The God of the Innocents

Retelling the Ultimate Biblical Story of “The man after God’s own Heart” 

“And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord . And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 

The Biblical God acquits the guilty. There is no mention of an Atoning Sacrifice for Sin here or anything other than David’s confession of guilt and God’s acceptance of David’s contrition. You see, God can indeed ‘just forgive’ if He wants to.

 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. 

Maybe there is a sacrifice after all. Perhaps the child is the sacrifice. But ‘Human Child Sacrifice’? This doesn’t seem like the Lord God of the Bible, does it? (See Genesis 22 or read up on jepthah)

 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 

God strikes a newborn baby with terminal illness right from the womb, before it either ‘knows right from wrong’ or has even had a chance to do or even think anything remotely evil, sinful or rebellious. The baby is truly Innocent and born with a “Right to Life” which God Himself will Choose to Recind. 

 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. 

SEVEN DAYS!! God caused this Innocent newborn baby to suffer SEVEN DAYS? Allowed David, the Mother and the whole household both Vain Hope and crushing Dispair for SEVEN DAYS before finally killing a newborn baby who was Completely Innocent of any wrongdoing? While David, the raping, adulterous murderer got off Scott free without a scratch with simple confession and contrition?

And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 

The servants were more worried for David’s sanity and we’ll being than David was apparantly. What father wouldn’t agonize an be completely destroyed knowing his child was dying a torturous and drawn out death in the next room, and then upon learning of the final painful breaths having left the Innocent baby’s lungs, not gone completely suicidal? David, the Servant of God, that’s who.

 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord , and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 

Like nothing ever happened. 

  • Like he’d never raped the baby’s mother. 
  • Like he’d never had the mother’s husband killed to cover his adultery. 
  • Like he’d never lied to the people who trusted him as their Leader and God Ordained King by ‘marrying’ his victim and trying to deceive his people into thinking she was ‘with child’ AFTER they had ‘wed’. 

Like the child had never been born at all.

And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”-2 Samuel 12:13‭-‬23 KJV

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Absolutely Unbelievable. 

Truly astounding how I used to read this and never really understood the true horror of both David and his crimes, but also the Cruelty and ‘inhumanity’ of the Biblical God. 

Along with many Christians I imagine, this story was once a story of redemption and God’s big capacity for forgiveness. A story of God protecting the necessary line to the Messiah Jesus, without whom we would all perish in eternal torment. I understood and agreed with god that the child had to die to keep God’s promise to David unsullied by an illigitimate and shameful birth and to bring ‘closure’ to the forgiveness David had received so freely.

Yet the Biblical God:

  • Gave David a free ‘get out of punishment’ card with a whimper and an “I’m sorry”. 
  • Without outright saying it in the text, the Righteous and Holy and Compassionate God of the Bible allows the baby to be born, 
  • then proceeds to strike it Terminally Ill for David’s sin that was easily forgiven him… 
  • making the Innocent Child suffer the agony of SEVEN LONG DAYS 
  • before finally dying as a Human Child Sacrifice of penalty.

At this point something should be crystal clear. 

This vision of morality and righteousness, right and wrong has no business existing in reality. This is not the image of an all knowing, all powerful, all Good and all Merciful and God who actually cares about Justice and Punishment for Sin and Empathy, Protection and Compassion for the Innocent.

This is the Image of a bronze age, moral monster. Cruel, vindictive, narcissistic, sadistic, capricious, murderous and anything but worthy of our worship and obedience. It’s a very good thing such a Morally Repugnant and Dangerously Malevolent being doesn’t actually exist in reality.

I’ve said before since my Deconversion from Christianity, Im technically Agnostic now. There may in fact be some god or gods out there that we would never have the ability to detect, know anything about or even conceive of. But I’m definitely Atheist with regard to the Biblical God. Such a Monster is man-made and pure Myth and Fiction. 

To kill an Innocent newborn baby to protect and ‘forgive’ a Guilty, self confessed, lying, raping, murderous adulterer?

 If that’s the best you’ve got, then keep looking. You haven’t found Him yet.



20 thoughts on “The God of the Innocents

  1. Still that is nothing on the plague God sent later in 2 Samuel 24 for the sin of David taking a census. In that case God killed 70,000 innocent people by Plague because of David’s sin. Talk about collateral damage! Yet in the passage it talks about God’s great mercy. I argue that 2 Samuel 24 is great indictment on God as he is said to have incited David to have taken the census in the first place.

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  3. Hey Mike, you might know the answer to this:

    How does the striking down of David’s child for his sin get squared away with the principle in Deuteronomy (sorry, I don’t have the verse handy) that no child should suffer for the sins of its father? I only remember this because I had a discussion a long time ago with a Christian on original sin, and he brought out that verse in Deuteronomy to try to claim that Yahweh only goes after people past an age of accountability. I’m not a huge Bible scholar, and I don’t remember any attempt at reconciliation from my days as a Christian.

    Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide.

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    • I think you’re looking for Eze 18. But they ‘square’ it by ignoring it. If pressed, they would disagree that the child was killed as punishment for David’s sin, but in context that’s exactly what the passage in Samuel implies. Numbers 14 implies the age of accountability should be seen as 20yrs old, by virtue of God not sentencing those younger to die in the wilderness. But there really isn’t a solid teaching passage where it details that God holds peoples sins against them only after a certain age.

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    • I would argue that it does not square, just more inconsistency.

      Interestingly I am currently reading Victor Hamilton’s ‘Handbook on the Pentateuch’. He mused on this matter when discussing Noah’s curse of Canaan for the ‘sin’ of Canaan’s father Ham in Genesis 9:24-25. Hamilton concludes that from time to time in the Bible we see the innocent suffer because of the sin of others but seemed troubled by the whole matter.

      My personal view is that the story is concerned about David and the rest of the characters don’t really matter, except in how they relate to David. THus it is all about punishing David, the baby only counts to the extent that it is David’s baby. Just reinforces to me that it is a human story.

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