THEOLOGIAN
N° 8


How the Devil
Wreaked Havoc in the Bible

“I, the Lord, do not change.” (Old Testament, Malachi 3:6)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (New Testament, Letter to the Hebrews 13:8)

The Old Testament and the New Testament – “both are the true Word of God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 140)

“The Bible is a tailor-made book of the churches.” (Theologian Moris Hoblaj)
 

If one believes the Bible, then God ordered genocide and animal sacrifices, for instance. But Jesus teaches: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). He did not teach the sacrifice of animals. Instead, He drove the animal merchants out of the temple.
What do the churches have to say about this? Do they therefore think that the Old Testament is partially wrong or obsolete?
In their current catechism, the Catholic Church made the following binding statement: “The Old Testament prepares for the New and the New Testament fulfills the Old; the two shed light on each other; both are the true Word of God” (No. 140).
And in the “Lutheran Confessions,” the Protestant Lutheran Church right up until today makes the following binding determination: The Old as well as the New Testament is: “the sole judge, regulation and guideline,” according to which “all teachings must be recognized and judged, whether they are good or bad, right or wrong” (Formular Concordia from the year 1580, Epitome, Summary note 3).
However, when the “true Word of God” in the New Testament does not agree at all with the “true Word of God” in the Old Testament, then it is explained that God has in part changed His way of working and acting.
But in the Bible itself it is written: “I, the LORD, do not change.” That is what it says for instance in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament one can read: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (see box above). Besides, the Bible contradicts itself within the Old Testament and within the New Testament. But then what should the reader orient himself to, if he wants to believe in the God of the Bible?

What is undisputed is that the people who wrote the Bible have changed. And one could ask: “Who inspired them in each case?” Only the Creator-God, whom Jesus called “Father”? Or another? Perhaps the devil?

Read on and decide for yourself what you want to think about this!

 

1) (a) God’s good creation: Humans and animals nourish themselves from the fruits of the field

God said to the people: “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And God said to the people: “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

(Gen. 1:29-31)
 

(c) Backing out: At least some animals are protected from being eaten

After some time God is said to have given the people the “commandments of purity” and commanded them which animals they may eat and which they may not.
They may not eat: camel, rock badger, hare, swine, water animals without fins or scales, eagle, vulture, osprey, kite, falcon, raven, ostrich, nighthawk, sea gull, hawk, owl, cormorant, ibis, water hen, pelican, carrion vulture, stork, heron, hoopoe and bat, winged insects that go upon all fours, with the exception of locust, bald locust, cricket and grasshopper, all that walk on their paws, such as, weasel, mouse, the great lizard, gecko, land crocodile, lizard, sand lizard, and the chameleon.

(Listing from Leviticus 11:1-30)
 

(b) The change:
Humans may spread fear and terror and eat everything that moves


After the great flood God is said to have spoken differently to the people: “The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea; into your hands they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

(Genesis 9:2-4)
 



(d) The “final solution”: Now all animals may be eaten


The third change takes place in the New Testament. Now Paul says: “Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any questions on the ground of conscience. For ‘the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.’”

(1 Corinthians 10:25-26)
 

Paul or one of his pupils - No abstention from certain foods:
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving; for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” *
 
(1 Timothy 4:4-5)

* Who knows whether one day someone will come up with the idea of justifying eating human flesh with this?
 

2) God: I commanded no sacrifices. They are an abomination to Me

God speaks through the prophet Hosea:
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.”

(Hosea 6:6)


God said through the prophet Isaiah:
“I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats … incense is an abomination to me.”

(Isaiah 1:11-13)


And through the prophet Jeremiah God said: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. But this command I gave them, ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people …’”

(Jeremiah 7:21-23)


And through the prophet Amos God spoke: “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and cereal offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fatted beasts I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.”

(Amos 5:21-23)
 

God: Bring me sacrifices
 


But the instruction supposedly came from God that at all celebrations animals must be murdered and burnt “as a pleasing odor for the Lord,” for example, on New Year’s Day, on the Day of Atonement, on Passover, Feast of Weeks, Feast of the Tabernacles, or Feast of the First Fruits.

(Exodus 34:22)


Already with the exodus from Egyptian captivity, God commanded that “a lamb for a household” be slaughtered ... “You shall observe this rite as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.”

(Exodus 12:3-6&25)


But also in everyday life God wants to be “appeased” daily*, for example, in that one must present to him “ … all the fat that is on the entrails, and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver which he shall take away from the kidneys … it is an offering by fire, a pleasing odor to the LORD.”

