Did God order the death of the disobedient?
Did God order the death of entire Naitons?
Was the death penalty imposed on the man and wife in the New Testiment?
Are there any examples of God being so angry with people that He destroyed them?
Now, not saying some of the examples you gave are justified, just saying when we begin to condem, let's be sure who? what? when? where? why?
' by the hands of the body of Christ. We are to turn the cheek, give to those who ask,
bless and not curse,pray for those who hate us,forgive our enemies,feed the poor,cloth the naked,and we are to rejoice when slandered falsely, because...'THEN' we have a great reward!
Better still,here is Jesus,the final word himself ....
"You have heard that it was said,you shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.
but I say to you,love your enemy,bless those that curse you,do good to those who
hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, THAT YOU
MAY BE SONS OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
...." Matt 5 v 43v45.
When did the Apostles force conversion at the point of a sword on people? When they were rejected they were to walk away and shake the dust of their shoes. When did they set people on fire for disagreeing with them?They walked away from them, or tried to reason with them. Did Paul take a hammer to the statues in Athens when reading their inscriptions?He used them as a means to evangelize. What armies did they raise up to fight and kill other so called heretic's? NEVER! They obeyed the spiritual principles which Paul mentions.....
"Beloved do not avenge yourselves,but rather give place to wrath:for it is written,
'vengeance is mine says the Lord,I will repay'. Therefore, if your enemy is hungry,
feed him,if he is thirsty,give him a drink,for in doing so,you will heaps coals of fire
upon his head. DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL,BUT OVER COME EVIL WITH GOOD".
The reformers(and R.C.C.)that killed,maimed, etc, other people for disagreeing with them,
were not moving in God's Spirit, and I now believe were separate from the true body of Christ.
Thanks for partaking in this discussion.