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    God Commanding People to Kill

    I was talking with one of my non-Christian friends and he asked me these questions and I would like to know how you would answer them.

    God commanded the Israelites to make war against and kill the Canaanites. Suppose that God speaks to people today. If God were to tell you to kill someone or group of people in order to execute judgment for their sin, would you do it?

    When God commanded the Israelites to kill the Canaanites, was He commanding them to commit murder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    I was talking with one of my non-Christian friends and he asked me these questions and I would like to know how you would answer them.

    God commanded the Israelites to make war against and kill the Canaanites. Suppose that God speaks to people today. If God were to tell you to kill someone or group of people in order to execute judgment for their sin, would you do it?
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    When God commanded the Israelites to kill the Canaanites, was He commanding them to commit murder?
    No.
    "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." Isaiah 3:12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    I was talking with one of my non-Christian friends and he asked me these questions and I would like to know how you would answer them.

    God commanded the Israelites to make war against and kill the Canaanites. Suppose that God speaks to people today. If God were to tell you to kill someone or group of people in order to execute judgment for their sin, would you do it?
    God would not do that today. [My view is that of what is called cessationism. Though I am a partial cessationist, I hold two gifts of the Spirit God gave to His church where made perfect being replaced by the close of the written word of God (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; James 1:17, 25; Psalm 19:7-11) , the Revelation of Jesus Christ, that no prophecy can be added to the hearing of that prophecy called the Revelation (Revelation 22:18).]

    When God commanded the Israelites to kill the Canaanites, was He commanding them to commit murder?
    No.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    God commanded the Israelites to make war against and kill the Canaanites. Suppose that God speaks to people today. If God were to tell you to kill someone or group of people in order to execute judgment for their sin, would you do it?
    Yes, and does God have the right to require the life of anyone?

    He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning... (Ge 22:2–3)

    When God commanded the Israelites to kill the Canaanites, was He commanding them to commit murder?
    No, there are several words for kill in Hebrew, one means to kill, and another is to murder.

    "Thus he did to them, and delivered them from the hands of the sons of Israel, and they did not kill them." (Jos 9:26)

    The word used here is the word "to kill" (harag), in Ex. 20:13 the command is "do not murder" (ratzach).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee_merrill View Post
    Yes, and does God have the right to require the life of anyone?

    He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning... (Ge 22:2–3)


    No, there are several words for kill in Hebrew, one means to kill, and another is to murder.

    "Thus he did to them, and delivered them from the hands of the sons of Israel, and they did not kill them." (Jos 9:26)

    The word used here is the word "to kill" (harag), in Ex. 20:13 the command is "do not murder" (ratzach).

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    The Israelites were murdering people because they were executing God's judgment. Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    The Israelites were murdering people because they were executing God's judgment. Is that correct?
    No, they did not murder.
    Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedidiah View Post
    No, they did not murder.
    And God's command to His Nation should not be confused with one individual thinking he was instructed by God to murder another person.

    1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    And God's command to His Nation should not be confused with one individual thinking he was instructed by God to murder another person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    And God's command to His Nation should not be confused with one individual thinking he was instructed by God to murder another person.

    It's been too long since you last showed up here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerebrum123 View Post

    It's been too long since you last showed up here.
    I heard this thread was about me!

    1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

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