Atheists would usually pull out a list of contradicting Bible verses. I will not attempt to list them all but it's still something I question. I cannot reference them all right now because Im about to go to sleep. For instance, The Old Testament talks about God being vengeful and destroying without mercy and pity, yet in other parts of the Old Testament, it says that God is merciful,to all. The New Testament says God is love, etc.
God is many things; it is impossible for us to define God in human terms. God is both what He is in the Old Testament and what He is in the New Testament. As human beings, we cannot possibly begin to understand God’s judgment or God’s mercy. These things are mysteries; to describe them in human terms is to fall completely short.
I know a few atheists that have tried to argue with me about God’s judgments in the Old Testament, saying that He was cruel or evil for doing the things that He did. The truth is, as human beings we cannot possibly begin to understand God’s reasons for anything that He does.
Furthermore, the people that often use the Old Testament imagery of God’s judgment are cherry-picking. There are plenty of examples in the Old Testament where God shows great mercy to people, and there are examples in the New Testament where God has judged people.
The Bible equates divorce to adultery (somewhere in Matthew...I dont know where but it says it there) yet the Orthodox Church allows divorce and there are plenty of Christians that get divorced everyday.
You’re thinking of Matthew 19:9: “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”
In answer to your question, people are sinners. Divorce is wrong, but sometimes because of our humanity it is an unavoidable consequence of our actions. Marriages and relationships fall apart because people aren’t perfect. The Church allows divorce in some circumstances, but by no means does that mean that the Church endorses and encourages it. Quite the opposite: divorce is discouraged and strongly advised against. Nonetheless, people are sinful and it is our sinfulness that will cause relationships to fall apart sometimes. It’s not right, but that doesn’t stop it from happening.
The Old Testament says something against marking your bodies with cuts or marks (i.e. tattoos). Im sure there are plenty of Orthodox Christians out there who have tattoos. Many of my Christian friends have tattoos.
Leviticus 19:28: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD”
I have one tattoo on my left ring finger as a wedding ring. It’s a small line that is easily concealable. Tattoos are a very controversial subject, and there are many different opinions from many different people about whether it is a sin or not. I’m not really going to get into the debate about it here.
This is something that Orthodox Christians usually defer to their spiritual father about.
Jesus says that if any part of your body causes you to sin, remove it! Since we're all sinners, we shouldve cut off our body parts a long time ago. Elsewhere, Jesus says that if a man looks at a woman with lust, he has already committed the sin of adultery in his heart. I doubt those guys oogling at those hot girls walking by would want to gouge their eyes out like Jesus said that if they sin, then remove such a body part.
Obviously, if we all followed this to the letter, we’d be horribly maimed and completely unable to actually function in the world. Most of us would die very early deaths from the sheer amount of physical trauma. I’m pretty sure Jesus wasn’t telling us to kill ourselves if we sin, so we can extrapolate that He was probably speaking metaphorically.
The Old Testament says something about seeing the face of God, yet In the New Testament it says that nobody has seen the face of God.
I’m not sure what you’re talking about here. The Old and New Testament both say that there is no one that has seen the face of God and lived; I can’t think of any Biblical account that details someone seeing the face of God the Father and living to tell the tale.
Parts of the Bible say to seek the wisdom of God and that wisdom is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (?) yet other parts of the Bible says that this is folly and futile because God will destroy those with wisdom and the righteous shall laugh at the sinners, yet God will destroy the righteous as well. Should I stop praying to God for His wisdom then?
The wisdom of God versus the wisdom of man. God’s wisdom is a gift from the Holy Spirit, while man’s wisdom is created by man and is futile. Pray to God that He will give you His wisdom, this is a good prayer. Solomon asked God for wisdom, and look how much God blessed him!
The Liturgy emphasizes God's love and mercy that it seems so different from the way he's described in the Bible.
I dont get it...Im confused. What am I reading?
God’s love and mercy are found all throughout the Bible. I encourage you to read for yourself and study about it instead of taking the accounts of some angry atheists that might cherry-pick certain parts that they don’t think make sense.