Here are some of my favorite bible passages. Favorites because they expose critical hypocracy in religious norms and political actions:
God is not all knowing?
20 Yahweh said, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, 21 I will go down now, and see whether their deeds are as bad as the reports which have come to me. If not, I will know."
What is "life":
Deuteronomy 12: 22 - 23
22 Even as the gazelle and as the hart is eaten, so you shall eat of it: the unclean and the clean may eat of it alike. 23 Only be sure that you don’t eat the blood: for the blood is the life; and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.
—Since a zygote has yet to produce blood, does this means that God does not consider it to be ‘life’.
Sanctity of Marriage:
Judges 8:30 - 31
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten; for he had many wives. And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, and he called his name Abimelech.
1 Kings 11:1 - 5
Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; . . . He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines;. . .
Who is this powerful God "Chemosh", I thought there was only one God?
2 Kings 3:24 - 27
24 When they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and struck the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they went forward into the land smiting the Moabites. . . .
26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew sword, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not. 27 Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. There was great wrath against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.
—Moab makes a sacrifice of his eldest son as an offering to the God Chemosh, and in so doing, escapes Yaweh’s soldiers.
Yahweh the jealous God
Deuteronomy 6:14 - 16
14 You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples who are around you; 15 for Yahweh your God in the midst of you is a jealous God;
if there is only one God, who else is there to be jealous of? When did the worship of one Gods change to the belief in the existance of only one God?
A test for the existance of God! :
Judges 6: 36 - 37
36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast spoken, 37 behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast spoken. 38 And it was so; for he rose up early on the morrow, and pressed the fleece together, and wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be kindled against me, and I will speak but this once: let me make trial, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
—what, isn’t God’s word good enough?
The writers of the Torah/Old Testiment did not deny the existence of other Gods - reference to and conflict with other Gods was frequent. Jehovah was the God of Israel . . . not the God of everyone. Only the Hebrews/Israelites were chosen, and as such only the Israelites received favor from God - all others could be slaughtered and killed (children and elderly alike) and their lands taken.
22 And they possessed all the border of the Amorites, from the Arnon even unto the Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto the Jordan. 23 So now Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess them? 24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever Jehovah our God hath dispossessed from before us, them will we possess.