Cruelty and Violence
Science and History
- God's killing rules:
If Ezekiel doesn't warn the wicked that God's going to kill them for being wicked, God will kill the wicked people and Ezekiel, too.
If Ezekiel warns the wicked, then God will kill the wicked people (if they don't change their wicked ways), but not Ezekiel.
If a good person does something wrong after God "lays a stumbling block before him," then God will kill him. "He shall die in his sin"
and whatever good he has done will be forgotten. And Ezekiel will be killed, too, if he didn't warn the good guy beforehand. 3:18-20
- God punishes everyone in Israel with a drought and famine. 4:16-17
- God will slaughter
everyone by killing one third with plagues, one third with famines, and one third
with wars. If any somehow survive, he'll send "evil beasts" to devour
them. Finally, after he's done killing, he "will be comforted."
- God will force fathers to eat their sons and the to eat their fathers. 5:10
- God will decorate the land with the bones and dead bodies of those who worship a different god.
- God makes his presence known by killing people with famine, disease, and war. 6:7-14
- God will pour out his fury on
everyone, with pity toward none. By so doing he says that
"ye shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth." 7:3-11
- God's is mad at everyone and no one will escape his wrath. He'll kill them all with war,
disease, and starvation. "Horror shall cover them" and "they shall know that I am the Lord."
- God promises again to slaughter everyone. He says that he will ignore them when they plead with him for mercy. 8:18
- God sends a "man clothed with linen" to mark the foreheads of the men who will
be saved. Apparently only men are considered good enough to keep, the others (unmarked men,
"maids", little children, and women) are to be slaughtered. God says he'll "fill
the courts with the slain" and will have pity on no one. 9:4-11
- "Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity." 9:5
- "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women." 9:6
- "Fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city." 9:7
- "Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity." 9:10
- A spirit lifts up Ezekiel and transports him to the Lord's house, where he sees 25 men. God tells Ezekiel that he doesn't like these guys
because they said things like, "It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron and we be the flesh." 11:1-3
- So the spirit of the Lord falls on Ezekiel and tells him to to prophesy against them. 11:4-5
- Ezekiel tells the 25 men that God is going to kill them. That way they'll know that God is the Lord. 11:8-12
- "And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah ... died." 11:13
- God will kill nearly everyone in one way or another (sword, famine, pestilence), but he’ll leave a few men
standing “to declare their abominations among the heathen.” 12:15-16, 20
- God has Ezekiel do another clever demonstration: eat and drink carefully while shaking. That way, when the people see him doing that, they will know that God
is going to starve them to death, which will teach them that God is the Lord. 12:18-20
- God again vows to destroy those that dare worship something or someone other than him.
- God deceives some of his prophets and then kills them for believing his lies.
- When really bad things happen (like you or your children get eaten by wild beasts, get killed in war, get sick and die, etc.), then you'll know that it was God that did it to you.
And he won't spare children just because there are a few righteous people around. 14:13-21
- God will burn the inhabitants of Jerusalem to show everyone that he is the Lord.
- For being such a whore, God punished Jerusalem by starving the Israelites and handing
them over to the Philistines. 16:17
- After exposing her nakedness, God will give her "blood in fury and jealousy" and strip her naked once more.
Then he'll have her stoned "with stones and thrust through with swords." 16:38-41
- "All souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine." 18:4a
- "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." 18:4
- A son who misbehaves by robbing, killing, eating on mountains, defiling his neighbor's wife,
oppressing the poor, looking at idols, loaning money with interest, or committing abomination (Lev 18:22 type
or otherwise) then that son must be killed. 18:10-13
- God will kill you for making a single mistake; all your good deeds he will ignore.
- "Ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal."
Even the Israelites recognized the injustice of "God's laws" more than 2500 years ago. 18:25, 29
- God planned to "pour out [his] fury" on the Hebrews in
Egypt for worshipping idols. But then he changed his mind, thank God. 20:7-8
- God threatens three times to kill all the Israelites for disobeying him, but
after thinking about it a bit, he decided not to. 20:8, 13, 21
- God gave the Israelites "statutes that were not good and judgments whereby they should not live." He "polluted" them so that he "might make them desolate"
and force them to kill and sacrifice their children "that they might know" that he is the Lord. 20:25-26
- God will set a fire in the southern kingdom that will devour everything and burn everyone. "And
all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it." 20:47-48
- God will kill everyone -- good and bad, just and unjust. 21:3-5
- God is sharpening a sword for the slaughter of his people. 21:8-32
- "Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land ... for I the LORD
have spoken it." 21:32
- God will gather all of Israel and consume them in the fires of his anger. 22:20-22
- God couldn't find anyone to stand up to him, so he's going to destroy everyone. 22:30-31
- Two sisters were guilty of "committing whoredoms" by pressing their breasts and
bruising "the teats of their virginity." As a punishment, one sister's nakedness was
discovered, her children were taken from her, and she was killed by the sword. And the fate of the
surviving sister was even worse: Her nose and ears were cut off, she was made to "pluck off"
her own breasts, and then after being raped and mutilated, she is stoned to death.
