Ever notice how many people die either directly by God or indirectly(God specifically having someone killed by someone else)? Or how God's prophets
are able to simply kill anyone in the name of God? I have.
I'm sure I dont have to remind fellow ATSers about when God flooded the world and killed everything on it except a Boat, or Sodom and Gomorra. What
about all the stories that have no moral to them at all, just some senseless killing by either God or by his prophets in his name.
Reference to title in story below
In 2 Kings 2:23-24
there is a
story about the Prophet Elijah. While on his way to Bethel a group of children tease him about his bald head. What does Elijah decide to do? He
decides to summon two female bears in the name of God to kill all the 42 children who made fun of him. This is also one of my favourite parts of the
bible, solely becuase of the use of "Go up, Thou bald head; go up, Thou bald head".
Also, In Genesis 38:8-10
tells his son, Onan to go and marry his dead brothers wife and have kids. Except before the "deed" was done Onan pulls out and spills his seed on
the ground. God then sees fit to kill him because of this.
Although this story is more to do with Christ, I think it still fits with the pointless killing of people in the name of God, Or in this case the
pointless killing of a tree. In
Christ is on his
way to Bethany and is feeling abit peckish. He encounters a fig tree, Unfortunately it is barren and its the off season for figs. Christ then curses
the tree to bear no fruits. The poor fig tree then withers and dies.
The Next story is highly disturbing. In
A man and his
concubine are wandering the streets when they decide to seek shelter for the night, and find a man kind enough to let them stay. That night however, a
group of men turn up at the door and demand to see the guest so that they may have sex with him. The owner is unwilling to let his male lodger be
raped and so offers up his virgin daughter instead. However, this is still not good enough for the men, so the owner offers them his guest’s
concubine and the men accept. The men brutally rape the woman and leave her on the doorstep where she bleeds to death. If that is not enough, when she
is found by her husband, he chops her up into twelve pieces which he sends to each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Its not for me to judge but I believe these killings are pointless, cruel, and should have never happened in the first place. I am not implying
anything about christianity, I'll leave that up to you to decide.
There are others story which I was going to bring to light, But with the time I had to make this thread, I think i'll save them for next time.
[edit on 24-11-2009 by Ghost in the Machine]