Young Adults & Professionals Group, Saturday 7th October, from 4pm a discussion on “Holy and Unholy Slaughter in the Old Testament”. Followed by informal dinner for those who wish to stay.
Picture: Sodom and Gomorrah, by John Martin, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1852
Venue: St Mary’s Priory, Warrington, WA1 2NS (car parking available).
18-35 year-olds welcome for a discussion led by Fr James Mawdsley, FSSP on the meaning of the slaughters in the Old Testament commissioned by God. If you are fed up of hearing God, Who is Love, be accused of brutality, please come!
Recommended reading: 2 Kings 17 (key verses: 17 & 31); 2 Kings 21:8-12. It tests our faith and humility to read, for example, of the slaughter of the Amalekite's described in 1 Sam 15, yet still to adore God as perfectly loving and merciful. Googling 'Amalekite haram' will give an idea of the problem, if not so easily an answer.
Two partial answers:
- Obviously we are not called by Christ to imitate any genocide, but we should be as ruthless with sin in our soul as King David was with the enemies of God. This way God rescues us from the power of satan, from "hateful sorceries and wicked sacrifices... from those merciless murderers of their own children, and eaters of men's bowels, and devourer's of blood in the midst of my consecration [i.e the Holy Land], and those parents sacrificing with their own hands helpless souls" [Wisdom 12:4-6]. If we do not fight our sins, then the world is going to get a whole lot more like hell than it has managed so far.
- And if the Jewish cultural identity had not lasted from Abraham through to Mary and Joseph, then how could Jesus Christ have achieved the salvation of the world by His Passion?
After the discussion (if it ends), dinner for those who wish.