Date: Sat Dec 07 2002 - 11:46:30 EST
In a message dated 12/7/02 1:43:19 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> God's judgment upon the Amelekites was perfectly just--their cup was full.
> Why is this so hard?!?
It is helpful to read Herodotus' Histories to be immersed in the warlike
tribal Biblical milieu. Herodotus lived about a hundred years after the
babylonian exile and wrote a lot about war. In the wars he describes, entire
tribes are wiped out - the finest females in a conquered population are
drafted into concubinage - the finest males are murdered or castrated and
enslaved so they will have no descendants. It is also instructive to read
the book of Job. In the book of Job God is not moral or immoral, He is amoral
as he will destroy the life of a blameless man whose only recourse is
repentance. I accept God's harsh judgment as in the book of Job TG, but you
ask why is this so hard. It is hard TG. It is hard. I have witnesssed the
death of an innocent. It is very hard.
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