[quote="mandy2, post:1, topic:339541"]
So a facebook friend I have is an atheist and just posted this:
1 Kings 14: 10-11
"I will bring disaster on your dynasty and kill all your sons, slave or free alike. I will burn up your royal dynasty as one burns up trash until it is all gone. 11 I, the LORD, vow that the members of your family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures."
And people live their lives following this book... smh
I read the verse since the beginning of the chapter because you usually cant understand a verse without knowing what it says before or after that particular verse. It is basically God saying that He made Jeroboam the ruler of His people in Israel, but he did not do as he asked him while ruling. So because of this he is bringing evil onto Jeroboam.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can say to the person on facebook?
Is this the best he can do? Really, there are lots of passages in which God threatens/prophesies disaster if people don't follow his ways.
The Bible cannot be read outside the context of the times in which it was written, the intent of the authors (it has several human writers, as you know), and what God was telling in its various forms of writing from poetry to prose. Pulling verses out of context tells us nothing except the person doing it wishes to cast as bad a light on religious faith as possible by citing verses such as these. Frankly, I'd not answer him because he doesn't want an answer--he wants to provoke, at the least, or is simply trolling.
Anyway, the explanation is simple. Since God put the kings of Israel on the throne they were expected to live according to God's laws. If they didn't, God would take their thrones from them and their dynasty to give to others more worthy. Certainly, if he created their kingdoms and gave them their lives, he had the right to take both away.