2 Samuel – Chapter 8: David’s Victories

Time to move back to 2 Samuel following a few chapters in the book of Psalms.

“David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live.” – 2 Samuel 8:2

WTF?  This is moral?  This is what the Christian god demands and allows?  The Bible is a book of moral teachings?  No, most definitely not.

“When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.” – 2 Samuel 8:5

More killing by David approved by God.  The Israelites are God’s chosen people.  God can stop this war, but he doesn’t.  Instead, he demands it.  David is a murderer, but he’s a murderer commanded by God in the Bible.

“David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.” – 2 Samuel 8:7

David, again approved by God, is also a thief.

“He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.” – 2 Samuel 8:14

More killing and enslavement by David.  Killing and slavery are nothing new in the history of humankind, but this is the Bible and these actions are supported and demanded by a god close to 2 billion people in the world worship today.

“David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.” – 2 Samuel 8:15

According to the Bible, this god’s definition of ‘just’ is killing, slavery, and rape.  Such a lovely story.

Today’s chapter is a list of conquests by David that include the killing of tens of thousands.  David is not a great person.  He’s a murderer, a murderer controlled by God.  The Bible intends this to be a story of great accomplishment by those having faith in God.  It’s not.  An ounce of critical thinking shows this is a disgusting story of a god with no moral values.

Coming Soon:  2 Samuel – Chapter 9:  David and Mephibosheth

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