Week 1 – Does God Endorse Violence?

This morning we talked about violence in the Bible. There are many accounts in both the Old and New Testaments that involve some sort of violence and they can cause many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, to give pause and wonder about the character of the God who would allow, and even commands, them.

First, I want to emphasis once again the most important thing to understand when looking at scripture: CONTEXT. Without understanding the context of a passage, we can easily make the wrong conclusions about what it is trying to tell us. Although we talked about a number of different accounts in the text, I want to focus on the one that normally is brought up when this question is raised: the Canaanite destruction in the book of Deuteronomy.

Here I have put together a playlist of videos from a few Christian apologists where they are responding to this topic.

  1. Ravi Zacharias responds to the question during a lecture. The question of genocide is the second question on the recording, at time marker 5:05. I would also highly recommend listening to his response to the first question regarding God’s sovereignty and man’s free will.
  2. Dr. William Lane Craig addresses the question during a lecture at Oxford.
  3. Dr. Paul Copan discusses the topic that is one of the chapters in his book “Is God a Moral Monster”.
  4. Tim Barnett, an apologist with Stand to Reason, addressing the question during a training session.
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