If there weren't laws against the killing of another person today, there would still be Christians that would murder in the name of God. I believe the only reason western society does not condone killing is because of the repercussions of the law and because of the law
, not "morals".
God has not changed; he is the same now as he was in the time of Abraham. It is our relationship with God that has changed, through Christ.
I would strongly disagree with this statement. Old testament God and New testament God are polar characterizations of itself.
That entire lineage needed to be protected in order for man to be reconciled with God
ummm...He ordered the destruction of thousands of genealogies to "protect Abraham's lineage. It's hard to place into context something that happened so so long ago...but let's say for argument sake that it were today that God ordered YOU to destroy (let's replace Sodom and Gomorrah) with "sin city". Every man woman and child, toddler, and baby. Only the just and righteous will be saved, but that does not include all babies by the way. In fact, many will die.
Lot and the sacrifice of his son...Even if God "allegedly" never meant for Lot to actually kill his son...what kind of father would actually command that for the sake of testing him? That is cruel no matter how you want to justify that. If any human did that...you or I would crucify that person and that type of mentality (i know you would)...but God gets a free pass altogether for reasons I know not...oh yeah...an innocent animal was sacrificed instead all because God made a wager with the devil....
Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.-- Is.13:18
most Christians would defend God with this argument. Here's an excerpt from a Christian advocating God. (full source at the end)
In some instances, God ordered the killing of entire populations, presumably including the killing of babies and children. Isn't God unrighteous in killing these innocent little ones? First of all, the Bible indicates that all people are sinners,8 including babies,9 and worthy of judgment.10 However, the Bible also indicates that children are incapable of making moral choices, so that they are automatically rewarded with heaven.11 So, in having babies killed, God is actually doing them a favor, since, if they had grown up opposed to God, they would have gone to hell. If God were to have spared some of the children, it would have been difficult to determine the cutoff age. A one-year old is probably still relatively uncorrupted by his parents, but what about a two-year old? I have personally seen a number of spoiled two-year olds who had already been corrupted by their parents.
So...can you be guilty of a crime before you commit one? The bible and Christians infer that we are born unto sin. Guilty guilty guilty. It also infers that sin can pass on like traits from your parents. ex: If your dad screws another woman other than his wife..and you are born....sorry kiddo...
I believe...that children are born with a clean slate and without sin...I disagree with God. I will never condone killing a child EVER. How do believers compartmentalize this? Even justify it...If you can Justify God killing one baby...you can justify MUCH MUCH more glory killings for the sake of His kingdom. The line is never drawn in the sand.
Exodus "The Lord is a man of war."15:3. He is also a God of peace...so he's more yin and yang...then what the new testament would like to portray.
15:9 my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
God lusts in killing? Even if he deserved a smiting...it's interesting to note none the less.
"A child who hits or curses his parents must be executed." 21:15,17 I don't think Jesus abolished this rule. We should bring it back...oh yeah...laws.....good thing for separation of Church and State.
anyways....There are much much more insane things the bible talks about, but if you believe, I can't change that. I don't mean to bring up bible verses to condemn God..but question why a believer reacts first with Defending God than weeping for the murdered children. The answer?
Because we can't put into context what it was like back then. We can't fathom being in the crossfires of old testament in His holy war. We would rather subscribe to the idea that today's battle is much more spiritual than physical.
For me...if anyone annihilated another human being for the sake of uplifting oneself, or higher authority...they are subject to my condemnation of what transpired.
If God is indeed everything
He is both:
Vengeful and forgiving.
Loving and Hateful
Jealous and compassionate
there is a yin to His yang which is why the two biblical sides are dichotomous. He seems enraged one moment and jealously obsessive for your Love.
I would not obsesses with a mortal love not returned....why does God? The vengeful part comes in the form of being cast away into hell.
Why does God not just obliterate something He creates? but instead keeps them alive to suffer eternity as punishment? We are technically forced to Love god to enter heaven or the punishment is death and hell. What about a husband that kills his wife for leaving? Is he wrong if he's jealous in the same context as God?
It would seem the highest road to take...is to wish an old lover all the best in future endeavors. It is selfish to wish an ex to the lowest depths of sorrow and pain...don't you think?