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Why the Harshness of the Old Testament

Why the Harshness of the Old Testament

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How Can He? 
The Big Questions
When honest people look around them and see a world that seems backwards in almost everyway, and in which terrible things happen day after day, the first question that often comes totheir minds, is,
How can a loving God allow bad things to happen in the world 
?Many seemcontent to walk through life leaving that question unanswered.The more curious, however, search out explanations for the world’s “wrongness” in differentplaces. If they’ve been led to the Bible, they might encounter a second big question:
How could a loving God have ordered the killing of so many people, especially in the Old Testament 
?
 Some Answers
Thinking in Spiritual Terms
Fundamentally underlying the answers to these questions, and key to them, is an understandingwhy we are in this flesh age. Hard as it is for our flesh bodies and limited minds while in them tothink in terms outside of the flesh, if we do not do so, we will not understand the seeming“cruelty” of our Father. And when we think in spiritual terms, the happenings of the flesh lifebecome but a blip on the radar of a master plan for eternity.
Churches
Another key to understanding the goodness of our Father’s plan is to search the Scriptures.Regardless of denomination, church “authorities” tend to hand to us on plates false notionsabout what religion consists of. Most people have been told that religion consists of a set of petty rules, and religious leaders purport to hold them in the highest regard. For example, don’tdrink. Don’t smoke. No sex here. Attend our services. Give us money. Get saved.People who are absent from the pews too much are regarded as backsliders, and churches holdaltar calls for repentance. Certain denominations have man-made rituals and obligations theyhold in high regard as well.In order to answer the questions posed, we must toss all preconceived notions of churchiosityout the window and approach them with fresh minds of babes. Christ attacked traditionscommonly found in religious establishments:
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Mat 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem,Mat 15:2 “Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash nottheir hands when they eat bread.”Mat 15:3 But He answered and said unto them, “Why do ye also transgress thecommandment of God by your tradition?Mat 15:4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honour thy father and mother: and, He thatcurseth father or mother, let him die the death.’Mat 15:5 But ye say, ‘Whosoever shall say to
his
father or
his
mother, ‘
It is
a gift, bywhatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;’Mat 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother,
he shall be free
.’ Thus have ye madethe commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
The Original Creation (First Age)
In a number of places in the Bible, our Father declared that He created the earth to be good.However many eons of time ago, He created an earth in which we lived in a spiritual dimension.The first instance of “was” in Genesis 1:2 can be translated “became,” and thus two things canbe inferred: (1) that something caused the earth and the souls on it to go bad; and (2), thatthere is an unspecified period of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness
was
upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Isaiah 45:18 confirms that our Father made the earth “not in vain” (“vain” is 8414 in Strong’s has aconnotation of lying waste, desolation, desert, worthless):Isa 45:18 For thus saith the L
ORD
That created the heavens; God Himself That formedthe earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it tobe inhabited: “I
am
the L
ORD
; and
there is
none else. 
What Happened to the Earth’s Goodness? 
If our Father created the earth to be good, inhabitable, etc., something must have happened torender it such a hostile and trying place to live. That event was the rebellion of the devil andthose who followed him. After our Father gave him everything a being could have possiblywanted, he decided that he wanted to be God. Two passages identify Satan’s pride, his desire tobe “like the Most High,” and the negative influence he has over the nations in this age. Thedevil’s powerful sway over the peoples, which our Father only allows him for this age to test Hischildren, is the source of the evil happenings in the world. Our Father is
not 
the source of evilthings.In the first passage, our Father calls out the devil for wanting to be like Him:
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Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how 
art thoucut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt mythrone above the stars of GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in thesides of the north:Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the M
OST
H
IGH
.’Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.Isa 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee,
and 
consider thee,
saying,
Is
this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;Isa 14:17
That 
made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof;
that 
opened not the house of his prisoners?Isa 14:18 All the kings of the nations,
even
all of them, lie in glory, every one in his ownhouse.Isa 14:19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch,
and as
theraiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stonesof the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.Isa 14:20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thyland,
and 
slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.In the second passage, we see small pieces of what the devil was like in the first age, what he’s like inthis second age in which we’re living, and what his fate will be. In the first age, he was “perfect in [his]ways from the day that [he] wast created, till iniquity was found in [him].”Eze 28:11 Moreover the word of the L
ORD
came unto me, saying,Eze 28:12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him,‘Thus saith the Lord GOD; ‘Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect inbeauty.Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone
was
thycovering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, thesapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets andof thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.Eze 28:14 Thou
art 
the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee
so:
thou wastupon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of thestones of fire.Eze 28:15 Thou
wast 
perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, tilliniquity was found in thee.Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee withviolence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountainof God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thywisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee beforekings, that they may behold thee.Eze 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by theiniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shalldevour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them thatbehold thee.Page 3 of 13

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