So I'm reading a book someone recommend many months ago and I got for my birthday. Anyway there is a question in the last chapter about what we should do about disturbing biblical passages. The main ones discussed were the ones about the genocide against Israel's enemies. You know where they are commanded by God to kill every man, woman and child. And in others where one could stay alive if she were a virgin woman (I suppose for sex slave purposes), but not if one were not a virgin - and definitely not a man. Still others where God seemingly cared more for trees than people. (Sounds like some extreme environmentalists I've heard of.)
I was going to share the author's words about those, but figured first I'd ask you.
Should we allegorize them? Excise them from the text? Ignore them? Condemn them? Learn how to defeat our own enemies from them? Celebrate them as God's plan for keeping the line for the Messiah safe?
All, some, or none of the above. Please tell me how you view them. How do you deal with them and explain them to others?