Monthly Archives: October 2015

Are You Angry With God’s Alleged Genocide?

Often non-believers in an attempt to rationalize their disbelief in God point to God’s alleged genocidalsculpture-616821_640 commands in the Bible.  “Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”

I once wondered about these passages and struggled to reconcile them with the loving God more often marketed by TV pastors and the like.  Once you delve into the history of the Amalekites and other people like the Canaanites for whom God also commanded destruction and compare them with the similar modern atrocities occurring around the world I question not why God gave this command but why he did not do it sooner.

I read recently an article about a Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by ISIS, separated from her children and then starved for two days.  The fighters eventually gave her food and as she ate the meat, most likely with the gusto of a human starved of sustenance, her captors told her that she was eating her three year old son from whom days earlier she had been separated.  In another account ISIS forced a mother to watch men rape her nine year old daughter to death.  Take a moment and soak in the true horror of these crimes.  Children raped to death! Children butchered for food!

The Shire folk see the world as a very, merry place but the men of Gondor, on the brink of Mordor, see the world differently.

No life is without challenges but the majority of us have not yet been exposed to the true, cold evils of our world.  Yes, we have lost loved ones to cancer or to car accidents or to drugs.  But what nightmares have we faced?  Right now somewhere in this world men are selling women to rapists!  Men are decapitating other men, burning prisoners alive and stealing children for their armies.  At this moment a child is wondering how killing another child would feel.

If we promote Justice through our courts and prison system how then can we judge God for executing justice on the Amalekites or Canaanites who for generations indulged in rape, incest, bestiality and child sacrifice?  To each generation the sins of their forefathers and even their god was promoted and in turn repeated. No light, no good could be found. The poison had permeated every man, woman and child and when their sin was at full measure as it had become in Sodom and Gomorrah, God eradicated the people from this earth rather than permitting their corruption to spread.

Was God’s judgment morally wrong? Before you answer first imagine this.  Your child is kidnapped by a serial killer who for years rapes and abuses your child.  Once your child obtains their own power they will most likely commit suicide or will in turn inflict what they learn on younger generations.  If for years you could witness every vile act of degradation committed against your baby as God is able then quite acceptably you would want the serial killer punished even, at the height of your wrath, with death.  You would not want your child to suffer as much for the crimes they committed but how then is that fair to his/her victims who crave the same justice as you?  You cannot want your son’s molester punished and yet cry “mercy” for your child.  After all even though your son learned his behavior from his captor, a prior generation might too have pounded the depravity into them.  With a raised fist you then question why God would allow such evil but don’t think on how he should prevent it or that you are asking God to take an action you previously denounced.

Remember, God is a parent too and unlike us he witnesses and feels evil committed against the children he loves on a second by second basis.  Are we permitted to condemn God for his mercy when we demand justice but condemn Him for his justice when we plead for mercy?

Don’t let God’s justice dissuade you from your belief in him!

To better understand the full extent of Canaanite sin and God’s command, watch the Youtube video below.

The History of Human Sin – Clay Jones:  

When We Reject Jesus, What Are We Really Rejecting?

“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not cross-918459_640withhold your shirt from him either.”

“I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

“Do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn and you will not be condemned, pardon and you will be pardoned.”

“For what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his soul?”

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The more I speak with non-believers or God haters I’m astounded by how little they know about what Jesus taught or how far they will go to forget what he said.  Their argument that religion “poisons everything” is thin when you read the words above from Jesus.  What part of “love your neighbor as yourself” is toxic to the world? How could, pray for your enemies, don’t condemn others and give freely, be considered venomous?  I suggest that if more people practiced these teachings we would have less of the problems in the world for which the haters blame God.  And yet by hating God and denying his blueprint for life they inevitably create the world around them in which they don’t want to live and blame God for it rather than themselves.  An alcoholic can’t blame his sponsor for the DUI he received.

When the instructions above are spoken and taught by Martin Luther King or Mother Teresa you would not hear people saying, “I hate MLK!” or “Mother Teresa’s teachings are responsible for evil in the world.”  No, they are honored or at the least respected and no one hated them for what they taught.

If we agree that love, forgiveness and selflessness are good attributes then why the rancor for Jesus?  I can’t answer this.  I hear “Crusades” mentioned every now and then.  “Pain” and “suffering” are thrown around a bit but I don’t recall Jesus dishing out too much of that while he was on the earth.  On the contrary he healed people of blindness, paralyses and even brought his buddy Lazarus back to life.  Some say religion causes all the wars but Jesus instructed his disciples not to resist the guards arresting him because as he told Peter, those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

Regardless of whether Jesus is the son of God or whether his miracles are truly historic, still why are his teachings rejected?  G.K. Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and find wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried.”  I submit this is why so many reject Christ’s divinity, his teachings and even his historical existence, because they can’t endure the shame of stumbling on the path on which Jesus wanted Christians to travel.

Alice Cooper once said, “Trashing a hotel room is easy, getting drunk is easy, being a Christian, that’s true rebellion.”  Resisting the lusts of this world whether they be sex, alcohol, money, lies, slander, whatever it is that so easily holds you in bondage, is more difficult than Jesus’ way.  As many struggle each day with their addictions and shortcomings they learn that stumbling short of Jesus’ expectations for them is one more fall they can’t handle.  Dismissing God’s rules or even God himself and declaring oneself a “good person” is far easier than bending a knee and asking God’s forgiveness for falling in the traps we incorrectly accuse God of setting.

Jesus loves you.  He knew long before your grandparents were born that you would fall short of the sinless life he lead.  This is why he submitted to dying on the cross for you which I suggest was much harder for him than asking for his forgiveness is for us.  God’s path is more difficult but don’t think no reward is waiting for you at the finish line.

The next time you are tempted to reject Jesus and therefore his teachings of love, compassion, selflessness and peace, ask yourself this question:

Does no evidence truly exist for the existence of Jesus, the empty tomb and his resurrection? Does no evidence really exist for a creator?  Before blurting out “no” I encourage you to watch one or two of these videos with an open mind and an open heart.  The speakers in all three of these videos were once staunch atheists until they were challenged to examine the evidence.  God bless!

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

The Bible is True! The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict

Atheist Journalist Turns To Christ After Investigating Evidence