Saturday, November 22, 2014

Your God slaughtered millions of Children in the Old Testament. So I have a Question for you:


If God chose to teleport YOU back in time to the day that Saul and the Hebrews slaughtered every man, woman, and child of their  "pagan" neighbors the Amalekites, by God's direct command (although disobeying God and sparing the king and some of the animals), what would you say if an Israelite soldier asked you for advice in the following situation:

This Israelite soldier has just hacked to death an Amalekite man and slashed the throat of the man's eleven year old son. The Amalekite man's wife and his two year old daughter are huddled in the corner of their home, wailing in terror, looking at the soldier and pleading for mercy. The Hebrew soldier turns to you, and asks,

"Dear ______, God has ordered us to kill every Amalekite man, woman, and child. I really don't want to kill this mother and her small child. Should I obey God's command and chop this terrified, defenseless mother and her little girl to pieces with my sword or spare them?

What would you advise this soldier to do? You only have seconds to advise him.   He needs a "yes" or "no"...now.


Gary:  If you advise this soldier to go ahead and hack to pieces this mother and her little girl, what does that say about you?  And if you advise the solider to show compassion and to spare the mother and her child, what does that say about your God who ordered the soldier to slay them?

 
The Massacre of the Innocents - Nicolas Poussin 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Did Moses really write the Pentateuch?

The five books of Moses are a.k.a. The Pentateuch,
the Books of the Law, the Law, and the Torah


Conflicting quotations:

  • "...despite all the arguments made against Mosaic authorship/editorship, the traditional view [that Moses wrote the Pentateuch] is still as critically tenable as any of the others." J.D. Douglas et al. 1
  • "..there is hardly a biblical scholar in the world actively working on the [authorship] problem who would claim that the Five Books of Moses were written by Moses." R.E. Friedman. 2
  • "...it has long been recognized that...[Moses] cannot have been the author, and that the Pentateuch is in fact anonymous." D.J.A. Clines. 3

Biblical Terms:


Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are sometimes referred to as:
  • the "Five Books of Moses," because the writings themselves identify the author as Moses, or
  • the "Pentateuch," a Greek term meaning "pente (5) teuchos (volumes)," or
  • the "Books of the Law", or
  • the "Torah" (a Hebrew word meaning "instruction")
These books were originally written as a single unbroken scroll. Sometime before the 2nd Century BCE, it was divided into the 5 books that we see today.

What does the Bible itself say about authorship of the Pentateuch?


There are about two dozen verses in the Hebrew Scriptures and one dozen in the Christian Scriptures which state or strongly imply that Moses was the author. Consider the following passages from the New Living Translation (NLT):
  • Passages in the Pentateuch itself:
    • Exodus 17:14 "Then the Lord instructed Moses, 'Write this down as a permanent record...'"
    • Exodus 24:4 "Then Moses carefully wrote down all the Lord's instructions."
    • Exodus 34:27 "And the Lord said to Moses, 'Write down all these instructions, for they represents the terms of my covenant with you and with Israel.'"
    • Leviticus 1:1 "The Lord called to Moses from the Tabernacle and said to him, 'Give the following instructions to the Israelites...'"
    • Leviticus 6:8 "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions...'"
    • Deuteronomy 31:9 "So Moses wrote down this law and gave it to the priests."
    • Deuteronomy 31:24-26 "When Moses had finished writing down this entire body of law in a book..."
  • Passages elsewhere in the Hebrew Scriptures:
    • Joshua 1:7-8 "...Obey all the laws Moses gave you."
    • Joshua 8:31-34 "He followed the instructions that Moses the Lord's servant had written in the Book of the Law..."
    • Joshua 22:5 "...obey all the commands and the laws that Moses gave to you."
    • 2 Chronicles 34:14 "...Hilkiah the high priest...found the book of the Law of the Lord as it had been given through Moses."
  • Passages in the Gospels which show that Jesus and John the Baptizer believed Moses to be the author:
    • Matthew 19:7-8 "...why did Moses say a man could merely write an official letter of divorce and send her away?", they asked. Jesus replied, 'Moses permitted divorce...'"
    • Matthew 22:24 "Moses said, 'If a man dies without children...'"
    • Mark 7:10 "For instance, Moses gave you this law from God..."
    • Mark 12:24 "...haven't you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush..."
    • Luke 24:44 "...I told you that everything written about me by Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must all come true."
    • John 1:17 "For the law was given through Moses..."
    • John 5:46 "But if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me because he wrote about me. And since you don't believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"
    • John 7:23 "...do it, so as not to break the law of Moses..."
  • Passages elsewhere in the Christian Scriptures:
    • Acts 26:22 "...I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen..."
    • Romans 10:5 "For Moses wrote..."
But nowhere in the Bible is it specifically stated that Moses wrote the entire Pentateuch. Even if one believes in the inerrancy of the Bible, a case can be made that he authored only parts of the Torah, and that other writers added sections of their own and/or edited the resultant text.

Beliefs of conservative theologians:


Ancient Jewish and Christian writers, such as Ecclesiasticus, Josephus, Philo, and Origen were essentially in full agreement that the Pentateuch was written solely by Moses. The Mishnah and the Talmud also confirm this. Tradition during the first millennium of Christian history agrees with this belief. 4
Many present-day Fundamentalists and other Evangelical Christians continue to believe that Moses wrote the entire Pentateuch:
  • P.N. Benware states that "Moses was the human author of Genesis and the other books of the Pentateuch ...These five 'books of the law' were written by Moses alone, with the exception of Deuteronomy 34, which records the death of Moses... The Pentateuch, therefore, is an inspired, inerrant, authoritative document written by the man Moses." 5
  • The authors of the New Commentary on the Whole Bible state that "The education Moses would have received as the adopted grandson of Pharoh specially qualified him for the task of compiling and writing the Pentateuch." 1
  • Larry Richards states: "Moses wrote or supervised the writing of the bulk of the Pentateuch and ...these books are rightly viewed as both a divine revelation and an accurate, eyewitness account of events described as happening in Moses' lifetime." 6
  • J.W. Hayford writes: "Jewish tradition lists Moses as the author of Genesis and of the next four books....we notice a number of loanwords from Egyptian that are found in Genesis, a fact which suggests that the original author had his roots in Egypt, as did Moses." 7
Since conservative Christians believe in the inerrancy (freedom from error) of the Bible, the matter of authorship is settled and is not open to debate. Moses wrote at least the vast majority of the Pentateuch. Some suggest that he authored all five books, and that the account of his death and burial was a prophecy by Moses. However, some Fundamentalist and other Evangelical Christians have deviated from traditional Christian teachings. They believe that selected passages were written by persons other than Moses. Some of these writings are referred to as "post-Mosaica" (material that was added after Moses' death). Others are called "a-Mosaica" (material that could have been written at the time of Moses but which could not reasonably be attributed to him).

Fundamentalists and other Evangelical Christians generally believe that Moses wrote all or most of the five books after the Israelite's exodus from Egypt, but before they entered Canaan. This would date the writing to the 40 year period when the Israelites were wandering through the desert, circa 1450 BCE.


Beliefs of mainline and liberal theologians:


They generally accept the "Documentary Hypothesis" which asserts that the Pentateuch was written by a group of four authors, from various locations in Palestine, over a period of centuries. 8 Each wrote with the goal of promoting his/her own religious views:
  • J: a writer who used JHWH as the "unpronounceable name of God." It is often translated as Jehovah.
  • E: a writer who used Elohim as the divine name.
  • D: the author of the book of Deuteronomy.
  • P: a writer who added material of major interest to the priesthood.
Finally, a fifth individual was involved :
  • R: a redactor who shaped the contributions of J, E, P and D together into the present Pentateuch.
However, individual clergy in mainline denominations are frequently more traditionally minded than are their theologians. Also, individual members are often much more conservative in their beliefs about the Bible than are their clergy.

