Thursday, August 13, 2009

Obedience to God

Numbers 31
The LORD said to Moses, "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people."
So Moses said to the people, "Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD's vengeance on them.

Religious people will kill you if they think their god has commanded you to kill them.

They take their orders from their imaginary friend. And if their imaginary friend tells them to kill people, that is what they will do. It is called being devout.


Blogger Mike aka MonolithTMA said...

See? this is why I only listen to the voices in my head.

5:12 AM  
Blogger pcraig said...

Steven: What is the point of this post?

Soldiers will kill people if their superiors order them to.
You will kill someone if it's in self defence (presumably).

Everyone acts in line with their knowledge, experience, and so on. Not to do that would be inconsistent and strange.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Steven Carr said...

So Pcraig regards religious people as soldiers for god who will kill anybody their god requests them to kill.

12:40 PM  
Blogger pcraig said...

"Everyone acts in line with their knowledge, experience, and so on" - the knowledge and experience of the Midianites is light years away from any modern-day equivalents. So to twist my words as if I am approving modern-day violence of any kind is silly.

Again, I wish you would do your best to understand what people are saying before you jump in with something like that.

4:51 AM  
Blogger Steven Carr said...

I simply point out that a hugely respected figure in the Bible is told to kill people bv God and his first response is 'I'll go and get an army and kill them'

Blind obedience to the Fuehrer is what the Bible praises.

5:21 AM  
Blogger pcraig said...

If a commander told a soldier to launch an assault, and he did it straight away, that would make sense to us, wouldn't it? I don't see how this is much different.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Steve Borthwick said...

pcraig, the difference is that the "commander" in your analogy isn't invisible but is accountable.

2:31 AM  
Blogger pcraig said...

Well, God spoke directly to Moses, who had encountered God many times. So I doubt he would have said God was invisible!

As for accountable, a commander is accountable after the fact, but on the battlefield what they say goes...which raises other questions here, but that wasn't Steven's original point.

3:25 PM  

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