JON CURRY SAID:
“The facts remain. Sura 9 portrays a God that is far more merciful than Numbers 31 and I Sam 15.”
A good example of Jon’s moral blindness, which is illustrative of many unbelievers.
1.From an ethical standpoint, the relevant question is not whether a punishment is unmerciful, but whether it’s unjust.
Indeed, there are many cases in which mercy and justice are opposed. To be merciful to a rapist is to be unjust to a rape victim.
2.In addition, as I’ve often said, you can’t be equally merciful to everyone. To be merciful to the rapist is to be merciless to his victim.
3.Likewise, as I’ve said on more than one occasion, if you punish a criminal, that may impose a hardship on his family. But does that mean we should never punish a criminal?
An investment banker who defrauds his clients of their life savings may be a devoted husband and father. If you prosecute him for his crimes, his family will suffer.
To prosecute the man is unmerciful to his wife and kids, yet it would be unjust to left him off Scott free. The better to defraud the next batch of unsuspecting clients. In that case, mercy would be immoral.
4.Jon’s comparison is also shortsighted. To be merciful to the Canaanites is to be merciless to their future victims.
The Canaanites victimized the Israelites. They also victimized their own people through their many immoralities.
Allow a mortal enemy to live, and he will live to fight you another day. He and his descendents.