Some clues that Moses didn't write the Pentateuch, according to liberal theologians:


As mentioned elsewhere in this website, many Christian and Jewish conservatives believe that Moses is the sole author of the Pentateuch and that he was inspired directly by God to write text that is free of error. Other theologians have claimed that there is some internal evidences in the Bible that these conclusions are invalid:
  • Theologians were prompted to develop the Documentary Hypothesis as a result of observing the presence of doublets in the Pentateuch. These are pairs of stories which occur in two separate locations in the text. The doublets generally do not agree fully; there are usually minor differences between the stories. R.E.  Friedman, in his 1997 book "Who Wrote the Bible?" lists a number of them:
    • Two creation stories in Genesis.
    • Two descriptions of the Abrahamic covenant.
    • Two stories of the naming of Isaac.
    • Two instances where Abraham deceived a king by introducing his wife Sarah as his sister.
    • Two stories of Jacob traveling to Mesopotamia
    • Two stories of a revelation at Beth-el to Jacob.
    • Two accounts of God changing Jacob's name to Israel
    • Two instances where Moses extracted water from two different rocks at two different locations called Meribah.
    It is difficult to account for so many doublets -- most containing slight discrepancies -- if all five books were written over a short interval of time by Moses or by any other single individual. Liberal theologians reasoned that a much more logical explanation is that the books were written by multiple authors who lived long after the events described. That would have allowed the oral tradition to be passed from generation to generation in different areas of the land so that they had a chance to deviate from each other before being written down. In a few cases, triplets have been found in the Pentateuch where the same accounts appears three times. 10
  • Genesis 7:15: In the story of the Flood, these verses have Noah collecting two of each species of animals -- one male and one female . Genesis 7:2-3 specifies 7 pairs of clean animals and birds and 1 pair of unclean animals.
  • Genesis 7:11 describes water coming from the heavens and from below the ground to generate the worldwide flood. However, Genesis 7:4 describes all of the water falling as rain.
  • Genesis 7:11, 7:17, 7:24 and 8:3 specify different intervals for the flood duration which have no apparent resolution. 11
  • Genesis 11:31 This describes Abraham as living in the city Ur, and associates that location with the Chaldeans. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Chaldeans did not exist as a tribe at the time of Abraham; they rose to power much later, during the 1st millennium BCE.
  • Genesis 14:14: This verse refers to Abram pursuing some surviving kings of Sodom and Gomorrah to the city of Dan. However, that place name did not exist until a long time after Moses' death. Other locations are also identified in the Pentateuch by names that were invented long after the death of Moses.
  • Genesis 22:14: The verse states: "And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day..." There are many verses in the Torah that state that something has lasted "to this day". That appears to have been written by a writer who composed the passages long after the events described, and long after Moses' death.
  • Genesis 36 contained a list of Edomite kings which included some monarchs who were in power after Moses' death. R.E. Friedman wrote: "In the eleventh century, Isaac ibn Yashush, a Jewish court physician of a ruler in Muslim Spain, pointed out that a list of Edomite kings that appears in Genesis 36 named kings who lived long after Moses was dead. Ibn Yashush suggested that the list was written by someone who lived after Moses. The response to his conclusion was that he was called "Isaac the blunderer." History has proven him to be correct, at least as viewed by most mainline and liberal theologians. 9
  • Exodus 33:7 describes Moses entering the Tabernacle. Yet, the Tabernacle had not yet been built; its subsequent construction is described in Exodus 35.
  • Numbers 12:3: This verse states "Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth." (NKJ) If Moses were that humble, it is unlikely that he would have described himself in these glowing terms.
  • Numbers 25:1 which describes the rebellion at Peor referred to Moabite women; Numbers 25:6 14 refers to Midianites.
  • Deuteronomy 34:5-9: These verses describe the death, burial, age at death, physical condition at death, and mourning period for Moses. It is difficult for an individual to describe events at and after his or her death. Some have suggested that this portion of the Pentateuch (and only this portion) was written later by Joshua. However, R.E. Friedman wrote:
"...in the sixteenth century, Carlstadt, a contemporary of Luther, commented that the account of Moses' death is written in the same style as texts that precede it. This makes it difficult to claim that Joshua or anyone else merely added a few lines to an otherwise Mosaic manuscript." 9
  • Deuteronomy 34:10 This states "There has never been another prophet like Moses..." (NLT) This sounds like a passage written long after Moses' death. Enough time would have had to pass for many other prophets to have arisen, to passed from the scene, and to have been evaluated.

Related essays on this web site:


References used:

  1. J.D. Douglas et al, "Old Testament Volume: New Commentary on the Whole Bible," Tyndale, Wheaton, IL, (1990), Page 2
  2. R.E. Friedman, "Who Wrote the Bible?" Harper Collins, San Francisco, CA, (1997), Page 28.
  3. D.J.A. Clines, "Pentateuch," [an essay in B.M. Metzger et al, "The Oxford Companion to the Bible," Oxford University Press, New York, NY (1993), Page 579 to 582].
  4. R.K. Harrison, "Introduction to the Old Testament," Page 497 [cited in R.B. Dillard & T. Longman III, "An Introduction to the Old Testament," Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, (1994) Page 39]
  5. P.N. Benware, "Survey of the Old Testament", Moody Press, Chicago IL, (1993)
  6. Larry Richards, "Bible Difficulties Solved," Revell, Grand Rapids, MI, (1993), Pages 13 to 15.
  7. J.W. Hayford, "Hayford's Bible Handbook," Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, (1995).
  8. C.M. Laymon, Editor, The Interpreter's One-Volume Commentary on the Bible, Abingdon Press, Nashville TN (1971), P. 122.
  9. Op Cit, Friedman, Page 19.
  10. Op Cit, Friedman, Page 22.
  11. Ethical Atheist, "How Long was Noah's Flood? (Examination of Biblical Accounts of the Great Deluge)," at: http://www.ethicalatheist.com/

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fifteen Reasons Why I am no Longer a Christian

1.  There is zero evidence for the claim that tens of thousands, if not millions, of Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt for hundreds of years, wandered the Sinai for 40 years, or launched a massive, bloody conquest of Canaan.  There is also zero evidence for the great kingdoms of David and Solomon as described in the Bible.  No trace of Solomon's temple has ever been found.  The top archaeologists in Israel have confirmed:  these stories are fictional; they never happened; they are Iron Age fabrications.

2.  The god of the Old Testament was vindictive, quick tempered, and ever eager to shed blood.  If he exists, his hands are covered with the blood of millions of men, women, children, and babies.  The barbaric actions of this ancient middle-eastern god are not compatible with the loving, forgiving, compassionate character of Jesus of Nazareth.  They cannot be the same god.

3.  The "Jesus prophecies" in the Old Testament can easily be demonstrated to not be about Jesus but about Jacob, otherwise known as Israel---the Hebrew people.

4.  Writing analysis of the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch, decisively shows that Moses could not have written these books.  Jesus thought Moses did.  Jesus was wrong.

5.  There are numerous, irreconcilable discrepancies in details of particular events described in the Pentateuch that are also described in I and II Kings or in I and II Chronicles.

6.  The Creation story described in Genesis chapter 1 is very different from the description of Creation in the following chapters.

7.  Geologic evidence proves without any doubt that there was never a world wide flood.  Evidence shows that the Hebrew story of Noah is a plagiarism of the Babylonia story of Gilgamesh.

8.  Scientific evidence proves that the universe is billions of years older than what the Bible tells us.

9.  The book of Daniel can conclusively be proven to be a fraud.  It was written during the reign of the Greeks, not during the reign of the Babylonians or Persians.  Jesus quoted a book we now know is a fraud.  Therefore Jesus was mistaken.

10.  There is no mention of Hell in the first half to 2/3 of the Old Testament.  In fact, the concept of Hell, does not appear until the very end of the Old Testament (Daniel), which as stated above, was written during the Greek occupation of Palestine.  The Greeks did have a concept of Hell which they called Hades, which they had borrowed from the ancient Egyptians, who called their Hell...the Lake of Fire!  Strange coincidence, isn't it?  Jesus believed in Hell because his Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint, modified the Hebrew to create this concept of divine eternal punishment.  Jesus mistakenly believed that Hell/Hades was a Hebrew teaching from Yahweh.

11.  Jesus quoted from, and based his teachings on...a Greek translation of the Old Testament.  If he were really God, wouldn't he know that the translators of this Greek translation deliberately modified the Hebrew to create this unheard of concept called Hell/Hades?  Why would the All-Mighty, All-Knowing Creator and Ruler of the Universe preach from a very poor translation of his original Word in Hebrew??

12.  Why didn't Jesus write down his teachings himself?  Why leave the job to four anonymous writers writing decades after his death in a foreign language?  Why would the All-Mighty God of the Universe allow four Greek-speaking foreigners to completely bungle his resurrection story?

13.  Why would Jesus select Paul, a Pharisee, to be his missionary to the Gentiles when he already had the Eleven to do the job?  Why would Jesus give special, new revelations to a man who was not one of the original Eleven?  How do we know that Paul was selected by Jesus and not that Paul selected himself to be the "greatest of the Apostles"?  Why does Paul rarely mention any of the teachings of Jesus?  Why does Paul talk so much about himself?  Why do none of the other apostles refer in their epistles to Paul as an apostle?  Why did all the churches in Asia (that would include Ephesus, Galatia, Tarsus, Colossae, Laodecia, etc.) eventually reject Paul's teachings? Paul doesn't say that these churches rejected Jesus, just him.  The Apostle John mentions Jesus in the Book of Revelation praising these Asian churches for their faithful service to him, and for their rejection of false "apostles".  Put those two statements together and what do we get:  Paul, who claimed to be the greatest and hardest working apostle,  was rejected by the Asian churches.  Jesus praised these same Asian churches for rejecting "false apostles".  Not false prophets.  Not false teachers.  Not false brothers.  FALSE APOSTLES!  Jesus rejected and condemned Paul.  He was not an apostle.

