Killing in the name of God – part 2

With the Jewish Passover and the Christian Passion Week now behind us, I think it is only fitting to address both of them through the eye of Reason.  It puzzles me that these events are so hallowed and revered because when considers their origins, they are both atrocities of the worst kind.  The Passover and the Crucifixion of Jesus, if they occurred as portrayed in the Bible, are brutal murders of innocent people.

The Passover – Divine Genocide

After the Plague of Darkness that occurs in Exodus 10, Pharoah still refused to let the people of Israel go out and worship their God.  Then Exodus 11:4-10 states “So Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.  There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh. The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”  Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.” 

Now before I go any further does this sound like an all-loving God?

Then it happens, according to Exodus 12:29 -30 “At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. “

So God slaughtered the firstborn of every living thing in Egypt except the Israelites.

Why? 

Was it because the people of Egypt were evil? 

Was it because Pharoah was oppressing the Jews?

All one has to do is read the Bible itself and it is crystal clear why Pharoah wouldn’t let the Israelites go after the ten horrible plagues –  God hardened his heart.  Now think about this for just a minute.  God hardens Pharoah’s heart so that he enslaves and forbids God’s chosen people from leaving and God then punishes Pharoah for having the hard heart that God gave him by killing every firstborn living creature that was not protected by the lamb’s blood in the doorway.

Crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth – A Human Sacrifice

Christianity holds the belief that Jesus was sent to earth to be crucified for everyone’s sins. According to John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”   Eventually the church then traced this whole need for a sacrifice back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the doctrine of Original Sin appeared.  Ask any Jew you know if they believe in Original Sin or that the messiah is supposed to come down to earth and be slaughtered like a lamb and you will be surprised at what you hear.  To most Jews the Adam and Eve story is completely an allegorical story and it only takes an ounce of common sense to know that snakes don’t talk to people (unless of course you are a Harry Potter character).  OK, circling back now.  Jesus was crucified so that God would forgive our sins because without this sacrifice God will not forgive our sins and condemn us to eternal suffering.

So with the Passover we see God slaughter every firstborn child and animal because Pharoah with the hardened heart God gave him would not let the Israelites go.  With the crucifixion of Jesus we see God not giving us forgiveness without the torture and sacrifice of his “one an only son.”

With all this brutality on the part of God is there any wonder what drove the Holy Wars, Inquisitions, and witch hunts? 

Is there any credibility when the Jews and Christians claim their beliefs are on a higher moral ground then that of the Muslims or any other religion of the world and that they have the True Word of God and all other holy books are imposters?

The true infallible word of our Creator is not a book written by men.  For anything to be infallible it must have an origin that is infallible and man is just a part of the creation and not the origin of it.  The true revelation of our Creator was not handed to a prophet in the desert by  an angel or communicated to a man in a mountain of smoke.  All of creation bears testimony to the benevolence of our Creator for even the most vile of creatures and detestable characters are still given air to breathe. 

Is it reasonable to believe that the same Creator that so perfectly designed the universe and majesty of this planet and all the celestial bodies would be so tyrannical as to destroy that same creation in any way?

Is it reasonable to consider that man is just not capable of knowing the true nature of our Creator and uses pretended revelations to justify their own lust for blood and power?

© Nelson Rose, The Quest for Light (All Bible quotations were taken from the NIV)

5 thoughts on “Killing in the name of God – part 2

  1. The simple answer is at the “fall,” the very nature of man changed and all evil perpetrated on earth is a result (directly or indirectly) of the fall of human nature. That’s the simple answer. However, these same questions have tormented many believers. There really are no simple answers.

    Passover is a horrific and glorious event. For several hundred years, God allowed the Hebrews to be enslaved. He, according to the Bible, raised up Moses from within Pharaoh’s house to deliver the Hebrews from Egypt’s hands. Would it have been more “acceptable” if the Hebrews had murdered the firstborns? The Bible simple says, in so many words, that God had/has His purposes. Individual events in history are never clear when taken out of context, so the more we understand about the events and struggles leading up to Passover, the clearer God’s purpose – perhaps. Hard to swallow, but … ?

