Rejecting the god of Violence

Once again, I am struck by the violence ordered by God in the Bible. This is not the God I worship and I wish people would not keep saying that the Bible is infallible. If this were true, I would have to choose the path of an atheist because I cannot follow such a god. (I have to use a small g.) 

And once again, I want to point out to my Christian friends who believe that the Koran promotes violence that by pointing their finger at Muslims, three more are pointing back.

There is much to teach and guide us into love in both the Bible and the Koran. It is OKAY to reject those words that promote violence, exclusivity and hatred. If you are one of these, as I am, no need to apologize. If anyone challenges you, just say, “I choose love.”

 

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4 Responses to Rejecting the god of Violence

  1. Kristine says:

    May I say that you, like many others, are trying to understand GOD and His Word with your own heads. Do you understand how GOD made the ENTIRE universe??? Can you understand how HE made us??? With mind, body, and soul right down to smallest detail?? You can’t!!! You can’t even fathom it!! And here you are questioning what HE is doing????!!! So you are only going to pick certain things about HIM, things you like? What do the following verses mean to you??? HE is telling us right here that we cannot understand HIS thoughts and ways!!! Does anyone read the Bible anymore? Or are our heads full of all the other books out there??

    Isaiah 55:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    Only when the world ends will we have answers to all. I find it so increibly sad that we make ourselves to be better than GOD!!!! He alone is the judge, not we.

    • Judy says:

      Thank you, Kristine, for you comments. They remind me of the message to Job when he questioned the actions of God. You are absolutely right that we cannot know the the mind of God.
      As for reading the Bible, I have been a student of the bible for 50 years. I have studied it on many levels, privately using guides, and at the scholarly level getting a degree in Religious Studies. I continue to go through it every few years and am doing so right now. In fact, it is my current walk through that prompted my comment. I understand that the way we fathom God is different than when the Pentateuch was written and most people, even those who read the Bible faithfully, have enough discernment to know that we should not be applying the violent passages we see there. But I do get upset by those who, without actually reading the scriptures of other faiths such as the Koran, judge their followers for their violent passages. Muslims go through the same process we as Christians do as we read our passages. We receive the inspiration offered to us and depend on the leading of the Spirit in knowing how to interpret and apply what we read. They do the same.
      For my part, I hold the message of love up as my measure. “God is Love, and he who abides in Love abides in God and God in him.” If a passage violates love, I reject it or wait for more information. Often there is a misunderstanding of the culture of the time or the original meaning was lost in translation.

    • Marie Zapf-Taylor says:

      I agree that we should not be picking and choosing parts of the bible that we ‘like’ and discarding the which might be distasteful. But the bible has been around long before us and will be around long after us; therefore, we as servants of God, should know that the bible, and our trust in God, is our only hope of surviving all the violence in this world. And God dealt with the violence shown in Old Testament times as well. Violence, like the evils of Satan, should be feared and we should continue to seek God’s word for solace and renewal of our faith, that He will guide us. Free will has allowed people to choose evil and violent lives; but it is not up to us to decide what God will do about it. We should only strive to be Christ-like and ‘love our neighbor as ourselves.’ And when those that do evil, stand before God and give an accounting of how they lived their lives, He will be the judge of them…not us.

  2. Nancy Seidler says:

    Thanks, I agree

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