We need to rethink divine violence in the Old Testament… because of what Jesus taught about God. Great blog here by Nathan Jennings:
“God said to Noah, “The end has come for all creatures, since they have filled the earth with violence. I am now about to destroy them along with the earth”
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
“love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
“Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?” Jesus said, “Not just seven times, but rather as many as seventy-seven (an infinite number of) times.”
So is God the theif that destroys and takes life? Is God not like Jesus and so doesn’t forgive God’s own enemies?
These are important questions…
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