Why do some people call God a murderer for taking back lives he had leased out conditionally?

The Condition is spelt out in Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV

''The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God

and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.''

God reserves the right to take back a life at any time should the condition not be met. In fact we all die because of transmitted sin. But for disobedience over and above that, God may judge it fit to instantly take back what is his.

Those who keep the condition will be restored to permanent life.


@Auskiwi the babies were killed because there parents all had to be killed and they couldn't be left without protection or sustenance to die slow protracted deaths.

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  • 7 years ago
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    The Old Testament records God killing multitudes of people, and some people want to believe this makes Him a murderer. The misconception that “killing” and “murder” are synonymous is partially based on the King James mistranslation of the sixth commandment, which reads, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). However, the word kill is a translation of the Hebrew word ratsach, which nearly always refers to intentional killing without cause. The correct rendering of this word is “murder,” and all modern translations render the command as “You shall not murder.” The Bible in Basic English best conveys its meaning: “Do not put anyone to death without cause.”

    It is true that God has intentionally killed many people. (God never “accidentally” does anything.) In fact, the Bible records that He literally wiped out entire nations including women, children, cattle, etc. In addition to that, God killed every living creature upon the face of the earth with the exception of eight people and the animals on the ark (Genesis 7:21-23; 1 Peter 3:20). Does this make Him a murderer?

    As already stated, to kill and to murder are different things. Murder is “the premeditated, unlawful taking of a life,” whereas killing is, more generally, “the taking of a life.” The same Law that forbids murder permits killing in self-defense (Exodus 22:2).

    In order for God to commit murder, He would have to act “unlawfully.” We must recognize that God is God. “His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He” (Deuteronomy 32:4; see also Psalm 11:7; 90:9). He created man and expects obedience (Exodus 20:4-6; Exodus 23:21; 2 John 1:6). When man takes it upon himself to disobey God, he faces God’s wrath (Exodus 19:5; Exodus 23:21-22; Leviticus 26:14-18). Furthermore, “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If [man] does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready” (Psalm 7:11-12).

    Some would argue that executing the innocent is murder; thus, when God wipes out whole cities, He is committing murder. However, nowhere in Scripture can we find where God killed “innocent” people. In fact, compared to God’s holiness, there is no such thing as an “innocent” person. All have sinned (Romans 3:23), and the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23a). God has “just cause” to wipe us all out; the fact that He doesn’t is proof of His mercy.

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/God-killing.html#ixzz2...

    Source(s): TR
  • 7 years ago

    Why am I not surprised to hear a Christian trying to justify murder?

    "the babies were killed because there parents all had to be killed and they couldn't be left without protection or sustenance to die slow protracted deaths."

    Now you're making excuses for an omnipotent deity? Why couldn't God protect the babies himself?

  • SMAC
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    Such idiocy! Do not infest society and infect this idiocy into the populace, do not pass Go, do not collect 200 dollars.

    Your God is a murderer, because he never killed anything, Christians did all of it under the guise of a fallacious ideology.

    If a homeowner evicts you because he wants to, is it wrong? If a mother kills her baby is that okay to you? By your logic it is.

    How the hell did you make it to the age to write whole sentences and yet be so stupid?

  • 7 years ago

    That should put to rest any claim that the Declaration of Independence refers to the Christian god. The creator referred to in that document gives humans inalienable rights including life. It's obviously not the God of the Bible.

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  • 7 years ago

    With a statement like that, I hope you weren't expecting your question to receive a warm reception. There's a fairly decent reason people are hostile towards Christianity sometimes, and you just gave an example of it. Murder is wrong, it even says twice in the Old Testament (if not more) murder is wrong... I won't go into any more detail on that... but it doesn't remain wrong for long.

  • 7 years ago

    Any entity that would "lease out life" and reserve the right to "take it back" would be an evil sociopath. So, same difference. It's assinine that such a ridiculous bronze age superstition persists to this day.

  • 7 years ago

    The idea of transmitted sin no longer lives up to international standards:


    Once again human morality wins out over the Hebrew volcano god and his philosopher "son"

  • Ditty
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    If a woman gets pregnant, gives birth and decides she don't want the kid any more should she have the right to kill it too? because after all she was the one who let it grow in her conditionally.

    Then where does it stop? Should we let that nurse who killed all those babies at a doctor clinic she worked at, the serial killer down the street, the guy who gets drunk and shoots his wife off the hook too?

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I have nothing but contempt for a person (you) who makes excuses for a murderer, who, in fact, defends the murderer's right to kill anyone, anytime, for any reason, simply because he has convinced you he can.

    Thank god (pardon the pun) your murderer does not exist.


    "the babies were killed because there parents all had to be killed and they couldn't be left without protection or sustenance to die slow protracted deaths."

    Holy crap. Please don't tell me you actually believe this. I could not imagine a person being so cruel as you to make excuses for murdering babies.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The fact is , life is transient , we learn one way or another God is Ruler of EVERYTHING , sooner or later ,

    Its Gods way or No way , the first law of the Gospel is obedience .

    Who are we , mere puny mortals to shake our fist and then slam the gavel on God of All Creation .

    Praise be to the Lord for His mercy ,amen .

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