The Almighty Schizophrenic?

When I was a kid, I loved reading the Old Testament.  It had more stories.  More action.  The book of Judges in particular was one of my favourites because of its collection of short stories about bloody battles, daring escapes, and intrigue.  As much as I loved my Bible and loved my god–that is, to the point of constantly trying to change myself into someone more “pleasing” to both–some of the things God commanded (particularly in the Old Testament) never sat well with me.  For example, he told the Jews, who were in the process of invading their “promised land” according to God’s instructions, to kill all the men, women, and children of a particular nation.  When giving Moses the law, many infractions were punishable by death.  Somehow this same violent God inspires the prophet Jonah to describe him as being “slow to anger and abounding in love.”

King David spent many many hours studying God’s laws and commands, and frequently went into raptures about God’s love and compassion and kindness.

Can this truly be the same God?  Is he schizophrenic?  Undecided?  Experimenting?  Misrepresented?

Darin Hufford suggests he is misunderstood.  I suppose with the vast number of denominations and religions that are out there, one really must assume that if God DOES exist, he is grossly misunderstood.  But who is right about him?  Or the closest to right?  I imagine each religious group out there would raise their hand and claim THEY are the closest to the truth.  Surprise surprise.  After all, that’s why they believe what they believe, is it not?  I doubt anyone goes searching for a lie to believe in.

How can we find out if God exists?  And if he does, how can we go about finding the real him/her instead of the version on display in the windows of all the world’s religions?  How can we find out what he says about himself?  “Maybe the actual God…doesn’t endorse The God-Of-The-Bible.” –Frank Schaeffer

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6 thoughts on “The Almighty Schizophrenic?

  1. I see the God-of-the-Bible, as interpreted by the ppl/pastors I grew up with & were friends with, was very much Schizophrenic. That was the god I indoctrinated you to believe in, too.

    not no more

  2. people change, as do our perceptions. perhaps it was just our view of god that changed not the being. the facets we see. and whose to say god doesnt change? god is a sentient being too

    • I thought the Bible says that God doesn’t change but can’t find a scripture reference for it presently. But maybe God does change, and that characteristic of him (changeability) ‘doesn’t change’.

      • Karen, here your verse:
        Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

  3. The old testament is the new testament concealed.
    The new testament is the old testament revealed.

    Exerpts from a book, “Has God spoken?” by Hank Hanegraaff:
    “If there is a more significant question, I am wholly unaware of what it might be….
    The contention that the Bible is merely human as opposed to divine in origin—the product of contaminated copies, cleverly invented stories, and corrupt collaborators—is nothing new. It has been the stock and trade of bastions of higher learning for centruies. Not so today. What was once the province of private academia is now being popularized in the public arena…
    It is often contended that biblical accounts ranging from the Exodus of the Jews to the extraordinary miracles of Jesus were not only recorded long after the fact but recklessly embellished. Thus, at best, they are the stuff of myth and legend. This, however, is hardly the case. Why? Because the biblical accounts were not only recorded early—by eyewitnesses—but were recorded in the context of an oral culture. This point cannot be overemphasized. Post-Gutenberg we are primarily people of the printed page. Not so the ancients. In a predominantly oral culture [without papyrus/parchment], people practiced the principles of memory. Thus, manuscripts repositories augmented mental recall, not vice versa…”

    ***”How can we find out if God exists? And if he does, how can we go about finding the real him/her instead of the version on display in the windows of all the world’s religions? How can we find out what he says about himself?”***

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
    I think God has spoken indeed. The old testament (aka old covenant) shows us His character of justice and shows how he feels and what he did and will do about sin and evil (from satan). It also told us about His plan of redemptive salvation for His creation in the prophecies concerning Jesus Christ. The new testament (aka new covenant) shows His character of love and grace and shows what he did to save us. It also tells us about the coming end times in the book of revelation because He is a just God and He will make all things right even though the world is living under His grace right now.

    “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:6-13)

    Karen, here your verse:
    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

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