Does the Old Testament accurately describe God? February 18, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, God, Religion, Theology.
A few years ago, I set out on a very frustrating journey to declare that I do not believe that God is as the Old Testament describes him. Recently, I heard a clip from Richard Dawkins where he gave this description of God as he is described in the Old Testament:
“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.”
The first step in this journey was to question whether or not the Bible is the Word of God. If the Bible is accepted as the authentic, infallible Word of God, then we have no choice but to accept the description of God as described by Richard Dawkins because it is an accurate description based on Scripture (see this link for a sample).
I call this a frustrating journey because Christians are proud of this description of God. Just today I was greeted with the following email entitled “Do Not Mock The Lord.” Here’s a sampling of what it said:
It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Here are some men and women who mocked God:
JOHN LENNON: Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: “Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him” (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times..
TANCREDO NEVES (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.
CAZUZA (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During a show in Canecïo ( Rio de Janeiro ), whilst smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: “God, that’s for you.” He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.
THE MAN WHO BUILT THE TITANIC: After the construction of the Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: “Not even God can sink it” The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.
MARILYN MONROE: She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: “I don’t need your Jesus”. A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.
BON SCOTT: The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: “Don’t stop me, I’m going down all the way, down the highway to hell”. On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.
Christine Hewitt: A Jamaican Journalist and entertainer, said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written, in June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.
Of course, the email closed with a call for salvation. The question that came to mind after reading through the email is why would anyone want to serve a God who was just described as a killer? If someone turns to God out of fear of being killed, is that what God wants?
I continue to contend that there is no way that the creator of the universe is accurately described in the Old Testament or in this email. The sooner Christians come to terms with this, the quicker we can get on with preaching the gospel of peace and compassion.