Okay, I’m a little bit caught up on something. I realize in the Old Testament we see that God commands the Israelites to drive out various peoples such as the Canaanites from what would be their promised lands, and it involves lots and lots of slaughtering. Since God has authority over life and death, I’m okay with all of that.
I’m not so sure how I should be dealing with battles such as in Maccabees, which likewise involve lots of slaughtering, though as I see it, not by any divine command. Judas Thaddeus is just leading an Israeli army to war and lots of death ensues. Should we just assume that Judas is not acting in perfection to the moral law, but that because times were so tough and brutal, that the culpability of these people was greatly obscured compared to, say, the modern world, where we tend to have so much greater awareness and control over such things? I suppose likewise we see that Jacob took on two wives, and yet God did not condemn him.