Challenging Religious Faith
I have always been amazed with how untroubled believers appear to be with God’s killings in the Bible. E.g Sodom and Gomorrah — The LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven. Gen 19.24
It surprises to see Christians defending these genocides and claiming that they are justified. One of the reasons they offer is that the victims were so evil that they all deserved to be killed. Others say that the Israelites were in need of land, so God allowed them to conquer neighboring territories. And some even claim that anything God commands is morally right by definition and that we have no standing to question this or disobey his commands.
So, I’d like to issue a challenge to Christians. Can you acknowledge that genocide is wrong even if God commands it? Can you agree that genocide is never acceptable including the genocides of the Bible? Are you capable as a Christian of condemning genocide without equivocation?