14.  There is no record in the Old Testament or in the sayings of Jesus recorded in the Gospels that list the current books of the New Testament as the inerrant Word of God.  No where, even in the New Testament, do we have a list of which books God himself ordained to be his inspired Word.  The New Testament is simply and only a creation of the Catholic Church, the victors of the early Christian civil wars.

15.  Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.  If I told you that I was abducted by green Martians in a Home Depot parking lot last year, to spend three days and nights on their home planet, I doubt that you would simply accept my word for it...by faith.  No, you would demand extraordinary evidence for this extraordinary claim.  So why do Christians demand that non-believers believe their fantastic, supernatural, 2,000 year old claim, simply by taking their word for it and the word of their ancient, middle-eastern holy book, by faith?

No. 

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and their isn't ANY evidence for the extraordinary, first century, Christian claim that a dead man walked out of his tomb with the body of Superman, walked through locked doors, and levitated into the clouds, to reign in the farthest reaches of Outer Space, as the Almighty Ruler of the Universe.  None.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paul (Saul) of Tarsus was a Fraud

Copied, redacted, and edited from:  JustGiveMeTheTruth.com

The Problem with Paul
 
by C.M.
 

Paul was a Pharisee.  One day he had a ‘revelation’.  He changed his name from Saul to Paul, and straightway preached his revelations about the ‘Christ’ in the synagogues.  Paul continued to have new ‘revelations’ that spoke ‘of’ and ‘for’ a Christ, but he was glaringly silent about the actual life of Jesus and his teachings.  In Paul’s epistles we find him using the words ‘Christ, Son of God, grace, redemption, resurrection, etc.’, but we learn little or nothing about Jesus and his actual teachings.  They’re virtually absent from Paul’s epistles.  What we learn about are Paul’s revelations.  Roughly 50% of the New Testament (13 epistles) is from Saul, a man who neither knew Jesus in the flesh, nor was instructed by the apostles.  Rather, he taught by unsubstantiated revelation, Ezekiel 13:2-9.
      
Paul considered himself the ‘apostle’ to the Gentiles, primarily because his doctrine (called ‘that way’, Acts 19:9, 23) was rejected by Jewish Christians and the Asian churches alike; and he was forced to seek converts who knew nothing of Yahudim (Jewish) customs and the Law.  Paul’s doctrine was adverse to the teachings of Jesus; and he was often in conflict with James, Peter, and John; the real apostles.  And by the way, Paul was not an apostle. 
 
Paul spent an inordinate amount of time defending himself and his teachings from accusations of guile, lies, and covetousness.  None of the real apostles were so accused.  Paul’s core philosophy of justification by faith and abolition of Torah Law stands in opposition to Jesus' statements in the gospels.  Paul thought nothing of lying or practicing pagan customs if it meant gaining a new convert to his own brand of salvation, Romans 3:7, I Corinthians 10:14-21, 9:19-22. 
 
Paul’s words speak for themselves.  His use of personal pronouns in his epistles (I, me, my, mine) is three times that of any other writer.  Paul urged his followers to follow him.  He preached by revelation.  Paul preached his doctrine in the ‘name’ of Christ, but his teachings were not in alignment with Jesus' teachings, John 5:43.

Paul claimed to be an apostle by divine intercession, Galatians 1:1, 12.  He claims to be ordained an apostle, I Timothy 2:7, 2 Timothy 1:11.  Ask yourself: By whom?  All the real apostles are documented in scripture.  There is no support for Paul’s claim other than his own word in the epistles that he wrote.  Of the 22 times he is called an apostle, only two come from someone other than himself.  That ‘someone’ was Luke, Paul’s friend, traveling companion, and biographer, Acts 14:4, 14.  The real apostles did not recognize Paul’s apostleship and referred to him as ‘brother’.  The real apostles met these qualifications: They were twelve in number, and all were witness to Jesus' life, teachings, and resurrection; from the beginning to the end, Acts 1:21-22.  Paul meets none of these qualifications.  ZERO.  Jesus verified the number twelve, Matthew 19:28, and verified it again, Revelation 21:14.  There are no scriptural references for thirteen apostles.  Matthias replaced Judas, Acts 1:26.  If the Pharisee Saul/Paul is truly an apostle as many wish to believe, that means one of the twelve is not an apostle.  Who got demoted?

Paul claims in his epistles that he’s an apostle by the will of God.  However, he never knew Jesus in the flesh, and by his own admission, Galatians 1:11-20, he spent little time with the real apostles.  ‘Pauline doctrine’ is the result of unsupported revelation.  Paul teaches Pauline doctrine, John 5:31, 43.
 
Qualification to be one of the twelve apostles is set forth in Acts 1:21-22.  Paul clearly does not qualify.  The idea of adding a 13th apostle is unacceptable because of Revelation 21:14.  In order to overcome this obstacle, it’s been proposed that Matthias was not a divine apostolic selection, based on the casting of lots.  However, Acts 1:24-25 shows that the apostles prayed for Jesus' assistance in the matter.  Also, nowhere do the Scriptures state that Matthias was removed from this number to make room for Paul, which would have been a noteworthy event, as in the case of Judas.  That fact is, Paul does not qualify to be an apostle, was not chosen as an apostle, and is not an apostle.

         Nowhere does Jesus mention, or even hint, that He would give ‘new’ revelations to someone after His resurrection.  One has to question why Jesus would spend 3 ½ years in the flesh teaching the twelve chosen apostles that ‘till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle will pass from the law’, Matthew 5:18; and then, after His resurrection, give new revelations to a Pharisee (Saul/Paul) that make the Law void by His resurrection.  Furthermore, ask yourself why would Jesus bypass the apostles with this ‘new’ revelation; choosing instead to reveal it to a Pharisee, the sect He called ‘vipers’, Matthew 12:34, and sons of the devil, John 8:44?

We have three different accounts of Paul’s unsupported claim of conversion.  Two of them are similar, Acts 9:1-18, 22:1-15 (except the part about him being sent to the Gentiles, 22:21), but not the third account, Acts 26:10-19.  In the first two stories, Paul specifically asked the Lord what he should do and the Lord told him to go to Damascus where he would be told all things.  In the third story, however, Paul received full revelation on the spot.  Which one is it Paul?  Paul is caught in a lie (there will be more).
 
In Acts 22:17-21, Paul ‘claims’ Jesus told him to “get out of Jerusalem, for they (the Jews) will not receive your testimony concerning Me (Yahweh)”.  That indeed is an odd statement, as the Yahudim (Jews) were in fact receiving testimony from the real apostles. In addition, Acts 9:22-25 states that Paul’s persecutors in Damascus were Jews.  Paul contradicts this by naming the governor, under Aretus the king, as (the persecutor) desirous to apprehend him, II Corinthians 11:32-33. In Galatians 1:16-17 Paul tells us that after his revelation he conferred not with flesh and blood, nor went up to Jerusalem to the apostles, but instead went to Arabia (for an unspecified amount of time) and then back to Damascus (coincidentally, these happen to be Essene [sect] locations).  Three years later he spent fifteen days with Peter in Jerusalem, and then moved on to Syria and Cilicia (Tarsus and Antioch) for fourteen years.
 
However, Acts 9:20 contradicts this.  It says that after his revelation, Paul was certain days with the disciples in Damascus, and preached straightway in Damascus.  Then Barnabas took him to the apostles in Jerusalem (Paul assayed to join himself to the disciples; as yet making no claim of apostleship).  Then Paul was sent forth to Tarsus (‘Then had the churches rest…’Acts 9:31, after Paul was sent away.)  There exists a three-year discrepancy between Paul’s conversion and his trip to Jerusalem, and he admits to having little or no tutoring by the apostles (Galatians is the earlier of the two accounts).  Interestingly enough, there’s a document in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Q40266, called ‘The Damascus Document’, written around the time of Saul/Paul’s trip to Arabia (wherein existed the Essene site of Qumran).  It’s an excommunication document condemning an unidentified man; referred to as the ‘Lying Adversary, the Lying Spouter, the Tongue, the Scoffer’ who rejected the law in the midst of the whole congregation.
       
Paul’s doctrine is all about revelation.  He uses the word ‘mystery’ (Greek musthrion) seventeen times in his epistles.  Outside of The Book Of Revelation, the word ‘mystery’ is used only one other time in the New Testament, and not at all in the Hebrew of the Old Testament, Mark 4:11.  Through revelation Paul reveals to us the mysteries of God, Jesus, wisdom, and ‘the faith’, Romans 16:25, Ephesians 3:3-4, 9, 6:19, Colossians 1:26, 2:2, I Timothy 3:9Uh…I believe they’re found in the Tanakh (Old Testament).
 
