A commonly held question throughout the church is: “How can a loving God command genocide?” Questions like this have stumped many followers of Christ. It is difficult for a lot of Christians to look to the genocide in the Old Testament and to be able to understand how it is just. It is my goal that through this Paper, I will be able to persuade you to agree that God is capable of commanding genocide while still maintaining his love for us. I will give three opposing views as well as three arguments in favor of this idea, but First I’d like to talk about genocide in the Bible.
There are four main cases of genocide in the Bible. The First is the flood in Genesis 6 through 8. The reason for the flood is stated in Genesis 6:5, “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The second is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God spoke in Ezekiel 16:49-50 saying “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.” The third is God 's command Joshua and the Israelites to kill all that resided in Canaan. Deuteronomy 20:17-18 says, "But you shall utterly destroy them, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the LORD your God.” The Final place that we see genocide in the Bible is God’s command to Saul to kill al...
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...Saul said he had killed everyone but the Amalekite king Agag. 1 Samuel 15:20 says, "But I did obey the LORD," Saul said. "I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.” Obviously, Saul had lied because a few years later, there were more than enough Amalekites to take David and his soldiers families hostage. Afterward, David and his men attacked the Amalekite people in order to rescue their families, a few hundred Amalekite people escaped. If Saul had done what God commanded him to do, this wouldn’t have happened. A few hundred years later, a descendant of the Amalekite king Agag, tried to have all of the people of Israel killed. So, Saul’s lack of obedience almost caused the destruction of Israel. God knew what would happen. He ordered the killing of the Amalekites before any of this could happen .
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