Jeph, Ruth, and Abe:
1. Jeph: Jephthah's tragic vow.
2. Ruth: The Story of Ruth movie.
3. Abe: Abraham's repenting; and War on the Saints.
1. Jeph: Jephthah's tragic vow:
The story of Jephthah’s tragic vow is an example of the concept that it is supposedly better to pay according to your vows, even at the expense of something else even if important.
Jephthah was an Old Testament (O.T.) person who, because he wanted God to help him in the war in which he was fighting, made a pledge, or vow, to God, that if God were to help him in the war, to win, that he, Jephthah, would sacrifice whatever creature came out to greet him as he returned to his home after the war was over.
However, to his dismay, after God had helped him to win in the war, one day, when he arrived at home that day, lo and behold, out came his daughter to greet him.
Therefore Jephthah may have felt obligated to do as he had promised God that he would do; i.e., that is to say, he may have felt required to sacrifice whomever came out from his home to greet him when he had come back from the war; after God had helped him to win the war.
Thus, since Jephthah's daughter was who came out to greet him when he returned from the battle, he would ostensibly therefore need to sacrifice her; to kill her as a sacrifice.
The biblical account of this story goes on to explain how Jephthah's daughter had begun to recognize her upcoming fate, and that she had therefore requested Jephthah that she temporarily be spared so that she could go up with her friends into the mountains for a while "to bewail her virginity", or some such concept as that, first; and so forth.
Then however, the biblical text states that Jephthah did to his daughter as he had promised God so to do.
However, The New Scofield Study Bible, Authorized King James Version, by Oxford University Press, New York, 1998; has a footnote that questions as to whether Jephthah actually sacrifically murdered his daughter as he had vowed to do; or not.
Whichever is the case concerning that topic, however, Jephthah's vow was indeed tragic.
No matter who it was whom he had pledged to sacrifice; whether animal, or human or otherwise; such sacrificial murdering would be maliciously unkind and would be evil to the person who would be murdered (whether human or animal or otherwise).
Under the category of "or otherwise", there are the alleged consciousnesses of the plants ("The woods shall rejoice, for the Lord is coming to judge the Earth."); and the animals, and "The cybernetics": for the plausible consciousnesses of personalities created by mankind using principles and knowledge of Artificial Intelligence, such as the fictional character of the H.A.L. 9000 series computer in the major movie called 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick; however such personalities being actual personalities thusly created by such Artificial Inteligence efforts of Earth's scientific and technological communities; and such seemingly inanimate entities as the earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars.
From the Bible Gateway website of the Internet, here is a quote of The Holy Bible, Old Testament:
"Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light".
Thus, in the case of Respect for Life, and Reverence for Life, it would seem as though, that that Respect for Life, and Reverence for Life should have a higher priority than the paying of vows or keeping of one’s word.
Please see the websites that refer to this Jephthah's and Jephthah's daughter story;
1. One of which is:
3. And another of which is:
4. And another of which is "Jephthah":
2. Ruth: The Story of Ruth movie.
In one film on television called something such as The Story of Ruth, a Christian film that was shown on Trinity Broadcasting Network sometime during this past few years or thereabouts: In that film, there are depicted a number of young girls, of a pagan nation of ancient history named Moab, which was situated on the east of ancient Israel and on the eastern side of the Salt Sea (also known as the Sea of the Arabah, or The Dead Sea); those girls were depicted in the film as apparently being forced by the pagan authorities to devote themselves to the worship of the evil pagan god named Chemosh (from whose name we get the modern word "Chemistry", which is the study of the interactional relationships between atoms and molecules). Chemosh was the evil pagan god of the Moabites.
Such youth had been raised up in the tradition of subservient devotion to that evil pagan god, (i.e., or using another word, the "demon") named Chemosh.
Thus, if a girl were to win a beauty and talent contest, then she would be brought up onto the stage in front of the crowd, and then upon her would be bestowed the fatal "honors" of winning the contest; with the crowd then watching.
At first, Ruth was the front runner, expected to win the beauty and talent contest that she and the other young girls aspired to win.
However, in the proceedings of qualifying for participating in and/or for winning the contest, the pagan authorities found a blemish on Ruth's arm; therefore she was disqualifed from winning or participating any further in the contest.
