The greater part of human actions have their origin
not in logical reasoning but in sentiment.
Bible apologists have a habit of crediting God for anything they
see as good, and ignoring the obviously bad. This report exposes the
deadly side of what they call God's moral laws.
There is no argument that there is universal agreement against
killing, stealing and lying. Apologists argue that they are moral laws
which come from a
divine source, that is from outside of ourselves. By labeling them
laws, the logic follows that they come from a lawgiver and enforcer:
God. And because they come from an absolute authority, it is held that
they are absolute moral truths.
This line of reasoning is based on a fallacy known as begging
the question: It assumes at the outset what it has established as the
conclusion. I.e., the label law implies the existence of a lawmaker:
God. Thus, the fact that there is moral order is proof of God's
existence. The argument goes in circles.
I'm going to argue that moral behavior is inherent in our social
instincts. When we make moral judgments, in effect, we make value
judgments. That there are many areas of disagreement is what defines
them as value judgments.
There is a practical way to demonstrate the inherent nature of
moral behavior: Without them our species would not have gotten to
where it is now. On the whole we need each other for what we can't
achieve alone; we're social animals. If antisocial behavior was basic
to our instincts we would have become extinct long before biblical
days. We see social behavior in animals, from ants to monkeys; and
they don't function under law. Nay, the majority of the world's
population, since the beginning of history, doesn't even believe in a
Judeo-Christian God. The theist argument just doesn't hold.
This is a big deal among apologists. For
they argue that without God there is no objective standard of
right and wrong. Take away this standard, and what you get is a
relativistic or morally subjective society. Our godless society is
falling apart, they say. It is becoming more and more violent,
dishonest, crude, selfish and superficial. Then they recite a litany
of things that violate God's law.
What's new? There will always be war and crime at the margins.
But on the whole, people go about their affairs peacefully, trying to
make the best of every day.
I sense missionary propaganda in their logic. They would have
you believe that humans are born tabula rasa and need to be taught
right from wrong according to God's laws at an early age. It also
follows that childhood is the best time to instill the fear of God so
they behave morally into adulthood. But if we act out of fear, then it
means that our behavior is guided by slavish obedience, not from
Frankly, we don't reason by objective standards very well. Our
thoughts and actions are guided by sentiment. And this is what
religious indoctrination plays on: the fear factor. Without fear of
some kind of divine punishment, God's laws are meaningless.
Since the Ten Commandments are held as the highest standard of
God's laws, it is only fair to examine them to see how they are
applied. The list below presents a collection of verses which call for
the death penalty. Some even call for child sacrifice.
To put it mildly, they are inferior to subjective standards of
right and wrong. By demanding an extreme level of conformity, they can
only be enforced with extreme punishment: death.
shall not be put to death for the children, nor shall the children be
put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his
own sin. (Deut. 24:16)
To put it bluntly, there is nothing objective about them; they
are extremely vicious. Apologists are not fit to argue that human
society would be better off with God's moral laws.
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
1. Whoever sacrifices to any god but Yahweh shall be utterly
sacrifices to any god, save to the LORD only, shall be utterly
destroyed. (Ex. 22:20)
2. Sacrifices to Molech - death
to the people of Israel, Any man of the people of Israel, or of the
strangers that sojourn in Israel, who gives any of his children to
Molech shall be put to death; the people
of the land shall stone him with stones. (Lev. 20:2)
3. Whoever has gone and served other gods shall be stoned to
2"If there is found
among you, within any of your towns which the LORD your God gives you,
a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your
God, in transgressing his covenant,
3and has gone and served other
gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of
heaven, which I have forbidden,
4and it is told you and you hear
of it; then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and
certain that such an abominable thing has been done in Israel,
5then you shall bring forth to
your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you
shall stone that man or woman to death with stones. (Deut.
4. If someone tries to entice you to serve other gods, you shall
stone him to death.
6"If your brother,
the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of
your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, entices you
secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods,' which neither you
nor your fathers have known,
7some of the gods of the peoples
that are round about you, whether near you or far off from you, from
the one end of the earth to the other,
8you shall not yield to him or
listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him,
nor shall you conceal him;
9but you shall kill him; your
hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards
the hand of all the people.
10You shall stone him to death
with stones, because he sought to draw you away from the LORD your
God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
bondage. (Deut. 13:6-10)
5. If you hear that someone has drawn others out of the city to
serve other gods, you shall investigate. If it is true you shall put
them to the sword.
