Luke
Introduction

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Contradictions
Absurdities
Injustice
Interpretation
Cruelty and Violence
Good Stuff
Family Values
Intolerance
Science and History
Prophecy
Women
Language
Sex
Homosexuality
Politics

Cruelty in Luke

  1. 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

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

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

  4. 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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

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