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“The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.”
― Christopher Hitchens
Christians repeatedly tell people that if they would just read the Bible, they would surely see that God exists and that He loves them. But I think it is also time to acknowledge that while many folks were convinced and made certain to follow Jesus, there are many others who abstained from worshipping God after reading the Bible.
This happens because we have said that complete Bible is the “Word of God”, but then we overlook, dismiss, handily forget, or are merely untruthful about some of the more disturbing portions of it.
Generally, people will justify the objectionable by saying - Old Testament. So, I'll attempt to try to quote freely from the New Testament.
I cannot imagine anyone offering their daughters as slaves. And yes, the Christian clarification of this text that this was how the ancient people appreciated hospitality. But that does not make it ok.
It seems that the punishment for lying is eternal damnation.
To pray to God, you externally had to be a perfect male model. Everyone with physical disabilities or any other defect could not approach him. He also dislikes dwarves and hunchbacks.
God cannot be both virtuous, caring, and affectionate, while at the same time encouraging genocide, applauding the smashing of babies’ heads against walls, and dispatching bears to attack children because they made fun of a prophet’s baldness.