* Is God a Mass Murderer?*

Hennard, George Pierre 23
Huberty, James Oliver  21
Wong, Jiverly Antares  13
Unruh, Howard Barton   13
Holmes, James Eagan   12
Pough, James Edward   11
McLendon, Michael Kenneth  10
Starkweather, Charles and Fugate, Caril Ann, 10

What do the people in this list have in common?  They were mass murderers in the United States.  The number by each name is the number of people each one killed.  This is a partial listing for the United States and also does not take into consideration the long lists from other countries.  

We are horrified when we hear of a serial killer.  If it is local news we lock our doors and take special safety precautions.  Just as alarming is the idea that atheists and other skeptics are postulating.  It is not a new idea.  It is something that Christians and theologians have wrestled with for many years:  Is God a mass murderer?

Why would people have the audacity to make such a ridiculous suggestion about our God whom John calls a God of love?  How could a God who “so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believed in Him would not perish, but have ever lasting life” be justly accused of such a crime against humanity?  Proponents of this particular argument point to Old Testament passages of scripture which give accounts of God ordering the Israelites to slaughter people – men, women, boys, girls, and their livestock as well.

Even more alarming is the fact that some suggest that Muslim extremists find justification for their horrendous acts of violence, not only in the Quran, but also in God’s Word – the Holy Bible.   So what is our answer?  How do we explain what God did through the Israelites?  If God really is the same yesterday, today and forever, does that mean that He would tell someone to commit genocide today?  

In this lesson we will look at the United Nations investigative team report which condemns ISIS of numerous acts of genocide against various ethnic and religious groups.  The Word of God is relevant for the situations of our lives, so we will be exploring various passages of scripture in search for answers to this thorny issue.

Lesson Objective:  By the end of the lesson the student should see the morality of Divine judgment and have some answers for skeptics.

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