God who blessed armies and sent them out is the same God who gave us his
raises the perennial idea that God is one way (bloodthirsty) in the O.T.,
and another (loving) in the New. The greater point being this inconsistency
1) Contrary to Scripture,
God's character does indeed change because the two actions are
inconsistent, and or...
2) The Bible contains
an error in falsely including both themes if only one is characteristic
of God. Either way, it would seem the Bible loses. Also called into question
is the basic goodness of God.
the record of God using Israel as (essentially) a tool of his judgment,
the scene with Abraham and Isaac, Christ coming not to judge but to save
sinners, etc…have all been part of the Bible since it first coalesced. If
these are obvious contradictions (read errors), then it should be
peculiar that no one has removed these or that they were accepted in the
first place. They haven't been removed because these are not contradictions.
I hope you'll see the justification for that as you continue through this
to believe God is all vengeance in the O.T. is to forget his deliverance
and care of the Israelites out of Egypt, his blessings and forgiveness towards
David, his countless rescues of Israel from its many captures and occupations,
the earthly glory given to Solomon, etc.
to believe God is all love in the N.T. is to forget his promise to return
in flaming judgment, the casting of millions (billions?) into hell, Jesus'
condemnation of the Pharisees, Jesus driving money changers et. al. out
of the temple with a whip, Jesus' solemn warnings for all who don't follow
him, and much more. Thus to believe God has been portrayed as black and
then white in the respective halves of the Bible is a false perception.
in light of the preceding, is the earlier assertion correct that there is
no consistency with God?
is consistency within his character, though I admit it may take a little
study to see this clearly. Consider that God warned Adam and Eve in the
beginning that sin would bring death. Obedience would yield blessing. You
reap what you sow - a constant biblical theme. Well, they did sin. Most
of the good they and their ancestors then received after that point can
be considered God's mercy, and most of the bad only justice. A judge who
enforces the law can also be a judge who loves. The actions taken in the
name of each may be different, but they are not inconsistent or incompatible.
Isn't religion to blame for most
of history's killings?
The authority of God
How could a merciful
God order Israel to kill...?