This video starts by showing the Western humane “Bolt Gun” method of instant slaughter. The remainder of the video then shows the Islamic Halal method of slaughter. Halal is the Sharia Law prescribed method of ritual killing involving the cutting of animals throats and letting them bleed to death. Halal killed animal products are being pushed into the mainstream consumer production of animal stuffs and taken up by the likes of Mc Donnalds and other well known fast food outlets. Are you eating according to Islam’s Sharia without your knowledge?
Contains graphic and upsetting content. Please don’t let children watch.
From the UAE~
This tayyib approach also warrants more attention to the basics of ritual slaughter itself. Although mechanical slaughter has been increasingly allowed by some Halal certifiers to cope with price and volume constraints, the traditional method of slaughtering by hand has found strong advocates, especially since it is a much cleaner and holistic alternative to the unhealthy commercial meat production and factory farming methods present in mainstream America today. “Human beings can calm the animal down before slaughter and reassure the animal with a human touch,” says Abdullah Nana, head of Halal Advocates of America, an organization that monitors Halal processing. “The recitation of the name of Allah by a human being at the time of slaughter is a requirement for Muslims, and we firmly believe that the name of God serves to calm the animal and reassure it before slaughter.”
Yeah. We can see that “calm touch” in the videos. Halal is Healthy. Halal is Humane (no its not). Halal is Wholesome.
I personally cannot support a candidate that cheats on his wife or her husband from the city level up to the national level which includes the presidency. I want someone who will honor his or her marriage contract. It makes them more trustworthy in my mind. Sure, there are a litany of examples of those who have disgraced the political office they have held apart from committing adultery. I live in the state of Illinois-I can think of numerous examples. There must be something in the water here. But I digress.
Then there is the hypocrisy aspect. I was not happy with President Clinton’s affairs both before his coming into office as POTUS (I notice the Democrats don’t mind voting in such an adulterer) and while serving as POTUS. If this is true about Herman Cain, of which I’m trying to doubt it, then I must stay true to my high moral standard in this or else be the hypocrit who has lowered her standard. I’m sooo hoping this is just another trick to get Cain to step away from the election race. This is what is being said at CainTruth.com:
Detractors are trying once again to derail the Cain Train with more accusations of past events that never happened. The Cain Campaign is not surprised that another female accuser has come forward due to the fact that earlier allegations were unable to force Herman Cain to drop his presidential bid to renew America.
“The American public is tired of dirty politics and smear tactics as evident of their tremendous outpouring of support for me, my family and my campaign this past month. I am running for President of the United States of America and the reality is that there are individuals out there that favor the status quo of higher taxes, more government and political cronyism and they are afraid of a Cain Presidency,” said Mr. Cain.
“I have spoken directly to the American people and have been 100% honest with them. My plan is to continue to spread my vision on how I would renew America and keep her safe. I will not fight false claims as it is not what America needs or wants,” continued Mr. Cain.
Thing is, I want him to fight the false claims. I need to know that my candidate of choice is being set up for a fall by his foes. I want the perpertrators of these false accusations to be exposed! I want blood from a turnip, if that’s what it comes to! I do not want to go to the polls and vote for someone that I believe is innocent only to find out after he’s in office that the accusations were true.
Ofcourse, I may have to concede that Herman Cain may drop out of the race. Here is the latest:
Herman Cain told aides Tuesday he is assessing whether the latest allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against him “create too much of a cloud” for his Republican presidential candidacy to go forward.
Acknowledging the “firestorm” arising from an accusation of infidelity, Cain only committed to keeping his campaign schedule for the next several days, in a conference call with his senior staff.
“If a decision is made, different than to plow ahead, you all will be the first to know,” he said, according to a transcript of the call made by the National Review, which listened to the conversation. (source)
I wonder if Allen West would consider running? I heart him…
Worshiping a false prophet…Following his false words…and Muhammad, himself, was trying to tell you Muslims that as he was dying!!! So you obey Allah in all but this one major revelation?
Article by Jack Kelley
Recently, I was reminded of a video I had watched some years ago on the life of Abraham. First shown on one of the cable networks, it was surprisingly faithful to the Bible’s account of Abraham’s life.
