24 January 2011

Does God Order People to Randomly Kill People? @Nickdrumr2 from Twitter asks: “You say god doesn't order people to kill. But you also say he does. Please explain?” Clarification In order to answer this apparent contradiction, we must make a distinction between killing someone and committing murder. Murder is the unlawful taking of a life, while killing may be lawful or unlawful. Self-Defense or Murder? The Bible provides many circumstances under which the taking of a life is legally allowed by Scripture. Killing another person in an act of self-defense (Exodus 22:2) was permitted with no consequences. There are examples of God calling the people to war against other nations to punish them for their sins. When Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land, God commanded the Israelites to utterly destroy the idolatrous peoples who inhabited the land (Deuteronomy 20:16–17). A list of their sins can be found in Leviticus 18, including incest, murdering children, and so on. When God called Israel to war against those in the Promised Land, then He was permitting the killing in this situation, making men His agents of justice, as in the case with capital punishment. Confusion Nickdrumr2, you are confusing God telling His people, the Israelites, to protect themselves from those (Amalekites, Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites) who were continually attacking them with murder and other sinful acts. An example are the Amalekites who were continually never ceasing to attack the Israelites; murdering without regard the Israelite infants, children, women, and men while they took from the Israelites what did not belong to them. Reading 1 Samuel 15:2 in context we see why God ordered the Amalekite slaughter (or as some people say, genocide, massacre, annihilation, extinction, elimination, etc.) 1 Samuel 15:2 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.’” Note  reading the Old Testament in context shows that it wasn't just one instance of waylaying, it was a repeated occurrences multiple times over a long timeframe that the Amalekites attacked the Israelites. God’s command to the Israelites (His chosen people) to destroy the Amalekites was just as an order today for a President to order his/her military to destroy an enemy; so to protect the innocent people. Now you ask what about the Amalekite children? The Amalekite children were victims of their parents’ heartless attacks against the Israelites. If the Amalekite parents had not attacked the Israelites, the Amalekite children would never have been a victim of their parents attacking the Israelites. The parents of the Amalekite children were continually attacking the Israelites and seeing that the Amalekite parents were so brutally cruel and...
Why do Atheists Insult Christians? Why do Atheists Insult Christians? Atheists insult Christians because atheists are insecure and being insecure atheists want to feel better about themselves and thus atheists insult those people who do not accept their belief that God does not exist because deep inside they know God really does exist. Their knowing God exists and yet denying God’s existence causes a guilty feeling inside the atheist and thus to feel better about themselves, many atheists turn to verbal abuse. Verbal abuse is a bullying tactic. Verbal abuse is best described as an ongoing emotional environment organized by the abuser (atheists in this case) for the purposes of control. The control atheists want when talking with Christians is emotional control over the Christian. Turning to bullying and insults, the atheist tries to take the conversation away from facts and make it an emotional display for them and their atheist friends can feel better about themselves. With verbal abuse consisting of insults and slurs against Christ Jesus and the follower of Christ Jesus, the atheist sets the stage for building their self-esteem. The underlying factor in the dynamic of verbal abuse is the abuser’s [the atheist’s] low regard for him or herself. The (atheist verbal) abuser attempts to place their victim [the Christian] in a position to believe similar things about him or herself, a form of warped projection. (1) Atheists continue to bully and insult me (and others who follow Christ Jesus) because atheists feel the imbalance of power of their atheist’s beliefs as opposed to Christian beliefs because deep down inside each atheist, know that they are suppressing the knowledge within each of us that God exists. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,... being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:20-32) Denial of Truth No matter how much atheists deny that they are insecure with their atheist beliefs, atheists bully and insult Christians because they are insecure with their atheist beliefs. Some atheists go so...

Victor E. Pearson

With the commission from God to point people to and teach them the truth, I have created this blog to glorify God and to do His will. I am pleased that you are open minded to learning about Christian views on faith, morality and God.

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