Does the Bible Give It’s Okay to Killing Babies?

Atheists and Bible skeptics will often attack the moral stance of the God’s Word by quoting Psalm 137:9

“How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock,”

If you look at the written scripture in context you will see that the Bible does not say it is okay the kill babies. The Psalmist was speaking of the Babylonian captivity, and how the captors were treating God’s people. Revenge was very common in those days and the Psalmist wished the same to the captors as he may have witnessed those offences done to them. He wanted their complete annihilation.

There is no scripture that reads that God condoned such actions. It was merely recorded in the Old Testament.

The atheist or skeptic in any case must first have a standard against which to measure good and bad, to say this is unacceptable; and without a standard, no complaints can be legitimately offered. This is a sincere question that if not answered by the skeptic, makes the critics’ accusation problematic.

39 thoughts on “Does the Bible Give It’s Okay to Killing Babies?

  1. God has allowed free will. God has decreed what is to happen as He knows how wicked the heart is. Would you want a God that was a great puppet master without allowing us mortals free will? Because of Adam we live in a fallen world. Kids cancer, as well as other horrible maladies, are a direct result of a fallen world. I find it strange that unbelievers always bring up God’s judgment and not the pleasures of this fallen world.

    ” We are so arrogant to think that God takes care of every aspect of our lives, and tells us what to say and do because we are a believer.” Where do you get this from? A misrepresentation at best. You say you are “not backslidden”? Then you were never a Christian then. Distortions always come from man, including “mindfulness”! God Bless, I hope the best for you

  2. Yes, if you consider creating god in my own image as not commanding people to kill their own kin, and rape and pillage neighboring tribes. Then yes. Or a god that doesn’t kill little kids with cancer, or allow rape and murder then yes. Yet, we are so arrogant to think that God takes care of every aspect of our lives, and tells us what to say and do, because we are a believer. Mindfulness has to do with accepting the way things are and then from that place of rest making changes. It has nothing to do with making empty promises….”my works and greater shall you do because I go to the father…” etc. Learning to live in the present moment is found underneath every religion, because it comes from us. I don’t have to keep making excuses for a god. I don’t have to try to create and abstract argument for the suffering in the world. When you are subjected to real suffering you know you don’t have time to argue about theology. Where do you get that this is the most important thing? I just laid out multiple scriptures that says otherwise. It’s because you are indoctrinated whether you believe it or not you are, and it is typical that a Christian thinks that it is most important to argue over scripture. For sure you are here on earth right now, and for all you know you have just one life to live and you hope there is an afterlife where you will be rewarded for your sacrificial living. Just because the consecration is great does not mean it’s true. Just ask every other religion you don’t believe in. The reason why it matters to me is really that we all want to be understood. Man, I’m not trying to trick you here, but seriously I’m happy I don’t have to distort my natural sense of justice to fix god twisted laws. I feel that religion has perverted natural love.

  3. When I said man-centered I can see it in your rationale. You want a god to be created in your image~ Mindfulness etc. Why do I fight for the existence of Hell? Wow. I can see hell as punishment for the direct disobedience of Gods Law. He is just. That is you to ponders on. I also don’t see your fight against God is over. Buddy “splitting hairs” over theology is the most important thing a being can do. Your fight against God is firing on all chambers. Guess who will win? All knees will bow, and we will ALL be accountable.
    God Bless

  4. It’s the only way to be, even 1 John says if you love God and hate your brother how can the love of God be in you? Whoever doesn’t love their brother whom they have seen cannot love God whom they have not seen. Whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in him. Is this too simple for you? Your god said it right? If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need and doesn’t take pity on him how can the love of God be in him? So are these scriptures that indicate the love of God being in you or not, just man-centered? There is a depth to spirituality and being “god centered” that goes way beyond exegesis of scripture and that’s why I cherry pick with you because what matters is underneath all the words. Even the apostles and jesus did this with the old testament. Paul even quotes some poets and stuff. Why do you fight so hard for hell to exist as eternal punishment? Do you think when i die jesus would say “sorry son, go to hell, you thought i was too loving? We hope for punishment and our sense of justice that’s why we want there to be a hell. It makes us feel like we’re doing something productive. So we don’t have to deal with the issues right in front of us. We feel ” oh god will take care of that.” You should check out the biblical argument for ultimate reconciliation, it may shock you. But i know im the devil for telling you that and so youve already shut down the idea.
    As far as fighting god goes, I wouldn’t say there is fighting going on, I would say the fighting has ceased within me. I think James got it right when he talked about what causes fights and quarrels among you. But Christians don’t think it applies to them when they split hairs over theology. They use the bible to suit their own desires even the hard to swallow ones under the guise of “just sharing what God says”. They are harder on others than themselves and when you finally switch that and critique and split hairs on your self then you’ll see the futility of the weight of religion. You’ll see the self absorption and preoccupation with sin, and the absolute crippling fear of the world, the nihilism behind it all. The disdain for life that it creates. I’ve analyzed and thought very deeply about this stuff.

  5. Well, I can see that you are definitely more man-centered than God-centered. If I were you, I would certainly make sure that you exegete scripture better than you have been with me. I always want to ask the unbeliever, “Why do you fight God so much, if you don’t even believe He exists? Is that a fair question?

  6. Philosophically, If God exists, living on earth with all its dynamics cannot be to simply make it to heaven or not or to obey an overreactive deity. Human beings would have to be a lot more central to the story and a lot more powerful. Even jesus said to the pharisees…”have I not said you are gods”… when challenged for saying he was. Jesus even said “the kingdom of God is within you.” So to me there is an underlying reality found beneath the veneer of religious dogma. Jesus said to the pharisees that they shut the door to the kingdom in men’s faces, that they don’t enter and prevent those from entering that are trying to. He also said the pharisees cross land and sea to find one convert and make them twice the son of hell that they are. That’s what I think of dogma.

  7. No I’m not backslidden, I don’t believe in dogmatic belief systems at all. And I could argue more, but it’s futile, you are convinced and keep in mind I’m just as convinced of my position now, I have found the exact peace that I felt before as a Christian. If that is coming from the holy Spirit then God himself will have to show me.

  8. Not certain as to what is so difficult about Matthew 11? In context:
    “26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

    28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

    Maybe elaborate on your issue with this scripture? I don’t see it.

    Luke 9:62 whoever starts…

    Backsliding is a term used to describe the weakening of a Christian’s commitment to Christ that is often manifested in a more worldly attitude and behavior. Holiness groups use the term and often teach that such backsliding can lead to the loss of salvation. The Calvinist will say that you cannot lose your salvation. So backsliding may be where you are right now?

  9. (Matthew 10:34-36) – “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35″For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.” Context is the key to Jesus’ words. In Matthew 10:34, Jesus is speaking about the divisions that will come, even among family members, over their belief or lack of belief about Him. In that respect, He has come to bring division. This context is also related in Luke 12:51. No problem here, which one next?

  10. “Then look at jesus contradictory statements. To name a few: take up your cross and follow…come that you may have life and have it more abundant….my yoke is easy and my burden is light…whoever starts to plow and turns back is not worthy of me….I have not come to bring peace but a sword….he will be called prince of peace…etc. etc. The list goes on and on man I’m not lying to you. I loved god with all my heart.” None of these is problematic…could you be more specific?

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