Divine Genocide or Capital Punishment? – Christian Apologist

This post is authored by SJ Thomason from her christian-apologist.com/ web site.

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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  1. Atheist should choose between complaints: “Why did God kill people?” or “Why doesn’t God kill bad people??”

    You know what I mean? 😅

    To me, Genesis 19:3-10 was a good example of how wicked those people were. Not to mention everything you wrote on the second paragraph. Great blog, my friend!


  2. We certainly do not understand all of God’s ways but we do know that He is good and He still hates sin in all of its forms! That should lead us to know that we too are worthy of judgment!


    • Totally. Romans 5:17 “For if by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” The gift of righteousness, is imputed to us because of our active faith and trust in who Jesus is and what Jesus accomplished for us, that is the difference. Blessings Valerie!

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