Be Prepared: Why did God destroy entire nations?

A Biblical answer to the question: "Why did God destroy entire nations in the Old Testament? 6 Important clues #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

Let's be prepared (1 Peter 3:15) to answer a most difficult question: 

Why did God destroy complete nations in the Old Testament -- even innocent children?

We must first admit that our finite human minds cannot fully comprehend the actions of our infinite God. Some things we accept without "seeing" all the details and explanations (see Isaiah 55:9; Hebrews 11:1; 1 Corinthians 13:12).  

But we can fully trust God's Character

1. God knows the intentions of every heart. He may have destroyed entire cities, but He individually judged the heart of each person in those cities (Revelation 2:23)

2. No one is "innocent" (Romans 3:23), but there's an age of accountability before which all children go to heaven. See Why Babies Go to Heaven.

3. God always, always, always gives men time to repent (Genesis 15:16; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 2:21). He grieves when men fail to repent (Genesis 6:1-6).

4. Justice is an essential element of love, but God's justice is not like the justice in human courts. He judges perfectly (Jeremiah 9:23-24). 

5. Physical death is not as serious as spiritual death (Matthew 10:28). And God never turns away genuine seekers (Jeremiah 29:13). Remember Rahab.

6. Our faith gives us confidence in God's goodness and love even when we can't fully understand the circumstances (Hebrews 11:6; 1 John 1:5). 

Our all-knowing God can destroy an entire nation without treating a single soul unfairly. We can have confidence in that truth.

To see all 14 questions in this series, check out the Be Prepared Archive.

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A Biblical answer to the question: "Why did God destroy entire nations in the Old Testament? 6 Important clues #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

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  1. Christians may know that even with our smallest thinking still we can feel the presence of God by his love ,mercy and compassion.Our belief is there that God exist .we should do our part by obeying His words and his commandments.Without him we are nothing and no one exist in this world . Thanks be to GOD.Amen.

  2. This was a beautiful post! Thank you.