Cliff Walker's Big List of Bible Passages
(for Positive Atheism Magazine)

In honor of National Bible Week (Sunday through Sunday, Thanksgiving Week), the Bible readings below are distributed by Positive Atheism. They were compiled from works by American Atheists, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and by Neal Cary, Frank Zindler, the late Joseph Lewis, the late Glenn Carver, and the merely tardy Cliff Walker.

Atheists are encouraged to write letters to representatives and to the media, call talk shows, and even preach on the streets to show others what the Bible REALLY says!
 

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1997 American Atheists Dispatch
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Atheists: "If We Can't Beat 'Em..."

There seems little chance of stopping most of the state and local proclamations to commemorate "National Bible Week." Since 1940, religious groups -- originally under the direction of a group calling itself the National Committee for Religious Recovery -- have pressured government officials to voice their support for a week of Bible perusing and reflection. Hundreds of mayors, and over two dozen governors participated in the event last year.

American Atheists National Media Coordinator Ron Barrier suggests an alternative approach.

"Join in," says Mr. Barrier.

American Atheists has announced that its members and state directors will participate in "National Bible Week" activities with public readings from the bible.

American Atheists President Ellen Johnson said that "American Atheists has always encouraged the public to read both the Old and New Testaments from cover to cover. Many people become atheists after reading the bible."

American Atheists National Spokesperson Ron Barrier added, "We welcome the opportunity that the religious community is giving us to share our perspective of the uncensored bible with the public. It has had a significant effect on my life."

American Atheists National Outreach Director Neal Cary is encouraging atheists and nonbelievers everywhere to spread "the good news about the good book." Working with Frank Zindler, editor of "American Atheist Magazine," they have put together a list of inspirational quotes which can be referred to -- or even quoted directly -- in letters to public officials, school officials, and the news media.

Mr. Zindler cautions, though, "It is important to use the unexpurgated King James version, not the "New King James," which has had all the 'pisseth' drained out of it. Other modern versions too have been cleaned up. Not all Gideon bibles stolen from motel rooms are The Real McCoy. Before reading from a bible, check 1 Kings 14:10 to make sure the urea solution is still there full-strength"

Mr. Zindler adds: "Have fun!"

(used with permission)
 

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Gems from The Prince of Peace
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The Gospel According To Luke

   -- 12:51-2 "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three."

   -- 14:26 "If any man come unto me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."

   -- 19:27 "But those mine enemies which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
 

The Gospel According To Matthew

   -- 10:34 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I come not to send peace, but a sword."

   -- 10:35-6 "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."

   -- 15:4 Jesus reiterates the commandment to kill children for cursing their parents: "For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say,... [snip] ... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." (Jesus, reinforcing God's commandment from Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, and particularly Deuteronomy 21:18-21, which detail the requirement that parents bring stubborn boys to the city gates to be executed by stoning. Here, Jesus criticizes the humanitarian efforts of the Pharisees, who struggled for centuries to find ways to soften the impact of this brutal commandment, and to make it virtually unenforceable.)
 

The Gospel According To John

   -- 15:6 "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." (This passage, a quote from Jesus, was used for centuries to justify burning our predecessors at the stake for refusing to believe.)
 

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Gems from Hebrew Scripture
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Genesis

   -- 12:11-20 Abram (Abraham) deceives Pharaoh, telling him Sarai (Sarah) is not his wife but his sister, and Pharaoh lies with Sarai. The LORD sends a plague of flies, and then Pharaoh rebukes Abram.

   -- 17:9-14 Brutal rite of circumcision mandated

   -- 19:1-8 Righteous man tells horny neighbors to rape his virgin daughters instead of taking liberties with his male guests (who are angels) (see also Judges 19:1-30 for a story too similar not to raise questions of plagiarism; the Judges story, though set at a later date, is probably more ancient than this one)

   -- 19:30-38 Righteous man impregnates his two daughters while drunk

   -- 24:2-3, 9 Place your hand "under the thigh" (hold the sexual organs) of someone while swearing sacred oaths

   -- 25:1-6 Keeping a mistresses is not adultery

   -- 26:1-11 Isaac pulls the same stunt his father Abraham did, of telling Abimelech king of the Philistines that Rebekah is his sister, not his wife. Verse 8: "Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife." The word "sporting," here, does not mean volleyball. The results were similar to what Abraham experienced.

   -- 29 Laban sells his daughters, Leah and Rachael, to Jacob.

