I am occasionally asked to explain when I became an atheist.  I have several stock answers, but one of my favorite is, “When I read the Bible.”  

Here are a few selected verses from both the Old and New Testaments that pretty much explicate both the “morality” and “compassion” of God.  Choose one, some, or all of them at your leisure.  If you only have the energy to choose one, I recommend my favorite:  2 Kings 2:23-24. 

Or if you’re too lazy to bother looking them up at all, at least enjoy this one, excerpted from Hosea 13:16:

    ”...their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.”

If some of you are uncommonly assiduous enough to actually look up all of these passages, I would love to hear which are your favorites.

If you are a Christian, I am eager to hear the tortured nature of your apologetics.

Gen. 3:16-18; Gen. 6:7; Ex. 7:3; Ex. 11:5; Ex. 20:3-5; Num. 25:1-9; 2 Sam. 21:1; 2 Sam. 24:10-15; Hosea 13:16; Lev. 20:10; Ex. 35:2; Lev. 7:27; Lev. 13:46; Lev. 20:18; Lev. 24:16; Lev. 21:9; Ex. 34:11-14; Lev. 26:7-9; Num. 21:2-3: Num. 21:33-35; Deut. 2:26-35; Josh, 1:12; Deut. 7:2; Deut. 20:16; Deut. 2:30;  Josh. 11:20; Josh. 1:1-6; Deut. 20:14; Josh. 11:14; Judg. 20:21, 25, 35; 2 Chron. 13-15;  2 Chron. 14:8-13; Lev. 25:44-46; Eph. 6:5; Col. 3-22; Ex. 21:7;  Ex. 21:20-21; Luke 12:45-48; Deut. 21:10-14; Prov. 13:24, 23:13; Lev. 18:20; Deut. 22:23; 2 Chron. 24:12; 2 Kings 3: 26-27; Judges 11; 2 Sam. 21; Matt. 10:35-37; Matt.19:29; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30; Luke 14:26; Matt.15:4-7; Mark 7:9-10; Lev. 20:9; 1 Cor. 11:3,14:24-5; Eph. 5:22-24; Col. 3:18; Tim. 2:11-12; Pet. 3:1;  Matt. 10:14-15; Luke 10:12; Matt. 24:37; 2 Pet. 3:7,10; Rev. 6:8, 8:7, 8:10-11, 9:13, 17-18, 11:6, 11:13, 16:18-19, 16:21, 9:3-6, 16:2-10; Matt. 7:13-14, 25:41; Luke 3:17; Eph 1:4-9; Matt. 19:27-30; Mark 10:28-30; Luke 9:59-62; Matt. 16:27, 19:16-17; Mark 10:17-25; Luke 18:18-22, 19:8-9;  Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:8-9, 15-18; 1 John 2:2; Rev. 1:5; Ex. 22:20; 2 Chron. 15:13; Luke 19:27; Acts 3:23.                    

There - I’ve done most of the work for you, now enjoy. 

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Comment by Andrew on November 29, 2012 at 6:30pm

Thanks for the compilation... there ought to be a website just listing these quotes out (come to think of it, there probably is). 

Anyway: your "because I read the Bible" response is a good one for responding to "Why aren't you Christian?" What would you say if a Hindu, Buddhist, Pantheist, agnostic, (etc.), person asked you why you are specifically atheist?

Again thanks for the listing, i'll be saving it for reference.

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