02 March 2009

A meek but violent god? A tragic irony.

In Mt. 5:5, Jesus said, “blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

In 1 Corinthians 4:21, it is said, “What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with gentle spirit?

In 2 Timothy 2:24, it was stated that “And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to knowledge of the truth.”

In Luke 23:34, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

This passages, show a picture of how we should carry ourselves in times trials and tribulations. It shows how we should frame our minds. That is -- opposed to harshness and contentiousness, and that shows itself in gentleness and tenderness in dealing with others.

However, compare these passages with other passages in the bible and you will find an irony.


[W]hen the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance of them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord . . . (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).


“[H]e that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”(John 3:36).



In Leviticus 25:44-46, the Lord tells the Israelites it's OK to own slaves, provided they are strangers or heathens.


2) In Samuel 15:2-3, the Lord orders Saul to kill all the Amalekite men, women and infants.


3) In Exodus 15:3, the Bible tells us the Lord is a man of war.


4) In Numbers 31, the Lord tells Moses to kill all the Midianites, sparing only the virgins.


5) In Deuteronomy 13:6-16, the Lord instructs Israel to kill anyone who worships a different god or who worships the Lord differently.


6) In Mark 7:9, Jesus is critical of the Jews for not killing their disobedient children as prescribed by Old Testament law.


7) In Luke 19:22-27, Jesus orders killed anyone who refuses to be ruled by him.

Cruelty and Violence in the 1st Four Books of the Bible



1. God likes Abel's dead animals better than Cain's fruits and vegetables. Why? Well, no reason is given, but it probably has something to do with the amount of pain, blood, and gore involved. 4:3-5


2. Because God liked Abel's animal sacrifice more than Cain's vegetables, Cain kills his brother Abel in a fit of religious jealousy. 4:8


3. God is angry. He decides to destroy all humans, beasts, creeping things, fowls, and "all flesh wherein there is breath of life." He plans to drown them all. 6:7, 17


4. God repeats his intention to kill "every living substance ... from off the face of the earth." But why does God kill all the innocent animals? What had they done to deserve his wrath? It seems God never gets his fill of tormenting animals. 7:4


5. God drowns everything that breathes air. From newborn babies to koala bears -- all creatures great and small, the Lord God drowned them all. 7:21-23


6. Noah kills the "clean beasts" and burns their dead bodies for God. According to 7:8 this would have caused the extinction of all "clean" animals since only two of each were taken onto the ark. "And the Lord smelled a sweet savor." 8:20


7. To free Lot from captivity, Abram sends an army of slaves to pursue and smite his captors. 14:14-15


8. God tells Abram to kill some animals for him. The needless slaughter makes God feel better. 15:9-10


9. Hagar conceives, making Sarai jealous. Abram tells Sarai to do to Hagar whatever she wants. "And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled." 16:6


10. Lot refuses to give up his angels to the perverted mob, offering his two "virgin daughters" instead. He tells the bunch of angel rapers to "do unto them [his daughters] as is good in your eyes." This is the same man that is called "just" and "righteous" in 2 Pet.2:7-8. 19:7-8


11. God kills everyone (men, women, children, infants, newborns) in Sodom and Gomorrah by raining "fire and brimstone from the Lord out of heaven." Well, almost everyone -- he spares the "just and righteous" Lot and his family. 19:24


12. God threatens to kill Abimelech and his people for believing Abe's lie. 20:3-7


13. God orders Abraham to kill Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham shows his love for God by his willingness to murder his son. But finally, just before Isaac's throat is slit, God provides a goat to kill instead. 22:2-13


14. Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is "defiled" by a man who seems to love her dearly. Her brothers trick all of the men of the town and kill them (after first having them all circumcised), and then take their wives and children captive. 34:1-31




-=Princess=- Princess said...

ang haba..bow!:D

rah oibas said...

to think first four books palang ito?

leslie balino said...

magrereact sana ako ng matindi eh tas nakita ko ang comment mo...

nahiya naman ako!hahahaha

leslie balino said...

essence is lost when one fails to see the bigger picture and tend to take things part by part

there are stuffs that needs to be taken as a whole and not just from fragmented thoughts...

rah oibas said...

i know the reason why god was violent. I will tell you -- there are theories. :)