Atheists Favourite Bible Verses


1 Samuel 18:27 200 foreskin

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1 Samuel 18:27  200 foreskin

Atheists like to attack this scripture one quote:

“God is a butcher and has a fetish for cock.”

Firstly God is not a butcher and had no fetishes. Please read and understand the accounts of the time, a closer understanding of this scripture is needed before judgement. It was Saul, not God that demanded 100 foreskins. 

1 Samuel 18:27

27, therefore, David arose and went, he and his men, and killed two hundred men of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskin, and they gave them in full count to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him Michal his daughter as a wife.”

King Saul did not want this marriage to take place, as this meant, David would have a claim to the throne; albeit a small one. 

So in his arrogance, Saul commands David to deliver the foreskin of 100 Philistines. This command had no religious, or political agenda to belittle, or humiliate the Philistines. No, this command showed the malice Saul had for David, by demanding that David achieves an impossible task. 

Saul hoped that David would be killed in battle, but, as a complete act of defiance, an attribute showed by David in later years, he provided Saul with the foreskin of 200 Philistines. With this show of defiance by achieving this miraculous task, Saul had to give his blessing and allow the marriage of David to Michal to take place, or lose face with his people.

It was Saul, not God that desired 100 foreskins of the Philistines and it was neither God that made David go out to do it to gain a wife. King Saul asked for foreskin because the only way that David would be able to get foreskin would be to kill uncircumcised males (which the Philistines would have been), and the foreskin would be indisputable proof that the Philistines were dead, since David would not have been able to cut off their foreskin while the Philistines were still alive.

Requiring David to be in sufficient proximity to the Philistines to remove their foreskin would increase the chance that David would be killed by the Philistines while fighting with them, which was the actual objective of Saul imposing this requirement on David, since Saul was jealous of David’s increasing popularity, and wanted David killed, but did not want the people to blame him for David’s death.

 

2 Kings 2:23 42 Children killed

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2 Kings 2:23 42 Children killed

Atheists like to attack this bible verse, that God murdered children one quote is:

“How can an all-loving God murder 42 children just goes to show God is a murderer, homophobic and corrupt.”

2 Kings 2:23

Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”

So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. Then he went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.”

If God had murdered anyone in the bible he would not be righteous, holy and all-loving. If God murdered anyone then Satan would be the first to accuse him but he did not. If the creator murdered children then the spiritual realm would be in an uproar but they were not why is this?

The King James Bible translation uses the word children. The Hebrew word can also mean children but is actually referring to young men. The NIV bible translation uses the word youths. New American translation uses young lads.

42 youths or lads is a bit different from 42 children. So there was a mob or a gang of youths making fun of a bald man. So this must have been a demonstration of young adult men mocking a prophet of God. So what was said:

“Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”

Lads in Hebrew is Naar and was used for servants or soldiers and Isaac when he was 28 years old. 

Rude, offensive to some maybe or does it go deeper? Indeed it does the natural loss of hair? Remember hair was important as was beards God gave commandments in Leviticus on how to look after your hair to not to spread infection. But it was scorn never less or was he actually bald at all? Was baldness frowned on did he have cropped hair instead?

2 Kings 2:11-12

“Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”

So a demonstration of young adults was sarcastically taunting and insulting the Lord’s prophet by telling him to repeat Elijah’s translation in the above scripture.

So God never murdered young children for making fun of a bald man, the Lord took action for an insulting demonstration against God’s prophet by a large group of intimidating young men. The prophet cursed them in the name of the Lord and the punishment was the mauling of 42 of them by two female bears.

The penalty was justified, for to ridicule Elisha was to ridicule the Lord Himself. God took righteous judgment for his actions. If he murdered anyone Satan would be first to accuse him of wrongdoing but he did not, God’s warning to all who would scorn the prophets of the Lord is final and just.

So in summary

A group of lads or antagonists of Elisha’s prophetic ministry were trying to stop him entering Bethel, disrespecting him a minister of God and acting under Satan’s influence. Elisha being an instrument of the Lord acted on the Word of God and put on the armour of God cursing them in the name of the Lord for protection. The creator called the two bears while Elisha stood fast and acted as anyone would defend himself, his ministry and the righteousness of God.

Leviticus 20:13 Homosexuality

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So does homosexuality no longer apply?

 

Please read our article The Law Of God Part One for a better understanding of Mosaic Laws.

