Cruelty In The Bible?
day of the LORD cometh...
Does God command children to be dashed to pieces?
HUMANIST CLAIMED CRUELTY: Isaiah 13:9,15-18 contains
this message from God: Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with
wrath and fierce anger. . . . Every one that is found shall be thrust through.
. . . Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes . . . and
their wives ravished. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them. . . . [T]hey
shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes will not spare children.
humanists do not understand scripture. And that is understandable. They
are the blind leading the blind (Matthew 15:14). Their key error here is that
they've taken prophecies about two separate actions, that are separated by thousands
of years, and combined them. The prophecy in Isaiah 13:9 is talking about something
different than the prophecy in Isaiah 9:15-18. A key phrase is "the day
of the LORD."
The Day Of The Lord
"The day of the
LORD" is a phrase from Amos that refers to the second coming of the Messiah.
This is the day when Jesus Christ returns in judgment. The first time the Son
of God came, just over 2000 years ago, He came to bring salvation through His
death on the cross. When He returns He brings judgment.
Here are verses
9-11 so you can see the context:
-Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
Cruel, with fury and burning anger,
make the land a desolation;
And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
- For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not flash forth their
The sun will be dark when it rises
And the moon will not shed its
11 - Thus I will punish the world for
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will also put an end to the
arrogance of the proud
And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
we see happening when the day of the LORD comes is punishment of the
entire world. This description matches other descriptions of the end times, such
as those we read in Revelation, and is specifically about Babylon's destruction
during the end times.
But then in verse 15 the prophecy returns to the immediate
future and the end of the Babylonian empire when it is conquered by the Medo-Persians.
This chapter began by talking about Babylonian Empire, which at the time of the
prophecy is still in the future. Verses 1 through 5 are talking about this near
future Babylon, with verse 5 referring to the near future destruction of Babylon
by the Medes.
In verse 6, with the phrase "for the day of
the Lord is near" in the prophecy switches it to a far future and
the Babylon of the end times. This continues through 14. Then in verse 15 the
prophet Isaiah is returned to the near term Babylon, describing the coming time
when the Medes will commit these atrocities in the captured land of Babylon. Here
are verses 15-19. Notice that these are descriptive, not prescriptive. In other
words, they are describing what the Medes will do, not what God says they should
do. This is nothing more than a description of the brutality of war... similar
to the brutality in war we see committed by ISIS today.
- Anyone who is found will be thrust through,
And anyone who is captured will
fall by the sword.
16 - Their little ones
also will be dashed to pieces
Before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
their wives ravished.
Babylon Will Fall to the Medes
- Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not value
silver or take pleasure in gold.
18 - And their
bows will mow down the young men,
They will not even have compassion on the
fruit of the womb,
Nor will their eye pity children.
- And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans pride,
be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
humanists are mixing two widely separate time periods to make it seem God is to
blame for the cruelty of the Medes. In reality it is humanistic cruelty that is
Next accusation: The God
of the Bible displayed his sadistic tendencies by employing a variety of other
means to torment and kill people.
the earth to open and swallow entire families (Numbers 16:37-32); he used fire
to devour people (e.g., Leviticus 10:1-2; Numbers 11:1-2); and he punished the
Israelites with wars, famines, and pestilences (e.g., Ezekiel 5:11-17).
sent wild animals such as bears (II Kings 2:23-24), lions (II Kings 17:24-25),
and serpents (Numbers 21:6) to attack people; he sanctioned slavery (e.g., Leviticus
25:44-46); he ordered religious persecution (e.g., Deuteronomy 13:12-16); and
he caused cannibalism (Jeremiah 19:9).
Now they are really trying
to pile it on, without any explanations of what exactly they are claiming. Let's
see if we can sort it all out. Click here...