Robert G. Ingersoll: “The Bible”

What follows are excerpts taken from the various books of the Bible. This is just a brief collection of the kind of filth that the “holy book” contains. This should demonstrate to Jews and Christians alike that what they hear in churches and synagogues is hand-picked by priests and rabbis in an effort to “demonstrate” what a loving, peaceful being God is.  However, I urge you to pick up the Bible and read it for yourself.  Then and only then will you actually be able to determine how absolutely absurd and ridiculous the book really is.

From the start, in the book of Genesis, you will notice that the authors of the “holy book” had no knowledge of our world. Yet certainly, a book that is supposed to be the word of God (omniscient as we are told he is) should be accurate in every detail. But you will soon see that there are actually two creation stories in the book of Genesis,  with a completely different order of creation events. You will also notice that Eve was tempted by a snake, who actually spoke to her; that people lived hundreds of years; that the all-knowing God apparently didn’t know that man was going to “sin,” so he had his children drowned by a great flood; that Noah, father of all of earth’s inhabitants following the flood, was six hundred years old when he supposedly constructed  a wooden arc; that he presumably carried a male and female of every species of animal to safety after 40 days and nights of unrelenting rain which covered the peaks of the highest mountains… ! Need I continue?

I know what many of you would say right about now… These are just stories, they are not to be taken literally. Certainly we know that people don’t live to be hundreds of years old, that animals do not speak, etc. I agree, but then what about the rest of the  stories in the Bible, are these also make-believe? Was Jesus born of a virgin, did he walk on water, resurrect the dead, and did he himself come back to life after being dead for three days? Certainly if one concludes that the Bible is filled with fairy tales (which it is)  one would also need to conclude that we cannot believe ANY of its content? Isn’t it illogical to dismiss many of the absurd stories contained in the Bible as absolutely false while accepting other equally absurd stories as true? Of course it is.

So now we come to arguably the most spent word in religious discussions: FAITH. It all comes down to faith; belief in something for which there is no evidence. One might as well believe in (and worship) flying elephants, after all, no one can prove that they don’t exist.

I hope that you do read the Bible excerpts below as well as the entire Bible, although I don’t believe most of you will have the stomach for it.  Bear in mind that the excerpts below are taken from the New American version of the Catholic Bible, so there is a good chance that the words will not match verbatim the Bible you may have at home. Nonetheless, they will match well enough that you will be able to confirm the veracity of the statements.

By the way, I am not only picking on the Bible. The Koran, being that it took a great deal of material from the Bible since Islam is a much more recent faith, is full of the same kinds of ridiculous fairy tales, as well as the filth and hatred that the Bible advocates. In short, all three of the world’s major religions are equally bogus.

Make sure you also read the opinion of an atheist, by Robert G. Ingersoll, at the end of this post. TGO

A Sampling of God’s Love and Compassion

Old Testament

Genesis 3:16 –

I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master.

Genesis 38:9, 38:10 –

… So whenever he had relations with his brother’s widow, he wasted his seed on the ground, to avoid contributing offspring for his brother. What he did greatly offended the Lord, and the Lord took his life too.

Exodus 21:20, 21:21 –

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under the hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.

Leviticus 21:9 –

A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death.

Leviticus 25:44, 25:45, 25:46 –

Slaves, male and female, you may indeed possess, provided you buy them from among the neighboring nations. You may also buy them from among the aliens who reside with you and from their children who are reared in your land. Such slaves you may own as chattels, and leave to your sons as their hereditary property, making them perpetual slaves…

Deuteronomy 21:18, 21:19, 21:20, 21:21 –

If a man has a stubborn and unruly son who will not listen to his father or mother, and will not obey them even though they chastise him, his father and mother shall have him apprehended and brought out to the elders at the gate of his home city, where they shall say to those city elders, “this son of ours is a stubborn and unruly fellow who will not listen to us; he is a glutton and a drunkard.” Then all his fellow citizens shall stone him to death. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel, on hearing of it, shall fear.

Deuteronomy 22:20, 22:21 –

… But if this charge is true, and evidence of the girl’s virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her father’s house and there her townsmen shall stone her to death.

Deuteronomy 25:11, 25:12 –

When two men are fighting and the wife of one intervenes to save her husband from the blows of his opponent, if she stretches out her hand and seizes the latter by his private parts, you shall chop off her hand without pity.

2 Samuel 5:13 –

David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 12:11 –

Thus says the Lord: “I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your wives while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor. He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.

2 Kings 2:23, 2: 24 –

From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. “Go up, baldhead,” they shouted, “go up, baldhead!” The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces.

Psalm 137:9 –

Happy are those who seize your children and smash them against a rock.

Isaiah 3:17 –

The Lord shall cover the scalps of Zion’s daughters with scabs, and the Lord shall bare their heads.

