Even more then that though I find it really hard not to get angry, when someone who doesn't believe in the bible and just uses it to prove a point by taking things out of context or focusing on one verse with out using scripture to interpret scripture. Or who lacks the courage to ask others who might know more then they about it; actually has the audacity to tell me to read and look into some of the "terrible" things my God has done in the Old Testament. As if I haven't bothered to read those stories as if I wasn't raised on those stories as if I pretend like so many other "feel good Christians" you know the God is Love an Love Wins types that those stories don't exist that the Law is not relevant like we can't learn from Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, Issac and Esau, Abraham and Sarah, Easter, Job, etc...or even more so the Israelite's mistakes.
Oh, and I read these accounts of God wiping out nations, and sending plagues and opening the earth and burning down city's and wiping out the entire world in one flood. I think of how much sin those people were doing in God's eyes to make him burn with anger...and I thank God...I thank God I have the bible at my fingertips, at my side, ,I have Christian music, and church and the passion story. I have God's word I don't have to hear it from a prophet or a judge or a king. It's mine. I just thank God that I live in the time After Christs resurrection. Where I have a personal and real relationship with Jesus. When I mess up and boy do I ever mess up, I can come before my Lord and instead of the death I so deserve can find forgiveness and peace.
I don't want to follow a God who is all love and nothing else where is the power in that? Where is the wisdom. Tolerance please...Respect, sure...Tolerance I've come to dread that word...who has the power to do what my God can do. I have a fear for my God and a respect. There are consequences when you break his commands...all the bad in the world it's a consequence of a broken command to not eat the fruit. It's a consequence and even then he gave them hope...and a promise...Praise the Lord he promised them Jesus...and here we stand.
Psalms 33:8 - Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Deuteronomy 10:12 - And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Psalms 19:9 - The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether.
Psalms 34:9 - O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for [there is] no want to them that fear him
So yes, there are some brutal stories in the Old Testament, and yes a lot of people claiming to be Christian either ignore them or pretend like they have never heard it before.
From a world with so much concerned about tolerance it's a wonder there is so much violence. If you have nothing to compare good too, you have no good. Just as the shadow proves the sunshine...If you have no fear of your god, you have no reason to obey them. Just as a child disobeys when they have no fear or respect for their parents. We to are nothing more then spoiled children throwing fits and yelling for mommy.
I'm no better no smarter, no more above anyone. I'm most certainly not a bible scholar.
BUT you have never found a post from me on facebook stating such, nor have you seen me write a post on someones page accusing them of being; close minded, blind, stupid, or un-knowledgeable. For who am I to judge? Who are you to assume.
World....Lets dance you and I.