Paul instructs his followers in all manner of things: Law, circumcision, grace, faith, salvation by faith, the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, the armor of God, relationships, humility, worship, church qualifications etc.  His ‘revelations’ must have indeed been inspired, because they certainly are a ‘mystery’.  Jesus is nowhere to be found in most of Paul’s writings other than in phrases such as: Servant of Jesus Christ…through Jesus Christ…in Jesus Christ…by Jesus Christ…Jesus Christ our Lord…by the revelation of Jesus Christ…and so on.   Paul uses these phrases to imply his ‘revelations’ have authority from Yahweh through Jesus, yet his epistles provide no references to Jesus’ actual teachings in the gospels.  Instead, Paul runs afoul of the gospels.  He particularly preaches a reoccurring theme of submitting to earthly authority, i.e. governmental authority, on the basis it shows us approved of God (Jesus did not say to do this, so why does Paul?  Ask yourself: Why does Paul continually stress submission to earthly authority?).
 
Paul more or less makes up his doctrine as he goes, admitting he preaches by ‘revelation’, II Corinthians 12:1, Galatians 1:11-12.  Regardless of the good things he does say, the problem lies in the many ‘not so good’ revelations he promotes in the name of Jesus.  We come to Yahweh by Jesus, not by Paul, John 14:6.     Jesus tells us, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”, Matthew 7:16, 20.  Paul’s fruit is a legacy of dissention.
                 
            Paul is a Pharisee by his own admission, Acts 23:6, 26:5, Philippians 3:5.  He was taught by Gamaliel, Acts 22:3.  (Gamaliel was the grandson of Hillel, a founding father of the Pharisees, who rejected the Torah in favor of the oral Talmud).     Jesus warned of the Pharisees and their leaven (the Talmud), and referred to them as vipers, Matthew 12:24, 34, Mark 8:15, Luke 12:1.  (The Pharisees were scribes, Kenites, the sons of Cain).  It’s also interesting to note that nowhere did Paul repent for his persecution of believers; rather, he boasted of being a Pharisee.)
 
Paul was at odds with the real apostles.  Galatians Chapters 1 & 2 are bold examples of Paul’s (hidden) anti-Torah view that was in conflict with the teachings of Jesus and the apostles.  Paul pooh-poohed the significance of the real apostles, but…(just in case the Galatians cared) he assured them his doctrine had the real apostles’ support. 
 
Paul came to words with Peter once Peter found out what Paul was teaching, Galatians 2:11. 
 
Paul mocked James, Peter (Cephas), and John.  He scolded Barnabas and rebuked Peter, Galatians 2:9, 11-14.  In true contradictory style, he portrayed Peter as a hypocrite to his Galatian audience, and then boasted of himself, displaying a worse behavior to the Corinthians, saying, “I become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some”, I Corinthians 9:19-22.  Note that Paul declares he is the one who gains the more, and that he is the one who is saving some.  Did Jesus become all things to all men?     I think not!
 
Paul was under fire at the council in Jerusalem (he kept silent his anti-Torah viewpoint).  James decreed that the Gentiles must abstain from four points of the law.  This is mentioned twice in the same chapter, Acts 15:20, 29.  Paul then wrote to the Galatian church and told them that they (the apostles) desired “only they would that we should remember the poor”, Galatians 2:10This is not what James said, which is confirmed by Acts 15:20, 29.  Nowhere is there any mention of ‘the poor’ by James.  Paul conveniently left out the four points of law in his letter to the Galatians.  Paul lied.
 
Hold on, it gets worse!  In Galatians 1:20, before Paul’s statement in 2:10, he told the Galatians “Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not”.  Paul is again caught lying, red handed.  Paul had the audacity to preface his lie with an oath of honesty...before God!
 
Read what Jesus had to say about this type of oath (before God), Matthew 5:33-37.  Read what James said too, James 5:12.
  
Paul was in conflict with Barnabas and John Mark (about guess what?), so they left him, Acts 15:37-39. 
 
Paul knew his teachings would again come under fire, Acts 20:22-23, 29, and they did, Acts 21:21-25.  He was required to purify himself and keep the Law, but the Asian Jews did not buy the deception, Acts 21: 27-28.  Paul was arrested and he then appealed to Rome (not Jesus) for rescue.  His (varied) relationship with the apostles ended at this juncture, but the damage was done. John gave warning about doctrine that is not of Jesus, II John 1:10-11.  He mentions ‘those that went out from us (from the apostles) but were not of us; for if they were, they would have continued with us, I John 2:18-19.  Coincidentally, Paul dropped all contact with the real apostles after his chastisement in Jerusalem, Acts 21:18-26. 
 
            Jesus warned that He came in His Father’s name, yet He was not received.  If another shall come in his own name (like Paul), he will be received, John 5:43.
 
Paul ran into trouble with the (Asian) church of Ephesus and they spoke evil of his teachings (that way), Acts 19:8-9, 23.  He complained that ALL they which are in Asia be turned away from ‘me’, II Timothy 1:15.  Paul doesn’t say they turned away from Jesus; he says they turned away from ‘me’.  Whatever their shortcomings, we know from the Book of Revelation that the seven ekklesia in Asia were thriving, and Jesus specifically tells John to write to the angels of the seven Asian churches.  Jesus commended the church of Ephesus for trying false apostles and finding them to be liars, Revelation 2:2 The real apostles were not rejected in Asia.
 
Here’s the big picture: Other than the real twelve apostles, Paul is the only other person on record claiming to be an apostle.  We have a record of Paul stating this to the Asian church of Ephesus, Ephesians 1:1.   The Ephesian church is the only church of the seven that is recorded as trying false apostles “and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars”, Revelation 2:2.  The Ephesian church recognized Paul for what he was and told him to take a hike.  Paul visited the other six Asian churches, as Acts 19:10, II Timothy 1:15 indicate.  In Revelation 2:9, 3:9, we see that Jesus commends the two churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia for recognizing false Jews.  This likely refers to Paul.  But the clincher is Paul’s recorded claim of apostleship, made specifically to the Ephesian church, and Jesus'    specifically praising the Ephesians for trying false apostles.  Add this up and you get you-know-who.  Who else fits the bill?

Then there’s the matter of Yahweh’s Law.  Paul went to great lengths to make void the law.  Jesus and the apostles said otherwise.  Jesus taught obedience to Yahweh’s Law.  Paul taught (in Christ’s name) that the Law passed away.  As you can see, Paul spoke against the teaching of Jesus.  Here are Paul’s teachings of the Law:
 
-Paul said all the Law was fulfilled in one word (a Pharisaic teaching, Romans 13:8-9, Galatians 5:14.  Jesus said otherwise, Matthew 22:27-40, Mark 29-31.
 
-Paul declared ALL things lawful, I Corinthians 6:12-14, Colossians 2:16.     Jesus said otherwise, Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17, John 14:15.
 
-Paul declared nothing unclean, Romans 14:14, I Timothy 4:1-5.     Jesus and James said otherwise, Acts 15:28-29, Revelation 2:14.
     
-Paul claimed Christ abolished the Law, Romans 6:14, 7:4, Ephesians 2:15-16.  Jesus said otherwise, Matthew 5:17-20, 19:17, 28:20, Luke 16:17.
 
-Paul claimed no one was justified by the Law, Romans 3:20, Galatians 3:11-12, 21The scriptures say otherwise, II Samuel 22:21, Ezekiel 14:14, 20, Job 27: 29:14, Luke 1:5-6, James 2:20-22.
 
-Paul claimed no man was justified by works of the Law, Galatians 2:16, 21.  Jesus and James said otherwise, Matthew 16:27, James 2:20-22.
 
-Paul claimed the Law was ‘veiled’ (too hard to understand), II Corinthians 3:12-16Moses said otherwise, Deuteronomy 30: 10-14.  John tells us the law is not burdensome,       I John 1:53
      
-Paul called Yahweh’s Law a ‘curse’, Galatians 3:13.  (Galatians Chapter 3 and Romans Chapter 3 detail Paul’s attack on the Law).  Jesus instructed us to keep the Law, Matthew 19:17.  He came to fulfill the Law, not destroy it, Matthew 5:17-18.  The Law was a blessing, Deuteronomy 7:11-13, 11:26-27, 30:19-20.
 
-Paul referred to the Law as ‘the ministry of death’, II Corinthians 3:7. Moses said otherwise, Deuteronomy 4:40, 5:29, 6:24-25, 30:15-20.
     
             -Paul declared he sinned because of the Law (this passage is really a piece of work), Romans 7:7-13James told us that’s not so, James 1:13-14. 
 
            - Paul speaks against questions he considers foolish, and genealogies, Titus 3:9.  Since genealogies are immensely important to Adam’s seed and Satan’s seed in the old and renewed covenants, one must wonder why Paul tells Titus to avoid them.
 
            Paul told slaves to be obedient to their masters, Ephesians 6:5.  He re-enslaved Onesimus, Philemon 10-16This is in direct conflict to the law, which provides freedom from slavery, Deuteronomy 23:15-16, Jeremiah 34:13-17.  If Paul had been obedient to the Law, Onesimus would have been free.  But, as we see from Paul’s action, he sent Onesimus back into bondage.  Yahweh’s Law brings freedom; Paul’s freedom brings bondage.
 
