Why Did God Kill the Midianite Boys in Numbers 31? Part Two.

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Through literary apologetics, this four-part series examines one of the more difficult passages in which to reconcile the God of the Old Testament with the God of love, namely Numbers 31:13-18, which records the mass killing of Midianites including baby boys. As mentioned before, I find this particular passage abhorrent; however, after researching the cultural […]

Why Did God Kill the Midianite Boys in Numbers 31? Part One.

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“And Moses was angry with the officers of the army…[and] said to them, ‘Have you let all the women live? Behold, these, on Balaam’s advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the Lord in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman […]

The Positive Impact of Religion (Tolle Lege)

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In chapter 20 of their recent book Did God Really Command Genocide? Coming to Terms with the Justice of God, Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan take up the question, “Does Religion Cause Violence?”  This is by now a well-worn trope of new atheist accusation, typically stated without explaining what “religion” is, or how it is […]

Annihilation versus Eternal Torment: What Does the Bible Really Teach?

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Entire books on this subject have been written, as well as innumerable articles, with both sides claiming Bible verses to support their interpretation. And while this topic will likely be debated until Jesus returns, it is one that I feel I cannot be silent on as the very character of God is at stake. Please […]

The Persistence of Gnosticism (Tolle Lege)

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Gnosticism in its various forms has been remarkably persistent in the history of the church.  Both the apostles Paul and John dealt with early forms of it in their epistles, and Irenaeus of Lyons critiqued it in Against Heresies.  A number of surviving “Gnostic Gospels” date from the second through fourth centuries.  As Justin Holcomb […]