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What Is the Source of Morality?

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At the very heart of any criticism of God’s judgment of the Canaanites is the question of our source of moral consciousness. If morality is not what God says it is, then it must be what man says it is. If morality is what God says it is, then we have no right to judge God for doing whatever he does, because all of his judgments are good (moral – see Deuteronomy 32:4). On the other hand, if morality is what man says it is, how have we come upon this knowledge of knowing right from wrong? What is its foundation, and can we trust it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 6, 2016 in apologetics

 

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How to Soften a Hard Heart

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In Matthew 19:8 Jesus told the Pharisees who questioned him about divorce that Moses allowed divorce because of their hard hearts. As a whole, ancient Israel simply wouldn’t accept a monogamous relationship. Therefore, in order to protect the more vulnerable woman, God (through Moses) commanded Israel how former wives and their children should be treated in the event a man should marry another woman. Even so, and remembering that it has been my position that Israel was at the time of his inheritance no more righteous than the Egyptians whom God had judged on Israel’s behalf, this idea of a hard heart should be explored in the light of the Canaanite wars. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 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 Canaanites 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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What Did God Actually Command?

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If the Biblical critic uses terms like ethnic cleansing and genocide, would these words be justified. Can one point to anything in the Bible, if read in context, that would justify accusations of ethnic cleansing or genocide? I would have to say there isn’t a shred of evidence that justifies accusing God of such terms. These are inflammatory terms meant to shock readers and mold their judgment of the events into a motif agreeing with the position of the critic. Therefore, it may be helpful to take a survey of what God actually told the Israelites to do to the Canaanites,[1] and see for ourselves, if the critic has any support for the motif he seeks to establish for the Israelites entering Canaan and ultimately for God who commanded them to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Was it Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing?

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One of the new atheists, Richard Dawkins, describes Israel’s taking of the Promised Land as genocide and ethnic cleansing.[1] The problem is the Scriptures don’t describe the event in the same manner as Dr. Dawkins does; nor do they allow for racial hatred, which is a prerequisite fuel for ethnic cleansing. On the contrary, Israel was to love the stranger who dwelt among them and protect him and welcome him in their land. Nevertheless, it seems that Dr. Dawkins isn’t as interested in accurately portraying the language of the Scriptures as he is in swaying folks over to his worldview by choosing words that tend to evoke negative emotions, which he does against ancient Israel and the God of the Bible. Notice how he words his argument: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Were the Canaanites Morally Liable?

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Some Biblical critics argue that the Canaanites cannot be held morally accountable for their evil deeds, because they were only doing what their ancestors had done in a socially accepted religion as far back as memory served them.[1] Did they know any better? If one isn’t taught right from wrong, how can we hold them accountable for their deeds? If God had sent in prophets to warn his people of impending national disaster before they were carried away into captivity, why didn’t he do something similar for the Canaanites? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2016 in apologetics

 

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God Pays It Forward!

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My wife and I were on vacation in 2003, and the movie, Pay It Forward, was featured in the motel’s HBO entertainment list of programs. We watched it and thoroughly enjoyed its theme. In fact, I’ve watched it several times since then at home, but, whenever I do, I always seem to recall that first time in the motel room with my wife. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in apologetics

 

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