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Is God a Bloodthirsty Murderer?

Updated on November 12, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

The wrong way to read the Bible

The idea that God is some sort of super being that lusts after blood and likes his followers to commit acts of murder comes from a faulty way of reading the Bible. Too often too many people, Christians included, take pieces of God ‘s word and separate’s them.

This action then gets them confused as they read in one part of the Bible that God is love and in another that God sends people to hell even though they have been good people.

Then they read the Old Testament and see their God of love tell his followers to kill certain groups of people. In those people’s minds, these different passages do not make sense and they begin to have a crisis of faith or they simply turn away from God.

That is the wrong way to read the Bible

The right way to read the Bible

To get the full scope of what the Bible is saying, you need to read it in the correct way. There are not 66 books written by individuals who profess a faith in God. The Bible is made up of 66 books written by the one true God who used different individuals to put those words to paper.

As Jesus prayed, ‘I have given them the words you gave me’ (John 5:5). we learn that all of scriptures come from God and not men. That means that the words that Paul wrote do not supersede the words that Moses wrote and so on.

All of the scriptures must be read as coming from one author and must be taken as one voice. For example, when God says he is a God of love, he does not exclude the passage from Solomon in Proverbs that says ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’.

Those two verses tell us that love disciplines and has rules that must be followed or their will be consequences. You cannot separate these passages from Romans 6:23 because love is telling us that sin will be punished.

The Bible must be read as one unit that gives us the full picture of God.

Were the Canaanites and others innocent victims

The instructions God gave the Israelites at the beginning of the Conquest and at other incidents after the Conquest are usually major stumbling blocks for many people.

Again, their reaction is due to their limited knowledge of God and why he gave those instructions. Their misunderstanding also comes from reading the Bible incorrectly and failing to apply all of its teachings to all of God’s actions.

Throughout the Old Testament we see example after example of where people were punished by death for their disobedience. We see it in the New testament as well. Plus we have the direct words of God in Romans 6:23 where he says the wages of sin are death.

As shown in a previous article, God has had a presence on this earth so that all of his creation would know what is right, wrong, moral, immoral good and evil. The people in the Promised Land had such witnesses before the arrival of the Hebrews..

The Canaanites rejected that witness and chose to follow their own sinful paths. Now in the eyes of some of the people of the modern age the children of the Canaanites, and other peoples, the women, and men were not all bad.

But those people are using their own ideas of morality, etc.,and a misreading of scriptures to draw their conclusions and brand God a blood thirsty murderer. They are not looking at the full picture that the Bible provides nor are they looking at the Canaanites, etc., as God sees them.

The difference between murder and punishment

Instead of seeing unrepentant sinners who are condemned to death for their sins, the unbelievers tend to stand in judgment of God and condemn him for those instructions and acts.

They see the children as innocent although the flood account lets us know that children are far from innocent in God’s eyes. Then they apply their own faulty moral standards which praise people like the Dalai Lama as good even though he is a sinner because he has rejected Christ as his Savior.

They consider the elimination and condemnation of such people as wrong and evil. Part of the reasoning behind that is because too many people do not see a difference between murder and punishment.

The people of Canaan and other similar groups that faced the same fate, were being punished for their sins. Not because God enjoys murdering his creation. They were given the same sentence everyone else got in the Old & New Testaments The wages of sin are death.

The consistency of God

We see this consistency throughout the Bible. The pre-flood world received a death sentence not because God likes to kill, God wants all men to be saved. They got the death sentence because the penalty for sin has not changed.

The message God is sending to his creation today is not ‘look out for I lust after blood’. Instead it is ‘watch out for your souls because the practice of sin is punished by death.

Why does God give out such a harsh sentence to people and not show mercy? God has shown mercy throughout history. He has made his presence and his ways known to man since he created Adam.

No one is without excuse because God has provided witness after witness after witness trying to save is creation from the death sentence. You can live a good life but if you reject Jesus as your savior you are still living in sin.

God is not trying to murder people to fill some evil need for blood. He has been working hard to save them. He does it within the boundaries he has set and gives everyone a free choice.

God does not murder, he punishes fairly and justly even though humans do not agree.

© 2019 David Thiessen


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    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      18 months ago from Philippines

      The question remains, when do children's choices affect them

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      David Thiessen 

      18 months ago from Philippines

      Yes, God said all have sinned, Roms. 3:23 and that word all does not exclude children. I am sure God has considered this and has made plans for it but I have not found it yet.

      The question remains, when do children's choices affect them

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      The Logician 

      18 months ago from now on

      Well how about this. Even below the age of accountability aren’t children born sinners? Whether they may not have reached the age to be able to choose to sin, has there ever been born a child (save Jesus) who wouldn’t choose to sin? Obviously not!

      So, whatever God wishes to do with Humans is his rightful prerogative, age of accountability or not, isn’t it? If he grants pardon to children before their age of accountability, whatever that may be, that is purely an act of His mercy, and His choice to do so or not is His right.

      I am not declaring that this is correct, I am asking if it is.

    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      18 months ago from Philippines

      It is an interesting question. But before I answer that,, you would need to provide the scripture verses that prove there is an age of accountability..

      Then those verses would have to state when that age was as human definition is often too subjective to provide a clear date. It may be a lot earlier than most people think

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      The Logician 

      18 months ago from now on

      Good question Hxprof! After David answers that I have a question.

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      18 months ago

      Like you I've seen many argue that God is a murdering Bastard because he kills "innocent people'. Good to see an article laying out a solid scriptural understanding on this subject.

      Have one question though. On the killing of the children, do you think God is punishing them, or is he taking them home before they reach the age of accountability having already been so defiled that they wouldn't stand a chance of acting on faith to embrace God?

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      18 months ago from now on

      Thank you David for this explanation of scripture!

      It is only logical that if you even entertain “The idea that God is some sort of super being that lusts after blood and likes his followers to commit acts of murder” it “comes from a faulty way of reading the Bible.” So we’ll said!

      That is if you actually believe that God is who he says He is in His Word!

      Scripture itself highlights this error of faulty reading of the Bible and the solution:

      “He that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).

      David, I’m sure you’ll agree that If one does not adhere to this admonishment from God one will never make sense of the Bible, His Word!


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