Why did God command killing at all?
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Dave: Previously we discovered that some of the language describing the slaughter of the Canaanites was purposely exaggerated.
Jeff: But, why did God command killing at all? Certainly some of the Canaanites were destroyed at the hands of the Israelites!
Dave: The Canaanites purposefully and wantonly engaged in incest, bestiality, homosexuality, adultery, and even child sacrifice.
Jeff: One scene describing a Canaanite goddess, shows her sensually wading in blood and human heads.
Dave: Some even describe children being placed in molten bowls over a fire, and left to be scalded to death.
Jeff: We’re not talking about people who made some mistakes. We’re talking about a culture and a people that was completely malicious, even to its own infants.
Dave: It’s hard to imagine someone who wouldn’t want God to step in and stop that situation.
Jeff: That’s right. Sometimes, skeptics complain, “Why didn’t God stop Hitler?” Well, you can’t have it both ways – you can’t complain that God let Hitler’s culture go on, and complain that he destroyed the Canaanites.
Dave: God stepped in because too much evil was taking place.