ABC's of the Bible

Compiled by Ruth Hurmence Green


Independent reading of the bible is a traumatic experience for someone taught from childhood that the bible is a "book about love." Side by side with some morally defensible admonishments, one finds repeated instructions to hate and to kill. The Mosaic law, that commands the reader to kill the child who curses its father and mother and to stone the woman not a virgin when she marries, was upheld by Jesus, "every jot and tittle."

The "loving" gods of both the Old and New Testaments emerge as mean and vengeful, possessed, as Bertrand Russell said, of "an uneasy vanity."

The apologist for the bible, who insists that it is just an occasional passage that is a problem, overlooks the avalanche of mass murders commanded and perpetrated by the biblical Lord. Live burials, beatings, burnings, cannibalism, buying and selling of human beings, and the chopping off of heads, hands, feet, ears and plucking out of eyes all fill the pages of the "Good Book."

Here is a listing of bible images. When you read it you will know why Thomas Paine called the bible "a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize." You will know why kind and discerning individuals in our society object to the bible's use in public ceremonies. You will understand why educational organizations such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation are endeavoring to work for the absolute separation of state and church.

Anne Nicol Gaylor
Freedom From Religion Foundation


A delicate woman doing evil to her children and eating them 
      Deut. 28:56-57

A fair woman without discretion resembling a jewel of gold in a swine's snout 
      Proverbs 11:22

A human body wallowing in blood on the highway 
      II Sam. 20:12

Abandoning orphans 
      Psalms 109:7-20

An angel killing 185,000 warriors in one night 
      II Kings 19:35

Angels consorting with women of earth 
      Gen. 6:4

Asking your neighbors to help you stone a stubborn son to death 
      Deut. 21:18-21


Bears devouring 42 children 
      II Kings 2:23-24

Beating slaves to death in stages 
      Ex. 21:20-21

Beating your child black and blue 
      Proverbs 23:13-14 
      Proverbs 22:15 
      Proverbs 20:30

Boiling and eating your son 
      II Kings 6:29

Breaking and chopping up human bones and seasoning human flesh, flaying flesh off bones 
      Micah 3:2-3 
      Ezekiel 24:10 
      Daniel 6:24

Burning books, denouncing science, closing mouths, becoming fools 
      Acts 19:19 (books) 
      Titus 1:10-11 (mouths) 
      I Timothy 6:20 (science) 
      I Cor. 3:18 (fools)

Burning women accused of witchcraft and men accused of wizardry 
      Lev. 20:27 
      Ex. 22:18

Burning your only daughter alive to fulfill a promise 
      Judges 11:39

Burning your son as a sacrifice 
      II Kings 3:27

Burning 250 princes alive 
      Num. 16:35

Burying a criminal's wife and children alive 
      Num. 16:27, 33

Buying a wife with 200 male foreskins 
      I Sam. 18:25

Buying your brother to be your slave 
      Deut. 15:12

Buying your rape victim for your wife 
      Deut. 22:29


Castrating men for the Lord 
      Isaiah 56:4-5 
      Matt. 19:12

Chopping off heads, hands, feet, ears and plucking out eyes 
      Matt. 18:8-9 
      John 18:10 
      Num. 25:9 
      Matt. 14:10 
      II Sam. 4:7, 12

Circumcising a child with a sharp stone 
      Ex. 4:24-26

Circumcising thousands at one time 
      Joshua 5:2-8

Circumcising yourselves to the Lord and taking away the foreskins of your heart 
      Jeremiah 4:4

Cursing a tree and three cities 
      Matt. 21:19 (tree) 
      Matt. 11:22-23 (cities)

Cursing children and animals 
      Deut. 28:18

Cursing people with blindness, leprosy, hemorrhoids, consumption, madness, sickness, starvation, thirst, pestilence 
      Num. 12:10 
      II Kings 5:27 
      II Kings 15:5 
      II Kings 6:18 
      Acts 13:6-12 
      Lev. 26:16-39 
      Deut. 28:15-68 
      I Sam. 5:6 
      II Sam. 24:15

Cutting up a woman's body and distributing the pieces 
      Judges 19:29


Dashing little ones against the stones 
      Psalm 137:9 
      Isaiah 13:16

Delivering people up to the torturer 
      Matt. 18:34-35 
      Matt. 13:41-42

Designing an eternal torture chamber for most people of the world and describing their screams 
      Matt. 13:50 
      Matt. 7:14 
      Luke 13:24 
      Matt. 13:42

