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The Catholic church deals with them as separate events, each with its own answer. Let's take the story of Abraham in Genesis 22. You talk about it as cruel. But how did Abraham see it? He simply expected God to raise Isaac from the dead. He believed in a great God who would keep His promises made earlier about Isaac. From Abraham's perspective, it wasn't ...


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I have never found a satisfactory Catholic explanation of God's cruel nature depicted in the Old Testament, a depiction that is real enough for early gnostic Christians to believe the Old Testament God must surely be a different God to that of the New Testament. It seems this is an issue not discussed and, if it is discussed, only to the extent that the ...


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Num 11-7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. Exodus 16:31 Now the house of Israel called its name manna; it was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. Put simply, it was bread. This bread was a foreshadow of the Euchurist, a foreshadow of the New Covenant and a ...


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Let us re-look at the story from the narrator’s perspective and ask the following questions: Why does Abraham repeat it twice? Did he not learn from the first time? He even passed the trick to Isaac? Why did God not correct Abraham and Sarah and rebuke their lie and lack of faith? How come God blesses Abraham and he walks away even richer both times. ...


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Justin Martyr is probably the strongest early advocate for the view that the "Angel of the Lord" in the OT often refers to Christ. In his Dialogue with Trypho, he argues that many supernatural appearances in the OT are manifestations of the second member of the Trinity. One such example is that of the burning bush in Exodus 3:2-4, where reference to the ...


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The evidence is that the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament is not Jesus. Jesus is the incarnation of God as man, and while the person of Jesus existed "in the beginning" (John 1:1, KJV), he did not attain human form until being born of Mary. Angels are messengers of God whose purpose for existence is to speak what God wants spoken to those to whom ...


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Jacob to Israel The name Israel (Yisra'el) is commonly translated as "Wrestled with God", but it can also mean "Champion (or Prince) of God", "Striver with (or against) God", "Ruler (or Prince) over God", "God Prevails", "God Rules", "God will Rule", or possibly "God Who Will Rule". There are two quite different traditions in Genesis that set out to explain ...


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Not God the Father apparently, but perhaps Jesus. In Anatomy of the Vatican, page 20-21, Paul Hoffman says that in 1954, towards the end of his life, Pope Pius XII reported to some Jesuits that Jesus had appeared at his bedside during a recent illness and said to him that his time was not yet up. When the story found its way into the press, the Vatican had ...


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I find it hard to believe God would prohibit David from building the temple for doing what God asked of him (destroying the Canaanites). More plausible to myself is his treachery in Uriah's death to have Bathsheba for himself.



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