Who were the Canaanites?


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The Canaanites were a tribe which inhabited the land that was to become the Nation of Israel. They worshiped many gods but primarily the goddess Astarte and her consort Baal, evil deities. The Canaanites were guilty of the most horrible crimes --- incest, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, even child sacrifice at each of their rituals. God, in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) condemned such evil behavior and demanded that it be brought to an end. In Genesis 12 through 15, God chose a particular people, now known as Jews, to remove the Canaanites and to inhabit that land. God sent two angels to warn Lot and his family (Genesis 19:1-3) of the impending doom of the people of Canaan. God warned Israel that if they failed to remove the Canaanites, he would "vomit" them out of his mouth. Alas, the Jews, the future Israelites, permitted the Canaanites to dwell among them, one of the many, many times Israel ignored God, some even participating in their evil. 

The world is now full of persons of the "Canaanite" persuasion. Sadly, we Christians participate, in part, in their destructiveness. How can a Christian witness to the world when so many of us are immersed in sin?

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