Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God

By Paul Copan

Major apologetics author with a confirmed tune checklist tackles the main tough previous testomony passages and subject matters, supporting readers to reconcile the God of righteousness with the God of affection.

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Demons . . . gods” (Deut. 32:16–21); “demons . . . idols” (Ps. 106:37–38); “demons” (Isa. 65:3, Greek Septuagint). Even Pharaoh—the earthly illustration of Egypt’s gods—was an image of this cosmic competition. So within the exodus, Yahweh is the cosmic warrior who engages the evil powers of Egypt and the forces that motivate them. the recent testomony alternatives up in this topic (e. g. , 1 Cor. 10:19–22; 2 Cor. 6:14–16; Eph. 6:12–18). God’s act of carrying out conflict isn't for the sake of violence or maybe victory as such yet to set up peace and justice. sixteen God’s instructions to Israel to wipe out Canaan’s idols and fake, immoral worship illustrate the cosmic conflict among Yahweh and the darkish powers against his rule. This topic of religious struggle is unquestionably even more said within the New testomony, which basically exposes devil and his hosts because the final enemies of God and of his kingdom’s develop. Yahweh—“the Lord of hosts” (cf. playstation . 24:7–10)—is a “warrior” (Exod. 15:3) who opposes all that mars the divine photograph in people, all that threatens human flourishing, and all that units itself against God’s righteous reign. “Yahweh wars” aren’t easily a conflict among this and that deity; they symbolize a conflict of 2 global orders: one rooted actually and justice, the opposite in reality-denial and brute strength; one representing creational order, the opposite anticreation. 17 Israel’s taking Canaan, then, is in contrast to the final Lin analogy, during which a better kingdom occurs to invade and overpower a weaker kingdom. this may rightly draw the response, “What offers the better country the suitable? ” So might be we should always imagine extra alongside the strains of the Sicilian police invading a Mafia stronghold to take away a corrupting community of crime in order that voters can dwell in peace instead of in worry. simply because the plagues in Egypt have been an indication of Yahweh’s judgment on her gods, so Israel’s wars printed God’s sovereign rule over the presumed gods of the countries. In Israel’s formally sanctioned wars, God’s supernatural energy and supremacy have been revealed:18 • God didn’t let Israel to have a status military (cf. David’s illegal census in 2 Sam. 24:1–17); Israel’s wars weren’t for execs yet for amateurs and volunteers. combating, even though, wasn’t for the fainthearted or for these distracted by way of different matters. these missing braveness or who had different purposes for no longer desirous to struggle have been allowed—even invited— to excuse themselves from conflict (e. g. , Deut. 20:5–8). • squaddies battling in a Yahweh conflict weren’t paid, nor may they take own plunder, in contrast to war strategies in different places within the historical close to East. • Kings, tribal leaders, and excessive monks weren’t licensed to name for a warfare, just a prophet via divine revelation. • Victories for Israel’s (mainly) ragtag military essentially signaled that God used to be combating on their behalf (e. g. , 2 Chron. 20). In previous testomony Israel’s actual battles, God desired to express forth his greatness, now not a demonstrate of sheer human energy. And although the real Israel— the church—doesn’t salary battle opposed to “flesh and blood” (Eph.

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