Category Archives: Morality

a critique of elihu’s speech against job

In the book of Job, Job has three friends approach him and condemn him for evil. Because Job was suffering, they were of the opinion that Job had some hidden evil. After a few rounds of back and forth, the … Continue reading

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Jesus preaches against the temple leaders

In Matthew 21, Jesus is in the temple preaching. The temple was the Jewish holy place, and the leaders of the temple did not take kindly to Jesus’ subversion of their own authority. They team up with the common religious … Continue reading

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understanding psalms 139

King David, as I have written before, was a great Open Theist poet. King David’s psalms praise God for God’s careful and meticulous involvement in King David’s own life. King David was God’s anointed, and King David was very keen … Continue reading

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noah had an unrighteous family

In Genesis 6, the Bible introduces the reader to a man named Noah. The entire world was wicked, but “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”: Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. … Continue reading

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God is perfect

Perfection is a loaded word in theology. There is a long history of people using Greek philosophy to define the particulars of “perfection”. The Platonists used to claim that whatever changes can only change for the better or the worse. … Continue reading

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God’s culpability in using evil people

In Isaiah, God uses the wicked nation of Assyria to bring punishment to Israel. Isa 7:17 The LORD will bring the king of Assyria upon you and your people and your father’s house—days that have not come since the day … Continue reading

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king david – the open theist poet

Act 13:22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID THE SON OF JESSE, A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART, WHO WILL … Continue reading

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swearing, profanity, crude language, and the Bible

In modern usage, swearing and profanity is defined as using any vulgar language. The Biblical definitions are slightly different. Profanity From the 10 Commandments: Exo 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for … Continue reading

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cut up chuck – the failure of utilitarianism

Economist Bryan Caplan has a post about utilitarianism in which he describes a scenario he calls “Cut up Chuck”: The “Cut Up Chuck” Case: A homeless guy named Chuck comes into the ER with a treatable leg wound. But instead … Continue reading

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mosaic sex laws

In Deuteronomy 22 we find the primary Mosaic laws on adultery, rape and consensual sex. The first scenario that is presented is a man marrying a woman. The issue at stake is if she advertised herself as a virgin and … Continue reading

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