Here is a very well considered and thought provoking post. I highly recommend it and you’ll not regret the ten minutes it takes.
For me, this sentence towards the end summed it up nicely:
“This tone-deafness illustrates how Christians’ moral sense has been dulled, not sharpened, by defending the God of the Bible.”
I think it accurately describes my own moral position while I was a Christian and explains why I now find myself being far less judgemental.
You’re no doubt familiar with this portion of the Ten Commandments:
You shall not make for yourself an [idol] … for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)
When Moses had to make new tablets a few chapters later, having broken the first set in anger over the people’s worship of the golden calf, God camped even harder on the theme of jealousy:
Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14)
After the golden-calf incident, who can blame God for being peeved? As Dr. Paul Copan puts it in the book we have been considering…
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