Believe it or not, religion has been used to justify some of the world’s greatest evils.

Of course, every written text is left up to interpretation, but the fact still remains that many institutions of hate were given a solid foundation from The Holy Bible. Take a look at this snapshot of times The Holy Bible has been used to facilitate hate:

1.)American Slavery

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” Ephesians 6:5

Slave owners and pro-slavery pastors used the above passage to justify the African slave trade up until the 19th century. Titus 2:9 was also popular, proclaiming, “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them.”

 

2.)Rwandan Genocide

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ “ 1 Samuel 15 2-3

Some estimates claim that up to 1 million Tutsi citizens of Rwanda were killed during a 100 day period in 1994. Preachers quoted this scripture in support of this genocide.

 

 

3.)Justify Child Abuse

“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. “ Proverbs 13:24

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” is commonly cited in support of corporal punishment

 

 

4.)Promote Crimes Against LGBT Community 

“If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Leviticus 20:13

Many Christian pastors take the above line from Leviticus literally.

  • In 2012, a Kansas pastor claimed homosexuals should be put to death by the government.
  • In 2013, a pastor from Arizona supported the murder of gay people
  • Radio host Kevin Swanson suggested Christians should only turn up to gay weddings with a sign proclaiming the verse in full.

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