Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.<quoted text>
"The command to kill all the Canaanite peoples is jarring precisely because it seems so at odds with the portrait of Yahweh, Israelâs God, which is painted in the Hebrew Scriptures. Contrary to the vituperative rhetoric of someone like Richard Dawkins, the God of the Hebrew Bible is a God of justice, long-suffering, and compassion.
You canât read the Old Testament prophets without a sense of Godâs profound care for the poor, the oppressed, the down-trodden, the orphaned, and so on. God demands just laws and just rulers. He literally pleads with people to repent of their unjust ways that He might not judge them.âAs I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and liveâ(Ez. 33.11).
He sends a prophet even to the pagan city of Nineveh because of his pity for its inhabitants,âwho do not know their right hand from their leftâ(Jon. 4.11). The Pentateuch itself contains the Ten Commandments, one of the greatest of ancient moral codes, which has shaped Western society. Even the stricture âan eye for an eye and a tooth for a toothâ was not a prescription of vengeance but a check on excessive punishment for any crime, serving to moderate violence. "
So people are made to suffer for things their great grand parents did. But they are not "innocent victims" in your eyes? Christianity has warped your moral sense beyond all recognition.