 

Leviticus 18:22

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

Leviticus 20:13

“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death.”

The Old Testament clearly said it is wrong and is an abomination. It is mentioned 113 times the words associated with abomination in the bible. Leviticus 20 also mentions all homosexuals should be put to death. So can we execute homosexuals?

Of cause not because the Mosaic laws have been fulfilled and we are no longer under a theocratic government system. Arguments state that homosexuality no longer applies because it is in The Old covenant. This argument is wrong because it’s a moral law and is also written in The New Testament:

Romans 1:27

“Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Mosaic law and The New Testament laws reflect the order of God and all he stands for. Some laws were for Israel only and moral laws are for everyone. I am not going to write too much on homosexuality please read my two articles homosexuality take one and two for further wisdom on this topic.

We are all made to be holy and anyone who says homosexuality no longer applies like atheists like to point out display total ignorance and are superficial. The word homosexual was not coined until the late 19th century it did not exist before then it wasn’t until 1869 that Dr Karoly Benkert created the term by combining homo the Greek word with sexual the Latin word. Including the word homosexual in scripture was a choice of the translators, it was first mentioned in 1946 and did not appear in a The King James Bible in 1611 because the words had not been invented then. Many words have been added to the English language since 1611 to give us a better understanding of the bible which was translated over thousands of years. The truth is never determined by the number of times something is said in scripture, God tells us once that homosexuality is wrong and a sin that is the law in The Old and New Testament. The Queen James publishers and atheists that deny homosexuality is a sin are stopping Gods blessings for forgiveness and a life with Christ.

The bible refers to sexual acts between people of the same gender.

Homosexuality was a sin in mosaic law and Jesus reaffirmed it as a moral sin in The New Testament.

Deuteronomy 22:20-21 Stoning

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Deuteronomy 22:20-21 Stoning

Atheists like to attack this bible verse one said: 

“So if a woman has pre-marital sex, she should be stoned. Other texts lay guilt on the man as well, but the guilty male gets less attention than the guilty female.”

Deuteronomy 22:20-21

“But if the thing is true, and evidence of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house. So you shall put away the evil from among you.”

You can not judge bible scripture on verses that were written 3000 years ago as sexual purity was viewed very differently to modern-day thinking back then. Virginity in Mosaic law was sacred and showed the purity of God. A dowry was paid to the Father of the bride and she was to keep herself pure, the Father was head of the house and also his status and values coincided with the laws of God. If anything else happened like rape or she lost her virginity within this time it would bring dishonour, shame and be in direct rebellion against God. Social status and interpersonal relationships were in place. stoning was associated with sins that caused irreparable damage to the spiritual or ceremonial purity of a person or an animal. The Mosaic Law specified that before anyone could be put to death by stoning, there had to be a fair trial, and at least two witnesses had to testify:

“On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.”

Stoning is an awful way to die. That particular manner of execution must have been a strong deterrent against committing the sins deemed offensive enough to merit stoning. God cares very much about the purity of his creation.

Strict Mosaic laws for sin during that time helped deter people from adopting the impure practices of their pagan neighbours and rebelling against God.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Stoning was actually not practised allot and like modern death penalty was a strong deterrent at that time, priests tried to abolish it later as a Capitol punishment.

People take scripture out of context and say God is evil not realising that Mosaic laws were in place until Christ for filled in The New Testament. Only moral laws from The Old Testament still apply today. People who criticise the bible miss the point if you are superficial and try to pick holes in everything that you deem wrong or a contradiction it is not wrong in Gods’ eyes or at the time ancient society deemed the laws necessary, to be changed later by our High a Priest Jesus Christ. If we always criticise God we are judging him. Modern society has a police force to deal with crime, Israel at that time had no civil police that patrolled the streets keeping peace and order. The creator has every right to Govern what he created in a way best to him and us even if we can’t see that. The creator taught Capitol punishment was to be used for only the most serious offences.

Stoning is still practised today so should we blame God for that?

Stoning is practised by some Muslims but no longer by Jews. It was never done by Christians though.

The Old Testament Laws

The Mosaic legislation is not the same as moral law it was done out of necessity, to effectively govern a people, laws are often a compromise between what would be ideal, and what is enforceable. Mosaic laws are no different. They were designed to keep the Israelites in line, but not necessarily exemplify a moral ideal.

