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Cruelty in the New Testament

    Matthew

  1. Those who bear bad fruit will be cut down and burned "with unquenchable fire." 3:10, 12

  2. Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets. He hasn't the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament. 5:17

  3. Jesus recommends that to avoid sin we cut off our hands and pluck out our eyes. This advice is given immediately after he says that anyone who looks with lust at any women commits adultery. 5:29-30

  4. Jesus says that most people will go to hell. 7:13-14

  5. Those who fail to bear "good fruit" will be "hewn down, and cast into the fire." 7:19

  6. "The children of the kingdom [the Jews] shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 8:12

  7. Jesus tells a man who had just lost his father: "Let the dead bury the dead." 8:21

  8. Jesus sends some devils into a herd of pigs, causing them to run off a cliff and drown in the waters below. 8:32

  9. Cities that neither "receive" the disciples nor "hear" their words will be destroyed by God. It will be worse for them than for Sodom and Gomorrah. And you know what God supposedly did to those poor folks (see Gen 19:24). 10:14-15

  10. Families will be torn apart because of Jesus (this is one of the few "prophecies" in the Bible that has actually come true). "Brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." 10:21

  11. Jesus says that we should fear God who is willing and "able to destroy both soul and body in hell." 10:28

  12. Jesus says that he has come to destroy families by making family members hate each other. He has "come not to send peace, but a sword." 10:34-36

  13. Jesus condemns entire cities to dreadful deaths and to the eternal torment of hell because they didn't care for his preaching. 11:20-24

  14. Jesus will send his angels to gather up "all that offend" and they "shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." 13:41-42, 50

  15. Jesus is criticized by the Pharisees for not washing his hands before eating. He defends himself by attacking them for not killing disobedient children according to the commandment: "He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death." (See Ex 21:15, Lev 20:9, Dt 21:18-21) So, does Jesus think that children who curse their parents should be killed? It sure sounds like it. 15:4-7

  16. "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." 15:13

  17. Jesus advises his followers to mutilate themselves by cutting off their hands and plucking out their eyes. He says it's better to be "maimed" than to suffer "everlasting fire." 18:8-9

  18. In the parable of the unforgiving servant, the king threatens to enslave a man and his entire family to pay for a debt. This practice, which was common at the time, seems not to have bothered Jesus very much. The parable ends with this: "So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you." If you are cruel to others, God will be cruel to you. 18:23-35

  19. "And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors." 18:34

  20. God is like a rich man who owns a vineyard and rents it to poor farmers. When he sends servants to collect the rent, the tenants beat or kill them. So he sent his son to collect the rent, and they kill him too. Then the owner comes and kills the farmers and rents the vineyard to others. 21:33-41

  21. "Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Whoever falls on "this stone" (Jesus) will be broken, and whomever the stone falls on will be ground into powder. 21:44

  22. In the parable of the marriage feast, the king sends his servants to gather everyone they can find, both bad and good, to come to the wedding feast. One guest didn't have on his wedding garment, so the king tied him up and "cast him into the outer darkness" where "there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 22:1-14

  23. The end of the world will be signaled by wars, famines, disease, and earthquakes (6-7). And that's just "the beginning of sorrows" (8). Next believers will be hated and killed by unbelievers (9), believers will hate and betray each other (10), false prophets will fool people (11), iniquity will abound and love wax cold (12). But hey, if you make through all that, you'll be saved (13).

    Only one more thing will happen before the end comes: the gospel will be preached throughout the world (14). Well, that and the abomination of desolations will stand in the holy place (15), many false Christs and false prophets will show great signs and wonders (24), the sun and moon will be darkened and the stars will fall (29), the sign of the son of Man will appear in the sky, everyone on earth will mourn, and then, finally, the great and powerful son of Man will come in all his glory (30).

    Oh, and all these things will happen within the lifespan of Jesus' contemporaries (34).

    Or maybe not. Jesus was talking about things he knew nothing about (36). (See Mark 13:32.) 24:3-51

  24. Jesus had no problem with the idea of drowning everyone on earth in the flood. It'll be just like that when he returns. 24:37

  25. God will come when people least expect him and then he'll "cut them asunder." And "there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 24:50-51

  26. The parable of the cruel and unjust master
    The kingdom of heaven is like a rich man who distributed his wealth to his servants while he traveled. He gave five talents (a talent was a unit of money, worth about 20 years of a worker's wages) to one servant, two to another, and one to a third. When he returned, the servant with five talents had made five more, the servant with two made two more, but the servant with one talent only had the talent his master entrusted to him. The master rewarded the servants that invested his money (without his permission -- what would have happened if the stock market went down during their master's travels?) and took the talent from the single-talent servant and gave it to the one with ten talents. "For unto every one that hath shall be given .. but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." Then the cruel and unjust master cast the servant who carefully protected his master's talent into the "outer darkness: [where] there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 25:14-30

