Many atheists love to lambast God because He is such a terrible tyrant. They just can’t get over it that He instructed Israel to kill their enemies. Let us look at two incidents.
# 1. The Amalekites. The Amalekites attacked the unsuspecting Israelites when they moved from Egypt to the promised land.1 God’s attitude was very clear, ‘The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.2 Israel is God’s firstborn son.3 God, as a Father, took action to protect His firstborn son.
We assume that the critical atheists know the Bible. So they know Israel is God’s firstborn. In addition we assume that they probably have children, which includes firstborns. So are they very happy when someone attacks their firstborn? Don’t they mind? Well, God cares. Since He is real, He has emotions of love and loyalty. He is not going to allow anybody to wilfully attack His son. He cares and acts, while atheists presumably don’t care to defend their firstborns.
# 2. The nations in Canaan. God commanded the Israelites to destroy the nations that lived in Canaan.4 Why? The land was their inheritance that God promised to Abraham.5 Because of the terrible sins of the Canaanites (they sacrificed their sons or daughters in the fire, engaged in witchcraft, consulted the dead, et cetera), God gave the country to the descendants of Abraham.6
God wanted the Israelites to live and enjoy their inheritance. How? By serving the only true God and not the idols of the Canaanites. Idols are destined for doom, ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’ 7
God, like normal loving fathers, tried to protect His son from losing the inheritance (Canaan) through outside influences. We assume the complaining atheists don’t care if their own children lose their inheritance. At least the Israelites had a Father who cared and loved them enough to take preventative action.
Conclusion: God is a father who cares. He is loyal to His own. He wants to protect His son from making stupid mistakes, so He acts. Anybody who criticises God’s fatherly duties, apparently don’t regard it as important to protect and care for his own children and help them secure their inheritance.
In the following blog we will look at how the Israelites did not keep their inheritance because of disobedience.
- Exodus 17:8-16
- Exodus 17:17b
- Exodus 14:22
- Deuteronomy 20:16
- Genesis 15:18-21
- Genesis 15:16b
- Jeremiah 10:11