The Oslo Mass Murderer and His Link with the Scriptures

Civilized world take heed. The manifesto of the Oslo mass murderer is not the work of a lone madman or a sect fanatic. His manifesto for the most part is right in line with the genocidal, ethnic cleansing mandates of the God of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures.

In Joshua 6:21 Jehovah orders the commander of his army to destroy everything and everyone in the heathen city of Jericho: “man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.” All traces of their religion and culture were to be wiped out totally. Only Rahab and her family, the harlot who helped Joshua’s spies garner the necessary intelligence in preparation for the invasion, were to be spared. And included in the slaughter, we may assume, were women with fetuses at various stages of development in their wombs. So much for the claim by modern-day Evangelical that abortion is a Biblical sin.

In Joshua 8:25 Jehovah orders Joshua to do the same with the inhabitants of Ai. “So it was that all who fell that day, both men and women, were twelve thousand.” This time, though, they spared the livestock and took anything of value as booty.

In I Samuel 15:3 the prophet Samuel, under strict orders from Jehovah, commands King Saul: “Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” And when the manic depressive Saul failed to comply fully by taking alive the Amalekite king, Agag, and sparing the best his livestock for sacrifices, Samuel upbraided him and finished the job himself, by hacking Agag "in pieces before the Lord."

King Saul subsequently was replaced as by the youthful David, slayer and decapitator of the Philistine giant Goliath and gifted psalmist who later proved to have no qualm about butchering non-believers: “Whenever David attacked the land, he left neither man nor woman alive. . .
(1 Samuel 27:9)

The Sixth Commandment, “thou shall not kill,” is blatantly violated throughout the Old Testament. Jehovah the Lord was big on prescribing the death penalty for all sorts of offenses-- murder, rape, kidnapping, witchcraft, idolatry, treason, sedition, contempt of court, temple desecration, cursing one's parents, pre-marital sex, adultery, incest, homosexuality and bestiality. His prescribed methods of execution included burning alive, stoning, hanging, and beheading. Nearly every prophet, priest, and hero of the Old Testament—Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Deborah, Samuel, David, Solomon, Elijah--either killed or had somebody killed in the Lord's name. Then there were the numerous murders and assassination for personal or political reasons (1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles). If the ambiance of the Old Testament could be smelled, much of it would reek like a slaughterhouse.

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel. So held the British-Born American Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1795).

The Oslo mass murderer professes to be a Christian. But would Jesus the Christ have condoned his heinous act? No, of course, not. The Christ that he and, unfortunately, the great majority of so-called Christians believe in, is not the forgiving, liberating Christ of the Gospels, but the judgmental, intransigent, prudish, self-anointed deity, the Anti-Christ, if you will, of Paul’s epistles. Paul from the outset supplanted Jesus, the true Savior being spiritually too difficult for the masses to understand, much less follow, and for two millennia the tent-maker from Tarsus has reigned unchallenged as the supreme god of Christianity. Interwoven with the Old Testament genocidal bent, the teachings of Paul have given Scriptural legitimacy to such un-holy developments as the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Hunts, the KKK, and, now it appears, acts like the one perpetrated by the Oslo murderer. Muslim Jihadists, as we know, are on a genocidal streak of their own. Unless people and nations start thinking rationally instead of believing blindly, our world is in for a heap of trouble.

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