Brunei Oct 2013

Stoning made Law.

Indonesia

2009 bylaw added.

Iran

Stoning practised.

Iraq

14 youths stoned to death 2014

Pakistan

law 1979

Saudi Arabia

Law.

Sudan

2013 23-year-old stoned to death.

Somalia

Law.

United Arab Emirates

Law.

ISIL

2014 person stoned for adultery.

Yemen

Penal Code 1994

Homosexuality

Somalia

Regular stoning than anywhere else.

Qua tar

Law

Pakistan

Law

Nigeria

Law

Adultery

Mauritania

Law

Deuteronomy 23:1 Testicles and penis cut off.

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Deuteronomy 23:1 Testicles and penis cut off.

Atheists like to attack this bible verse and I have read this quote:

“Without a cock ‘n’ balls. You should see what customs is like!”

In ancient times Jewish people did not allow proselytising which means convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another or by foreigners. Therefore all men who joined the congregation in any assembly of God whether in the tabernacle, church or temple, had to be born Jewish, had to be circumcised, and could not have been castrated or mutilated sexually.

There were those in those days who were idol worshippers who would emasculate or mutilate themselves as a form of devotion to their pagan gods. God did not want any people to worship in this way as he was and is the only one true God, the Lord wanted to keep the jews pure and Jewish. So foreigners were not welcome unless they converted to Judaism, and submitted to circumcision. Those whose penis or testicles were removed, castrated or crushed so as to make them unable to reproduce, were often considered Eunuchs and were banned from service in the Jewish community because they were betrothed into servitude for life, and forbidden to reproduce. 

Eunuchs meaning:

The eunuchs of the Bible have usually castrated males or those incapable of reproduction due to a birth defect. A eunuch could also be someone who performed jobs typical of eunuchs, although he remained perfectly capable of having sexual intercourse. The purpose of intentional castration was to induce impotence and remove sexuality. It was a common practice in ancient times for rulers to castrate some of their bondservants and/or advisers in order to subdue and pacify them. It was especially common to castrate men who tended the royal harem. Queen Esther’s eunuchs are mentioned in Esther 4:4.

Natural eunuchs include those who are born with a physical defect, but they also comprise those who are born with no real desire for marriage or sex. Forced eunuchs are those who have been castrated for whatever reason. Voluntary eunuchs are those who, in order to better serve the Lord in some capacity, choose to forgo marriage. God calls some people to remain single and therefore celibate.

Some gay groups and atheists argue that Jesus was referring to homosexuals when He mentioned eunuchs who were born that way. However, the Bible never uses the words homosexual and eunuch interchangeably Furthermore, eunuchs are never referred to in Scripture as being in sin, while homosexuality is universally condemned in both The Old and New Testaments. The word homosexual was not coined until the late 19th century it did not exist before then it wasn’t until 1869 that Dr Karoly Benkert created the term by combining homo the Greek word with sexual the Latin word. Including the word homosexual in scripture was a choice of the translators, it was first mentioned in 1946 and did not appear in a The King James Bible in 1611 because the words had not been invented then. Many words have been added to the English language  to give us a better understanding of the bible which was translated over thousands of years.

Exodus 23:19 Boil A kid

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Exodus 23:19 Boil A kid

Atheists like to attack this scripture one quote:

“God tells us not to boil children in milk, a great idea maybe a better breakfast cereal is required!”

Exodus 23:19

“The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God. You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.”

The kid is referring to a young goat, not a child. Other bible translations clearly have this stated:

Exodus 23:19 AMP

“You shall bring the choice first fruits of your ground into the house of the Lord your God.

You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

This directive of Mosaic Law, which appears three times in the Bible, can help us appreciate God’s sense of propriety, his compassion, and his tenderness. It also highlights his loathing of false worship. To boil a young goat or any other animal in its mother’s milk would be contrary to God’s natural laws. God provided the mother’s milk to nourish the kid and help it grow. Cooking the kid in the milk of its own mother would display a contempt of the relation which God has established and sanctified between parent and young. Boiling a kid in its mother’s milk was also a pagan ritual performed to produce rain and would have served to protect the Israelites from the senseless and heartless religious practices of the nations surrounding them. The Mosaic Law specifically forbade the Israelites to walk in the statutes of those nations. God actually has many verses with injunctions against cruelty to animals like laws that prohibited sacrificing an animal unless it had been with its mother for at least seven days, slaughtering both an animal and its offspring on the same day, and taking from a nest both a mother and her eggs.

