How Could God Kill Thousands of People in the Old Testament?

After an article about Ai, I had a dear friend ask me how God could kill thousands upon thousands. He said it was hard for him to believe that God would want this. I appreciate this question and respect him for asking it. When we examine the Scriptures, we see that God wants folks to examine, test, and ask questions like my friend did (Isa.

“Trust, but Verify”

Most of my readers probably associate “trust, but verify” with Ronald Regan. He used it in reference to negotiating with the Soviet Union during the Cold war. But, ironically, it was actually an old Russian proverb. Regan got it for one of his advisors with a strong Russian background and used it effectively.

“Light – Darkness”

“14 Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and inequity? Or what communion hath light with darkness?” II Cor. 6:14. This text, and context, is describing things that are opposites; thus, the idea of light and darkness are poles apart. Spiritually, if one is of light he is not of darkness and he that is of darkness is not of the light.

The Providence of God

Anyone who studies the Bible carefully comes face to face with the providence of God. His hand is seen in events that unfold throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. If one really believes the Bible one will also believe in the providence of God. Yet, many who see God’s hand in past events will deny that God is still active in the affairs of His universe and His people.

Abstain from Every Form of Evil

Christians are told to “abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 ASV). Not only are we to abstain from it, we must abhor it (Romans 12:9;). This goes for the more subtle forms as well as the more blatant forms. Let’s look at three basic forms that Christians would do well to avoid.