Did you know that the Bible, which is widely considered to be one of the most sacred books in the world, contains verses so explicit and controversial you've probably never heard them in church?
While some Bible scholars explain the extremely bizarre verses by being mere metaphors or specific historical context, others are not so sure about ambiguity of the passages of scripture and interpret them rather literally. There are just some of the verses that desperately need to be justified as soon as possible!
1) 2 Kings 2:23-24; New International Version (NIV)
From there Elisha [the prophet] went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!”
Does that mean God hates children mocking his prophets and even sends bears to attack them for being rude?
2) 1 Samuel 15:3 (NIV)
“Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroyall that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”
Is this gruesome verse endorsing genocide?
3) Psalm 137:9 (NIV)
“Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”
Is the Bible encouraging brutal murder of children?
4) Deuteronomy 13:6-9 (NIV)
“If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known,gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people.”
Is the Bible calling to kill loved ones instead of being tolerant and merciful?
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5) Leviticus 11:10 (NIV)
“But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales -- whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water -- you are to regard as unclean.”
Eating shrimps, lobsters or crayfish is sinful?
6) 1 Timothy 2:12 (NIV)
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.”
Is the Bible openly promoting sexism and gender inequality?
7) Matthew 19:24 (NIV)
“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Does that mean as long as you are poor you can enter heaven easily and if you are prosperous prepare yourself for hellfire?
8) Jeremiah 9:19 (NIV)
“I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh because their enemies will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them.”
9) 1 Peter 2:18 (NIV)
“Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.”
The Bible promotes slavery?
10) Leviticus 19:27 (NIV)
“Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.”
Why? Just why?