The late Richard Harris portrayed Abraham as a man of great sensitivity, with a yearning to know God. Eventually he was successful, for the Bible describes him as God’s friend (Isaiah 41:8). It does not tell us why Abraham sought God, or how he even knew there was a God. Although Abraham’s early ancestors had obviously known of Him, the people of Abraham’s time were not followers of this God. How did Abraham find out about Him?
Genesis 5 is a chronology of the first 10 generations of man. It’s given without explanation or embellishment and covers the period from Adam through Noah. Since the chronology is specific, calculating the life span of each man is simple, as is the total time from Adam’s creation to Noah’s death – 2006 years. Genesis 6 – 9 then shifts gears to describe the Great Flood, which occurred 1656 years after Adam’s creation. Chapter 10 is about the Tower of Babel.
Then in Genesis 11: 9 the chronology abruptly begins again with Noah’s son Shem and continues through Abraham (then called Abram) in Genesis 11:26. Once again we can calculate both the individual life spans and the total elapsed time of 10 generations. By putting the two lists together you come to the amazing discovery that Noah was still alive when Abram was born and died when Abram was 59.
You can also see that if Adam recounted the story of his origin to his son Seth and his grandson son Enosh, (seems likely, since Adam’s origin was pretty unique) then Enosh could have told Noah. In fact six of the other nine family heads were still alive and well during most of Noah’s life. Only Adam and Seth had died, and Enoch was raptured. Since they all lived in the same general vicinity, Mesopotamia, it’s likely they all knew Adam’s story and could have passed it along.
Hello Noah? This is Abraham
Only Noah, his three sons, and their wives survived the flood, but any of them could have talked with Abram. In fact Noah’s son Shem, still around when Abram’s son Isaac was born, actually out lived Abram. (Some say Shem was the one called Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18-20, the King of Salem to whom Abram paid a tithe on the spoil he had taken while rescuing Lot.)
The notion that the Creation story came from fables told by illiterate primitives around campfires at night just isn’t so. The chain of information from Creation to Abraham needed only 3 links; Adam, Enosh (Adam’s grandson) and Noah. It is no stretch of the imagination to conclude that Abram had heard about the Creator of the Universe through this chain and then sought Him out. You see, in those days there was great interest in the lessons of the past; the wisdom of the ages. (For more detail see From Adam To Abraham.)
What’s The Point?
Today in almost every field, great emphasis is placed on new thought. Nothing wrong with that per se, but in our quest for the “latest thing” are we losing our grounding in the wisdom of the ages?
Through out history, every society has relied on the wisdom of its elders to instruct the young, guaranteeing that its heritage would remain intact and that simple truths would not be lost. Because for the most part western society no longer venerates its elders and their wisdom, we live in a revisionist world, where even the past is becoming uncertain. (Was Columbus a good guy or a bad guy? Was the Holocaust real? Who was JFK?)
Many of life’s simple truths are no longer passed along, yet they have always been effective in building successful lives. They were first written down for us in the Bible, confirmed in the biographies of successful people, and documented by society’s observers. Here’s an example.
The Greatest Discovery Of Our Generation
That’s how the findings of author James Allen were described when his book “As A Man Thinketh “ was published in 1903. And what was his great discovery? The realization that “we can change our lives by changing our attitudes of mind.”
Ever since the study of human behavior had begun, psychologists had asserted that basic life patterns were not subject to change but were either genetically predisposed or were formed through a process called “environmental conditioning” that took place shortly after birth and, once complete, was irreversible. Allen had discovered that these patterns are not irreversible, but can be altered through conscious volition (choice).
Since then, an abundance of research has supported Allen’s conclusion. In fact it’s now common knowledge that many of the most successful people among us, in every field imaginable, were not only “destined” for failure; but were actually headed that way before achieving great success by making a conscious effort to change their behavior by changing the way they thought. So it appears James Allen was right. Today his book is called a timeless classic, and is still in print after 108 years. But was it really his discovery?