   -- 30 The joys and woes of surrogate motherhood, described in great detail: wife lies face up, atop surrogate, during sex act. This passage is the basis for the main theme of Margaret Atwood's speculative novel The Handmaid's Tale.)

   -- 34:1-31 Brothers are riled when sister is defiled: they order the culprits to submit to painful adult circumcision to avoid punishment due them, and then slaughter them while prone from this pain

   -- 35:2 Reuben sleeps with father's concubine

   -- 38:1-10 Onan's birth-control method (early withdrawal) not approved; Onan is killed by God

   -- 38:12-30 Tamar plays the harlot to seduce father-in-law

   -- 39:1-20 Potipher's wife tries to seduce Joseph by coercion; Joseph refuses; the wife accuses Joseph of attempted rape; Joseph is imprisoned unjustly

   -- 47:29 Joseph ordered to place his hand under father's thigh (hold his father's testicles) to swear an oath
 

Exodus

   -- 20:26 God specifies building of altar to prevent exposure of nakedness

   -- 21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

   -- 22:18 Reason for murder of millions of innocent women: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

   -- 22:19 Death decreed for bestiality

   -- 33:17-23 God moons Moses
 

Leviticus

   -- 12:1-8 Bible calls childbirth a sin

   -- 13:40-41 On baldness: "And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean. And he that hath his hair fallen off from the part of his head toward his face, he is forehead bald: yet is he clean."

   -- 15:16-18 Sperm and intercourse are unclean

   -- 15:19-33 Menstruation is unclean: elaborate taboos regarding menstruation

   -- 15:29-30 Women must make sin offering for having menstrual periods

   -- 18:22 Homosexuality declared an abomination

   -- 18:23 More bestiality laws for this nomadic tribe of illiterate goatherders. (Now why would they feel the need to enact so many laws against this practice?)

   -- 19:1,20-22 Slave-Adultery Law: the man gets forgiven, the slave girl gets flogged

   -- 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

   -- 20:10 Adulterers shall be put to death

   -- 20:13 Death decreed for homosexuals

   -- 20:15-16 Death decreed for bestiality (the poor innocent beast dies too)

   -- 24:16 Death for pronouncing the name of the Yahweh the Volcano God

   -- 26:29 Curse: You shall eat your sons and daughters
   

Numbers

   -- 5:11-31 God's fidelity test is for women only

   -- 31:1-18 Captured virgins to be kept "for yourselves"; other captives are to be slain; 32 virgins

   -- 31:1-18; 28-47 God commands genocide of Midianites

   -- 31:40 Ritual Human Sacrifice performed by Moses and Eleazar: "And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute was thirty and two persons."
 

Deuteronomy

   -- 3:1-7 Kill all men, women, and children

   -- 13:6-10 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
[7] Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
[8] Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
[9] But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
[10] And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

   -- 21:10-14 God okays captured maidens to be used as wives on a trial basis

   -- 21:18-21 "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son ... Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city ... And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die..."

   -- 22:5 Men's clothing not to be worn by women, and vice versa

   -- 22:13-21 A bride who is found not to be a virgin must be put to death

   -- 22:23-26 God's law: a virgin raped in the city is to be given no pity

   -- 22:28-29 Paying a father to have sex with his daughter

   -- 23:1 "He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord."

   -- 23:2 Child born out of wedlock condemned as bastard; offspring punished for the next 10 generations

   -- 23:10-11 Cleaning up after nocturnal emissions -- described rather obliquely in the King James

   -- 23:13-14 Be sure to bury your fecal matter with a paddle. Why? "For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp..."

   -- 24:1 Man can divorce his wife by evicting her

   -- 25:5-10 A woman has cause to spit in a man's face

   -- 25:11-12 God's law: a married woman shall have her hand cut off for grabbing a man's private parts in defense of her husband against a brutal attacker: "thine eye shall not pity her"

   -- 28:27 Hemorrhoids ("emerods") are a punishment for sin

   -- 28:30 Lord's curse: Another man shall lie with the groom's bride first

   -- 28:53-57 God's curse: Eat your own body and your own children
 

Joshua

   -- 5:3 "And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins."
 

Judges

   -- 3:20-22 A dagger is thrust into a fat king's gut

   -- 4:4-22 Hammer-and-nail murder by a woman

   -- 8:30 Gideon had many wives and concubines

   -- 11:29-40 Jephtha's zeal for the Lord: he makes his daughter become a human sacrifice in order not to break an oath he made, but lets her weep with her girlfriends before he kills her

   -- 19:1-30 Man gives his daughter to be raped and ruined by testosterone-enraged men who, at first, sought to bugger his male houseguest (see also Genesis 19:1-8 for a strikingly similar story; this is probably the more ancient, upon which the story of Lot and his daughters is based)

   -- 21:6-25 Amidst carnage, virgins are captured to become wives. Again.
 

