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Considering that He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient, how can I see God's behavior in the Old testament as not being basically a defamation of character written by men. Especially when a verse in the New testament says "God is love"
puck61 puck61 51-55, M 14 Answers Feb 1, 2013 in Religion

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Much of what is written in the Bible is about what men DID, not about what God condones. Where God orders all of a race of people to be destroyed it is to stop the evil being practiced by that group of people from spreading to the Israelites. Remember also that God takes children who die before a certain age, which is not specified to my knowledge, to heaven, so those children who died thus, may well be better off than they would have been had they lived their lives otherwise.

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Succinct and to the point. Are you sure you're not a writer? ;-)

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Thank you. I appreciate the honest straight forward answer you've given me here, and thanks for not berating me for asking the question. If I say that God had nothing to do with some of the laws in the old testament, would you agree or disagree?

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There are laws there that were Jewish tradition as opposed to God's laws given to man. In the New Testament, that is the conflict between Jesus and the pharisees. The pharisees are trying to honor their ancestors, which in and of itself is not wrong, but Jesus' main focus is giving honor to God.

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By putting it in it's historical and cultural context

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So God condones stoning a woman to death for not being a virgin on her wedding day because of the time that it was happening and the culture of the people? (I'm not trying to be difficult. honest.)

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no...god didn't say anything like that. I think of it more like a whole room can see the same incident and perceive it completely differently. God didn't stop them...so they assumed their deity sanctioned their actions. They prospered so they assumed that was because god was on their side...others looking at the same thing ...might say that was result of actions, abuses, and war making. It's perceptions of the people who wrote and interpreted those texts along the years that are incorrect. We cannot blame their god..for those peoples' misdeeds and misinterpretations.....they did them.

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if you read it...it's clearly not written from the perspective of god....even though there are some instances in the book where the person is retelling a divine experience they had...but that is not the same thing as god literally giving his words...

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In the world but not part of it. I have been disciplined in love. I know that by being in an imperfect world I am surrounded by sin and the consequences of sin. By the way, if the bible was made into a movie, yes it would have to be x-rated.

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Sorry,Puck,I was interrupted in my researches,for your question,by a band song called"Myth",by Beach House,which I had to youtube..who sez irony is dead? Anyway,I was refreshing my knowledge concerning one Teilhard de Chardin,A jesuit philosopher/theologian,who posited the concept of the Omega Point..that being a maximal level ofcomplexity and consciousness toward which we are evolving,even being pulled toward.One of his more well known phrases was reduced to everything that rises must converge,which was also the title of a work by the American author,Flannery O'Connor. O'Connor wastes no time in demonstrating the venality and benality of the human condition..starchildren need not apply! So,in reconciling the cruelty factor of the Old Testament,we must remember that Christ did not distance himself from the OT,but embraced it and there are some fairly hefty threats,even here(weeping and gnashing of teeth anybody?And if we continue to take the word of God in a nind-numbingly literal way,will we eever get to an All Knowing,All Loving being..Genesis is not science,or history,but something more profound..our creation,falling away and recovery,by this God.who both transcends his creation,and is in it.I believe that God is unchanging,but the language he explains Himself parallels our ability to understnd,our evolution,if you will.The cosmology,culture and mindset of the authors must be considered,and their message in relation to the whole of revelation.Here is a link(Papist,chaver!) that does attempt to address your question on a more nuts and bolts level http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=556076...Your questions are valid,and they,like the problem of evil in our world have soured so many people on belief.De Chardin said,Our century is more probably more religousthan any other.How can it fail to be with such problems to be solved?The only problem has not yet found a God it can adore"...Seek and ye shall find.........................peace

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Wow. Thank you so much for posting such a detailed answer and for the reading suggestions. I really appreciate your answer.

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The great thing about believing in an invisible magic say daddy is you can make up any explanation that you want to justify anything.

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What you're asking for would require a thesis and there isn't enough room or time here to adequately address the question.

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Yes my details were originally a thesis in themselves, but I had to rewrite them to keep them out of the Mature section.

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I agree entirely. I don't know whether a God exists or not but I have no doubt the bible was written by man and reflects values and opinions of the time.

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My fundamentalist friends don't like my opinions much!

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Every good book has that stuff in it. It's just a action packed book

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because man wrote the bible without realizing god doesn't belong to any set religion

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I'm pretty suspicious of that because so many negative human attributes and qualities are ascribed to God.

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we are "made in his image after all"

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It is just a story relax try ****

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Sorry. I thought about cancelling the question because it kept going to Mature Topics. It did three times. This time I changed the wording of the details and it didn't get thrown in mature topics. I had to check,

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@huntressartemis, yes. Those kind of people are doing their faith a disservice.

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