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How Was Midian the Main Adversary?

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The Scriptures record that it was Balak, the king of Moab, who actually initiated a plan to curse Israel by paying Balaam, the prophet of Mesopotamia, to come to where Israel was and curse the nation. Yet, the Bible records that Israel fought against the Midianites, defeated them and burned their cities. At least according to the Bible, Israel never attacked Moab.[1] What exactly occurred, and is God being fair, or does he choose his enemies indiscriminately? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in apologetics

 

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What Did Balaam Do?

Balaam's Blessing and Cursing

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Balak, the king of Moab, had nothing to fear from the Israelites, because God had already told Moses not to attack Moab, for he would not give Israel any of their land (Deuteronomy 2:9).[1] Moreover, when Israel requested permission of the Amorites to pass through the land by way of the Kings’ Highway, they were not only refused, but Sihon, king of the Amorites came out to meet Israel in battle (Numbers 21:21-23). Israel’s request showed they had no intention of taking aggressive action against any of the people on that side of the Jordan. When Israel defeated Sihon and the Amorites (Numbers 21:24-25), it created a path to the Promised Land by the Way of the Wilderness, which was 30 miles north of the Arnon River, the northern border of Moab at that time. Nevertheless, Balak was still afraid of Israel, because the defeat of Sihon, king of the Amorites,[2] by Israel left a power vacuum there, and Balak feared Israel would take advantage of that and swallow up his kingdom (Numbers 22:1-4). It was at this point that Balak sent for Balaam, the prophet of Mesopotamia (Numbers 22:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Was God Cruel to the Midianites?

Baal-peorSome Biblical critics seem to want to demonize the God of the Bible over his treatment of the Midianites in Numbers 31. What really occurred there and why did Moses command Israel to slay all the non-virgin women and all the male children with the sword? Some have accused God of genocide in this passage, and that over the trifle matter of calling him by a different name. Is that true, and if not why was God so upset over the worship of Baal-Peor? How was the virginity of the young females found out? Is it true that Israel violated these innocent girls by performing an inspection of some kind on their genitals? Serious accusations such as these arise out of emotional outrage and usually a misunderstanding of the text, but let’s try to understand what really went on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in apologetics

 

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How Can We View Joshua’s Campaign?

JerichoSome Biblical critics point out that Joshua’s campaign against the Canaanite people was ruthless and inhumane,[1] often pointing to Israeli psychologist’s, Dr. Georges Tamarin, 1966 study of Joshua’s war tactics, which study involved the opinions of over a thousand Israeli children.[2] They often point out Joshua 6:21and 8:25 as particularly disconcerting. Imagine, completely destroying Jericho and Ai and everyone within both cities, whether men or women, young or old. How can one justify this kind of warfare? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in apologetics

 

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How Is Killing Children Just?

Justice - 1

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Killing children is never just. Is the killing of the babe instead of the mother in a dangerous pregnancy just. Did the child receive its just reward for simply trying to be born? Nevertheless, a difficult decision had to be made, and the mother was saved alive. Justice for the children is not the concern in 1Samuel 15. Nevertheless, a difficult decision was made, and that according to the preferred choice in the ANE culture. Most cultures preferred a quick death over a slow, painful one. Moreover, historical records of any age show us that most cultures also preferred death to slavery. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in apologetics

 

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What About the Amalekite Children?

Golden Rule - 1

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As I said in a previous blog post, no matter who is understood as responsible for the deaths of children during the times of war, it is indeed a tragedy when they suffer and die as a consequence. Who is responsible in such matters? What is the responsibility of the victor in battle? These questions and others the Biblical critic has used against the God of the Bible and Israel, but is the critic correct? Is God a moral monster whose bloodthirsty desires extend to slaughtering children?[1] I hope to show in this study that he is not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Was the Judgment of Amalek Genocide?

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JAPAN: BOMBING, NAGASAKI — from Google Images

In Deuteronomy 25:18 the scripture says Amalek struck out at the most feeble of Israel, those who were tired and straggled behind the main body. Afterward in Exodus 17:1, 8 Amalek attacked Israel while they rested and sought water at Rephidim. Because of these two unprovoked occurrences, God told Moses that he intended to destroy the remembrance of Amalek among the nations (Exodus 17:14) through the efforts of Israel (Deuteronomy 25:19). Amalek was a warring, nomadic nation who survived by raiding peaceful settlements and looting food supplies and anything they could sell for profit.[1] Nevertheless, what can we say about God’s judgment of them, namely to “utterly wipe out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” (Exodus 17:14)? Does this amount to genocide? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2016 in apologetics

 

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