So many idiotic statements to choose from online.
It’s hard to pick a favorite.
But if I ever put together a ‘greatest hits of idiocy’, this would be on the list:
“God kills people and that breaks His own commandment!”
Often this statement is modified to include words like “decent”, “innocent”, and “children”.
The logic is as follows:
- God said killing is a sin.
- God kills.
- So…God commits sin.
But even though the logic is sound, the thinking is flawed.
Here’s a little story that might clear up the error.
Suppose you told a toddler that it is wrong to color on the walls.
You firmly instruct the child, “Only make marks on paper. Never on the walls!”
The child obediently confines all coloring, drawing, and illustrating to the provided paper.
…the child comes into the room and discovers you painting the walls.
Outraged, the child screams:
“You’re marking on the walls! You’re bad!”
You have two options at this point
- The Fundamentalist Option
- The Non-Fundamentalist Option
The Fundamentalist Option
This option is by far the easiest.
- Scold the child for questioning your authority.
- Demand that the child apologizes for sassing you.
- Reaffirm that you are not accountable to children for your actions.
Finish painting and invite some friends over for a Bible study.
The Non-Fundamentalist Option
This option requires a bit of patience and thoughtfulness.
- Explain to the child that you own the walls and can do what you please with them.
- And when you mark on the wall, it is for different reasons than when the child marks on the wall.
In other words…
…adults are not bound by the same rules as children.
This is why it’s okay for God to kill people.
God gives life in the first place.
Nobody births themselves.
God creates babies.
He can do whatever He wants with the babies He creates.
And He always does what’s right.
He is on record as saying He loves children.
So when He removes a child from the Earth…He has a good reason for it.
With God involved, death is not permanent.
Accusing God of breaking His own rules is like yelling at grown-ups for painting on the walls.
Or scolding your parents for breaking the curfew they set for you.
Parents are not children.
God is the ultimate parent.
He is not subject to the laws He established for His children.
So quit saying stupid things about God being immoral.
And go to your room.