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Can a Righteous God Kill? (Glenn Colley)

Is God right to Kill?

(Daniel 4:33-35)


  1. Trying to correct or censure God would imply that I have some moral superiority to Him and that I’m higher than Him, which isn’t true.
  2. It is important to note that God is our rock and in Him is no unrighteousness at all. (Psalm 92:15) 

I   Occasions when people today would censure God:

  1. Forgiveness: Why would a loving benevolent God require repentance before forgiveness?
  2. Sexuality: How is it possible that a loving benevolent God is opposed to homosexuality?
  3. Hell: How is it possible that God would allow anybody to go to eternal torment?
  4. Killing: How could a righteous God kill large numbers of people?

People, especially atheists, often use this argument that God in the Bible has killed people and therefore he is either not benevolent, not loving, or he doesn’t exist at all.  

II   Instances where God killed in the Bible:

  1. Noah and the flood. (Genesis 6-7; 1 Peter 3:20) 
  2. Saul and the Amalekites. (1 Samuel 15:3) 
  3. David’s sin with Bathsheba. (2 Samuel 11-12) 
  4. David numbering the people. (2 Samuel 24) 
  5. The land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 9:5; Joshua 11:12) 

There’s no getting around the fact that God killed both guilty and innocent people, and that sometimes God had his servants to carry these things out.

III  How is God righteous for killing people who were guilty? 

  1. Punishment for wrong doing is a righteous thing. (Proverbs 13:24; Hebrews 12:9)
  2. Punishing the guilty is not inconsistent with love. (Leviticus 24:21; Romans 13:10; Hebrews 10:26) 
  3. These people committed great atrocities and abominations. (Leviticus 18:20-30) 

IV  How is God righteous for killing innocent people?

  1. God is sovereign and has complete authority over all. 

       1.He is the creator of all life and He owns us. He has the right.(Job 2:10; Psalm 100:1-3) 

   2. God owns biological life.

   3. God is the giver of life, so He can take it.     

  1. God gives to all people a limited time to live. God designed that people would not live forever as human beings, physical beings in this world. (Hebrews 9:27; James 4:14; Psalm 90:10)  

       1. God has always taken human life.

       2. We have nothing to say about it because we never did own it. It always belonged to God and belongs to God today. 

  1. God doesn’t see physical death as intrinsicly evil. From his perspective, death is not a cessation of existence, it is merely a transition to a different location. 


  1. We do not have the right to take human life except by the instruction of God. There are occasions when God authorises killing. (Romans 13)
  2. Not all killing is murder. Murder was always wrong. (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13, 1 John 3:12-15.) 
  3.  The atheist says there couldn’t be a God, not the God of the Bible because the God of the Bible was unfair by killing. But the truth is, he’s sovereign, righteous, and he never does wrong. 
  4. When in judgement and Christ sends people to torment, He’s not doing anything unjust. He’s doing what is righteous. (Romans 2:7)
  5. What seems unfair in the scriptures is God bringing me mercy through his son, Jesus. (John 3:16; Romans 8:32; 2 Peter 3:9) 
  6. We must never approach God with an higher sense of morality. 
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