Shocking Verses in Bible
Let us examine some of what the New Testament of
(peace be upon him) has said. These verses clearly contradict the image Christians like to project
about Jesus as a peace & love advocate:
1. “I have come to set the Earth on fire, and how I
wish it were already kindled !...Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?
No, I tell you, but division.” (Luke 12: 49-51)
34 Do not suppose that I have
come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a
sword. 35 For I have come to
turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a
daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law -
36a man's enemies will be the
members of his own household.” (Matthew 10: 34-36)
3. “Let the
dead bury their own dead.” (Matthew
4. “If you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and
buy one (a sword).” (Luke 22:36)
5. “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be
king over them, bring them here and kill them in front of me.” (Luke
6. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate
his father and mother, his
wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be
my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
There are even worse verses in the Old Testament:
21: 10- 24 :
10 So the assembly
sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and
put to the sword those living there, including the women and children.
11 "This is what you are
to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin."
12 They found among the
people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with
a man, and they took them to the camp at Shiloh in Canaan.
13 Then the whole
assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon.
14 So the Benjamites
returned at that time and were given the women of Jabesh Gilead who had been
spared. But there were not enough for all of them.
15 The people
grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel.
16 And the elders of the
assembly said, "With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives
for the men who are left? 17
The Benjamite survivors must have heirs," they said, "so that a tribe of Israel
will not be wiped out. 18
We can't give them our daughters as wives, since we Israelites have taken this
oath: 'Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to a Benjamite.'
19 But look, there is
the annual festival of the LORD in Shiloh, to the north of Bethel, and east of
the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem, and to the south of Lebonah."
20 So they
instructed the Benjamites, saying, "Go and hide in the vineyards
21 and watch. When
the girls of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, then rush from the
vineyards and each of you seize a wife from the girls of Shiloh
and go to the land of Benjamin.
22 When their fathers or
brothers complain to us, we will say to them, 'Do us a kindness by helping them,
because we did not get wives for them during the war, and you are innocent,
since you did not give your daughters to them.' "
23 So that is what
the Benjamites did. While the girls were dancing, each man caught one and
carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and
rebuilt the towns and settled in them.
24 At that time, the
Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his
31: 7-18 :
7 They fought against
Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
8 Among their victims
were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed
Balaam son of Beor with the sword.
9 The Israelites
captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite
herds, flocks and goods as plunder.
10 They burned all
the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
11 They took all the
plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
12 and brought the
captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite
assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.
13 Moses, Eleazar
the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the
Moses was angry
with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of
hundreds—who returned from the battle. 15 "Have you allowed
all the women to live?" he asked them.
16 "They were the ones
who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away
from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's
people.17 Now, kill
all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,18 but save for
yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
1 Samuel 15:3
Now go, attack the
Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare
them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep,
camels and donkeys.'
1 Samuel 15:7-11
Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east
of Egypt. 8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his
people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9 But Saul and the
army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves
and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy
but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: 11 "I am grieved that
I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried
out my instructions." Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD
all that night.
Samuel 12: 11 :
"This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household, I am going to
bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and
give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives
in broad daylight. 12
You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all
Deuteronomy 20: 10-14 :
When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace.
11 If they accept and
open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced
labor and shall work for you.
12 If they refuse to
make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.
13 When the LORD your
God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.
14 As for the women,
the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take
these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your
God gives you from your enemies.
Jeremiah 15:1-4 :
1 Then the LORD said
to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go
out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go!
2 And if they ask you,
'Where shall we go?' tell them, 'This is what the LORD says:
" 'Those destined for death, to death;
those for the sword, to the sword;
those for starvation, to starvation;
those for captivity, to captivity.'
3 "I will send four
kinds of destroyers against them," declares the LORD, "the sword to kill and the
dogs to drag away and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour
and destroy. 4 I will
make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh
son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem.
Deuteronomy 28:15-20 : (Is God as described in the Bible
However, if you do not
obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and
decrees I am giving you today, all these curses
will come upon you
and overtake you:
16 You will be cursed
in the city and cursed in the country.
17 Your basket and your
kneading trough will be cursed.
18 The fruit of your womb
will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your
herds and the lambs of your flocks.
19 You will be cursed
when you come in and cursed when you go out.
20 The LORD will send on
you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand
to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil
you have done in forsaking him.
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
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.
When a man strikes his male
or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall
be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not
to be punished, since the slave is his own property.