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mr-absentia

Deuteronomy 12:1-4 - “Here are the laws that you are to obey as long as you live in the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. Listen to them! In the land that you are taking, destroy all the places where the people worship their gods on high mountains, on hills, and under green trees. Tear down their alters and smash their sacred stone pillars to pieces. Burn their symbols of the goddess Asherah and chop down their idols, so that they will never again be worshipped at those places.

Do not worship the LORD your God in the way that these people worship their gods.”

Deuteronomy 12:29-31 - “The LORD your God will destroy the nations as you invade their land, and you will occupy it and settle there. After the LORD destroys those nations, make sure that you don’t follow their religious practices, because that would be fatal. Don’t try to find out how they worship their gods, so that you can worship in the same way. Do not worship the LORD your God in the way they worship their gods, for in the worship of their gods they do all the disgusting things that the LORD hates. They even sacrifice their children in the fires on their alters.”

Deuteronomy 13:6-10 - “Even your brother or your son or your daughter or the wife you love or your closest friend may secretly encourage you to worship other gods, gods that you and your ancestors have never worshipped. One of them may encourage you to worship the gods of the people who live near you or the gods of those who live far away. But do not let him persuade you; do not even listen to him. Show him no mercy or pity, and do not protect him. Kill him! Be the first to stone him, and then let everyone else stone him too. Stone him to death!”

Deuteronomy 13:12-17 - “When you are living in the towns that the LORD your God gives you, you may hear that some worthless men of your nation have misled the people of their town to worship gods that you have never worshipped before. If you hear such a rumour, investigate it thoroughly; and if it is true that this evil thing did happen, then kill all the people in that town and all their livestock too. Destroy that town completely. Bring together all the possessions of the people who live there and pile them up in the town square. Then burn the town and everything in it as an offering to the LORD your God. It must be left in ruins for ever and never again be rebuilt. Do not keep for yourselves anything that was condemned to destruction, and then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and show you mercy.”

[translation source: Good News Bible, British usage edition 1976]

These are not verses of the Quran that order Jihad, but of the OLD TESTAMENT. This is the reality of the commandment “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deut. 6:5) It seems to me that Deuteronomy’s teachings on idolatory are orders to commit cultural genocide - you must not only invade and get God’s promised land, but thoroughly erase memories of those who lived there before. If today we faithfully obeyed the teachings of the quotes above, it would constitute war crimes and even the crime of genocide under the international law.

Tags: Bible Genocide

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