Out of Ur recently posted this outrageous interview with John Piper where Piper states that: “It’s right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases.” 

I must say that I am flabbergasted with the smile on Pipers face as he makes these horrible claims for god. I have a very hard time believing that the god of Jesus whom we claim to be not just loving but to be love would say “Thou shalt not kill, I however reserve the right to kill anyone or anything whenever I please.”

The idea that god would decide the time of death for every living being on the planet is ridiculous as it would make god responsible not only for the time of death but the method of death for each and every one of these living beings, which in turn would make god ultimately responsible for evil. Evil then is not just the absence of love (as darkness is the absence of light) but evil becomes authored by gods omnipotent hand.

No, Piper presents a god i cannot believe in and one that I do not see evident in the representation of the divine presented by Jesus. What I hear from Piper is the kind of biblicist shoehorning of theology to accommodate for the inconsistency of scripture within an inerrant/infallible framework. It is verbal theological jiu-jitsu aimed to protect the largest idol of the evangelical movement, the bible.

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