Tower Of Babel: Nimrod The Giant Hunter

8And Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; wherefore it is said: ‘Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.’ (Gen 10:8-9)

Respond: Babylon the city was known as ‘Confusion’ (Heb, balal, ‘to confuse’) was praised by the pagan historians for its marvelous architecture. Therefore, the city was founded by Nimrod ‘the giant’ as was briefly suggested earlier. Hence, the Holy Scripture mentions about Nimrod, it says that ‘the beginning of his empire was Babylon’, which proves that the city had its dominance over all others. City of God (BK: XVI, Ch:4) (PG: 657)

9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; (Gen 10:9)

In Greek enantion means ‘before’ as well as ‘against. For example in Psalms: ‘Let us lament before (ante) the Lord who made us (Ps 95:6) and also in other place

In the Book of Job, ‘You have burst into fury against (ante) the Lord’. (Job 15:13), therefore, analyzing both the examples, Augustine of Hippo concludes that we must take the latter sense to describe Nimrod that the giant was ‘a hunter against the Lord’.

‘Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.’ (Gen 10:9)

Now for the word ‘hunter’ Augustine of Hippo concludes that the word can only suggest a deceiver, oppressor and destroyer of earth-born creatures.


Isaiah 42 Speaks About The Messiah Or Muhammad

Behold My servant, whom I uphold;

Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth;

I have put My spirit upon him,

He shall make the right to go forth to the nations.

2He shall not cry, nor lift up,

Nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

3A bruised reed shall he not break,

And the dimly burning wick shall he not quench;

He shall make the right to go forth according to the truth.

4He shall not fail nor be crushed,

Till he have set the right in the earth;

And the isles shall wait for his teaching. (Is 42:1-4)

However, it is our duty, to adduce proofs from the Scriptures to prove that god Almighty made His Word a Son to Himself. For if He calls him Son, and if the Son is none other than He who has proceeded from the Father Himself, then he will be the Son, and not Himself from whom He proceeded. For the Father Himself did not proceed from himself. Now many will assume that the Father is the same as the Son, if so then both would have been sent by a Being which is God.

Indeed with our rule of faith, is that He who speaks and He of whom He speaks, and to whom He speaks cannot possibly seem to be One and the same. Father concerning the Son by the mouth of Isaiah “Behold my Son, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom I am well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon Him, and He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” In this verse Father saying to the Son. There are many other such testimonies that are carefully catalogued by the Church father Tertullian, for there is the Spirit Himself who speaks, and the Father to whom He speaks, and the Son of whom He speaks. Similarly, there are other passages that establish each one of several Persons in His special character addressed to the Father or to the Son respecting the Son, whereas, in other passages the Son or to the Father concerning the Father and again in other instances to the Holy Spirit.

Similar passages of what is the “WORD” which is in the beginning is narrated by the apostle John is briefed by Church father Origen in his commentary on the Gospel of John explains the things that are said about Christ, and countless names which are applied to our Saviour. One such example is Logos (WORD), which is applied to Christ alone as the WORD of God. Others that make to the list are as follows

  1. In the Catholic Epistle John says that Christ is the Paraclete for our souls with the Father. “and if any sin, we have a Paraclete with the father, Jesus Chris the righteous (1 Jh 2:1).
  2. Paul says the Messiah is propitiation “Whom God set forth as propitiation through faith in His blood, on account of forgiveness of the forepast sins, in the forbearance of god.” (Rom 3:25-26)
  3. Christ is also refereed as a servant of God. (Is 42:1)
  4. Further, the Messiah is referred as “Thou art my servant, O Israel” (Is 49:1-3)
  5. Prophet Ezekiel calls David as Christ. “I will raise up David my servant, who shall be their shepherd.” The verse should not be confused with the patriarch David who is to rise and be the shepherd of the saints, but it’s the Messiah. (Ez 34:23)

Hence, the above examples from the passage refers to the sublime name of Jesus Christ and non can take those divine titles. Origen, Justin Martyr, Tertullian and Cyprian were blessed and inspired by the Holy Spirit as clearly demonstrated the literal meaning of those names.

“The WORD Is Sent Forth” Habakkuk 3:3

3God cometh from Teman,

And the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah

His glory covereth the heavens,

And the earth is full of His praise. (Hab 3:3)

Church father Cyprian (chapter 21) in his explanation refers the “Holy One” as the “WORD” who will go before “His Face” refers to “God Almighty”, and shall go forth unto the plains according to His steps.  

