Do You Make Excuses For God’s Behavior?

Why do people have such a difficult time grasping the concept that God told His people the Israelites to destroy the Canaanite people?

Many people argue that the God they love wouldn’t do that.

“For example, I do not believe that God had a part, either directly or indirectly, in killing over two million people as the Old Testament documents, account by account. A million Ethiopians were killed in a single encouter [sic], it says. I don’t believe that.”

Others say that that was the Old Testament God. The New Testament God is loving and forgiving.

What would you say to that?

Do you make excuses for God?

Do you use your own reasoning to explain away the seemingly difficult portions of Scripture?

Do you fear that if you are honest then someone just might not become saved?

Do you just state the facts according to Scripture?

Truth and Apologetics by Phil Johnson

Recently I got an e-mail that raised an excellent, but difficult, question about apologetics. My correspondent was trying to make sense of the inevitable tension we face in those moments when we are called upon “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you . . . with gentleness and respect”—and yet we know that the best biblical answer we have to someone’s question or challenge is strongly counter cultural and possibly even offensive to the person we’re speaking to.

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