Recently a preacher told a story about speaking with people in
In hearing about this Jewish focus on the evil perpetrated against them in the name of Christianity, I wondered about what corollary these same Jews might draw between their suffering and the Old Testament accounts of the various Hebrew military campaigns. In those stories we see the Jews involved in their own genocidal activities. The supposed justification for killing every living thing in
Certainly, if past mistakes justified wholesale slaughter of any group, we all would be in dire danger. Thus, noting the genocidal stories within the Hebrew scriptures is not an attempt to excuse pogroms or the Holocaust. I am simply pointing out that claims of divine sanction to eliminate our neighbors can only lead to a place of great sorrow and wickedness. Until we are willing to own up to our own errors, we shouldn't spend any time pointing out those in others. The basic underlying cause for all genocide is a perceived superiority coupled with fear of those we view as inferior. Religious systems which promote exclusiveness, segregation, and paranoia naturally encourage the very genocidal behavior which we all claim to abhor.