Ruth

   -- 3:6-9 To "hook" him as husband, Ruth sleeps with Boaz

   -- 4:9-10 Boaz buys Ruth
 

I Samuel

   -- 5:9-12 Philistines are "smitten with emerods" (hemorrhoids) as punishment for stealing the ark of the covenant

   -- 6:1-5 To placate God, the Philistines make golden images of emerods (hemorrhoidal polyps). This technique works like a charm.

   -- 15:3 God orders Saul to kill suckling babes

   -- 18:23-27 Two hundred Philistine foreskins purchase David a king's daughter

   -- 20:40-41 "And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city. And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded." (The translation by James Moffat omits the word that the King James translates as "exceeded," making it seem as if this Hebrew scholar might know more than we; he translates it, instead, using the virgule (three dots), thus: "until David...")

   -- 25:22,34 "Any that pisseth against the wall"
 

II Samuel

   -- 3:7 More concubine hanky-panky

   -- 5:13 David had many wives, concubines

   -- 11:1-27 Uriah is sent to the front line to lose his life so that the righteous David can get Uriah's beautiful wife, who is already pregnant by David.

   -- 12:7-12 Obscene performance to be viewed by all Israel

   -- Chapter 13 Amnon rapes his sister

   -- 16:20-23 Absalom copulates with his father's concubines on a rooftop

   -- 20:3 David imprisons his concubines for the frolic with Absalom
 

I Kings

   -- 1:1-4 A virgin is ordered to accompany righteous David in his bed as therapy

   -- 11:1-10 Wise Solomon has wives and concubines galore

   -- 14:10 "And will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall"

   -- 16:11 "He slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall"

   -- 21:21 "And will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall"
 

II Kings

   -- 2:23-24 Children mock the Prophet Elisha for his baldness; Elisha "cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."

   -- 6:24-33 "So we boiled my son, and did eat him"

   -- 9:8 "and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall"

   -- 23:7 Houses of homosexuals destroyed: "And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD"
 

I Chronicles

   -- 1:32-33 Abraham's concubines have children
 

II Chronicles

   -- 11:21 King Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines
 

Esther

   -- Chapters 1-2 A sexual contest is to decide the new queen: The original queen refused to dance naked before the king's bawdy guests, so she is banished for having upheld her womanly dignity. The king then defiles a different virgin "in the king's chambers" every night for over three years (this means that at least 1,000 young women were sacrificed to this man, as non-virgins could not marry). Esther eventually wins the contest and is crowned queen. (Nowhere does the bible denounce this affair.)
 

Job

   -- 21:24 "His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow." (The other translations vary widely as to what this passage from "The Word Of God" really means.)
 

Psalms

   -- 137:9 "Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."
 

Proverbs (on child rearing)

   -- 13:14 "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."

   -- 19:18 "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."

   -- 20:30 "The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly."

   -- 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

   -- 23:13-14 "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell."

   -- 29:15, 17 "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.... Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul."

Song of Solomon (the entire thing is pure gratuitous pornography -- I know it when I see it!)

   -- 2:3 "I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste." Sat in his shadow? Tasted his fruit? My, my!

   -- 5:4 Killer foreplay: "My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him."

   -- 7:2 Before bikini waxing became popular: "Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies."
 

Isaiah

   -- 3:16 "...and the Lord will discover their secret parts"

   -- 9:20 Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm

   -- 14:21-22 Slaughter children for fathers' iniquity

   -- 16:11 God's boast: "My bowels shall sound like an harp"

   -- 36:12 More eating of dung and drinking of piss
 

Jeremiah

   -- 16:4 Grievous, obscene deaths
 

Lamentations

   -- 2:19-20 God's judgement described: "Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long?"

   -- 4:10 Women boil children for food
 

Ezekiel

   -- 4:12-15 God tells Ezekiel to eat bread defiled with human dung "that cometh out of a man in their sight. Ezekiel objects on grounds of the Jewish dietary laws. God changes his mind and orders Ezekiel to eat food defiled with cow's dung instead of with human dung.

   -- 5:8-10 What's for dinner?

   -- 8:2 God exposes himself to Exekiel

   -- 16:15 Fornications pour out

   -- 16:36-37 Their "filthiness poured out..."