Ezekiel 23:20 Horse Emissions

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Ezekiel 23:20 Horse Emissions

Atheists like to attack this scripture one said:

WTF?!?!? I guarantee that if you told this to a Christian s/he would deny it’s in the Bible. The title of this chapter is “Two Adulterous Sisters.” The Bible is not filled with the love of Jesus that so many think. There may be statements on love and caring for others, but most of the Bible is filled with death, slavery, and sex. The Bible is an early book of erotica!

I don’t even know what else to say about this verse. Donkey balls. Horse emissions. Can’t top that!

Ezekiel 23:20

“For she lusted for her paramours,

Whose flesh is like the flesh of donkeys,

And whose issue is like the issue of horses.”

The two women are metaphors for Jerusalem and Syria, paramours mean lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person. Idolatry and spiritual whoredom were actual sins committed by those people of Jerusalem and Syria as listed. The reference to Egypt looks back to the time of the Egyptian captivity before the Exodus and during that trek through the wilderness. Even then they lusted after the treasures and luxuries of Egypt. But after they were settled in their own land they played the harlot with Assyria Hence the prophetic indictment of their harlotry. The AMP translation:

Ezekiel 23:19-21

19 Yet she multiplied her depravities, remembering the days of her youth when she was actively immoral in the land of Egypt. 20 For she lusted after her lovers [there], whose flesh is like the flesh of donkeys and whose issue is like the issue of horses. 21 Thus you longed for the lewdness and vulgarity of your youth when the Egyptians handled your bosom on account of the breasts of your youth.

An Early book of erotica it’s not please read all translations to have a better understanding of this scripture and not to take something out of context at face value first.

Ezekiel 4:12 poop cakes

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Ezekiel 4:12 poop cakes

Atheists like to attack this scripture one quote:

“God told Ezekiel to eat poop cakes so we have scat, porn erotica and eating shit nice holy God!”

Ezekiel 4:12 cake

A type of cake found in the Old Testament of the Bible made of wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, and cooked over a fire of dung.

If you read all the translations instead of taking something at face value you can clearly see these cakes were cooked over a fire using dung as cooking fuel. Animal dung was used as fuel.

This particular scripture is about God giving a sign or prophesies to Ezekiel for the inhabitants of Jerusalem of the impending siege that is coming upon them due to their iniquities (sins) that they have committed against God. 

God tells Ezekiel of how “he” shall enact the siege by having in the store the provisions spoken of and by using the proper amounts as instructed by God to last the duration of the enactment of the prophesied siege. Ezekiel voices his disapproval of eating the barley cakes baked with human dung as a fuel because he has never defiled his body by eating of anything unclean. So God grants his request and he is allowed to use cow’s dung as a fuel source instead of human dung. The man’s dung or cow’s dung is to be used as fuel for a fire to bake the barley cakes with. Not to make the cakes out of. The reason for this being that when the city comes under siege the wood for fires will most certainly be all used up in a period of weeks or months as the case may be.These types of sieges could sometimes last for years depending on how well fortified the city being attacked was. So when they ran out of wood for fuel for fires then they would be forced to use cow’s dung, or worst yet “human dung” as a fuel source for the fires to cook with. If the cakes were baked with human dung then God would consider them as being “defiled” or unclean, and not fit for human consumption. The Bible even speaks of soldiers forced by dehydration to drink their own urine during these long sieges because they had no water!

As far as the quote…”that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces”. Very simple, it was also considered a defilement to eat an animal that had not been properly bled out when it died. Just as we don’t eat animals today that aren’t properly bled out when they are slaughtered. The blood has to be drained out of the animal or it will putrefy the meat. And “torn in pieces” meaning it was killed by a predatory animal and partly consumed, and lay as putrid meat that scavengers only would feed upon. It also is not fit for human consumption in God’s eyes. Camel’s dung is still used today as a fuel source in the Mid-East in the absence of wood for fuel.

Ezekiel 4:12 (NIV) – “Eat the food as you would a barely cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement as fuel.”

Ezekiel 4:12 NKJV

“Drink. And you shall eat it as barley cakes, and bake it using fuel of human waste in their sight.”

