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What about genocide and slavery in the Bible?

Such as God ordaining:

  1. Murder of Canaanites by the Jews
  2. Slavery, especially sex slavery

Answer

  1. Man is not the owner of life.  God is: He gives life and takes it away.  He therefore has the right to end life and indeed He does so for all lives, not just those in God-ordained wars.  Mans life has no ultimate purpose apart from God.  For those who do not believe in Him, whether they live 1 year and 100 is irrelivant – their end is all the same.  God ordered all the Canaanites be killed so He could raise up the Jews to be His messagengers to the world and bring forth the Messiah.  Allowing the Canaanites to live would contaminate the Jews with their pagan religions.  Since the Jews made treaties is some of the Canaanites instead of obeying God, that is exactly what happened.
  2. For most Americans the word ‘slavery’ means one thing: kidnapping Africans and shipping them to America.  In Israel slavery was most commonly bonded indenture, where a person would voluntarily enter a household as a slave to paid off a debt or make a living.  A similar thing happens today in America: it’s called the military.  People enter the military voluntarily for a time of service and cannot change their mind later on to get out.  While there are examples of the Israelites marrying slaves in the bible, there are no examples of slave masters being permitted to sexually use slaves.  To do so, at a minimum, would be against the Mosaic Laws prohibitions concerning fornication and adultery.