Paul The Behavioral Scientist
In about 60 AD The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Ephesus; “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:22-24) Earlier he had counseled the church at Rome not to conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2). Sound familiar?
So what was called the greatest discovery of our generation 100 years ago was known to Paul almost 1900 years earlier, and he had taught it to the early Church. In fact Paul knew every great truth having to do with what we now call personal growth and development and taught them all in his letters, calling them spiritual weapons with divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
Let’s review some of them because they’re especially good for getting us through the difficult times we’re currently experiencing.
The Power of Positive Thinking (Positive Expectancy)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:4-7).
There’s a related tool here, sometimes called the theory of displacement. The human mind, with all it’s power, has one limitation. At the conscious level it can only focus on one thing at a time. Training our mind to focus on positive thoughts makes it impossible for negative thoughts to distract us. Here’s how Paul described it.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Phil 4:8).
Paul said God is working everything together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and Jesus promised to meet all our needs if we promise to seek His Kingdom (Matt. 6:31-33). Therefore no matter what happens in life believers have cause to rejoice and give thanks to God. By giving our concerns to Him in prayer we can rise above our circumstances and live in peace in spite of them. To avoid becoming discouraged in times of difficulty we should count our blessings, focus on the positive aspects of our life, and fill our mind with the promises of God. We live by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
The Power Of A Personal Goal
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14).
Our goal is to live each day in a manner pleasing to God, expressing our gratitude for the free gift of salvation, but we often fail to achieve it. Thankfully, God’s mercies are new every morning (Lament. 3:22-23). No matter how badly we stumbled yesterday, a simple prayer of confession wipes the slate clean and it’s like it never happened (1 John 1:9). Every day brings a fresh opportunity to live up to what we’ve already attained (Phil. 3:16) The past is past and we can’t do anything to change it. With God’s help we can forget past failures, focusing on the incredible future that awaits us as our motivation to keep trying.
The Power of Visualization
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor 4:17-18).
This world is temporary and is quickly coming to an end. It’s the next one that matters because it’s the permanent one. Regardless of what happens today, at its end we’ll be one day closer to a guaranteed inheritance that’s beyond human comprehension. A few hours of time and today is gone, but our inheritance is eternal and cannot be taken from us (John 10:27-30). We should stop worrying so much about this life, start thinking more about how great the next one will be, and visualize ourselves there. The Holy Spirit will help us.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him, but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit (1 Cor. 2:8-10).
The Power of Affirmation or Self Talk
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Phil 4:12-13).
Blessed are we who’ve been given everything for we don’t have to worry about anything. Affirmations like this adaptation of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12) have been described as statements made in times of doubt that would otherwise be true. Bible verses make the best affirmations because we know they’re not just wishful thinking, they’re the promises of God. Paul knew that no matter what his earthly situation was, the Lord had given him the strength to endure and therefore he could always be content. Repeating Phil. 4:13 when we’re discouraged reminds us that promise is for us too.
When it came to behavioral psychology, Paul was greater than Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, B.F. Skinner, Abraham Maslow and all the others combined. When it came to motivational writing he topped Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Shuller, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and anyone else you can name. No wonder he started so many churches. No wonder he was so thoroughly despised by his enemies.
Why The Big Secret?
Today, these Biblical principles have been hijacked by secular humanists and even proponents of other “religions,” who deceitfully claim them as their own. They remove God from the equation, promoting the supremacy of the human spirit or the achievement of some kind of personal godhood instead. They often derive great fame and fortune from sharing their “secrets”, omitting any mention of their actual origin.
Out of Biblical ignorance, the Church largely ignores or even fears these truths. And yet, even with God out of the picture they’ve have helped bring great success to countless followers. How much more powerful would they be if we used them for the purpose God intended? How many defeated lives would be changed? How many oppressed and enslaved believers would be set free?
Whose Idea Was This Anyway?
But where did Paul get his knowledge; his understanding of motivational leadership? Listen to his own words: “I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:12).
Earlier Jesus had said, I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Then He gave Paul the tools we need to make His claim a reality.
Clearly, the Lord intended for us to use these truths to escape the prison built for our mind by the experiences of our life. It’s with good reason the Bible is called the Owner’s Manual for the Human Race. This is truly the Wisdom of the Ages.
