Atrocities of God and his servants

These are just a few of the atrocities committed by a supposedly omnibenevolent god.

Deuteronomy 20:13-14   And when the Lord thy God hath delivered it unto thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword: but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoils thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.

Numbers 31:17-18  Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

Exodus 32:27-28  And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

1 Chronicles 13:9-10  And when they came unto the threshing floor of Childon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.

Acting on reflex, Uzza puts up his hand to stop the ark from falling and being smashed all to hell.  Having zero tolerance for anyone touching the ark (except a priest), God kills Uzza.  This is how an all loving God thanks Uzza for keeping the ark from being destroyed.

Exodus 11:10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

Notice here that God "hardens" Pharaoh's heart, thus rendering the Pharaoh incapable of complying with God's demands. This gives God an excuse to punish Pharaoh by murdering innocent babies and children.

Exodus 12:29  And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the cattle.

I wonder why Pharaoh did not die.  He himself was a firstborn.

Joshua 11:20  For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.

1 Samuel 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

1998 Derrick Miller

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