That disqualification, however, although possibly disappointing to the young girl named Ruth, thus effectively saved her very life.
However, much later, after Ruth had grown older into young womanhood, and after she had become a priestess in the pagan religion of the Moabites, there was a young girl named Taber who did win such a beauty/talent contest; and during ceremonies that Ruth assisted with, Taber was brought up onto the platform in back of which was a giant ugly idol statue of that pagan god called Chemosh. There was a large crowd of onlookers observing the proceedings.
Then the young girl Taber recited a poem of praise to Chemosh that she apparently had memorized in her previous training.
Then, however, as a final act, the middle aged muscular male pagan priest who was up on stage along with that "winning" girl Taber stood back as the middle aged head priestess dressed in black put a black hood over Taber's head and two heavy set men lifted Taber up onto a stone table; thus having her to lie down on the table which was up on the platform; in front of the crowd.
Then the muscular and heavy set middle aged male priest raised a large, heavy-bladed machete type of knife up over his head; and then he brought it down with full force into Taber's body, thus murdering her in sacrifice to Chemosh.
Thus, those pagan girls who had won the contests, were sacrificed (i.e., in other words, those girls were murdered) in front of a crowd of onlookers and in front of the ugly idol representing the evil pagan god Chemosh.
Here is an approximate or otherwise quote of a verse from The Holy Bible that seems related to such heartless pagan sacrificings: although it refers to burning; not stabbing: "For even their sons and their daughters have they burnt in the fire unto their gods". This verse is part of Deuteronomy 12:31.
Perhaps after the young girls were stabbed, they were cut up and then thrown into the fire belly of the Chemosh idol statue.
Heathen aboriginals of our previous more recent eras of world history have been cannibals. Perhaps the verses in The Holy Bible that refer to "meat (or food) offered to idols" during the era of Ruth and the pagan nation of Moab, and also during the Roman Empire era 2,000 years ago; perhaps such "food offered to idols" was human meat.
Therefore, that might be another plausible reason for "meat offered to idols" being prohibited by Almighty God:
Thus, rather than God merely indicating that Israelites and Jews and Christians should not be foolish and eat meat (or food) offered to a statue that cannot actually speak or see or hear;
It may not have been only a prohibition against carving idols out of wood or stone; with the intent that the Israelites should not waste their time on foolish "idols that cannot speak or see or hear"; but that they should only worship the Lord;
But, it may have been such that such would be a prohibition of a much more major variety: that of a prohibition against participating in human sacrificing murders.
Here is the rendition from The Blue Letter Bible of the Internet of the related passage of Deuteronomy 12:29-12:32:
When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Please see the You Tube website that shows this Christian film The Story of Ruth:
Here is the link. Just click on it:
3. Abe: Abraham's repenting: how he relented from intending to murder Isaac his only son; after God had called out to him to stay his hand from proceeding.
Probably being born a relatively long time before the era of Ruth of Moab, though, was Abram, who later became re-named Abraham, who was born in Mesopotamia, a good ways over towards the east of Canaan (which said Canaan land later became known as Israel) and east of the pagan nation of Moab near the Salt Sea; where later Ruth would live.
Abram was born in a city of the southern Sumerian part of Mesopotamia, near to the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers; (actually according to the map in my New Scofield Study Bible, it was a little south of the Euphrates River, near to the Persian Gulf). It was a city named Ur.
Apparently, Ur was also involved in heathen idolatry and sacrificial murdering, as well; although those evil activities were probably occurring a long time earlier than the idolatry and sacrificial murdering related to the pagan god Chemosh of Moab, that was depicted in the TBN broadcasted film called The Story of Ruth; which said country of Moab was westward from Ur that was located in the Sumerian southern portion of Mesopotamia; westward from there, in the vicinity of the Salt Sea; also called the Sea of the Arabah, was Moab. That particular Moabite heathen idolatry that is described in The Story of Ruth was what would follow later.
That particular criticism of those heathen sacrificings; the one from The Holy Bible, states: "...For even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods", (which is part of Deuteronomy 12:31).
