Apparently Christians think it's perfectly okay for their "God" to unleash bears on helpless children.
event_horizon wrote:The "Biblical God" kills kids for being kids.
You assume much. First you assume these so called kids were killed. It doesn’t say if they were killed or not. Then you assume they were helpless. Why? Nowhere are we told they are helpless. Then, again, you assume they are children. Maybe, but when you do a word search, maybe not. Maybe they were children in comparison to Elisha. My sons are in their late thirties, almost middle aged, yet they are children to me. They’re my kids.
The Hebrew word used for children in the KJV is na`ar. This word is used 238 times, young man 76 times, servant 54 times, child 44 times, lad 33 times, young 15 times, children 7 times, youth 6, babe 1, boys 1, young 1. They could have easily been young men or servants which would also make sense because the word used for little is qatan, meaning young, small (which can also mean small in societal stature), insignificant, and or unimportant (which would clearly fit the bill according to the society standards at the time).
The biggest mistake people make when reading the Bible is reading it through the lens of the twentieth or twenty-first century eyes. One needs to take into account the history, the background, the society and the surrounding societies. What was the message that God was imparting to the Israelites at that time and what can we take from that spiritually today.
What can we learn from those young men being torn up besides sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you? Elisha had just taken up the mantle from Elijah, he was untested and most likely unaccepted, and God let the Israelites know, along with anyone else, that there are no hindrances to His will.
Too excessive you say? We don’t know that to be true because the whole incident is summed up in two verses. The truth is, we don’t know the whole story since we are only given the highlights.