Back when I was a kid, I remember asking "How do you explain these passages?"
The answer invariably being "Well... you can't take these passages literally..."
My second question would be "Well, who decides what is to be taken literally or not? Who has the power to change the meaning of the words of a god? And how do we know what percentage of the bible is literal or not?"
I would never get an answer from that, but it did make me realise that people who are supposedly graduated in religion, don't think for themselves, are very very scared, and don't really read the bible.
When I was twelve, I stopped asking these questions, because I saw it made people so unconfortable.
Deut 25:11-12 - If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and seizing his genitals, 12you shall cut off her hand; show no pity.
Gen 38:8-10 - Then Judah said to Onan, ‘Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her; raise up offspring for your brother.’ But since Onan knew that the offspring would not be his, he spilled his semen on the ground whenever he went in to his brother’s wife, so that he would not give offspring to his brother. What he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.
Deut 21:18-21 - Rebellious Children - If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother, who does not heed them when they discipline him, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his town at the gate of that place. They shall say to the elders of his town, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death. So you shall purge the evil from your midst; and all Israel will hear, and be afraid.
Ex 35:2 - For six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy sabbath of solemn rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
Lev 20:13 - If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Isaiah 13:13-16 - Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
and the earth will be shaken out of its place,
at the wrath of the Lord of hosts
on the day of his fierce anger.
Like a hunted gazelle,
or like sheep with no one to gather them,
all will turn to their own people,
and all will flee to their own lands.
Whoever is found will be thrust through,
and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.
Their infants will be dashed to pieces
before their eyes;
their houses will be plundered,
and their wives ravished.
Tim 2:11-12 - Let a woman or wife learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman or wife to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.
Luke 14:26 - Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.
I remember one of my teachers trying to profess that last one from luke.
:D T'was utter slaughter as he mind-F#&%ED a class full of ten year olds.