I have recently been reading in scripture about some of the ways that god himself gives the command to kill all who decide not to follow his rules. It was quite disturbing to think that an all powerful god would order the killing of so many. I mean, isn’t eternal punishment enough for the abbreviated lives we have here on earth? Are we really to be punished eternally for the short 50-80 years most of us live? (Maybe that’s another blog topic.)
One evening while reading some of these horrible stories of mass killings either ordered by, or in the name of this “supreme” being, I was reminded of Hitler. Quite the ruthless murderer himself, killing all who got in his way and all who didn’t go along with his supreme race idea. I’m sorry, but when I read these stories in the bible, I think the same of a god who specifically says, “kill and destroy” whole nations of people.
Below are a few sample passages.
1 Samuel 15:3.
“Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”
Although all of it’s bad, the women and infant parts are what really jump out at me here. And god orders the slayings! The question that rises is, (Is there ever a good reason to kill infants?) I guess according to god…yes. Seems sick to me, but I’m sure a follower of this (all loving) god would have some reasons to justify it. But justifying killing infants? No thanks. That simply isn’t believable to me. On the contrary, quite unbelievable.
Another instance where god sees fit to kill women and infants is:
Ezekiel 9:5-6 NIV
“As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark.”
Again, god ordering those who are not in the club to be killed. Yes, I understand that in this context that the people ordered killed were the enemy of those doing the killing. But for a god to specifically order the killing of young ones… It just seems tyrannical to me. And it is said that god is against killing unborn children, when he used to order the killing of infants already alive and breathing. Again, it is not believable that an all loving god would do such a thing.
And another lovely piece of work.
“I will punish the world for its evil.” (An evil that god himself created. Isaiah 45:7)
“Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.”
So much for an all “loving” and “merciful” god. Once again he condones murder and rape. The list goes on and on.
I guess the thought of Hitler came to me when thinking about these scriptures. It seems that he was doing the same type of actions. Just kill anyone not in line with his ideals. But the idea of sending people, (who simply don’t believe in such an elusive god) to hell for all eternity….to send them to a permanent lake of fire, seems far worse than what Hitler did. It seems the cards are stacked against those who don’t simply take things on faith. Those who really want to be honest with themselves and question if such a god even exists.
Did god really create us with these wonderful minds? Did god create our brains and give us thoughts that genuinely want to know the truth about life? Did god not want us to think critically? Then why play so hard to get? Why be so mysterious to those you call your “children?” I think I know. Its because no such being really exists. How can such an omnipotent being refuse to answer when one of its creations ask honest questions? I guess unless you just live on faith, then that question has been answered already. He’s not there.
So, with so many scriptures about killing people who don’t fit in with the god gang, I just picture god like Hitler. Ready to kill anyone who goes against or questions the ideals of their perfect world. Kill em all. The men, women and children. Because they aren’t one of us. Make them keep their mouths shut, don’t think and just believe it. Or burn for ever and ever.
Yeah, that’s a good loving god. I will for sure have more on the subject of murder in the bible. There is so much of it. Until next time,