(Leviticus 3:3-5)

* At least two lambs were killed every day (Num. 28:3-4)


Before the entrance to the temple, the smoke of the burning carcass rises and the community sings “Praise the Lord” (i.e. Psalm 135:1-3) and the God dwelling in the temple said about this place: “this is my resting place for ever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”

(Psalm 132:14)
 

3) Man and animal shall live in peace with each other

God’s vision for the coming Kingdom of Peace was revealed through the prophet Isaiah:
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young shall lie down together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The suckling child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain …”

(Isaiah 11:6-9)


And God said through Jesus:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

(John 10:11)

 

 

Man shall kill the animal according to exact instructions

The Word of God according to the third book of Moses: When offering a lamb, the priest “laying his hand upon the head of his offering and killing it before the tent of meeting.” “… the fat tail entire, taking it away close by the backbone,” he should “offer” to God.

(Leviticus 3:8-9)


The priest shall kill the bull and it shall be “flayed ... and cut into pieces.” The skin of the bull and its entrails he shall “carry forth outside the camp to a clean place, to the ash heap …”

(Leviticus 1:6; 4:11-12)


He shall lay the head of the goat “upon the wood that is on the fire upon the altar.”

(Leviticus 1:12)


He should take the dove and “wring off its head … take away its crop with the feathers … tear it by its wings, but shall not divide it asunder … its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar.”

(Leviticus 1:15-17)
 

4) Jesus corrects the Old Testament

Jesus of Nazareth: “You have heard that it was said … [in the Old Testament] … But I say to you … ”

(Matthew 5:21-48)

 

Corrections to the Old Testament are forbidden

The Word of God according to the fifth book of Moses: “Everything that I command you you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to it or take away from it.”

(Deuteronomy 12:32)
 

5) Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you

God said through the prophet Ezekiel: “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?”

(Ezekiel 18:23)


The disciples James and John said: “‘Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?’ But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.”

(Luke 9:54-56)


Jesus of Nazareth: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.’”

(Matthew 5:43-44)


 

All enemies shall be killed. But the virgins shall be left alive for the soldiers

A prayer: “O that thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God … I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them as my enemies.”

(Psalm 139:19&22)


Moses supposedly said: “And when you draw near to battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people, ‘…do not fear or tremble … for the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory … and when the LORD your God gives it into your hand you shall put all its males to the sword, but the women and the little ones, the cattle, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourselves; and you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies … Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you … But in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God gives you … you shall save nothing alive that breathes.”

(Deuteronomy 20:2-4&13-16)


Or: “Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.”*

(Numbers 31:17-18)

* A prophet of God did not command such things. The orders to kill and ritual rules were attributed to Moses - just as it was done in other passages and with the Creator-God.
 

6) Turn the other cheek

Jesus of Nazareth: You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you … ‘If any anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.’”

(Matthew 5:38-39)
 

Retaliate like with like*

God according to the second book of Moses: “… eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

 
(Exodus 21:24)

* So, did God change or did Jesus teach another God?
 

7) Man is justified by his “works”, not through faith alone. It depends on the right deed

James: “What does it profit, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? … You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.”

(James 2:14&24)


Jesus: “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.”

(Matthew 7:24)


Jesus: “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”

(Matthew 7:12)


A lawyer asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. The man quoted the commandment of love for God and neighbor, and Jesus said to him: “Do this, and you will live.”

(Luke 10:25-28)


“... he who weighs the heart ... will he not requite man according to his work?”

(Proverbs 24:12)


The Word of God through the prophet Jeremiah: “I the LORD search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”

(Jeremiah 17:10)


Paul: “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap … And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”

(Galatians 6:7&9***)


*** In the letter to the Galatians Paul concords with Jesus, but not in the letter to the Romans
 

Man is not justified by his works, but only through faith. God chooses and rejects whomever he wants

Paul: “… since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God*, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works**? No, but on the principle of faith? For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.”

(Romans 3:23-28 **)


“So it depends not upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy … So then he has mercy upon whomever he wills, and he hardens the heart of whomever he wills. You will say to me then, ‘Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?’ But who are you, a man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me thus?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for beauty and another for menial use?”

(Romans 9:16&18-21)


* That no one should boast of his works does not differ from other passages in the Bible. For this is also taught by the Old Testament, Jesus and the prophets. But this does differ from Romans 3:23 ff, that the right deed is decisive for “salvation.”

** Paul holds the five books of Moses in the Old Testament to be the Word of God in contrast to Jesus. However, he believes their demands cannot be fulfilled.
 