Devils tearing peoples' bodies to get out, jumping into pigs, talking and walking about, turning into snakes 
      Luke 8 
      Luke 9:38-42 
      Job 1:7 
      Mark 3:11 
      Mark 1:23-28 
      I Peter 5:8 
      Gen. 3:1

Discovering women's secret parts 
      Isaiah 3:16-17

Dividing the prey, to every man a damsel or two 
      Judges 5:30

Drinking poison, handling snakes, jabbering nonsense 
      Mark 16:17-18

Drinking the blood of the slain 
      Num. 23:24

Drinking your own urine and eating your own excrement. Urinating on public walls 
      Isaiah 36:12 
      I Kings 14:10

Drowning women, men, children, embryos and and animals by inches 
      Gen. 7:23


Eating human flesh and drinking human blood 
      John 6:53

Eating the flesh of your own arm, the flesh of your children and of a friend 
      Lev. 26:29 
      Isaiah 9:2 
      Jeremiah 19:9 
      Deut. 28:53

Eyes consuming away in their holes and tongues consuming away in their mouths 
      Zechariah 14:12

Exorcising devils from people's bodies 
      Mark 1:23-27 
      Mark 1:34 
      Mark 5:2-14 
      Mark 16:17 
      Matt. 8:28-32 
      Matt. 17:14-18 
      Matt. 9:32-33 
      Matt. 12:22 
      Luke 8:28 
      Luke 13:32 
      Luke 8:2 
      Luke 9:1 
      Luke 10:17 
      Luke 9:39, 42


Fastening human beings to trees 
      Mark 15:25 
      Joshua 8 
      Acts 5:30

Filling the altars and courtyards with blood of sacrificial animals 
      Lev. 16:11, 15

Filling the courts with the slain 
      Ezekiel 9:7

Filling the sword of the Lord with blood 
      Isaiah 34:2-6 
      Judges 7:18

Forbidding men to touch the bodies of women and the dead 
      I Cor. 7:1 
      I Cor. 7:29 
      Lev. 21:11

Forbidding women to learn, adorn themselves, speak in church, teach or visit friends 
      I Cor. 14:34-35 
      I Tim. 2:11-12 
      I Tim. 5:13 
      I Tim. 2:9

Forcing a woman to marry seven brothers 
      Luke 20:29-32


Giving your children away 
      Deut. 28:32

Gods impregnating human beings 
      Matt. 1:18 
      Luke 1:35 
      Genesis 6:2


Hacking a man to death 
      I Sam. 15:33

Hanging up heads against the sun. Putting children's heads in baskets. Nailing a head to the ground 
      Num. 25:4, 9 
      II Kings 10:7 
      Judges 4:21

Hating, abandoning and delivering your family up to authorities. Being rude to your mother and sisters 
      Matt. 10:35 
      Matt. 10:21 
      Matt. 19:29 
      Ezra 10 
      John 2:4 
      Matt. 12:48 
      Luke 14:26

Hating this life and this world to gain the next. Despising your body 
      John 12:25 
      Matt. 6:33 
      Romans 8:18 
      Mark 8:35 
      Romans 8:10

Having repeated sexual intercourse in public view with your neighbor's wives and your fathers' wives 
      II Sam. 12:11 
      II Sam. 16:22

Having sexual relations with your wife and her mother 
      Lev. 20:14

Healing with spit and magic and oil and laying on of hands, faith, a brass snake, aprons, handkerchiefs, prayer, by dipping into a pool, a garment hem, a lump of figs, and shadow. 
      James 5:13-15 
      Acts 19:11-12 
      Mark 16:18 
      Mark 5:25-30 
      Mark 5:34 
      Mark 7:33 
      II Kings 20:7 
      Num. 21:8 
      John 5:4 
      Acts 5:15

Hiding in vineyards to capture girls as they dance 
      Judges 21:20-23

Hiring a hitman to kill your brother 
      I Kings 2:25

Human entrails gushing out 
      Acts 1:18-19 
      Judges 3:22


Ignorance being elevated above wisdom. People being told to become as children 
      I Cor. 1:27 
      I Cor. 1:19 
      I Cor. 4:10 
      Matt. 18:3

Incest: raping your sister; impregnating your daughers; marrying your sister; impregnating your daughter-in-law 
      II Sam. 13:1-22 
      Gen. 19:36 
      Gen. 20:12 
      Gen. 38:13-27

