In the last chapter of Joshua the Gideonites tricked the Israelites in terms of where they live, but their lives were spared. Why? If I had to guess I would say it’s because men outnumbered women and children. If the Gideonites were mostly women and children, they’d have been destroyed. The Bible is not fond of women and children. This chapter is titled “The Sun Stands Still” so we can expect a heavy dose of anti-science.
“Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it.” – Joshua 10:5
The other tribes are worried, as they should be given the slaughter the Israelites have committed against other tribes. They are working on building a defense.
“As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.” – Joshua 10:11
God steps in and saves the day, although the Israelites were already winning this battle. God kills more than the Israelites further proving God’s bloodlust.
“The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” – Joshua 10:13-14
Oh give me a break! For the Sun to stop moving in the sky the Earth must stop rotating on its axis. If Earth did that, we would all die as a result of inertia. Our bodies are moving with the Earth at a speed of 1,000 miles per hour at the equator. If Earth stopped, our bodies would continue flying forward at 1,000 mph. We’d crash along the ground or smash into buildings, all dying in the process. So no, the Sun did not stop in the sky. This is utter nonsense.
“Joshua said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.’ Then Joshua put the kings to death and exposed their bodies on five poles, and they were left hanging on the poles until evening.” – Joshua 10:25-26
Including the babies and children!!! Okay, this verse doesn’t say that, but given the precedent from earlier chapters of killing babies and children, it is implied here.
“That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.” – Joshua 10:29
More death and destruction that could all have been avoided had God simply given the Israelites an unoccupied land. Christians believe that God knows all. Either he doesn’t know all and didn’t see this coming or he does know all and still proceeded with a path of death and destruction. Either way, not a god to worship. Joshua next leads the Israelites from town to town, killing all inhabitants and destroying the towns.
“So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded. Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.” – Joshua 10:40-42
All of this death in the name of God. Disgusting. Sickening. This is the god Christians worship. If it wasn’t clear already, Joshua 10 makes it absolutely clear that God is a blood thirsty evil being. Satan is the bad guy? Hardly. God is the evil one in the Bible.
Coming Soon: Joshua – Chapter 11: Northern Kings Defeated