Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 4 (Part Seven)

Is Assassination Approved?
            Ehud, one of the judges Jehovah raised up, killed the king of Moab in secret. (Judges 3:21) From this the skeptic claims that God approves of assassination. I cannot agree, for God only approved of a certain assassination – not assassination in general. So, any attempt by the skeptic to turn what the Amalekite did, namely kill Saul, into a contradiction cannot work.[1] (2 Samuel 1:3-16) (The skeptic makes from that the statement: God disapproves of assassination.) We are not dealing with commands, but with two non-mutually exclusive incidents; there is no contradiction.

Is Revenge Killing Allowed?
            Numbers 35:19 allowed for the avenger of blood to kill the killer of his relative. This is a strictly Mosaic Law issue and is not permissible for Christians to do. Therefore, the fact that we are told: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto [His] wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord,” does not mean the Bible contradicts itself. – Romans 12:19 KJV

Is Murder Wrong?
Murder, the unauthorized killing, differs from authorized killing. Therefore, there is no contradiction between Exodus 20:13 and Exodus 30:27, since Exodus 30:27 was a judgement from God. Exodus 20:13 (NWT) states: “You must not murder.” But, Exodus 32:27 (NWT) states: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said, ‘Each of you must fasten on his sword and pass through all the camp from gate to gate, killing his brother, his neighbor, and his close companion.’” That was given to Levites, but they did not murder, since it was authorized.

[1] The Amalekite did not kill Saul, but claimed to. David, assuming that he would not lie about such a thing, killed him. See The Self-Harmony of the Bible, p. 5

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