Letter from C. Wells about Sexism is a Sin
I was really tracking with you on these articles until I
came to the description of herem. You mention that it was man's idea,
not God's and that God denounces it in Jeremiah.
1. I can recall several instances where God commands
His people to kill everyone instead of take them captive.
2. The reference in Jeremiah is very vague and doesn't
particularly apply to any one sin.
Reply by Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you for your comments and question.
Since J. R. Hyland is no longer with us to answer your question
according to her intent and interpretation, we will do our best to
answer for her.
We agree that there were other instances recorded in the Bible where
God does command the killing of everyone, and we agree that the Jeremiah
passage seems to cover a much broader scope.
There are two main underlying things at work here that we should also
consider. The first is that everything that is taking place is part of
God's concession to sinful humans, and not His creation or heavenly
will, where there is no death or suffering. The second has to do with
the fact that in the wildness, the Hebrews were put on a healthful vegan
diet of manna, and God limited to killing of animals to the sacrifices.
Furthermore, when they entered the land they were to eat of the produce,
and drive the people out before them, because of their evil ways. J. R.
seems to be saying that the people greatly exceeded God's intent with
their cruelty and destruction.
We hope this helps.
Please feel free to write back if you have any further questions or
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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