Ezekiel 4:12 NIV

12 Eat the food as you would a loaf of barley bread; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.”13 The LORD said, “In this way, the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.” 14 Then I said, “Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth.”

Genesis 17:10-14 Circumcision

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So should Christians be circumcised?

Please read our article The Law Of God Part One for a better understanding of Mosaic laws.

Circumcision removes the foreskin, the sensitive tissue that normally covers and protects the head of the penis. In Genesis, God told Abraham to circumcise himself, his household and his bondservants as an everlasting covenant in their flesh. Those who were not circumcised were to be cut off from their people, Note the connection between circumcision and slavery. Circumcision applied to the slaves of Jewish people. Apart from that, circumcision never applied to people outside the Jewish faith. The first covenant was not with other nations. Circumcision never applied to Christians. So as Christians do we need to be circumcised?

The answer is no you do not have to be circumcised to get into heaven. This issue was resolved long ago by the apostle Paul and the early Church. Circumcision has absolutely nothing to do with salvation. It is one of many Old Testament requirements that ended the moment that Jesus Christ died for our sins. Circumcision had to do with The Old Testament relationship between God and the Jewish people, it has never been a requirement for Christians.

Genesis 17:10-14

“This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.”

Lack of law in our life we will always lead to anarchy. Laws give us rights to husbands over their wife’s within a loving committed relationship of trust and loyalty. All relations have a fundamental base of trust including the business side. Justice from God is warranted and is his entitlement to act on if people agree to his laws then break the commitment. Each generation has moved further away then changed and broken laws which affect the very character of the Lord forcing him to act. Jesus was mocked for his faith, attacked, tortured and then crucified. God has patience and has forgiven many times through history. He will wait a man’s lifetime to come back to his will. When the creator punishes he does this like a parent, this means carefully and with love. Before he gives punishment he will warn in many ways and is slow to anger:

Psalm 86:15

“But You, O. Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious.”

Genesis 19:8 Lot’s Daughters

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Genesis 19:8 Lot’s Daughters

Atheists like to attack this verse one quote:

“As a father of three daughters myself, I cannot imagine offering my daughters to get raped so that I could protect the strangers under my roof.

And yes, I have heard the Christian explanation of this text that this was how the ancient Middle Eastern people valued hospitality. But how does that make it okay? It doesn’t.

Rather than trying to explain away Lot’s behaviour according to “hospitality laws” we must condemn his behaviour as horribly barbaric.”

Genesis 19:8

See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

Two angels had visited Lot in Sodom in an effort to get him to leave the city since it was about to be destroyed by God for all its wickedness and sinful ways and appeared in the form of men. Meanwhile, many of the men of the city, who were homosexual, wanted to have sex with the two men not knowing they were really angels. So lot’s guest was about to be gang raped by homosexual men. Lot being compassionate to his guest offered his daughters instead. As the men were homosexual they refused the daughters and began to force their way into Lot’s house intent on having sexual relations with the Angels disguised as men.

The angels then blinded the mob and the crowd slowly dwindled away.

So what do we learn from this scripture, was Lot wrong in his thinking and actions?

We understand it a little more when we consider the low place of women in the pre-Christian world and the very high place of any guest in your home as the atheist comment suggested above. 

The Hebrew word for know is Yada which does not necessarily mean to have sex with, in this context of scripture it’s about Sodom and Gomorrah and is relating to a sexual encounter.

God had already determined to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah in righteous judgment for the sins they had already committed like homosexuality and idol worship than for the issue not yet committed which was inhospitality. God warned Lot to leave the city but his choice was to go there from the start. Lots choice was all about himself and materialistic values. Spiritually he was committing conflict against The Holy Spirit living in a city full of sin. Lot chose his own will over the will of God and made himself spiritually weaker in the process. Lot made poor decisions we can not get over the fact and the atheist comments have every right to judge him on his actions which were wrong, but we must remember this was Lots actions, not God. We may sit in judgment of ancient society but protecting one’s guests required great sacrifice. Was lot right the answer is no?

God showed Lot was wrong by protecting him and his daughter’s atheists must remember this fact before judging scripture. The Angels acted in righteous judgment to blind the sexually rampant mob.

Even a righteous Lot can do things that are wrong. Overall, Lot feared God but loved and trusted him though he did wrong by offering his daughters, God forgave him and protected him from the destruction to come and his daughters from the sexual advances of the men.