Inflicting childbirth pain as punishment 
      Gen. 3:16


Kidnapping virgins for sex partners 
      Judges 21:7-14

Killing a child to punish the father 
      II Sam. 12:14

Killing all your grandchildren and nephews 
      II Kings 11:1 
      II Kings 10:13-14

Killing all your servants 
      II Kings 14:5-7

Killing a man's children and replacing them with another set 
      Book of Job

Killing everyone breathing 
      Num. 21:35 
      Joshua 8:26 
      Deut. 20:16 
      Num. 21:3 
      Joshua 9:11-21 
      Joshua 10:28-40

Killing man, woman, infant, suckling 
      I Sam. 15:3 
      Deut. 3:6

Killing your brothers 
      Gen. 4:8 
      II Chron. 21:4 
      Ex. 32:37 
      Judges 9:5

Killing your enemies with swords, hailstones, slingshots, arrows, and by crushing, fiery serpents and hornet stings, flaying off their skin and whipping them to death with an animal bone and an ax goad 
      Judges 3:31 
      Judges 16:27, 30 
      Judges 15:14 
      I Kings 20:28-30 
      Ex. 9:25 
      Deut. 13:15 
      Num. 21:6 
      Deut. 32:23-25 
      Deut: 7:20

Killing 50,000 innocent persons because a few looked into a box 
      I Sam. 6:19


Letting your neighbors help you stone and burn your children alive 
      Deut. 13:6-10 
      Deut. 22:20-21 
      Deut. 21:18-21

Lions breaking bones of husbands, wives and children 
      Daniel 6:24


Making innocent pay for misdeeds of the guilty 
      Romans 5:12 
      Gen. 3 
      Josh. 27:24-26 
      II Sam. 12:11-14 
      I Sam. 6:19 
      Ex. 20:5 
      II Sam. 24:15

Making people disobey so you can punish them 
      Ex. 12:28-29 
      John 12:39-40 
      Romans 9:16-22 
      II Peter 2:9 
      Ezekiel 14:9

Making the sun stand still 
      Joshua 10:13

Making wives barren, ravishing them and giving them to someone else, all to punish their husbands 
      Deut. 28:30 
      Isaiah 13:16 
      II Sam. 12:11 
      Jeremiah 8:10 
      Zechariah 14:2 
      Jeremiah 6:12 
      Gen. 20:18 
      I Sam. 25:44 
      II Sam. 16:21 
      II Sam. 12:11 
      II Sam. 6:23

Making your child "pass through the fire" 
      II Kings 21:6 
      II Kings 16:3 
      II Kings 17:17

Mountains melting with blood; rivers and moon turning to blood; the sword of the Lord filled with blood; shedding of blood for redemption; pour out blood by the force of the sword 
      Ex. 7:20 
      Matt. 26:28 
      Rev. 6:12 
      Isaiah 34:6 
      Jeremiah 18:21 
      Isaiah 34:3

Mutliating the dead 
      II Sam. 4:7, 12


Obtaining slaves by buying the heathen, taking captives, buying a brother 
      Lev. 25:45 
      Lev. 25:48 
      II Chron. 28:8 
      Deut. 15:12

Offering your virgin daughters to perverts 
      Gen. 19:4-8

One thousand women belonging to one man 
      I Kings 11:3


Pimping for your wife 
      Gen. 12:11-19 
      Gen. 20:2-18 
      Gen. 26:6-12

Plotting the death of your paramour's husband 
      II Sam. 11:14-15

Punishing a whole people for one person's sin 
      I Kings 20:42 
      II Sam. 24 
      I Kings 17:1 
      Gen. 3:14-19

Purifying virgins with 12 months of perfume and oil 
      Esther 2:12

Putting a knife to your child's throat 
      Gen. 22:10

Putting babies to the sword 
      Matt. 2:16

Putting brothers, companions and neighbors to the sword 
      Ex. 32:27 
      Hosea 13:8

Putting the sword to all the firstborn of an entire country 
      Ex. 12:29

Putting your feet on captives' necks 
      II Sam. 22:35-41 
      Joshua 10:24


Refusing to heal a child because of its race 
      Matt. 15:26

Refusing to share your children as food for friends 
      Deut. 28:55 
      II Kings 6:29

Revilling and abusing the sick, handicapped and deformed 
      II Sam. 5:8 
      Num. 5:2-4 
      Lev. 21:1-23

