Do we just disregard anything bad about God in the Bible?through David Nelmes
You mention that the story of Noah never happened and that God would never kill all those innocent people. The story of Noah is mentioned throughout the New Testament as well. Matthew 24:38 for example...
Q: Do we just disregard anything bad about God in the Bible?
You mention that the story of Noah never happened and that God would never kill all those innocent people. The story of Noah is mentioned throughout the New Testament as well. Matthew 24:38 for example.
You give examples from Matthew that we should accept but we are supposed to just disregard others as made up? Are we to just read the bible and disregard any mention of God or God's acts that are not loving?
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A: The problem with saying any specific text is the end-all be-all words of God is that every belief has their own writings and they don't agree with each other and each belief is absolutely sure they are right and the others are wrong. To cut through all the claims of what are Gods words and to eliminate those portions of any written book that are inspired more by mans own impressions, I had to set a premise and it is this:
"God is a God of Love and He does not teach through fear or use fear in any way."
Anything that disagrees with that statement, I simply ignore and assume those words, claims or actions were not inspired by God, but simply provided by the writers as what they believed was true at the time--and/or what they felt was necessary to be written to teach lessons to their people at the time.
Truth is truth and will never hurt you, but when something does not agree with this truth, you can try to explain it away so that it appears to be true or you can see that it simply can't be true because it disagrees with other things that are unarguably true.
For example, I hold as a primary truth the statement that Love casts out fear. I do not believe love and fear can coexist. I view them in the same way I view light and darkness--where one exists, the other cannot--so my conclusion, a God of love cannot use fear, teach fear, motivate by fear or be associated with it an any way. Anything that teaches otherwise is simply an error in what somebody thought was true. It doesn't make them liars, just not correct.
I welcome any further thoughts you may have.