I was recently reading over some passages in the bible, and came across a little issue...
Now those that know me, also know i do not support the OT or much of the NT... yet the NT does have some excellent messages, so i do occasionally
delve outside of the gospels depending the topic im studying.
The issue starts with 1 john 4... lets take a look
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have
heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ironically enough, theres been quite a lot of discussion about the anti-christ on ATS lately... And in one of the threads i stated specifically...
"theres already tons of Anti-christ's in the world already".... there likely won't be a single entity that will take the title of Anti-christ.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Here comes the issue...
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Hold the phone...
God is love... While i do not entirely disagree with this statement... i would not say "God is love", but mearly an aspect of God... That which
brings us to him...
But... keeping that in mind, lets move on to Paul... His view on love is one of the few things i do like about his writing...
1 Corinthians 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Essentially saying God is love, and does not keep record of wrongs...
Why does this God command his so called "children" to destroy the lives of others in so many passages within the OT?
IF this God is love... And paul says "love is not easily angered and keeps no records of wrongs"...
Then this can not
be the one true God Jesus spoke of...
Lets see some examples of this God keeping records of peoples wrong doings...
Even placing blame of those that are innocent... like here
Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with
"You are my battle-ax and sword," says the LORD. "With you I will shatter nations and destroy many kingdoms. With you I will shatter armies,
destroying the horse and rider, the chariot and charioteer. With you I will shatter men and women, old people and children, young men and maidens.
With you I will shatter shepherds and flocks, farmers and oxen, captains and rulers. "As you watch, I will repay Babylon and the people of Babylonia
for all the wrong they have done to my people in Jerusalem," says the LORD. "Look, O mighty mountain, destroyer of the earth! I am your enemy," says
the LORD. "I will raise my fist against you, to roll you down from the heights. When I am finished, you will be nothing but a heap of rubble. You
will be desolate forever. Even your stones will never again be used for building. You will be completely wiped out," says the LORD.
But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the
girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her
unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.
IF God is love... And Love keeps no record of wrongs as Paul says...
Are you sure this OT God is actually your God?
edit on 24-9-2012 by Akragon because: (no reason given)