Bible Morality

The Good : Be Nice To / Help Other People | Enjoy Life | Wisdom & Learning
The Bad : War | Genocide & Infanticide & Famine & Plunder | Human Sacrifice & Cannibalism | Slavery & Mutilation | Misogyny | Reasons To Kill | Misology | Lies & Deception & Hypocrisy | Go To Hell | Attributes Of God

The Good

Be Nice To / Help Other People


Enjoy Life


Wisdom & Learning

The Bad


Jesus, lover of peace
Luke 22:36 " … he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."
Luke 12:49-53 "I am come to send fire on the earth; … Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
Luke 14:26 "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."
Luke 19:27 "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
Matthew 10:34-37 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 " … when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"
Thomas 16 "Jesus said, 'Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: there will be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone.'"
Thomas 55 "Jesus said, 'Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me.'"
He hasn't come to save the world, just a local group
Matthew 15:24 " … I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
He sends a herd of swine to their death
Matthew 8:31-32 "So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters."


Genocide & Infanticide & Famine & Plunder

First of all he provides plenty of food, then he sends a plague
Numbers 11:31-33 "And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth. … And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague."
A little bit of slaughter
Exodus 32:27-28 " … 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."
Joshua 10:20 "And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, … "
Serial genocide committed by Joshua & sanctioned by God who sends killer hail to help
Joshua 10:10-41 " … slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, … and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah. … the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. … when the Lord delivered up the Amorites … until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. … when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities. … And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, … and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain: … Then Joshua … fought against Libnah: … and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; … And Joshua passed from Libnah, … unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it: … and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah. Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining. .. .Joshua passed unto Eglon, … and fought against it:.And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, … And Joshua went up from Eglon, … And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein..And Joshua returned … to Debir; and fought against it: … and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: … Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, … Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon."
A bit more plague
Numbers 25:8-9 "And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand."
Killing 10,000
Judges 1:4 " … and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men."
Judges 3:29 "And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man."
1 Samuel 18:7 " … Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."
Joshua 8: " … that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai."
2 Chronicles 25:11-13 "And Amaziah … smote of the children of Seir ten thousand. And other ten thousand left alive … cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces. But the soldiers of the army … fell upon the cities of Judah, … and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil."
2 Kings 19:35 "And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses."
Numbers 16:49 "Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, … "
Jasher 37:42 "And the sons of Jacob caused fifteen thousand of their men to fall, and they smote them as if smiting at gourds, … "
2 Samuel 8:13 "And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men."
Jasher 39:50-54 " … Jacob smote them terribly, and slew about twenty thousand of them men and women, … and were engaged in slaying them till evening, about twenty thousand men and women, … "
Jasher 75:18 "And of the Philistines also there fell a great many, about twenty thousand men, … "
2 Samuel 8:5 " … David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men."
Jasher 85:61 " … and he sent a pestilence amongst them, and there died of the Israelites twenty-four thousand men."
Numbers 25:9 "And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand."
Judges 20:42-48 " … and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them. … And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; … and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; … and slew two thousand men of them. So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; … And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to."
Judges 20:35 " … and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword."
40,000 +
2 Samuel 10:18 " … and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there."
1 Samuel 6:19 " … even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: … "
2 Samuel 24:14-15 " … let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man. So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men." A good definition of mercy which countless other Christians have followed.
Esther 9:15-16 " … slew three hundred men at Shushan; … and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,"
Jasher 74:22 " … and of the rest of the people he smote about eighty thousand men."
1 Kings 20:29 " … and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day."

From here onwards the numbers become so large as to be questionable, and things make far more sense if instead of (for example) "two hundred thousand" it is "two hundred" and " (a) thousand". It was common to write with the lesser number first, and assuming that for every able soldier there was at least a wife and one surviving parent with possibly a sibling or child of their own, the numbers must be multiplied by a factor of three or four to give the local population at each time (though there would be overlaps as many soldiers and mercenaries were common between the battles).

Judges 8:10 " … for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword."
2 Chronicles 20:29-30 " … slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, … and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left."
Jasher 62:9 " … and there fell of the children of Moab and the children of Midian many slain ones, about two hundred thousand men."
Jasher 58:20 " … there fell before the sons of Jacob about two hundred thousand men, … "
Jasher 63:28 " … there fell from them unto the evening of that day about four hundred thousand men. … "
2 Chronicles 13:17 "And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men."
Jasher 13:14-15 " … and Nimrod assembled all his princes and subjects, about seven hundred thousand men, and went against Chedorlaomer, and Chedorlaomer went out to meet him with five thousand men, and they prepared for battle in the valley of Babel which is between Elam and Shinar. And all those kings fought there, and Nimrod and his people were smitten before the people of Chedorlaomer, and there fell from Nimrod's men about six hundred thousand, … " 5,000 vs 700,000, and guess who wins?, whereas 5,000 vs 700+1000 with 600+1000 casualties is believable.
Jasher 57:8-9 " … Joseph and his brethren dealt out a tremendous blow amongst the sons of Esau and the children of the east. And they slew of them six hundred thousand men, … "
Jasher 3:32 " … and he went forth and all the sons of men went after him, about eight hundred thousand men; … " Not all killed in battle, just mentioned as a number.
Jasher 58:17 " … and this camp was very large and heavy with people, numerous as the sand of the sea, about eight hundred thousand men, infantry and cavalry, and all these troops went down to Egypt to fight with the sons of Jacob, … "
Jasher 63:21 "And Angeas and Lucus his brother arrayed all their forces, about eight hundred thousand men, against the children of Chittim."
1,000,000 Again, just mentioned as a number, and at least the Egyptians could have mustered such a large army if they called upon all their mercenaries and friendly kingdoms, but to have this phenomenal army used to chase runaway slaves seems more like political propaganda than reliable history.
Jasher 81:23-24 " … and the camp of Egypt was an exceedingly large and heavy camp, about ten hundred thousand men. And the whole of this camp went and pursued the children of Israel to bring them back to Egypt, … "

More infanticide

Not Beating A Child Shows Hate
Proverbs 13:24 "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."


Human Sacrifice & Cannibalism


Slavery & Mutilation

If a beaten slave dies after a beating, the master is only punished if the death happens soon afterwards
Exodus 21:20-21 "And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money."Also, slaves are as money.
A slave is worth 30 shekels if killed by someone's ox
Exodus 21:32 "If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned."




Reasons To Kill




Lies & Deception & Hypocrisy


Go To Hell

In the Old Testament, God only killed people, but in the New he condemns tham to eternal torment. This, from the God of Love, Peace, & Forgiveness, whose "mercy endureth forever".

The bible uses "Hades" as a synonym for hell when he was actually the god of the underworld, comprising the Elysian Fields (a nice place) and Tartarus (a not so nice place).