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Many non-Christians take issue with God's actions in the Old Testament. But I've noticed a pattern in their arguments. They say "God killed those people so He's evil" and say nothing else about the incident. This leads me to believe they don't know the context of what they're upset about, nor have they done the research to see the pattern of God's actions. Below, I have broken down 5 instances of God's judgment.


1. The Global Flood
a. The world was full of evil people, sin, and corruption. (Gen. 6:5), (Gen. 6:1-2)
b. God warns that He will flood the world to destroy the evil (Gen. 6:13)
c. Noah preached to the people of the world for about 100 years to repent from their evil, warning them what was to come (2 Peter 2:5)
d. Only Noah's family remained loyal to God, so God's forewarned judgment falls (Gen. 7:17)
e. Conclusion: God used His messenger Noah to warn a corrupt culture to repent but they didn't even after 100 years. And we find God's mercy being displayed on the one family who followed and obeyed what God had commanded.    


2. Sodom and Gomorrah
a. Many don't realize Sodom and Gomorrah are described back in Genesis 13 as a sin-filled city. Genesis 14 talks about how Abraham and Melchizedek both spoke to the king of Sodom. So it's a likely conclusion that Sodom had been exposed to God's teachings for about 25 years. (Gen. 13:10-13), (Gen. 14: 18-24)
b. But the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah were exceedingly great. (Gen. 13:13), (Gen. 18:20)
c. God talks to Abraham about His plan to destroy this evil, and promises Abraham that He will spare the cities if there were at least ten innocent, good people in them. (Gen. 19: 20-33)
d. God sent two angels down to try and find good people. But they couldn't. In fact, they were threatened to be raped. (Gen. 19: 1-11)
e. Lot and his family, loyal to God, are allowed to escape before the cities are destroyed (Gen. 19: 12-13)
f. God's judgment falls. (Gen. 19:29)
g. Conclusion: God used His messengers and angels to warn the cities, but they weren't heeded. Good people were saved.


3. Killing the Amalekites
a. The Amalekites were wicked, warlike people and the first to oppose Israel after she was freed from Egypt. They deliberately murdered the weak and elderly rather than attack the Israelite warriors. They often allied themselves with other nations to commit genocide in Israel. As descendents of Esau, they were most likely aware of God's promise to Israel, but instead of honoring God's choice they opposed it. (Exodus 17:8), (Deut. 25: 17-19), (Judges 6:3-5)
b. God left them alone for 400 years, a sign of His patience with sinners.
c. God warned that He would have Saul destroy all the Amalekites, and warned the Kenites – people who lived among the Amalekites – to leave and be safe from this. (1 Sam. 15:1-6)
d. Saul did as God asked, but he did not kill every Amalekite. This resulted in another attempt at genocide on Israel in the future. The book of Esther talks about Haman, descendent of the Amalekites, who tried to have all Jews in Persia killed and was only stopped by Queen Esther herself.
e. Conclusion: God ordered the destruction of a murderous, cowardly, and sinful group of people. Good people – the Kenites – were warned to leave. Saul's disobedience resulted in a future threat to Israel, a sign that God's order was also to protect the nation from future threat.


4. Destruction of Jericho
a. The Canaanites who occupied Jericho were incredibly sinful. Even some of the Israelites who went into their land took up their sinful practices against God's warning. This included extreme cruelty, incest, idolatry, bestiality, homosexuality, cultic prostitution, and child sacrifice. (Deut. 18: 9-10),(Psalm 106: 36-39)
b. God ordered the Israelites to destroy everyone and everything in Jericho. And they did. (Joshua 6:21)
c. The prostitute Rahab and her family were the only ones saved because she helped Israel during the attack. (Joshua 6:17)
d. Rahab knew of God's blessing on Israel, so a logical conclusion is that most of Jericho must have also known but continued to fight Israel. (Joshua 2:8-11)
e. Conclusion: God orders the execution of an extremely sinful group of people who were forewarned and had foreknowledge of God's law. Good people are saved.


5. The Almost-Destruction of Nineveh
a. The people in Nineveh were sinful and did evil. (Jonah 3: 10)
b. God had Jonah go into the city and tell them to repent and change their ways, or they would be destroyed. (Jonah 3: 1-4)
c. The people of Nineveh did repent and change their ways. (Jonah 3: 5-9)
d. God saw this and spared them. (Jonah 3:10)
e. Conclusion: Yet another group of sinful people is warned of their coming destruction. But these people heed God's warning and change. They are spared.
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--Note that I try to keep these concise and to the point. I could probably write a small book on each individual one, haha. But for space and time's sake, I won't. That's why I've also supplied plenty of links for you to learn more. If you think I don't fully answer something, read the links I give you. If you have more questions concerning something, read the links I give you. Anyone who comes to me asking about something that the links could have answered will be ignored.
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