I have been recently accused of not thinking prior to posting comments on this forum, of being un-thinking (by an ex), and of over-thinking things far too much ... yet I do like to believe that I am fairly informed, somewhat open-mined and well read - taking the time to scrutinize things from as many aspects as possible.
As such, I am currently reading the bible.
I'm having a problem with the Dueteronomy chapter. In it, a time after Moses has led the people of Israel ut of Egypt, they are settling in the promised lands (the land of milk and honey). The chapter tells about how the people were advised by God, through Joshua, to extirpate all the inhabitants of many of the existing cities and hamlets in the region, and keep only their livestock and precious metals/jewels.
Which they do. They 'smite' all the inhabitants in many settlements totally, and burn the cities to the ground.
So far, fairly straight forward.
The thing I'm having a tough time with, is that Moses handed the same people the tablets of the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments) prior to all of this .... and one of the ten proscriptions is "Thou Shalt Not Kill".
So how does one reconcile the 'fact' that the God of the bible ordered, through non-negotiable commandments, his people to NOT kill ... yet then, a few years later, orders them to wipe out entire civilizations ... and stone members of their own kind (tribe) to death for transgressing the commandments (also in Deuteronomy)?