What do you think of all the scriptures in the Bible (particularly the O.T.) that does not portray God as a loving father?
This is a good comment. Many of roopsters bible verses on his blog and his comments are challenging. I’m the kind of Christian who asks these kinds of questions. I want to know why. I trust that God always has good answers – so I am not afraid of asking why. Children ask parents why… so I do too.
For example. I once saw how God commanded the people to cut the tendons on the horses legs. I was shocked and appalled. I asked Him “why?”. His answer later that day was so simple “it was war”. It took a while to accept that answer. It was war. The Jewish people were fighting for survival, for a homeland, for identity – and they were surrounded by nations trying to wipe them out.
It was for survival that they cut the horses tendons, so they could walk and eat, but not be ridden for war.
It was to stop the enemy’s men fighting that they put out the right eye of enemy combatants who were conquered. The left eye was concealed behind the shield. If you blinded the man in the right eye, he couldn’t fight. What was the alternative? To kill the man. Taking out his right eye at least let him live on with his family.
Want to know why God said to throw rocks in the fields of the enemy? No, it wasn’t spiritual, it was so they couldn’t farm there for a while as they cleared the land.Why did God anoint Elijah’s successor? Because Elijah was tired and he could not keep on any more. God said exactly that to Elijah when He miraculously fed Elijah and helped him sleep with a rocks as a pillow.
Why did God kill Moses? Because Moses had made a terrible error and had to be taken from the scene immediately. Read: What happened to… Moses?
Why did God tell Joshua to get the men to drink from the stream and then choose the ones who lifted the water up to their mouth (using their hands) rather than drop their head down to the water? Because the ones who keep their head up are naturally more observant and are therefore naturally better fighters.
This is why I say – the bible is very very practical. I have asked hundreds of these kinds of questions – and the answer is usually practical.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Luke 11:9
I am very excited about going through roopster’s (long) list and making sense of them all. They will make sense. Perhaps I’ll have to pray about it and wait on Him, but His character and His wisdom is always going to be shown to be right.
I say may God bless roopster for seeking and asking. Many people are just too scared to ask, I’m glad he is! May God answer roopster’s questions by stimulating answers in some of us who are willing to ask on behalf of roopster.