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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yes, Ray, What About Genocide?

Bananaman Ray Comfort has posted the following question at his blog / web site: Ray Comfort’s Daily Evidence (which seems really more of an extended advert for Evidence Bible with commentary by Comfort than an actual blog with actual content…)

What About Genocide?

To which he gives a very brief response followed by a single verse of scripture quoted without context.
“God instructed Israel to put these people to death (see Deut. 20:16–18). Skeptics often accuse God of sanctioning genocide. However, if God treated any of us according to our sins, we would not only be put to death (see Rom. 6:23), we would be justly condemned to hell. All of God’s judgments are true and righteous altogether (see Psa. 19:9). None of them are unjust, including this instruction to Israel.
Joshua 16:10 And they did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and have become forced laborers.”

Does Ray Comfort really believe that 5 short sentences are enough to rationalize and justify biblical exhortations to genocide? 50 words (not counting the parenthetical scripture citations) to deal with the staggering problem of systematic destruction of racial, ethnic, or religious groups. 

Or is it merely a ploy to sell his so-called “Evidence” bible to the gullible and naïve?  Simplistic answers to complex problems are worse than useless, and Ray Comfort is a huckster with a shoddy product to sell.

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