Isaiah 13:9, 13:15, 13:16 –

Lo’, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and burning anger; to lay waste the land and destroy the sinners within it! Everyone who is caught shall be run through; to a man, they shall fall by the sword. Their infants shall be dashed to pieces in their sight; their houses shall be plundered and their wives ravished.

Isaiah 45:7 –

I form the light and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe; I, the Lord, do all these things.

Jeremiah 8:9, 8:10 –

The wise are confounded, dismayed and ensnared; since they have rejected the word of the Lord, of what avail is their wisdom? Therefore, I will give their wives to strangers, their fields to spoilers.

Ezekiel 5:9, 5:10 –

Because of all your abominations I will do with you what I have never done before, the like of which I will never do again. This means that fathers within you shall eat sons, and sons shall eat fathers. I will inflict punishments upon you and scatter all that remain of your people in every direction.

Ezekiel 5:17 –

I will send famine against you, and wild beasts that shall rob you of your children. Pestilence and bloodshed shall stalk through you, and I will bring the sword upon you. I, the Lord, have spoken!

Ezekiel 9:5, 9:6 –

… Pass through the city after him and strike! Do not look on them with pity or show mercy! Old men, youths and maidens, women and children – wipe them out!

Ezekiel 32:5, 32:6 –

I will leave your flesh on the mountains, and fill the valleys with your carcass. I will water the land with what flows from you, and the river beds shall be filled with your blood.

Ezekiel 35:8, 35:9 –

With the slain I will fill your hills, your valleys, and your ravines (in them the slain shall fall by the sword) – Desolate I will make you forever, and leave your cities without inhabitants; then you shall know that I am the Lord.

Hosea 13:8 –

I will attack them like a bear robbed of its young, and tear their hearts from their breasts; I will devour them on the spot like a lion, as though a wild beast were to rend them.

Zechariah 14:1, 14:2 –

‘Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst, and I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city.

Malachi 2:3 –

… I will strew dung on your faces, the dung of your feasts, and you will be carried off with it.

New Testament

Mathew 10:34, 10:35, 10:36, 10:37, 10:38 –

Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’ Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Mathew 13:49, 13:50 –

Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

Luke 12:47, 12:48 –

That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly…

Luke 14:26 –

If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 19:27 –

Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me.

John 3:36 –

Whoever beliefs in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.

1 Corinthians14:34, 14:35 –

… Women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything, they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in the church.

Ephesians 5:22 –

Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.

1 Timothy 2:11, 2:12 –

A woman must receive instruction silently and under complete control. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet.

Titus 2:9, 2:10 –

Slaves are to be under the control of their masters in all respects, giving them satisfaction, not talking back to them or stealing from them, but exhibiting complete good faith, so as to adorn the doctrine of God our savior in every way.

1 Peter 3:1, 3:2–

Likewise, you wives should be subordinate to your husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct when they observe your reverent and chaste behavior.

Robert G. Ingersoll: The opinion of an atheist

… Ministers wonder how I can be wicked enough to attack the Bible.

I will tell them: This book, the Bible, has persecuted, even unto death, the wisest and the best. This book stayed and stopped the onward movement of the human race. This book poisoned the fountains of learning and misdirected the energies of man.

This book is the enemy of freedom, the support of slavery. This book sowed the seeds of hatred in families and nations, fed the flames of war, and impoverished the world. This book is the breastwork of kings and tyrants – the enslaver of women and children. This book has corrupted parliaments and courts. This book has made colleges and universities the teachers of error and the haters of science. This book has filled Christendom with hateful, cruel, ignorant and warring sects. This book taught men to kill their fellows for religion’s sake.

This book funded the Inquisition, invented the instruments of torture, built the dungeons in which the good and loving languished, forged the chains that rusted in their flesh, erected the scaffolds whereon they died. This book piled fagots about the feet of the just. This book drove reason from the minds of millions and filled the asylums with the insane.

This book has caused fathers and mothers to shed the blood of their babes. This book was the auction block on which the slave-mother stood when she was sold from her child.

This book filled the sails of the slave-trader and made merchandise of human flesh. This book lighted the fires that burned “witches” and “wizards.” This book filled the darkness with ghouls and ghosts, and the bodies of men and women with devils.

This book polluted the souls of men with the infamous dogma of eternal pain. This book made credulity the greatest of virtues, and investigation the greatest of crimes. This book filled nations with hermits, monks and nuns – with the pious and the useless. This book placed the ignorant and unclean saint above the philosopher and philanthropist. This book taught man to despise the joys of this life, so that he might be happy in another – to waste this world for the sake of the next.

I attack this book because it is the enemy of human liberty – the greatest obstruction across the highway of human progress.

Let me ask the ministers one question: How can you be wicked enough to defend this book?

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