By Paul Copan
A up to date string of popular-level books written via the hot Atheists have leveled the accusation that the God of the outdated testomony is not anything yet a bully, a assassin, and a cosmic baby abuser. This standpoint is even making inroads into the church. How are Christians to answer such accusations? and the way are we to reconcile the doubtless disconnected natures of God portrayed within the testaments?
In this well timed and readable booklet, apologist Paul Copan takes on essentially the most vexing accusations of our time, including:
God is smug and jealous
God punishes humans too harshly
God is to blame of ethnic cleansing
God oppresses women
God endorses slavery
Christianity reasons violence
Copan not just solutions God's critics, he additionally indicates easy methods to learn either the outdated and New Testaments faithfully, seeing an unchanging, righteous, and loving God in either.
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50 And further, “Now therefore if you will obey My voice, and keep My covenant, you shall be My own possession among all peoples; for all the earth is mine. ”51 The meaning of the story in Exodus is clear: freedom and liberation bring with it prodigious responsibilities. Here, in one of history’s most profound dramas, we are brought to see that the decision to be free is not simply a personal choice with personal consequences. Freedom means keeping the Covenant, with all its obligations. We in the twenty-first century in the West are accustomed to thinking of freedom as something we enjoy as individuals who are not forced to endure arbitrary restrictions imposed by others.
The husband and the wife in this analogy will no longer be in love, and they will feel uncomfortable even in a bed of vast proportions. * * * The Song of Songs is recited in the synagogue on the Sabbath of Passover, connecting its theme of chosen love with the drama of God and man choosing each other at Sinai. In the story of Abraham, the Bible tells of the personal Covenant between God and the first Jewish patriarch. In Exodus it relates how the Covenant came to be sealed between God and the nation.
The Jews, he said, may once become again a nation in the full sense of the term, including the idea of the Chosen: “I would not hesitate to believe that they will one day, given the opportunity . . ”76 Nine hundred years after Halevi, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, who struggled to maintain Orthodoxy in the mid-nineteenth-century age of emancipation and enlightenment, attempted in a somewhat apologetic manner to emphasize the sense of the Jewish mission in fulfilling the role of the Chosen People.