- "I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest ... And they shall deal
with thee hatefully." 23:28-29
- "I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen ... Thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in
derision ... thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow." 23:30-33
- "The company shall
stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay
their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire." 23:47
- God gets all excited about cooking with "scum" and human flesh, saying "kindle the fire, consume the
flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. Her scum shall be in the fire." 24:3-14
- God kills Ezekiel's wife and then tells him not to mourn her. 24:16-18
- God killed Ezekiel's wife to demonstrate his intention to kill the Israelites' children. And just as God told Ezekiel not to mourn his wife's death,
God forbids the parents to mourn the death of their children. 24:21-24
- God will kill everyone that claps his hands or stamps his feet "against the land of Israel."
When he's done with the killing everyone will know that he is the Lord. 25:6-7
- "I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD." 25:11
- God will send Israelites to slaughter the people of Edom. 25:13-14
- God will "stretch out his hand" to the Philistines (to kill them all). 25:16-17
- God says he will destroy Tyrus. He plans to kill everyone, but he is especially looking
forward to killing all of the women. "And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and
they shall know that I am the LORD." 26:1-21
- Now God has singled out the king of Tyre for his tirades. 28:7-10, 18-19
- Watch out or God will make you "die the deaths of the uncircumcised," which is,
no doubt, a most unpleasant death. 28:10
- God says that Zidon will know that he is the Lord when he \ sends "pestilence and blood
into her streets." 28:22-23
- God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the pharaoh and against all Egypt. God says he will feed
the Egyptians to the birds and beasts. 29:2-9
- God will punish Egypt and her allies by sending Nebuchadrezzar to "fill the land with
the slain." Then he will make "the rivers dry," sell the land to "the
wicked," make "the land waste," light fires, and kill all their young men with
the sword. 30:4-26
- "And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt." (The Divine Pyromaniac)
30:8, 30:14, 30:16
- "Thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD."
- God will treat Pharaoh like a whale fished out of the sea. Every bird and beast in the world
will feed upon him. 32:3-6
- God will vex the hearts of many people, destroy entire nations, brandish his sword, kill animals,
and cause floods. In this way people will come to know him (just before he kills them?).
- God takes a break from killing people while he kills all the animals in Egypt.
- Pharaoh and all his multitude, along with the uncircumcised, will be killed with the sword.
- When God is getting ready to kill people with the sword, it's the watchman's duty to warn them about it by
blowing a trumpet. If the people hear the trumpet but don't "take warning," then God will kill the people but not the watchman. But if the watchman doesn't
blow the trumpet when he sees God coming, then God will kill the people and the watchman. 33:2-6
- God tells Ezekiel that he is the watchman. So the usual watchman rules apply to him. 33:7-9
- If a "righteous" person does something wrong, God will forget every good thing
that that person has ever done. Then God will kill him for the single mistake.
- "Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal."
The Israelites rightly recognize the injustice in God's killing rules. 33:17, 20
- God plans some more killing by the sword, beasts, and the pestilence. 33:27-29
- God tells Ezekiel about his plans for the Edomites (Seir). He's going to kill them all. That way they'll know for sure that he is the Lord.
- "Thou shalt come up against my people of Israel ... in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me ... O Gog."
- God will cause each man's sword to be against his brother; he will send disease and make
it rain fire and brimstone. He says that by doing this he'll magnify and sanctify himself and let
everyone know that he is the Lord. 38:21-23
- God will have birds and beasts eat human flesh and drink human blood until
they are full and drunken. 39:4, 17-20, 28
- God sets a fire on Magog and feeds Gog and all of his people to the birds and beasts. He did all this to let them know that he is the Lord.
- After the Israelites spend seven years burying Gog's soldiers, God (somehow) feed their bodies to the birds and beasts and gets t
hem drunk on their blood. 39:17-28
- "They have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger."
- "The prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession;
but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession."
This verse is used by Republicans to justify protecting the rich from taxation. 46:18
- God gives a huge chunk of land to Israel, dividing it equally among the tribes -- except for Joseph, who gets a double portion.
(What did the Palestinians get?) 47:13