So, when the God commands the Israelites to kill, that’s simply a plot device?
Not at all. My point was in contrasting the seriousness with which violence, war and even murder are treated in the OT over and against the cavalier and inhuman attitudes towards them in most popular entertainment.
yes, the point of the saw villain was that he didnt need to be real for us to agree that he is evil. if you hadnt gathered, I have a certain disgust for the saw series.
You miss the point. If the villain is not real, he can not, by definition, be evil or good or anything else. The movie’s approach to violence, murder and cruelty for their own sake as entertainment is dehumanizing. That is a greater evil than a fictional character within the movie could ever perpetrate.
how is thinking of his daughter as a thing to be destroyed on god’s whim possibly an act of humility?
Quite the opposite is the case. First of all, God did not initiate the vow, so it could not logically be called “God’s whim.” Second, as I stated before, Japhthah’s response when his daughter was first out of the house shows us that he never reduced her to a thing, for no one would be undone, as Japhthah was, over the sacrifice of a thing. His daughter would not have requested two months to mourn her virginity if she had been reduced to a thing. Things do not mourn. People mourn. The humility is in entering into the suffering that he, an unworthy man, was asking God’s favor for in being victorious over his fellow men, the Ammonites. The humility was in honoring the vow which he freely made to God.
which way was it, that god is unable to act without a burnt offering or that god is a malicious fiend that refuses to act without a burnt offering? obedience to evil is evil.
Neither. God created the universe out of nothing, which means He acted prior to their being anything to burn or to offer. You have yet to prove your assertion that anything Japhthah did was evil, and are certainly light years away from proving the assertion that the God of the OT is evil. You refuse to accept that honor or faith are things worthy of killing and/or dying for, let alone suffering for; therefore you call it “evil.” There may be things worth killing and/or dying for in your worldview but I am ignorant of what those things may be.
as evil as the cost of making god take action was to begin with, the action god took, helping one people slaughter the other was particularly heinous too. all the other option which involved no one killing anyone and god chooses slaughter. peachy, but I think Ill pass on that outlook on life.
Again, nothing to kill or die for . . .thank you, John Lennon. You do not even honor your enemies as enemies; that is, as real men with real convictions. And you certainly dishonor your own convictions by implying that you would never think of defending them to the death, even the death of someone else seeking to impose their convictions upon you or your loved ones by force. That is the outlook of a domesticated pet or a beaten and broken slave, but not of a healthy and free man.
maybe the ammonites were right to wage war on jehpthah’s degenerate, human sacrificing society?
Actually, you have it backwards. It was the Ammonites that routinely sacrificed their own children to Molech in the flames, not the Israelites. Given that fact, and your reasoning, you must agree after all with God’s approval of the Ammonite destruction. This puts your view and the God of the OT’s view in line with one another.
Pot meet kettle . . .
All my best . . .