The Fundies are nothing if not totally dishonest. They will change meanings of words at the drop of a hat to suit their spin, especially if some event or argument pulls them up as blatant hypocrites. Such has been the case in the murderous rampage of Christian Fundamentalist Anders Breivik, who assorted Fundie blogs insist "is not a real Christian", but "maybe an atheist" (well he sure as shit isn't that given more than 22 of those killed at Utolya were atheists, secular humanists!). They also insist their good book doesn't countenance murder! Bull pockey!
It certainly does! And almost in every other OT passage one can see it with respect to their genocidal deity: either in indiscriminate "Holy Law" killings, divine-abetted and aided mass murders or outright genocides. Yet, despite this record of vicious acts, the fundagelicals consistently seek to rationalize them away when inconvenient. So watch for them to go on point now insisting "murder is not the same as killing" (or some such rot!) For instance, 2 Kings 2, 23:24 allows young children to be slain by wild animals (she bears) if they insult their elders (in this case a "prophet").
In the passage above, some small fry were just having a bit of sport with a pompous old fart ("prophet", so called) and called him the equivalent of "Baldy!". Big deal! On the street these days one will hear much fouler language but that doesn't mean one sics his pit bulls or Rottweilers on the offenders! The old guy glared at the kids and called up to his "Lord" for his grievances to be satiated, which meant killing the kids for their rude name-calling. He demanded "the Lord" send two she bears after them. He complied, and nearly 6 dozen kids were torn to shreds.
Well, about twenty fewer than Anders Breivik butchered but still a LOT. And fully countenanced by their Lord!
Not countenancing murder? Again:
By Deut. 22:22 both John Edwards and his former girlfriend (Riele Hunter) would have to be stoned to death. The bible here allows butchering two people for adultery. The Lord? He smiles and says 'More!"
By Deut. 21: 18-21 any insolent son would have to be taken to the outskirts of a city by his parents who'd let the elders stone him to death.
Then we have the horrific genocide of the residents of Canaan:
The Israelites invaded Canaan and, under "God's instructions", exterminated seven nations in widespread acts of genocide: the Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. They continued to commit genocide against other groups.
Cripes, these guys would do an Ander Breivik proud! Moreover, like Breivik they were given their marching orders from god:
"... the seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them."
"And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword."
This last passage describes one event in the invasion of Canaan by the ancient Israelites. After the walls of the city of Jericho fell, the soldiers ran into the city, and murdered all its inhabitants: elderly men and women, mature men and women, pregnant women, youths, boys, girls, infants and newborns.
Their goal was to entirely wipe out the Canaanite culture by destroying its people! This is one definition of genocide. Incidentally, the people were butchered by the edge of the sword, because the weapons did not have pointed ends.
Anders Breivik is some weird exception?
Hell, he was following the master Playbook!