Why did ancient Israel go to war?
WHAT SOME PEOPLE SAY
The Israelites worshipped a bloodthirsty “tribal war god.”
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
The nations whom Israel defeated were thoroughly corrupted by violence and depraved practices—including bestiality, incest, and child sacrifice. After giving them centuries to change their ways, God said: “It is by all these things that the nations that I am driving out from before you have made themselves unclean.”—Leviticus 18:21-25; Jeremiah 7:31.
Writer intends to show that what the Bible says proves wrong what people say. But is that so?
The other nations were more corrupt than Israel only by the standards of the Law. By contemporary moral principles they were no worse.
- Today halal killing of the animals, as described in the Law, is considered as inhumane treatment.
- Incest or any other sexual activity between consenting adults is not regulated in many liberal states.
- There is at least one case of child sacrifice mentioned in the Bible, so Israelites were no better.
On the other hand the nations didn't stone to death people that collected wood on the wrong weekday. So if I was Baal I would feel more than justified to say:
“It is because of the wickedness of Israelites that Baal your God is driving them away from before you.”—Tritonomy 9:5.