Excerpt from this Christian website: Apologetics Alliance
Through literary apologetics, this four-part series examines the backstory involving Balaam’s advice, the actual incident of Peor, and the repercussions seen in the passage above. It is not my intent to treat this subject matter lightly, or even make you like this passage. My only hope is for others who struggle with this passage to see God’s mercy in the situation.
My comment left on above Christian blog:
Regardless of the “background”, here are the facts presented in this passage of the Bible:
1. The Midianite men have been killed in battle.
2. The Midianite women, teenage girls, and children have been captured and brought back to Moses.
3. Moses orders the slaughter of ALL the women and ALL the little boys.
4. Moses then orders that all the virgin females be spared so that the Hebrew soldiers’ may use them for their desired purposes (to be their maids, house keepers, and/or brides, of course).
Christians need ask themselves only ONE question about this passage of the Bible to determine if the acts committed in this alleged historical event were moral or immoral. Reviewing the “context” and “background” (excuses/justifications) is irrelevant to the morality of the act:
Is there ever ANY justification for the targeted slaughter of little children?
This situation is very different from what happens to children as “collateral damage” in modern warfare. We would not hold a pilot morally responsible for killing young children who happened to be playing (unbeknownst to him) next to an ammunition dump upon which the pilot was dropping his bomb load from high up in the sky. We WOULD hold the same pilot morally responsible if he landed his plane, got out his knife, and chased after the little children, grabbing each one by the arm or leg to slit his or her throat.
The first situation would not be considered immoral, the second situation, most definitely would be considered immoral. In fact, it would be considered MURDER.
Moses committed murder in this passage, and because he was killing people of one specific ethnicity, because of their ethnicity, Moses committed genocide. What is most appalling, is that the Jewish/Christian God did absolutely nothing to stop this act; there is no mention in the Bible that the Jewish/Christian God ever punished Moses for this act; and, there is every reason to suspect that the Jewish/Christian God ordered and condoned this act of brutal, immoral, barbarism.