Kill All the Children – I Fail to Understand the Cruelty

Exodus 12:29-30

{12:29} And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that [was] in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
{12:30} And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for [there was] not a house where [there was] not one dead.

Malevolent deity, or self-loathing author?

I am a moral being. I value life.


4 thoughts on “Kill All the Children – I Fail to Understand the Cruelty

  1. I think some arguments can be made that this story wasn’t intended to be taken literally. It makes more sense when you consider historical context such as the plagues being attacks on Egyptian gods. But this level of interpretation and understanding takes effort. Most religious people tend to want to do is read some words in English and decide that’s all there is to it.

    • One hopes there is a parable there. The alternative is that some folks believe that which they worship committed the act, and it was good. It’s sad that there are many who believe, teach, and raise their children to believe exactly that.

      As a parable, I shudder to consider what lesson may be learned, especially by children, through a deeper understanding of the mass murder of children. If there is a genuine desire to impart some good, moral, and honorable lesson, then I suggest the delivery mechanism is so utterly flawed as to perform in the opposite of that intent.

      As for the intellectual laziness you describe, I agree. I wouldn’t direct that to Christians exclusively, however. We all suffer that in degrees.

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