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Jack Wellman May 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

Great explanation Robert. I believe this is a stumbling block for many, even Christians, but when I read the last 3 chapters of Job, who are we to question God in the first place but you have shown that God is always just and the justifier. Thank you my friend.

Robert May 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thank you, Jack,
You’re absolutely right about this topic being a stumbling block (or simply something left uninvestigated) for many Christians. It is also an argument I’ve heard AGAINST Christianity. It goes something like this: “I could never believe in a God who kills people” or something to that effect. There is only one true God mentioned in the Bible, He is a loving and just God, and He did everything the Bible says He did, so there is a reason WHY He did the things He did. I believe that the answers are in the Bible, if we will just take the time to look for them and pray for His guidance as we look. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,

Joe Sewell June 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Well, as you wrote in the article, Robert, it’s something people who don’t want to believe in God anyhow use as a justification for their rejection of God. More often than not, they have already rejected Him, because they themselves want to be the sole authority of their life. Isn’t that what Satan wants? Isn’t that what caused Adam and Eve to fall? Nothing has changed.

Tom February 2, 2019 at 10:33 pm

Joe who was this satan because the curses that fell upon so called snake in translation it says wizard plus YAHAWAH said to so called snake cursed above all cattle and upon thy belly shall thy go they say Adam and Eve were not the first people there’s proof in the Bible of that , it all says the other nations are like spit unto YAHAWAH god other than adamaites please explain

Jack Wellman February 3, 2019 at 8:27 am

Hello Tom. Thank you for your comment. There is no Scriptural evidence that any humans existed before God created them. The Bible says Adam and Eve were created first and that’s the truth, so I am not sure where you are getting your information from, but it’s not from the Bible.

Bill Snyder May 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I agree with Jack, excellent explanation. It’s my understanding that with the rampant immorality, std’s took off like wild fire through these civilizations.Children & animals both infected. With the Hebrews coming in contact with these diseases, how long would it have taken for a fledgling nation, of what, approximately 3 million, to be decimated?

Robert May 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

Thanks for reading and commenting. I fear that our nation is headed for much heartache because it seems that we are turning into a people that welcome sinfulness and perversion and act as if they are normal. We need to pray for the lost and be the voice of God to a lost and hurting people. God bless you, Bill.
Yours in Christ,

Vince Latorre May 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

You make some great points here, Robert. I think people who have trouble with God’s judgment of the Canaanites don’t think about how He is portrayed in the Old Testament as a God who does not enjoy bringing punishment on people, but deeply desires them to repent. Over and over He is spoken of as a God who is longsuffering and slow to anger. But His justice must be done, because that’s who God is, a just God. And I’ll bet if He didn’t bring judgment on the evil deeds of men in the Old Testament, people would then accuse Him of being too soft and unjust.

Robert May 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

Hi Vince,
Thank you for reading and commenting. You are absolutely right in your comment. Too many times (and often I am guilty of this), we expect God to act like we think He should act instead of how He says He wll act. It is so hard for us NOT to play god. Thank you for your insightful comment.
Yours in Christ,

Sheila May 13, 2013 at 2:39 am

Being a christian, this message is not only important for the non believer, but for us too. Rebelling against God in our own lives, can lead us into the same situation that the Canaanites had. God is not only just, to do whatever it takes to make us see what we are up to, or doing to ourselves that will cause us harm, but He is also faithful to correct us when we need it.
It’s sometimes hard to see how we make excuses for ourselves, but we must understand, that because He loves us, He will find a way to help us stay close to Him, no matter what it takes.

Robert May 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Thank you for reading and commenting, Sheila,
You are absolutely right. We Christians must be aware that there are many ‘idols’ and many temptations in our culture today that we can fall prey to. We should be wary to keep close to our Lord and Savior. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,

Sheila May 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

I must admit that reading this, had an impact on my thinking. The Lord has been “refining” my thinking lately, and this really did clear up a many things for me. I never questioned my Lords word, or his commandments, however I had not realized the “excuses” I would sometimes make, or that I didn’t realize I was doing. It was only God’s nudging, and what you wrote, that made me finally realize what I was doing. I know that He sent me here to see what He was trying to show me. I thank you with all my heart, for being a faithful servant, and sharing God’s message with us. Thank you Lord for bringing me here, I now understand.
He is so faithful, and again, thank you for sending His word around the world.

