Sir., if God does not kill and destroy lives, Who…
Sir., if God does not kill and destroy lives, Who did so and so in the Old Testament..?
(A few commentary)
Firstly, there’s a dichotomy between two parallel; God’s character and Satan’s.
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”
God and Saran aren’t sharing the same mission., the devil “Kills, Steals and Destroy”, whereas the character of God is consistently revealed in Christ, ” He gives Life”
In the Old Testament, Satan wasn’t known in his covert activities. It is the revelation of God in the New Testament that Unmarked Satan.
Jesus told the Pharisees “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. [Jh 8:44]”
Notice that he just revealed to them what happened in the beginning; ie., Genesis.
Moses wasn’t born in Genesis 1 so could only write based on the vision he saw and the level of light he had at that material time., so since he didn’t know the devil, what he saw was serpent., and he wrote it like that. Same as other writers, that’s why the OT is called a mystery and the NT is the revelation of it.
So the devil was the deceiver, who lied to beguiled Eve. 2 Cor 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”
1 Tim 2:14 “…but the woman being deceived was in the transgression”
We saw in the OT that Cain was angry and slew Abel., yet in the NT we understand that anger is a work of the flesh., and so Cain was inspired by the devil to kill Abel.
1 John 3:12 “Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous”
He was of the wicked one., his works were evil.
Having said that., let’s observe a few misrepresentation of God in the Old Testament.
Moses once said God panned to kill him.
Exo 4:24 “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him”
Personally, I uphold that only Moses knew what he meant there, because if God wanted to kill then he could just kill him and not God attempting murder., tried to kill..
Because Satan wasn’t known, all powerful happenings were credited to God.
Today, some folks still do the same, giving every credit of evil to God.
Example 1: is the purported “The Lord killeth, and maketh alive” In 1 Sam 2:6
Whereas this statement was made by Hannah NOT God.. You only need to read from vs 1-6
Jesus told us that God doesn’t kills but only makes alive. One who calls himself a believer shouldn’t believe the words of Hannah than that of Jesus.
Example 2: Job was such a man.. He said “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away” Job 1:21
Whereas that was his sarcasm., it was told that that was his worship. vs. 20 “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped”
Yet, Job said he was a fearful man, an received of its reward.
Job 3:25 “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 26:I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came”
Fear is a work of the flesh., it made him to just talk anyhow.. He admitted in the last chapter of his writings that all he said about God were rumours he had heard., thus, placing a disclaimer on his previous chapters.
Job 42:5 KJV “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee”
Hearing of the ear means to hear rumours., but he now admitted to see God in reality. After this experience he prayed for the first time in 42 Chapters and his captivity was changed. So God couldn’t had been the one that instigated Job’s calamity.
Example 3: About Saul, it was said “And the evil spirit from the Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand” 1 Sam 19:9
The Evil spirit from God…? That’s extreme because evil is an absence of God
Whereas in., 1 Sam 16:14 “But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him”
They had a way of smuggling in the Lord.,but it is clear that the departure of the Spirit of the Lord was the indwelling of evil spirit in Saul.
Example 4: Isaiah and Amos said God created Evil..
Isa 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things”
Amos 3:6 “…shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?”
In the creation story, in Gen 1, God only created Light. Darkness is not a creation of God, but the appearance of Light separate darkness. When you put on the light, darkness is automatically overwhelmed.
In the NT we understand that Evil and other vices are not God’s creation but man’s., Rom 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29: Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30: Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents”
Evil is the manifestation of darkness in the heart of men, because they lack light. It is the entrance of Gods word that brings light to a man. So evil is an invention of man when he refuses God in his knowledge.
That’s Clear..God doesn’t do everything. It could be in his knowledge because he sees and knows all things but not in his action., all of Gods action in appearances of evil is to save his own., like in the days of Naoh.
Example 5: It is said that it was God that caused David to sin against God.. 2 Sam 24:1 “And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah”
That’s funny.. This singular act of David caused the lives of 70,000 Israelites.
Whereas the clearer picture unveils that Satan caused it.. In 1 Chron 21:1 “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel”
It wasn’t an act of God but inspired by Satan. David yielded himself to the devil, he was angry.
Example 6: It is said that God hardened the heart of Pharaoh., but No, all men have the power of freewill. Pharaoh hardened his heart, God foresaw it and sent Moses but didn’t inspired.
All prophecies of God must be fulfilled by men who yield themselves., some yeild themselves positively to be used, some yield themselves negatively to be used., just like Herod, Judas Iscariot. Etc.
In Rom 1:2 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22:Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23: And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24: Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25:Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 :And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 :And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”
That is explained., it is not Gods doing but natural men yield themselves to be used against God negatively., or to fulfill Gods prophecies positively.
Sin is the world of destruction; where God is absent. God didn’t kill the Egyptians, they were warmed by Moses but rejected and yielded themselves to the wages of their sin which is death.
Example 7: Just like the Israelites, they didn’t die because God killed them in the wilderness, rather because of their unbelief.
1 Cor 10:9 “Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer”
The serpent, the destroyer, but in the OT you’ll hear that God was angry with them..
They were destroyed because of they hardened their heart.
Heb 3: 15 “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16:For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17:But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18:And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19:So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief”
Unbelief. God’s salvation cannot reach any man who yield himself to unbelief.
Example 8: God didn’t kill Goliath, David physically fought and killed Goliath just like every other battles the Israelites embarked upon. When we pray today that God should kill our enemies then we quote from the OT is great ignorance because those enemies of Israelites where physical wars and battles., an whereas doing so also will depict cooperation with the devil to carry out his mission.
So when you pray that people should die, be destroyed or uncertainties happen to people, you’re invariably giving your believers authority to the devil to act on your behalf. That’s so because God doesn’t kills but the devil does.
Example 9: Death doesn’t comes from God.. God didn’t kill Jesus, rather Jesus gave up himself to die.
Luke 22:53 “When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness”
Note: this is your hour. So, the power darkness is the reign of Satan.
Death is an enemy of God, God doesn’t use. 1 Cor 15:25 “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”
God doesn’t use destruction and death. He doesn’t do both too and evil
Jame1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”
I hope this is long and clear enough
God has no variableness; no double character, and without shadow of turning
God is a good God..
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