Wow, what a title for a post. Here are my presuppositions that I am bringing to the table on this:
1. All people are born with a sin nature or state of being. If you want to label this the ego then that is fine. The super ego might be the better psychological term for what I am talking about. People are naturally or inherently self-seeking. We do not of our own accord desire to help others unless it has some benefit to our self.
2. A culture is a way of life of a group of people. The smaller the group of people the more likely it is that an individual within the group will not turn away from the culture to do something different than the norm.
3. There is an absolute right and wrong in the world. Everyone has the capacity to know it (except for those with mental disabilities who in some situations are able to show more compassion than us “normal” folks). A culture may have its social norms that vary from one culture to the next but there are certain truths that are universal. For example, murder is wrong anyway you look at it. Killing, however, can be justified: just war theory, self-defense, …genocide?
4. Some cultures practice wrong things to such an extent that it permeates all members within the culture, even down to the children.
With those presuppositions in place it is my opinion that what we know as genocide, the killing of a cultural people group, can be justified.
Now for the interesting part. If you are a Christian and you do not agree with me then I want an explanation for what happened when the nation of Israel marched through and claimed the “Promised Land”. A good example is the king of Og being defeated in Numbers 21:33-35. Another example prior to Moses death is the defeat of the Midianites, Numbers 31:7-11. The best example I have found so far is in the book of Joshua, chapter 6.
My question would be, what would have made this okay then, but now it is seen as completely close-minded, unethical, morally repugnant, and more?
Can people as individuals change? Yes. Each of us has changed over the years. What happens when a culture is so ingrained into each individual that it would take nothing short of a miracle to change their way of life? Let’s do this in reverse. Hitler mobilized an entire nation in Germany to support a way of thinking that sub-humanized certain people groups. Those who opposed this way of thinking were removed from the way of life that was created by this movement. Would anyone in the entire world have cared if the Allied Nations bomb all of Germany into a fiery heap of ash? No. History would say that it was necessary to secure the freedom for men and women of the world. We would say it is justified. Again, if you disagree with genocide but would agree that bombing all of Germany was okay during World War II then what is the difference?
Maybe I am playing devil’s advocate…maybe I’m not.
Your thoughts, please.