Robert May 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

I am honored, and humbled, to know that I have been used by God to encourage you in your walk of faith. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,

Joseph Turbeville August 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Very well written. One additional thought…. In those days in the land of Canaan were giants (mighty men of old) the descendants (Nephelim) of the fallen angels who desired the daughters of men. Could it be that for this “hybrid” race there was no grace, no mercy as they were not human?

Robert August 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

Thank you for reading and commenting, Joseph,
I have read several differing explanations concerning the “Nephilim” and, and who they were, and I don’t really know which is the better explanation. So, I really have no idea how to answer your question. This may be a question that remains unanswered for me. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,

Joe Sewell August 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

As Robert points out, the precise meaning of “Sons of God” in Genesis 6:2 is up for debate. Some believe they were, indeed, fallen angels. Others think that they were of Seth’s lineage, while the “daughters of man” were descended from Cain. Then there are those who believe that they were aliens from outer space.

No matter who they were, they existed prior to the flood and afterward, and their actions were reprehensible to God, so much so that only Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Tate Robinson May 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Hi, my name is Tate, I am 14, and used this wonderful site many times before to answer many of my questions. however , this is something I still cant comprehend. The fact that there is nothing to regulate gods actgions is like comparing these events to an atheist who does evil things because he believes there is no afterlife in which he would be punished. God would not do anything evil or sinful ever, even to accomplish a good goal. I am sure you already agree with this.

So that means that what God did was not evil because these people deserved it. If so, then why can we not kill people, even if they are evil? Because god doesn’t have to abide by are laws(even though these laws are equal to moral code and are sinful to break, does these mean god is allowed to sin)? It starts this circular motion where I cant find a real answer. Also, how can the killing of children in he old testament be justified. I have read enough books proving the authenticity of the bible, so for me this is more in search of explanation then reason to believe.

As you mention a lot, it is difficult to establish the tone of a typed message, but pleas do not see this as an attack or an accusation, but rather a person searching to find answer. Thank you, god bless, Tate

Jack Wellman May 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Hello Tate and you have a very good question and one that is asked frequently about God seeming to condone killing children. In 1 Samuel 15:2-3, God commanded Saul and the Israelites, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'” God ordered similar things when the Israelites were invading the promised land (Deuteronomy 2:34; 3:6; 20:16-18). Why would God have the Israelites exterminate an entire group of people, women and children included?

This is honestly a very difficult issue. We do not fully understand why God would command such a thing, but at the same time we trust God that He is just – and recognize that we are incapable of fully understanding a sovereign, infinite, and eternal God. As we look at difficult issues such as this one, we have to remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9; Romans 11:33-36). We have to be willing to trust God and have faith in Him even when we do not understand His ways.

Probably the most difficult part of these commands from God is that God ordered the death of children and infants as well. Why would God order the death of innocent children? (1) Children are not innocent (Psalm 51:5; 58:3). (2) These children would have likely grown up as adherents to the evil religions and practices of their parents. (3) By ending their lives as children, God enabled them to have entrance into Heaven. We strongly believe that all children who die are accepted into Heaven by the grace and mercy of God (2 Samuel 12:22-23; Mark 10:14-15; Matthew 18:2-4).

Again, this answer does not completely deal with all the issues. Our focus should be on trusting God even when we do not understand His ways. We also have to remember that God looks at things from an eternal perspective, and that His ways are higher than our ways. God is just, righteous, holy, loving, merciful, and gracious. How His attributes work together can be a mystery to us – but that does not mean that He is not who the Bible proclaims Him to be.

As for killing babies…abortion has killed over 60 million babies since Roe v. Wade and this is 100 times more than what happened in the Old Testament and that is 33 thousand daily, 131 every hour! Worldwide, multiply that by by about 35! Cold, hard facts about abortions in the U.S: One baby is aborted about every;

26 seconds
137 every hour
3,304 every day
23,196 every week
100,516 every month
1.206,192 every year

Now we can ask why? Mankind has been so seriously grievous and to compare their reasons (mankinds reasons) to God is not the same at all. Make sense Tate?

Jack Manhattan March 12, 2020 at 3:59 pm

So the take away is that abortion is morally fine cuz genocide is morally perfect. Sweet.

Jack Wellman March 12, 2020 at 6:08 pm

Your conclusion is not even rationale my friend. No where is it stated that abortin is morally fine. It is murder and I have said as much, so please re-read this article or the comments and try to make more sense since you are seriously offbase and your comments are quite offensive.

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