Cruelty and Violence
Science and History
Intolerance in Acts
- Peter blames the Jews for the death of Jesus. 3:14-15
- Peter claims that Dt 18:18-19
refers to Jesus, saying that those who refuse to follow him (all non-Christians) must be killed.
- God will torture forever those who don't know the password to heaven. 4:12
- Once again, Peter accuses the Jews of murdering Jesus. 5:30
- Stephen, filled with the Holy Ghost, delivers a long, boring,
anti-Semitic speech in a synagogue. 7:2-53
- Stephen blames the Jews for persecuting the prophets and murdering Jesus.
- After Saul "increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews," the "Jews took counsel to kill him."
- The Jews are again blamed for the death of Jesus. 10:39
- Herod kills James the brother of John and imprisons Peter "because he saw it pleased the Jews."
- Herod killed James the brother of John and imprisoned Peter "because he saw it pleased the Jews."
(Jews just love to see Christians killed with the sword.) 12:1-3
- Paul and the Holy Ghost conspire together to make Elymas (the sorcerer) blind. 13:8-11
- The Jews of Antioch, after seeing Paul's success in preaching, were envious and blasphemed God. Paul
then declares them to be "unworthy of everlasting life." 13:45-46
- Once again "the Jews stirred up" trouble and "raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them
out of their coasts." 13:50
- "The unbelieving Jews" stir up trouble again for Paul and incite the people to try to stone him to death.
- In Thessalonica, "the Jews which believed not, moved with envy" stir up trouble for Paul and his friends.
- "The Jews of Thessalonica ... stirred up the people." 7:13
- "And when they [the Jews of Corinth] opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he [Paul] shook his raiment, and
said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads." (Have a nice day?) 18:6
- "The Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat." 18:12
- The first Christian book burning occurs when Paul's converts at Ephesus burn 50,000 silver pieces' worth of
books. (A silver piece was worth about a day's wage.) 19:19
- Poor Paul complains, once again, of being mistreated by "the Jews." 20:19
- The Jews, once again, incite the people to kill poor old Paul. But he escapes
and delivers another long, boring speech. 21:27-40
- The Jews form a grand conspiracy to kill Paul. They vow not to eat or drink until the job is done. (The first hunger strike?)
- Claudius saves Paul from being killed by the Jews. 23:27
- Those pesky Jews caught Paul and and tried to kill him. But he got away. Darn!