Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 26, 2013

That mean Old Testament God

“When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.” Joshua 6:20-21

From passages like these, people get the impression that God in Old Testament times was mean and vengeful and brutal. But what if God commanded Christians to slay the Nazi SS? At least we might feel like they deserved it. Somehow we think of the people of Jericho as peaceful harmless innocents who were slaughtered at God’s command.

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