Justin Martyr and Irenaeus had similar view thus the passage indicates that he is God, and that His beginning was to take place in Bethlehem, and from Mount Effrem, which is towards the south, and that he is man. “And fiery bolts go forth at His feet.” (Hab 3:5) this is an indication of a man.

“I Have Yet Many Things To Say Unto You,” (John 16:13-14)-II

When, our beloved Messiah says “I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak.” Therefore, when we examine what were the “many things” referred to in the passage which was spoken by the Christ to his disciples, we need to understand that the apostles were Jews and had been trained under the Mosaic Law. Father Origen assumes that Jesus Christ was unable to tell his apostles about the true law, and how the Jewish worship comprised in the pattern and shadow of certain heavenly things, and how future blessings were foreshadowed by the command regarding meats and drinks, and festivals, and new moons, and Sabbaths. One such example is when Peter was instructed to kill all the clean and unclean animals in his vision (Acts 10), Peter wasn’t blessed at that time to understand the divine vision. This is why early church father Tetrullian explains that a man must hold heretical views of God first, and then of his institution. The Paraclete will enlighten with the knowledge that the Lord deferred till He came, and will begin by bearing emphatic witness to Christ. (A part II rebuttal)

The Comforter Promised By The Messiah (Jn 16:13-14)

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he

will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of

himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he

speak: and he will shew you things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine,

and shall shew it unto you. (Jn 16:13-14)

Muslims often quote this passage to prove that Jesus Christ prophesied about Muhammad “the child rapist” because they want to prove that Quran is authentic and is word of Allah, the pagan diety (Dushara was not a god of Kaiba but of a Kaba “a cube”. The allusion was to the stone black and uncarved, that the Nabataeans worshipped as an incarnation of the god, somewhere in a shrine to the south of the Dead Sea. ( In the Shadow of the Sword Pg 266 (Ch 4: The Children Of Abraham) (Sub Section: The Wolves of Arabia) By Tom Holland )

My grace encompasses all things; so I will confer it on those who steer away from evil,

and spend in charity, and who believe in Our signs — those who follow the

Messenger, the unlettered Prophet whom they shall find described in the Torah and

the Gospel that are with them. He commands them to do what is right and forbids

them to do what is wrong, and makes lawful to them the good things of life and forbids

them all that is foul. He lifts from them their burdens and the shackles that weigh

upon them. Those, therefore, who believe in him, honour and support him, and follow

the light that has been bestowed from on high through him shall indeed be successful.

(Verses 156-157) (In The Shade of The Quran) By Sayyid Qutb

Sayyid Qutb a renowned Egyptian scholar explains surah 7:157, of being an important piece of evidence that the Children of Israel were given the most emphatically, confirming the advent of the unlettered Prophet. The information was given by Moses and Jesus Christ in their revelation the Torah and Injil. He also adds that the Children of Israel are told that those who believe in this unlettered Prophet will be successful. On the other side Sayyid Qutb accuses the Jews for holding hostile attitude towards Muhammad who came to reduce burden and giving his followers the certain promise of success. History as it that the Children of Israel were the most hardened opponents of Muhammad and his religion.

Nevertheless, we as true Christians must be prepared to give an answer as written in the Holy Scripture (1 Pt 3:15). Church father Ignatius in (the epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians) says that there are some who hold wicked doctrine of the strange and evil spirit which deceives the people does not speak the things of Christ, but his own for he is a lying spirit. Muhammad the child rapist fits perfectly with the above description mentioned by the church father. Paraclete, the Holy Spirit does not speak His own things, but those of Messiah, and that not from himself, but from the Lord, similarly as Jesus announces to us the things that He received from the Father. For the Messiah says, “the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.” (Jn 14:24). And of the Holy Ghost, “He shall glorify Me, for He receives of Mine.” (Jn 16:14). The two statements clearly read for it that there is a union between Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, a clear nature of Trinity.

Whereas, the spirit of deceit preaches him and speaks his own things a big example is Muhammad, for he seeks to please himself. He glorifies himself, for he is full of arrogance, he is lying, fraudulent, and deceptive.

Eusebius in his works (Chapter 14. The False Prophets of the Phrygians) condemns certain sectarians, who like poisonous serpents over Asia and Phrygia, boasted that Montanus was the Paraclete and that his female followers Priscilla and Maximilla were his prophetesses. The great church historian throws light on a satanic person who himself is God’s adversary and was a cause of destruction for many. He was a barbarian both in word and manners and demonic in nature. He tried to pose himself as the Messiah and proclaimed himself the Paraclete (Jn 14:16 &26) and later, like Christ, he chose twelve disciples as partners of his new doctrine.