-Paul pretends to be humble before Philemon, stating that he has written him with his own hand, and that if Philemon has been wronged, he (Paul) will repay (the debt), Philemon 1:19-20.  He then adds a cheap shot stating that Philemon “owes” him.  In other words, Paul clearly states that he will not say the very backhanded comment he does indeed say.  Paul’s words stand on their head. 
 
            - Paul claimed we should submit to governing authorities because they are established by God.  If we do not submit, we will be evil (this passage is what’s evil).  We’re suppose to give the authorities whatever they demand, Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1There is no scriptural basis for this statement (unless it be obedience to Yahweh’s Law).  But, as we have seen, Paul denied the law. 
      
            - Paul claimed he taught from ‘divine revelation’ (not from scripture or instruction from the apostles), Galatians 1:11-12.  In other words, Paul is telling us his revelations supercede scriptural authority.  Think about it.  Are you willing to accept this?  The real questions are:  How good is Paul’s word?  Do his teachings align with scripture and the teachings of Jesus?  You be the judge.
 
-Paul claimed to be blameless (sinless) in the Law, Philippians 3:4-6.    
-Paul devalued the Sabbath, Romans 14:5-6.
 
-Paul drew the church (ekklesia) to himself, not Jesus.  Jesus spoke of this happening, John 21:15-23.  In essence, another [person] would subvert Peter [his word] and he would be led astray [his word would fail] i.e. the church would be led astray.  Jesus expressly told Peter to “follow thou me”.  In contrast, John [his word], however, would not die [will tarry].
 
-Paul claimed to be the ‘apostle’ to the Gentiles, Galatians 2:7Not so.  All the apostles were told to preach the gospel to all the world, Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:27.   Jesus did not have a separate gospel for the Gentiles.  Paul lied to the Galatians.  Paul went to the Gentiles because he was rejected by the Law abiding Jewish converts.  The Gentiles didn’t keep the Law nor did they understand the Law.  This made easy converts for Paul’s doctrine, which preached against the Law.
 
-Paul claimed to have laid the foundation of the church, I Corinthians 3:10.  (The Roman Catholic Church?  Is this why his doctrine is in the canon?)  Jesus said those ‘called out’ would be built on Himself (the petra-rock), not Paul (or Peter), Matthew 16:18.  (Greek is ekklesia which means ‘a calling out’.  Jesus did not promote a physical church hierarchy.  Rather, He detested it.)
 
-Paul claimed the title of ‘Father’, I Corinthians 4:15-16.    Jesus said not to do this, Matthew 23:9.  
            - Paul preached his own gospel, Romans 16:25, I Corinthians 15:1, Galatians 1:6-7, I Timothy 2:8, 3:10.
 
-Paul instructs the Corinthians “be ye followers of ME”, I Corinthians 4:16.  To the Thessalonians: ‘ye became followers of US…and of the Lord’, I Thessalonians 1:6.  To the Galatians: (Syria and Cilicia) they glorified God in ME, Galatians 1:24.
 
-Paul refers to his teachings as ‘MY gospel’ and ‘ye are all partakers of MY grace’, Romans 2:16. 16:25, Philippians 1:7, II Timothy 2:8.
 
-Paul says “{I} suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man…”  I Timothy 2:12. 
-Paul ‘cursed’ those who preached any other gospel than his, Galatians 1:8-9.  Therefore he’s cursing James, Peter, and John, whom he mocks in Galatians Chapter 2. 
-Paul (flat out) tells us he doesn’t speak for (pertaining to) Jesus, in prelude to his boasting, II Corinthians 11:17.
 
-Paul said God revealed his Son in him, Galatians 1:15-16What does he mean by this double entendre?    
-Paul declared he was the last to see Jesus, I Corinthians 15:8. 
-Paul bragged about speaking in tongues, I Corinthians 14:18-19.  Take note: Neither Jesus nor the real apostles spoke in tongues.  (Speaking in tongues is only mentioned in Paul’s epistles, and the book of Acts; written by Paul’s biographer Luke).
 
-Paul dispenses Pharisaic teachings, Mithraism, and Kabbalahistic mysticism,        I Corinthians 15:51, II Corinthians 12:2, Ephesians 3:2, 4, 6:19. (The third heaven is Ma’on, well known to Pharisees who practiced the black magic of the Kabbalah.) 
 
-The real apostles never mentioned the word ‘Christian’.  The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch, under the tutelage of Paul and Barnabas, Acts 11:25-26.  Christianity came from Paul’s teachings, not Jesus' and the real apostles'.
 
 Words found only in Paul’s epistles: Bishop, deacon, evangelist, and communion.
 Lies, lies, and more lies.
 
Paul said that when the law was still in force, faith had not yet come, Galatians 3:23.  However, he contradicts this in Romans 4:3, 22Which way is it? 
 
Paul defended a lie because it ‘glorifies God’ and he wondered why he was judged a sinner, Romans 3:7.  He was caught lying and tried to wriggle out of it with a song and dance.  He doesn’t seem to grasp that a lie is a lie, and never does it glorify Yahweh.  Why does Paul keep insisting he’s not deceitful and does not lie Romans 9:1,  II Corinthians 11:31, Galatians 1:20, Philippians 1:18, I Thessalonians 2:1-12, I Timothy 2:7.   Why are the real apostles not accused of lying as Paul is?  Ask yourself this:  Would Jesus lie ‘for the glory of God’ as Paul did?  I think not! 
 
Paul lied before the Sanhedrin, Acts 23:6-7.  He said he was ‘called into question for the hope and resurrection of the dead’.  This was strictly a divide and conquer ploy with no basis in reality.  The truth of the matter is he was called into question on account of his anti-Torah teachings, found in Acts 21:27-28.
 
Paul lied again before Agrippa, about his conversion, Acts 26:12-19. 
Paul claimed Christ preached peace, Ephesians 2:17.     Jesus said otherwise, Matthew 10:34-37, Luke 12:51.
      
Paul set himself equal to or above the apostles: 
Paul boasted he was equal to the chiefest apostles, II Corinthians 11:5, 12:11Not only is he boasting, he’s not even an apostle.  Furthermore, Paul seems to be unaware of Jesus' word that the last will be first, and the first last, Mark 9:34-35.
 
Paul boasted of himself through God, II Corinthians 7:14, 10:8, 13; 11:16-17; 12:9.  (He tells us he ‘could’ boast, but ‘won’t’ because he is the least.  He used a disclaimer to tell us he wouldn’t do what he does.)  James instructed against this, James 4:16.
 
Paul’s boasting and declaration that he does not lie is one twisted piece of work,   II Corinthians Chapters 11 and 12.   It’s impossible to read his words, verse by verse, and not get the creeps.
 
In II Corinthians Chapter 11, verse 2 Paul states he is the one who may present the Corinthians as chaste virgins to Christ.  In verse 8 Paul declares he ‘robbed’ other churches to do service to the Corinthians (Greek is συλαω which does indeed mean “to rob” or “despoil”).  In verse 10 Paul states that no man shall stop him from boasting in Achaia (Greece).  Note that he cleverly omits Asia and Judea, the locations where the real apostles preached (because they would stop him).  In verse 18 Paul glories after the flesh.  He then tells us how great he is (in Christ), more so than other ministers, (verse 23).  So humble is Paul, that if he needs to glorify himself (which he does), he will confine it to his infirmities (verse 30).  Oddly enough, he then feels a need to assure his audience he does not lie (verse 31).  Pay attention to Paul’s own words.
 
II Corinthians 12:5-7, Paul continues in the next chapter by stating that although he would desire glory, he will not glorify himself, but in his infirmities.  He then spews forth self-deprecatory verbiage to soften his boast.  According to humble brother Paul, he was given a thorn in his flesh, lest he should be exalted above measure through the abundance of his revelations.  Now think about that statement for a minute.  A man can’t get any more exalted than ‘above measure’.  It’s beyond measurable.  It doesn’t get any higher than that.  If it weren’t for the thorn he was given, our man Paul’s ‘revelations’ would be cause for the ultimate right to brag.
 
What a great guy!  Isn’t it comforting to know how superior this man was, according to his own words?  I suggest you compare Paul’s posture with Jesus' instruction in the gospels.
 
Paul quoted Christ as saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive”, Acts 20:35.   It appears nowhere else in scripture, and given Paul’s admission that he spent little or no time with the apostles, Galatians Chapter 1, one might question where he came up with such a quote (which sounds more like advice from Dear Abby than a quote from Jesus).
       
In context of Acts Chapter 20, we find Paul preparing to go to Jerusalem, to appear before James and the real apostles, to stand accountable for his anti-Torah views, in Acts 21:18-36.  He’s uses the aforementioned ‘quote’ to defend himself and his teachings to the church of Ephesus (who later rejected him), telling them to take heed for the ‘wolves’ that will lead them away from his doctrine when he leaves (such as the real apostles).  In other words, he knows the real apostles are going to be irate with him and he’s trying to minimize damage before the Ephesians find out they were duped (which they later found out), II Timothy 1:15, Revelation 2:2.
 
