What should Christians do with the Bible’s God-ordained violence?
by Joseph Hartropp | Friday 17 Nov 2017 | Excerpted from Christian Today
A NOTE FROM THE BISHOP: Just this last week, while reading comments on a secular news article, I encountered an attack on the Christian Old Testament; the commenter tried to make the case that passages in the Old Testament–such as the battle of Jericho–were just as violent as similar passages in the Muslim holy book, the Koran. From an academic standpoint an apologist for the Christian belief can successfully argue that the differences between the Koran and the Christian Bible are like the difference between night and day, in fact there are so many we will not attempt to address those arguments here. The reasoning behind sharing this article by Joseph Hartropp, is not to further the case of the differences between Islam and Christianity but to educate those Christians who have not had the benefit of being instructed in proper exegesis or an explanation or critical interpretation of the Holy Bible. A casual reading–without the benefit of classical exegesis–can leave one with the false impression that the Old Testament is rife with text that claims God is vengeful and excessively violent often encouraging genocide against innocent civilian populations. Mr Hartropp addresses one of these often troubling passages, the case of the battle of Jericho, explaining some of the peripheral conditions surrounding this story and how there maybe another interpretation other than just the casual reading.
Let’s be clear, this isn’t the case for taking scissors to Scripture and cutting out the bits we don’t like – nor am I Continue reading