A. W. Tozer famously stated the following in his epic book, The Knowledge of the Holy:
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
If this is true … and I believe that it is … then I must ask you today:
What comes to your mind when you think about God?
Having carried on a conversation with the Christian and non-Christian public every day for some 25 years as host of the Bible Answer Man radio broadcast, I can attest:
People’s views about God range from the Truth … to the uninformed … to the downright horrific and hateful.
And as I’ve come to learn, it’s often the most vitriolic notions of God that get the most play in academia … in politics … in the media … and thus in the home.
That’s why many people — including many Christians — carry around untrue and highly destructive thoughts and beliefs about God. And thus they never truly experience the richness of His grace … nor do they walk in true intimacy with the Creator of their souls.
I do not want this for you, my friend.
That’s why I want to send you an easy-to-read but deeply profound book by Paul Copan, PhD, called Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God.
As its title suggests, Is God a Moral Monster? addresses one of, if not the most outrageous and insidious notions about God: that He is a bully, a murderer, and an oppressor.
And this powerful apologetic for Old Testament ethics goes deeper. It addresses with precision and clarity some of the most damning accusations about God, including:
- God is arrogant and jealous.
- God punishes people too harshly.
- God is guilty of ethnic cleansing.
- God oppresses women.
- God endorses slavery.
- Christianity causes violence.
“New Atheists” and best-selling authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett often point to the God of the Old Testament in order to justify their claims about the implausibility of His existence — and the stupidity of those who believe in Him.
Copan cites one of Dawkins’ most famous descriptions of God:
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
Rather than fall for the rhetoric and emotive stereotypes presented by Dawkins and others, we must commit ourselves to become so familiar with the Truth that when such lies surface, we recognize them instantly.
At worst, even when we do not have an immediate answer, we should be aware that answers exist. At best, we should be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have—and to do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
It’s my gift to thank you for your generous support of the Christian Research Institute and the Bible Answer Man broadcast this month, so please accept it with my gratitude!
It’s no understatement that your support is the lifeblood of this ministry we share.
Yes, it may be my voice people hear on the radio, but it’s because of your gifts and prayers that people like Rachael can say:
“I’m so excited to write to you about how listening to the Bible Answer Man broadcast has equipped me to reach others. I conducted my very first Bible study tonight at the nursing center [where] I volunteer, and … there was no way I would have been able to even begin to explain [all that I did] had I not had your words of wisdom to glean from.”
Thank you for helping equip listeners like Rachael with the Truth of God’s Word. And may our Lord bless you as you equip yourself through Is God a Moral Monster?
… because Life and Truth matter,
P.S. Is God a Moral Monster? is more than just a 252-page apologetic for Old Testament ethics. It’s a powerful tool you can use to draw closer in intimacy to the Creator of your soul. So please request your copy today when you give — and accept my deepest thanks for your generosity this month! Call 1.888.7000.CRI (1-888-700-0274), or click here to give by credit card.