Job 39:9 Unicorns

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Unicorns meaning in The Bible

The Bible has been criticised for mentioning creatures that are supposedly made up and myth. Unicorns are one of them that atheists like to ridicule However, unicorns are not mythical creatures. They are called Rhinoceros Unicornis (Indian Rhinoceros) and each one has one horn on its head. Unicorn simply means one horn.

Job 39:9

“Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?”

Job 39:10

“Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?”

Psalms 29:6

“He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.”

Psalms 92:10

“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”

Deuteronomy 33:17

His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them, he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”

Psalms 22:21

“Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou, hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.”

Isaiah 34:7

“And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.”

Unicorn an animal with one horn; the Monoceros. this name is often applied to the rhinoceros.

Rhinoceros a genus of quadrupeds of two species, one of which, the unicorn, has a single horn growing almost erect from the nose. This animal when full-grown is said to be 12 feet in length. There is another species with two horns, the bicornis. 

 9 bible verses mention unicorns, there are 5 different Latin words that are being used:

Rinoceros

Rinocerotis

Rinocerota

Unicornium

Unicornis

The original Hebrew is the word re’em which was translated monokeros in the Septuagint and unicornis in the Latin Vulgate. Later versions use the phrase wild ox. The original Hebrew word just means a beast with a horn.

There’em is believed to refer to large cattle which roamed Europe and Asia in ancient times. Aurochs stood over six feet tall and were the ancestors of all domestic cattle. They became extinct in the 1600s. In scripture, the wild ox usually refers to someone with great power.

Numbers 23:22

“God brings them out of Egypt;

He has strength like a wild ox.”

Numbers 24:8

God brings him out of Egypt;

He has strength like a wild ox;

He shall consume the nations, his enemies;

He shall break their bones

And pierce them with his arrows.”

The bull represented several different deities including Baal, Moloch, and Apis. The Israelites tried to adopt these beliefs when they made the golden calf and adopt Pagan practices out of the will of God.

Leviticus 11:7 Eating Pork

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So is it wrong to eat pork?

Leviticus 11:7 ceremonial law

“And the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcases you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.”

 

Ceremonial laws expired with Jesus Christ so in modern times this no longer applies. Eating swine flesh was viewed as an abomination to Israelites Gods chosen people at that time to protect them from infections or bacteria carried by these types of animals. Food regulations are now abolished. Hebrews explains that The Old Testament ceremonial laws were fulfilled by Jesus Christ and only Moral laws and laws carried over to The New Testament still apply in modern times. Israelites Gods chose  people were given a set of dietary laws at Mount Sinai. Food laws were ritualistic, ceremonial, religious purposes and to keep the purity and health of Gods people who were set apart from the pagan nations around. God tells Paul in Acts through a vision about the changes to dietary laws.

Acts 10:9-15

Peter’s Vision

9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”

15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

Leviticus 11:9-12 Shellfish

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So is it wrong to eat shellfish?

Please read the Law Of God Part One article for a better understanding of Mosaic Laws.

Leviticus 11:9-12 Ceremonial law

“These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers—that you may eat. But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you. They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcases as an abomination. Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales that shall be an abomination to you.”

Ceremonial law again which is no longer binding to Christians.

Scavengers by nature could place toxins into the human body and shellfish can cause allergic reactions. Shellfish and fish without scales or fins are filter feeders of the sea eating dead matter and waste, God gave his people a way of clean living which would in-turn bring out their devotion to the Father for his caring nature.

The creator is in control and food was a part of the intelligent plan for mankind. Clean animals have a split hoof and chew the cud, or eat plants. Herbivores generally are healthier for mankind to eat having an advanced digestive system where food is purified before any toxins are absorbed into the body.

When we mess with food we create our own diseases so who is more intelligent God or mankind?

The mad-cow disease came about by feeding parts of other cattle.

Injecting chemicals into food to make them last longer is also not what God designed for us to eat.

Leviticus 19:19 Mixed Fabrics

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So is it wrong for us to wear clothing with mixed fabrics?

 

Please read our article The Law Of God Part One for a better understanding of Mosaic Laws.

 

Leviticus 19:19

“You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.”

Deuteronomy 22:9-12

“You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seed, lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled.

You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

“You shall not wear a garment of different sorts, such as wool and linen mixed together.”