12"If you hear in
one of your cities, which the LORD your God gives you to dwell there,
13that certain base fellows have
gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of the city,
saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods,' which you have not known,
14then you shall inquire and make
search and ask diligently; and behold, if it be true and certain that
such an abominable thing has been done among you,
15you shall surely put the
inhabitants of that city to the sword, destroying it utterly, all who
are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. (Deut.
6. He who does not believe will be condemned.
16He who believes
and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be
condemned. (Mark 16:16)
7. You will die for your sins unless you believe that I am he.
24I told you that
you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you
believe that I am he." (John 8:24)
2. You shall not make any graven images or any likeness of
anything in heaven.
1. Mediums and wizards shall be stoned to death.
27"A man or a woman
who is a medium or a wizard shall be put to death; they shall be
stoned with stones, their blood shall be upon them." (Lev.
2. You shall not permit a sorceress to live.
18"You shall not
permit a sorceress to live. (Ex. 22:18)
3. You shall not take the name of God in vain.
1. Blasphemers shall be stoned to death.
16He who blasphemes
the name of the LORD shall be put to death; >all the congregation
shall stone him; the sojourner as well as the native, when he
blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death. (Lev. 24:16)
2. Blasphemers will not be forgiven in the age to come.
31Therefore I tell
you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy
against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
32And whoever says a word against
the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy
Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Working on the Sabbath is punishable by death.
15Six days shall
work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to
the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall be put to
death. (Ex. 31:15)
2Six days shall
work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy
sabbath of solemn rest to the LORD;
whoever does any work on it shall be put to death; (Ex. 35:2)
5. Honor your father and mother.
1. Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.
his father or his mother shall be put to death. (Ex. 21:15)
2. Whoever curses his father or mother shall be put to death.
his father or his mother shall be put to death. (Ex. 21:17)
9For every one who
curses his father or his mother shall be put to death; he has cursed
his father or his mother, his blood is upon him. (Lev. 20:9)
3. A stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his parents
may be stoned to death.
18"If a man has a
stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father
or the voice of his mother, and, though they chastise him, will not
give heed to them,
19then his father and his mother
shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at
the gate of the place where he lives,
20and they shall say to the
elders of his city, 'This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will
not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.'
21Then all the men of the city
shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall purge the evil from
your midst; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. (Deut.
6. You shall not kill.
1. Whoever strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death.
a man so that he dies shall be put to death. (Ex. 21:12)
2. If a man attacks and kills another treacherously, take him
from my altar so he may die.
14But if a man
willfully attacks another to kill him treacherously, you shall take
him from my altar, that he may die. (Ex. 21:14)
3. If an ox with a violent history kills a man or a woman, its
owner shall be put to death.
29But if the ox has
been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but
has not kept it in, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be
stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. (Ex. 21:29)
4. Killing a man gets the death penalty.
17He who kills a
man shall be put to death. (Lev. 24:17)
5. Killing a beast gets the death penalty.
18He who kills a
beast shall make it good, life for life. (Lev. 24:18)
6. A murderer may be put to death by an avenger.
16"But if he struck
him down with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a
murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
17And if he struck him down with
a stone in the hand, by which a man may die, and he died, he is a
murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
18Or if he struck him down with a
weapon of wood in the hand, by which a man may die, and he died, he is
a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
19The avenger of blood shall
himself put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him
20And if he stabbed him from
hatred, or hurled at him, lying in wait, so that he died,
21or in enmity struck him down
with his hand, so that he died, then he who struck the blow shall be
put to death; he is a murderer; the avenger of blood shall put the
murderer to death, when he meets him. (Num.
7. Anger and insults to your brother get the same penalty as
killing - burning in hell.
21"You have heard
that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not kill; and whoever
kills shall be liable to judgment.'
22But I say to you that every one
who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever
insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says,
'You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire. (Matt.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
1. Adultery with a neighbor's wife - both die.
10"If a man commits
adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the
adulteress shall be put to death. (Lev. 20:10)
2. Whoever lies with a beast shall be put to death.
with a beast shall be put to death. (Ex. 22:19)
3. Sex with your father's wife - both die.
11The man who lies
with his father's wife has uncovered his father's nakedness; both of
them shall be put to death, their blood is upon them. (Lev.
