Abraham’s Other Wife and Sons
The Birth of Jacob and Esau
Esau Sells His Birthright
The Stolen Blessing
A lot of people complain about God destroying an entire city, I don’t love it either but think for a moment what it would be like growing up in a city where a bunch of men thought there was nothing wrong with wanting to rape another man. What chance would a child have of growing up to be a decent person in a place like that? It seams to me that growing up in a place like that would make one either as evil as his neighbor, or suicidal. As a victim of abuse myself I know how this sort of thing affects a child, and it isn’t good. Those children who died the day the town was destroyed were either given grace, because they were not yet accountable for their crimes against both man and God, if they are old enough to be accountable they certainly had a lot less sin to be punished for then they would have, if they had been allowed to live a long life. While it still isn’t a passage I like to study, it does give me reason enough to know that God had his reasons for doing this and that they were good ones.
Some how my post keep disappearing. Sorry for the delays.
Some people think it is wrong to question religious leaders, but those people should read Gen 18:23-32.
Here Abraham is distressed over the pending destruction of Sodom the town where his nephew lives. He is so distressed that he does not only question God, but he drills him. While I think Abraham took it a little far I want you to notice something. God does not judge Abraham for his questions. If it is OK for Abraham to ask that many questions to God, it certainly is Ok to ask religious leaders questions about God, as long as they are done with respect.
On my bookshelf
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
It is a great book for anyone who struggles to talk to non-Christians.
About Noah entering the ark.
Some non-Christians have brought up the fact that many cultures have a story about a flood that wiped out most of mankind, as if this disproves anything. If it really happened (and I believe it did) at one point in time the world had 8 people in it. Those eight people would tell their children about the most significant part of their lives, and their children would tell their children. Occasionally the details would get clouded by people who could not remember the details correctly, or did not want to confess the details properly to their kids, but every culture would have some sort of version of the most significant thing to happen to their ancestors. So we should expect other cultures to have stories about the flood.