God said thou shall not kill, yet He ordered some of His prophets to carry out a large number of killings. What is your take on this?
What would you say if someone was to rise today and starts killing people, claiming he or she was commanded by God to do so. Afterall, this took place in the old testament. Right?
if God intended to purge out sin amogst the people, surely He could have done that Himself like He had done before. Why did God use humans to carry out these killings and if you were alive in those days, would you have believed this was an act of God?
How do we explain this to Atheists and the kids we are telling that God is so loving and hates evil?
God does place authorities in man to execute judgement on His behalf.. His prophets were His authorities and were doing exactly as commanded. Confirmed in the new testament, Romans 13:1-4 ‘1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
Many christians find it dfficult to accept the true nature of God. They want to accept God as their loving heavenly father but do not want to embrace the fact that He is equally a judge (an incorruptible one for that matter) and also an impartial judge; so much so that He will not even destroy Satan and avenge the blood of His saints until his appointed time, despite the fact that satan has grieved Him plenty. God will never go back on His word… that is why He is God.
But does this justify the death of babies?
To explain this to Atheists and kids will take a book, as one must first explain the true nature of God in order for the reader to understand. We are trusting God for this to happen in due time…
In the mean time, please consider this -Man CAN know the heart of God, ask King David who was not recorded as a prophet in his time but had revelations that other recognised prophets didn’t.