God and Genocide

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

6 Responses

  1. solarbuddy says:

    I like your approach re: accommodation, but I don’t think that’s the whole answer. Recall that according to Rahab, *all* the Canaanites knew that the Israelites were coming, and were backed by an all-powerful God (i.e., eternal creator vs regional or nature-deities). She (and presumably others who followed her into that “protected” room) came out of the encounter transformed by the encounter. I think it is entirely possible that the “genocide” resulted in a harvest of Canaanites, much like the final phases depicted in Revelation (I am a futurist, of course) will result in a harvest that will dwarf the evangelism of the last many centuries.

    I’m not sure what name to give to this explanation; something with the word “harrowing” in it comes to mind!

    • That’s also a very good point. I didn’t include that theme here, but I’ve often talked about suffering as necessary for transformation. Thanks for bringing it up.

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