These laws were not moral laws. High priests wore an Ephod made of linen and dyed thread this is also key to understanding this law. A high priest was set apart by God able to wear clothing that was different from society, the dyed thread would have been made of wool.

The High priest was important and a role model of Gods character showing holiness and a symbol of Gods pureness on earth. The religion of Israel was in open conflict with the fertility cult religion. God warned Israelites against putting their trust in the land or false idols. The seed laws were an aspect of this prohibition. These laws restricted genetic experimentation in Israel. There would be no specialised animal breeding; there would be no mixing of seeds in any field.

So today Christians can wear clothing made of two different types of threads and wool. Mosaic laws on threads were for the Israelites and not for The New Testament, only aspects of The Old Testament that are reaffirmed in The New Covenant are binding to modern-day Christians which is moral and ethical issues derived from The Ten Commandments.

Leviticus 19:19 Ox And Ass Together

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Leviticus 19:19 Ox And Ass Together

Atheists like to attack this scripture saying God is just pedantic. One quote was:

“irritating. Like odd socks, or different brands of battery.”

Leviticus 19:19

You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind.”

Deuteronomy 22:10

“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.”

So is God being pedantic?

No God teaches about animal kinds and also about the difference.

They might have different characteristics or conflict together when out to work. An Ox is a heavy work animal if it is yoked to a donkey which is generally smaller and not as strong this can cause unnecessary burden and stress on both animals. The Lord teaches that union is important like in marriage a perfect match as God is perfect yoking together compatibility to meld together as one.

Leviticus 19:27 Beards

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So should we have beards and not shave the sides?

 

Please read our article The Law Of God Part One for a better understanding of Mosaic Laws.

 

Leviticus 19:27

“You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard.”

This law was for the general population and the Levitical priests for the control of infectious diseases and ritual purification. If Israelites wore a beard in compliance with the law it reminded them of their creator and to be obedient. Priests had to maintain ceremonial purity and to reflect Gods divine character appropriate to their office. Israel was set apart to be Gods own representatives on planet earth.

The role of Christians today is to be a nation of Priests, Ambassadors and to spread the gospel, not copying other religious practices of anything around. It was also common for pagan priests to shave their heads as part of their satanic worship of false Gods.

The law is stated twice for Israel and the priests only and this law is not required in modern times outside Israel although it is still practised by some there. In The New covenant there is a bible verse:

Corinthians 11:6

“For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but a woman is the glory of man.”

God intends humans to have hair that’s why it grows back, but this New Testament verse shows that vanity should be considered.

Leviticus 19:28 Tattoos

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So should we have tattoos?

Please read our article The Law Of God Part One to get a better understanding of Mosaic Laws.

Leviticus 19:28

“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.”

God gave this law to his chosen people of Israel. Pagan nations had generally marked their flesh with names and symbols of false Gods. This was again to set them apart as a holy nation an example to others. This was part of mosaic laws and no longer applies but principles can be learned especially for the modern Christian. The human body should be kept holy and a living sacrifice. Tattoos should never be taken for following groups, gangs etc or to proclaim ownership of someone like a girl as our bodies belongs to God. Tattoos should never be taken to try to become a new identity when we have established our identity the mirror of Christ. Tattoos can have impacts on jobs, relationships and can be costly to remove. Tattoos also have pagan roots with shaving the head. Remember Israelites were set apart to have beards and not to shave their heads. Satanic marks open the door to the devil, God would rather we do not deface our bodies made in his image and be happy with what he fashioned us with without addition. God wants Christians to live their lives than display Christian images on our flesh. Humans can also get diseases from improper sanitation of needles used for tattoos and around 50 percent of people eventually regret having their bodies tattooed. The New Testament has principles we can follow which can apply to tattoos mentioned in Peter:

1 Peter 3:3-4

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

Leviticus 25:44-46 Slaves

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So is it wrong for us to have slaves?  Moral law

 

Please read our article The Law Of God Part One for a better understanding of Mosaic laws.

 

Today there are over 30 million people subject to modern slavery. The bible does not support slavery as atheists seem to think it does.

The bible gives instructions how to treat slaves because in The Old Testament times slavery was not centred around race, nationality or skin colour. Slavery was used as a social status, to pay off debts and to provide money for families. Some people actually choose to be slaves which are different from being forced. The bible actually condones anything racist as we are all children of God and made in his image.

