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God of the Old Testament

        I have condensed or paraphrased many verses.
    The Hebrew Bible (which Christians call the Old Testament) is central to Christianity, the main subject of this site. It follows that anything in the OT, no matter how  repulsive or evil, is part of Christianity. And because Christians claim that Jehovah and God are the same entity, their New Testament God performed all the OT atrocities. (However, Christians could claim that the two Gods were entirely different beings, which would let their God off the hook but violate monotheism.) Most Christians do not realize that Jehovah was a sadistic psychopath, which I will show irrefutable evidence for below. These statements are straight from the Bible and cannot be plausibly disavowed. Another factor is that Jesus said very clearly that the OT laws are still in effect. He stated no exception from the laws for Jehovah's behavior, so we can justly  assume that he approved the murders, curses, and genocides. Here, Jesus is speaking:
        Matthew 5:18 I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law till all are fulfilled.
        Luke 16:17 It is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fail.

Obedience to God (Jehovah) and His Jealousy

    Jehovah's most specific and oft-repeated order was not to treat your fellow citizens with kindness or honesty or to promote societal welfare, but something much more approriate for an insecure tribal war god, namely to obey his orders without question. About obedience:

       Deuteronomy 11:27-]28 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of your God, which I command you this day. But a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of your God, but turn aside out of the way
       Deuteronomy 13:4 Ye shall walk after your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice....

        Jehovah's other order, mentioned many more times than the command to obey, is never worship any other god.

       Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD is a jealous God.   
       Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
       Deuteronomy 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor serve them, for I am a jealous God, visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of they who hate me. [Kill the kids for the father's sins. Sounds like Stalin!]
Remarks on Jehovah and the Israelites

     Jehovah wants the Israelites to be in a constant state of war with their neighbors. He even kills many of their enemies himself. He also calls death down upon the Israelites when they disobey him. These facts refute the supposed mercy and peacefulness of God. The OT was written by Jews, about Jews, and for only Jews, especially those who hated their neighbors. Their wars, battles, and killings have nothing to do with the rest of humanity. The OT writers would be astounded to find so many non-Jews taking them literally.
     The following summary of crimes was compiled from several sources and is probably more complete than most other lists. This section is long because Jehovah, and the Israelites under his command, were nasty, violent, and merciless, so citing their killings takes even longer than, for example, listing Donald Trump's lies. [May he fry in Hell for his crimes!]
      Because the main subject of this section is the OT God, I have omitted killings in which he is not directly mentioned, or where the action is not clear. The Israelites were involved in far more wars, battles, and killings than I cite. King David, in particular, was a successful warrior who sometimes but not always credited God with his victories. If you believe the stories, David's conquests were greater than Alexander's. If so, why is today's Israel so tiny? Did God forget about them? Overall, the number of wars the Israelites were allegedly involved in which the Lord was not mentioned is greater than those where he was, which the list is restriced to. Israel was constantly at war, especially during David's reign. It is no wonder that Judaism's offshoot, Christianity, is no stranger to violence.
    Another point is that the number of soldiers on both sides is vastly exaggerated. The OT writers, who wrote centuries after the supposed events, sought to make heroes of their ancestors and to claim much more territory than was really theirs.
      Because the Jews are supposedly God's favorite people, some Christians use their survival as one of their "proofs" of God. But if the Jews, with their endless troubles throughout history, are God's favorites, what would God do to his least favored? He clearly does not know what he's doing. Granted that war seems to be a permanent affliction of humanity (which by itself refutes God's omnipotence), the Jews have experienced more than their share. How can they continue to believe that God favors them?
     Some of Jehovah's evil acts follow, sorted by the type of crime. To the possible disapproval of some readers, I use Jehovah, God, and the Lord interchangeably. The line spaces are for visual clarity.

Jehovah and the Israelites: Death and Violence

    Genesis 6:7, 7:23 The Lord said, I will take away man, whom I have made, from the face of the earth, even man and beast which goes on the earth, and every bird, for I am sorry I made them. [But why kill innocent flowers, butterflies, puppies, and kittens in the Great Flood? After all, he made more of the same entities after the flood. The Flood may be the stupidest story in the whole Bible, and there's lots of competition!]
    Genesis 19:24 Then the Lord sent fire and flaming smoke raining down from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah.
    Genesis 38:7-10 The Lord kills Er for his sins. Er's brother Onan must impregnate Er's widow but he doesn't, so the Lord kills him.
    Exodus 12:29 Because Pharaoh would not free the Israelites, God killed every first-born make in Egypt.
    Exodus 14:27 ... the Lord sent destruction on the Egyptians in the middle of the sea.

    Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war. [A "man of war" is not someone who responds only when attacked, but a being whose very purpose is to conduct war. Literalist Judeo-Christianity's tendency to be violent and intolerant has lasted to the present.]
    Exodus 21:15-17 If you hit or curse a parent you must die. {This way to assure family discipline is favored by Reconstructionists.]
    Exodus 22:18 You may not allow a witch to live.
    Exodus 22:19 Beastiality is punishable by death.
    Exodus 22:20 If you sacrifice to any other god you are to be killed.
    Exodus 22:29 The first of your sons you are to give to me [that is, kill or sacrifice to your loving, gentle God].
    Exodus 32:27-29 Yahweh has the Levites kill 3000 of their neighbors and friends because they were worshipping a golden calf.
    Leviticus 10:1-7 Yahweh kills some men who broke his laws or worked on the Sabbath.

    Leviticus 20:10 Adulterers must be killed.
    Leviticus 20:13 Homosexuals must be killed.
    Leviticus 20:27 Wizards must  be killed.
    Leviticus 21:9 A priest's daughter who fornicates must be killed.
    Leviticus 24:16 Anyone who profanes the Lord's name must be killed.

    Leviticus 26:3-40 The Lord promises to make the Israelites flourish if they obey him, but if they defy him they will suffer without limit and they will be forced to eat their children.
    Numbers 15:35 Yahweh kills a man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath.
    Numbers 16:35 Yahweh kills 250 men because they offered perfume.
    Numbers 16:49 Yahweh (God) kills 14,700 people because some men burnt incense.
    Numbers 21:3 Yahweh delivered the Canaanites to the Israelites, who completely destroyed the Canaanite towns.

    Numbers 25:4 Yahweh has Moses kill Israelites who had relations with women of Moab.
    Numbers 25:9 Yahweh kills 24,000 people for worshipping a false god (Baal).
    Numbers 31:7-10 God (Yahweh) told the Israelites to kill every Midian male and to save the virgins for the men.
    Numbers 31:17-18 God has Moses tell his people to kill Midianite males and to keep any virgins for themselves.
    Numbers 33:4 The Egyptians buried all their men whom the Lord had destroyed.

    Deuteronomy 2:12-15 The Lord lets Esau, an Israelite whom God hates, kill the Horites and take their lands.
    Deuteronomy 2:31-35 God puts Sihon into the Israelites's hands, who kill everyone and take the cattle for themselves.
    Deuteronomy 3:3 God gives the people of Bashan to the Israelites, who killed every one of them.
    Deuteronomy 7:1-5 God gives seven nations to the Israelites, who are ordered to destroy everything.
    Deuteronomy 7:16 You may have no pity on anyone whom your Lord orders you to kill.

    Deuteronomy 13:5 You must kill any "dreamer of dreams."
    Deuteronomy 13:6-9 The Lord demands that any man whose family worships other gods must kill them.
    Deuteronomy 13:13-15 If you find that a city is worshipping other gods, you must utterly destroy it, including the cattle.
    Deuteronomy 17:3 If anyone in the city is worshipping other gods or sun, moon, or starts, they must be killed.
    Deuteronomy 18:20 Anyone who speaks in my (the Lord's) name without my permission must be killed.

    Deuteronomy 20:13-14 God tells the Israelites to attack seven enemy tribes. The men are to be killed and their resources taken.
    Deuteronomy 22:20 Any bride who is not a virgin must be stoned to death.
    Deuteronomy 28:15-25 If you disobey the Lord he will bring many horrible disasters on you.
    Joshua 6:21 The Israelites killed everything in Jericho; men and women, young and old, even animals.
    Joshua 8:1-24 God gives King Ai's kingdoom to the Israelites, who killed all its inhabitants and kept the goods for themselves.

    Joshua 10:10-13 God gives Gibeon to the Israelites, who kill everything, and God helps by raininig rocks on the Gibeonites.
    Joshua 10:28 Joshua kills the kings of Makkedah and Libnah and all their people.
    Joshua 10:32 Joshua kills every person in Lachish without mercy. He also slaughters Horam's people, who tried to help Lachish.
    Joshua 10:34-39 With the Lord's help Joshua kills all the inhabitants of Eglon, Hebron, and Debir.
    Joshua 10:40-42 Joshua conquers the mountain and lowland people and kills everything.
    Joshua 11:10-11 The Israelites kill all inhabitants of Hazor, including its king.

    Joshua 19:47 The people of Dan wanted more room so they killed the current inhabitants, the Leshem.
    Judges 1:4 The Lord enabled the Israelites to kill 10,000 men of Canaan and Perizzah.
    Judges 1:17-18 Judah and Simeon killed the Canaanites.
    Judges 1:19 The Lord favored Judah and took the hill country for himself, but the valley dwellers had iron carriages, so he could not make them move. [That's one of the few times we hear the Lord admtting defeat. More iron, please!]
    Judges 2:23-24 Israelites kill all except 400 virgins, whom they kept for themselves.

