The worst advice God's ever given

Slide show: He told one guy to perform his own circumcision. Another to invade Iraq. Why is the Lord so pushy?

Published August 18, 2010 12:20AM (EDT)

The phrase "God told me to" has become the world's most overused excuse for poor judgment, horrendous acts and pure nonsense. It's a phrase that's dictated presidential politics, led to the murder of loved ones, provoked self-mutilation, and, for those who've heard all the aforementioned and more, led to the belief that there's no reason to believe. God's words -- or, at least, the idea of His words -- have certainly helped and inspired many. But sometimes, as this slide show will show, the world would be a better place if the Lord kept His words to Himself.

This slide show was excerpted from the book, "God Made Me Do It: True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given to His Followers," published by Sourcebooks.

By Marc Hartzman

Marc Hartzman is the author of "Found on eBay: 101 Genuinely Bizarre Items From the World's Online Yard Sale" and "American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History's Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers" and "God Made Me Do It: True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given His Followers."

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