More moral than God?

Seen on the internet (paraphrased): “I don’t like the story of Moses because I don’t think that a moral God would kill all those innocent children.”

Well, just right off the bat, that is laughable to anyone who believes in a Creator God, because really, who is responsible for morality – the Creator, or the creation? Will the clay say to the potter, “You’re doing it wrong!”?

Moreover, even if it were possible, would humanity have any standing to bring a charge against God on this issue?

The historical record indicates that infanticide has been the rule in virtually all human societies known to us, no matter when or where. Exceptions are notable for their extreme rarity and prohibitions against infanticide also notable for how often they were flagrantly violated. Not only that, but it is also legally practiced and celebrated in even the most developed of countries today, as “abortion” rather than “infanticide” (the proliferation of specific terms for who is being killed at what stage of development is not relevant to the innocence of the life taken, after all).

Considering our own behavior as a group, I don’t think any member of the species Homo sapiens has a finger left to point at God for killing the Egyptians’ firstborn. Certainly no person living in a country that annually kills hundreds of thousands of its own innocent lives has any moral standing to cast judgement on God for the deaths of the Egyptian children.

But even if one were still inclined to protest – despite the ridiculousness of a creation passing judgement on her Creator, even moreso for an act that happens regularly among her own people! – it also shows a misunderstanding of the morality of conflict. The beginning of Exodus is a tale of warfare. Reprisal in warfare is not only moral, it is a moral imperative – because if your enemy can get away with committing atrocities without fear of reprisal, then they are going to go right ahead and commit them.

“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.'”

 

 

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2 Responses to More moral than God?

  1. chicagoja says:

    Since God is basically unknowable, stories about him are man’s word about God. So, I think it’s fair to assess the validity of those stories about God to determine their veracity.

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