Thursday, May 14, 2009

Continuing on.


Same rules as last time apply. :-)

1 Samuel
~15:29 NIV "He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind." echoes the other verse about God not being a man or changing his mind, but also answers the problem of regret as well. God cannot regret because he does not change his mind.

2 Samuel
~24:1 NIV "Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, 'Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.'" but later in 1 Chronicles 21:1 NIV it says "Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel." speaking of the same incident. I'm sorry, but Satan≠ the Lord so who actually incited David to census?

~1:4 NIV "Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever." but Hebrews 1:10-11 says that God created the heavens and the earth, and while they will perish, He will not.

~40: 28 NIV "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grown tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom." If he does not grow tired or weary, why does he need to rest on the seventh day of creation?
~43:11-12 NIV "I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed..." So even in the old testament there is salvation. Salvation through God. He is the only one who can save and forgive us. The people in the old testament did not need the salvation of Jesus. God forgave the righteous. So our "original sin" was never so bad that God could not forgive us.

~10, This chapter talks about how it is forbidden to the followers of the one God to cut down trees, shape them, decorate them with gold and silver, and put them in their houses because this is a pagan custom and akin to idol worship. Uh... Christmas anyone??

~18:20-21 "The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him. But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die."

So 1) it is possible to be a righteous person, 2) we will be judged according to our actions, good or bad, 3) original sin is not correct because the son shall not bear the guilt of the father AND it is possible to be righteous, 4) we will live eternally if we follow Gods decrees and laws. So... yeah. If there is no original sin then we don't need a divine sacrifice, right? And it seems like God is just fine with forgiving us when we screw up as long as we do what is right.... I'm not gonna lie, this verse is pretty much a deal breaker for me.
~23, this chapter is pretty much porn. In the Bible. Biblical pornography. Read it for yourself, I'm not going to re-type it. yuck. Can you imagine a 7 year old reading this at vacation bible school???

~1:3 NIV "but Esau I have hated..." I find it difficult to believe that God hates any of his own creations... even Satan. Especially a kind and loving God. AND Esau is a descendant of Isaac right? So shouldn't he be included in the blessing of the covenant?

And thus ends my notes on the Old Testament so far. Most of these I just came across while reading, some I found reference to at other places that I can't remember at this point. I may find more later, but then again I might not. :-P

I'll try to go through the New Testament soon to find the notes I have that don't double up the ones I have already posted. I hate to be redundant...

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