I am amazed at how long I turned a blind eye to Bible accounts such as the ones found in the article here -
My favorite part of this article is the quote found at the end of the article -
A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh, said: "The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief — call it what you will — than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counter-attractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course."
What is the cover all answer for all of these accounts?
We don't know why these things occurred, however, we can be sure that those who were destroyed were judged worthy of that fate by Jehovah who can read hearts and the others that were collateral damage, well the resurrection hope will fix that.
I am not saying that there are not bits and pieces of good advice in the Bible that make for better humans when followed, however, what I am saying is that this picture sums up the reality of things...