8) God does not dwell in temples of stone

In the Acts of the Apostles it says: “Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands, as the prophet [Isaiah 66:1-2] says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool. What house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things?’”
 
(Acts 7:48-50)
 

God dwells in temples of stone

King Solomon said on the other hand:
“And so I purpose to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set upon your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’”

(1 Kings 5:5)
 

9) God leads no one into temptation

James: “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’ ... But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.”

(James 1:13-14)

 

God shall not lead us into temptation

Jesus taught the prayer: “Our Father who art in heaven … And lead us not into temptation,* but deliver us from evil.”

(Matthew 6:9&13)

* Theses: Presumably there is a falsification here of the original words of Jesus, which could have read: “You lead us in time of temptation and deliver us from evil.”
 

10) God favors no one

The Word of God through the prophet Amos: “Are you not like the Ethiopians to me, O people of Israel?’ says the Lord. ‘did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Syrians from Kir?’”*

(Amos 9:7)

* So, God also led other peoples.


Paul: “For God shows no partiality.”

(Romans 2:11)


Jesus: “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

(Matthew 7:21)


Jesus: “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”

(Matthew 5:46-47)
 

God apparently loves only the chosen ones and hates the others

Moses is said to have said: “Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it; yet the LORD set his heart in love upon your fathers and chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as at this day.”

(Deuteronomy 10:14-15)


Paul: “… though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad, in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call, she was told, ‘The elder will serve the younger.”

(Genesis 25:23)


As it is written, (Malachi 1:2-3) “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’”

(Romans 9:11-13)
 

11) The worldly authorities oppress the people. The Kingdom of God has nothing to do with this. It is “not of this world”

Jesus: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”

(Mark 12:17)


Jesus: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you …”

(Matthew 20:25-26)


Peter and other apostles: “We must obey God rather than men.”

(Acts 5:29)


Jesus: “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews …”

(John 18:36)

The worldly exercise of power, also in totalitarian states, is justified with “God.” God rules the people in wrath

Paul: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. … he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.”

(Romans 13:1&4)


Supposedly the seer John: “From his mouth [of a horseback rider] issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God*” the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

(Revelation 19:15-16)

* Theses: The teaching of a striking “wrath of God” is a falsification, which was presumably attributed to John. The events described are effects in the law of sowing and reaping, which are also otherwise taught in the Bible (Old Testament, Jesus, Paul).
 

12) The children shall not do penance for the crimes of their parents and ancestors

God speaks through the prophet Ezekiel: “The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”

(Ezekiel 18:20)
 

Descendants of the culprit in a crime will be punished until the fourth generation

“… for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me …”

(Exodus 20:5)
 

13) No difference between man and woman, between slave and freeman, between people of different origins

Paul: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

(Galatians 3:28)

 

The husband is the head of the wife and the wife is subject to the husband

Paul or one of his pupils: “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church … As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives be subject in everything to their husbands.”

(Ephesians 5:23-24)


Cretans are defamed as liars

Titus: “One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, ‘Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’ This testimony is true.”

(Titus 1:12-13)


Physical injury resulting in the death of one’s own slave is not punishable, for it is “his own money”

The Word of God according to the second book of Moses: “When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be punished; for the slave is his money.”

(Exodus 21:20-21)
 

14) Women in the active following of Christ

“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed …”

(Luke 8:1-2)


“Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene … She went and told those who had been with him …”

(Mark 16:9-10)
 

Women should be silent

Paul or one of his pupils: “I permit no woman to teach … she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.”

(1 Timothy 2:12-15)

 

15) No follower of Jesus shall stand above the other

Jesus: “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. He who is the greatest among you shall be your servant.”

(Matthew 23:8-11)


“Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene … She went and told those who had been with him …”

(Mark 16:9-10)
 

Bishops and teachers are given more and more status

Paul or a pupil: “The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop,* he desires a noble task.”

(1 Timothy 3:1)


An unknown writer: “Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls …”

(Hebrews 13:17)


* The bishop of Rome will later be called “Holy Father”

16) Theologians make of men “children of hell” and shut the kingdom of heaven

And: “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in.”

(Matthew 23:13)


Jesus accused: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! For you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.”