It is one of only two times Paul quotes Jesus when the quote is not connected to a personal revelation (the other is I Corinthians 11:24-25, which is not in complete alignment with the gospels).
       
Genesis 49:27 (The sons of Jacob receive their blessings)- Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.  The tribal standard of Benjamin is the wolf. 
Paul claimed to be an Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin, Romans 11:1, Philippians 3:5. 
 
Philippians 3:5 presents an intriguing problem.  Paul claims to be out of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew out of the Hebrews, and a Pharisee according to the law.  He’s telling us he’s the ‘real thing’.  This poses a few problems.
 
The Greek word translated “ touching (according to)” is kata, which primarily means ‘against, opposition to’, especially when used with the accusative case (as it is here).  The word “law” (used here in the accusative case) is nomon.  Normally, the phrase kata nomon farisaious would be translated “a Pharisee against the law”, but in this case it was curiously rendered as “a Pharisee touching (according to) the law”.  After all, it wouldn’t make sense for a Pharisee to be against the law…or would it?
 
Pharisaic law rejects the Torah in favor of the Talmud (rabbinic oral law).  Yes, they certainly would be against Torah Law.  If you accept the translation “a Pharisee according to the law”, by definition the law of a Pharisee is Talmudic, and anti-Torah.  Both translations suggest there is a problem between Paul and Torah Law. Furthermore, we know that the Pharisees were Kenites, the sons of Cain, the scribes who infiltrated Judah, I Chronicles 2:55.  Was Paul really who he said he was?
 
Yahweh changed Abram’s name to ‘Abraham’ and Jacob’s name to ‘Israel’.  Jesus changed Simon’s name to ‘Peter’.  These were all divine name changes meant for a purpose.  Paul changed his own name ‘Saul’ (which means ‘borrowed’) to ‘Paul’ (which means ‘little’ or ‘small’), also for a purpose.  Neither Yahweh nor Jesus changed Paul’s name.  Just like the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Matthew 16:6-12, small Paul leavens the church with his teachings. 
 
Paul negates the deity of Jesus, I Timothy 2:5.  Paul tells us there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (Greek is άνθρωποσ, ‘anthropos’).   However, the word άνθρωποσ as used in the New Testament means ‘man’ as carnal man, i.e. man with a sinful nature (in secular use it means a human being, from which we get the word ‘anthropology’).  With the exception of this one verse by Paul, άνθρωποσ is never (not even once) used in connection with Jesus deity (except in His title as ‘Son of man’).  Only unbelievers in the gospels, who do not recognize Jesus' divinity, use this word in reference to Jesus'.
 
It’s quite an insult for Paul to refer to Jesus as a carnal man (άνθρωποσ) who mediates between God and us, for it debases Yahushua’s stature and removes His divinity and authority.  It’s such an overt act of blasphemy that it’s highly unlikely that a Pharisee like Paul would choose this word by mistake.  Given the fact that άνθρωποσ is used 560 times in the New Testament, and 136 times by Paul in his epistles alone, it’s hard to believe that he did not understand what he had written.
 
If we look at the context of I Timothy Chapter 2, it’s typical Pauline instruction.  It begins by telling us to support those in authority and ends by upbraiding women.  In the middle he throws in some vague superlatives about God and Christ, which always sound nice but really say nothing.  The only ‘meat’ we find is in verse 5, wherewith Paul calls Christ Jesus, the mediator, an άνθρωποσ (a carnal man bereft of deity).  It’s a magnum doctrinal gem he slips in amongst the fluff so as to go unnoticed.  He then follows up verse 5 with verse 7, to give himself an air of credibility, whereby he touts his ordination as a preacher (by whom?), his apostleship (according to him), and his truthful speech in ‘Christ’.  Then, as if there is some reason to question Paul’s veracity (as there certainly is), for good measure he assures us he does not lie.  Now why would he think, that we’d think, he was lying? Unless, of course, he was! 
 
Okay, so now you’re aware of the problems with Paul.  It’s undeniable that there is something amiss with his doctrine.  ‘Disturbing’ is a better word.  It clearly does not align with Jesus' teachings.  Furthermore, Paul went to great length to hide what he was teaching from the real apostles, and was twice taken to task for it in Jerusalem.  The overwhelming number of problematic scriptures, and Paul’s troubles with the real apostles are glaring red flags.
 
How long will you ignore the problem?  How hard will you fight to explain away Paul’s own words?  How much longer will you lean back in your pew and listen to some talking head say, “What Paul really means is…”; only to grow weary because it sounds like the opposite of what you thought he said?   Here’s a revelation:  Paul meant what he said.  You don’t need an interpreter.  If Pauline Doctrine seems confusing and twisted, that’s because it is!  If you really want to know what Paul said, read it yourself and look up the vocabulary.  I did.  So can you.  Don’t accept someone else’s word for your salvation.  This article gives you an ample supply of verses to stimulate your gray matter.
 
Prophecy tells us only a few will escape Satan’s deceptions in the latter days.  Conversely, that means the bulk of Christianity will be deceived.  So how will they be deceived if they’re such stalwart followers of Jesus?  Enter Paul.  If the mere thought of questioning Pauline Doctrine or Paul’s truthfulness ruffles your feathers, it’s a sign that Paul’s rotten spiritual fruit has taken root in your life.  His seeds are seeds of oppression and bondage.  Yahweh is the path to freedom, not Paul.
 
Take a look at the big picture: Paul was a Pharisee who freely admitted he taught by revelation.  One more time-He taught by revelation.  He was at odds with the apostles.  They called him ‘brother’, not apostle.   The Asian churches rejected Paul.  The real apostles were not rejected.  Paul is caught lying numerous times in his epistles.  He is the only ‘brother’ who repeatedly has to defend himself from accusations of guile and lying.   None of the twelve real apostles are so accused.  What’s wrong with this picture?
 
Prophecy warns us that believers will be deceived (by the church) in the latter days (now).  They’ll accept false doctrine as truth because their hearts are far from Yahweh.  It’s disturbing to see the church’s reliance on Pauline doctrine today, and it’s even more alarming to see believers defend this position with quotes from Paul (rather than the word of Jesus and the prophets).  This article was written to reveal Paul/Saul’s character through his own words.
 
Jesus warned of false teachers and deception.  The apostles, aware of Paul’s epistles, did the same.  Paul was turned out of the Judean-Christian community in Judea AND the churches of Asia for his teachings.  Ask Yahweh to show you the truth in this matter.  If you haven’t yet read the scripture that accompanies each statement about Paul, DO SO NOW.  Don’t take my word for it; look up the scripture and study.
 
Paul ended up in Rome, and via coincidence, we now have the Roman Catholic Church; which bears a striking resemblance to Paul’s church structure, Ephesians 4:11,  I & II Timothy.  At the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, this same church chose to include 13 Pauline epistles into their biblical canon; while excluding such books as Enoch.  Coincidence?  Hardly.  Just as Yahweh allowed Satan into the garden of Eden, so He allowed Paul in the Bible.  Satan is the father of lies.  Any guess as to whom Paul serves?  (The answer is not Yahweh). 
  
Paul’s revelations about salvation by faith alone and the abolishment of the Law has been poisoning the church for more than 2000 years.  Again, by his own admission, Paul taught by ‘the revelation of Jesus Christ’, (not from the teachings of Jesus in the flesh, or from the teachings of the real apostles).  Paul must have been quite a saint to receive special instructions that were withheld from the twelve real apostles.   Jesus spent 3 ½ years in the flesh teaching the twelve chosen apostles to keep the Law.  Do you really believe Jesus changed his mind, and suddenly gave ‘new revelations’ to Paul/Saul the Pharisee?  There is no basis for Paul’s doctrine other than Paul’s own word.  They are not the teachings of Jesus, and they are called ‘Pauline Doctrine’ for a reason.
 
If you think this is blasphemy, think about this:  The Catholic Church is the organization that made the decisions about which books would or would not be included in (their) Bible.  The Catholic Church made this decision for you.  And, lo and behold, it’s Pauline Doctrine that supports their existence, not the teachings of Jesus.  This should send shivers up your spine.
 
Paul’s writings are filled with far too many examples that conflict with Jesus' teachings.  More importantly, where is Jesus to be found in Paul’s epistles?  Paul clearly denied Torah Law.  Jesus clearly said the Law does not pass away.  Do you believe Paul or Jesus?  If you have to think about this, you’re in trouble
   
If we (rightly) conclude the Law did not pass away, we see that Paul’s doctrine entirely crumbles.  There’s no reason to follow him (as if there ever was).  Jesus tells us to follow Him.  We’re not to follow Paul, the church, or anyone else.  We’re to seek Jesus and keep His commandments.
 
