You, like DarkSyde, keep switching the argument in the middle. If Moses simply claimed that God told Him to destroy the people of Canaan, but God did not tell him to, then Moses is just another bloodthirsty madman. Make that argument all you like. It won’t convince anyone of anything. The whole difference comes down to whether or not you accept that God told him to. Half the time in your argument, youíre trying to prove that the moral system of the Bible is repugnant, and therefore assuming for the sake of the argument that God actually did tell Moses that. The other half of the time you assume that God didnít tell Moses that, and we should just judge Moses like we would any other bloodthirsty maniac.
I have made my position on this very clear. I do not believe that God ever told Moses, or Omri, or anyone else, in the bible or elsewhere, in any setting, at any point in history, for any reason, to commit genocide or that slavery was acceptable. Period. That I don’t bother to put “allegedly” into every single sentence when discussing biblical morality doesn’t mean that I’m contradicting myself. When I’m analyzing biblical morality, it really doesn’t mean much to me whether God actually told Moses that or not. I believe that genocide and slavery are wrong in all circumstances, regardless of whether God agrees or disagrees. I know that’s a shocking statement to true believers, but oh well. Matt’s response again is not terribly responsive. In fact, he ducks into the punch, so to speak, when he says:
The question you’re trying to ask is, does the God of the Bible act in a moral way? And my question in response is, by what standard could you judge? If He exists, will you judge Him, who were created by Him? There is no external standard of righteousness that we could use to judge what God does. He is the standard.
But this is irrational if God can command two opposite things, because then both things are “moral” because God commanded them. Any moral code that allows that opposite behaviors, in the same circumstances, can both be moral, is the height of moral relativism. And the David and Bathsheba example that I gave is the perfect example of this.