Hi Red,Posted by RedeZra (here)
Posted by Kano (here)
Hi everyone. This is a great thread and one I am very interested in. I appreciate everyone's input on it.
Red, I guess this is more of a question for you but of course everyone can respond with his/her thoughts.
I do not understand how any all-loving, all-powerful God could allow this type of thought into his masterpiece called the Bible. Is this not the ultimate hypocrisy? Perhaps I have missed something so please let me know your thoughts.
God gave Israel to the Israelites
to serve God and steward the land
because the Canaan culture who occupied it was into child sacrifice
besides Canaan came from Ham who was alotted land in Africa and so was trespassing in the land which God eventually gave to a branch of Shem
so if the non-Israelites in Israel did not like the rules of God of Israel
they were free to move out of Israel
the reason there were slaves back then is because they did not have a State which would look after everything from cradle to grave
and so the poor offered themselves and their services for food and shelter
Thanks for the quick reply. Thanks also for the explanation of circumstances. However, it still does not make sense to me. If there were poor people and rich people, the message of an all-loving God should be to raise those under privileged's status up to the rest of society not make them slaves. Then you have rights to those slaves' children and then their children's children. Really? Where then does the cycle end? How can such principles be portrayed as justified? Social stratification is a man made ideal. There is no truth to it in a spiritual sense which is what God was supposedly teaching. I have to say, there is a strong case to be made that the Abrahamic God of the Bible is actually the most deceitful Archon of all. See John Lash's work, The Nag Hammadi, and Gnostic texts.
One last batch of questions (sorry if they have been covered previously): Am I going to burn in hell for eternity if I deny Jesus and do not accept him as my lord and savior? Is Jesus all-knowing and all-loving? Surely, you see the conundrum here? How does a Christian explain this?