From: Eddie < >
Dr Benkin quotes selectively from his Hebrew scriptures to bolster his position.
But much of it reads like a veritable library of horrors.
Even a casual reading reveals the OT God as violent, vengeful, racist, sexist, terrorist, ethnic cleanser.
[Genesis, chap 3] To Eve for a minor offence: “I will greatly increase your pain in childbearing. your husband will rule over you.”
daughters. Let me bring them out to you and you can do what you like with them.” Yet it was Lot whom God judged righteous. Only he and his family were spared from destruction.
[Genesis, chap 20] When a local king (Abimelech) was troubling Abraham’s wife, God arbitrarily decides “to close up every womb in Abimelech’s household”, including the slave girls.
++ Racist violence
God is discriminatory: He said “The Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.” [Exodus, chap 7-12]
He unleashes a series of calamities on the unfortunate Egyptians – plagues of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, boils, locusts and finally, “At midnight the Lord struck down all the first born in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, to the firstborn of the prisoner in the dungeon and the firstborn of all livestock as well.” [Exodus 12:29]
++ God orders dispossession & land grab
The OT God calls the Israelites his chosen people.
He promised Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation.I will make your name great.” [Genesis, chap 12:2] “To your descendants I give this land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates – the land of the Kenites, Amorites, Hittites, Canaanites, .” [Genesis, 15:18-21].
What about the people living there?
The Lord’s strategy is to liberate his favoured people by dispossessing the others: “My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Canaanites, … and I will wipe them out.I will send terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation that you encounter. Gradually I will drive them out until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out.” [Exodus, 23:23-31]
++ Divine vengeance
“If you will not listen to me. then I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight. I will punish you for your sins seven times over. I will send wild animals against you, destroy you cattle. If in spite of this you still do not listen to me . You will eat the flesh of your sons and daughters. I will abhor you. I will turn your cities into ruins.” [Leviticus, chap 26:14-31]
Phew! is this a caring God talking or the ravings of a monster?