   -- 23:1-40 The donkey-cocks-and-horse-cum passage (verse 20).

   -- 29:7-8 God performs bloody castration via a sword.
 

Hosea

   -- 1:2-11 God tells Hosea to take two whores to wife

   -- 2:1-15 Naturally, complications ensue (lewdly described; this passage is supposedly a metaphor).
 

Nahum

   -- 3:4-6 The Lord: "I will discover thy skirts upon thy face..."
 

Malachi

   -- 2:1-4 Yahweh the volcano god: "I will ... spread dung on your faces..."
 

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Matthew

   -- 5:27-30 Admiring a woman's form equated with adultery.

   -- 5:31-32 Contrary to Mosaic law, a man can divorce wife for fornication only

   -- 10:34 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I come not to send peace, but a sword."

   -- 10:35-6 "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."

   -- 15:4 Jesus reiterates the commandment to kill children for cursing their parents: "For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say,... [snip] ... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." (Jesus, reinforcing God's commandment from Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, and particularly Deuteronomy 21:18-21, which detail the requirement that parents bring stubborn boys to the city gates to be executed by stoning. Here, Jesus criticizes the humanitarian efforts of the Pharisees, who struggled for centuries to find ways to soften the impact of this brutal commandment, and to make it virtually unenforceable.)

   -- 19:3-9 Contrary to Mosaic law, a man who divorces and remarries is adulterer.

   -- 19:12 Castrate yourself for Jesus

   -- 22:24-30 Law of Onan explained

   -- 24:19 Woe to them that are with child.
 

Luke

   -- 2:21 Eight-day-old Jesus undergoes the butal ritual of circumcision.

   -- 2:22 Mary is unclean after Jesus' birth

   -- 12:51-2 "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three."

   -- 14:26 You cannot be Jesus' disciple unless you hate your mother, father, and family: "If any man come unto me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."

   -- 19:27 "But those mine enemies which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."

   -- 20:34-35 You have a better chance of getting to heaven if you don't get married.
 

John

   -- 15:6 "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."
(Regardless of what it "really means," this passage was, for centuries, used to justify burining heretics at the stake. Frankly, we think that it "really means" literally burning heretics, if not at the stake then in the Christian Hell: we think a literal burning of heretics was the original intent of whoever originally wrote this passage, be it Jesus, John, or some forger.)
 

Acts

   -- 5:38 Eunuch baptized

   -- 15:24 Circumcision is not really a commandment

   -- 16:3 Paul circumcises an adult
 

Romans

   -- 1:26-32 Gay men and lesbians are "worthy of death"; homosexuality and homosexual urges result from God's judgement.

   -- 7:6-8:4 Mankind is powerless to exercise self-control against his passions; therefore, a man can be excused from God's judgement if he has faith in Christ.

   -- 13:1-6 Obey your nation's leader -- even if it's Hitler!
 

I Corinthians

   -- 6:17-20 Abstain from sex:

"But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body.
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

   -- 7:1-40 To be more holy, refrain from sex wholly

   -- 7:7-9 The Christian "Family Values" is a Christian fantasy: First, it is best not to even get married:

"For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I."

But if you cannot contain your lust, go ahead and get married:

"But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn." In other words, the purpose of woman is to serve as the outlet for the lusts of men.

   -- 7:18-19 If you're not circumcised, stay that way

   -- 11:3-15 Man is the head of the woman; only the man is in image and glory of God

   -- 14:24-35 Women, keep in silence; you may learn only from husbands
 

Galatians

   -- 5:1-4 Paul speaks against circumcision
 

Ephesians

   -- 5:22-23 Wives, submit to your husbands
 

Colossians

   -- 3:18 More "Wives Submit yourselves..."
 

I Timothy

   -- 2:9 Women adorn yourselves in shamefacedness

   -- 2:11-14 Women should learn in silence in all subjection: Eve was sinful, Adam blameless; therefore (it is strongly implied), women are inferior to men

   -- 2:15 Women will not die in childbirth if they "continue in faith and charity and holiness"

   -- 3:2,12 More than one wife is okay unless you are a bishop or a deacon

   -- 6:1-5 Human slavery is endorsed; withdraw from any who teach otherwise.
 

I Peter

   -- 3:1-7 Women should talk to their husbands in fear
 

Revelation

   -- 17:1-6 A whore is stripped, burned, and eaten.
Even if this is "only metaphor," do you want your children having nightmares over this imagery? If not, then keep the Bible out of their hands until they are mature enough to know that it is just a brutal, barbaric political tract that somehow got way out of hand.

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