A Summary of the morality of the top characters in The Bible


Take a close look at these summaries, along with The Bible verses that pertain to them:

NOAH: the one man whom God saved, but who then got drunk and cursed his son and all the descendants of that son, because the son saw Noah's drunken nakedness, and thus invented slavery; the first man in the Bible to curse, to make wine, to get drunk (Gen 9:20-27); he "was a just man and perfect in his generations and walked with God" (Gen 6:9, 7:1), an example of righteousness (Ezek 14:12-20, Heb 11:7, 2 Pet 2:5). ABRAHAM: married his sister (Gen 12:13), lied and denied her twice to save himself (Gen 12:11-19, 20:2-5), seduced her handmaid (Gen 16:1-4), drove one child and its mother into the desert to starve (Gen 21:14), drove out his other children and their mothers (Gen 25:6), was willing to but- cher his other child to please God (Gen 22). He was counted righteous because he believed (Gen 15:6). LOT: offered his virgin daughters to strangers to do to them whatever they wish in order to protect his male guests (Gen 19:8); got drunk and committed incest with his two daughters (Gen 19:30-38); but he was "just" and "righteous" (2 Pet 2:7-8) and saved by God from the temptations of Sodom (Gen 19). ISAAC: lied, denying his wife, just like his father (Gen 26:7). JACOB: won God's love by robbing his brother (Gen 25:29-34), deceiving his father (Gen 27), haggling with God (Gen 28:22), cheating his uncle (Gen 30:32-43); he married two sisters, his cousins, bigamously and had children by two of his servants; lied about his marital status to his father- in-law (Gen 31:50, 30:4); cowardly hid behind his family to protect himself (Gen 32:11-24). MOSES: boasted of his own humility (Num 12:3), murdered an Egyp- tian and hid his body (Ex 2:11-14), lied (Ex 3:18), defrauded the Egyptians (Ex 3:22), peevishly destroyed the only example of God's own handwriting (Ex 32:15-19), exter- minated whole nations to obtain their land (Num 21, Deut 2:30-36, 3:1-7, 20:10-17), butchered thousands of captive widows, slaughtered babies, enslaved 32,000 girls whom he had orphaned and gave 16,000 of them to his soldiers to do with as they wished (Num 31:1-18). RUTH: was willing to worship any god that Naomi worshipped (Ruth 1:16); seduced Boaz (Ruth 3); kept her actions secret (because they were not proper) (3:14); accepted payment for her sexual favors (3:15). SAMSON: although his conception and birth were miraculous (Judges 13), and he was dedicated to God (13:5) and moved by God's spirit (13:25), and "judged" for twenty years (15:20, 16:31), he married a foreign woman (14:1-7) and abandoned her (14:20), but then wreaked revenge, when she was given to another, by burning 300 foxes and the Philistines' fields (15:3-5); when the Philistines avenged that (by burning the wife and her father), he took further revenge by slaughter (15:7-8), his motto being "As they did unto me, so have I done unto them" (15:11); when he lost a bet he had offered because of his susceptibility to women's wiles, he killed and robbed 30 innocent people in Ashkalon (acting under the spirit of God) to pay the wager (14:12-19); with the help of God he slew 1000 with the jawbone of an ass (15:14-17); he endangered himself with a visit to a harlot (16:1); had a dalliance with Delilah (16:4); lied to her three times (16:6-14); his only prayers to God are whining about being thirsty (15:18) and for personal revenge (16:28). DAVID: cruel and bloody (1 Sam 18:27-30, 2 Sam 22:41-43, 1 Chron 20:3, 2 Sam 12:31); a braggart (2 Sam 22, Ps 18: esp 37-50); a liar (1 Sam 21:1-2, 20:5-6); a traitor, leading an enemy's troops against his own country (1 Sam 22, 29); a brigand who plundered the country (1 Sam 22); an extortionist (1 Sam 25:2-28, 33-34); a butcher who tortured and slaughtered thousands, including children (1 Sam 27:9-11) and who was praised for killing ten times as many people as Saul (1 Sam 18:7, 21:11, 29:5); a drunken debauchee who danced naked before others (2 Sam 6:20); a homosexual/bisexual (1 Sam 18:1-4, 20:3, 11, 23, 26, 30, 41-42, 2 Sam 1:26); an adulterer who impregnated a loyal servant's wife, tried to cover