(Matthew 23:15)
 

The one who does not obey the priest shall die

The Word of God according to the second book of Moses: “The man who acts presumptuously, by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or the judge, that man shall die …”

(Deuteronomy 17:12)

17) The Spirit of truth will come in the future and lead the people into the truth

Jesus: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
 
(John 16:12-13)


Paul: “… for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

(2 Corinthians 3:6)

 

The “Holy Scripture” is inspired by God. If anyone says more than is in this book, he will suffer plagues

Supposedly the seer John: “I warn every one who hears the words of prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book* …”

(Revelation 22:18)

* This sentence refers to the book “The Revelation of John”. However those who believe in the Bible often use it in relation to the entire Bible.


Paul or a pupil: “… the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith … All scripture is inspired** by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness …”
 
(2 Timothy 3:15-16)

** Although here the Old Testament is apparently meant (the New Testament did not even exist yet), those who believe in the Bible usually relate this passage to the entire Bible.
 

18) Avoid other cults and communities and do not fight them

Paul: “… shun the worship of idols.”

(1 Corinthians 10:14)


The advice of the Pharisee Gamaliel concerning how to deal with the Early Christians: “… keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this undertaking is of men, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!”

(Acts 5:38-39)


Another parable he [Jesus] put before them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest*; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in a bundle to be burned; but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

(Matthew 13:24-30)

* Theses: Jesus warned His disciples to wait until the law of sowing and reaping, which is also taught in the Old Testament, becomes effective. “Reapers” symbolize the time at which the effects will start. The positive harvest takes place on the positive seed and the negative on the negative seed.
 

Curse other cults and communities and destroy their facilities

The Word of God according to the second book of Moses: “Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither you go … You shall tear down their altars, and break their pillars, and cut down their Asherim.”

(Exodus 34:12-13)


Paul: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accused.”*

(Galatians 1:8)

* For centuries, the Church had the “accused” executed.


Paul: “When you are assembled, and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,** that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

(1 Corinthians 5:4-5)

** This Bible passage served as justification for the executions by the church inquisition.


The Word of God according to the fifth book of Moses: “The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from the midst of you.”

(Deuteronomy 17:7)

19) Do not use violence, reconcile and forgive

“Soldiers also asked him [John, the Baptist], ‘And we, what shall we do?’ And he said to them, ‘Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.’”

(Luke 3:14)


“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?’”

(Matthew 26:52-53)


“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’”

(Luke 23:34)
 

Soldiers should kill with the help of God. Opponents will be chopped into pieces

“And Joshua said to them [the people], ‘Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and be of good courage; for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.’ And afterward Joshua smote them and put them to death, and he hung them on five trees.”
 
(Joshua 10:25-26)


“And Samuel said, ‘As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.’ And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.” 

(1 Samuel 15:33)

 

20) Forgive each other, so that may God forgive you

Jesus: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

(Matthew 6:14-15)
 

Forgiveness is possible only because the blood of Jesus flowed

Paul: “Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”*

(Romans 5:9)


John’s letter: “... and the blood of Jesus ... cleanses us from all sin.”

(1 John 1:7)
 

21) Murder and bloodshed are diabolical

The Word of God through the prophet Ezekiel: “… because you are guilty of blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.”

(Ezekiel 35:6)


Jesus: “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him.”

(John 8:44)

 

God wants murder and bloodshed

The song of Moses is also considered to be the word of God. There it is sung: “Ascribe greatness to our God! … I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh – with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the enemy.”

(Deuteronomy 32:3&42)


Supposedly the Word of God through the prophet Balaam: “God … shall eat up the nations of his adversaries, and shall break their bones in pieces, and pierce them through with his arrows.”

(Numbers 24:8)
 

22) The Ten Commandments according to Exodus 20 and Numbers 5*

And God spoke all these words, saying,
1. I am the LORD your God … You shall have no other gods before me
2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
5. Honor your father and your mother
6. You shall not kill
7. You shall not commit adultery
8. You shall not steal
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house … wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s”

(Exodus 20:1-17; Numbers 5:1-22)

 

* Two versions that claim to be the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses - which one is correct?
 

The Ten Commandments according to Exodus 34

1. You shall worship no other god, for the LORD … is a jealous God
2. You shall make for yourself no molten gods
3. The feast of unleavened bread shall you keep
4. All that opens the womb is mine ... if you do not redeem it [the firstling of an ass] you shall break its neck
5. Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest
6. And you shall observe the feast of weeks
7. Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out nations before you …
8. You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven …
9. The first of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God
10. You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk

“... And he [Moses] wrote upon the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.”

(Exodus 34:14-28)
 

23) To kill an animal is killing a human being

In the proverbs of the Old Testament it says: “A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”

(Proverbs 12:10)


And God spoke through the prophet Isaiah: “He who slaughters an ox is like him who kills a man.”

