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Another one...questions about God/Christianity? Feel free to ask!

Feb. 15 at 3:18 pm

Everyone deserves death; even the smallest sin is an infinite offense against God.
Including innocent firstborns whose only 'sin' is not being born to the right family?
 
...how do we know it wasn't merciful of God to take these people then and there... They were all going to die at some point anyway; life is always full of suffering; maybe it was better for them to die.
1. Let me ask you something. If your siblings or parents were murdered, would you say it was merciful? If your answer is no, then is it merciful to kill people of other or no religion because they are at least being welcomed by one they never had a chance to know?
2. This almost sounds like a good argument for sui.cide: if we're all going to die anyway and life is full of suffering, then maybe it's better to die now.
3. I read books about serial killers, and this sounds exactly like the justification they'd give. Life is full of suffering, but since I killed them, they've been spared from at least forty years. You're welcome.
4. Yeah, life has suffering, but there are a lot of great things too- so all those dead were deprived of everything life brings, happiness and sadness alike.
 
"Are not the gods just?"
"Oh, no, child. What would become of us if they were?"
Well, certainly no firstborn children would be dead for the sins of others. That's about as unjust as you can get. Do you know what happened to the Romanovs? The last tsar, Nicholas II, abdicated his throne and was held captive. After a period of time, he and his family were taken down into the basement of the house they were being held prisoner in. They were all murdered- Nicholas, his wife, his four daughters, and his son. His son, the youngest child, was fourteen when he was shot. He and his sisters were killed for being the children of a certain man. Was that justice, to murder five children, a woman, and a man because they were a threat to Bolshevik power? If you say no, then how is it justice to kill all the firstborns essentially because of their parentage?

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Feb. 15 at 3:59 pm

I think your stumbling block is thinking of God as a creature, like one of us fallen humans. Of course if one of us took justice into our hands and started killing people because they deserve it, the result would be atrocity, crime, and injustice. Say someone kills my family, and I kill them as a matter of revenge. Maybe the killer would deserve it, but that doesn't justify my killing him. I don't have any right to kill him no matter what he's done, because I don't have any authority over him.
 
God isn't a creature. He's the creator, and as such He has complete and legitimate authority over us. It is He who gives life and deals death. The only reason it's wrong of us to kill ourselves or others is because life does not belong to us; it belongs to God. 

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Feb. 15 at 5:00 pm

We're created in God's image, so does He not have to be similar to us?

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Feb. 16 at 2:48 pm

We're similar to Him in some crucial ways, but we're also infinitely insignificant when compared to Him. 
 
Think of the way parents discipline their children. I don't know about you, but my parents spanked us when we were naughty. :) There was nothing wrong with that--my parents had the right to spank me or my brothers and sisters if we'd disobeyed them. But I didn't have the right to spank my brother. 

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Feb. 16 at 2:51 pm

There's a big difference between spanking a kid that's done something wrong and killing firstborns that have done nothing.

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Feb. 16 at 5:36 pm

I don't blame you for being upset about it. It is a hard thing to understand...I don't understand it at all. But I have to trust that God knew what He was doing, because He's proven His goodness and love in so many ways.

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