This madman went ahead to glue the false and godless doctrines that he collected from long-extinct heresies and plagued Persian to our part of the world. The heresy of Manicheans which began at his time (Ch 31) still prevails and many have borrowed the concept of being the Paraclete.

Further, our Lord in (Jn 16:13) promised His disciples the knowledge of all truth the Holy Spirit, the comforter (Jn 14:26), should come. Therefore as Thomas Aquinas explains (Reply to Objection 2) that Augustine (Contra Faust. xix, 31) said Montanus and Priscilla pretended that the promise given by the Messiah was fulfilled not in the apostles but in themselves proving that they were poisonous serpents. Similarly, Manicheans pronounced that it was fulfilled in Manes whom they considered to be the Paraclete. Hence, none of these received accept the Apostles of Jesus Christ, who were promised the second time (Acts 1:5) “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” which we read in the Holy Scriptures as having been fulfilled in (Acts 2). However, there are certain sects of people who will desperately quote (Jn 7:39) (“But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”), but as the father of church, Thomas Aquinas interprets the verse that the Holy Spirit was given as soon as Messiah was glorified in His Resurrection and Ascension. This brief explanation side washes the senseless idea that the Holy Spirit is to be expected to come at some other time.

Novatian, a priest and a theologian proves Christ to be God from the Gospel states that if the Messiah was merely a man, how can He himself say “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (Jn 11:26) and yet he who believes in man by himself alone is called accursed, but he who believes in Christ is not accursed, but is said not to die anymore. Novation in a treatise of Novation concerning the trinity (chapter 16) questions the heretics and the Muslims if the Messiah was only a man then how shall anybody who believes in him die eternally, since he who trusts in man is held to be accursed? Christ is not only man, but God also and those who believe in him will lay aside all risk of curse and will hence receive the fruit of righteousness. Further, on examine of the Holy Scripture, Novation raises question that if Christ was only man, how does He say that the Paraclete “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (Jn 16:14) for neither does the Paraclete receive anything from man, but blesses the man with knowledge. Similarly, the Holy Spirit does not learn the things that will happen in future from man but offers wisdom (Sophia) to man to learn about future. Therefore, the Paraclete receives from Christ and declares unto us, proving that the Messiah is greater than the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Ghost would not receive from our lord unless He is less than the Messiah. Henceforth, Novatian explains that if Christ was merely human, then why he would lay down for us such a rule of believing where he says “And this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Jn 17:3), by this statement didn’t Christ prove to us that he is God also, if not the statement “And Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent”, would be pointless if the Messiah was just a man. For this very reason Christ links himself with God and not with man, for if the Messiah was only human he wouldn’t had said “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (Jn 17:5). For no one could have anything, unless he himself should exists first to keep anything. Therefore, Christ was not just a man, but God because he was before the world and held his glory before the world. (Continue)


9For then will I turn to the peoples

A pure language,

That they may all call upon the name of the LORD, To serve Him with one consent.(Zep 3:9)

The above stanza mentioned is often quoted by Muslims proving that the verse and the prophet Zephaniah predicted the advent of Islam. One should realize that Bible never mentions of Islam or Muslims but yes it mentions of Ishmalites and Hagarenes (Ps 83:6). Again, Bible criticizes the tribes and none of the Biblical prophets were Ishmalites or Hagarenes, accept from the tribe of Israel the 12 tribes. So, why do Muslims exaggerate themselves proving that Islam and their prophet are prophesied in the Bible? It is because of (surah 7:157)

“Yusuf Ali: “Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper.”

Now, coming back to the verse, the prophet mentions of “a pure language, so that they may call the Lord in one name”. Muslims who are calling Christians to their faith often referee the verse as a prediction of Islam, therefore we has Christians should start investigating the potholes. Church father Origen explains to best of his knowledge that the entire world will someday come under one law only when the WORD wishes to do so. There is no evil so strong that it can be overpowered by the Supreme WORD and God Almighty. Again Lord Almighty says that

“For My determination is to gather the nations,

That I may assemble the kingdoms,

To pour upon them Mine indignation,

Even all My fierce anger;

For all the earth shall be devoured

With the fire of My jealousy.

9For then will I turn to the peoples

A pure language,

That they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent. (Ze 3:8-9)

Hence, when the whole earth comes to an end, the inhabitants of Asia, Europe and Libya as well as Greeks as Barbarians shall call upon the name of the Lord, and serve Him, with same consent. Origen is clear that the people will fall at the feet of the WORD and Lord Almighty.

