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[–] TheRealMaestro 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Joshua's army was God's medium of judgement upon Canaan after 400 years' patience to repent, just as He had sent the plagues upon Egypt forty years earlier; in this instance He had preferred a human army to plague, direct or angelic intervention. Under the Noachic covenant, blood was demanded for blood (Gen. 9.6) and Canaan was explicitly cursed (Gen. 9.25-26). The blood penalty has been met and thus rendered obsolete for ever by Christ's death, and since Jerusalem's collapse in A.D. 70 (Matthew 27.25, the last blood curse invoked before Christ's death) God's pure commandment not to kill may stand in full unobscured force.

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[–] Antiracist10 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Da babbies had it coming.

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[–] brewpot [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You son-of-a-bitch.

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[–] Ceegen 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Fairly old post, but I didn't see anyone mention the possibility of nephilim. It very well could be that a good portion of the entire population was tainted with nephilim DNA, and so had to be put down... Including the young. In fact, the book of Joshua specifically mentions that some were, so we don't know how far the corruption spread.

Who are the nephilim?

"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." - Genesis ch6 v4.

Quite often the bible refers to angels as the "sons of God", as in the book of Job ch1 v6. We also see, in a more direct way, the same line of thinking from the book of Jude from verse 6, here: "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."

In more plain terms, the nephilim are human-angel hybrids that Satan sent to pollute the human genome, in order to prevent the Messiah (Jesus) from being successful in his mission.

Also, the Middle-Eastern tribes of that time were into some nasty shit. (And please, don't give me crap for saying shit, we're talking about killing babies here). It was said that they could make the Greeks blush, and that's saying a lot if you know anything about ancient Grecian culture. I'm not even kidding when I say that even babies weren't off limits to some of these freaks, so killing them could be because of STDs.

That, and it sends a warning to the other tribes in the area to not mess around with God's chosen people. Destroy one city, so that others may fear, and live.

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[–] carnold03 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I did you something of a disservice there. I only gave you one point of reference, so I figured I'd offer the whole enchilada. Below the following comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church Index, section "M". I hope that you find it helpful. The CCC also provides biblical references and any references made on the subject of particular note worthiness.

Murder (intentional killing)

forgiveness for the sin of, 1447

only God is the Lord of life, 2258

as a grave sin, 1447

haters as murderers, 1033

intentional euthanasia as, 2324

intentional killing as a legitimate defense, 2263-65

origin of, 2517

seriousness and condemnation of intentional, 1756, 2261, 2268

sin that cries to heaven, 1867

unintentional killing, 2263, 2269

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[–] brewpot [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you, I appreciate your help.

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[–] RaspberryPi 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Bible story have many instence of sin. God teaches us through the sins of our ancestors and in this case he destroyed a city using his people... And then some sin happen, some lesson happen. Read the whole story, read the whole book. Read it again.

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[–] brewpot [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well I've read the whole story, I've read the whole book multiple times. I understand that there are sins and lessons at play in every Bible story. What I'm seeing here is God telling people not to kill each other and then commanding them to go kill people. The action in Jericho was not defensive, it was an offensive.

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[–] RaspberryPi 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yea I see your trouble in understanding the inconsistency. What you're conflating is God teaching not to sin and God commanding his people (in the context of a bible story) to directly sin. There are multiple examples of this in the bible, why are you focused on this one? What aren't you seeing in this story?