04 September 2009

God's Killings in Deuteronomy

Here's a summary of God's killings in Deuteronomy.
Killing Event Verse Estimated number killed Cumulative total
1 God slowly kills the Israelite army Deuteronomy 2:14-17 500,000 500,000
2 God kills the Zamzummim in the land of the giants 2:22-23 10,000 510,000
3 God hardened King Sihon's heart in order to kill all his people 2:26-28 3,000 513,000
4 God helps kill all the men, women, and children in 60 cities 3:3-6 60,000 573,000

But God not only killed in Deuteronomy; he commanded everyone else to kill, too.

Here are just some of the people God wants you to kill.

  • Prophets, dreamers, and people who can do signs and wonders Deuteronomy 13:1-5

  • Family and friends if they believe in the wrong god 13:6-10

  • Everyone in every city that has at least one person who believes in the wrong god 13:12-17

  • Anyone who has religions beliefs that are different than yours 17:2-7

  • People who won't listen to a priest or a judge. 17:12-13

  • All false prophets and false witnesses 18:20-22, 19:18-19

  • Stubborn and rebellious sons 21:18-21

  • Rape victims who don't cry out loud enough 22:23-24

  • Any Amalekites you happen to run across 25:19

And if you refuse to kill any of these people (or to do any of the other things God told you to do in Deuteronomy), then God will kill you after he forces you to eat your own children. (God wrote a whole chapter about this. See Deuteronomy 28:16-68 for the gory details.)

3 comments:

Baconsbud said...

I am always amazed that christians say their religion is all about love and based on the bible.

busterggi said...

That's because they don't actually read the bible, they just listen to others read selected passages.

Vinícius said...

@bugsterggi

I'm an active church member and believer, but I'm forced to admit that you're right when you say "they don't actually read the bible".

Personally, I believe that reading the whole Bible alone, without doctrinal aid or justifications from anyone else, will most likely give the reader more negative than positive feelings (thinking about the Old Testament, specially).

I consider myself an open-minded student of religion's history. I have read the whole Bible, the Book of Mormon (more than ten times as it's smaller), excerpts from Al Quran and I've read a lot about related history and science topics, but I usually stick to the Sermon of the Mount or Proverbs when I open the scriptures in need of spiritual aid. :P

I wonder why has God let it be this way.