Today’s crazy Bible verse is another in a long line of many examples in which God condones the killing of innocent people. In fact, often God does the killing Himself.
“And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: ‘If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.’ Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon. When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, ‘Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.’ ‘My father,’ she replied, ‘you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites. But grant me this one request,’ she said. ‘Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.’ ‘You may go,’ he said. And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin.” – Judges 11:30-39
I apologize for the many verses, but the full story is needed to understand the context. Jephthah makes a deal with the Lord. For God’s help, Jephthah agrees to sacrifice the first person out of his door to the Lord. The first person out of the door is Jephthah’s daughter. I realize Jephthah’s has made a huge mistake, but that’s not the point. The innocent daughter has no choice. She must be sacrificed because her father and God made a deal. God allows the sacrifice of an innocent child. What I find even worse is that Jephthah’s daughter agrees to this!?!?! This is a sign of child abuse that she has been so indoctrinated she simply accepts her unjustified death at the hands of God!
If an adult wants to make a decision regarding God, that’s fine, but once that decision involves innocent children through no choice of their own leading to harm, that’s abuse!