On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank addresses a question he received on Facebook from John who asks, “In 2 Kings chapter 2, why would God honor Elisha’s prayer to bring down a curse on a group of kids to be mauled by bears? Isn’t the sixth commandment ‘you shall not kill’?” In response, Hank begins by noting that this is not a group of innocent young children, but rather dangerous, morally culpable, teenage gang members. They knew what they were doing in mocking God’s oracle to the nations. They intentionally went after Elisha to mock him and vicariously blaspheme God, a sin punishable by death. In response to John’s reference to the sixth commandment, Hank points out that the Bible does not prohibit killing per se, but unjust killing. What the sixth commandment forbids is murder—unjustified homicide. But more to the point, God alone has the authority to terminate life.
Hank also answers the following questions:
- Are there two gospels in the Scripture? What are the differences between the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of grace?
- It seems to me that most mainstream Christians believe that it would be an absolute disaster if the Republican party doesn’t win this election. What would you say?
- If the Bible is true, shouldn’t we be more interested in overthrowing God rather than worshiping Him since He is incapable of handing out proportional justice?