Atheists allege that "God is evil."  Time after time Mr. Emmett Fields alleges this.1  In brief, atheists think that anytime God acts contrary to their own view of right and wrong, then God is evil.  Here they become a "hater of God," which is what the word above means in Greek.

Mr. Fields cites multiple examples in the Old Testament to support his hypothesis that the God of the Old Testament is evil.  He says the following:


  1. God murdered the innocent first-born of the Egyptians (Ex 12:29).
  2. God murdered the people of Israel in the wilderness. (Num 14:28ff)
  3. God murdered the Canaanites when Israel entered Canaan (Deut 20:16).
  4. God murdered the men of Bethsemesh (Israelites) (1 Sam 6:19).2
  5. God murdered Bathsheba's innocent child because of David's sin (2 Sam 12:15-23).


  1. He commanded the murder of witches (22:18).
  2. He commanded slavery, and the Bible always upholds slavery (Ex 21:2ff).
  3. He commanded murder of anyone who would not follow him only (Deut 13:6ff).
  4. He holds the children responsible for the crimes of their parents to the fourth generation (Ex 20:5).
  5. He commanded the savage rape of women and children (Num 31:15ff).

Having spoken of these evil things, Fields now turns to the evil of the New Testament, as follows:


  1. Jesus commanded that we hate our father, mother, wife, brothers and sisters and even our own life also, or we cannot be His disciples (Luke 14:26; Matt 10:34-37; Matt 19:29; Mark 10:29-30).
  2. Jesus spoke of hell for those who don't do what he said, and this is the worse thing of all (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 12:5).

Because of these terrible evils they perceive, atheists like Mr. Fields come to the conclusion that there can be no God at all.  If God is so evil, then how can there really be a god, any god?  Thus ends his reasoning on this issue.

The dealings of God with men in the Old Testament have been a favorite topic for the atheists' attacks.  They see themselves as having a higher morality than God, and thus they feel qualified to sit in judgment over God.  They cannot conceive that the real God is like a consuming fire (Deut 4:24; 9:3; Isa 33:14; Heb 12:29), and that it is He who sits in judgment over them.



The world view of the Bible is that God created everything, and so everything is His.  As Creator, God has the right to establish His law and has the right to do with His creation as He pleases.  He created man in His own image, and bestowed on man great blessing and divine favor.  God gave man free moral agency because God wanted man to choose Him rather than being forced to serve Him.  God gave but one commandment to our first parents.  Yet they did not love the Lord their God with all their heart and with all their soul because they allowed another's word to be more important than God's Word.  As God had promised, they died spiritually the very hour they sinned, and they died physically even though Satan said they would not die.  God judged Satan, the tempter, and foretold the coming of the Messiah who would conquer him.  God also judged Adam and Eve, and said that since they were made from dust, to dust they would return.  Thus, from this fallen state where death began to reign as the consequence of sin, death came to all men because all men sinned (Rom 5:12).

The sinfulness of man only grew deeper and deeper as man became more and more alienated from God.  So great was their violence, bloodshed and evil that God destroyed the vast majority of them in a great flood, but saved righteous Noah and his family in the Ark.  It was His great mercy to spare the family of man.  Yet even with this great salvation, the descendants of Noah's sons became just as evil as those who lived before the flood.  One thing we can know for sure from this, for everything that follows thereafter, even through the New Testament times and up to this very day shows the same pattern:  People who seek to love God and give themselves to Him have joy and peace.  But the descendents of such a righteous person will inevitably stray away from this righteousness, and will eventually become the enemies of God by their own actions.

God found one man, Abraham, who was righteous, and being in the Messiah's seed line, God gave Abraham great favor.  God promised Abraham that in his seed all the nations of the world would be blessed.  This is yet another prophecy regarding the Messiah.  God gave Abraham a detailed prophecy about the people who would come from Abraham and Sarah, and what kind of troubles they would face in Egypt:

Genesis 15:13-16 (ESV)
13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

Here the use of the word "Amorites" is used as a general term for the Canaanites.  Note the patience of God, not wanting to bring premature judgment on the Gentiles.  God rules over and cares for the Gentiles even in the Old Testament, and this is the very assumption undergirding the book of Jonah.  The Assyrians were spared the sentence of destruction and death that was preached by Jonah because they repented, and this is what God desired of them.  This shows that prophecy was conditional.  Their very act of repentance resulted in their own civilization lasting much longer, more than 100 years longer.  Truly this is what God hoped for in regards to the Canaanites.

So then, what were the sins of the Amorites (Canaanites) that brought God's judgment of death on the land of Canaan?  Moses lists at least some of these sins in Deut 18:9-14.  Chief among these sins and the theme common to all is idolatry.  So what was so bad about the idolatry that made God full of wrath?  The very first description gives it away:

Deuteronomy 18:10a (ESV)
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering....

This same command/warning is repeated in Lev 18:21; 20:2-5; Deut 12:31.  When God's especially chosen people, the Jews, started do this very same thing (2 Kings 16:3; Jer 7:31), God said they too would receive the judgment of exile and death.  Of this horrible sin God said, "...which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind...."(Jer 19:5)  Therefore, God did the same to His own possession Israel and Judah, as He did to the Canaanites.  Truly God is no respecter of persons, but He is patient--more patient that any man, for he waited 400 years before punishing the Amorites for their horrible murders of their own children.  Yes, God used capital punishment for this heinous sin, regardless of where He found it.

Let's be clear about the Canaanites.  God could not tolerate their sin anymore, and His purpose for the Israelites was for them to serve as his rod of punishment to wipe out these exceedingly sinful people.  Because they were not wiped out, Israel and Judah eventually fell.  However, there were obviously exceptions to this rule of extermination, including Rahab (Josh 2:1,3; 6:17, 23) and the Gibeonites (Josh 9:3ff).  Apparently God made exceptions, especially for those who worshipped the one God of the universe instead of the multitudes of idols that were worshipped is such a terrible manner throughout the land of Canaan.

