By Bill Bonner, Chairman, Bonner & Partners

John Henry grew up the son of an Episcopalian minister in Virginia. By the time he left home, he had read the Bible cover to cover seven times.

But it was only when he reread it as an adult, he says, that the violence of the Almighty came fully into focus. He was shocked.

The Old Testament is a story of one outrageous act of murder and genocide after another. The Lord Jehovah is not content to shoot off a few hundred rounds in a night club, for example. He’ll take out an entire town.

Here is what Genesis tells us destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah: “fire and brimstone from the Lord out of heaven.”

Moses later described what it looked like:

The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur – nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, which the Lord overthrew in fierce anger.
At God’s suggestion, the Israelites exterminated the Amalekites, too. From Book of 1 Samuel:

He took Agag, king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.
The Book of Ezekiel further reports:

The Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.”

But to the others He said in my hearing, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary.”

So they started with the elders who were before the temple…
And when God was displeased with his people, He practically exterminated them all in the Great Flood.

“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made,” He says in Genesis.

Arguing With God is meant to make viewers wonder about America’s place in the world and its connection to God. But it made us wonder about God himself.

Regards,
Bill