Ripping up pregnant women 
      II Kings 15:16


Sacrificing human beings to gods 
      Matt. 27:35 
      Judges 11:39 
      II Sam. 21:1-9 
      II Kings 16:3 
      II Kings 17:17 
      II Kings 21:6 
      Ex. 22:29

Seducing your own father and kinsman 
      Gen. 19:30-38 
      Ruth 3:4-15

Selling your daughter into slavery 
      Ex. 21:7

Selling a whole family to pay a debt 
      Matt. 18:23-25

Selling yourself into slavery 
      Matt. 18:23-25

Sending your wife and child into the desert alone 
      Gen. 21:14

Separating oneself from those of another doctrine 
      Romans 16:17 
      1 Tim. 6:5

Seven women taking hold of one man 
      Isaiah 4:1

Sexually abusing women to death 
      Judges 19:25

Shedding blood for atonement for the soul 
      Lev. 17:11 
      Hebrews 9:22 
      John 1:7 
      Matt. 26:28

Slaying old and young, maids and little children and women, but sparing the men 
      Ezekiel 9:6

Slavishly obeying husbands, parents, masters, state, gods 
      Gen. 3:16 
      I Cor. 11:3 
      James 4:7 
      Romans 13:1 
      Ephesians 5:22 
      Ephesians 6:5 
      Ephesians 6:1 
      Colossians 3:18 
      Colossians 3:20 
      Colossians 3:22

Spreading excrement on human faces; spitting in your child's face; washing your feet in blood 
      Malachi 2:3 
      Num. 12:14 
      Psalms 58:10

Stoning and burning whole families 
      Joshua 7:24-26 
      Num. 16:35

Stoning women for being rape victims 
      Deut. 22:21

Stoning and burning women for not being virgins 
      Deut. 22:21 
      Lev. 21:9

Stoning your brothers, son, daughter, and wife for worshipping differently from yourself 
      Deut. 13:6-10

Stoning a man for picking up sticks 
      Num. 15:35-36

Stoning a youth for blasphemy 
      Lev. 24:23

Stripping women of their clothing and jewelry 
      Ezekiel 16:39


Taking women and children as spoils of war and dividing up the virgins and babies 
      Num. 31:18-40 
      Deut. 20:14 
      II Chron. 28:8

Tearing off women's breasts 
      Ezekiel 23:24

Ten virgins awaiting one bridegroom 
      Matt. 25:1-3

Throwing a woman from a window to be run over by horses and eaten by dogs 
      II Kings 9:32-37

Throwing babies into a river 
      Ex. 1:22

Thrusting people through and stabbing them in the belly with a concealed dagger 
      Num. 25:8 
      Isaiah 13:15 
      Judges 3:21 
      Zech. 13:3

Torturing animals by hanging them, tying them together and setting their tails on fire, drowning them, and afflicting them with plagues 
      II Sam. 8:4 
      Judges 15:4-5 
      Ex. 9:3,6 
      Ex. 14:28

Torturing victims with briers, thorns, harrows, saws, passing through fire, the brick kiln, plagues, eternal fire, frogs, lice, flies, thirst, hunger, boils, and sores 
      Matt. 13:49-50 
      Num. 21:5-9 
      Judges 8:16 
      II Sam. 12:31 
      I Chron. 20:3 
      II Kings 8:1 
      II Sam. 18:14 
      Ex. 23:28, 30 
      Ex. 7-11 
      Num. 16:41-49 
      II Sam. 24:15 
      Joshua 10:10-11 
      Num. 11:33

"Trying out" virgins 
      Esther 2:12-14

Turning a used woman into the streets at will 
      Deut. 21:11-14 
      Deut. 24:1-3 
      Matt. 19:7-8 
      Gen. 21:14


Using a virgin to give an old man heat 
      I Kings 1:1-2


Warning women not to become mothers 
      Matt. 24:19 
      Luke 23:29

Wild beasts, fowl, dogs and swords devouring flesh 
      Ezekiel 33:27 
      Deut. 28:26 
      Lev. 26:22 
      Jeremiah 15:3

Wiping out whole cities with napalm or war 
      Joshua 6 
      Gen. 19 
      Num. 21:25 
      Deut. 2:34

Women kissing men's feet and drying them with their hair 
      Luke 7:45 
      John 12:3


Zapping innocents--throughout.


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