Sunday, February 04, 2007

A Killing Spree!

Ezekiel 9:5-7 As I listened, he said to the others, "Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple. Then he said to them, "Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!" So they went out and began killing throughout the city.

PERSONAL COMMENTARY

Please note Exodus 20:13, one of the 10 Commandments, states "Thou shalt not kill (murder)." I'm assuming killing these individuals, including the elders of the temple, was somehow justified and should not be considered murder.

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3 comments:

doc said...

Every time I read in Scripture where God orders His Children to go out and kill others, I can't help but think that the spirits of those who are slain are actually being taken back by God as a result of an inability to influence the minds and bodies in which they exist, meaning the spirit and the body are so incompatable that it is impossible for them to unite as one.

So rather than allowing a spirit to be trapped inside a body which has become totally corrupted by worldly passions, thus dooming that spirit to a type of living hell, I imagine that God orders the death of the physical body to free the trapped spirit within so that it can return to Him.

As to the Commandment to not kill, we are not to make that kind of call lest we err in our judgement and destroy a body that does indeed have some union with the spirit.

However, because God knows the condition of the spirit and the body, and because He is the source of life itself, then He has every right to make the call to free a living spirit, especially if it becomes imprisoned within a body that cannot reflect the true nature of that spirit.

So it is possible to view these killings as an act of compassion on God's part, rather than as a brutal act of violence or vengeance.

kiwimac2 said...

Well, apart from the fact that it seems to support the whole gnostic idea that the Spirit is 'Trapped' in the body, I personally disagree with the exegesis.

ISTM that when people think they are hearing God tell them to kill someone, they are actually hearing their own thoughts born out of their prejudices and enculturated beliefs.

Anonymous said...

Doc, you said, So rather than allowing a spirit to be trapped inside a body which has become totally corrupted by worldly passions, thus dooming that spirit to a type of living hell, I imagine that God orders the death of the physical body to free the trapped spirit within so that it can return to Him.

Yes, you imagine. Utter and total supposition on your part in a forlorn attempt to defend a monster.

Unless of course you were joking.