Destruction In Deuteronomy

[26] And I sent messengers out of the

wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of

Heshbon with words of peace, saying: [27] ‘Let

me pass through thy land; I will go along by

the highway, I will neither turn unto the right

hand nor to the left. [28] Thou shalt sell me food

for money, that I may eat; and give me water

for money, that I may drink; only let me pass

through on my feet; (Deut 2:26-28)

[4] after he had smitten Sihon the king of

the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the

king of Bashan, who dwelt in Ashtaroth, at Edrei; (Deut 1:4)

Respond: The above verse is quoted by Moses, which explains the reason behind the attack. It was a peaceful treaty and a request as it reads in the verse. Moses requested Sihon to allow the sons of Israel to pass and in return they were ready to pay for the bread and water.

[30] But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let

us pass by him; for the Lord thy God hardened

his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that He

might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth

this day.

[31] And the Lord said unto me: ‘Behold,

I have begun to deliver up Sihon and his land

before thee; begin to possess his land.’ [32] Then

Sihon came out against us, he and all his people,

unto battle at Jahaz. [33] And the Lord our God

delivered him up before us; and we smote him,

and his sons, and all his people. [34] And we took

all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed

every city, the men, and the women, and the

little ones; we left none remaining; [35] only

the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves,

with the spoil of the cities which we had taken. (Deut 2:30-35)

3 Then we turned, and went up the way to

Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan came

out against us, he and all his people, unto battle

at Edrei. [2] And the Lord said unto me: ‘Fear

him not; for I have delivered him, and all his

people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou

shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon

king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.’

[3] So the Lord our God delivered into our hand

Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people;

and we smote him until none was left to him

remaining. [4] And we took all his cities at that

time; there was not a city which we took not from

them; threescore cities, all the region of Argob,

the kingdom of Og in Bashan. [5] All these were

fortified cities, with high walls, gates, and bars;

beside the unwalled towns a great many. [6] And

we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon

king of Heshbon, utterly destroying every city,

the men, and the women, and the little ones.

[7] But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we

took for a prey unto ourselves. (Deut 3:3-7)

7 When the Lord thy God shall bring thee

into the land whither thou goest to possess

it, and shall cast out many nations before thee,

the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite,

and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the

Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater

and mightier than thou; [2] and when the Lord

thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and

thou shalt smite them; then thou shalt utterly

destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with

them, nor show mercy unto them; [3] neither

shalt thou make marriages with them: thy

daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor

his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. [4] For

he will turn away thy son from following Me,

that they may serve other gods; so will the anger

of the Lord be kindled against you, and He will

destroy thee quickly. [5] But thus shall ye deal

with them: ye shall break down their altars, and

dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their

Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. (Deut 7:1-5)

Respond: The entire city was put to the sword including the little ones. There is a catch to it; Moses says that the Lord has delivered Sihon and Og into his hands. This is the choice given to Moses, nowhere in the verse lord says to go and kill, it is the decision of Moses. So, why did Moses execute every life in Heshbon. Well, Moses doesn’t give any concrete reason for this but we can conclude with two incidents that happen before Moses’s birth.

[20] And the Lord

said: ‘Verily, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is

great, and, verily, their sin is exceeding grievous.

[21] I will go down now, and see whether they

have done altogether according to the cry of

it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will

know.’ [22] And the men turned from thence,

and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood

yet before the Lord. [23] And Abraham drew

near, and said: ‘Wilt Thou indeed sweep away

the righteous with the wicked? [24] Peradventure

there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou

indeed sweep away and not forgive the place for

the fifty righteous that are therein? [25] That be

far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the

righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous

should be as the wicked; that be far from Thee;

shall not the Judge of all the earth do justly?’

[26] And the Lord said: ‘If I find in Sodom fifty

righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the

place for their sake.’ [27] And Abraham answered

and said: ‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to

speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.

[28] Peradventure there shall dack five of the fifty

righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack

of five?’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it, if I

find there forty and five.’ [29] And he spoke unto

Him yet again, and said: ‘Peradventure there

shall be forty found there.’ And He said: ‘I will

not do it for the forty’s sake.’ [30] And he said:

‘Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak.

Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.’

And He said: ‘I will not do it, if I find thirty there.’