  27. The servant who kept and returned his master's talent was cast into the "outer darkness" where there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth." 25:30

  28. Jesus judges the nations. 25:31-46

  29. Jesus tells us what he has planned for those that he dislikes. They will be cast into an "everlasting fire." 25:41

  30. Jesus says the damned will be tormented forever. 25:46

    Mark

  31. Jesus explains why he speaks in parables: to confuse people so they will go to hell. 4:11-12

  32. Jesus sends devils into 2000 pigs, causing them to jump off a cliff and be drowned in the sea. When the people hear about it, they beg Jesus to leave. 5:12-13

  33. Any city that doesn't "receive" the followers of Jesus will be destroyed in a manner even more savage than that of Sodom and Gomorrah. 6:11

  34. Jesus criticizes the Jews for not killing their disobedient children as required by Old Testament law. (See Ex 21:15, Lev 20:9, Dt 21:18-21) 7:9-10

  35. Jesus tells us to cut off our hands and feet, and pluck out our eyes to avoid going to hell. 9:43-49

  36. God is like a rich man who owns a vineyard and rents it to poor farmers. When he sends servants to collect the rent, the tenants beat or kill them. So he sent his son to collect the rent, and they kill him too. Then the owner comes and kills the farmers and gives the vineyard to others. 12:1-9

  37. Jesus tells his disciples to eat his body and drink his blood. 14:22-24

  38. Jesus says that those that believe and are baptized will be saved, while those who don't will be damned. 16:16

    Luke

  39. Zechariah asks the angel Gabriel how his wife Elizabeth could become pregnant, since she is "stricken with years." Gabriel makes him "dumb" just for asking. 1:20

  40. Those who fail to bear "good fruit" will be "hewn down, and cast into the fire." 3:9

  41. John the Baptist says that Christ will burn the damned "with fire unquenchable." 3:17

  42. Jesus heals a naked man who was possessed by many devils by sending the devils into a herd of pigs, causing them to run off a cliff and drown in the sea. This messy, cruel, and expensive (for the owners of the pigs) treatment did not favorably impress the local residents, and Jesus was asked to leave. 8:27-37

  43. Jesus says that entire cities will be violently destroyed and the inhabitants "thrust down to hell" for not "receiving" his disciples. 10:10-15

  44. Jesus says that we should fear God since he has the power to kill us and then torture us forever in hell. 12:5

  45. Jesus says that God is like a slave-owner who beats his slaves "with many stripes." 12:46-47

  46. "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." 13:3, 5

  47. According to Jesus, only a few will be saved; the vast majority will suffer eternally in hell where "there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 13:23-30

  48. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man goes to hell, because as Abraham explains, he had a good life on earth and so now he will be tormented. Whereas Lazarus, who was miserable on earth, is now in heaven. This seems fair to Jesus. 16:19-31

  49. Jesus believed the story of Noah's ark. He thought it really happened and had no problem with the idea of God drowning everything and everybody. 17:26-27

  50. Jesus also believes the story about Sodom's destruction. He says, "even thus shall it be in the day the son of man is revealed ... Remember Lot's wife." This tells us about Jesus' knowledge of science and history, and his sense of justice. 17:29-32

  51. In the parable of the talents, Jesus says that God takes what is not rightly his, and reaps what he didn't sow. The parable ends with the words: "bring them [those who preferred not to be ruled by him] hither, and slay them before me." 19:22-27

  52. Jesus tells his disciples to eat his body and drink his blood. 22:19-20

    John

  53. Jesus believed the stupid and vicious story from Numbers 21. (God sent snakes to bite the people for complaining about the lack of food and water. Then God told Moses to make a brass snake to cure them from the bites.) 3:14

  54. "God so loved the world, that he gave his His only begotten Son."
    As an example to parents everywhere and to save the world (from himself), God had his own son tortured and killed. 3:16

  55. People are damned or saved depending only on what they believe. 3:18, 36

  56. The "wrath of God" is on all unbelievers. 3:36

  57. Jesus believes people are crippled by God as a punishment for sin. He tells a crippled man, after healing him, to "sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." 5:14

  58. Those who do not believe in Jesus will be cast into a fire to be burned. 15:6

  59. Jesus says we must eat his flesh and drink his blood if we want to have eternal life. This idea was just too gross for "many of his disciples" and "walked no more with him." (They are called Protestants nowadays.) 6:53-66

