Was The God Of The Old Testament "bad"?
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from the God/Bush thread.
Your point being?
First of all, I don't do any of those things. Secondly yes, because I would never order the slaughter of women and children I consider myself to be better then the OT version of God.
Maybe you didn't read my posts. I have read parts of the OT, back before I became an apatheist. I decided that I could never serve a God who would do the things the OT God did. By the way, you haven't yet even presented me with a reason as to how God commanding mass slaughters could be "good".
Alright, if you're going that route then explain to me why God doesn't smite all evil? Why didn't he smite hitler, but did smite all those people in the OT? Why didn't God just keep his nose out of human affairs like that then as he does now?
Riddle me this: you admit that Jesus and the OT God are different. How is it that your "perfect" God is so inconsistant?
More on topic: Why does bush think that he needs to do God's will? God's a big boy, surely he can do his own flipping will. I mean he did in the OT after all right?
My point was that human sacrifice is one of the many things that God found unacceptable in the world at that point. So he commanded the Israelites to totally eradicate all traces that they ever existed. It is an interesting OT concept that the very soil on which sins were committed by men was made unclean and defiled. God didn't want His people to be affected by evil practices such as human sacrifice. That's a pretty good reason, I think.
God isn't inconsistent between both testaments. Jesus was the fulfillment of the OT covenant with Abraham and later on with Moses through Jacob. If you want me to elaborate on this, I can.
About your other point - why doesn't God smite all evil.
This is an interesting formulation of "the problem of evil." I'm pretty sure I answered this one already, but let's see. He did smite all evil, remember the flood, and the covenant with Noah? You would have known this if you had read the OT too. He smote Sodom and Gomorrah. God used Israel to smite the Canaanites. What do you mean "why doesn't God smite all evil"? You seem to forget that it's coming.
Also, where is the basis for this claim that "God keeps his nose out of our business"? He's never done that. If you mean why he doesn't perform magic tricks for your entertainment, heh. That's a different matter.
Don't assume that because I said something it means I actually was thinking that the core of the sun was going to be replaced with hot dogs.