A God Who Kills?

Is it okay to not serve a God that kills?

I don’t want to kill, I stand opposed to the use of force in general.

Does God kill?

Dreams. Maybe? Fascinations. Perhaps?

How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock” (Psalm 137:9)

Now that’s dashing someone’s dreams.

Is it okay to not serve the God that kills?

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10 thoughts on “A God Who Kills?

  1. Is it okay to not serve a God that kills?

    The mistake is saying that God, creator of life, can kill. If the God that gives life takes it away, is it killing? I say no.

  2. I would refuse to serve a God who kills. I find killing, except in defensive circumstances as a last resort, to be disgusting. I refuse to serve a God who is morally inferior to myself, and I’m very far from perfect, so its not that hard of a requirement to meet.

    • I think a lot also depends on how we define “kill” and “morality” and even how we view Bible passages themselves.

      As for morality, not having full knowledge of the overall plans of God, it is rather challenging to question the morality thereof. People die, people live. Some prosper, and some don’t. If our existence on Earth is very finite, and there is something far greater afterward, that puts both suffering and death on this world in an entirely different scale, perspective and context.

      And then there is the problem of the human equation in the Scriptures themselves, which is why I focus so much on Jesus’ teachings now, and the apostles secondarily (and supplementally) and look at the rest as a continuum. That is, God has made multiple and ever-evolving covenants with humans, and I think that is part and parcel of leading us along step by step. Something that I think he does through more than Christianity alone, but with Jesus as the centerpiece and example all the same.

      It is trickier to ascribe moral values and judgments to God’s actions and plans than it is for kids to do so with adult decisions that are ultimately “for their own good.” And considering how hard it is for kids to do that properly with adults, and a separation of only decades of age, it is well-nigh impossible to judge God’s actions.

      Assuming that all of the actions in the Bible were indeed divinely mandated, which isn’t necessarily the case either.

      Just some thoughts…

  3. “The mistake is saying that God, creator of life, can kill. If the God that gives life takes it away, is it killing? I say no.” (Jim)

    It’s like saying God functions by a different definition than the one He gave Israel (in Torah). I actually somewhat agree (just philosophically) but I think God would not give us rules He is also not ‘subject’ to or reveals His intentions.

  4. technically God kills. we all are going to die. pretty much everything on the planet, including the planet itself will die. so that’s where my metaphysic kicks in with the hope and faith in a life after death. so i think if you believe in God, you believe in a God that kills, unless you want to argue semantics.

    the real question though is do we follow a God who wants God’s followers to dash enemies’ babies against rocks? my answer is no. of course, this is coming from my view as of the bible NOT being the word of God but containing it.

  5. I mean ‘murder’ by ‘kill’ I guess…should have been more specific.

    I cannot serve that God, not since 9/11 (at the very least). I think as a generation we are beginning to realize a theology that proposes such ideas can be very dangerous and make human life extremely devalued for some religious ’cause’.

    God is not fighting someone’s battles for them, is basically what I am saying. He gave us arms, legs, body, and brain for a reason – to help develop our lives and make the best use of them…so we could avoid dashing a babies head off rocks to cut off our ‘enemies’ offspring and demoralize them.

    We’re the one’s dashing dreams and the sooner we realize we are the one’s to blame for the world’s woes, the sooner we get into gear and finding solutions to clean it all up.

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