Here’s a question that I increasingly find to be foundational to a person’s overall theology:
Does God command a thing because it is good,
or is it good because God commands it?
[From Plato’s Euthyphro]
The question forces one to prioritize what comes first in God’s nature – his freedom (pure will and power) or his goodness (cruciform [self-sacrifical] love)?
The question becomes practical when it turns to questions of some of the “alleged” genocides commanded or committed by God in the Old Testament. Are we forced to say those mass killings were somehow “good and right” – even though it goes against our deepest moral instincts and seemingly the morality of the God revealed through Jesus Christ? If not – then how do we account for their presence in our inspired Scriptures?
In the Medieval Theological Period, the stance that continues to remain popular today was firmly established by…
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