I found this floating by on Facebook…
Here was my answer in reply:
- Vengeful – Deuteronomy 32.35, 1 Samuel 15.3.
- Temperamental – Exodus 32.10
- Blood thirsty – 1 Sam 15.3, the Book of Joshua and Judges
- Bible thumping – Exodus 19.5, the Torah. All the times he says obey my book/commands/law
- Male – Jeremiah where he laments the divorce from his wives, Israel and Judah
- Barbaric – Um, Joshua, Judges.
- Genie in the Sky – John 14.13-14
The problem with this view of God, or any view, really, is that it tends to overly simplify what is by far the most complex _____. There is simply no way to finish that sentence because God is not in our universe and not in our world. To simplify God, then, into human traits such as the ones listed in both lists, is to do a grave injustice not only to that which we seek to name but so too ourselves.
This simplicity is detrimental to our faith because when we realize we were wrong, or not all right, we are going to get rocked.
If you are basing your view of God on Jewish and Christian Scripture — you have to be honest with it and yourself. You have to acknowledge that the reason we have people like Marcion is because people saw a vast difference between the two testaments (unjustly). So why try to force our view, if it is really Scriptural, to into one pattern.
Wouldn’t it be better to say, “I don’t know?” sometimes.
Again, this is why apophatic theology draws me.