    Judges 3:8 The Lord is disgusted with Israel so he makes them servants [slaves] of the baals and Astartes.
    Judges 3:9-10 The Israelites saw what was good for them so they prayed. Then Othniel could conquer the Mesopotamians.
    Judges 3:12-20 Again, the Israelites do evil, the Lord has them conquered, they reform and overcome their enemies.
    Judges 3:29 The Lord put the men of Moab into Israelite hands. They killed about 10,000 Moabites.
    Judges 4:16 The Lord scares Sisera's army, who flee in panic. But Barak catches them and kills them all. [Hey, God, thank you!]

    Judges 4:24 God subdues Jabin, the king of Canaan, letting Israel prevail against his army. Eventually Jabin is killed.
    Judges 9:56 Judge Abimelech, who did evil to his family, was shamefully killed by a woman (!) with God's help.
    Judges 11:30-35 Jephthah promises that if Jehovah lets him defeat the Ammonites, he will burn the first person to appear at his door. It is his daughter.
    Judges 14:19 Samson, filled with the spirit of the Lord, kills 30 men for their clothing, which he needs because he lost a bet.
    Judges 15:15 Samson kills 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass.

    Judges 16:29-30 God enables Samson to pull down a huge building, killing himself and 3000 Philistines.
    Judges 20:21, 25, 48 Benjamin's men kill 40,000 Israelite warriors. The Israelites called on God and killed 25,100 Benjaminites.
    1 Samuel 4:10 God scares the Philistines but they still manage to kill 30,000 Israelite footmen.
    1 Samuel 5:1-12 The Lord's ark causes trouble wherever it is. All the towns want it gone, but they suffer terribly for moving it.
    1 Samuel 6:19 The Lord kills 70 men of Beth-Shemesh because they looked into the Ark. {Absolute obedience or death!]

    1 Samuel 15:3-9 The Lord tells the Israelites:put Amalek to the sword, putting to the curse all they have, without mercy: put to death every man and woman, every child and baby at the breast, every animal except the best, which you can keep.
    2 Samuel 6:7 Uzzah touched the Ark to keep it from falling off the cart, so the Lord kills him. [No good deed goes unpunished.]
    2 Samuel 8:11-13 King David, after honoring the Lord, was able to kill 18,000 men of Edom.
    2 Samuel 12:9-19 King David wants Uriah's wife so he arranges for Uriah to be killed. The Lord punished him by killing his son.

    2 Samuel 24:10-15 The Lord orders King David to take a census of Israel and Judah. David obeys, so by some kind of goofy godly logic, God gives David the choice of which disaster, either famine, war, or plague, to accept. David wisely [?] chooses the plague, which  kills 70,000 men.
    1 Kings 2:24-25 King Solomon, inspired by the Lord, is able to have his enemy Adonijah killed.
    1 Kings 13:18-24 A man of the Lord disobeys, so the Lord sends a lion, which kills him.
    1 Kings 18:40 The Israelites, inspired by visions of God, kill all the prophets of Baal.
    1 Kings 20:29-30 The Israelite army kills 100,000 Aramean footmen. Then a wall fell and killed 27,000 more.
    1 Kings 20:36 A man disobeys the Lord, who sends a lion to kill him.
    1 Kings 21:26-29 Ahab does some evil but begs God's mercy, who forgives him but punishes the next generation of his family.  
    2 Kings 1:10-12 Elijah kills two groups of 50 men with God's flames to show that his God is the real one.
    2 Kings 2:23-24 Children tease Elisha about being bald so he curses them in Jehovah's name. Two bears kill 42 of the children.

    2 Kings 10:23-28 Jehu puts and end to the worship of Baal in Israel. [Using violence, of course.]
    2 Kings 17:23 The Israelites defied the Lord, so he caused them to be kidnapped by the Assyrians.
    2 Kings 17:25 Assyrians were put into towns in Samaria, but they did not worship the Lord, who then sent in lions to kill them
    2 Kings 19:35 An angel of the Lord  killed 185,000 men of the Assyrian army. In the morning one could see only dead bodies.
    2 Kings 21:1-18 Manasseh ruled Israel but was evil, so the Lord had him killed. 

    2 Kings 24:1-4 The Lord floods Jerusalem with blood of the Israelites because they killed innocent people.
    1 Chronicles 10:13 The Lord killed Saul because he consulted an evil spirit.
    1 Chronicles 14:10-16 David asks the Lord how to defeat the Philistines. Following orders, David succeeds. [God, the warrior! ]
    1 Chronicles 21:14 The Lord sends pestilence upon Israel which kills 70,000 men.

