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- Moses murders an Egyptian after making sure that no one is looking. 2:11-12
- "I will ... smite Egypt with all my wonders." 3:20
- Why are some people born with disabilities? Because God deliberately makes them that way. 4:11
- God begins the process of "hardening Pharaoh's heart", thus making
it impossible for any of the plagues that God sends to have any beneficial effect.
(see also 7:3, 13, 9:12, 10:1, 20,
27, 11:10, 14:4, 8) 4:21
- God threatens to kill Pharaoh's firstborn son. 4:23
- God decides to kill Moses because his son had not yet been circumcised. 4:24-26
- Moses and Aaron ask the Pharaoh to let all the Israelites go into the desert to pray for three days, or else God
will kill them all "with pestilence, or with the sword." 5:3
- God will make sure that Pharaoh does not listen to Moses, so that he can kill Egyptians with his armies.
- "And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD." Who else could be so cruel and unjust? 7:5,
- God sent flies on everyone in Egypt except for in Goshen, where the Israelites lived. 8:22
- God tells Moses and Aaron to smite the river and turn it into blood. This is the first of the
famous 10 plagues of Egypt. 7:17-24
- The fifth plague: all cattle in Egypt die.
little later (9:19-20, 12:29), God
kills them again a couple more times. 9:6
- The sixth plague: boils and blains upon man and beast. 9:9-12
- "For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is
none like me in all the earth." Who else but the biblical god could be so cruel? 9:14
- God gave power to the Pharaoh so that he could show off his own power by killing him. 9:15-16
- "Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail." 9:26
- The seventh plague is hail. "And the hail smote throughout the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and
- God wants to be remembered forever for the mass murder of little children. 10:2
- "Let every man borrow of his
neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold."
God tells the Israelites to steal silver and gold from the Egyptians. 11:2
- These verses clearly show that the mass murder of innocent children by God was
premeditated. (see 12:29-30) 11:4-6
- God will kill the Egyptian children to show that he puts "a difference between the Egyptians and Israel."
- God explains to Moses that he intends to "smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast.
- After God has sufficiently hardened the Pharaoh's heart, he kills all the firstborn Egyptian children. When he was finished
"there was not a house where there was not one dead." Finally, he runs out of little babies to kill, so he slaughters the firstborn
cattle, too. 12:29-30
- After God killed all the firstborn Egyptians, the Pharaoh told Moses to "go serve the LORD ...
be gone, and bless me also." 12:31-32
- God encourages the Israelites to steal from the
- No stranger, foreigner, or uncircumcised person can eat the Passover. 12:43, 45, 48
- "But every man's servant that is bought for money...." Once again, God shows his approval
of slavery. 12:44
- To commemorate the divine massacre of the Egyptian children, Moses instructs the Israelites to "sacrifice to the
Lord all that openeth the matrix" -- all the males, that is. God has no use for dead, burnt female bodies.
13:2, 12, 15
- "I will harden Pharaoh's heart." 14:4
- After hardening Pharaoh's heart a few more times, God drowns Pharaoh's army in the sea. 14:4-28
- The LORD shall fight for you. 14:14
- "I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour." 14:17
- "And the Egyptians shall
know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his
chariots, and upon his horsemen." 14:18
- "And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that
the waters may come again upon the Egyptians." 14:26
- "And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians." 14:31
- If you do what God says, he won't send his diseases on you (like he did to the Egyptians).
But otherwise.... 15:26
- When the people complain to Moses, he tells them they aren't complaining about him, but about God, making
them apostates and heretics, and therefore deserve severe punishment. Religious leaders have
used this tactic ever since. 16:8
- Joshua, with God's approval, kills the Amalekites "with the edge of the sword." 17:13
- "I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." 17:14
- "The Lord has sworn [God swears!] that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." So God
is still fighting Amalek. I hope Moses can still keep his hand up. 17:14-16
- God favors Israelites "above all people." 19:5
- Any person or animal that touches Mt. Sinai shall be stoned to death or "shot through." Did Moses impose such severe
penalties because he feared that someone might see him fake his meeting with God?
