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    There are numerous references to God killing people. However factual or fictional they are nevertheless there. Noah's Ark and killing the first Egyptian son just to name few. Satan is supposed to be bad and God is supposed to be good yet where are the stories of satan killing humans?

    Also millions upon millions have been killed based on whose god is the right god but how many people have been killed defending satan? has a country or a people ever defended and fought to the death for satan? References to satanists killing humans can be found but a group of people is not a country or a race of people.

    War is still going on in this world and killing is still happening based on religion ... last i checked none of this is being done in the name of satan. Well ... ameica is called the big satan so I guess I could be debated on this ... perhaps?

    A very vague thread here as I'm sure nobody feels like reading a book type post on this. I'm simply saying that satan is supposed to be bad and god is supposed to be good, and kind, and loving and all of that ... is that based on a negative plus a negative = a positive? If satan exists it may be evil ... but god is way ahead on the kill count.
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    ... Okay ... I have a small list here ... Old Testament stuff:

    Evil Bible Home Page ... not sure it's the greatest reference but it will do for now.

    - God kills 70,000 innocent people because David ordered a census of the people (1 Chronicles 21)

    - God also orders the destruction of 60 cities so that the Israelites can live there. He orders the killing of all the men, women, and children of each city, and the looting of all of value (Deuteronomy 3).

    - He orders another attack and the killing of “all the living creatures of the city: men and women, young, and old, as well as oxen sheep, and asses” (Joshua 6).

    - In Judges 21, He orders the murder of all the people of Jabesh-gilead, except for the virgin girls who were taken to be forcibly raped and married.

    - In 2 Kings 10:18-27, God orders the murder of all the worshipers of a different god in their very own church!

    In total God kills 371,186 people directly and orders another 1,862,265 people murdered.
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    There's always been a "Vengeful God," I think, although for the life of me, I can't understand why.

    The contradiction is mighty, isn't it?

    I've always had trouble reconciling the two so I've got absolutely nothing to add.

    I'll have to see if I can't get Mr.P interested in following this one up - he knows the bible way better than I ever will and he's always got interesting theories backed up by sound knowledge.

    I'd like to think that since the bible was written by various men that perhaps the authors of those particularly violent chapters were suffering some sort of guilt trip and thought that if they blamed it on God it would be more readily forgiven - with the added benefit of scaring the evil out of anyone reading.

    That's just me, though, it's overly simplistic and I'm always wrong on biblical things anyhow.
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    I hated history when I was younger ... all kinds of history so I'm no expert on any of this. But I was reading up here and there on this and I started thinking ... hmmmm ... I never heard any stories if anyone fighting for satan or satan punishing large groups of people.

    Yeah sure ... the old testament probably a collection of writings by some people doing some major drugs. Then again ... if written today some would say it was fear mongering in an attempt to create a new world order.

    But I digress ... i figured those more religious than I could help explain this, or at least try to explain it. What's up with God and all the killing?
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    You religious types ... all scared god is gonna zap you if you post in this thread?

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    OK, how about this. A lot of killing in the name of God is actually done by men. A lot of religious beliefs were written by men. God is the ruler in Heaven. Satan wanders the Earth. Satan is known as the "Great Deceiver". Just because you don't hear about Satan being the cause of war, does not mean he does not have a hand in it. Satan is very active in a lot of the religions of the world, which is why you see a lot of destructive behaviour. The best trick that Satan has acomplished is convincing the world that he doesn't exist. I know, I got that quote from "The Usual Suspects", but it does seem to fit this discussion. If Satan wanted to really mess things up down here, he would infiltrate the churches and influence people to do bad things in the name of God. Things like killing doctors who perform abortions, or stealing planes and flying them into buildings. The KKK consider themselves to be a religious group and look at all the evil they do.

    I guess my point is you can't blame God for the actions of men. Does Satan exist? I don't know, but I do strongly believe that God exist. I am a Christian, which is my faith. I don't trust organized religion because they have all been perverted to conform to man's needs.

