How Does a Loving God Justify the Holy Wars of the Old Testament

Episode 381 Show Notes 

From the Show

In the Old Testament God's not only righteous and just, but he is also merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and the god we behold in the face of Jesus Christ isn't only loving and merciful, but he's also righteous and just.

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. I have been reading the Old Testament and I see where the Ishmaelites have the crescent moon. What is that all about, and does this have anything to do with Muslims today?

2. Is it wrong for a Christian to do good works to prove to themselves that they are saved and have Christ? Or should they obey because they have Christ already?

3. I know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but I struggle with the way God is portrayed in the Old Testament. I have a hard time making sense of God using Israel judging nations through wars where women and children were killed.

4. Who are the spirits in prison in 1 Peter 3:19? Is this a kind of purgatory?

5. How do you understand the passage in Romans 8 where it says that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groans too deep for words?

Resources

Knowing God by J. I. Packer 

Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel by Michael Horton

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