I have not been participating on this thread but want you to consider this
Insurance, warranties et al. usually have an act of God and in SA acts of Terrorism as exclusions. Amazing that Terrorism and Acts of God are equal.
Acts of God
Hurricanes or Cyclones
Strange that that which cannot be predicted statistically is blamed on God. Why not nature?
Seems to me if there was a flood, even back then it was an Act of God. It could have been a comet hitting the ocean causing a catastrophic Tsunami.
So I guess it is all God's fault as He created everything?
How much culture was mixed in with Truth in the OT? It says there is nothing new under the sun so by that one should assume that as in today's Church mindset of a vengeful wrathful God, back then it was easy to write off the inexplicable to God.
Who knows how much poetic licence was taken when the Hebrews were barbaric to justify it by "God told me/us so?"
We need only look at the history of the church in the last century and how things have gotten twisted to see this is an inherent trait of man to use fear as a governing tactic. Look at your own President. (USA Only)
The doctrine of madness established by the Greco/Roman pagans fits so nicely into today's justification of evil.
Religion = Bondage
Government = Control
Jesus = Liberty
Personally I do not believe half the atrocities committed in the OT were sanctioned by God, it breaks His fundamental law
Thou shalt not kill.
We all use that to validate UR as God cannot break one of His own laws.
If you read, through the OT there is a governing theme of God allowing Israel to nearly be destroyed barring a remnant. Think about it. They, the chosen, how different were they than today's Phrozen Chosen?
Can you not see the parallels that exist?
No, God is not a meanie, He is Love personified, gender non-specific.
To me Man is the problem. Look at how the woman were not allowed to wear makeup, had to wear certain clothes so that men would not lust after them? How different is that to the MBO's of the Muslim world (MBO = Moving Black Objects).
Man is born with the instinct to procreate, the smallest thing can arouse him. So to help man with this "problem" the object of his arousal needs to be diminished or dressed down to be less appealing.
Thank God we are waking up and realising we are but natural. Yes Jesus spoke about adultery in the mind too.
Look at the woman caught in adultery, we know Jesus forgave her but hello!
it takes two to tango, how come the man was not brought to be stoned too?
It sickens me when man debases a woman to a mere sex object. We look at the OT dudes and their harems of concubines even the famous king David, do you think God approved of this?
There are pearls in the OT but you have to dig for them. Layer one sucks in most cases but there are deeper hidden meanings we can learn.
Oh well that's me done ranting