    All the examples you gave are also from the Old Testament. I don't believe you will find that kind of destruction in the New Testament. The killings you see in the New Testament is done to Christians. And one of the biggest killers of Christians was Saul, who ended up being St. Paul, whose writings were the basis of a lot of the New Testament. I think you have to take the Bible with a grain of salt and not take everything literally, but you can take the lessons it teaches you and apply it to your life.

    I hope this furthers the discussion. I am not trying to preach, just give a different point of view.
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    Exactly what the thread needed.

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    Unless you're waiting for Armageddon and you're a big fan of Revelation.
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    Mrs. PF ... I think they all fear the wrath of God ... nobody has the canoli's to post in the thread.
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    Sit Down, I have the answer.

    THE LORD MOVETH IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS HIS WONDERS TO PERFORM

    If there are things we don't understand about Gods movements that is because God doesn't want us to understand, it's none of our friggin business.

    When we are born God says "well here you are you little bastard, now hear this I will say this only once, there is right and there is wrong I will let you know right from wrong now it's up to you"

    God made Satan then he immediately knew he had screwed up, when God kills somebody it was Satan who made him do it, Satan hates God.

    When someone says to you "how do you know there is a God" you simply say "how do you know there isn't"

    Where Did The Blueberry Come From
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    Um, that would make Satan more powerful than God, Harry.

    That's just wrong on all sorts of levels.
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    Exactly all one has to do to see this is to look at our world and our society and see how far down into the cesspool we have dropped.

    Several good examples are our Rotten Politicians (both party's) Hollywood and most all of our entertainment world, after watching several HBO Movies then watching Nancy Pelosi grin and suck her teeth on the evening news it isn't hard to figure out the power Satan has and right now Satan is kicking the sh!t out of God.
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    And do you think the hatred and bile you spew forth daily here helps or hurts Satan's cause, Harry?

    God didn't give Satan the "power," Harry. He gave man the choice to choose between good and evil - it's called free will and one ought to be careful about how he/she exercises it. Just because you can say something doesn't mean you should say something - especially when it's designed to propagate nothing more than ill-will and self-rightousness.

    But we're way off topic here.
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    I know but when I choose good Satan always gets a hold of me and makes me all excited then tells me to call Obama all kinds of names, Satan even came to me in my sleep and tried to get me to say bad things about "Bo" the royal obama dog but I can't do it, i like dogs.

    I learned how to spew hatred and bile from the Bush Haters, some of the TV personality's and show biz people used to do it on a regular basis to the Bush Family now that Bush is gone those same people are keeping the hate and bile alive on that Palin women, they even went after her teenage children.

    PRAY FOR ME
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    This is where religion falls on its face BIG TIME. This and other contradictions worked well for people who, back in religion's heyday were too poor, sick, exhausted, and ignorant (I mean COMPLETELY ignorant as science and the Age of Reason were still unknown). Simplified tales of Good vs, Evil live on today because most people in the world are STILL poor, sick, exhausted, and ignorant. Those of us who aren't are left with a tough decision: Do we go along with what is accepted as "faith" for our explaination for unexplained phenomena, using those tales for a filler for our information gaps, and help us to fill the enormous information gaps our children have growing up? That's the easy thing to do. We would be like most others, get along in social circles better in most cases, and join in the larger community of "believers" including those who are pretending to believe.

    The other option is non-belief. Life is not so easy. You constantly swim against the cultural tide both in society and in the family. You subject your children to feeling left out and ignorant of these tales, and that can sometimes be embarrassing. The good part is that you don't have to scare the crap out of your kids. The notion of Satan is more horrifying than any r-rated movie a kid will watch. The contradiction of an all-powerful God being unable to kill Satan makes no logical sense. Kids know when you're lying.
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    I think religion is by and large a product of all the drugs available to people. Like ... let's say the Middle East ... they have been chewing on Qat like forever. Opium is another ... and we could compile a good list. So, all these stoners had visions and it became the Old Testament, Torah, Quran ... etc... I guess there was a lot of killing to write about when the drugs were wearing off.
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    Theres a very simple explanation:

    The old testament and new testament are groups of stories written by two totally different groups of people to explain two totally different things.
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    I like the terms "Hebrew Bible" and "Greek Bible" because they're closer to objective, but yes, these works were developed in different ways, in non-comparable ways (the Hebrew bible essentially collected from the religious literature of a people spanning at least 1200 years, the Greek bible bolted together and redacted between around the 50s C.E. to a couple hundred years thereafter.)