it up through subterfuge, and finally had him killed in order to obtain his wife (2 Sam 11); who purchased an- other wife with 200 foreskins with the help of God (1 Sam 18:27-28), who acquired another wife through extortion (1 Sam 25:40-42); who imprisoned ten women of his harem for life without cause (2 Sam 16:21-22, 20:3); a man who in his old age forced a young girl into his bed to try to revive his sexual potency (1 Kings 1:1-4); and who died demanding with his dying breath the death of two old men, one of whom had been a loyal supporter (Joab, 1 Kings 2:5-6), the other a man to whom he had promised protection (Shimei, 1 Kings 2:8-9, 36-46, 2 Sam 29:21-23); and yet in all these things (except the killing of Uriah to get Bathsheba) he "did right in the eyes of God" (1 Kings 15:5), he was "a man after [God's] own heart" (Acts 13:22), "evil hath not been found in thee [David] all thy days" (1 Sam 25:28), he was "an angel of God" (2 Sam 19:27), a heart "perfect with the Lord God" (1 Kings 15:3). SOLOMON: an oriental potentate who wallowed in luxury (1 Kings 10), an erotic glutton who maintained a harem of hundreds (1 Kings 11:1-3, Song 6:8; in violation of Deut 17:17); who murdered his brother for requesting the wrong wife, even though he had solemnly promised his mother he would grant any request (1 Kings 2:13-25); who caused a man to be killed in the sanctuary of the temple (1 Kings 2:28-34); a despot who made the people's yoke so heavy that they begged his successor for relief (2 Chron 10:9-14, 1 Kings 12:4-11). The only reason God was not pleased perfectly with him was that he worshipped other gods in addition to Yahweh (1 Kings 11:9-12), even though he was the wisest man that ever lived (1 Kings 3:12). ESTHER: joined the king's harem (Esther 2:2-9); gained his favor not by her character or morality, but by her sexual skills (2:8-17); lied about her origin (2:10); was relentless toward a fallen enemy (7:8-10); was not content to achieve the escape of the Jews, but arranged for them to be allowed to slaughter their enemies' wives and children and plunder their property (8:11, 9:2-10); asked that Haman's ten sons be hanged and that Jews be given an extra day in which to slaughter more (9:13-15); achieved her goals through no help from God, does not even mention God. JESUS: admitted that he was not perfect (Mark 10:18); lied about going to a feast (John 7:8-10); denied his mother in violation of the commandment to honor father and mother (Matt 12:48, Mark 3:33, John 2:4); also preached against that commandment (Matt 10:35, 15:4, Luke 12:51-53, 14:26); condoned violation of the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-4, Mark 2:23, 27, Matt 12:1); preached bravery (Luke 12:4) but acted cowardly (John 6:15, 7:1, 8:59, 10:39, 11:53-54, 12:36, Matt 10:23, 12:14-16, Mark 1:45); expressed unwillingness to perform his mission of being crucified (Matt 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42); accused God of forsaking him (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34); showed racial prejudice (Matt 15:22-26, to the Canaanite woman, Mark 7:25-27, to the Greek woman), because he said he was sent only to Jews; but then preached to the Samaritans (Luke 17:11, John 4); preached love of enemies, and non-resistance (Matt 5:44) but violently cleansed the temple, said he had come to bring not peace, but a sword (Matt 10:34); implies that his enemies would be slain (Luke 19:27); taught in parables so that people would not understand (Matt 11:25, Mark 4:11-12) PAUL: abandoned every tenet of his ancestral religion, com- plaining that the Law of Moses was bondage and a curse (Gal 3:10, 13; 4:3, 4, 9, 30) and a yoke too difficult to bear (Acts 15:10, contradicting Deut 30:11ff, which says the Law is easy; also Isa 45:19); disputed with Peter (Gal 2:7ff) and Barnabas (Acts 15:39); boasted of his importance (Rom 15:17, 1 Cor 4:15-16, 6:3, 12, 9:1, 15, 2 Cor 1:12, 2:14, 5:12, 10:8-16, 11:5, 10, 17, 28, Gal 1:11-12, 6:17, Heb 3:6, Eph 3:4, "my gospel" 2 Tim 2:8, Rom 2:16) and duplicity (1 Cor 9:20-23, 10:23, 2 Cor 12:16, denied at 1 Thess 2:3);

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