coming from an atheist friend of mine. why does God command so many people to be killed? so many wars? wars over what the land of israel is now? why did God command at times for a whole nation - husbands, wives, children (babies, too), livestock - to be abolished? i'll ask the age old question (mainly cause i don't understand it myself): if God is such a loving God - why would he command to kill so many people in the O.T. and in essence those people go to hell? why would God do that? i'm not asking this from a Devil's Advocate point of view. i'm honestly asking this for information. need scripture and lots of it. heh. thank you. God bless. gek.