#faithseeking: theology in a nutshell

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  1. “The God Murders” website would not agree. G

    • Dear Gary,

      I don’t know if you really came to my blog or whether you have a bot leaving comments on WP anywhere where theology is mentioned.

      Either way, as a theologian and biblical scholar I thought I’d respond to your site.

      You are rightly commended for your biblical research. You’ve looked at a lot of texts which, perhaps ironically, many of those who might be offended by what you’ve done call Holy, but in reality never read.

      Unfortunately, you seem to be enthralled with opposition to a view about the bible which while prominent in your homeland is limited in its reach.

      Believing the Bible to be Holy and a source of divine revelation does not necessitate the passive acceptance of everything it says as correct and virtuous.

      As such, the kind of case you build and accusations you make have actually been a part of the Christian tradition for a very long time.

      Many believers have asked exactly the same questions of the text that you are asking, and all the more so in the light of the Holocaust and other horrors of the Twentieth century.

      If you believe that the Bible is historically accurate and basically the result of divine dictation, then the passages depict a God who is unworthy of worship.

      However, the Christian tradition has never insisted on these claims about scripture. The scriptural record of God’s activities are a, at times sobering, reminder of how various ancient communities at various points in time thought about divine activity.

      I do not believe that God commanded a genocide against the Canaanite people as recorded in the Book of Joshua (and historical evidence bears out the fact that such an event never happened), although this does not mean that I am bot perturbed that the community that produced that text thought it was consistent with God’s character to record an occurrence.

      I find it hard to be edified by such texts, but their existence serves as a powerful reminder of the continual threat of the tendency to represent God on our own terms and distort God to our own, often appalling, ends.

      It might also surprise you to know that a very similar set of reflections to your own exist within scripture itself.

      The Book of Job reflects on the role of God in human suffering and has its protagonist rail against God even to the point of cursing God’s decision to create him.

      The Book of Job is dominated by a legal metaphor, with Job at various points demanding to be able to put God on trial (although he concludes that, since God is such a powerful villain, justice would never be done anyway).

      The book is written in very complex ancient Hebrew and poses a complex task to any translator in various places.

      One of which is towards the end of book when Job perhaps gives up his anti-God stance and vows to repent OR possibly affirms his stance and refuses to repent (it can be translated either way).

      I genuinely hope that your site causes those who are predisposed to be scandalised by it to think and reflect on their view of scripture. However, I thought you might like to know that the way if such people is not the only way to respond to and affirm the value of Holy scripture within the context of faith.

      Regards,
      RQT

  2. Thank you for your accurate comments.

    The God Murders website exists for non-believers concerning debating the authoritative pressure of Christian Conversion.

    The collection of selected, controversial Bible C&Vs is documented to assist non-believers against religious bullies who demand, by blackmail and consequence of eternal punishment, that they change their lives to suit an angry, insane, vindictive, jealous and murderous God. Regards, G

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