Is the Bible true or false? Recently one of your news-headlines plainly said a Bible statement has been proven false. Have those who long to find uncontestable evidence that would prove such finally found it? Does the DNA of the Lebanese, which shows them to be descendants of the ancient Canaanites, show the Bible to be mistaken? Where did God command the Israelites who entered Canaan to utterly slay all Canaanites? Actually, Israel was to “drive out” the many Canaanite tribes (read Exodus 23:28-31). For those who were rebellious and would resort to their walled cities to fight against the Israelites, God instructed that “thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: but thou shalt utterly destroy them” (Deuteronomy 20:16-17), lest Israel “do after their abominations” (v. 18). Only the rebellious that resisted being driven out would be killed. Such was God’s judgment upon them for their gross iniquity. If reporters and editors had bothered to check their facts, they would realize that the truth is that the Bible teaches that all the Canaanites were NOT destroyed. In the book of Joshua, we are told, “They drave NOT out the Canaanites…unto this day…”, but rather enslaved them (Joshua 16:10). Judges 1:27-36 should be read, being informed that the Israelites “did NOT drive them out” from many areas and towns (cf. vs. 28 and 32). In fact, because of the negligence of Israel to even drive out the Canaanites, God plainly said, “I WILL NOT drive them out from before you: but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a snare unto you” (Judges 2:3). The anti-Bible crowd delights in promoting “fake news” that would cause the uninformed to doubt the Bible as the word of God.
Ronald Bartanen, Sullivan