Bible-God Sends A Lion To Kill A Pacifist

Another silly and senseless story is found in 1 Kings 20:35-36.  In the context of this story, the king of Israel made the unpardonable mistake of having mercy on the king of Syria.  The “merciful” Bible-God had dedicated Syria’s king, Ben-hadad, for destruction.  So Bible-God wanted to send a message, not directly to the king of Israel, of course, but through a prophet.  Apparently, there was a group of prophets together when one of the prophets got this secret message from the Bible-God.  What follows is absurd:

Now a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to another by the word of the LORD, “Please strike me.” But the man refused to strike him. Then he said to him, “Because you have not listened to the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as you have departed from me, a lion will kill you.” And as soon as he had departed from him a lion found him and killed him. (1 Kings 20:35-36, NASB)

So the prophet of the Bible-God tells another prophet to strike him?  What would you do if a preacher, pastor, or priest, or anyone for that matter, asked you to punch him in the face?  Any intelligent, mature person would refuse.  Only a real jerk would agree to do such a thing.  Naturally, the prophet refused to punch his fellow prophet.  And who could blame him?  What was the reward for this non-violent prophet?  The prophet who ordered the strike told the peace-keeping prophet that because he failed to hit him a lion would kill him, which is exactly what happened when the peaceful prophet left.  The prophet then found another prophet to hit him; he should’ve knocked him out!  This story is ridiculous and unreasonable!  Yet, isn’t the “God” of Scripture unreasonable, too?  The king of Israel who practiced mercy will also be killed at the order of the Bible-God for showing mercy to another person.  This clearly contradicts what Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matt. 5:7).  It should say, “Cursed are the merciful, for they shall be killed by lions.”


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