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Cruelty and Violence in Acts

  1. Peter claims that Dt 18:18-19 refers to Jesus, saying that those who refuse to follow him (all non-Christians) must be killed. 3:23

  2. Peter and God scare Ananias and his wife to death for not forking over all of the money that they made when selling their land. 5:1-10

  3. Peter has a dream in which God show him "wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls." The voice (God's?) says, "Rise, Peter: kill and eat." 10:10-13

  4. Peter describes the vision that he had in the last chapter (10:10-13). All kinds of beasts, creeping things, and fowls drop down from the sky in a big sheet, and a voice (God's, Satan's?) tells him to "Arise, Peter; slay and eat." 11:5-10

  5. The "angel of the Lord" killed Herod by having him "eaten of worms" because "he gave not God the glory." 12:23

  6. David was "a man after [God's] own heart." 13:22

  7. The author of Acts talks about the "sure mercies of David." But David was anything but merciful. For an example of his behavior see 2 Sam 12:31 and 1 Chr 20:3, where he saws, hacks, and burns to death the inhabitants of several cities. 13:34

  8. Paul and the Holy Ghost conspire together to make Elymas (the sorcerer) blind. 13:8-11