Category Archives: Why God Allows Evil

Canaanite Hyperbole Interpretation Inconsistent

The trouble with the Canaanite hyperbole explanation for troubling passages regarding God’s commands to kill every man, woman, and child, is that it is inconsistent with the fact that God wasn’t using hyperbole when he warned Israel that they was suffer a similar fate. Continue reading

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Hyperbole Interpretation Not Helpful for Canaanite Conquest

Arguably the most difficult story in the Old Testament is the killing of the Canaanites. Some have attempted to soften this hard story by saying that certain passages are hyperbole. Perhaps the most prolific purveyors of this theory are Paul … Continue reading

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How Could It Be Fair to Kill Canaanite Children?

In a prior post we saw that the Canaanite childhood was full of terror and loathing. How could it not be when some friends and siblings were burnt to death in the arms of the bull-headed god Molech, family members … Continue reading

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Sci Fi, Free Will, and the Problem of Evil

In teaching every semester on why God allows evil, I’ve learned that many Christians do not understand the nature or value of free will. Indeed, many years ago I too struggled with what free will is all about, but found … Continue reading

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Why Couldn’t Israel Adopt Canaanite Children?

As I pointed out in a previous post, when God freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, He told them to drive the Canaanites out of a portion of land promised to Abraham’s descendants. The Israelites’ coming was preceded by miracles … Continue reading

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Was the Destruction of the Canaanites Just?

In recent years, much has been said and written about the Lord ordering Israel to destroy the Canaanites. This is largely because the new atheists proclaim it as “divine genocide.” But it’s not just a problem for Christianity’s detractors. Indeed, … Continue reading

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What to Do When Someone Cries

I teach every semester on the problem of evil and it can get very theological/philosophical. Of course, apologists should give intelligent answers, but, when someone cries because they are in a crisis, then explaining God’s larger plan for the universe may not … Continue reading

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Crusades, Inquisitions, Witch-hunts, etc.

When I teach on why God allows evil, I include a lengthy discussion on the Crusades, inquisitions, witch-hunts, slavery, Nazi Christians, and the oppression of women (for the rest of this post I’m going to sum this up as “Crusades, … Continue reading

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Rejoinder: God Won’t Give You More than You Can Handle

Recently a pastor wrote a very popular blog entitled, “Confronting the lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I’ve seen it frequently “Shared” and apparently it has gotten many thousands of “Likes” on Facebook. In Googling around … Continue reading

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Killing the Canaanites

Richard Dawkins and other new atheists herald God’s ordering of the destruction of Canaanite cities to be divine “ethnic cleansing” and “genocides.”1 With righteous indignation, Dawkins opines that the God of the Old Testament is “the most unpleasant character in … Continue reading

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