When God wants little children murdered.
What sort of God was Jehovah and what sort of people where his chosen people? Remember that the chosen people were supposedly given the land on which other people lived. This was a problem as people tend not to want to surrender their property to the appropriation of others no matter who is claiming the right of eminent domain. So the way to solution was some old fashioned smiting. That is archaic Bible talk for slaughter, kill, murder, commit genocide, etc.
Consider just a short section from First Chronicles in the Old Testament. In the first verse of chapter of 18 we are told that David “smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Garth and her towns out of the hands of the Philistines.”
Of course he wasn’t finished. He “smote Moab” and the Moabites “became David’s servants”. Now this doesn’t mean he employed them to iron his shirts or wash his windows. It means he enslaved them.
Next he went and “smote Hadarezer, king of Zobah” and “David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen. Next David “slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men” and “the Syrians became David’s servants”. He also helped himself to their gold and silver along the way.
Next Abishai “slew of the Edomites in the valley of salt eighteen thousand... and all the Edomites became David’s servants.”
In Numbers we are told that the Hebrews “began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.” Jehovah told Moses to kill these people and “Take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel.” So Jehovah not only wanted people killed but like an Islamic terrorist he wanted them beheaded. Now he couldn’t post this gruesome act on the internet like his counterparts today so he had it done in public so people could watch.
In the same chapter we get this incident. An Israelite “came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses”. Well a religious fellow named Phinehas saw this and “went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.” Apparently if this man had killed this poor woman then Jehovah would sent judgement on the Hebrews.
Jehovah endorsed the murder of this woman saying that Phinehas “hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel.” In fact Jehovah said this murderer should be rewarded by thrusting this woman through with his sword. And since the woman as a Midianite Jehovah then ordered his people to slaughter all Midianites as well.
Nor should we forget that Jehovah was fond of killing children who have done nothing wrong. They are killed because he wants to teach a lesson to their parents. Remember this is what the Bible claims not me. There is no Jehovah and these stories are for the most part bogus. And even though there is no evidence that the Hebrews were ever enslaved in Egypt this lie is a central point of the Old Testament. And to get the Hebrews out of Egypt he “smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt”.
But Jehovah’s keen sense of justice, akin to the feuds of hillbillies, was to punish people for merely being related to the person who displeased him. In First Chronicles when David took a census this got the prissy Jehovah upset. So he “sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.”
In First Samuel the genocidal maniac worshipped by the Hebrews told them to “go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” Of course the godly Hebrews obeyed and slaughter infants just as Jehovah wanted.
Or take this gem from Numbers when Moses was told to “kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the woman children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” So Moses was told to kill all the boys and the women but keep the young girls alive for himself. And it sure sounds as if Jehovah was suggesting the young girls could be used to sexually service the conquerors.
Consider how Moses acted. Now when Moses was wandering about deciding whose land to steal he supposedly tried to go through Heshbon but Sihon the king would allow this because “God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate.” Note please that Moses says it was Jehovah who caused this to happen. But then Jehovah had another temper tantrum when Sihon did what Jehovah forced him to do. So Jehovah told Moses that he was to take possession of all the land of Sihon, i.e. to steal someone else’s property. Well when the Hebrews go out to steal the land “Sihon came out against us, he and all his people”. Gee, what a surprise.
Moses seems baffled that a group of people would defend their property from a nomadic group of plundering barbarians. But Moses writes: “the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, or every city, we left none to to remain; Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the city which we took.”
Again the followers of the Biblical deity went out and slaughtered thousands of people including small children and then stole everything those people worked to create for themselves. Of course this wasn’t the end of the slaughters. In Ezekiel the Hebrews were told to go “and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women.” Of course the Hebrews supposedly did just what Jehovah wanted. For some reason this maniacal deity has a regular desire to slaughter “little children”.
Saddam Hussein was just executed for doing less than this. We really should be surprised when so many "Bible-believing" Christians turn out to be such nasty folk. They are only emulating the deity they worship.