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Do religions really guide us to live our lives more morally? Do they really guide us to act more justly and fairly towards one another?

Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:31

Violent Verses

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The Bible is being offered as a guide to kindness and love. Here are some of its verses:

"Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants."

- Isaiah 14:21

"You are my battle-ax and sword," says the LORD. "With you I will shatter nations and destroy many kingdoms. With you I will shatter armies, destroying the horse and rider, the chariot and charioteer. With you I will shatter men and women, old people and children, young men and maidens. With you I will shatter shepherds and flocks, farmers and oxen, captains and rulers."

- Jeremiah 51:20

"Cursed be he who does the Lords work remissly, cursed he who holds back his sword from blood."

- Jeremiah 48:10

"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Strap on your swords! Go back and forth from one end of the camp to the other, killing even your brothers, friends, and neighbors."

- Exodus 32:26

Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:26

Did God care much for slaves?

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"Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ." (Ephesians 6:5)

"Slaves, obey your human masters in everything; don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord." (Colassians 3:22)

"Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back ." (Titus 2:9)

"Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel. " (1 Peter 2:18)

Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:25

'Illegitimate' children are not allowed in church

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"One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the congregation of the Lord." (Deuteronomy 23:2)
Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:24

Cut our hands if it causes us to sin

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"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched." (Mark 9:43)

Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:22

Stoning of non-virgins

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"If any man takes a wife, and goes in on her, and detests her, and charges her with shameful conduct, and brings a bad name on her, and says, 'I took this woman, and when I came to her I found she was not a virgin..." (Deuteronomy 22:13,14)

"But if ... evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones..." (Deuteronomy 22:20,21)

Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:21

Women should have long hair

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"Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her as a covering."

1 Corinthians 11:13-15

Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:19

Women should be silent in churches

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"Women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says."

1 Corinthians 14:34