On Quorra another answer defends the Bible of Numbers 31:17 where god demanded the murder of children and rape of women:

Original question:

What are the context and meaning of Numbers 31:17–18?

17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.note

18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

It’s pretty easy to pluck out those specific verses and judge God as some sort of tyrant. But if you take the time to study and do a little research you’ll discover why God gave this order.

1st you need to realize that Midian was the son of Abraham from his wife Keturah after his 1st wife Sarah died (Genesis 25). This is important to understand because it means that the Midianites practiced circumcision after the Abrahamic covenant. Also while the Hebrew children were enslaved in Egypt the Moabites and Midianites had prospered greatly in the land for nearly 400 years.

So when the Hebrews were wandering around the wilderness and God was using them to overthrow the evil cities such as the Amorites that the Moabites became concerned. Their King Balak hires the Edomite prophet Balaam (the Edomites were the descendants of Esau, Israel’s brother) to curse Israel, but Balaam tells Balak that he can only say the words that God gives him to say. Balak however promises Balaam a lot of wealth and honor, even so Balaam ends up blessing Israel three times instead of cursing them.

After the third attempt to curse them he instead teaches Balak how to cause Israel to stumble by worshipping the god Baal. Although the actual details of this isn’t given there are references concerning this in Revelation 2:14. Anyhow this led to a plague in Israel probably because the Israelite men were sleeping with the Midianite and Moabite women. This plague had killed 24,000 people (see numbers 25:9) and this is what Moses was reminding the people of in Numbers 31:16. Part of the ritual worship of the god Baal was orgies and cutting themselves, basically an S.T.D. nightmare. This meant that all the boys who had been circumcised and all the women who weren’t virgins were possible carriers of diseases. This is why the order to kill everyone except the virgin women was given. Now let’s read the full passage of everything that transpired after the war against Midian.

Numbers 31:13–24:

13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.

14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.

15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?

16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.

17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day.

20 And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats’ hair, and all things made of wood. note

21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses;

22 Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead,

23 Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.

24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp.

So you see that they had to go through a purification process to make sure that this plague didn’t resurface. IIt’s not like they had a hospital complete with labs and doctors to screen for S.T.D’s.

This guy refers to STD’s in order to defend mass murder of children and the rape of women.