God sets an example for his followers, who will destroy his enemies, their offspring, humankind.

Imagine yourself sitting in a church service and hear the reading: 

"I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.... The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities you have rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.... The LORD will swallow [up his enemies] in his wrath, and fire will consume them. [He] will destroy their offspring from the earth ... their children from ... humankind." (Psalms 9:2, 6, and 21:9-10)"

The reader says, 'The Word of the Lord,' the congregation responds with, 'Thanks be to God.'

How would you respond? 


"Thousands of angels proclaimed with loud voices: 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth, wisdom and might, honor and glory and praise!'... I saw heaven wide open, and a white horse appeared; its rider's name was Faithful and True, for he is just in judgment and just in war.... He was robed in a garment dyed in blood, and he was called the Word of God. The armies of heaven followed him.... Out of his mouth came a sharp sword to smite the nations; for it is he who will rule them with a rod of iron, and tread the winepress of the fierce wrath of God the sovereign Lord." (Revelation 5:11-12 and 19:11, 13-15)"

The reader says, 'The Word of the Lord,' the congregation responds with, 'Thanks be to God.'

How would you respond? 

The basic value proclaimed in christian theology is that man has dominion over all that swims, crawls and flies. That means the Earth is to be dominated by man, even if that domination means the destruction of life as we know it. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2014 at 11:17am

The notion of dominion creates monsters and manikins! It depends on the individual, how he or she interprets the concept. Some women are raised to be a manikin, some men raised to be monsters. 

This assumption illustrates the nature vs. nurture concept, nurtured to be a monster or manikin, nature steps in and empowers one to be fully human.  

Comment by Pat on June 6, 2014 at 1:19pm

The original quote from Psalms was, as Michael correctly pointed out, by goat herders. Polytheistic ones, I might add. Their god had a bigger penis than the other tribes' gods, and the message is therefore, don't screw with us or our goats. The amazing thing is that this nonsense has been kept alive well into the modern world. As to Revelation, I go with Thomas Jefferson, who described that book as nothing more than the rantings of a maniac. 

As to a comparison of Sherman's March to the Sea (my great grand pappy was one of his soldiers), at least Sherman left a lot of them alive and didn't make the very memory of them perish. 

Comment by John Aultman on June 6, 2014 at 1:12pm

The Christian theology in man having dominion over all things rears it's ugly head in the heart of the southern bible belt and in particular within the Southern Baptist Convention.  The SBC was born in 1845 from the split between northern baptist who refused to missionary with southern baptist slave owners.  If we look at how the SBC changed it's 1998, the Southern Baptist Convention, for the first time, it amended the 1963 Southern Baptist statement of faith known as the Baptist Faith And Message, adding a brand new section (XVIII) entitled the “Family Amendment” that states in part,

“A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him [spiritually], has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation

With little change the is exactly the Conventions 1845 Statement of faith in regards to slaves.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2014 at 10:00am

Michael, I made reference to the queen because we have different values when it comes to royalty and wives. According to my culture, a husband is authorized to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. There was no written law to that effect, but it was assumed to be legal by my culture. 

Thumb used for regulation

It is written that man shall have dominion over all that swims, crawls and flies. 

"King James Bible

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

~ Genesis 1:26

Comment by Loren Miller on June 6, 2014 at 9:04am

And this is a religion of peace and love, yet it speaks in violent metaphors of swords and rods of iron.  It could conceivably convince its enemies of the wrongness of their ways persuade them away from their ill usages, but instead strikes them down with "armies."  Is this a loving god or is Sherman's march to the sea?

Someone else can cue Onward, Christian Soldiers.  I think I'm going to be sick...

Comment by Michael Penn on June 6, 2014 at 8:35am

I see in your posting that early goat herders believed that god would burn his enemies with fire. Imagine that even today we have this belief about hell. How long will we cling to the myths?

Yes, mankind has dominion over all. Man wants to dominate. It was once pointed out to me that the Queen of England has dominion over her subjects but that doesn't mean she wants to eat them or destroy them.



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