Monday, 9 July 2012
Did G-d Command Genocide?
Although my July article for the "Israel's Restoration" newsletter has quite a strong title, it's actually about the way that people seek to undermine the authority of the Bible.
A leading British Evangelical Theologian denies that God ever commanded Israel to wipe out the Canaanites under Joshua's leadership (Deuteronomy 7:16, 24, 20:16-19, 31:5, Joshua 6:17). He believes this was a fantasy of the Israeli tribes, projected onto God and then "written back" into the text of the Bible. He further goes on to state that we now know that genocide - eliminating a people - is a terrible sin and can never be justified. It is contrary to the teaching and spirit of Jesus.
You can read the whole article here, followed by the comments and my replies.
It implies a degree of theological arrogance to challenge the text in this way, yet this is the thrust of the movement known as Liberal Evangelicals. It results in a spirit of humanism seeping into the churches, promoted by leaders who call themselves Evangelicals, and it is being combined with the old error of replacement theology.
As for me and my house, we bow to the text of Scripture as our authority; we declare it to be true whether or not our reason or emotion struggles with it. I am a mere created human being and am submitted to the Word of God as the only safe ground upon which to stand.
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