    2 Chronicles 13:15 God helps Abijah kill 500,000 of the best people of Israel.
    2 Chronicles 14:8-15 The 580,000 warriors of Asa and Benjamin, with God's help, killed the entire Ethiopian army of 1,000,000.
    2 Chronicles 15:13 Whoever does not seek the Lord of Israel is to be killed.
    2 Chronicles 20:22 After being praised, the Lord sent a surprise attack against Ammon, Moab, and the people of Mt. Seir.
    2 Chronicles 21:13-15 Jehoram goes after false gods, so the Lord gives him a horrible disease which eventually kills him.
    2 Chronicles 24:23-24 A Syrian army defeated a much larger Israelite army because the Jews had forsaken the Lord.

    2 Chronicles 32:21 An angel of the Lord kills the chiefs and soldiers of Assyria.
    2 Chronicles 36:16-20 King Zedekiah shamed God's servants. The Lord killed most of his men and sent the rest to Babylon, where they were held. [That was in 598 BCE. King Cyrus of Persia defeated Babylon and freed the captives in 538 BCE. The event is historical, the cause is not.]
    Job 1: God bets with Satan, who  kills Job's ten children and inflicts diseases on him. Job, apparently an idiot, keeps his faith.
    Isaiah 13:16 God insists that the children of Babylon are to be smashed against rocks.

    Isaiah 45:7 The Lords brags about creating evil.
    Jeremiah 25:9 The Lord allows Nebuchadnezzar to take the Israelites captive, where they will stay for 70 years.
    Jeremiah 48:10 Anyone who will not kill on the Lord's orders is to be killed. 
    Jeremiah 50:21 The Lord forgives Israel and has them kill and destroy all of Merathaim and Pekod.
    Jeremiah 51:1 The Lord has said: See, I will make destruction come on Babylon and those who are living in Chaldaea.

    Ezekiel 9:9-11 The Lord says that Israel and Judah are guilty of sin so he will have no mercy or pity for them.
    Ezekiel 35:8 The Lord promises to fill the mountains with slain men.
    Hosea 13:16 The Lord says he will destroy Samaria and cause their children to be smashed against rocks.
    Amos 9:8 The Lord says he will kill people who say that evil will not overtake us.
    Zephaniah 1:3 The Lord says he will destroy everything on the land, in addition to birds and fishes.
    Zephaniah 1:18 The Lord's jealousy will cause him to devour the whole land by fire.
    Zephaniah 3:6 If a people disobeys him, the Lord will destroy their land.
    Zechariah 13:3 Anyone who prohesies will be thrust through by his parents.

Jehovah and the Israelites: Rape and Sexual Slavery

     Exodus 21:7-8 A man may sell his daughter to be a slave. [But if she does not please him, he is not allowed to sell her to a "strange nation."]
     Numbers 31:18 After killing the midiannitea and others, save any virgins for yourselves.
     Deuteronomy 21:11-13 After killing a woman's parents and letting her  mourn for a  month, he is to marry her.
     Deuteronomy 22:24 If a virgin is raped but does not cry out, she is to be stoned to death.
     Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man is found with an unmarried virgin he must pay her father 50 shekels. [Virgins are for sale.]
     Judges 21:12 The winners' prize of war is 400 virgins.

Jehovah and the Israelites: Cannibalism
     Deuteronomy 28:53 A fierce nation shall invade you and force you to eat your children.
     Leviticus 26:29 If you do not obey me, I will make you eat your children.
     Jeremiah 19:9 If you do not obey me, I will make you eat your children.
     Ezekiel 5:10 If you do not keep my laws, fathers will eat their sons and sons will eat their fathers. {At the same time?]

Jehovah and the Israelites: Slavery

     Exodus 21:20-21 If a man beats his slave but the slave survives for a day or two, the master is not to be punished.
     Leviticus 19:20 If a man has sex with an engaged woman who is not free, she is to  be whipped.

     It is important to realize that the God who gives these orders is a loving God, and Jesus approved of the orders by saying that the old laws (The Hebrew Bible) was still in  force. If you did not remember about the loving God, you might conclude that he was some kind of monster.
    Despite these awful commands, literalists insist that the Bible was written or inspired by Gof. If God is perfect, as claimed by believers, the Bible should also be perfect. But anyone with an IQ greater than 70 could improve the book easily. For example the second commandment (You may not make graven images; Exodus 20:4) should be eliminated, because it's trivial compared to more important possible commands such as "Do not molest children" or "you must treat women as equals to  men." Defects  in the Bible are obvious to anyone who looks.