Actually I asked for an example of an act of kindness inspired by religion that could not be performed by a non-religious person. The point being that morality is NOT handed down to us from upon high by some deity, but is a natural consequence of humans evolving as a social creature.
I’m not quite sure if you were trying to provide an example or just run off some cherry-picked bible verses at me – either way I am not surprised that you are struggling to find any clear example of a good act (not just a good sentiment) exclusive to religion! Having read the bible I am obviously familiar with many of these verses as they are repeatedly carted out every time a Christian needs a few stock examples of gentle Jesus, meek and mild. Let me show you why this is a pointless approach to convince me that your personal morality is from God by responding with a few beautiful quotes directly from your god YAHWEH.
“Take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the Lord against the sun.” — Numbers 25:4 direct quote from YAHWEH
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger…” — Isaiah 13:9
“The Lord is a man of War!” — Exodus 15:3
There are hundreds of these kind of verses of YAHWEH promoting child murder, rape, torture, genocide, incest, tyranny, mass slaughter of innocents, slavery, killing pregnant women, mutilation, child molestation, infanticide, intolerance, racism, hate, and much more.
Think God loves everyone? Sorry, no he doesn’t.
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” — Romans 9:13.
“The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.” — Psalms 5:5
‘All’ means everyone. Conceding that God may indeed hate the supposed workers of iniquity, means he does not love everyone. Does God love the people he decides to toss into the eternal fires of his Hell? Any feeble attempts to make God still love everyone in light of these blatantly obvious declarations of hate, means changing the meaning of love. “Oh, but I’m sure he had a good reason to hate”, some will say; fine but this means he does not have unconditional love for all – you must admit that much.
GOD THREATENS CHILD MURDER & RAPE!
“Their children shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes! There houses spoiled, and their wives raped…Dash the young men to pieces…have no pity on the fruit of the womb, the children shall not be spared” – Isa 13:16-18 direct quote from the Christian god YAHWEH.
God threatens to KILL INFANTS & PREGNANT MOTHERS!
“…They shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child (pregnant) shall be ripped up!” — Hosea 13:16 direct quote from YAHWEH (guess your god is pro-choice then).
MORE BABY KILLING
“Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” — Psalms 137:9
GOD’S ANGELIC HIT-MAN SLAUGHTERS FIRST BORN!
“… at midnight the Lord smote all the first born in the land of Egypt, from the first born of the pharaoh… unto the first born of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the first born cattle” — Exodus 12:29
Why would god, kill prisoners children also? Why does god specifically “harden Pharaoh’s heart”, as the bible says, only to punish for not giving in? Perhaps it was for an excuse to go on a rampaging slaughter. You decide.
GOD COMMANDS SLAVERY
Do you like slavery? The “good book” puts those slaves in their place!
“Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever:” — Lev. 25:45-46 (repeated in Gen. 9:25; Luke 12:47; Col. 3:22)
“And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.” — Joel 3:8
Admit it, unless your the kind of person that would lynch a black man or “illuminate” a cross in their yard, you don’t agree with slavery. You will find there are a great many things you think are just plain wrong, advocated in the Christian bible. You don’t have to make excuses, stand up for what you feel!
GOD & HUMAN SACRIFICE
“Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the Lord of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord. None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.” — Leviticus 27:28-29
“Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return…shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.” — Judges 11:31
GOD KILLS 70,000 OF HIS OWN WORSHIPERS!
In 1 Chronicles 21:2,7,14 King David took a census of Israel. So God butchers 70,000 for innocently following their king. Would you follow your “god appointed” King, of course you would. What was their crime in obeying?
“So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the Lord beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand.” — 1 Chronicles 21:14-15 (The Christian god ‘repents’?)
This gets more twisted; God made King David take the census in the first place.
“And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.” — 2 Samuel 24:1
The bottom line is that 70,000 innocent followers of King David were murdered for simply following their kings commands. Hardly “just”, wouldn’t you agree?
GOD AND THE THIRD REICH
All sane people are disgusted by the brutal genocide slaughter, and contemptuous bigoted notion of a “Super Race” of the Nazis during W.W.II. Many ask themselves how could anyone think that something so obviously evil could be worthy of following. Yet these same people will hem and haw when the totally identical words are spoken by the racist war god YAHWEH.
“When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee… 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:… Neither shalt thou make marriages with them… ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire… For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” –Deuteronomy 7:1-6
“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.” -Adolph Hitler
The insanely wrathful god not being satisfied with floods, fires and plagues, had to come to earth, take human form and kill himself to appease his own homicidal rage! The system is oppressive and filled with guilt, it is also of course filled with injustice and bad “lessons”. I’m just so thankful that I recognised this vile book and religion for what it really is and was able to overcome my childhood indoctrination. I discovered the best way for a Christian to turn into an atheist is to read the whole bible – not just the nice bits!
I’ve not counted them myself but I’ve read that in the bible the word slaughter appears at least 56 times, slay appears 118 times, slew shows up 171 times, & smote is written more than 226 times. This does not even count; destroy, smoteth, slayeth, die, etc. you get the idea. The bible is kind of violent. If someone made an accurate movie it would be one of the most graphic, violent, disturbing film of all time, and would surely be banned. Yet Right-wing Christian groups, such as A Beka Academy that produce your grandchildren’s home schooling materials, wave their disturbing book and feel justified in censoring what you and I see, hear & do! Many times “The God of Love” orders followers to murder children, & other horrible crimes – without pity.
A NOTE ON EXCUSES
When confronted with the hard truth of the bible, I’ve noticed that many out of panic, will frantically try to make excuses. They are torn between what they know is right and the disgusting, vile, heartless actions of a God they believe to be the embodiment of love and justice, but more than that, it is all they have ever really known.
“Context” is perhaps the most frequent excuse I’ve encountered. Feeling that these despicable actions must somehow be misunderstood they grasp for this; sadly for them it is only a stall tactic. I encourage you to read these verses and imagine a proper context for these horrible actions. If you think you have a answer, do your self a favor and really listen to what you are saying. The coldness I have heard from loving Christians as they speak on the justification of mass-infant slaughter, rape, slavery, racism, torture, and countless crimes, chills my blood.
You are not evil enough to go along with all this, and call it good. This is why your morality does not come from YAHWEH.
PS. Any of the above bible verses could count as examples of the second half of my morality challenge to you, which was to give times where an otherwise good person performs an evil act inspired entirely by religion. Of course, there are countless other modern examples!