(Isaiah 66:3)
 

All animals may be slaughtered

According to the Acts of the Apostles of Luke, Peter is said to have said: “… I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ … ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’”*

(Acts 11:6-9)

* Here the animals that were “unclean” according to the Old Testament are given free for slaughter, the others were free for this already before.
 

24) God created the animals and their living space with wisdom

Praise God in Psalm 104:
“Thou makest springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild asses quench their thirst … The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the badgers … O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”

(Psalm 104:10-11&18-24)
 

The purpose of animals is to be slaughtered

In the New Testament supposedly Peter* compares false teachers with: “... irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed … It has happened to them according to the true proverb, ‘The dog turns back to his own vomit, and the sow is washed only to wallow in mire.’”
 
(2 Peter 2:12&22)

* Scientific theology generally assumes that the second letter of Peter did not originate with Peter, but only made use of his name in order to be accepted into the Bible that was being compiled.
 

25) Creation groans in travail

In Paul’s Letter to the Romans it says: “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now …”

(Romans 8:22)


And of King Solomon it is reported: … he spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish.”

(1 Kings 4:33)

 

Mass murder of animals in God’s name

For the consecration of the temple the “congregation” killed so many terrified creatures “that they could not be counted or numbered.” King Solomon alone had “twenty-two thousand oxen and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep” killed.

(1 Kings 8:5&63)


And the faithful shall sing: “O lord, I love the habitation of thy house, and the place where thy glory dwells.”

(Psalm 26:8)
 

26) Rescue animals!

God gave Noah the task of taking the animals onto the ark, “to keep them alive,” when the great flood comes.
 
(Genesis 6:20)

 

Kill the rescued animals!

Directly after the great flood Noah burned many of the animals that had been rescued. “And ... the Lord smelled the pleasing odor” of the burning cadavers and blessed Noah.

(Genesis 8:21)
 

27) Resurrection is possible already now

Jesus: “... he who hears my word and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgement, but has passed from life into death. Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”

(John 5:24-25)


“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me,* though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die ...”

(John 11:25-26)

* Jesus always meant an active faith, not a passive faith (compare no. 7)
 

The teaching of the “resurrection here and now” is like gangrene

Paul or a pupil concerning those who think differently in the community: “and their talk will eat its way like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some.”

(2 Timothy 2:17-18)

 

28) Children are invited

“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

(Mark 10:14)
 

Children shall be dashed against the rock

“Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!”

(Psalm 137:9)

29) Prophecy of future suffering: Even relatives will have each other killed

Jesus about the beginning of the time of woe: “And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and the children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake ...”

(Mark 13:12-13)

Supposed call from God: Friends and relatives shall be killed

After the worship of the golden calf “the Lord, the God of Israel” is said to have said: “Put every man his sword on his side, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.”
 
(Exodus 32:27)
 

30) Parents and children should reconcile

The Word of God through the prophet Malachi: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet … And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers …”

(Malachi 4:5-6)

Parents shall kill disobedient children

According to the 5th Book of Moses, God said: “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother … Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones …”

(Deuteronomy 21:18&21)
 

31) Many people come to the Kingdom of Peace and beat their swords into plowshares

God’s words through the prophets Isaiah and Micah: “… all the nations shall flow to it … and say: ‘Come, let us go to the mountain of the LORD’ ... He shall judge between nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

(Isaiah 2:2-4; Micha 4:1-3)
 

The Kingdom of Peace is supposedly to be fought for with swords against other nations. Then there will no longer be a stranger there

In the book of the prophet Joel, the original prophesy was rewritten into its opposite: “Let all the men of war draw near … Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears … Let the nations bestir themselves and come up … for there I will sit to judge all the nations round about. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe … And Jerusalem shall be holy and strangers shall never pass through it again.”

(Joel 3:9-10&12-13&17)

* This Bible passage could also serve as justification for the Crusades and for the murdering of all Moslems with the sword in Jerusalem in 1099.

32) The people will be led astray by the dark power and incited to make wrong decisions

“Satan stood up against Israel, and incited David to number Israel.”

(1 Chronicles 21:1)

 

It is said that it is God who incited the people and led them astray and later even punished them for this

“Again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go, number Israel and Judah.’

(2 Samuel 24:1)

 

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Citation:
Theologian, Editor Dieter Potzel, Edition N°8: How The Devil Wreaked Havoc in the Bible, Wertheim 2001, English Translation: Wertheim 2004, http://www.theologe.de/theologian8.htm, version from 10th May 2016

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