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I read this question in another place  and wanted to hear every one's answer to it here:

How are all the battles commanded by God and carried out by Moses in the Bible, that involved invading lands that did not belong to them and they had no right to, killing all the people there, most of the time killing everyone, even children, sometimes keeping the virgins to rape and force to marry their sons (which was commanded by God) all of this done because they did not approve of these people's religions and nationalities and because they wanted the land for themselves, any different than Hitler's invasions of his neighboring European countries and his ordering the killing of people he didn't approve of because of their lifestyles, religions or nationalities?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Mar. 11, 2011 in Religious Debate

Answers (29)
  • Wow! I'll reply to that later!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:59 AM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • could be an interesting one to watch
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:03 AM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • My beleif is because religion and Gods are man-made and even back then they needed an excuse to justify their actions. What better excuse than "Divine Providence".
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:05 AM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • Not all of us believe God actually commanded those things or that they actually happened. Archeological evidence leads some people to believe there was no exodus and that the tales of conquering Canaanites, for example, merely represent one group of people deciding to turn away from the culture they knew (that of the Canaanites) and write a counter-narrative of their own. The OT wasn't written for historical accuracy, but for the meaning behind the narratives....
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:09 AM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • The number of Christians and Jews (and Muslims with similar stories) who take the Bible literally out numbers those Christian, Jews and Muslims who do not.
    I do not believe anything in the bible actually happened, but there are millions of people out there who say that the bible is the best source for human beings to get their moral guidance and that without it, humans would have none - the same book where it is said that God would destroy a whole city because of homosexuality and the only man found worth, and holy enough to be saved offers his virgin daughters to be raped by the town. And we are supposed to base our morals off of this book?
    I am happy there are people who do not take the bible literally, but as I said those people are far outnumbered by those who do.

    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 11:22 AM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • It's not. Hitler even believed he was doing God's work- so either God told him to carry out what he did or he was friggin' crazy, and if you think he was nutters, then you should also consider those who 'heard' God in the Bible as nutters too.

    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 1:04 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • Just because the majority *now* think a certain way doesn't mean the texts *originally* were or were meant to be taken that way. Literalism, for example, is something that has only gained popularity in the last couple of centuries. It hasn't always been the way the text was read, and so when reading the texts we can understand that they're not *meant* to be taken that way. When read as they were *meant* to be read and understood, the texts actually *do* give us good morals to follow. Just because someone's interpretation is off doesn't invalidate the text itself. ;)

    Though I don't believe that the Bible is the only source of moral guidance, or that without it we'd be lost. There are many ways we can find morality - through our own humanity and consciousness, for example...
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 1:30 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • Wow at the ignorance....

    Sharon
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:50 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • Indeed

    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 2:52 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • Bandgeek, thank you for taking the time to discussthis with me - if you come back to read this :-) I wonder how you, and others interpret these verses so as to be able to get moral lessons from them? Or what they may be metaphors for? God commanding the Israelites to overtake neighboring nations and take the virgins and kill everyone else and keep the land as their inheritance, that doesn't seem like there are many other ways to interpret that? and it sounds too violent for a loving God

    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 2:58 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

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