amishrobots wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:04 am
The god of old testament was supposed to be all-seeing, future and past. Why would he make such rules only to allow revocation later? Makes no fucking sense. If you know the end of the story, you plan accordingly. get the rules right from the start; not change them twelve times throughout the game
That is a good point and a similar one is why is there evil if God is good. To which there are several answers.
1. It makes no fucking sense to us humans, but god created reason and is beyond that. Found in Job.
2.Creation is painful, like childbirth - found in St Paul.
3.God creates the best of all possible worlds. Leibnitz.
4. God might know the end but his creation doesn't. He wants us to be both free and good. Its like a parent who allows his child to learn lessons about life and not protect him from evil. That's Buddha... Siddhartha sees the evil and thus begins his path...
5. Our vision is like looking though a dark glass... St Paul.
6. God created evil as well as good... Isaiah
7. The rules were not changed, punishment and justice are demanded. Hence the sacrifice of the lamb of God, an act of atonement. St John and elsewhere.
None of these are dualisms found in other religions where good and bad compete. Though the idea of Satan and the Devil does appear its not orthodox. So for instance the Gnostics claim the God of the OT wasn't the true god but the Demiurge whose creation is botched, but we humans have a divine spark in us ...
And the idea of God shifts through the OT. In genesis God is plural... The traditional OT idea was that one died and there was no life after death - Sadducees did not believe in heaven and resurection...
And similar ideas occur in other religions... the rise of science and horrors of the 20th C though do place any 'excuses' as questionable.