Where the ancient Cananites destroyed for not following God's commands or for the worship of other gods?


were. And what is happening to the spellcheck today?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Here's some research that i found - Sounds like they were pretty rotten people, even child sacrifices, very violent!!

    "During the centuries that followed, the land of Canaan became saturated with detestable practices of idolatry, immorality, and bloodshed. The Canaanite religion was extraordinarily base and degraded, their “sacred poles” evidently being phallic symbols, and many of the rites at their “high places” involving gross sexual excesses and depravity. (Ex 23:24; 34:12, 13; Nu 33:52; De 7:5) Incest, sodomy, and bestiality were part of ‘the way of the land of Canaan’ that made the land unclean and for which error it was due to “vomit its inhabitants out.” (Le 18:2-25) Magic, spellbinding, spiritism, and sacrifice of their children by fire were also among the Canaanites’ detestable practices.—De 18:9-12.

    Baal was the most prominent of the deities worshiped by the Canaanites. (Jg 2:12, 13; compare Jg 6:25-32; 1Ki 16:30-32.) The Canaanite goddesses Ashtoreth (Jg 2:13; 10:6; 1Sa 7:3, 4), Asherah, and Anath are presented in an Egyptian text as both mother-goddesses and as sacred prostitutes who, paradoxically, remain ever-virgin (literally, “the great goddesses who conceive but do not bear”). Their worship apparently was invariably involved with the services of temple prostitutes. These goddesses symbolized the quality not only of sexual lust but also of sadistic violence and warfare. Thus, the goddess Anath is depicted in the Baal Epic from Ugarit as effecting a general slaughter of men and then decorating herself with suspended heads and attaching men’s hands to her girdle while she joyfully wades in their blood. The figurines of the goddess Ashtoreth that have been discovered in Palestine are of a nude woman with rudely exaggerated sex organs. Of their phallic worship, archaeologist W. F. Albright observes that: “At its worst, . . . the erotic aspect of their cult must have sunk to extremely sordid depths of social degradation.”—Archaeology and the Religion of Israel, 1968, pp. 76, 77; see ASHTORETH; BAAL No. 4.

    Added to their other degrading practices was that of child sacrifice. According to Merrill F. Unger: “Excavations in Palestine have uncovered piles of ashes and remains of infant skeletons in cemeteries around heathen altars, pointing to the widespread practice of this cruel abomination.” (Archaeology and the Old Testament, 1964, p. 279) Halley’s Bible Handbook (1964, p. 161) says: “Canaanites worshipped, by immoral indulgence, as a religious rite, in the presence of their gods; and then, by murdering their first-born children, as a sacrifice to these same gods. It seems that, in large measure, the land of Canaan had become a sort of Sodom and Gomorrah on a national scale. . . . Did a civilization of such abominable filth and brutality have any right longer to exist? . . . Archaeologists who dig in the ruins of Canaanite cities wonder that God did not destroy them sooner than he did.”—PICTURE, Vol. 1, p. 739.

  • 9 years ago

    Well, they couldn't have been destroyed for not following the Old Testament God's commands because as far as we know he didn't give them any. Not a one. So he must have been acting out of jealousy because they were serving other gods.

    I wonder though, why couldn't Yahweh have given them some warning? Maybe a chance to repent? Was it fair that he decided to hold an entire people to a set of laws that he had only just given to the invading Jews? If the invasion story has any truth at all in it, we can bet it was all about land, nothing more.

    And yeah, Yahoo's spellcheck is terrible.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 9 years ago

    "Where the ancient Cananites"

    I think you left out the word "are", then you would have...

    "Where are the ancient Cananites?"

    and the answer to that question would be they were never really destroyed, they just reincarnated like everybody does when they die

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    the early canaanites worshipped gods of fertility , the coming of the autumn rains , the new life in the spring , the planets and stars etc. and the sacrificing of their eldest child to appease them

  • 9 years ago

    Gods had nothing to do with it.

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