The Truth about the God of the Old Testament


A few good thoughts.
To me God as shown in the Old Testament, is one who wants to protect His people, punishes those who hurt them and reminds them who there God is. If they do not follow the path He has for them then they must take the consequences of there actions.

With All I Am

Copan Is God a Moral Monster

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomanical, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

Atheist Richard Dawkins’ infamous description of Yahweh in his book The God Delusion is enough to make most Christians’ blood boil. Unfortunately, we are not always well-equipped to calmly and reasonably respond to such vitriol.Dr. Paul Copan, a well-respected professor of philosophy, author, and speaker, notes that Christians shouldn’t ignore the charges of Neo-atheists like Dawkins. Rather, “As people of the Book, Christians should honestly reflect on such matters.”

Copan’s recent book, Is God a Moral Monster?, is one of my new favorites. Written for a lay audience, the provocatively titled work responds to atheists’ most frequent attacks against the Old Testament God:

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4 responses to “The Truth about the God of the Old Testament

  1. If they do not follow the path He has for them then they must take the consequences of there (sic) actions.

    A fine definition of divine christian love (conditional and manipulative) that excuses… well, just about anything you care to name.

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    • If we are to have free will and not be robots then there has to be consequences to all actions.
      God did not want robots but people who could chose to worship Him.
      If you stick your hand in the fire you get burnt, if you didn’t you would keep putting your hand in the fire.

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      • “Do as I say, or else…” is not how one teaches another to do good for the sake of doing good; it is a way to force someone to do something because of negative consequences. What this produces are people doing good to avoid being punished, which devalues the action. If I can figure this out, then why can’t your god?

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  2. Isaiah 49
    The LORD’s people have suffered, but he has shown mercy

    and given them comfort.

    14The people of Zion said, “The LORD has turned away

    and forgotten us.”

    15The LORD answered, “Could a mother forget a child

    who nurses at her breast?

    Could she fail to love an infant who came from her own body?

    Even if a mother could forget, I will never forget you.

    How does a parent teach a child by showing and telling but then if they do not wish to learn or follow to experience themselves. Its not do as I say or else its live this way and things will work out do it your way and it will not be as good.
    We have a choice.
    When you buy a new car you can either read the handbook and know how everything works or just jump in and go. If you do the later then things can go wrong as you do not know what some things are or what they do. I have done it got into a car and gone, but then I could not find the indicators or the lights when I needed them easily.
    We have a choice and if we choose Gods way then he helps us, that does not make it all fine and dandy but it is better.

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