Samaroo Joel writes in to Irregular Times, hoping to set us straight on genocide in the Bible.
I was reading your article titled “secretes of the Bible”. You quoted two verses from the Bible to proof that God of the Bible promotes Genocide. But you ignored thousands of other verses which promotes to love, showing mercy, helping poor etc. You have no idea what are the real secretes in the Bible. Taking life of others are not always genocide or evil. But an effort to protect serious damage of more people. Just like military operation against terrorist group is not genocide but saving many life of others.
Please understand this. If no wheat grain would fall on ground to die, you will never be able to get bread for for living life. Same way there were always a need of killing evil race or group to establish Justice, Truth, Righteousness and Love among men. During time of Old testament, Children of Israel were already in Slavery, oppressed, suffering, hunger, pain and death. The main oppressor were the same race and tribe which you mentioned in your article. Name of such evil race are mentioned in book of Exodus 34 or Leviticus 26 or any of such Old testament Books.
Egyptian, Babylonians, Palestinian, Amorite, Hittite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite and the Jebusite were the races who use to war against Israel, raped their daughters, killed their youth, bullied them, made them slave, oppressed them unjustly for long long period of time. Then God heard their prayer and stood with them to established justice and a Race to be born of Jesus among them. For this He had to remove such oppressors, adulterer, idol worshiper, murderer, pagan influenced atmosphere etc.
Other wise it would be impossible to get a single virgin woman in this world. Because such people were so evil that before reach a girl at her teen age (12-16), they use to have sex with minor, child sacrifices etc. But God wanted raise a Race which would be free from Idols, immorality, free from sexual sin etc. Because it was impossible for God to give this world “Sin free Son” from sinful and evil influenced womb of woman. Killing of some evil race was the purpose to Save whole world from their Sin through the blameless blood of Jesus Christ. Please understand this.
The lessons S. Joel takes from the Bible:
Killing an “evil race” is a good way to establish Justice, Truth, Righteousness and Love among men.
Killing all members of a group is acceptable: the evil group of people must be “removed.”
If your religious group has suffered slavery, oppression, suffering, hunger, pain and death, the right practice is to bring your oppressor into slavery, oppression, suffering, hunger, pain and death.
This is all necessary so that there’s one woman somewhere who hasn’t had sex.
Sounds kind of kooky, doesn’t it? The thing is, S. Joel is right about one thing. It’s all in the Bible. Read Leviticus. Read Exodus. Read Deuteronomy. Read Joshua. Read Samuel. Read 1 Corinthians. Read Matthew. In all these books of the Christian Bible, the wholesale slaughter of entire peoples is spoken of with favor.
If you meet someone who says they live their life “Biblically,” ask very carefully what that means. Be sure to have a clear route to the nearest exit.