God: lover or fighter

 

Well known atheist, Richard Dawkins, in his book, The God Delusion, has declared that

The God of the Old Testament is… [a] racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

Does he have a point? What do we make of God’s command in Deuteronomy 20, that the Israelites conquer Canaan and devote its inhabitants ‘to complete destruction’?

Is the character of God, as revealed in the Old Testament, consistent with the character of God we see in the New Testament in the person and work of Jesus who taught His followers to love their enemies?

This month’s talk presented by Bill Gilliver