Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible

Steve Wells' "Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible," is a book-by-book tally of God's killings in the Bible. Reading Wells' book is a gruesome reminder of the Bible's flood of genocide, slaughter, massacres and murder. Wells strings yellow tape around all the crime scenes in the Bible where God's people drown, burn or suffer fatal cases of hemorrhoids.

The book kicks off with the well-known story of Noah's ark where God kills every living thing on the planet. Rarely, if ever, is the number of men, women and children sucked beneath the surface of worldwide flood ever mentioned. Christians who tend to focus on collecting animals two by two never mention that portion of the story. But, as Wells points out, the Bible is unequivocal when it comes to God’s action and intent.

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. Genesis 6:7

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. Genesis 6:17

Although the number of people drowned in the flood is not mentioned in the Bible, Wells uses the estimated population of the world at that time to set the number at 20,000,000 people drowned in the great flood. From there the book moves on to the calamity suffered by Lot to the slaughters and massacres of entire cities, that killed the elderly, men, women and children.

Wells' replay of the horrors suffered by the Egyptian people such as turning their drinking water into blood, bringing a seven-year famine upon the land and probably the most heinous act in a blood drenched Bible, the murder of all the first born of Egypt, including animals. Most of the stories are familiar to those who actually read the Bible, but there are surprises.

The book reaches into every homicidal act committed or sanction by the God of the Bible, including little noticed scripture that barely comprises a single paragraph, yet reports multiple slaughters and genocide. Wells make use of the Bible's own account of the numbers killed, which for those familiar with the holy book recognize as bragging. Using the Bible's own body count, the author places the body bags at 2, 821,364. However, the Bible doesn't always give an account of its slaughters, in which case, Wells make estimates about city size, tribe size and even family size. Even though the estimates seem low, when the final tally comes 25,000,000 lives have been snuffed by God or on his orders.

The book is written in a sarcastic fashion and is at times humorous. It is a book, most Christians wouldn't want to read even though everything in it is taken from passages in the Bible. The book is nothing more than an accounting of the the carnage that takes place in the Old Testament. Interestingly only 4 people are killed by God or by his instruction in the New Testament, quite a reversal.

Wells is the creator of The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/pr/1.html). 

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Comment by Michael Penn on December 12, 2013 at 7:33am

What's so idiotic is that the church world wants to claim the Song of Solomon represents Jesus and the Church. Reealy? It was probably considered pretty straight forward in its day.

Comment by Daniel W on December 11, 2013 at 8:57pm

The Song of Solomon has some good stuff...  Just replace "she" with "Kim" and "He" with "Kayne"

Song of Songs 1

New International Version (NIV)

1 Solomon’s Song of Songs.


2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.

3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you!

4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!  Let the king bring me into his chambers.


We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine.


How right they are to adore you!  5 Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.  6 Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun.  My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.

7 Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday.  Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?


8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds. 


9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses. 

10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.
11 We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver.


12 While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.


15 How beautiful you are, my darling!  Oh, how beautiful!  Your eyes are doves.


16 How handsome you are, my beloved!  Oh, how charming!  And our bed is verdant.


17 The beams of our house are cedars;  our rafters are firs.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 11, 2013 at 8:48pm
If I were a Christian, I'd lobby to either get rid of the Old Testament, or call for a massive editing effort and reduce the Old Testament to 20 pages. Most of the idiotic stuff happens in the Old Festament.
Comment by Daniel W on December 11, 2013 at 7:53pm


Thank you for the post.  I always enjoy your scholarship and opinions.

The bible god was a profoundly evil character.  Childish, narcissistic, arbitrary, cruel, pathological, and with a variety of personality disorders.  A mass murder, a racist, an enabler of slavery, manipulative, just nasty.  He made Richard Nixon look like Pollyanna, in comparison!

Oh, but he is full of love!

What bullshit.

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on December 11, 2013 at 7:03pm

as if there was not enough 'biblical entitlement to kill they neighbor in miami gardens yikes.. 
whoa. clive barker's book of blood dvd heck yes!

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 10, 2013 at 9:31pm

You are on a roll. I think my favorite is the cockatrice. Lovely! If I want to just have a bit of fun, I often bring Lilith into the conversation as Adam's first wife. I know it is a myth, but there is documentation for it and it can be confusing.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 10, 2013 at 9:28pm

Dyslexic--It is one of those things that send people scurrying for their Bibles. Many know it, but have compartmentalized it. They gloss it over in apologist fashion. Apologist--that name is so fitting.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 10, 2013 at 7:01pm

BTW: Another Bible fact that has always gotten up the noses of Christians, which I use when they start talking about Adam, Eve and the apple offered to Eve by the Serpent.

They usually (if not always) refer to the Serpent as Satan.

Yet Satan never appeared in the Bible until Chronicles, where he opposed God by influencing the mind of David.  Chronicles 21 from memory.

If they used the term Devil, thy didn't exist until Leviticus, where they were devils or various evil dudes, which were plural, not singular, and in Genesis no devil was mentioned as controlling the serpent.  It was the serpent itself talking (physically impossible for starters) in a garden of goodness, where nothing evil (no death) existed, according to the texts, so everything in the garden was put there by only God, including the biologically impossible talking serpent.  LOL

So it was not Satan, nor an unnamed devil, who created or influenced the Serpent, it had to be God itself.

Christians really hate these Biblical confirmed  facts!

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 10, 2013 at 6:34pm

Suppose I could have written a similar book, though my estimates would likely be different, I did a similar body count when I neared the end of my theology class, and have been annoying Christians with it ever since by simply stating the obvious at them for the past 30 years.

"So you think Satan is Evil, aye, funny how according to the Bible, God is far more Evil, as when comparing the body count of innocent people massacred by each, God massacred millions, Satan only killed 10."

Yes, it's a comment that regularly gets them red faced, foaming at the mouth and literally spitting insults, shouting the term "Blasphemy" and making personal threats.

Oh, they so love me!    LOL

So much for their messiah's commandment, love thy enemy!  ROFL!

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 10, 2013 at 10:51am

Literalist have the most difficult time making headway with proselytizing because if taken literally, the Bible is one of the most horrendous books written, especially at that time. Bishop Shelby Spong wrote a book entitled "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism." I highly recommend it, as the book points out the dangers to Christianity if the Bible is taken literally. The Christian Right does not care for Spong, but if they were smart (which they aren't) they would listen. His book "Why Christianity Must Change or Die," is basically a prediction of the demise of Christianity if its followers don't come into the 21st century where science and technology make myth just that--a myth.


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