Sunday, 27 February 2011

Commandments of genocide in the Old Testament

I have been pondering God's commandments of genocide in the Old Testament. How do you wrap your mind around these issues, and what would you say to people who say "I could never worship a God who told the Israelites to kill innocent people"?

All scripture is to be read in the light of Christ. Therefore whatever the passages that show God as commanding extirpation may mean they certainly don’t endorse it.

John adds: Israel was only able to receive its understanding of God slowly over time. First it realised that there is only one true God but it took longer to see that this did not mean that those who did not agree were to be slaughtered.

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