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How Is Killing Children Just?

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Killing children is never just. Is the killing of the babe instead of the mother in a dangerous pregnancy just. Did the child receive its just reward for simply trying to be born? Nevertheless, a difficult decision had to be made, and the mother was saved alive. Justice for the children is not the concern in 1Samuel 15. Nevertheless, a difficult decision was made, and that according to the preferred choice in the ANE culture. Most cultures preferred a quick death over a slow, painful one. Moreover, historical records of any age show us that most cultures also preferred death to slavery. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in apologetics

 

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What About the Amalekite Children?

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As I said in a previous blog post, no matter who is understood as responsible for the deaths of children during the times of war, it is indeed a tragedy when they suffer and die as a consequence. Who is responsible in such matters? What is the responsibility of the victor in battle? These questions and others the Biblical critic has used against the God of the Bible and Israel, but is he correct? Is God a moral monster whose bloodthirsty desires extend to slaughtering children?[1] I hope to show in this study that he is not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Was the Judgment of Amalek Genocide?

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In Deuteronomy 25:18 the scripture says Amalek struck out at the most feeble of Israel, those who were tired and straggled behind the main body. Afterward in Exodus 17:1, 8 Amalek attacked Israel while they rested and sought water at Rephidim. Because of these two unprovoked occurrences, God told Moses that he intended to destroy the remembrance of Amalek among the nations (Exodus 17:14) through the efforts of Israel (Deuteronomy 25:19). Amalek was a warring, nomadic nation who survived by raiding peaceful settlements and looting food supplies and anything they could sell for profit.[1] Nevertheless, what can we say about God’s judgment of them, namely to “utterly wipe out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” (Exodus 17:14)? Does this amount to genocide? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2016 in apologetics

 

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What is Genocide?

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Some Biblical critics have accused the God of the Bible of being genocidal or an ethnic cleanser.[1] However, I believe such accusations betray both an ignorance of the context and of the examples history has shown to be genocide and/or ethnic cleansing. I don’t believe the Bible comes close to revealing God as genocidal. In fact, he says he has no pleasure in the death of the wicked and would rather they repent and be saved from judgment (Ezekiel 33:11). Moreover, he claims that if the wicked would repent, God would repent of any judgment he had made against them (Jeremiah 18:18). Does this sound like a genocidal maniac? Remember, if we are going to use the words of the Bible to accuse God of evil, we must take all of his words into consideration to preserve context and prevent misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Who Were the Amalekites?

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We have no certain extra-biblical record of the Amalekite people. However, judging from the Biblical record, we can assume they were a nomadic people. Amalek was one of the grandsons of Esau (Genesis 36:12), Jacob’s twin brother. The fact that he is called a duke or governor in Genesis 36:16 seems to indicate he was the chieftain or captain of the group of people known as the Amalekites in Scripture (cf. 1Samuel 15:20, 32). According to Scripture, the Amalekites were bitter enemies of Israel throughout ancient Jewish history. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Why Doesn’t God Spare the Innocent?

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Many Biblical critics are repulsed by God’s treatment of the Canaanites, no doubt intensified through their ignorance of context. Nevertheless, they raise questions which need to be answered. It is never prudent to permit accusations questioning God’s integrity or mercy to go unanswered. Such a thing would lend unwarranted credence to those accusations. So, why didn’t God simply spare the innocent among the Canaanites? Why did God command through Moses that no one should be shown any mercy (cf. Deuteronomy 7:2)?[1] This Scripture seems to contradict what other Scriptures claim about God’s love for mankind. How should we address this argument against God’s integrity and love for mankind? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in apologetics

 

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How Was Driving out the Canaanites Fair?

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If God is fair in all his judgments of mankind, we should be able to see that his judgment upon the Canaanite was fair.[1] It is not enough to say that God owned the land and had the right to evict the Canaanites and give their land to Israel. Of course, as Creator, he had the right to do so, but this does not make what he did fair judgment or moral. The people who were displaced had as much ‘right’ to exist and be where they were as the Israelites did, if we take only an initial and cursory reading of the text into consideration. It is only when we really consider context that we see the issue is much more complex. While it may be a recognized truism that “all is fair in love and war” or “to the victor belong the spoils”, this doesn’t make what was done good, moral behavior. How should we address these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in apologetics

 

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