Is THIS your God? – Bears

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Is THIS your God? - Bears
Is THIS your God? - Bears

Side 1: Is THIS your God?

And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

- 2 Kings 2:23-24 KJV

Side 2: Discussion

Do you believe in a god that sends bears to massacre children?

In this passage, a group of children tease the bald prophet Elisha. If he were the prophet of a kind and loving god, he would “turn the other cheek”, but instead he curses them, and his god sends bears to kill 42 of the kids.

This is a fine example of the cruelty and pettiness so often shown by the god of the Bible. Most Christians believe in a god of love and forgiveness, but the Bible’s god is a god of fear and vengeance.

Do you think this monster is worthy of praise? Do you think it even exists?


This is the first in a series of tracts asking people to consider some of the actions attributed to their gods, especially things that most people aren’t aware of, and to decide whether or not they can support those actions or their perpetrator.

Most people don’t know about the more disturbing contents of their holy books, and their churches are unlikely to tell them, but you can tell them.