This brings us back to the biblical worldview of God.  God is holy, and no evil can co-exist in harmony with God.  God loves better than any human, but He also hates evil more than any human.  It is not until we wrap our minds around this very simple concept that we can understand God's actions toward the Canaanites and even His own chosen people Israel.  Only then can we understand the capital punishment God commanded in the Mosaic Law.  Life and breath are in His hands.  Who are we to stand in judgment against our Creator?

But what about the innocent children who were killed?  In a society so evil that the youth were polluted with idolatry at a tender age, one can understand.  Besides, those who were truly innocent were not destined to eternal punishment.  At least these would find eternal blessing.  Is this reasoning far-fetched from a biblical perspective?  Did not God Himself cut short the lives of the righteous so that they would not have to endure the invasions that would destroy God chosen, rebellious and idolatrous people? (Isa 57:1-2)


We must understand that revelation in the Bible is progressive.  It would not have been possible to take a tribe of Hebrew slaves and give them God's own morality.  There were certain things that God accommodated in the Hebrews that couldn't be changed until the coming of Christ.  Things such as anger, lust, divorce, oaths, retaliation, and loving our enemies were addressed by Christ and not the Mosaic Law, and the purpose of the Mosaic Law was to lead them to Christ (Gal 3:19, 23-25) so that He could reveal a better way.  It took His own death in the cross to really penetrate the callous hearts of the Hebrews so that they could really change.

Now regarding slavery, Moses wrote also of the fact that Hebrew slaves deserved release (Ex 21:2; Lev 23:39-43; Deut 15:2; Jer 34:14).  That foreigners had no such protection is assumed since it was not provided for in the Mosaic Law.  However, the fact that Jesus commanded that the gospel be preached to all nations (Matt 28:19) set a platform that would dramatically change civilization.  As the short epistle to Philemon shows, both master and slave could become Christians, and the master was deemed a slave of God while the slave was deemed a freeman in Christ (1 Cor 7:22).  Granted, this new teaching must have been shocking, and the implications of it not fully accepted by all masters.  Yet the implications are surely there.  Neither Jesus nor his apostles sought to overthrow Roman law or to incite slaves to rebellion.  However, it is clear that Paul encouraged manumission (1 Cor 7:21), and that very fact indicated that such was possible in the first century.  Therefore, Fields' opinion that the Bible always encouraged slavery is not accurate.


The passage offered for this is Ex 20:5, but we should include verses 4-6 as follows:

Exodus 20:4-6 (ESV)
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

The context is idolatry.  The iniquity of idolatry could last for generations, as did the judgment.  However, God also shows steadfast love to multitudes who love Him and keep His commandments.  Now certainly those who believe in original sin may cite this, as does the atheist Fields, but this is in error.  Please read carefully Eze 18 where God clears up this persistent misunderstanding.  He states it repeatedly, and summarizes it in Eze 18:20 as follows:

Ezekiel 18:20 (ESV)
20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

If we love God and seek to obey Him, we will be regarded in His favor, even if our father or mother were gross sinners and unbelievers.  We do not inherit our parents' sins and don't pay the penalty of our parents' sins.  We don't inherit the sin of Adam and Eve either.


Here Fields assumes more that the passage in Num 31:15-18 says.  Moses does not say to rape the young female prisoners.  The young women were captives.  The Mosaic Law specifically stated what was to be the procedure regarding marrying female captives:

Deuteronomy 21:10-14 (ESV)
10 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive, 11 and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife, 12 and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails. 13 And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. 14 But if you no longer delight in her, you shall let her go where she wants. But you shall not sell her for money, nor shall you treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her.

Fornication was never allowed under Mosaic Law (Ex 22:16-17; Lev 19:29; 21:9; Deut 22:20-29; 23:18).  There is no evidence that the Mosaic Law condoned the rape of female captives or children.


Mr. Fields insists that Jesus is even worse that what we find in the Old Testament.  His first "proof" is that he commands that we hate our whole family in order to be His disciple.  However, such is a very superficial reading of the New Testament.  This is a use of hyperbole in order to deeply impress a point, just as Jesus did when He said we were to gouge out an eye or cut off a hand to keep from being sexually immoral (Matt 5:27-30).  His point was that we must do everything humanly possible to keep from being sexually immoral.  In the passages that Mr. Fields cites for the purpose of judging Jesus, Jesus is telling his disciples that He must be first in their lives.  Nothing and no person can take that number one priority.  If your husband or wife or son or daughter says they want to be an atheist, they you say you will remain a Christian.  If your employer tells you he will fire you unless you hide your Christianity, then you politely say good-bye and find another job.  If the US government says they will arrest you if you tell the truth about sexual immorality, then you keep telling the truth and try to stay out of jail.  You also bring to their remembrance the first amendment to the Constitution, and you press that to the Supreme Court if necessary.  Jesus stays in first position, regardless what happens.

Mr. Fields is very angry that Jesus says so much about Hell.  He says this is a terrible burden on people, causing them to live in fear and anxiety.  He is really angry about this.  Well, his anger is not my problem--it is his anger and he has to deal with it.  There is a God in Heaven, and He is the Creator of the Universe and He will judge all people in the Judgment Day.  Mr. Fields, "prepare to meet your God." (Amos 4:12).

  1.  (Please note that Mr. Fields often cites incorrect Scripture references, so you may need to find the Scripture reference yourself.  I have made sure the Scriptures he cites have the right citations on this webpage.)
  2. Fields mistakes here the people of Bethsemesh for non-Israelites, but this is incorrect (see the context and also see Josh 21:16).