Where in the Old Testament does it say to kill unbelievers?

I am having a discussion with a Muslim who is telling me that the Old Testament says to kill unbelievers. I do not recall ever seeing something like this in scripture.

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11 Comments to “Where in the Old Testament does it say to kill unbelievers?”

  • John quill Quill

    If you think the bible is enough of God’s word, you’re right;
    it’s enough to send you to hell.

  • Barthayn

    It doesn’t say that. However, God did kill the people who did not repent from their sins because they were threatening the bloodline of Christ.

    For more information about the Bible go to http://www.thewaythetruth.com/ .

  • Doppel ganger Nightmares

    The bible and quran are two of the most insane violent books ever written.

  • Derek

    It says to kill people why try to get you to worship other gods in Deutronomy.

    13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;

    13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
    13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
    13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
    13:10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

  • Big Nasty 775

    Deuteronomy 17
    If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant; 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

    Looks like you need a re-read, buddy.

  • Super Atheist

    They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

  • lainiebsky

    Several places, mostly in Deuteronomy. Check Deut. 13:12-16, and 17:2-7.

    You probably don’t recall seeing that because those passages never make it into the “reading of the day” in most churches. You have to actually read the whole Bible to find those bits.

  • kiwi_mum1966

    You are correct. There is nowhere in the Bible that says to kill anyone unless they have committed some heinous crime such as murder or sodomy or bestiality etc. If I remember correctly the Koran says to kill infidels (unbelievers). This Muslim obviously has not read the Bible properly.

  • conundrum_dragon

    They should be killed.

    “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you … Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die.” — Dt.13:6-10

    That is the only one I could find in the Holly bible The Quran has 16 saying anything from they are hated by Allah, kill them, shunn them to toment in hell.

  • Brother Jonathan

    This depends on the context. No, I’m not trying to provide a cop-out but the Old Testament gives a few examples where the death penalty was prescribed.

    1. Capital crimes, such as murder, were to be punished with death. This should be clear. as a believer would scarcely be so worked up or distraught to go and murder someone else. However, if he or she did so, then even as a believer, he or she would face the death penalty. Exodus, after chapter 20, and parts of Deuteronomy, give extra details.

    2. In some cases, rape was a capital crime. Please review Deuteronomy 22 through 25 for more insights on this and other topics. You can use an on-line search tool such as the one at Blue Letter Bible, at http://www.blueletterbible.org When you get there, look for some key words such as betroth* or virgin (a lot of verses for this word) or lay with/lie with, and there are other terms as well.

    3. The only times where believers, meaning Israelites, were permitted to kill unbelievers, were as follows: a) when the people of a given area were so corrupt that there was, humanly speaking, no way to redeem them. Jericho was one such city, as was Ai and some of the other fortress cities in what is now Israel. Some, like Rahab and her family, repented and were spared; others didn’t, were hardened in their unbelief, and perished. They knew what the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, could do and had done. These pagans refused to repent and died in their sins.

    b) Later, the Israelites were told to offer peace to a city that was in Israel’s territory. If the people agreed and repented of their sins, becoming believers in the God of Israel, they would be spared, as mentioned above. Otherwise, they would die in their sins.

    c) Don’t forget that Israel had been in the cross hairs, if you will, of just about every other nation in the Middle East since Joshua’s day. The Philistines, Egyptians, Assyrians, and many other peoples, all tried to conquer, if not destroy, Israel but God isn’t going to let that happen.

    There never were too many instances where this was authorized and I may, in fact, have misstated something accidentally. It’s been a while since I’ve read the Books of Moses or Torah! So try and skim, or use a concordance or search tool, to try and find the specifics. Again, the Scripture passages are in the Old Testament and almost always in the Books of Moses. Use the on-line search tools at any or all of these websites to find them:

    http://www.blueletterbible.org
    http://www.godrules.net
    http://www.biblestudytools.com
    http://bible.crosswalk.com (might be the same as the one above)

    Best wishes and I hope you have good success in your search.

  • Ray

    Sorry Christians, but not only does the bible call for the murder of non-believers, it even says it in the new testament. Here you go:

    Luke 19:27

    “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”

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