Debate: Were Achan's children stoned and if so, was it just?
I just wanted to know your opinions on this topic- User:AmeliaW
I have not heard of Achan, but if I had to guess, I would say yes, and yes.
Yes, they were
Achan brought destruction onto his whole family. As a matter of fact he brought destruction onto the Israelite camp, causing death to other families.(Joshua 7:5) Achan's actions weren't hidden, and according to Jewish law at the time, a person who witnessed a sin and didn't report it was guilty. Now as for the age of his children, we don't know. But what we do know is that Achan hid the merchandise in his tent. It would be a bit hard to hide things in a tent...not like there are secret compartments or trapdoors into the sandy desert floors or skins...(Joshua 7:20-21)
Was it just? We may think "How could God be so unjust so as to kill a child?", yet we know very well that mankind does that on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, as I'm typing this, there are those who are being killed by multimillion dollar corporations by exploiting lands on which people need to live, but they don't care. Secondly, there is warfare where the targets are families, to cause a form of terror in the hearts of the people and get the media on the bandwagon. But what about God's actions? Was THAT unjust?
Here's a possibility, not an absolute. Maybe Achan's sons would have grown up resentful and caused more damage. Also, maybe Achan's sons were young men, not little tots. A similar misunderstanding happens often with Abraham and Isaac, where people think of Isaac as being a baby or something, when he was actually carrying the wood, and he would have been a young man.(Genesis 22:6-8) He voluntarily lay on the altar, not like a little baby. This is a side point, but just something to think about.
Ultimately, God is just, so his actions would have been just. More than likely, Achan's actions killed many families affecting women and children and the "eye for eye, soul for soul" law may have applied...but we don't know the specifics. Still, God is just.Exwikipediaperson 13:37, 6 August 2014 (EDT)