Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A religion with a violent tradition

No -  this is not Islam.  These are texts from the Christian Bible.


A.      Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites
the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
down to its foundations!”
 O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
blessed shall he be who repays you
with what you have done to us!
 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
and dashes them against the rock!


B.     And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them.

C.     And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
D.    But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:  But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

E.        Draw near, O nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples!
         Let the earth and all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it.
    For the LORD'S indignation is against all the nations,
         And His wrath against all their armies;
         He has utterly destroyed them,
         He has given them over to slaughter.
    So their slain will be thrown out,
         And their corpses will give off their stench,
         And the mountains will be drenched with their blood.
    And all the host of heaven will wear away,
         And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll;
         All their hosts will also wither away
         As a leaf withers from the vine,
         Or as one withers from the fig tree.
    For My sword is satiated in heaven,
         Behold it shall descend for judgment upon Edom
         And upon the people whom I have devoted to destruction.

F.       And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
 that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

A. Psalm 137, 7-9; B. Deuteronomy 7:2; C. Deuteronomy 7:16; D. Deuteronomy 20:16-17; E. Isaiah 34:1-10;       F.  Revelation 19:11-21

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