Thought for the day: biblical morality 2


King Herod the mass child-killer

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.



Jews on their way to captivity in Babylon dream of mass child-killing

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.



God the mass child-killer

Thus saith the Lord, “About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.”


Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens

  • liz

    Great point! Who knows, the latest “mass child killer” may have been reading his
    Bible to get the inspiration for it. Sad that so many people feel, in situations like that, that they they have nowhere else to turn but to the very source of the tragedy for comfort. It was “God’s will”, but “the devil made him do it”. Very mysterious ways, indeed.

  • secularsquare

    I wonder if the “great cry throughout all the land of Egypt” included the question “Where is God in all this?”