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Throughout the Bible, God kills and harms many people for things that they were not responsible for. For example, the son of David, a baby was killed for the sins of his father. How can that be thought of as Justice? In Exodus, He kills thousands of children and destroys an entire nation for the actions of one man, actions that God influenced, Exodus 4:21 so that Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go. How can we claim God is good when He destroys millions of lives in circumstances that he caused?

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Please check out how we are different than other sites. We dont really do general philosophy here. More to the point, based on your questions, I see you are very angry that God is not the god you want, based on your other questions. This isn't a place for that, however. If you are having genuine questions and not just a general need to say "Christians are stupid"could I invite you to chat, to email, or even to talk with real live Christians instead? – Affable Geek Nov 19 '13 at 11:26
possible duplicate of Why does God resort to genocide and destruction? – Affable Geek Nov 19 '13 at 11:29
I'm simply curious as to how one can see such a God as good. What good can be found in killing innocent children and innocent people for something that they were not responsible for? – user8656 Nov 19 '13 at 11:29
Check out my answer on that question. You'll see. – Affable Geek Nov 19 '13 at 11:31
Moreover, why would God give humanity free will and then punish him for using it? In the Old Testament, there are many trivial crimes that warrant the death sentence. Homosexuality, not being circumcised are just two examples. Why would that matter to an all-powerful, all-knowing God? – user8656 Nov 19 '13 at 11:34

God did not bring death to this world. It was Adam who brought death to this world by eating the forbidden fruit.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12, NIV)

We are all destined to die. All must die and no one can escape it. It doesn't really matter you believe in Christian theology or not, it is a fact that no one can escape death. Hence, you can't really blame God for it. God killed many people in the Bible but God had a reason. Does it really matter when God cut shorts our life? We are going to die anyway with or without God's hand. Even if God did not interfere in our life and death, we will still die from aging, sickness, war, murder or accidents. Do we have explanation why we face all this? Can we blame God for it? You believe in God or not, you still have no explanation why we die and why we suffer. Sin is the cause of death and the cause of sufferings in this world. Men killing men, war, conflicts; we brought all this to ourselves because we are evil. And sin came through disobedience to the word of God.

Many people see only the anger of God but are not able to see the other side of God's nature, the loving God.

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8, NIV)

We neglect God's love and see only his anger, judgement and revenge. Can we also remember that God loved us so much that He gave his Son Jesus Christ to pay the death penalty of sin for us , by dying on the cross?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV)

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In answer to your question; God is God and for that reason alone we cannot challenge him, or his decisions. He is our creator and like it or not as such he is free to impose his will upon his creation.

Isaiah 40:28 KJV

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

Isaiah 55:9 KJV

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Physical death is only a brief stop along the road we call eternity.

1Peter 4:19 KJV

Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

However as a speculation here are some of my thoughts as to why.

In the case of children:

  1. Newborn children such as the son of David and Bathsheba had not sinned (willfully disobeyed God), and therefore is in Heaven today. (which I believe is far superior to being here).
  2. We do not know what lay in store for those children or even if they would have grown up to reject God's lordship, but God did.

In short it may have been that God decided to bring them to Heaven when He did out of his great love.

Joh 3:16 and 17 KJV

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Because God created the Universe and all things therein out of his great love, it only seems logical that any and all thing he does is also out of that great love, and because mortal man is not omniscient as is God, we do not know what the future will be, but God does.

Therefore it seems to me that a God who loves us that much, would always choose the path that would be less painful for us. We just have to accept that God does what he does for our best interest.

Anyway those are my thoughts and if anyone has another theory, I would like to hear it.

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Loved your 'God is God'. Cool answer. – gideon marx Nov 19 '13 at 15:41

We must be careful not to reduce God to human perspectives. God is the Creator as well as the Redeemer of mankind.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God created man in His own image so that man could have a loving relationship with Him. A loving relationship enabled by “faith”

Romans 4:16 … it is of faith that it might be by grace…

The so-called “free will” is really only a question of faith’s placement. Will we trust in the love of God or will we place our faith in our self-love, or the love of others?

“How can God be thought of as Good when He killed so many people for things they were not responsible for?”

All of mankind has placed their faith outside of their Creators love, therefore all of mankind is guilty of missing God’s created intentions, and therefore those that you claim are not responsible are even yet guilty.

Physical death is not the final arbiter of ones final destination, but rather their faith in God’s grace, God’s unmerited love for mankind, made manifest in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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