Taxandrian said, “I don't need to know whether it's 'OK' for God to kill babies (obviously it is, otherwise He wouldn't have done it).”
Then why did you ask the question in your earlier post? You are contradicting yourself here. This is the first question you asked. You said, “is it OK if God kills babies?” So that is the question I answered.
My answer is simple--I will repeat what I wrote:
Yes. God hardened Pharaoh's heart, yet Pharaoh also hardened his own heart.
Yes. God did send a plague that would kill all the firstborn in Egypt.
Yes. It is "OK" for God to kill babies if that is according to His will.
Taxandrian said, “No, what I would like to know is whether YOU think it's ok that God kills babies.”
My answer: Yes. God can do what ever He wants. "The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up." 1 Sam 2:6. That’s what it means to be God and He answers to no man. He can even offend our minds. There are several verses in the bible that at one point offended my mind but that’s why I’m not God and He is. Yes. It is okay for God to do whatever He pleases. He makes the rules, I don’t. He made the universe and He is all wise. He is the Creator, I’m not. “For they (the wicked) exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:25 (parenthesis added).
It seems to me that you are offended by what the scriptures teach. The scriptures have offended your mind and you’re not willing to submit to them. You have made a God in your own image to suit yourself. And this, one seemingly troublesome area, in the text of scripture has allowed you to do the very thing that Pharaoh did. You have raised your fist against the Almighty and you’ve violated the Second Commandment that says, “You shall not bow down to any graven image”. You have exalted your mind above scripture. “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Heb 10:31)
Your original question is a bit shallow. It reveals that you do not understand the Biblical position on God’s relationship with evil (theodicy), which is at the heart of what you are actually asking (death of infants--being just one example).
Scripture teaches that God is in control of whatsoever comes to pass. However, this does not make God evil or the author of evil. Scripture gives several examples of God using secondary causes to accomplish His sovereign will. Basic questions that little kids in Sunday school are taught.
I know that God’s sovereign rule over all things is not pleasing to the fallen sinful mind of man which is hostile to God, but if you repent and trust in Christ, God will give you a new mind, and renew your worldview from man-centered thinking to God-centered thinking. There are plenty of philosophically challenging things in Scripture, Hell, death, infinity, etc.
As a Christian our question for the non-Christian is, by what standard of morality do you determine what is good or evil? For example, is evil a universal moral standard to which all people subscribe? And if so based upon what authority? If it is not universal but subjective or relative, is your question a relevant one or not? If it is not relevant based on things that are absolute, then why ask the question in the first place? I believe that non-Christian worldviews cannot adequately answer these types of questions, at least not without borrowing from the biblical worldview.
With that said, do you or do you not believe in the preservation of human life at any cost? And if you were to die tonight where do you think your soul would go?