    As to the question about "Satan," that's essentially a Christian question, since the Jewish notion of shaitan, or "the opponent," is more a devil's advocate than Da DEBIL of backwater American fame. "The opponent" has to come up with some messed-up stuff specifically because the God of the Hebrew bible looks much better taking a bet with some other being than just jacking with Job for fun, just for example. God can't very well tempt Eve and then kick Adam and Eve out of the garden. Another figure is needed.

    Regardless of the progression of the character of Satan, the more central questions you (Icy) point to have much more to do with religion and what they will do for God's sake, than with Satan.

    The Hebrew bible passages you point out seem to dwell largely on the Conquest period, then there was the united monarchy (David & the census.)

    One thing both periods have in common is that they date from a period of empire building, probably finally reduced to writing in a period of exile in Babylon. Babylon is a mighty empire; Israel must be portrayed as having been a mighty empire. Babylon is at its zenith; Israel must have had a zenith. Babylon can point to its might of arms; Israel must also have enjoyed such might. Israel, in short, must have sprung forth upon the world like a lion, no pun intended (for those conversant with the symbols of ancient Judah.) But Israel also had its unique history and that was not to be trifled with; there must also have been a period of tribal confederacy; the Northern traditions from those conquered a century earlier by Assyria (the so-called "lost" tribes,) must be accepted; and above all God must be vindicated as great and mighty, and most decidedly not vanquished. We were sort of like Steelers fans before Rothlisburger, I suppose. What was still important was that back in the 70s the Steelers were great and mighty, and will be again. You get the idea.

    Now then, the question arises whether the decidedly genocidic character of the Conquest as recounted in the Hebrew bible is historically accurate. There are difficulties getting to a lot of different sites (even worse for the united monarchy period, because that period revolves around Jerusalem... good luck digging up oh, I dunno, the Temple Mount. Politics is the enemy of archaeology there...)

    However, we should find what the trowel and spade crowd call "destruction layers" where the Israelites came in first to Jordan and then to Canaan. We find many things at the sites thus far excavated: we find characteristic pottery styles, we find characteristic implements and weapons from various cultures... but we don't find the appropriately dated cataclysmic destruction layer, consistent with the many towns mentioned in the bible having been wiped out.

    If you are a biblical literalist, you will notice that the prophets often talk about how the Israelites were too lazy about the genocides commanded (and claimed to be carried out) in books like Joshua. Apparently, even text within the bible says the utter destruction noted elsewhere did not happen, at least not to a "satisfactory" extent.

    So the question becomes, do we or do we not believe that the spiritual value of the Conquest narrative is bound up with the commandment to genocide, or are we seeing something very ordinary for the period, i.e., a claim of great and terrible military might? I think the latter; I also think that to the extent it is instructive, it is as a remnant of a time when the more complete a genocide, the greater a society was.

    Disturbingly, this period (which has always been an enormous source of dark meanderings for me,) seems not to bother many people. They take descriptions of SOME other cultures' putative failings, and explain how they were so evil they deserved it. We don't think like that anymore though. You can't say that every single Frenchman should be put to death because of a few mimes, and you wouldn't (now) say that every single member of a society should be put to death because of an aberrant practice foisted on them by their leadership. Least of all would we say it's acceptable to kill every man, woman, and child just to have them out of the way.

    Fortunately for my conscience, it seems not to have happened. (whew.)

    Another period you point to from the Hebrew bible is that of the United Monarchy, and that's a much more interesting example of competing viewpoints in the text. That's due in large part to the presence of the northern ten tribes' refugees among the Southern kingdom, after Assyria destroys Israel but Judah (for a century or so) survives to be conquered by Babylon.

