I hear this type of question (e.g. “Why did God command the extermination of the Canaanites, women and children included?”?, Did God Command Genocide?, etc..) a lot and decided to “tackle” on this BIG deep question. I was at a group discussion and it was brought up that the “God” of the “Old Testament” seems to be so “violent” compared to the “New” Testament. A friend who has been going to church all his life can’t understand why the “Church” never brings up this topic. I’m “no” expert, but from fellow Christian friends – I can just share this..
Does the Bible contradict itself? For example, in the “New” Testament…
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword . 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
I grew up thinking Jesus was very peaceful, but in the “Old Testament”..
“15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”
20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
I got taught by a good friend on why the Lord let this happened, but I want to see what feedback I get first. Feel free to reply and comment, then I’ll share what a friend (pretty knowledgeable of the Bible) told me (see Genesis 6:4 and Fallen Angels). It was very eye-opening for me!
Seek, and you’ll find! (Matthew 7:7)
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