An atheist pointed to this scripture and asked for explanation.
ESV - 16 Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.
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On a God who kills -
"WHO DO YOU SAY I AM".
We regard Jesus as the PRINCE OF PEACE.
THAT IS HUGE. AND HE is our Merciful Savior.
The image of a MERCILESS GOD ordering them all dead as the Old Testament cites -
Yes, even AS WITH with the flood if Noah, causes me great grief.
I place my faith and trust in Jesus Christ who warned of Hell but offered salvation & Mercy. I have had to REST MY BELIEF IN THE NEW TESTAMENT praying for God to hear this GREAT SINNER and grant Mercy, Grace, and Salvation through Christ Jesus.
My God is GOOD - the brightest LIGHT. Evil is the absence of HIS Good and the utter blackness of OUR GOD WITHDRAWN.