Date: Wed Dec 18 2002 - 11:47:34 EST
In a message dated 12/18/02 11:28:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> The issue is NOT whether God can do -- whatever -- that is agreed upon. The
> issue is whether (or not) in this particular case God did command the
> murder of innocents. Those who insist that He did so may, indeed, be
> correct. But that position suggests an attribute of God which makes loving
> Him difficult. It also suggests that the killing of innocents in our day
> (nuke all IRAQ?) may be justified.
The entire Book of Job is God punishing an innocent man. The key to the Book
of Job is Job's repentance at the end. Just before Job repents he asks God
why? and God says (I paraphrase) because I am God. I only see God's
compassion for those who obey God's Law. Even among the Israelites, those who
abandond the Law are punished.
You also might want to consider; in the ten commandments when you see the
word 'neighbor' does it mean Hebrews only or all men? I think it means
Hebrews only. how else could they have embraced those commandments and then
gone on to massacre Canaanites?
I don't see a compassionate god in the OT. I see Him in the NT. In the OT I
see a righteous God. The killing of innocents is never justified.
On another tack, be careful of that word love. whenever I see it, it could
mean agape, self sacrifice, surrender or submission. Loving God is submitting
surrendering to Him as Job did because you have no other choice.
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