I've been struggling with WHY and IF God actually commanded Joshua and the army to kill innocent children.
In the book of Isaiah, there is a Bible verse which says the following: "But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste." (Isaiah 7:16)
This seems to suggest to me that the Bible acknowledges that infants cannot possibly know right from wrong. Why then would God command the murder of children who did not knowingly accept the practices or beliefs of the society in which they were born?
Couldn't they have been adopted by the Jews?
Couldn't God have killed these children in a painless way?
Was God's command misunderstood by Joshua?
Was this entire story just a later justification of genocide?
Please weigh in because I fail to see how the God in the New Testament could have demanded this act