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Submitted by Bartemaus (United States), May 22, 2012 at 08:11

One gets a little tired of those who say that the bible is just as violent as Islam, etc. as if there are no real distinctions to be made. Theology 101 is that the nature and calling of the nation of Israel and the nature and calling of the Christian church are very distinct. The same God is revealed in both but in the one case the national calling of Israel included warfare and defeat of there enemies.

Thus, yes there was violence, but all toward the end that God had in view as regards the establishment and survival of His people. When God saw the wickedness of man had reached certain levels He intervened in Judgment. His holiness required it. Death after all is a consequence of sin. What God did in the Old Testament was not arbitrary. The atheists and skeptics never make these distinctions because they are not really interested in the knowledge of God, but rather to maintain their own bias and their "superiority over religion".

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