More Islam means less freedom. There is enough Islam in the West already. We must stop immigration from non-Western countries, which are mostly Islamic countries. We must expel criminal immigrants. We must forbid the construction of new hate palaces called mosques.
We must also close down all Islamic schools because educating children in a spirit of hate is one of the worst things imaginable. We must introduce anti-sharia legislation everywhere in the free world. Enough is enough. ~Geert Wilders
In the news of late we have been hearing of the well deserved firings of Penn State president Graham Spanier and Coach Paterno for having swept under the rug the child molestations by Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky. A horrible crime and travesty against a great school’s reputation and, more importantly, the victims and their family. These men, along with two others who were charged with not notifying authorities, knew what was going on and decided to turn a blind eye as if it were no big deal what was being done to the young boys. It was a messy, embarrassing, bad for business situation that no one wanted to step up to the plate to take care of. It will go away, I can imagine they had figured would happen. Just keep it hushed.
From Jill Stanek’s must read Op-Ed, Everybody’s mad about Penn State, but Planned Parenthood abuse cover-up is A-ok?:
These crimes are “alleged” because there is no evidence. There is only testimony from former victims and eye-witnesses.
Yet mainstream media is aghast. According to BleacherReport.com:
[T]he preponderance of evidence against Sandusky in this case arguably makes this the most rational and well-thought-out (not to mention, if true, deserved) tar-and-feathering the national media has ever been part of.
Government officials are also aghast. Only one day after Republican U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan called for a federal investigation of Penn State for potentially violating mandated reporting laws, the Department of Education announced it was launching just such an investigation.
Here’s the hypocrisy, that Jill Stanek has pointed out in her piece: no one is saying a word about the same lawlessness going on by Planned Parenthood who should be reporting to the authorities when an underage girl has been raped or molested ending up in a pregnancy that is soon to be aborted. Maybe that the pregnancy is about to be no more that there’s no need to report the crime-no evidence for proof of the crime other than the young girl’s word, and she, most likely, would clam up out of fear if faced with a police investigation or having to give account to her parents. It will never be found out, they probably figured. Just keep it hushed.
Americans United for Life has cited numerous instances of cover-ups in their report calling for the investigation of Planned Parenthood. Jill Stanek has listed several of them in her article which includes not reporting the molestations of underage girls, not reporting sexual assaults, not giving parental notification prior to the abortion procedure, not reporting incest, and not reporting child sex trafficking. Planned Parenthood reveals what their number one concern is: money. It isn’t one damned bit about women’s health issues. If it were then Planned Parenthood would have reported these crimes of which, having gone unreported, some of the perverts kept on raping the same underage victim again and again. One instance of cover-up meant that a 15 year old girl had to endure more of the 41 year old kidnapper’s raping of her while she was kept locked up under the stairs in his home. She was taken in for an abortion one time and after the abortion that was the end of that. No counseling. No asking about what had happened. No giving her parents notification concerning her coming in for an abortion. No getting to the bottom of the reason for being pregnant and by whom. No care of her well-being whatsoever!
Here’s the thing with sweeping such crimes against children under the rug; the same crime gets repeated until the pervert is caught, if he ever is. As happened with not reporting Sandusky to authorities in the beginning of his molesting young boys, one victim turned into many victims. By their purposeful ignorance, Planned Parenthood gives their blessing to the criminal just because its good for business. And that, for this abortion mill organization, is a lucrative business. Greed is, once again, shown to be evil and taking precedence above any human right, born and unborn.
hattip: Jill Stanek is a nurse turned speaker, columnist and blogger, a national figure in the effort to protect both preborn and postborn innocent human life. She blogs at JillStanek.com
O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot.
Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.”
Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O LORD. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace.
Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD-that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
This psalm speaks of the nations who border on Israel. At various times, they’ve tried to defeat the Jewish people and drive them from the Land God gave them. Although all their attempts in the past have been unsuccessful, it looks like they’re getting ready to try again. They still haven’t learned the painful lesson that comes from defying God’s promise to Abraham. “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.“ Once again Israel will defeat them, a testimony to the power of a promise from God.
