christians face the genocidal tendencies of their loving god God

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God has never pronounced judgement on an innocent person in all of history. These were debauched, bloodthirsty, idolatrous pagan nations with whom He had withheld His wrath for a long time. Even His horrific judgements on His own covenant people Israel were executed in punishment for equally horrific sin. According to Romans 3 there are no innocent people anyway. God could have justly exterminated and damned everybody after Adam’s fall. The miracle of grace is that He saves anyone. … He [God] also gets to do whatever He pleases with His own creation, including flooding it to death and ordering the extermination of the Canaanites and Amalakites.(and much MUCH more)

There’s a frightening looking chap called Tiribulus that some of us met round at Rebecca LuElla Miller’s blog (from the last post). He jumped in like a knight in shining armour to defend Becky from “hateful pagans” on an “unholy campaign”. In conversation mainly with Ark, he gave the above quotes that I thought it would be nice to share.

When considering the murderous stories from the Bible that he refers to, I’m left wondering how Christians can resolve this. Is it reasonable to be a Bible-believing Christian and imagine that the god God could be utterly benevolent? Self delusion in the face of these horrific stories is clearly not a healthy attitude towards the search for ‘Truth’. Living in an age where we seek to modify anti-social behaviour through sympathetic human-devised interventions in the form of therapy, medication or other behavioural modifying techniques, why would anyone conclude that an all-powerful creator deity could only have wielded furious and vengeful destruction?

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