They were convinced at the time,(they even built an altar to Him along the way) but not being in God's presence, once hardship hit, they abandoned Him quickly. That's why I call them weak.<quoted text>That is a huge if. I would say that never happened due to the idea these people were not convinced of Moses' god. The story shows the only plausible event being a leader murdering non believers. It is exactly like Muslims killing Christians. And until you and your kind learn this, please do not expect Muslims to stop killing Christians. Both superstitions are hypocritical, and you demonstrate how Christianity justifies murder for having diversity in religious beliefs.
I am sure the Muslims who murder Christians are doing so in the belief of building a strong nation. You see, they are anti secularism, and against religious freedom, just as the bible is.
I don't expect Muslim extremists to stop killing Christians any more than I expect communists to stop hating the US.
Christians have not been charged to kill others with opposing beliefs. We don't justify murder because we are told not to murder. The people of the Old Testament lived under different laws than Christians today, but very similar to other civilizations that existed at the time. It wasn't uncommon for civilizations to kill anyone that threatened their way of life, any outsider.
Countries weren't setup back then with international rules.