea 13:16
"...Men'ahem sacked Tappuah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah on; because they did not open it to him, therefore he sacked it, and ripped up all the women in it who were with child." ..........2 Kings 15:16
"Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling..." (God speaking through Samuel). ...........1 Samuel 15:3
"And he (Elisha) went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them." ..........2 Kings 2:23
Consider these verses: In them we learn that a fetus is not a human being!
"If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
"And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth."
.............Exodus 21:22-25 (If a fetus dies as the result of a fight, the man who caused the termination of the pregnancy is fined. BUT if the woman dies, the man is put to death! Therefore, according to the bible, a fetus is not equal to a human life.)
Does the Bible encourage civil obedience, or political subversion?
"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment." .........Romans 13:1
"Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system."
-Thomas Paine, American patriot and Revolutionary, in The Age of Reason
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