Challenge: Jesus Was an Accessory to Massacres

Challenges against God’s goodness are popular and take many different forms. Here’s one from “40 Problems with Christianity”:

The case can be made that God killed or authorized the killings of up to 25,000,000 people. This is the God that Jesus looked up to and of whom he was allegedly an integral part. That is to say: Jesus himself was an accessory to these massacres. Therefore, Christianity cannot extract itself from these atrocities; it must own them and admit that their God is in fact a serial, genocidal, infanticidal, filicidal, and pestilential murderer.

Does the history of the Old Testament include genocidal, infanticidal, filicidal, and pestilential murders committed by God? How would you respond to this challenge? Leave your comments below, and then be back here on Thursday to hear Brett’s response.

[Update: View Brett's video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]


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Amy K. Hall