Atheists have often expressed their outrage at what they consider to be acts of “divine genocide” in the Old Testament. Yet when one considers the egregious behavior of the cultures God wanted to be destroyed, it becomes clear that God’s actions were capital punishments instead for abominable sins (Genesis 15:15-16; Deuteronomy 7:2-5). Accordingly, this blog will identify the moral depravity of the Canaanites to demonstrate why God’s justice was required.
The Canaanites lived in Canaan, which is located in present-day Lebanon and Israel and parts of Syria and Jordan. Canaanites (descendants of Canaan; Genesis 10:15-18) include the following groups: the Hivites, Girgashites, Jebusites, Hittites, Amorites, and Perizzites (Deuteronomy 7:1; 20:17). They were a wicked, detestable group of people who were known for their child sacrifice (e.g., Leviticus 20:1-27; Deuteronomy 12:31; 18:10-13; Jeremiah 7:31; 19:5; 19:46; 32:25), idolatry (Deuteronomy 4:28), incest (Leviticus 18), prostitution (1 Kings 14:23-24), immoral sex (Leviticus 18), adultery (Leviticus 18; Numbers 25:1-4), and bestiality (Leviticus 18).
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