Footnotes for "Slaughter of the Innocents"

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1 John 8:34

2 Some people say that God didn't accept Cain's offering because it was not a blood sacrifice.  This is contrary to the teachings of the scriptures.  This kind of misunderstanding comes from reading the teachings of later scriptures back into earlier ones.  There is no record of God establishing requirements for offerings in Adam's day.  The essence of an acceptable offering is found in the psalmist's words: For you do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; you are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:16-17)

3 John 16:8-11

4 Consider this description of life on earth just prior to the Flood.  It gives a perspective on how evil people can become.  The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. (Genesis 6:5,11-12)

5 And even this is often not true, if the church desires to meet in a residence.

6 To those who may question these statements, I offer here a link to a website that provides the benefit of considerable research into the writings of America's founding fathers, highlighting their views on Jesus, Christianity, and Bible.

7 I am not suggesting that we need laws to place scripture verses on judicial buildings, manger scenes in courthouse yards, or administration-led prayers in public schools.  What we need is an attitude change: people and leaders, at every level, who are not afraid to show honor, respect, and gratefulness to God.

8 Clearly, this is a promise made to the people of Israel, but from the example of God's mercy shown to Nineveh, as they humbled themselves at the preaching of Jonah, we can assume that God will similarly be merciful to our country if we likewise humble ourselves before him.

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