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The plan of moving from A to B to C, and the character that lies behind that plan, has not changed.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: Matrixsurvivor
The Biblical God has very clearly given permission to eat; "Every living thing that lives shall be food for you" (Genesis ch9 v3). Either you take seriously what he says, or you don't. There is no point in seizing on one part of it and ignoring another.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: Akragon
a) They are not in conflict if they are acting to prepare the way for each other. Like childhood and adulthood.
I think I'm just repeating what I've already said, so we will be probably going round in circles from this moment onwards.
b) Blood is not life. Blood is a symbol of life, used for teaching purposes. That was intended to be the point of the OP.
He finds them offering animal sacrifices, like all the other societies of the time. Whatever he thinks about this, he does not try to abolish the practice at a stroke.
Instead, he gradually changes the meaning of the word “sacrifice”, giving it a more and more metaphorical interpretation, and waiting until the more literal sacrifices can be brought to an end by the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
And he finds them engaging in war, just like all the other societies around them.
But in this case, too, it takes time to wean them out of it.
Uh, no, he didn't. He actually demanded sacrifices. If one did not bring the necessary sacrifice, they were in deep ca-ca.
In short, what we see in the laws of the Old Testament, and in the overall history of the Old Testament, is the slow and patient work of gradual training.
Alright, then why did YHWH kill the kids who were making fun of Elijah's bald head? There wasn't much patience in that.
When modern critics are assailing the laws and the culture of the Old Testament, this is precisely what they are complaining about. They don’t think God should have been giving his people this patient teaching.
They think he should have “zapped” them , instantly, to a state of spiritual maturity comparable to their own.
If they had been in God’s place (and they would certainly have done the job better) they would have “zapped”.
Well...seems it's not rocket science (if you ARE god) , to say, "DO NOT DO THIS". Are you kidding me? You actually think that "said god" needs to take that much time to get his point across? Then, what the heck were the 10 commandments for? Seriously dude, you are trying to sound scholarly and have only ended up sounding "fundamentally" inept.
The God of the Old Testament is much more patient than they are.
No, he's not. Do you even read the OT?? He didn't have more patience than a nat. BUT....he was sure good at keeping the established "staus quo"...AND adding more on that "his people" needed to adhere to.
edit on 12-1-2017 by Matrixsurvivor because: (no reason given)