or evil, and has bad intentions. Lamb uses another story in the bible in the same chapter to determine that God is peaceful, and not violent. When I first read the story of Elisha, I did believe God was violent at first. However, when Lamb explained that he was only protecting Elisha so that Elisha could influence the lives of thousands of others, my perspective changed. So while Dawkins’ perspective may seem to be true and be proven right, I believe that there are multiple ways to view God, but what is up to people is to determine whether we think his intentions are good or bad. I personally believe Lamb did an amazing job in addressing Dawkins’ points. Lamb was able to appeal to his readers by using scripture to make it sound like he agreed with Dawkins on some points, but then would give more
Goring 5 and more information to make you think of a different perspective in a very comfortable way. He was very easy to follow, and stuck to the theme that God of the Old Testament is not angry, sexist, or racist, but characterized by love. Never once did he say Dawkins was absolutely wrong, and he actually would acknowledge that yes, sometimes God can be seen as angry, rigid, etc. What Lamb excelled at was getting his point across that while it may seem God may be violent, or angry, his intentions are only good, and again, characterized by love. Lamb also does a great job in his epilogue of explaining why this is all important, and that it is our perspective that determines how we relate to God. And because God is relational, we should know that everything he does is out of love, and that his intentions are good.
Goring 6 Works Cited Dawkins, Richard. The God Delusion. Black Swan, 2016. ESV Student Study Bible: Bue . Crossway Books, 2015. Lamb, David Trout. God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist, and Racist? IVP Books, 2011.
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