God the Mass-Murderer
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God-ordered deaths in the Bible amount to 1,862,265 (at least, those with a body count).
God-personally followed a bit after with 371,186 (once again, those with a body count - the Flood, for instance, does not have a body count but must considerably inflate this number).

Granted, God does not qualify to the level of a Hitler or Stalin, but he's definitely in the category of tyrants. If we count all the mass murders that God has committed through natural disasters (the Plague being a good example), he may pole-vault at the height of atrocity.


16 Cases of People Killed by God

1. ENTIRE WORLD POPULATION EXCEPT NOAH AND SEVEN RELATIVES (Genesis 6, 7)

Transgression: Violence, corruption and generalised wickedness.
Method of execution: Flood.

2. ENTIRE POPULATIONS OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH EXCEPT LOT, HIS WIFE, AND THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS (Genesis 19)

Transgression: Widespread wickedness and lack of respect for the deity.
Method of execution: Rain of fire and brimstone.

3. LOT'S WIFE (Genesis 19)

Transgression: Looked back.
Method of execution: Turned into a pillar of salt.

4. ER (Genesis 38)

Transgression: Wickedness.
Method of Execution: Unknown.

5. ONAN (Genesis 38)

Transgression: Refused to make love to his brother Er's widow.
Method of execution: Unknown.

6. ALL THE FIRSTBORN OF EGYPT (Exodus 12)

Transgression: Egypt was cruel to the Jews.
Method of execution: Unknown.

7. PHARAOH AND THE EGYPTIAN ARMY (Exodus 14)

Transgression: Pursued the Jews.
Method of execution: Drowned.

8. NADAB AND ABIHU (Leviticus 10)

Transgression: Offered strange fire.
Method of execution: Fire.

9. KORAH, DATHAN, ABIRAM AND THEIR FAMILIES (Numbers 16)

Transgression: Rejected authority of Moses and started own congregation.
Method of execution: Swallowed by earth.

10. 250 FOLLOWERS OF KORAH (Numbers 16)

Transgression: Supported Korah.
Method of execution: Fire.

11. 14,700 ISRAELITES (Numbers 16)

Transgression: Murmured against Moses and his brother Aaron following execution of Korah and his supporters.
Method of execution: Plague.

12. UNKNOWN NUMBER OF RETREATING AMORITE SOLDIERS (Joshua 10)

Transgression: Fought the Israelites.
Method of execution: Hailstones.

13. UZZAH (2 Samuel 6)

Transgression: Touched the ark of God after oxen shook it while pulling it on a cart.
Method of execution: Unknown.

14. 70,000 PEOPLE (2 Samuel 24)

Transgression: King David ordered a census of the population.
Method of execution: Plague.

15. 102 SOLDIERS OF KING AHAZIAH (2 Kings 1)

Transgression: Tried to capture Elijah the Tishbite.
Method of execution: Fire.

16. ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA (Acts 5)

Transgression: Land fraud.
Method of execution: Unknown.