Why I Can’t Agree With the Bible: 2 Samuel: Part 2


I have now finished 2 Samuel. Before I move on to 1 Kings, I have been asked to post my top three questions from all my posts up to now. I will be posting that tonight.
Where I left off, Joab was worried about convincing David to bring Absalom back. He uses a woman to convince David to bring Absalom back. Why does Joab use this deceit? David was upset by his son’s running off.
It is said that Absalom only cut his hair because it was too heavy to let it grow out. Aren’t men supposed to cut their hair? Isn’t it disgraceful for them not to? Except for Samson I mean.
Absalom has his servants light Joab’s field on fire because Joab ignores a summons. This seems like a terrible action. Isn’t this sinful? Was he punished for this?
Once Absalom was forgiven by David, he began to win the people to his side. David ran away with his people because Absalom convinced the people to follow him. Why was he so afraid? Why was he so convinced that Absalom would kill him? Wasn’t there another way that they could bring about peace? David took the ark out of the city with him, but then sends it back to the city. This seems to be his way of trying to find out if he still has Gods favor. Wasn’t there a better way to determine that? Wasn’t he better off taking the ark with him? And how did he know that Absalom wouldn’t kill the men he sent back?
David says that a Benjamite who curses him was told to by God. Why was he so convinced of this? The man had every reason to hate David without needing God’s help: David killed people he cared about.
Absalom is told to sleep with his father’s concubines, so he did so in front of all of Israel. God’s promise to David came true: his son raped his wives. So these women were publicly raped as a punishment…to David…because he took too many wives. This is terrible. Why wasn’t David punished for his own actions? Why did these women have to suffer for his crime?
Absalom is told to kill his father and let everyone else live. This actually makes him more moral than his father in my eyes: he’d kill one instead of thousands, and he’d kill his actual target rather than everybody around his target.
Joab kills Absalom while he’s stuck in a tree. He was ordered not to kill Absalom. He disobeys this order and is never punished.
David assumes that a good man can only come with good news. This makes no sense. Does this mean that every messenger carrying bad news is a bad person?
David is accused of loving those that hate him and hating those that love him for mourning his son’s death. This seems messed up. Would it be better if he celebrated?
David’s concubines were put in confinement because they were raped. So, if a woman gets raped, she deserves to be locked up and ignored?
God shot arrows.
David says that foreigners cower before him. Why is this a good thing? Why does he want people to fear him?
A plague is sent on the people, David offers a sacrifice to God to stop the plague because it was caused by his sins. Why does God punish everyone for David’s sin?

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2 responses to “Why I Can’t Agree With the Bible: 2 Samuel: Part 2

  • balsamodaalma

    Hello! Just a view from my perspective 🙂
    I believe there are many subjective things in this kind of passage. As the darkness is absence of light, coldness is absence of heat, evil is also absence of God – according to the bible. In short, because of David`s sin, his family was more vulnerable to evil, as God and sin cannot inhabit the same place. If any of his sons, or any person involved would have stand against this scenario, and brought sincere faith into the picture again, this scene could be really changed – but it didn`t happen. On the contrary, they have adopted sin and doubt into their lives, and drove farther from God. A scenario which can still happen in our days…

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