    This illustrates a point about the construction of the Jewish canon; to a larger extent than in the Christian counterexample, you can see a variety of viewpoints and traditions reflected in the text.

    So for example you have the "doublets" and "triplets" in the Hebrew bible. One region has a story that Abraham passed off his wife as his sister before the Pharaoh in Egypt, and another story says he did it before a local king in Sinai. Both stories are reflected in the bible - probably it's the same story, with a different tradition handed down.

    Some conflicts among traditions are less incidental. One tradition says Saul was announced to the people as the united monarch by Samuel, with great acceptance by (to coin a phrase) God and Everyone. Another tradition says Saul is a surprise pick, a bumbling incompetent scared of publicity, hiding among the peoples' baggage so as not to be noticed. One source extols the great things the monarchs do; another source considers the kings tyrants, and has Samuel lecture about the terrible evils of kingship, and the special evil (as you point out,) of taking a census. There is simultaneously a preservation of the monarchist and anti-monarchist viewpoints in the same corpus.

    Again, bear in mind that the stories were rehashed and put together in exile in Babylon, from fragments and from oral recountings the exiles brought with them. The Bible at that time was the corpus of Hebrew literature. It was the things we had to remember to be a people; exile from the home itself made the Jewish people tie together all their stories and experiences and compile them in a way that all players could stomach... this is very simplistic, but it is a large part of the way this literature came into being.

    In the context of this mode of compilation (actually this probably came way earlier than the Babylonian captivity), it may not have been very sexy to say "oh this town? Well a few of those Semites, close kin really, that were working in Egypt settled here, we liked their ideas, same goes all over this valley, badda bing badda boom, now we're called Israelites," or some (probably more complex) version of the same story. From the absence of destruction layers, my guess - and that's all it is, really - is that historically there was war where and when necessary, and there was intermingling where and when it was permitted. In retrospect, a conquest is a lot cooler story (until you get to the modern era, and we have to consider that killing defenseless women and children is no longer a virtue.)

    Now then Icy, you've got a hell of a good (if oft-repeated) question there for the biblical literalists.

    The question for a non-literalist who is a believer, at least from the Jewish point of view, is what we've learned from the extensive tapestry of our own history (whether you take the conquest literally or not, it makes a hell of a comparison and contrast with subsequent history.) This is not as neat an exercise as literal adherance, but it has really been the project of Judaism among even the orthodox (although their thoughts on archaeological findings are not often open-ended, the Talmud is remarkaby plastic in its discussion of many aspects of Torah, though more often than not consumed with every-day case-law type situations.)

    Satan doesn't much enter into it from a Jewish perspective, but from a Christian perspective, it's certainly a funny question.

    As to the assertion that everybody ate hallucinogens and that's why it's all so effed up looking, it's sort of lame. It's an example of looking around at what we declare illegal and pointing out that this stuff was all over the place. Well, it's true that Patmos is a great place to find psylocybin mushrooms, and coincidentally is where we get works like Revelation. It's also true there's qat in the middle east, but there's no record of use among the Israelites (not that it didn't happen, there's just no reason to believe it was a prerequisite to writing scripture.)

    But if you want a mind-bender, don't look to drugs, whose effects are local and easily defined as unusual; look to the ambient legend of your town (or their town,) of your culture (or their culture,) of your nationalistic bravado (or theirs.) Look to the old game of "telephone," and think about a few centuries of "telephone" before it's all reduced to writing.

    I guess my point is that to really look for relevance here, for those who do, it's not as easy as saying "boy I betcha they were all just stoned [pun intended]"

    It's easy to not believe... it's easy to believe blindly... it's harder to accept evidence and also accept significance in a national epic, understanding it is not history or reportage. To shine a light on what is significant, you have to look to the methodology of reportage and history to see what point was really being made.

    Just my two sheckels,

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    Wow, even more crazy talk.

    So all religions are because of drug use, and the devil is 'more good' than God?

    Keep smoking that hash, you forget to mention where aliens played into your delusional fantasies.
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    :rofl: ... wow ... that time of the month mav?

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