Is there a contradiction between the God of the OT and the God of the NT?
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(02-26-2014, 06:29 PM)Heorot Wrote: God ordered the killing of the Amalekites, Canaanites, etc., for reasons that are His own. Since this led to the stable foundation of Israel - the very mode by which He would send His Son to die for the redemption of the Universe - we know it was for the good of human souls. Further, I personally believe God ordered the deaths of those pagans because the longer they would have lived, the more corrupted they would have become. Perhaps He gave supernatural grace to those who were good among the evil tribes, so that they might make an act of faith before death and enter as fully as was possible into the Covenant. Perhaps not. This is why God is glorious: all is for our good, even if we do not know how it is so.

This is where it becomes problematic for me.  God could have brought about the conversion of those pagans if he wanted to.  To say that the longer they lived, the more corrupt they would have become necessitates one of two things: either God is not omnipotent, because he was incapable of bringing about their conversion and so killing them was the only way to prevent them from harming others, or God was capable and desired their deaths instead, that is he weighed their life and their death, and he decided their death was more pleasing to him (which begs the question, why did he ever want them alive to begin with then?).  Neither possibility fits with the God that Christianity preaches, teaches and adores, so Yahweh clearly is not the same god.

Further, you say we know it was good for human souls, but unless they went straight to heaven (and we have no reason to believe they did other than pure sentimentality), then it obviously wasn't good for *their* souls, was it?  This is problematic because, on the one hand, it means someone else had to go to hell in order to save you (again pitting God's omnipotence against his benevolence, or disproving either), and on the other, it means God is just as likely to slaughter you while you are in mortal sin in order to bring about a greater good for someone else 1500 years from now, thus showing how insignificant you are to him and how capricious his love for you is.  It destroys any possibility of having a hope and trust in him that is founded upon anything greater than that same sentimentality.  It reduces Christianity to wishful thinking, hoping you happen to remain on God's good side.

No deity like that is worthy of our worship.
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Re: Is there a contradiction between the God of the OT and the God of the NT? - by Melkite - 02-27-2014, 02:24 AM



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