Reprinted with permission from Baptist Bulletin Mar/Apr 2013. All rights reserved.
Recent incidents of genocide (the systematic killing of ethnic or religious groups) and ethnic cleansing (the forced deportation of ethnic or religious groups):
- 1991 450,000 Palestinians expelled by Kuwait in retaliation for the PLO’s support of Saddam Hussein
- 1993 170,000 Croatians and non-Serbs murdered or deported by Serbian rebels led by Slobodan Miloševic
- 1999 800,000 Albanians flee their homes during the Kosovo War
- 1994 As many as 1,000,000 Tutsi killed by Hutus in the Rwandan genocide
- 2000 200,000 East Timorese killed or expelled from Indonesia after voting for independence in a 1999 referendum
- 2003 450,000 from various black ethnic groups killed and another 2 million expelled from the Darfur region of Sudan
- 2008 200,000 Karen and 120,000 other refugees displaced from their Burma (Myanmar) homes, fleeing to Thailand
- 2012 400,000 people displaced in dispute between Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims of Assam, India
Problem: How should a believer respond to accusations about genocide in the Old Testament? Does the Bible encourage genocide for religious purposes?