Kevin Glenn [pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, in Columbia, Missouri] is already hearing the grumbling about his nine-week sermon series on “God Behaving Badly,” and it hasn’t even begun yet.
Even so, the series will kick off Sunday when author David Lamb visits Memorial to preach on his 2011 book God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?
The book delves into Old Testament passages that many Christians would rather ignore – such as a group of boys being mauled by bears at Elisha’s request in 2 Kings – and that many in the New Atheist movement love to extol.
....How is “God Misbehaving” expressed in our culture?Lamb:
Through (Richard) Dawkins and (Christopher) Hitchens, the so-called New Atheists have a lot of critiques of God that come particularly from the Old Testament.... They look at the Canaanite genocide, for example, and ask why would God, even if the Canaanites are not good people, tell his people to wipe out this entire race?
....Where do you begin in addressing all of that?Lamb:
Genesis is foundational to our understanding of God – of the entire Bible.… The first thing we learn about humans is they are made in God’s image, and the first thing God does is bless them.... That tells me that my God is a generous God, a God who wants to provide for me and bless me. I’m not talking about a prosperity gospel or anything like that, but a good God who really wants to bless humans and who wants us to bless other humans.
Hmmm...a book on Christian interpretations of the Old Testament, and not one mention of Origen?