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Filicide

Rembrandt's painting of the sacrifice of Isaac...

Filicide of Issac

In Genesis 22 we read the story of Abraham‘s attempted filicide of his son Issac on Mount Moriah. I am well aware that Abraham didn’t kill Issac yet if even if he didn’t (even if asked to do it by god) it is filicide and no less cruel since it was just an attempt.But god was not to be outdone by a mere creation of his so he performed filicide first by drowning the entire population of the Earth, other than Noah and his family, which according to the story is his creation but then again he had two she-bears maul 42 children to death. Why did god specify she-bears instead of bears? Was that telling us that women could be more vicious than men?

In 2 Kings 2:23-24 we read:

23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. 24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

What exactly was deserving of death here? I have heard a Christian say the lesson is don’t speak against one of god’s prophets but is calling a man bald worthy of the death penalty? I have also heard quite a few Christians try to claim the Hebrew word used [na’ar] does not mean little child which is true in a sense as if mauling 42 adults to death for calling a guy bald is less cruel than doing it to children. One curious aspect of this passage is that I have personally been witness to a youth pastor trying to ‘defend’ this passage when asked. The result was 3 teenagers never returned and I am sure that was not an isolated instance. One man I was a friend with about 15 years ago read this verse and was horrified since he being a Christian just had twin daughters and couldn’t understand god being so cruel. Not sure what happened to him, doubt his kids got mauled by a bear since he lived in Houston, but I can say he was attending Church with his wife every Sunday until that day.

What I want to look at is the Hebrew ‘justification’ some Christians use claiming na’ar doesn’t necessarily mean little children. As I said na’ar doesn’t necessarily denote little children and that is exactly why Hebrew and most every language has words that modify those that appear with them. In this case that word is qatan and it specifically modifies the meaning of na’ar to young children. There are to my knowledge 4 instances of qatan being used to modify na’ar in the Old Testament. Those are 1 Kings 11:17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child ; 2 Kings 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean; 1 Samuel 20:35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him and Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Nobody claims the little children in these passages are not little children but they do to mask gods bad news bears?

God’s word? Maybe but if it is you gotta call god a filicidal maniac.

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3 Responses

  1. The story of the two “she bears” killing all of the children
    can be explained this way;

    The she bears probably had a couple cubs a piece probably
    charged the kids to protect their cubs from what they considered a threat. The number of kids could be cut down to 4 or 5. The scribes that wrote the bible scriptures could have had enormous imaginations. Especially about the fact that a god did it.

    • Can be but then you would be guilty of rewriting the bible to try and give a rational explanation for god’s cruelty. Next time you walk outdoors you better look over your shoulder cause he had bears maul 42 for teasing a prophet, how much more do you deserve death for rewriting his word 🙂

      • That would only be a problem if I believed any of that Bible crap, but, I don’t. Further more I can’t understand why any one would.
        But that’s just me.

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