John tells us the number of the deceived (in the last days) ‘will be as sand of the sea’, Revelation 20:8.  Peter told us judgment must begin with the church, I Peter 4:17.  Jesus said, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8.  Paul clearly reveals his corrupt spirit when he says, “I become all things to all men…”, I Corinthians 9:19-22.  Paul’s words speak for themselves.
 
Do you trust the words of Jesus, or the ‘revelations’ of Paul?
 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Bloody History of Yahweh, the God of Murder

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If as a Christian you believe Jesus revealed God's true nature to man and are striving to believe as Jesus believed how can you believe Jesus or God the father would order man to kill people? And I am not talking about killing people in self-defense in wars. I am talking about God supposedly ordering man to kill people for all sorts of absurd non-violent reasons as is rampant in the OT. Do you actually believe it is righteous and godly to stone and burn people to death at the stake and kill children? Do you actually believe this is what Jesus would order man to do?

The church has done great harm to the mind of man with their false and self-serving doctrine of the perfection of scripture. Such false doctrines of the perfection of a book binds the mind of man to past ancient beliefs/writings and in so doing stagnates spiritual growth. The church has made itself the greatest obstacle to the teachings of Jesus while proclaiming to be his chosen apostolic representative. Shameful. Absolutely shameful!

Murder in the Bible

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The act of murder is rampant in the Bible. In much of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, there are laws that command that people be killed for absurd reasons such as working on the Sabbath, being gay, cursing your parents, or not being a virgin on your wedding night. In addition to these crazy and immoral laws, there are plenty of examples of God's irrationality by his direct killing of many people for reasons that defy any rational explanation such as killing children who make fun of bald people, and the killing of a man who tried to keep the ark of God from falling during transport. There are also countless examples of mass murders commanded by God, including the murder of women, infants, and children.

The following passages are a very small percentage of the total passages approving of murder in the Bible. They are divided here into three parts: 1) Capital Punishment Crimes, 2) God's Murders for Stupid Reasons, 3) Murdering Children, and 4) Miscellaneous Murders. This list is long, but it barely scratches the surface of all the murders approved of in the Bible.

God's List of Capital Punishment Crimes
 
Kill People Who Don't Listen to Priests

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

Kill Witches

You should not let a sorceress live. (Exodus 22:17 NAB)

Kill Homosexuals

"If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

Kill Fortunetellers

A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)

Death for Hitting Dad

Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

Death for Cursing Parents
 
1) If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness. (Proverbs 20:20 NAB)
 
2) All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)

Death for Adultery
 
If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

Death for Fornication

A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)

Death to Followers of Other Religions

Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed. (Exodus 22:19 NAB)

Kill Nonbelievers

They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

Kill False Prophets
 
If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, "You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord." When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through. (Zechariah 13:3 NAB)

Kill the Entire Town if One Person Worships Another God
 
Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him." (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)

Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night

But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB)

Death for Blasphemy

Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard him to lay their hands on his head. Then let the entire community stone him to death. Say to the people of Israel: Those who blaspheme God will suffer the consequences of their guilt and be punished. Anyone who blasphemes the LORD's name must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel. Any Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the LORD's name will surely die. (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)

Kill People for Working on the Sabbath

The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: 'Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.' (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)
 
God Murders for Stupid Reasons


 
Kill Brats
 
    From there Elisha went up to Bethel.  While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him.  "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!"  The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord.  Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces.  (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB)
 
God Kills the Curious 
 
    And he smote of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of Jehovah, he smote of the people seventy men, `and' fifty thousand men; and the people mourned, because Jehovah had smitten the people with a great slaughter.  And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before Jehovah, this holy God? and to whom shall he go up from us?   (1Samuel 6:19-20 ASV)
 
Killed by a Lion
 
    Meanwhile, the LORD instructed one of the group of prophets to say to another man, "Strike me!"  But the man refused to strike the prophet.  Then the prophet told him, "Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, a lion will kill you as soon as you leave me."  And sure enough, when he had gone, a lion attacked and killed him.  (1 Kings 20:35-36 NLT)
 
Killing the Good Samaritan
 
    The ark of God was placed on a new cart and taken away from the house of Abinadab on the hill.  Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab guided the cart, with Ahio walking before it, while David and all the Israelites made merry before the Lord with all their strength, with singing and with citharas, harps, tambourines, sistrums, and cymbals.
    When they came to the threshing floor of Nodan, Uzzah reached out his hand to the ark of God to steady it, for the oxen were making it tip.  But the Lord was angry with Uzzah; God struck him on that spot, and he died there before God.  (2 Samuel 6:3-7 NAB)


God Murdering Children


Kill Sons of Sinners
 
    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 NAB)
 
God Will Kill Children
 
    The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird, for your children will die at birth or perish in the womb or never even be conceived.  Even if your children do survive to grow up, I will take them from you.  It will be a terrible day when I turn away and leave you alone.  I have watched Israel become as beautiful and pleasant as Tyre.  But now Israel will bring out her children to be slaughtered."  O LORD, what should I request for your people?  I will ask for wombs that don't give birth and breasts that give no milk.  The LORD says, "All their wickedness began at Gilgal; there I began to hate them.  I will drive them from my land because of their evil actions.  I will love them no more because all their leaders are rebels.  The people of Israel are stricken.  Their roots are dried up; they will bear no more fruit.  And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children."  (Hosea 9:11-16 NLT)
 
Kill Men, Women, and Children
 
    "Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked.  Show no mercy; have no pity!  Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children.  But do not touch anyone with the mark.  Begin your task right here at the Temple."  So they began by killing the seventy leaders.  "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded.  "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill!  Go!"  So they went throughout the city and did as they were told."  (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)
 
God Kills all the First Born of Egypt
    And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed.  Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.  (Exodus 12:29-30 NLT)
 
Kill Old Men and Young Women
 
    "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.  "As you watch, I will repay Babylon and the people of Babylonia for all the wrong they have done to my people in Jerusalem," says the LORD.  "Look, O mighty mountain, destroyer of the earth!  I am your enemy," says the LORD.  "I will raise my fist against you, to roll you down from the heights.  When I am finished, you will be nothing but a heap of rubble.  You will be desolate forever.  Even your stones will never again be used for building.  You will be completely wiped out," says the LORD.  (Jeremiah 51:20-26)
 
     (Note that after God promises the Israelites a victory against Babylon, the Israelites actually get their butts kicked by them in the next chapter.  So much for an all-knowing and all-powerful God.)
 
God Will Kill the Children of Sinners
 
    If even then you remain hostile toward me and refuse to obey, I will inflict you with seven more disasters for your sins.  I will release wild animals that will kill your children and destroy your cattle, so your numbers will dwindle and your roads will be deserted.  (Leviticus 26:21-22 NLT)
 
More Rape and Baby Killing
 
    Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword.  Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes.  Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.  For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off.  The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows.  They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.  (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)
 
 
God's Miscellaneous Murders
 
 
More of Samson's Murders
 
    (The Lord saves Sampson from standing trial for 30 murders and arson by allowing him to kill 1000 more men.)  When he reached Lehi, and the Philistines came shouting to meet him, the spirit of the Lord came upon him: the ropes around his arms become as flax that is consumed by fire and the bonds melted away from his hands.  Near him was the fresh jawbone of an ass; he reached out, grasped it, and with it killed a thousand men.  (Judges 15:14-15 NAB)
 
Peter Kills Two People for not keeping their Tithing Pledge
 
    There was also a man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property.  He brought part of the money to the apostles, but he claimed it was the full amount.  His wife had agreed to this deception.  Then Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart?  You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself.  The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished.  And after selling it, the money was yours to give away.  How could you do a thing like this?  You weren't lying to us but to God."  As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died.  Everyone who heard about it was terrified.  Then some young men wrapped him in a sheet and took him out and buried him.  About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.  Peter asked her, "Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?"  "Yes," she replied, "that was the price."  And Peter said, "How could the two of you even think of doing a thing like this – conspiring together to test the Spirit of the Lord?  Just outside that door are the young men who buried your husband, and they will carry you out, too."  Instantly, she fell to the floor and died.  When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.  Great fear gripped the entire church and all others who heard what had happened.   (Acts 5:1-11 NLT)
 
Mass Murder
 
    This is what the Lord of  hosts has to say: 'I will punish what Amalek did to Israel when he barred his way as he was coming up from Egypt.  Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban.  Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.'   (1 Samuel 15:2-3 NAB)
 
You Have to Kill if God tells you to do it
 
    Cursed be he who does the Lords work remissly, cursed he who holds back his sword from blood.  (Jeremiah 48:10 NAB)
 
The Danites Kill the Next Town
 
    But the territory of the Danites was too small for them; so the Danites marched up and attacked Leshem, which they captured and put to the sword.  Once they had taken possession of Lesham, they renamed the settlement after their ancestor Dan.  (Joshua 19:47 NAB)
 