    Acts

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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

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

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

  66. 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

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

    Romans

  68. Homosexuals (those "without natural affection") and their supporters (those "that have pleasure in them") are "worthy of death" - - along with gossips, boasters, and disobedient children. 1:31-32

  69. The guilty are "justified" and "saved from wrath" by the blood of an innocent victim. 5:9

  70. God punishes everyone for someone else's sin; then he saves them by killing an innocent victim. 5:12

  71. "If ... we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son", then God is truly a monster. 5:10

    1 Corinthians

  72. If you defile the temple of God, God will destroy you.   3:17

  73. Paul claims that God killed 23,000 in a plague for "committing whoredom with the daughters of Moab 10:8

  74. If you tempt Christ (How could you tempt Christ?), you'll will die from snake bites. 10:9

  75. If you murmur, you'll be destroyed by the destroyer (God). 10:10

    2 Corinthians

  76. The terror of the Lord 5:11

    Galatians

  77. If anyone dares to disagree with Paul on religious matters, "let him be accursed." 1:8-9

    Ephesians

  78. We are predestined by God to go to either heaven or hell. None of our thoughts, words, or actions can affect the final outcome. 1:4-5, 11

  79. God had his son murdered to keep himself from hurting others for things they didn't do. 1:7

  80. The bloody death of Jesus smelled good to God. 5:2

  81. Those who refuse to obey will face the wrath of God. 5:6

    Philippians

    Colossians

  82. God bought us with someone else's blood. 1:14

  83. God makes peace through blood. 1:19-20

    1 Thessalonians

  84. God is planning a messy, mass murder in "the wrath to come" and only Jesus can save you from it. 1:10

  85. Christians shouldn't mourn the death of their fellow believers. They'll be OK and you'll see them later in heaven. The people you should mourn are dead nonbelievers. They have no hope (because they're going to hell). 4:13

    2 Thessalonians

  86. Jesus will take "vengeance on them that know not God" by burning them forever "in flaming fire." 1:7-9

  87. Jesus will "consume" the wicked "with the spirit of his mouth." 2:8

  88. God will cause us to believe lies so that he can damn our souls to hell. 2:11-12

    1 Timothy

    2 Timothy

    Titus

    Philemon

    Hebrews

  89. "That which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned."
    Apostates will burn in hell with the other non-believers. 6:8

  90. "Melchisedec ... met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him."
    God showed his approval of "the slaughter of the kings" with Melchisedec's blessing of Abraham. (Genesis 14:17-18) 7:1

  91. God will not forgive anyone unless something is killed for him in a bloody manner. 9:13-22

  92. "A certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."
    God will soon destroy non-believers in a fiery hell. 10:27

  93. Those who disobeyed the Old Testament law were killed without mercy. It will be much worse for those who displease Jesus. 10:28-29

  94. "Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord." 10:30

  95. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." 10:31

  96. "Abraham ... offered up Isaac ... his only begotten son." (And this was a good thing? How fucked up is that?) 11:17

  97. The Israelites kept the passover and sprinkled blood on doorposts so that God wouldn't kill their firstborn children (like he did the Egyptians in Exodus 12:29). 11:28

  98. God saved Rahab because she believed. (He killed all the non-believers in Jericho.) 11:31

  99. "Time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets."
    The heroes of faith: Gideon, Samson, Jephthah, David, and Samuel. It would be hard to find a more monstrous group than these guys. 11:32

  100. "Others were tortured ... that they might obtain a better resurrection." 11:35

  101. God ordered animals to be "stoned, or thrust through with a dart" if they "so much as ... touch the mountain." 12:20

  102. "Ye are come ... to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of Abel." 12:22-24

    James

  103. James says Abraham was justified by works (for being willing to kill his son for God); Paul (Romans 4:2-3) says he was justified by faith (for believing that God would order him to do such an evil act). 2:21

    1 Peter

  104. We are all, according to Peter, predestined to be saved or damned. We have no say in the matter. It was all determined by "the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ."1:2

  105. "The precious blood of Christ ... was foreordained before the foundation of the world."
    God planned to kill Jesus from the get-go. 1:19-20

  106. God drowned everyone on earth except for Noah and his family. 3:20

    2 Peter

  107. God drowned everyone else on earth except for Noah and his family. 2:5, 3:6

  108. "Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes" 2:6

  109. God will set the entire earth on fire so that he can burn non-believers to death. 3:7

  110. When Jesus returns, he'll burn up the whole earth and everything on it. 3:10

    1 John

  111. Christians are washed in the blood of Jesus. 1:7

    2 John

    3 John