Has God made promises to you? “Surely I am with you always,” He said, “Even to the end of the age (Matt 28:20). Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. But seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well (Matt. 6:25, 33). I tell you the truth it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away the Counselor will not come to you, but if I go I will send Him to you (John 16:7). And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3). Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth (Rev. 3:10).”
Each one of these is straight from the Lord’s mouth to our ears. Each is as clear as His promise to Abraham. “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday today and forever,” we’re told (Hebrews 13:8). God’s promise to Abraham carried no expiration date. Over 4,000 years later, nations who curse the descendants of Abraham still risk the wrath of God.
And it’s the same with His promises to us. As a shepherd’s first priority is protecting His sheep, so the Lord’s first priority is protecting us. It’s a sacred trust, placed with Him upon His descent to Earth.
“I have come down from Heaven not to do my own will,” He said, “But the will of Him Who sent me. And this is the will of Him Who sent me; that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I shall raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40)
Oh Lord, let the disposition of these ancient nations who sought to defy your promise to your chosen people serve to strengthen our faith in your promises to us today.
It is anticipated that congregations across the globe will be praying for those who suffer for the “crime” of believing in Jesus.
Worldwide, about 200 million Christians are at risk, simply for being Christians. This is true in the dominant Muslim countries and the remnant Communist countries, e.g., China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cuba.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you were suffering. Hebrews 13:3
The Love of God and The Judgment of God
When the armies of Israel conquered the Promised Land, God commanded them to kill every living thing, including women and children. Could there be any possible justification for barbarism?
By: Gregory Koukl
One of the hardest questions confronting Christians defending the biblical record is, “How could a good God commission Israel to destroy women and children when they’re fighting their battles?”
This has happened more than once in the Bible. It’s difficult to explain the answer to this, though I think there are a couple of reflections on the issue that offer food for thought. You can approach this from a couple of different directions.
First one caveat. I fully acknowledge that not all good answers are going to be emotionally satisfying to a lot of people. That’s why this is a hard issue, because people let their emotional sensibilities rule instead of trying to see the bigger picture.
One way to approach the problem is to show that it’s a much bigger problem than first imagined. Curiously, I think this helps make the solution simpler. God’s command that Israel destroy women and children in battle is really just the tip of the iceberg.
What about when God slew the firstborn of Egypt? Many of these were women and children, some infants. Every plague on Egypt–the hail, the gnats, the frogs, the locust, the boils–fell on all Egyptians equally, not just upon the soldiers.
What about Sodom and Gomorra in which, with the exception of Lot and his family, every man woman and child was turned to cinder? Everyone was indiscriminately destroyed. The same thing happened in the Genesis flood. Only eight in the entire world survived. It’s interesting that I have never heard anyone raise the complaint “What about the women and children?” in these instances.
When you read the book of Revelation you’ll find this practice of God’s is not limited to the Old Testament. In the future, God will once again visit judgment upon the world and destroy not just the soldiers, but the women and children as well. I’ve never heard anyone raise an objection about that, but isn’t it the same problem, essentially?
The underlying question, “Is it right for Jews to kill women and children at God’s command?” can only be answered by answering another question: Can God legitimately judge and destroy the world or any portion of it or its inhabitants that He sees fit to destroy? Is this inside of God’s prerogatives or outside of it?
My answer is unequivocal: It is not evil for God to take life, because God is the Author of life. He can give it and He can take it away. That’s part of the prerogative of being God. All that He creates belongs to Him. This is His world. He needs no further justification, because He is not compelled by any law higher than Himself.
Second, our notion of the sovereignty of God entails that every detail of the world is under direct control of God. Nothing happens that He doesn’t either actively cause or passively allow. God did not create the universe, wind it up, then let it spin out its course without His involvement. Instead, regarding every nation of mankind on the face of the earth He has “determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation.” (Acts 17:26)
This means that since humans are mortal, there comes a time when every life God created “shuffles off its mortal coil” and returns to Him, either for ultimate judgment or for ultimate reward. God, the Giver and Taker of life, calls every life back to Him at some point and in some manner. The timing and the method of each person’s demise is somewhat incidental, from a moral perspective. It’s up to Him.
