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Actor John Rhys-Davies’ comments about radical Islam and our political correctness (while being interviewed by Adam Carolla) were trending all over social media last week. Rhys-Davies is best known for playing Gimli in The Lord of the Rings series, as well as his role as Indiana Jones’ friend Sallah in the Indiana Jones movie series.
When comments like these go viral on social media, I think it’s helpful to pause and examine why. Continue Reading…
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
– Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion
Where does Richard Dawkins find these adjectives about God?
Is he right?
if you Google “Horrible Bible verses”, you’ll find all sorts of fun websites that list out the exact verses Dawkins is drawing these conclusions from.
1 Samuel 15:2-3 is a good summary example of these types of verses: 2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” Continue Reading…
There’s a growing trend that Christians want to have the “nice”, “gracious”, and “loving” New Testament Jesus but reject the “wrathful”, “judgmental”, and “violent” Old Testament God. Continue Reading…
I recently wrote about some of the harsh Bible verses we find in the Old Testament, where God commands his people to kill entire people groups, including their women and infants.
These are the verses picked out by leading atheist Richard Dawkins and others who are anti-Christian to smear God’s name, and in general serve as troubling texts that push many away from faith in God. At the very least, they create a dichotomy between the “Harsh, judgmental, Old Testament God” and the “Gracious, loving, merciful New Testament Jesus”, causing some to accept the NT version, while rejecting the OT version. (I write about that here)
After writing the first post, I thought it would be helpful to uncover some further insights on these texts.
One is that when we create this image of a ruthless, infant-killing OT God, we have a Continue Reading…