Today slavery is big business people are sold to slave traders and forced into prostitution or to work on farms, this is regarded as ungodly and is a sin, We are also slaves to money. Enslaving a person is also wrong, remember the Greek word slave is also servant or bond-servant which were paid a wage and had nothing to do with racial slavery. God gave rights and rules to slaves for their protection showing he cared for them. Also, Christians led the fight to abolish slavery in the 16th-19th century so in conclusion slaves under Mosaic laws were more like servants or bondservants. Also, however, commits sin is a slave to sin.

John 8:34

“Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Malachi 2:3 Refuse on your face

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Malachi 2:3 Refuse on your face

Atheists like to attack this bible verse one quote was:

“You better behave or else god is going to mess up your sperm and shit on you all.”

Malachi 2:3

“Behold, I will rebuke your descendants

And spread refuse on your faces,

The refuse of your solemn feasts;

And one will take you away with it.”

Malachi was one of the last of the Jewish prophets, writing at the time of the restored temple following their exile in Babylon. He is addressing issues that had appeared in the people at that time.

Some of the priests who had returned from Babylon had brought pagan ideas from the Babylonian religion back with them and were trying to include them in the Jewish traditions and ceremonies. Malachi warns the priests that if they do, they would be rejected and their children as the priesthood were passed down from father to son. To show the degree of rejection he uses a “word picture” of them being splattered with refuse or garbage from the rejected parts of the sacrifices. In the Jewish tradition, this was one of the most unclean and unholy things that existed. As such, this would be a very striking and upsetting picture just as it would be today. It was a good way for the prophet to get people’s attention and to make them remember his warning. Nothing in history indicates there was a time when the priests and their families were physically splattered with dung. But they were rejected and exiled from Israel, and their children did not inherit the priesthood. God is clear no pagan worship.

Will Man Ever Find Noah’s Ark?

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The Ark had a dual purpose. Atheists like to say that it did not exist because there is no evidence to support the fact.

The reason people will never find the real Noah’s Ark is because it was used to build houses and for firewood after the flood. You must remember that there was no trees and no food after water destroyed everything. Man would have logically stayed around 30 years inside the Ark using it as his home to reestablish life on a ravaged land. This would have included planting seeds to grow crops and trees, reestablishing growth of plant life takes time. When they migrated from the ark to populate the land it was left alone for approx 135 years, in this time it would have rotted and burned away. Other people around the area would be aware of the boat and use its material for fires, tools, and construction of buildings. The Ark does not exist today and will never be found, fake websites that say it does are just fake.

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Psalm 137:9 Smashed Against Rocks

Atheists like to attack this bible scripture one quote:

“An all loving God that commands us to smash children against the rocks, he hates children just like two bears that killed 42 children that is obvious.”

Psalm 137 NKJV

“Happy the one who takes and dashes

Your little ones against the rock!”

Please read any scripture within the context of what is being taught and not take it at face value first.

Psalm 137 is a lament for Jerusalem after the Babylonians have invaded and destroyed it. Verses 7-9 make it explicit:

7 Remember, LORD, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down,” they cried, “tear it down to its foundations!” 8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. 9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”

This is sheer gloating on the part of the psalmist. 

So, why is it in Scripture?

The Bible can be literal but still express itself in the language of feeling. There are many scriptures that can be ripped out of their context to make a case against them. If we read the Scripture in context and then go to other Scriptures and history we find its true meaning.

Psalm 137:8-9

“O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, happy the one who repays you as you have served us! Happy the one who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

God is not telling Israel to smash the heads of their infants against rocks. Israel was taken captive with their children by the Babylonians in several different invasions. 

God is pronouncing judgment upon Babylon for its great sin in showing no mercy when it destroyed Jerusalem and led the Jews captive. God is stating that Babylon will be dealt in the same manner that she treated Israel (according to prophecy). The day is coming when an enemy (will rejoice in its triumph over Babylon, and will be happy in the Slaughter). It was the Medes and Persians that conquered Babylon. She was completely overtaken and ruined by these empires. And just as she rejoiced in destroying Jerusalem and Israel, God said her conquerors will rejoice in destroying her, including her innocent infants.

God is not commanding such barbaric behaviour but stating what the future will be for Babylon.

This was a fulfilment of:

Isaiah 13:15-16

“Everyone who is found will be thrust through, and everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.”