Category Archives: Understanding the Old Testament

Providing an alternate interpretation for Old Testament stories that are used to make Christianity look irrational.

An Open Letter to Pastor Jacob Prasch

It is with fear and trembling that I undertake to write the following post.  Pastor Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries is one of the greatest Bible teachers I have ever seen.  His love of truth, his knowledge of the Word … Continue reading

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The Bedrock of Atheist Beliefs

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, … Continue reading

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The Death of a Pacifist

As a child, my parents taught me to abhor violence.  From “don’t hit your brother” to “violence never solves anything”, I was indoctrinated with pacifist and liberal ideas from the time I was old enough to walk.  As I have … Continue reading

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Principles for Interpreting the Old Testament

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. (1 Samuel 15:3) While watching a Christian video on … Continue reading

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The Great Sin of Elisha

A while back, a friend from church asked me to help her understand why God would have sent a bear to tear 42 children apart as recounted in the Old Testament account of the life of the prophet Elisha.  After … Continue reading

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Did God Want to Keep Humanity Down?

I was watching a debate between Michael Shermer and John Lennox the other day on  YouTube.  At the end of the debate, a member of the audience asked a very difficult question.  Though I really like John Lennox and I … Continue reading

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The Greatest Sins in Human History

This is really part 4 of my series “Understanding the Old Testament/Throwing Moses Under the Bus”, but the entire title was too long to fit and I think the Greatest Sins in Human History deserve a post of their own. … Continue reading

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