Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  “You shall also say to the sons of Israel: ‘Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in Israel who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones.  I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name.  If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death,  then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.  ‘As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.  You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.  You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
The Bible is written by humans but inspired by God. The Bible is not faulty or errant, God is all powerful and would not let His Word be written incorrectly. He does give freedom of choice and allows humans to interpret it on their own or seek the Holy Spirit for interpretation. Either we believe all of it or believe none of it, it’s not a “choose your adventure” book multiple choice test. It is very easy to take out of context or misinterpret, if taken verse by verse instead of as a whole. No verse stands alone but the Bible as a whole is complete and the true word of God.
Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand and sometimes parts don’t make sense to us, especially in our spoiled, self-indulgent western culture. I look at understanding the Bible like learning to read new words.
If we come across a new, a word we’ve never heard before we figure out the word several ways. First is the easiest, we read the context of the word. Look at the words around the new word to figure out the meaning. Sometimes this is misleading and we think a word means something it doesn’t. The same is true with the Bible.
Sometimes we will look at context and still not know the meaning, so we seek out other sources. The dictionary, encyclopedia, Google, even dad. Sometimes those source give correct information, sometimes wrong. The more sources we check the more likely we learn the correct meaning. The same is true with the Bible. We are responsible for double checking to find out the true meaning behind the words.
For example can we believe the Bible says God ordered the killing of children and blood sacrifice. Put in context it’s not hard to believe.
God at times took out entire civilizations. In Genesis, God flooded the entire world killing all men, women, children and animals that weren’t on the Arc. When the Angels rescued Lot and his family before desolating the entire cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels didn’t rescue Lot, his family and all children under the age of innocence. Yes, when the Isrealites were returning from Egypt and re-conquering thier land God told the Isrealites to destroy everyone in many of these countries, including men, women, children and livestock.
For the Isrealites it is easy to research civilizations and there practices, biblically and scientifically. It’s easier to see how other civilizations corrupted God’s people because sin is such an appealing choice.
Moses is an excellent example of why when trying to take over a culture you don’t let a child live. Imagine Pharoah’s dismay that his order wasn’t kept.
When the Isrealites didn’t listen to God and let the women and children live, the practices of those cultures seeped into the Isrealites culture. This caused breakdown of society, culture and often envasion.
Historically, the two of the most prevalent worship practices, were human sacrifice and prostition. Male infant babies were placed onto the alters of Baal-Hammad, laid on his bronze arms and rolled into the flaming belly; burning the infants alive for the good of society. Girls children were allowed to live, raised to become servants in the sanctuaries of fertility God’s or goddesses. Families would dedicate thier daughters to be prostitutes, to raise money and have men give there bodies in the alter of fertility. These are just a few practices that caused corruption to a society from within.
When the Isrealites didn’t listen to God, these practices entered into their own society. Normally through the women the Isrealites let live. For example, Solomon built an alter to Baal-Hammad, to satisfy one of his wives, an alter where so many children lives were sacrificed before it was destroyed there were rivers of innocent blood.
God gave the Isrealites a law to follow. Rules if you research each one is made to avoid natural consequences. Avoid the hurt and destruction of infidelity, lies, murder and covetting. If a community honors it’s parents and a parent raises it children in the way of the Lord then respect, kindness, love, forgiveness, structure run rampant in a community.
If a community doesn’t worship a God that requires human sacrific, then the culture will respect human life. If the culture follows the rules about personal cleanliness, clean foods, and avoidance of dead things then a culture avoids many diseases and parasites that aren’t understood about at the time.
I could go even farther and point to the many theories that suggests the Canaanites are the results of angels cast to earth (demons) mating with humans. I don’t know how authentic those theories are but it would makes sense to annihilate the off spring if there was truth to the rumors. I don’t know the truth only God does.
I live by faith. I trust God completely. However, when I don’t understand something or feel the need for research I do so with an open heart and an open mind. I search all facts not just ones that back up my opinion. Especially where things I disagree with are concerned. If I can’t understand both sides of the issue than I can’t truly believe in my side of the issue.
Yes, God did require blood sacrifice while lived under the law. God required blood animal sacrifice, not human sacrifice, never human. There is a big difference between the complete annulation of a culture and sacrifice. Blood sacrifice was required to cover sin, a Hail Mary, so to speak. God doesn’t require humans to sin. Sin is a choice we choose to make over and over and over again. God required an act of contrition to be forgiven, then he sent His son to be the ultimate sacrifice.
And that is the good thing about all the drama of the old Testament, they only matter in understanding the gift God gave us. Old Testament issues are not salvation issues. There is only one salvation issue, the act of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior over your life. After you do that, you will want to walk in the goodness of God.
God no longer requires blood sacrifice. God has no need to try to keep His children separate and pure. After Jesus came, Isrealites and all cultures have the same chance to choose to accept Jesus or not. God doesn’t force us but offers the choice to all. It is a choice each person makes.
God didn’t command the crusades or the bombing of abortion clinics. Jesus tells us to love your neighbor as He loved the church. When Christians follow that commandment, then the human atrocities the happen in God’s name don’t happen.
That doesn’t mean Christians go on sinning, ever encounter Jesus had with a sinner ended with Jesus saying, sin no more. It means treating all with the fruits of the spirit.
I choose to believe in a God who over and over chooses His people, even as they repeatedly break His heart, repeatedly turn against Him, repeatedly say they know better. God feeds His people, clothes His people, and protects His people even as the complain, doubt and reject Him. God is always waiting, always loving, always forgiving. Even in the old Testament, especially in the Old Testament with the Isrealites.
Read the Bible and study the entirety as a whole and it’s easier to see and makes much more sense. Don’t be just be spoon fed a few verse, don’t just take a pastor at his word, don’t take my word. Study, research, double check and read the entire Bible as a complete entity. Then judge.
Psalm 106:34-39 NASB
 They did not destroy the peoples, As the LORD commanded them,  But they mingled with the nations And learned their practices,  And served their idols, Which became a snare to them.  They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,  And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.  Thus they became unclean in their practices, And played the harlot in their deeds.
1 Kings 11:1-13 NASB
 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women,  from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love.  He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away.  For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians and after Milcom the detestable idol of the Ammonites.  Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not follow the LORD fully, as David his father had done.  Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable idol of Moab, on the mountain which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon.  Thus also he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.  Now the LORD was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,  and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not observe what the LORD had commanded.  So the LORD said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant.  Nevertheless I will not do it in your days for the sake of your father David, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son.  However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen.”
Exodus 2:1-3,5-6,10-12 NASB
 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.  The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.  But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.  The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her.  When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”  The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”  Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.  So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Exodus 12:33-36 NASB
 The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, “We will all be dead.”  So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound up in the clothes on their shoulders.  Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing;  and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
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