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The Book of Joshua from a Christian Perspective

Updated on September 11, 2016

The Canaanites and Hebrews were of the same linage. Joshua killed his distant cousins.

Abraham and other Hebrews married Canaanites.
Abraham and other Hebrews married Canaanites.

Read The Book of Joshua with Christian Headings.

Let us examine The Book of Joshua (chapters 1-11) with headings based on the Christian teachings of the New Testament. God is a loving personal Father who abhors violence. God would never command or condone violence in his name. The Old Testament teachings that God would command one group to kill another are renounced. No one was chosen to hurt anyone.

No covenant existed between God and the Hebrews because God does not place one group of people above or below another. Even if He did so, he would not command his chosen people to kill.

Further, there is no Holy Land because land is not alive. People are alive and may strive for holiness. Land is certainly not holy if you kill to get it. Any action springing from violence is void. Take the Peace Testimony, “I renounce war and fighting for any end or under any pretense whatsoever.” In order to become Christian one must renounce Judaism.

Kill all the Canaanites? You just said, "Thou shalt not kill."

Joshua makes a false claim to land by Divine right.

Chapter 1

1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

Comment: Here is the claim by Joshua of a divine right to land. Let us see whether this claim is true or false.

Joshua plans to invade based on a false claim of Divine right.

Chapter 1

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.

Comment: Here is the passage where Joshua commands the people to invade the land of Canaan by divine right.

Israel begins genocide based on a false claim of divine right.

Chapter 6

21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city (Jericho), both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

Comment: Here is where Joshua and his army kill men, women and children based on a claim of divine right. This is where we should ask ourselves what we believe about the nature of God. Is God a God of War or a God of Peace? Jesus taught God was peaceful, merciful and forgiving. The above claim is contrary to New Testament teachings.

Why were women and children targeted to be killed? The men dominated and the women were subservient to the men. The children were subservient to everyone else. This passage shows the falsity of the covenant.

Joshua repeats his attack against the city of Ai.

Chapter 8

1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: 2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.

Comment: Here Joshua claims again he has a divine right to kill. Note the text says, "the LORD said." Would Jesus advocate killing people?

The Lord kills personally.

Chapter 10

10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.

11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, which the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

Comment: Here is a claim that God personally entered the battle and killed people. How does this compare to the teachings of Jesus?

20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities.

Chapter 10:20 and 40 clearly demonstrates genocide against the Canaanites.

A CLAIM OF A DIVINE RIGHT TO GENOCIDE

40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.

Joshua continues his claim of a divine right to kill.

Chapter 11

6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.

Comment: Again, note, "the LORD said..." This is a claim that God kills for Israel.

16 So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of the same; 17 Even from the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir, even unto Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them.

Judaism to Christian

Judaism
Judeo-Christian (Mainstream Christianity Today)
Christian
Covenant between Lord & Hebrews
Accepted
No Covenant extists as no group is placed above/below other people.
Leadership position of Rabbis
Leadership by ministers/priests, but based on Old Testament concepts.
Leadership by individual and by agreement.
Divine right to land
Accepted
No group has been given a divine right to land.
Divine right to kill for land
Accepted
No one has a divine right to kill.
Temple Mount and Mt. Sinai are Holy
Accepted
There is no Holy Land. Land is not alive. People may be Holy.
Jesus did not resurrect, the afterlife/spirit is not objectively proved.
Jesus resurrected, an afterlife/spirit is objectively proved. he could not come back from nothing.
Jesus resurrected (NDE) & proved afterlife. (Mohammed witnessed for Jesus).
Man created in image of God, sinless. Sin is individual.
Original sin: Man inherits sin from Adam.
Inheriterd sin is denied. Each person is responsible for their own sin.
Salvation is from obedience to the law and doing good works. Deeds over creed. Direct responsibility. Sacrifice used to remove sin.
Salvation from the belief in the sacrificial death of Jesus and vicarious atonement. Creed over deed.
Salvation comes from Empathy which leads to forgiving others and not condeming others. Sacrifice does not remove sin.
God is One.
God is a Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) but One.
The finite cannot describe the infinite.
Deny wars and fighting for any end or under any pretense whatsoever.

New Program: Meditation and Dream Analysis

There is no covenant or Holy Land because God never hired people to kill children and paid in land. Land does not become holy if you kill people to get it. See Joshua 1:1-3, 6:21, 8:1-2, 8:18 and 11:6.

The Old Testament and New Testament are separate because the Old Testament contains a false claim which must be removed to preserve the New Testament as true. A covenant between God and the Hebrews never occurred. End the Judeo-Christian connection and become fully Christian.

Telepathy exists. The author has had at least four telepathic experiences in his teens. Do your own research into telepathy. Telepathy shows there is a collective consciousness among all mankind. Telepathy is another sense which should be developed. Once Man accepts the collective consciousness he or she will learn to reserve judgment and forgive. We are forgiven as we forgive. Forgiveness removes sin (not sacrifice).

The subconscious mind is greater than the conscious mind. It is the means by which telepathy works. The subconscious mind is a great storehouse of information which can be accessed through meditation and dream analysis.

Once one develops their spiritual senses (telepathy and access to subconscious mind) they will realize there is an over-mind or over-soul. The goal is to come closer to the over-soul and act accordingly. Jesus is the ideal example. What is God like? … Jesus.

The “Trinity” may be thought of as the conscious, sub-conscious and over-minds. They are connected, but are one. The sub-conscious is our conscious connection to the over-mind. The word, “Trinity” is placed in quotes because no one can describe God in detail. To do so is a form of blasphemy. Jesus is the material, the Holy Spirit is the sub-conscious and God is the over-mind.

Pope visits synagogue, rebukes violence

On or about January 18, 2016 Pope Francis visited a synagogue and said, "Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name." Let us embrace this idea and institutionalize it,

Conclusion

God was not in the Book of Joshua. God did not have a covenant with Joshua or the Hebrews because killing was involved. The Hebrews were not chosen by God to kill anyone. There is no Holy Land. Land does not become holy if someone is killed for it. To find God, look to the books of Matthew, Mark or Luke.

The Jewish people would gain closure by acknowledging the holocaust they perpetrated upon the Canaanites. The acknowledgement could take the form of an exhibit in holocaust museums throughout the world. The Jewish people would lose feelings of guilt and gain peace of mind.

Covenant to Kill for land?

Do you think the Jewish people would gain closure by acknowledging they did not have a covenant to kill for Israel?

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    • Jay C OBrien profile image
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      Jay C OBrien 4 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Chin Chin

      Thanks for the read. The real question is what do you think God is like? I believe God is Good and Never violent. Any story which depicts God as violent is blasphemy.

      Alternatively, see Hub, "Atlantians to the Mideast," for another explanation.

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      Chin chin 4 months ago from Philippines

      Bold declaration of your stand on this issue So much info to digest here. I think I need more in-depth study to make conclusions.

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      Nancy Madore 2 years ago from Boston

      I love this article and the cartoons you chose to accompany it!

    • Donna Suthard profile image

      Donna Suthard 3 years ago

      This is absolutely great.. I am so glad that finally someone brings this out into the open..I am going to reach many people with your great stories..I do not and never could accept a God, who orders up the killing of his children!! This makes absolutely no sense to someone who had only encountered a wonderous revelation, by a Loving God.. For the rest of my life.. I will share only the truths about a loving , compassionate God!!!!