A KILLER GOD
(Investigator 141, 2011
"The Christian god is a being of terrible character, cruel, vindictive,
capricious, unjust." (Thomas Jefferson one of the founding fathers of
"Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not
omnipotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he
both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? If he is neither able
nor willing? Then why call him god?" (Epicurus the Greek philosopher
wrote in 300 b.c.)
"The god of the old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character
in all fiction. Jealous and proud of it, a petty, unjust, unforgiving
control freak, a vindictive blood thirsty ethnic cleanser, a
misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal,
megalomaniacal, capriciously malevolent bully." (Richard Dawkins)
The above 3 quotes are quite correct. The source of our information
about this maniacal, homicidal, mass murderer of a god, is the bible
itself. No other reference needed.
• Genesis 6-7 Noah's flood, "I will wipe out mankind
whom I have created, from the face of the earth." Approximately
• Genesis 19 Sodom and Gomorrah. Approximately 1,000
• Genesis 41 A world wide famine. Approximately 40,000
• Exodus 7-10 Plagues sent upon the Egyptians.
• Exodus 12:12; 29-30 Killing of the Egyptian first
born children. Approximately 1,000,000
• Exodus 14 Wipe out of the Egyptian army.
Approximately 5,000 to 8,000
• Exodus 17 Killing the Amalekites. Approximately
• Exodus 17 Killing Israelites who complained.
• Exodus 23 Wipe out all Amorites, Hittites, Hivites,
Perizzites, Canaanites, and Jebusites, all men women and children.
• Leviticus 10:1-2 Killing of two priests who offered
up the wrong incense to god, he burnt them up with fire.
• Leviticus 20:15-16 If a man or woman have sex with
an animal, they must be put to death, including the animal.
• Leviticus 24:10-16 The lord said to Moses "…any
blasphemer must be stoned to death."
• Numbers 3:5-10 Except for the priests, anyone who
approaches god's sanctuary (Tabernacle) must be put to death.
• Numbers 15:32-36 God tells Moses to kill one of his
tribe by stoning¬ for gathering wood on the sabbath.
• Numbers 16:31-34 God opens up the earth to swallow
up Korah, his family and his tribe of about 350 for daring to question
Moses' leadership — "and the ground underneath them split apart and the
earth opened its mouth and swallowed them...they went down alive into
the grave, with everything they owned."
• The book of Numbers body count. Approximately
• Numbers 15:35 God incinerates Israelites for
complaining during their wanderings in the desert. Approximately 250.
• Plagues upon the Israelites for complaining about
the food during their wanderings.
• Numbers 21:1-3 God slaughters the Aradites.
Approximately 5,000 to 6,000.
• Numbers 21 God sends snakes to bite the Israelites
for complaining about the lack of food and water during their
wanderings. Approximately 50 to 100.
• Deuteronomy 3:1-7 God helps Moses kill the
Bashanites. Approximately 5,000 to 6,000.
I have used only four books of the Old Testament to demonstrate the
potential of this killer god. The total body count in the Old Testament
is approx 32,000,000 to 33,000,000 killed by this so called ever loving
god. The evidence is there for all to read in the bible. Who in their
right minds would want to worship a killer like this?
Brian de Kretser
Institute for Research into Religions Darwin, Australia.
GOD IS GOOD
(Investigator 142, 2012 January)
"The LORD is gracious and
merciful, slow to anger and abundant in
steadfast love… (Psalm 145)
De Kretser in "A Killer God" (#141) lists Old Testament incidents of
God killing or ordering killing.
However, what about the "killer" governments of England, America and
other Western countries? These democratic governments are the best
governments that ever existed — but do I need to list the hundreds of
wars they fought, the millions of criminals they executed or jailed,
and the disasters they didn't prevent?
The point is that many people want to live by lawbreaking, piracy,
kidnapping, theft, invasion, plunder, enslavement, extortion, rape and
murder. But such conduct is incompatible with civilization including
peace, technology, freedom, equality in justice, and prosperity.
civilization to flourish therefore requires significant violent
suppression of conduct detrimental to it — in Old Testament times and
The Old Testament is crammed with reports of God's care for humans such
as saving the Middle East from famine and rescuing a nation out of
slavery, and his demanding justice for women, children and the poor.
An important Old Testament theme is God's program to "bring blessing to
all the nations of the earth". (Genesis 22:18). By "blessing" we think
of such benefits as peace, prosperity, happy children, freedom from
oppression, long life, fair justice, etc. (See: The Canaanite
Connection #138; Don't Call Mercy "Wickedness" #134)
Former evils now reduced or eliminated include: Religious prostitution;
Human sacrifice; Idolatry; Infanticide; Mutilation of children to
create effective beggars; Roman amphitheatres; mutilation and buggery
of prisoners of war; Using boys for homosexual relationships; Trial by
combat; Slavery; Widow burning.
Benefits that have come by applying Bible principles include: Science
and technology; Pensions; and thousands of Christian ministries that
run orphanages, hospitals and schools, or fight poverty, drunkenness,
immorality, gambling, abortion and other life-destroying evils.
And the best is yet to be because: "The LORD is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings." (Psalm 145)