Why all the Bible Battles and Bloodshed?

Often reading through the Old Testament feels like an endless list of casualty records – like reading about America’s Civil War – only much worse. Lot’s of killing. Big battles. Non-stop bloodshed.  

(Read Joshua and Judges for some stories “Rated R for Intense Violence.”)

What’s the reason for all this death? And why, all of the sudden, does the killing campaign end as we enter the New Testament? 

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My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in college and youngest in elementary school.

Helping them develop their own walk with God is on our minds—a lot! So are questions about why so many young people are walking away from faith, and why parents often have a distant relationship with God.

I kept coming back to an answer that was so obvious… I almost missed it.

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We’re at the end of a five-part series to help you boost biblical literacy in the home. I know, the expression, “biblical literacy” may be about as clear as “molecular geometry.” But the basic truth is this:

Because of declining Bible understanding and engagement among young people, they’re walking away from the faith in droves. Statistically, the belief we’re hoping to see our kids embrace is not sticking.

And that’s where Pillar 5 comes in.

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