Umm, you are deflecting. Back up the claim that all or most illegitimate births were due to rape in warfare. I guess that's rape in the sense that all arranged marriages were: While I personally don't get the reasoning behind this one, it states that a man who rapes a virgin must pay her father 50 shekels and marry her and may not divorce her. While I am also appalled at the idea of a woman having to marry her rapist, I don't see that as rape by a Jewish soldier sanctioned by God. Again, while I don't agree with it this is more forced marriage, which would not lead to illegitimate children. I'd have to read up on this, but I believe that is prophecy, not God's judgment. I could be wrong, but again I am not seeing the case for widespread illegitimacy as a result of warfare. It is interesting to note that under the Romans illegitimacy was treated very differently. The Christians actually took away the right of inheritance for children born out of wedlock (because you know, that's what Jesus would do ). There is a lot of stuff in the OT that I don't get, but I don't see how any of that applies to us. We aren't being called to conquer Canaan now. Fair enough. How can we know anything about the Creator? For me it comes down to the question of who Jesus was.