Did God Really
WHY DID GOD KILL DAVID'S BABY?
CLAIMED CRUELTY: He [God] killed King Davids baby
because of Davids adultery with Bathsheba (II Samuel 12:13-18);
I've mentioned in previous responses, the American Humanists have no legitimacy
to claim that killing babies is immoral... they are in favor of killing babies
through abortion, and state this on their web site. However, we Christians are
definitely against killing babies, wherever they are located inside or
outside of the womb.
So let's look at this accusation in the light of scripture.
Of course, we do have to make some assumptions about what the humanists think
is wrong. Once again they have not provided an explanation.
Here is what
the scripture the humanist author references, II Samuel chapter 12, says:
David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said
to David, The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. However,
because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme,
the child also that is born to you shall surely die. So Nathan went to his
house. Then the Lord struck the child that Uriahs widow bore to David, so
that he was very sick. - 2 Samuel 12:13-15
it happened on the seventh day that the child died. - 2 Samuel 12:18
is no question that we are hurt when a child dies, and appalled when a baby is
killed. It is tragic. So why did God do this? The death of a child never feels
There seems to be an explanation given "because
by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme,"
but there are variety of opinions as to what this means. The reality is that the
focus of the narrative is on David, not his child. So we simply are not given
enough information to know why God took the child's life.
We do know that
the reason for the child's death is not what the Humanists state, "because
of David's adultery." So they are misrepresenting scripture, making this
claim invalid. The complete verse says that it was because it would give "occasion
to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme."
Also, Ezekiel 18:20 makes
it clear that "The person who sins will die. The
son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father
bear the punishment for the son's iniquity." So the baby was not
punished for David's sin. There is something more going on. It may have to do
with David not just being king, but being the king from whose line the Messiah
will come. Possibly, if there was a living illegitimate child by Bathsheba, whom
David loved more than any of his other children, a new line would have been started
that would have caused the Lord to be blasphemed in a very serious way.
bottom line is, we don't know. In this case God has not given us enough information.
Live In a Fallen World
One thing to keep in mind is that we live in
a damaged, broken world in which things are not as they are supposed to be. It
is a world that is far from perfect. Sin is horrible, and sometimes in our fallen
world there are no good options in response to sin. At times we must make a choice
between the lesser of two evils, because that's the best we can do. God never
has to make that type of choice, but the problem is, from our limited perspective,
even if we had sufficient information, we may not fully understand what God is
Is Physical Death Evil?
There is an assumption built
into many of the humanist's claims, including this one... that physical death
is always evil. But is that true? No, it is not. For example, Paul writes:
to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh,
this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I
am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with
Christ, for that is very much better. - Philippians 1:21-23
why doesn't Paul commit suicide and go to be with Christ? Because, that is
not our decision to make. We are owned by God, and God decides when we will leave
The righteous man perishes, and no
man takes it to heart;
And devout men are taken away, while no one understands.
the righteous man is taken away from evil,
He enters into peace.
- Isaiah 57:1-2
Death is not evil. It brings peace for the righteous.
What is evil is our taking life. When a life will end is not our decision
to make. That belongs to God alone.
What is evil is murder, whether it is
taking your own life, or taking the life of another... including taking the life
of a baby in the womb. We are owned by God, and only He has the right to determine
when someone is to physically die. The Apologetics Press has a good summary:
summary, God treated David in perfect accord with the Law of Moses, showing no
partiality. Furthermore, it has been shown that since death is not inherently
evil, God was not guilty of immorality by causing the childs death. God
also ushered Davids son into an eternity of bliss. Therefore, the skeptics
charge against God fails once again to discredit His infinitely flawless character.
As Abraham asked the rhetorical question in the long ago, Shall
not the Judge of all the earth do right? (Genesis 18:25). The
answer has been the same throughout the millenniaa resounding Yes.
God is not cruel nor immoral. God is the source of life, and that means He fully
and completely owns us. He gives life and has the right to take life. Even when
God does not fully explain why He is doing something, as in this example, it is
obvious there was nothing evil or immoral about what He did.
physical death is not inherently evil. What is immoral is one human taking the
life of another human (murder), outside of the context of government fighting
evil. You are an eternal being. The big question is, where will you spend eternity?
ACCUSATION: [God is cruel because] he required the torture
and murder of his own son (e.g., Romans 3:24-25)
You should know
the answer to this one. Jesus was totally innocent, yet He had to die. Why? Look
to the right and start reading the next chapter for the answer.