Anyone who has read Augustine's Confessions will know his views on God. One view that I have been thinking about is how God is unchanging. One thing God must not have, to fit this description (according to Augustine), is emotions. This is something that many Christians and Catholics would agree with. However, there is a problem because in the Bible there is evidence of God having emotions. Take the First of the Ten Commandments:

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,”

The key word here is JEALOUS. This comes straight out of the Bible (and the First Commandment). There are two problems:

Problem 1 - If the Ten Commandments are true then God has emotions, however if Augustine is true then God doesn't have emotions.
Problem 2 - If God has emotions then God is not unchanging, however if God doesn't have emotions then God is unchanging.

Let us examine these problems. If the Ten Commandments are true then God is unchanging. What does this mean? Does it mean that his word is unchanging? That the lessons in the Bible are for all eternity (since the Bible is the Word [or Inspired Word] of God)? Here are the arguments that I get from this:

Premise 1: If the Ten Commandments are true, then God is changing.
Premise 2: If God is changing, then His word is not eternal (by 'eternal' I mean his word/teachings are always relevant).
Premise 3: If God's word is not eternal, then all the lessons from the Bible can be disregarded.
Conclusion: The Bible can be regarded as immoral.


Premise 1: If the Ten Commandments are false, then God is unchanging
Premise 2: If God is unchanging, then his word is eternal
Premise 3: If God's word is unchanging, then all lessons from the Bible are relevant today.
Conclusion: If all lessons from the Bible are relevant today, then it is permissible to kill people who work on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:2 - "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.")

- It should be noted that in place of killing people who work on the Sabbath you could really put anything that seems immoral from the Bible (Leviticus 20:13 - “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." etc.) So if God's word is unchanging then it is ok to kill homosexuals and people who work on Sunday.

I think that this post is more powerful left up to the reader to decide what to think about it. Please let me know your thoughts on this.

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Tags: Atheism, Augustine, Bible, Confessions, Craig, Dawkins, Debate, Hitchens, The, William, More…god, philosophy, religion

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