When ancient Israel needed military intelligence, they sent spies into the land of their enemies to gather information (Josh. 6:23; 1 Sam. 26:4). There is not a single instance in the Bible where torture is authorized or condoned. It is always presented as something used against the righteous, and the righteous have never resorted to torturing their enemies. The word is used only once in the King James Version at Heb. 11:35.
- Katherine Yurica, "Why the Bible Commands You to Be a Liberal (And Vote for Democrats)," at http://www.yuricareport.com/Religion/TheBloodGuiltyChurches.html.