So I’m arguing first that it’s God’s prerogative to take life when He so chooses, and second that the means He uses to take that life is a matter of His prerogative as well. Whether it’s by disease, or mishap, or hailstones, or the angel of life, or the sword of a Jewish soldier, the means is up to Him. It’s His prerogative.
My third thought has to do with the question, “What did those women and children do? They were innocent.” I certainly understand the response and there is a sense in which on an emotional level I am troubled when I consider this. But there’s another aspect to keep in mind.
God deals with people not just as individuals, but as groups. When the nation of Israel is doing well as a nation, doesn’t He prosper the whole nation, even though there are individuals in the nation that are scoundrels? When the nation is doing well, generally speaking, God blesses the nation and everybody prospers.
However, the flip side is that when the nation is corrupt, then God judges the nation as a whole and everyone gets judged, even those remaining few that might be innocent. God is dealing with the nation as a group, for good and for ill. It works both ways.
This should not be a foreign concept to us, though we probably haven’t considered the connection between this biblical reality and modern day practices. When the President and Congress agree to go to war against another country, they act as federal heads of state and commit each and every American citizen to war against a foreign power. The nation is at war, not just our lawmakers.
And we all suffer alike in the process. We surrender our effort and our taxes and even our life blood, if necessary. We all participate, even though war wasn’t our idea. We acting as a unit, as a family, as a nation. And those we war against retaliate against us as a unit.
In the same way, when a nation rebels against God, it is not uncommon for God to go to war against that nation itself and not just against a few rebellious individuals. God takes up arms against the land and against every man, woman, and child.
Let’s keep this in perspective, though. In the case of the nations in question that were utterly destroyed by God, it isn’t a few citizens that imperiled the many. We know from Abraham’s appeal on behalf of Sodom and Gomorra that God will spare a whole city of sinners for the sake of a handful of
righteous people. Instead, there was a pattern of ongoing, thorough-going, and persistent moral rebellion against God that went on for years–in many cases, for generations–in spite of repeated warnings by God.
There’s a third thing. It pertains to the challenge, “If God were really good, how could He do such a thing? How could He destroy these innocent people? This is barbaric.” They take this record of God’s judgment as evidence that the God of the Bible isn’t really good at all, and therefore should not be believed in.
I approach it from a different direction. I think the preponderance of evidence from the same historical record–the Old Testament– is that God is good. He continually demonstrates not just his holiness, but also His patience and forbearance for those that consistently rebel against Him, though He has graciously cared for them.
This gives us good reason to trust Him. And if we have good reason to trust Him, then when we see things that seem to go against our sense of goodness and justice, it seems only fair to give the benefit of the doubt to God, who just might know something more than we know.
When we were children, our own parents acted in ways we didn’t understand. We didn’t think their decisions were fair. Later we learned that, for the most part, they had insight and information unavailable to us that influenced their decisions. Many times we learned that they were acting in our best interests after all, though we didn’t see it at the time.
These are the kind of things we discover as we grow up. We learn that our parents were right most of the times we thought they were off base. The same kind of hindsight is true with God. God may know a few things we don’t know.
By the way, the question has also been raised, “Why destroy the cattle, too?” My understanding is that in many of those cultures the people were so decadent they were having intercourse with animals. This caused rampant venereal disease in animals and humans that even infected children as well. So this may be– I’m not sure, but it may be– another reason God wanted these entire cultures wiped out. Because of their moral corruption, they were physically corrupt, and this represented a health threat to the new inhabitants of the land, the children of Israel.
Even if that wasn’t the case, as the Author of life God still has the right to take life according to His own judgment. I’ve given you three good reasons to help make sense of that. Whether it’s emotionally satisfying for you or not is another issue altogether.
This is a transcript of a commentary from the radio show “Stand to Reason,” with Gregory Koukl. It is made available to you at no charge through the faithful giving of those who support Stand to Reason. Reproduction permitted for non-commercial use only. ©1997 Gregory Koukl
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