Unanchored

by Barrett Wolf

Bible Ugliness

Disturbing and horrible themes in the Bible including genocide, murder, infanticide, child cannibalism, rape, sexism, slavery, human sacrifice, animal sacrifice and eternal torture

Since Childhood, I Have Had These Questions

Barrett Wolf’s Childhood Questions I remember as a child, sitting in a Sunday school in church. These are things that bothered me and that stayed with me: God told Abraham to kill Isaac. No way. I can’t accept it. Never have been able to. Judas hanged himself (Matthew) or fell headlong (Acts)…so the teacher would reconcile the contradiction with “Judas…

Slavery in the Bible

Slavery in the Bible by Barrett Wolf   Have you ever wondered how so many Americans could be involved in slave ownership and the slave trade before the emancipation proclamation? Oh wait! I know. Many of them were Bible believing Christians, who read the Bible and followed it. I wonder how the American story would have changed (and how many…

Sexism in the Bible

Sexism in the Bible by Barrett Wolf   “…all MEN are created equal.” I suppose the American founding fathers forgot to include women in their equality statement. Why are we still having to talk about this? The Bible was obviously written and edited by people who were not very socially aware. I love women…just for the record. Question: Is it possible…

Animal Sacrifice in the Bible

Animal Sacrifice in the Bible by Barrett Wolf   In our modern and sophisticated world, we have a nice organization called P.E.T.A., People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I love animals, all of them. Based on my study of the Bible, I’ve concluded this about whether it would ever be possible for a PETA member to be a Christian:…

Human Sacrifice in the Bible

Human Sacrifice in the Bible by Barrett Wolf   Somewhere I read that Christians were better than everyone else because they believed in the “sanctity of life”. Ummm, really? Read below. Genesis 22:1-18. God tells Abraham to kill his son Isaac. Abraham obeys (of course it doesn’t really happen). Leviticus 27:28-29. If you “set apart” (devote) anything to the Lord,…

Rape in the Bible

Rape in the Bible by Barrett Wolf   Surely, the God of the Bible would hate the idea of rape, right? Not necessarily. Christians, it’s time to dust off that Bible and read the following stories. The Top 10 Rape Scenes in the Bible Exodus 21:7-11. Mosaic Law: When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not…

Hell and Eternal Torture

Hell and Eternal Torture by Barrett Wolf   Briefly mentioned by Jesus in the Gospels and a more elaborate description in the Book of Revelation, this is a doctrine that developed late in the sequence of events as Christianity evolved. It is not a doctrine taught in the Old Testament. While there are ugly human themes in the Old Testament…