Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 4 (Part Two)

Should Moabites be Killed or Left Alone?
The skeptic cites Judges 3:29, 30 (NWT), where it says: “At that time they struck down about 10,000 Moabites, all strong and valiant men; not a single one escaped. So Moab was subdued on that day under Israel’s hand; and the land had rest for 80 years,” and Jeremiah 48:2 (ASV) where, it says: “There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Hesbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut if off from being a nation. Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall purse thee.” From these scriptures, whose context he does not provide, the skeptic formulates a law – which the scriptures nowhere state: Moabites should be killed.
            Then, in opposition to this supposedly biblically based law, he cites Deuteronomy 2:9 (WEB), which says: “Yahweh said to me, “Don’t bother Moab, neither contend with them in battle; for I will not give you his land for a possession; because I have given Ar to the children of Lot for a possession.” The result in the skeptics mind is that the Bible contradicts itself.

            However, he stretches the meaning of Judges 3:29,30 and Jeremiah 48:2. In both cases, Moab had fallen under adverse judgement. In the first case they had oppressed Israel and in the latter they were one of the nations that Jehovah had a contention with. Whereas, the command forbad taking Moabite land as a possession, it did not forbid attacking them if they attacked first, or that a nation apart from Israel couldn’t execute God’s anger upon them. There is no contradiction.

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