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May 22nd, 201311:34 AM ETBy Wade Burleson The long skinny pole in the center of the photograph to the left is the top of the crane at Plaza Towers Elementary School, Moore, Oklahoma. I was standing one block west of the school where those seven children died when I took this picture. The devastation of the neighborhood around the Plaza Towers is beyond comprehension. My ...
March 15th, 201311:23 PM ETBy Joe McKeever Two scriptures need to be up front…. “Sow your seed in the morning, and do not be idle in the evening; for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.”(Ecclesiastes 11:6) “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not gro...
May 31st, 201202:02 PM ETBy Robin Schumacher Atheists would do well to listen to N. T. Wright in his lengthy but helpful recommendation that they (or anyone) not be quick in casting a judgmental eye toward God’s actions in the Old Testament: We find it hard to believe that they [Israel] were justified in doing what they did to the Canaanites, or that the God who was ...
May 30th, 201202:39 PM ETBy Robin Schumacher The Harsh Reality of the Bible One last criticism thrown at the Old Testament is that it contains many stories of person-to-person brutality, dishonesty, sexual immorality, greed, and other similar items. How, asks the skeptic, could God approve of such things and allow them to be in His inspired Word? The answer is, He doesn...
May 29th, 201212:45 PM ETBy Robin Schumacher No Double Standard Atheist Christopher Hitchens, speaking about the ejection of the Canaanites from their land, says they were “pitilessly driven out of their homes to make room for the ungrateful and mutinous children of Israel.”1 As stated earlier, the peoples who experienced God’s judgments were far from measuring up ...
May 28th, 201211:47 AM ETBy Robin Schumacher The Story of Nineveh The account of the city of Nineveh as recorded in the books of Jonah and Nahum stands as a testimony to the patience and forgiveness of God, as well as His justice. The story of Jonah is a familiar one – Jonah is sent by God to the people of Nineveh to command them to repent of their sin before God or th...
May 25th, 201212:28 PM ETBy Robin Schumacher The Destruction of Jericho Critics of God’s actions in the Old Testament specifically cite the following verse as a perfect example of ‘overkill’ in how God dealt with Israel’s enemies: "They [Israel] utterly destroyed everything in the city [Jericho], both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, wit...
May 24th, 201204:58 PM ETBy Robin Schumacher A Response to Critics’ Objections From the above examples, it would seem that those questioning God’s justice, love, and mercy have a fairly solid position in their complaints. However, let’s now dig a little deeper into each example and see if there isn’t more to each story than what appears on the surface when single...
May 23rd, 201204:24 PM ETBy Robin Schumacher In his book The God Delusion, atheist Richard Dawkins writes a scathing rendition of God as he sees Him in the Old Testament. Dawkins says: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty eth...
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