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What does this mean?

1 Samuel 15:2-3

2Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I will punish the Amalekites for what they did in opposing the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. 3Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” ’

From the way i understand it, the God of Abraham just gave a command to kill children and infants. ...

- Faithful4ever


Asked by Anonymous at 12:16 AM on Apr. 2, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (14)
  • Violence in the Bible???shame!

    Answer by older at 7:54 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • Violence and killing should never have to be justified, especially the killing of infants :(

    Answer by caitxrawks at 8:06 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • and this only reiterates why I am NOT Christian...
    the killing of Innocents is NEVER justifiable ....

    Answer by gmasboy at 9:49 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • From the way i understand it, the God of Abraham just gave a command to kill children and infants. ...

    Yes, that's EXACTLY what the god of Abraham was doing. And it wasn't the first time he did so. The city of Jericho suffered the same "scorched earth and genocide" policy as the Amalekites, the Hittites, the Midianites, the people of Sihon, and on and on as the Israelites marched thru land after land toward the promised land. His favorite command was "leave no living thing alive." And christians wonder how we atheists can resist such a CHARMING deity!! It helps that we aren't vicious, blood-thirsty barbarians.


    Answer by witchqueen at 1:15 PM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • Only if you believe this God exsist do you believe this God gave the order ;)

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:22 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • Did you see WHY He gave the order? Thats the key right there.
    Unfortunately Saul did not obey and guess what ... the King of the Amelaks lived... do you know who Haman is? Haman is the son or the grandson of that King... do you know what Haman wanted to do? Kill all the jews! God was wanting to prevent this from happening but the King had a chance to plant a seed to produce another like him , he knew he would eventually be killed.
    Because of Saul's disobedience in not killing ALL, he also lost the kingdom and Samuel had to finish the job..

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:12 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • I don't care WHY the command was given. INNOCENT INFANTS cannot protect themselves and could have easily been spared and taken in and raised as jews.

    - Faithful4ever

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:57 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • Through our human eyes God's plan looks like the back of a tapestry. As He works from up above we see the back, It appears tangled, messy, no rhym or reason and the picture seems unclear but someday we will see things through His eyes and we will be able to view His masterpiece from the front. I have faith that on that day a perfectly meticulated design will appear to us flawless and completely clear. The things we question will make sense. We are unable to understand some things completely because our brains, in our human capacity, can't. But for those who know God's grace and love and who have a relationship with Him, we know the real picture is beautiful, perfect and carefully crafted out of love for us.

    For those who do not know God's love, you will endlessly be trying to figure things out from the back of the fabric, unable to see His love and care for you and having no faith or hope in the ultimate design. = (

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • Is that from the same bible the pro-lifers use when they're picketing Planned Parenthood?

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • It cannot be interpreted any other way. However it is important to note that God did not give the permission for others to do this in any other time or place.


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Apr. 2, 2010