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Did God Kill People?
Dear Brother Ron
Did God really kill people like it says in the Bible? See Genesis 6:8, Genesis 19:4, Exodus 14:28, 1 Samuel 6:19, 1 Kings 13:1-24 and 2 Chronicles 13:20
Your first reference is probably to Genesis 6:7, not 6:8.
Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
You will notice that, in Genesis 6:7, God says He is going to kill all the animals as well as the humans. What did the animals do to get Him so upset? They didnít eat any apples or build a golden calf to worship. So why is God going to kill all the animals for being what He made them to be? This makes God out to be a homicidal maniac. I do not worship a homicidal maniac.
You must remember that, at this time, the priests were the government. Everything that happened was because God made it happen. If good things happened, they happened because God was pleased. If bad things happened, God was angry. Geology, meteorology or any of the other sciences were unknown to these people. So if there was a flood, it was because God regretted having made all the animals (including people) and was about to correct His error. The only problem with this is that God, being perfect, is incapable of error. Do you see why I have a problem taking every word of the Bible at face value?
Genesis 19:4 has nothing to do with God killing anybody.
Genesis 19:3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. Genesis 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
Regarding the miracle of Moses parting the Red Sea, as told in Exodus 14, there have been attempts to find a scientific explanation for this. You can find one such attempt at http://www.slate.com/articles/life/faithbased/2009/04/a_skeptics_guide_to_passover.html.
Since I do not know enough about meteorology or oceanography to make a judgment, I will leave it to you to decide the value of these theories. But whether you believe that the incident was a divine miracle or a natural phenomenon, you have to admit that the timing was spectacular.
1Sa 6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.
In my research on this passage, I found that most scholars believe this to be an error in translation. Bethshemesh was a small town, incapable of supporting 50,070 people. The more probable number is 70. You should also remember what I said earlier about the Hebrews being under the rule of the priesthood. This included the soldiers. So if the temple soldiers killed these people for defiling the Ark, they were doing Godís work. God did it. The soldiers were merely His instruments.
So was the lion that killed a prophet for eating and drinking where God told him not to, as described in I Kings, chapter 13. It seems God is pretty stern about His dietary restrictions.
And finally, it wasnít God who killed Jereboam in II Chronicles 13:20. He died as a result of wounds he suffered in a battle with the army of Abijah. So if I may make a suggestion, before you take somebodyís word about the actions and motives of God, you might try doing a little research on your own. I find that people are often guilty of trying to put their words in Godís mouth. As Zig Zeigler used to say, this is both incorrect and unsanitary.