From: jwm@SUN4.JHUAPL.EDU (James W. Meritt)
Subject: Why not kill if you believe in God
Date: 11 Dec 90 18:08:14 GMT
He did not mind in the slightest telling OTHERS to do the deed:
Whosoever sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed...
He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall surely be put to death.
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live
Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.
He that sacreficeth unto any God, save unto the Lord only, he shall be
Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you. every one
that defileth it shall surely be put to death...
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a
holy day, a sabbath of rest to the lord: whosoever doeth work therein
shall be put to death.
...Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that
sojurn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall
surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the
whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.
Bring forth him that hadth cursed without the camp; and let all that
heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation
And thou shalt stone him with stones that he die, because he hadth sought
to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God...
Thou shalt bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that
wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone
them with stones. till they die.
...and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: then they shall
bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of the
city shall stone her with stones that she die...
If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall
both of them die...
If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto a husband, and a man find her
in the city, and lie with her; then ye shall bring them both out unto the
gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die...
BUT if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her,
and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die.
I Kings 21:10
...Thou didst blaspheme God and the King. And then carry him out, and stone
him that he might die.
(New testiment sort of tones it down)
...He that curseth father or mother: let him die the death
(the ever popular)
For the wages of sin is death...
Biblical injunction for large-scale impersonal killing (warfare):
General instructions concerning:
1. priests and officers in war
2. beseiging cities
And when the Lord thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite
every male thereof with the edge of the sword
But thou shalt utterly destroy then; namely [list of cities] as the Lord hath
For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to
give up thine enemies before thee...
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
Detailed instructions on how to deseign, then destroy, Jerico.
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, bith man and women,
young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
(verse 24 has them burning everything except for the $$$$$ )
And the Lord said unto Joshua "Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the
people of war with tee, arise, go to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the
King of Ai and his city and his land. And thou shalt do to Ai and her king
as thou didst unto Jerico and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the
cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush
for the city behind it.
And the Lord said unto Joshua "Fear them not: for I have delivered them into
thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.
And the Lord delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the
second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that
were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah
[same thing, this time to Hebron]
[same thing, this time to Debir]
[same again, this time to hills and springs and all that breathed]
General God-inspired destruction by the waters of Meron. I am really
getting tired of this blood-thirsty genocidal individual!
It goes on and on and on and on with "the Lord told him to
slaughter everything, and he did". Yech!
... Pursue: thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all
in 30:17 he catches up and decimates them.
He goes along with it when it is done by some(one) else...
Job - On a bet, God allows Satan to kill all of Job's children.
(Job was prolific.)
And he condones it:
Judges - God accepts a human sacrifice from Jephthah; his daughter.
(Alright, this isn't genocide.)
And he even does it himself:
Genesis - God destroys the world in a flood.
God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah.
Exodus - God kills the first born of Egypt to force them
to let his people go. (Weren't Egyptians his people, too?)
Seems that if you believe in this "god" you are REQUIRED to kill.