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Genesis 12:3
Question from Jodi on 12/8/2013:

Why did God in the Old Testament destroy the enemy? In the New Testament, Jesus says love your enemies?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 1/17/2014:

Dear Jodie,

The fact that Jesus, who is of course God, told us to love our enemies does not make him a total pacifist. A soldier in just war has the duty of defending his nation against enemies by killing them. This does not mean that the soldier hates them. Individuals are allowed to kill another if that is the only way of defending themselves. Also the state can execute criminals for the sake of the common good. In the Old Testament God on certain occasions told the leaders of the people to destroy entirely certain groups of people. He was not telling the Jews to hate their enemies. Men do not have the right to hate those whom they have the duty to kill.

Dr. Geraghty

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