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February 19, 2017 Commented Thanks for the link, it contained well written material from the regular perspective that "God was supporting Israel in murdering, raping, stealing their way into promises God made to them". My question, asked in 5 ways, is " if the unchangeable God of the universe has always been a forgiver of enemies, blessing those who curse him, and preferring nonviolence over retribution, how do we understand differences between God's preferred method for us to achieve victory and men's own impressions on how it should be achieved". It seems that men everywhere made god's after their own image . . . god's that were "on their side". Israel was on a trajectory towards knowing the true nature of God, but this was still a very long way from Jesus who showed the perfect image of the unchangeable God. God is not on my side and therefore against my enemies. . . Joshua's angel says as much. The gods of men always share the same enemies as the men who worship them, it's all too convenient don't you think? I believe that the judgement Israel used to judge the Canaanites (and others)was used to accuse and judge them in return. Israel was certainly guilty of the same sins as all those they killed or enslaved. Therefore they also were killed and enslaved. I think the bible is a true account of the trajectory of men's understanding of the true nature of God over thousands of years but not a true account of the true nature of God . . .Until Jesus. What words of encouragement do you think Jesus would have offered to David as he entered into the conflict with the Philistines?
July 20, 2016 Commented I’m not sure that I am getting your point? My previous comment. . . ‘Repent, be baptized in Jesus’ name & receive the Holy Spirit’, wouldn’t that be a response to the gospel and not the gospel itself? , was aimed at discovering just what is the Gospel that prompted the question “what shall we do?”(acts 2:37) I’m saying that to the Jews, Acts 2:17-36 was highlighting the victory of God through Jesus and their relationship to Jesus. Their response to that knowledge was “37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”, that is to say, “what??!!!, we have been complicit in the execution of the promised messiah, where does this leave us now? Peter goes on to explain that they should change their mind(repent) about how they thought prophecy would unfold. Through Jesus, God had ended the separation that our independence(sin) caused.
June 19, 2016 Asked How are we to understand stories like David killing Goliath?
May 20, 2016 Commented I read a few articles on this site that have broadly answered my questions. I am excited about the idea of a "progressive revelation of God". Although I think it would be more correct to say "progressive understanding". I don't imagine Gods' delivery of information is the limiting factor to greater understanding, but rather our willingness to receive revelation in faith. Thank you for your articles I'll read them before asking further questions.
May 19, 2016 Asked Why does the God of the OT seem to be different from the NT God?
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