[31] And he said: ‘Behold now, I have taken upon

me to speak unto the Lord. Peradventure there

shall be twenty found there.’ And He said: ‘I will

not destroy it for the twenty’s sake.’ [32] And he

said: ‘Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will

speak yet but this once. Peradventure ten shall be

found there.’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it for

the ten’s sake.’ [33] And the Lord went His way,

as soon as He had left off speaking to Abraham;

and Abraham returned unto his place. (Gen 18:20-33)

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah can answer the genocide done by Moses. The criteria for not destroying a city is well explained (Deut 18:24-32) that even 10 righteous people of the city can save the land from the wrath of God Almighty (Deut 18:32).

The second criterion is the flood that happened during Noah’s time.

[13] And God said unto Noah: ‘The end of

all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled

with violence through them; and, behold, I will

destroy them with the earth. (Gen 6:13)

God Almighty never intends to make a criterion that was made while destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. Ten righteous is enough to save the entire city. During the flood, entire earth was filled with violence (Gen 6:13) whereas, in case of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18:20-33) the entire city was destroyed. This could be one possible explanation that Yahweh God intends not to leave any choice and destroys the earth with a Global Flood. The two incidents are clear that the entire human race was wiped out including infants or little ones.  

Returning to the main reason that why were the infants executed by Moses. The answer lies here

[10] When thou drawest nigh unto a city

to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it.

[11] And it shall be, if it make thee answer of

peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that

all the people that are found therein shall become

tributary unto thee, and shall serve thee. [12] And

if it will make no peace with thee, but will make

war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it.

[13] And when the Lord thy God delivereth it

into thy hand, thou shalt smite every male thereof

with the edge of the sword; [14] but the women,

and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is

in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou

take for a prey unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the

spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God

hath given thee. [15] Thus shalt thou do unto all

the cities which are very far off from thee, which

are not of the cities of these nations. [16] Howbeit

of the cities of these peoples, that the Lord thy

God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt

save alive nothing that breatheth, [17] but thou

shalt utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the

Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the

Hivite, and the Jebusite; as the Lord thy God

hath commanded thee; [18] that they teach you

not to do after all their abominations, which they

have done unto their gods, and so ye sin against

the Lord your God. (Deut 20:10-18)

Respond: When we read (Deut 20:10) the verse is clear to fight against the enemies offering peace treaty at the first place. This is read in the (Deut 2:26-28) when Moses offered peace and money for bread and water to Sihon the king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon.But the king was adamant to put up a fight (Deut 2:32). Moses fought only in self-defense by making a peaceful treaty same with Og the king of Bashan (Deut 3:1).So, why did Moses kill the infants??? If you read (Deut 20:10-14) the women and the little ones or infants are spared but there is a criteria that only the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; (Deut 20:17) should be wiped out including the infants. It was not the same when we read Sihon the king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon (Deut 2:26) who was offered the peace treaty initially. Therefore, when we look into the bigger picture Moses who authored the Torah, walks on the footstep of God Almighty who destroyed every living being on earth including infants. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the massive Global Flood did not guarantee the survival of any living creature including infants.

Now, people might question the biased nature of God and Moses that it’s ok to execute foreigners for they were idolaters and enemy of Israel. (Deut 20:10-18). A similar question can be asked regarding the Sons Of Israel when they made a golden calf and started to venerate it (Ex 32:1-6). Was Moses quite on this? Or did he punish the sons of Israel? Yes he did so. (Ex 32:25-28) the passage speaks about execution of both men and women although the word “man’ is used “and slay every man” so we assume that only men are slaughtered. But this includes women too; because (Gen 5:2) is clear on this passage that God Almighty created both man and woman and called them Adam or man or mankind. Therefore, based on this argument we can conclude that men and women from the tribe of Israel were slaughtered that day.

Analyzing, the above statement and evidence one can conclude that the God of Bible is not biased and neither Moses took side of wrong when it came for the children of Israel. He judged fairly whether it was a foreigner or Israelites.

(Whether the judicial precepts regarding foreigners were framed in a suitable manner?) (Objection 4)

Thomas Aquinas explains that a distinction was maintained with regard to the hostile cities. When the children of Israel took the cities, they executed the men who avenged against Yahweh God’s people while women and children were shown mercy. Whereas, the same fate was absent when it came for other neighboring cities, the entire city was put by the sword on account of their crimes, punished by God Almighty by the hands of the Israelites. For it is mentioned

5It is not because of your righteousness or uprightness of heart that you are going in to possess their land, but it is because of their wickedness that the LORD your God is driving out these nations before you, to keep the promise He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  (Deut 9:5)

Violence In Numbers 31

And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2’Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites; afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.’ 3And Moses spoke unto the people, saying: ‘Arm ye men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian, to execute the LORD’S vengeance on Midian. 4Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.’ 5So there were delivered, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 6And Moses sent them, a thousand of every tribe, to the war, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. 7And they warred against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew every male. 8And they slew the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain: Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. 9And the children of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods, they took for a prey. 10And all their cities in the places wherein they dwelt, and all their encampments, they burnt with fire. 11And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of man and of beast. 12And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp, unto the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan at Jericho.

