I’ve struggled with this subject for a long time. There are instances in the Old Testament where God instructed Moses or Joshua to go and obliterate entire civilizations. Kill every man, woman and child. Wipe them out. Forever. That’s just mean. Why would God do that?
There are a couple of reasons, but if you’ll follow my logic, it makes perfect sense. First of all, I take the Bible literally. If God said he created the world in 7 literal 24-hour days, then He did. I don’t care what your schoolbooks say or what 90% of geologists will tell you; they’re wrong. In fact, I once read a scientific article that said that 60% of scientific articles were wrong. There are only two answers to the origin of life on this planet: We either were created by one method or another (God, alien race, whatever), or we were spontaneously born of chance from some primordial soupy glob that miraculously evolved. Take a look at a DNA sequence, and tell me that was randomly created. I’m a computer programmer – there is no computer in the world that would ever do ANYTHING without someone of higher intelligence writing the code. God’s fingerprints are on every living creature, from the Apostle Paul to the poor frog that I hit across the back yard with a golf club when I was mad.
In Genesis, there’s a key verse:
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
What? You’ve never heard of Hercules? Myths based on actual history…
Fallen angels came down & had sex with women and their kids were, like, huge. Satan was trying to dilute the gene pool and thwart God’s plan for Jesus. He said that Jesus would come from the lineage of Adam, and that lineage had to be preserved. Leave it to Satan to try & mess up God’s plan. So, a few verses later, God picks Noah, who was “perfect” in his generation (no half-breeds at the family reunion), and wiped out everyone else.
Satan apparently was at it again in Exodus. While the Jews were spending 40 years wandering around in tents, Satan was busy building up an army of more giants to stop them from being able to inherit the promised land. Joshua sent out some scouts to see what kind of enemies God had just told them to kill, and the report came back:
“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
More gene pool fiddling. Fortunately, it didn’t work, and Jesus was born of a pure blood-line, just as He said he would be. (Sorry if I forgot to capitalize one of those personal pronouns; some people can get really offended if I say God saw Jesus and he was happy – just remember that most of those gun-ho Christians also claim the King James version is the best, and the KJV does NOT capitalize the “he”.) So the next time you question whether God has a reason, or had a reason, to do some horrific thing like drown everyone or have someone kill a whole village, just remember – He knows the end from the beginning, He knows what He’s doing, and to HIM, WE are like grasshoppers, unable to even imagine what His plan is…