DH and i were just talking about how others are uncomfortable (to put it lightly ) with the killings going on in the Bible that are condoned and even commanded by God. when one reads the Bible (and i'm sure any other religious text) one really has to take into account the eternal scheme of things, not just the here and now. to God it is not killing them and that's the end of them- He is simply moving those souls from one plane to another. that is purely His choice to make and none of us would be in the clear for going on a murderous rampage without His direct go ahead but when He does it it's just a change of venue for these souls. it doesn't end there for them, their lives go on someplace else. so yeah, i guess what i am saying is that the killings commanded by God don't really rub me the wrong way at all because He's waiting there for them on the other side. not only that but the killings that do go on are for a reason for the "greater good" but again you have to think of the eternal scheme of things not just in that moment. JMO, though.
I dont know if this belongs here...but as a Christian reading the Bible, Do the "sinners" in the OT go to heaven? (OMG-that may need its own thread...LOL)
Are their different thoughts on this through the denominations or is it a universal "Yes" or "no"
Taking souls to a different plane is one thing.
Taking them to heaven or hell is entirely another.
That is important to the context I think. (And important to whether or not I am disturbed by the killings or commands.)