4. Sex with your daughter-in-law - both die.
12If a man lies
with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they
have committed incest, their blood is upon them. (Lev. 20:12)
5. Male homosexuality - both die.
13If a man lies
with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an
abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.
6. Sex with your mother-in-law; both shall be burned to death.
14If a man takes a
wife and her mother also, it is wickedness; they shall be burned with
fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you.
7. Male sex with an animal - both die.
15If a man lies
with a beast, he shall be put to death; and you shall kill the beast.
8. Female sex with an animal; both die.
16If a woman
approaches any beast and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and
the beast; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.
9. Sex between a man and his aunt - it is not clear if they are
to die or if any children produced die.
20If a man lies
with his uncle's wife, he has uncovered his uncle's nakedness; they
shall bear their sin, they shall die childless. (Lev. 20:20)
10. Sex between a man and his sister-in-law - any children
produced shall die.
21If a man takes
his brother's wife, it is impurity; he has uncovered his brother's
nakedness, they shall be childless. (Lev. 20:21)
11. If a man charges his wife with non-chastity and if it proves
true, she shall be stoned to death.
13"If any man takes
a wife, and goes in to her, and then spurns her,
14and charges her with shameful
conduct, and brings an evil name upon her, saying, 'I took this woman,
and when I came near her, I did not find in her the tokens of
20But if the thing is true, that
the tokens of virginity were not found in the young woman,
21then they shall bring out the
young woman to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city
shall stone her to death with stones, because she has wrought folly in
Israel by playing the harlot in her father's house; so you shall purge
the evil from the midst of you. (Deut. 22:13-21)
12. If a man has sex with the wife of another man, both shall
22"If a man is
found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the
man who lay with the woman, and the woman; so you shall purge the evil
from Israel. (Deut. 22:22)
13. If a man has sex with a virgin in the city, they will be
stoned to death because she did not cry for help.
23"If there is a
betrothed virgin, and a man meets her in the city and lies with her,
24then you shall bring them both
out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with
stones, the young woman because she did not cry for help though she
was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbor's wife;
so you shall purge the evil from the midst of you.
14. If a man rapes a married woman in the open country, only the
man shall die because there was no one to rescue the woman.
25"But if in the
open country a man meets a young woman who is betrothed, and the man
seizes her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall
26But to the young woman you
shall do nothing; in the young woman there is no offense punishable by
death, for this case is like that of a man attacking and murdering his
27because he came upon her in the
open country, and though the betrothed young woman cried for help
there was no one to rescue her. (Deut. 22:25-27)
15. It is better to cut off one of your offending members then
to for your whole body to be thrown in hell.
27"You have heard
that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
28But I say to you that every one
who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her
in his heart.
29If your right eye causes you to
sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of
your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
30And if your right hand causes
you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose
one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
8. You shall not steal.
1. Whoever steals a man (kidnapping) shall be put do death.
16"Whoever steals a
man, whether he sells him or is found in possession of him, shall be
put to death. (Ex. 21:16)
2. Kidnapping and enslaving is punishable by death.
7"If a man is found
stealing one of his brethren, the people of Israel, and if he treats
him as a slave or sells him, then that thief shall die; so you shall
purge the evil from the midst of you. (Deut. 24:5)
9. You shall not bear false witness.
10. You shall not covet.
You shall give to me the first born of your sons.
29"You shall not
delay to offer from the fulness of your harvest and from the outflow
of your presses. "The first-born of your sons you shall give to me.
You shall redeem the first-born of your sons.
19All that opens
the womb is mine, all your male cattle, the firstlings of cow and
20The firstling of an ass you
shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break
its neck. All the first-born of your sons you shall redeem. And none
shall appear before me empty. (Ex. 34:19-20)
Any male who is to be devoted to God shall be destroyed.
28"But no devoted
thing that a man devotes to the LORD, of anything that he has, whether
of a man or beast, or of his inherited field, shall be sold or
redeemed; every devoted thing is most holy to the LORD.
29No one devoted, who is to be
utterly destroyed from among men, shall be ransomed; he shall be put
to death. (Lev. 27:28)
Ten Commandments and Jesus Even Jesus didn't live up to the Ten
Hellfire Jesus Jesus was not a good person in any sense of the
Articles of War Good laws cannot come from an evil God.