That concept however, is plausibly also able to be being applied to describing Abraham as well as to describing the pagans; except that Abraham repented of, and refrained from such almost-completed, allegedly-commanded-by-God, sacrificing of his son Isaac, when according to The Holy Bible, the LORD called out to Abraham for Abraham to stay his hand that wielded the knife that was about to be used by Abraham to kill Isaac, who was Abraham's only son; and when He the LORD had providentially caused Abraham to discover a ram that apparently had become entangled in a nearby thicket of bushes; so that it could serve as a creature to be murdered by Abraham; instead of Isaac, Abraham's only son.
In the case of Abraham, at first, and almost to the end of Isaac's very life, Abraham obeyed the voice that seemed to be God, and was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to do so. However, in some respects, it seems as though such willingness to sacrifice life is in the spirit of pagan peoples’ idolatrously murderous worshipping of idols and "gods", or demons.
Please see "The Slaughter of the Innocent" ; an article in the online magazine founded by J.R. Hyland called Humane Religion (HR); either on its website with Universal Resource Locator (URL) website address of: http://www.all-creatures.org/hr/ ; or on the Humane Religion page of this www.help-rescue-efforts.com website. Here is that link. Just click on this link: HumaneReligion .
War on the Saints:
Myself, I would hope that I would not have such possibly mistaken, un-examined "devotion" to what has been referred to as God as Abraham had possibly had, even if it allegedly were devotion to the Hebrew God of Israel, or to the alleged God of the Universe, if that is different;
Since actually, such "devotion" might not actually be true devotion to the allegedly one true God, YHWH, or Jehovah, or Yahovah, or Yahweh (or could the correct vowels and consonants pronunciation be "Yahowah"?); but such seemingly valid devotion might actually effectively possibly be instead devotion to an evil spirit or to a demon or to an evil user of electronic telemetry who might somehow be "personating" the true God; perhaps intentionally causing such potentially deadly-mistaken devotion as Abraham allegedly had had;
Thus it may not have been God; but rather some evil pagan god or some evil spirit or some evil demon instead, that may have maliciously personated God and then possibly maliciously had told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Although, if it were true that God was testing Abraham by telling Abraham to go Mount Moriah and to sacrifice his son Isaac there; and then that God called out to Abraham to stop and to not kill his son Isaac; and then that God allowed Abraham to find a ram caught in the nearby brush thicket so that it could be the victim to be sacrificially murdered instead of Isaac; then possibly our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ's death could be symbolized as if he were being represented by the ram such that we can be thought of as Isaac who was saved by God Who called out to Abraham to stop his hand that was about to stab Isaac to death; and by the fact that the ram who was caught in the thicket could be symbolized in its being killed instead of Isaac; such that we were also saved by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Who was "being caught in the thicket" so to speak so that he would be killed and so that we could be spared.
Please see the 20th century book titled War on the Saints (WOTS) by Jessie Penn-Lewis and Evan Roberts, where it explains that evil spirits can "personate" human beings and that they can also personate God.
This book has been available from Christian Literature Crusade (CLC), P.O. Box 1449, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034; Telephone: 215-542-1242; with the organization's website URL address being: www.clcusa.org and with the online bookstore's website URL address being: www.clcpublications.com .
Myself, I would hope that I would have more respect for the lives of my family, prospective or otherwise, including our pets, and for the lives of other creatures in general, and for the lives of humans, animals, and whatever other creatures in jeopardy that there might be; than Abraham almost did at first, who plausibly was almost tragically and death-dealingly fully deceived by an evil spirit to almost murder his only son Isaac; unless it were God actually Who was the one Who told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac; as The Holy Bible says or implies.
However, I would hope that I, and others, similarly potentially deceived also, that I and they would have much more presence of mind, and that I and they would request and/or receive somehow anyways the needed compassionate help from our all-knowing, all-loving, Almighty Creator God Yah so that I and they could have much more respect for the lives of others; than I and/or they would have devotion to a voice, or to voices, that may in fact be due to an evil spirit, or due to evil spirits, plural, in disguise; those evil spirits plausibly pretending to be God or pretending to be others; and then them possibly commanding me and/or others or insinuating that I and/or they should sacrifice one or more of my/their family members or pets, as Abraham was told to do; or such as commanded to do other not-good-to-do-activities.
Almighty Creator God: In the Name of Your holy Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Messiah, please help each and every one of us all needing Your help; whether human, animal, or otherwise.
Thank You, God.