- Like the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, nobody can see God and live.
- "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth
generation." Any god that would make such a statement is worse than jealous, although that would be bad enough. He is cruel and
unjust as well. 20:5
- "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's ... manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing
that is thy neighbour's." In the Bible, slaves (servants in the KJV) are the rightful property of
slave-owners; they are his possessions -- like an ox or an ass. 20:17
- God gives instructions for killing and burning animals. He says that if we will make such "burnt offerings," he will bless
us for it. What kind of mind would be pleased by the killing and burning of innocent animals?
- God sets down the rules regarding Hebrew slaves. You can buy one, but you must set him free on the seventh year. But if
you have "given" him a wife and she bears children, then you get to keep the wife and kids. If he refuses to leave his family when
his seven years are up, then bore a hole through his ear and keep him forever. (That sounds fair!)
- "His master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever." 21:6
- How to sell your daughter -- and what to do if she fails to please her new master.
- A child who hits or curses his parents must be executed. 21:15, 17
- Slavery is approved by God, and those who steal slaves must be killed.
- It's OK with God if you slowly beat your slaves to death. After all, they are your money.
- An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 21:24-25
- It's okay to beat your slaves; even if they die you won't be punished,
just as long as they survive a day or two after the beating (see verses 21:20-21).
But avoid excessive damage to their eyes or teeth. Otherwise you may have to set them free. 21:26-27
- If an ox gores someone, "then the ox shall surely be stoned."
- If an ox gores someone due to the negligence of its owner,
then "the ox shall be stoned, and his owner shall be put to death.".
- If an ox gores a slave, the owner of the ox must pay the owner of the slave 30 shekels of silver,
and "the ox shall be stoned." 21:32
- If a thief is caught and is too poor to make a complete restitution, then he is to be sold to pay for his theft.
- If you "entice" an "unmarried maid" to "lie" with you, then you must marry her, unless the father refuses to give her to you,
in which case you must pay him the going price for virgins. 22:16
- "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Thousands of innocent women have suffered excruciating deaths because of this
- "Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death." Is it really necessary to kill such people? Couldn't we just
send them to counseling or something? 22:19
- "He who sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed." If this commandment is obeyed,
then the four billion people who do not believe in the biblical god must be killed. 22:20
- If you make God angry enough, he will kill you and your family with his own sword. 22:24
- "The firstborn of thy sons thou shalt give unto me." (As a burnt offering?) 22:29
- God promises to "send his fear before the Israelites" and
to kill everyone that they encounter when they enter the promised land.
- God has hornets that bite and kill people. 23:28
- "The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel."
The Christian Right uses this verse
to justify an absolute flat tax, where everyone, rich or poor, pays the same dollar amount in taxes. 30:15
- Wash up or die. This is a good verse to use when reminding the kiddies to wash their hands before supper.
- Whoever puts holy oil on a stranger shall be "cut off from his people." 30:33
- And whoever uses God's favorite perfume will be exiled. 30:37-38
- Those who break the Sabbath are to be executed. 31:14
- Aaron makes a golden calf and tells the
people to take off their clothes and dance around naked. God then punishes them
mercilessly for following their divinely appointed religious leader.
- "And the Lord repented of the evil which he though to do unto his people." But how could a good God even consider doing
evil to anyone? 32:14
- Moses burned the golden calf, ground it into powder, and then forced it down the throats
of all the people. 32:20
- God orders the sons of Levi (Moses, Aaron, and the other members of their tribe that were "on the Lord's side") to kill
"every man his neighbor." "And there fell of the people that day about 3000 men." 32:27-28
- "Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I
blot out of my book." 32:33
- But God wasn't satisfied with the slaughter of the 3000, so he killed some more people with a plague.
- God says that he visits "the
iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children,
unto the third and fourth generation." 34:7
- God drives out the pagan tribes and commands the Israelites to destroy their altars and places of worship.
- If you can't redeem him, then just "break his neck." Hey, it's all for the glory of God. 34:20
- Whoever works, or even kindles a fire, on the Sabbath "shall be put to death." 35:2-3