13And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. 14And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, who came from the service of the war. 15And Moses said unto them: Have ye saved all the women alive? 16Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to revolt so as to break faith with the LORD in the matter of Peor, and so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD. 17Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 18But all the women children, that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. 19And encamp ye without the camp seven days; whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify yourselves on the third day and on the seventh day, ye and your captives. 20And as to every garment, and all that is made of skin, and all work of goats’hair, and all things made of wood, ye shall purify.’

21And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war that went to the battle: ‘This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded Moses: 22Howbeit the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 23every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make to go through the fire, and it shall be clean; nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of sprinkling; and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make to go through the water. 24And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye may come into the camp.’(Nb 31:1-24)

Respond: If one reads the verse from (Nb 31:14-17), it was the decision of Moses to execute the children, (Pt 4) Yahweh God never gave such instructions of the genocide. If we read the verse below

“The Lord has sworn [God swears!] that the Lord will have war with 

        Amalek from generation to generation.” (Ex 17:14-16)

Yahweh God, promises to wage a war against the pagans Amalekites, it is for this reason he instructs Moses to wipeout every living creature.

Proofs from the Apostolic Writings, that Jesus Christ was one and the Same, the Only Begotten Son of God, Perfect God and Perfect Man.
Against Heresies — Irenæus

 Irenaeus explains to his best of knowledge that Christ fought with a concealed hand against the Amalekites. Christ removed the infants so that he might send them on before into his kingdom, because he arranged the circumstances so that, the human infants should be martyrs, slain according to the scriptures, for the sake of Christ as stated in the Gospel

When Herod saw that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was filled with rage. Sending orders, he put to death all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, according to the time he had learned from the Magi (Matt 2:16)

Al Waqidi The First Islamic Historian

Muhammad the prophet of Islam, who is he??? We know very little of the seer within10-20 years after his death until Al Waqidi comes into the picture. Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Umar al-Waqidi was born in Yathrib (Medina) in the year 130/747, towards the demise of Umayyad caliphate and during the rule of Marwan bin Muhammad. This earliest historian had a successful career that span to more than a jubilee and breathed his last in the year 207/823, he was just 78 years and was buried in the cemetery of Khaizuran in Baghdad. Al-Waqidi was very active when it came to collecting myriads of information from either the companions of the prophet or one of the descendants by visiting the place to which Muhammad had been. He is generally credited to be the first historian to collect the stories of warfare waged by Muhammad against the Jews and the Christians. Al-Waqidi gets the idea to pen down the life history of Muhammad after noticing the step taken by Ibn Ishaq who wrote Sirat Rasull Allah the biography of Muhammad the prophet of Islam. Al-Waqidi’s stand was to challenge his old contemporary Ibn Ishaq by adopting only the outline of the biography and coming with his own illustration known as Kitab-Al-Maghazi. Today, the work exists in three main manuscripts:

British Library Or. 1617, the only complete copy discovered which is dated to 564 hijri or 1169 A.D, which is errorless.

British Library Add. 20737 manuscript that contains only the first half of the text.

Vienna 881 which is in fragmentary form containing only one-third of the overall text.

These three manuscripts helped Marsden Jones to translate and give us his English work of Kitab-Al-Maghazi.

Can Al-Waqidi be trusted???

The answer is no, it is not because that he is rejected by the major scholars such as Imam Bukhari or Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal but because of the manuscript that comes after 300-400 years after the original has been written down. The problem is not only with the copy but also the age when Al-Waqidi chips in to write his part of the narration regarding Muhammad’s history. The duration of Muhammad’s death and writings of Al-Waqidi is more than 100 years, this shows that the early Muslims were either careless or did not take their prophet seriously. If Muhammad was a crucial figure for the entire mankind then why it takes more than 100 years to write down his war campaigns. Honestly speaking, the first complete copy is discovered more than 300 years after its original was penned down. This proves once again that Muslims were not serious about their prophet if not the copy could had been written within 50 years of its original.