1 Samuel 18: 20 Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased. 21 “I will give her to him,” he thought, “so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” So Saul said to David, “Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law.”
22 Then Saul ordered his attendants: “Speak to David privately and say, ‘Look, the king is pleased with you, and his attendants all like you; now become his son-in-law.’ ”
23 They repeated these words to David. But David said, “Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.”
24 When Saul’s servants told him what David had said, 25 Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.’ ” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.
26 When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, 27 David and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented the full number to the king so that he might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.
28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David, 29 Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.
30 The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known.
This story is both violent and stupid. Once again, the Old Testament views non Jews as subhuman, much in the same way that Adolph Hitler viewed the Jews as subhuman thousands of years later. In this story, the lives of Philistines are of so little value that the King of Israel (Saul) requests that David murder 100 of them and chop off a part of their penis. David goes even further and kills 200 Philistines and presents 200 foreskins to obtain his wife. This is an evil, immoral, and nauseating act.
In the New Testament (Acts 13:22) , Paul claims that God states, ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ I find it strange that Christians can believe that a man who, according to God, is a man after God’s own heart, would have no trouble killing 200 men (100 more than was needed) and removing part of their penises in order to buy a wife. The God that Christians believe in is very strange.
As many of you know, I got married last week. I promise you that I did not kill any man and chop off any penis parts in order to get married.