Originally Posted by heb13-13
It is very good to be discussing these issues with you. I have a sense that it will go well since you read my book and know where I was coming from before I hit the "fork in the road." For many years I held the Bible in the highest esteem - so high in fact that I was blind to much of what it actually said. Case in point:
Deuteronomy 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:This kind of "total destruction" against the indigenous people was frequently commanded by God:
Deuteronomy 3:4 And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 5 All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many. 6 And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. All the men, women, and children! And in again in 1 Samuel:
1 Samuel 15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. Now if you want to really understand where I am coming from and why this disturbs me so deeply, you need only imagine you were an Israeli soldier. The Lord God Almighty has commanded you to slay everyone. So you go forth and find a village. You rip open a tent and see a 17 year old mother of two - one toddler and one at her breast - and she begs for her life, but you have no mercy, no kindness, no humanity as you swing your sword and slice her toddler in half. Her face is now covered in the blood and guts of her firstborn, and she screams and begs for mercy again, but you have no mercy. You are obeying your God and have become a baby-killer. She begs again, she clings to your feet and you kicker her away like a dog and bring down your sword, impaling her baby and her heart in one fell swoop. Then you move on to the next tent, and the next, and the next until your soul is brutalized to the point of death.
This is what I meant when I said that the Bible attributes moral abominations unto God. How do you deal with these facts?
All the best,