God Kills Some More
 
    Then the LORD said to me, "Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me pleading for these people, I wouldn't help them.  Away with them!  Get them out of my sight!  And if they say to you, 'But where can we go?' tell them, 'This is what the LORD says: Those who are destined for death, to death; those who are destined for war, to war; those who are destined for famine, to famine; those who are destined for captivity, to captivity.'  "I will send four kinds of destroyers against them," says the LORD.  "I will send the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, the vultures to devour, and the wild animals to finish up what is left.  Because of the wicked things Manasseh son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem, I will make my people an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth."  (Jeremiah 15:1-4 NLT)
 
God Promises More Killing
 
    I will make Mount Seir utterly desolate, killing off all who try to escape and any who return.  I will fill your mountains with the dead. Your hills, your valleys, and your streams will be filled with people slaughtered by the sword.  I will make you desolate forever. Your cities will never be rebuilt. Then you will know that I am the LORD.  (Ezekiel 35:7-9 NLT)
 
The Angel of Death committing Genocide
 
    My angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites; and I will wipe them out.  (Exodus 23:23 NAB)
 
Destruction and Massacre of Ai
 
    Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid or discouraged.  Take the entire army and attack Ai, for I have given to you the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land.  You will destroy them as you destroyed Jericho and its king. But this time you may keep the captured goods and the cattle for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the city."  So Joshua and the army of Israel set out to attack Ai.  Joshua chose thirty thousand fighting men and sent them out at night with these orders: "Hide in ambush close behind the city and be ready for action.  When our main army attacks, the men of Ai will come out to fight as they did before, and we will run away from them.  We will let them chase us until they have all left the city. For they will say, 'The Israelites are running away from us as they did before.'  Then you will jump up from your ambush and take possession of the city, for the LORD your God will give it to you.  Set the city on fire, as the LORD has commanded.  You have your orders."  So they left that night and lay in ambush between Bethel and the west side of Ai.  But Joshua remained among the people in the camp that night.
 
    Early the next morning Joshua roused his men and started toward Ai, accompanied by the leaders of Israel.  They camped on the north side of Ai, with a valley between them and the city.  That night Joshua sent five thousand men to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.  So they stationed the main army north of the city and the ambush west of the city.  Joshua himself spent that night in the valley.  When the king of Ai saw the Israelites across the valley, he and all his army hurriedly went out early the next morning and attacked the Israelites at a place overlooking the Jordan Valley.  But he didn't realize there was an ambush behind the city.  Joshua and the Israelite army fled toward the wilderness as though they were badly beaten,  and all the men in the city were called out to chase after them.  In this way, they were lured away from the city.  There was not a man left in Ai or Bethel who did not chase after the Israelites, and the city was left wide open.
 
    Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Point your spear toward Ai, for I will give you the city."  Joshua did as he was commanded.  As soon as Joshua gave the signal, the men in ambush jumped up and poured into the city.  They quickly captured it and set it on fire.  When the men of Ai looked behind them, smoke from the city was filling the sky, and they had nowhere to go. For the Israelites who had fled in the direction of the wilderness now turned on their pursuers.  When Joshua and the other Israelites saw that the ambush had succeeded and that smoke was rising from the city, they turned and attacked the men of Ai.  Then the Israelites who were inside the city came out and started killing the enemy from the rear. So the men of Ai were caught in a trap, and all of them died. Not a single person survived or escaped.  Only the king of Ai was taken alive and brought to Joshua.
 
    When the Israelite army finished killing all the men outside the city, they went back and finished off everyone inside.  So the entire population of Ai was wiped out that day – twelve thousand in all.  For Joshua kept holding out his spear until everyone who had lived in Ai was completely destroyed.  Only the cattle and the treasures of the city were not destroyed, for the Israelites kept these for themselves, as the LORD had commanded Joshua.  So Ai became a permanent mound of ruins, desolate to this very day.  Joshua hung the king of Ai on a tree and left him there until evening. At sunset the Israelites took down the body and threw it in front of the city gate.  They piled a great heap of stones over him that can still be seen today.  (Joshua 8:1-29 NLT)
 
Killing at Jericho
    When the people heard the sound of the horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the city from every side and captured it.  They completely destroyed everything in it – men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep, donkeys – everything.  (Joshua 6:20-21 NLT)
 
God Kills an Extended Family
 
    "You have done more evil than all who lived before you.  You have made other gods and have made me furious with your gold calves.  And since you have turned your back on me, I will bring disaster on your dynasty and kill all your sons, slave or free alike.  I will burn up your royal dynasty as one burns up trash until it is all gone.  I, the LORD, vow that the members of your family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures.'"  Then Ahijah said to Jeroboam's wife, "Go on home, and when you enter the city, the child will die.  All Israel will mourn for him and bury him.  He is the only member of your family who will have a proper burial, for this child is the only good thing that the LORD, the God of Israel, sees in the entire family of Jeroboam.  And the LORD will raise up a king over Israel who will destroy the family of Jeroboam.  This will happen today, even now!  Then the LORD will shake Israel like a reed whipped about in a stream.  He will uproot the people of Israel from this good land that he gave their ancestors and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, for they have angered the LORD by worshiping Asherah poles.  He will abandon Israel because Jeroboam sinned and made all of Israel sin along with him."  (1 Kings 14:9-16 NLT)
 
Mass Murder
 
    The men of Israel withdrew through the territory of the Benjaminites, putting to the sword the inhabitants of the city, the livestock, and all they chanced upon.  Moreover they destroyed by fire all the cities they came upon.  (Judges 20:48 NAB)
 
The Angel of Death
 
    That night the angel of the Lord went forth and struck down one hundred and eighty five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.  Early the next morning, there they were, all the corpuses of the dead.  (2 Kings 19:35 NAB)
 
Kill Your Neighbors and your own Family
 
    (Moses) stood at the entrance to the camp and shouted, "All of you who are on the LORD's side, come over here and join me." And all the Levites came.  He told them, "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."  The Levites obeyed Moses, and about three thousand people died that day.  Then Moses told the Levites, "Today you have been ordained for the service of the LORD, for you obeyed him even though it meant killing your own sons and brothers. Because of this, he will now give you a great blessing."  (Exodus 32:26-29 NLT)
 
Kill the Family of Sinners
 
    And Joshua said to Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to him; and tell me now what thou hast done, hide it not from me.  And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done.  When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them, and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it."  [Note that the sin is not looting, but failing to give the loot to the treasury of the Lord.]  "So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.  And they took them from the midst of the tent, and brought them to Joshua, and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.  And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them to the valley of Achor.  And Joshua said, why hast thou troubled us?  the LORD shall trouble thee this day.  And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.  And they raised over him a great heap of stones to this day.  So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger: wherefore the name of that place was called the valley of Achor to this day.  (Joshua 7:19-26 Webster's Bible)
 
Kill Followers of Other Religions
 
    While the Israelites were camped at Acacia, some of the men defiled themselves by sleeping with the local Moabite women.  These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, and soon the Israelites were feasting with them and worshiping the gods of Moab.  Before long Israel was joining in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the LORD's anger to blaze against his people.  The LORD issued the following command to Moses: "Seize all the ringleaders and execute them before the LORD in broad daylight, so his fierce anger will turn away from the people of Israel."  So Moses ordered Israel's judges to execute everyone who had joined in worshiping Baal of Peor.  Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into the camp, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as they were weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle.  When Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest saw this, he jumped up and left the assembly.  Then he took a spear and rushed after the man into his tent. Phinehas thrust the spear all the way through the man's body and into the woman's stomach.  So the plague against the Israelites was stopped, but not before 24,000 people had died.  (Numbers 25:1-9 NLT)
 
Murder the clergy of opposing religions
 
    At the customary time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command.  O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself."  Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust.  It even licked up all the water in the ditch!  And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and cried out, "The LORD is God!  The LORD is God!"  Then Elijah commanded, "Seize all the prophets of Baal.  Don't let a single one escape!"  So the people seized them all, and Elijah took them down to the Kishon Valley and killed them there.  (1 Kings 18:36-40 NLT)
 
Kill All of Babylon
 
    "Go up, my warriors, against the land of Merathaim and against the people of Pekod. Yes, march against Babylon, the land of rebels, a land that I will judge!  Pursue, kill, and completely destroy them, as I have commanded you," says the LORD.  "Let the battle cry be heard in the land, a shout of great destruction".   (Jeremiah 50:21-22 NLT)
 
Micah Kills a Whole Town 
 
    Then, with Micah's idols and his priest, the men of Dan came to the town of Laish, whose people were peaceful and secure.  They attacked and killed all the people and burned the town to the ground.  There was no one to rescue the residents of the town, for they lived a great distance from Sidon and had no allies nearby.  This happened in the valley near Beth-rehob. Then the people of the tribe of Dan rebuilt the town and lived there.  They renamed the town Dan after their ancestor, Israel's son, but it had originally been called Laish.  (Judges 18:27-29 NLT)  (Note that God approves of this slaughter in verse 6.)