    The crucifixion of Jesus is a bit different. It’s a spiritual journey that begins at Creation, travels through the Exodus and establishment of Israel. It follows the struggle of human nature, forever flawed by sin from the “fall.” God prepared before time for the restoration of man. The part that is hard to grasp for me is why the shedding of blood was required for that to occur. BUT … it was. No human was able to bridge the gap created by man’s arrogant sin, so God had to take it upon Himself to repair the breach. Again, hard to comprehend, hard to apprehend, but … faith.

    Is violence a part of Biblical faith? Is Christianity, therefore, as violent or more so that Islam? Difficult to tell. With our finite brains, we are not capable of grasping 100% of ETERNAL plans and operations.

    THIS I KNOW:

    God is all about LOVE. Not the sentimental, mushy, “bless me” kind of love so prevalent today, but the gut-wrenching, unconditional, selfless love exemplified by the life of Jesus. Humans distort, corrupt, and limit God by our very nature. There is not a human being that is unloved and embraced by Jesus, therefore there is not a human that shouldn’t be loved and embraced by Jesus’ followers. God is big enough to defend Himself, to be His own advocate and prove His nature to any and all who wish it. Someday, we will all understand more clearly! Until then, faith …

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  2. The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob has never been happy with idolatry. He demonstrated superiority to all the gods of Egypt that he is the one true God over all creation. It took ten plagues upon Egypt to make the point. He could have destroyed them completely but a very powerful point was made. Nevertheless mighty Pharaoh still wanted revenge and afterwards his entire army was drowned at the bottom of the Red Sea. God the creator of heaven and earth is fully justified in his judgments and actions.

    Yes. God ordained that Jesus would be the Passover Lamb of God. This perfect sacrifice in payment for the sins of the world (http://truthlife.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/the-double-meaning-of-passover/). However Jesus never killed anyone. And as Prince of Peace he commanded his followers to “love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you”.

    Remember that only the Hebrews were spared the last death plague if they splashed a little blood from the sacrificial lamb on their doorstep. The message of the gospel is very clear .. to be saved one needs to be atoned for with the “blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ”. Otherwise to those who refuse the blood of the Lamb will face eternal wrath and justice from a Holy God. This is the just consequence for idolatry, sin, and unbelief.

    It will be the same as it was in the days of Noah, the same as it was when mighty Pharaoh ruled Egypt, and it will be the same judgement on the Day of the Lord.

    Tick tick tick …

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    • Thank you for stopping in. You may want to re-read the story of the plagues my friend. Pharoah got the point the first time, the scriptures say that God hardened his heart though. So, clearly God was in control the whole time which makes this whole story rather sadistic.

      Tick tick?? Which false apocalyptic prophecy are you waiting on? So far they are all already late. Both Jesus and Paul made it very clear the supposed return would be in the lifetime of the people present. That was almost 2,000 years ago – none of those folks are alive anymore.

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      • Do you really think that mighty Pharaoh would let all the free Hebrew labor just walk out the door?

        The one’s without mercy were Egyptian slave-owners who worked their Hebrew slaves seven days a week and killed their offspring. The Egyptians were also being deceived by their pagan idolatrous system. It was God’s intent to safely deliver His chosen people Israel to the promised land and also to demonstrate that Egypt’s idols were powerless against the God of Israel.

        Ex 7:3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt,
        Ex 7:4 he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.
        Ex 7:5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

        Here is another promise that the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob has spoken against Egypt, that once proud and mighty nation:

        Eze 29:13 “ ‘Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says: At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the nations where they were scattered.
        Eze 29:14 I will bring them back from captivity and return them to Upper Egypt, the land of their ancestry. There they will be a lowly kingdom.
        Eze 29:15 It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.

        Hence Egypt to this day is still a lowly nation with no dominate regional power. The per capita income for Egypt is 1/10 that of neighbor Israel. In recent times Egypt has failed to dominate Israel in both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War.

        The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob does not sleep or slumber and His holy Word never fails.

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  3. If you read your very first quote of Exodus God is saying he will harden Pharoah’s heart. It doesn’t matter how you spin it. The Bible is clear on this matter – GOD HARDENED PHAROAH’S HEART. That is the reason Pharoah did what he did. The Bible portrayal of God in this story is that of a sadistic bipolar tyrant.

    I view our Creator with more reverance then the Bible does, especially in this case.

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