[Paleopsych] God the Liberal
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God the Liberal
God, at least the one in the Bible, is a liberal. He had too high
expectations of human nature.
Timeline (all from the Scofield Reference Bible, which uses the King James
Version, but using, not the original 1611 spelling, but that of 1769, which
continues to this day):
4004 BC: On the sixth day, God makes the first, or Edenic, Covenant (Gen.
4004 BC: On the eighth day, God kicks Adam and Eve out of Paradise.
4004 BC: Later that day, God makes the Second, or Adamic, Covenant (Gen.
2353 BC: God floods the earth (Gen. 6).
2348 BC: God makes the Third, or Noahic, Covenant (Gen. 8:20-11:9).
2247 BC: Tower of Babel: "Go to, let us go down, and there confound their
language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord
scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of the earth" (Gen. 11:7-8).
1913 BC: God makes the Fourth, or Abrahamic, Covenant (Gen. 15:18).
1491 BC: God makes the Fifth, or Mosaic, Covenant (Ex. 20, which includes the
1451 BC: God makes the Sixth, or Palestinian, Covenant (Deu. 30).
1042 BC: God makes the Seventh, or David, Covenant (II Sam. 7). I am not sure
what crashed expectations of the Lord necessitated all the additional
covenants, but God got so fed up with man that he decided to end his entire
4 BC: God, just but nevertheless merciful, sends his son to forgive individuals
(all of them) that fail to live up to his various commandments, provided they
will accept the offer. This constitutes the Eighth, or New, Covenant (Heb.
26 AD: John the Baptist is fed up with the whole lot of the Jews, not just
those in the religious establishment: "Then said he to the multitude that came
forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to
flee from the wrath to come?" (Luke 3:7).
31 AD: Jesus repeats the charge: "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being
evil, speak good things? for out of the of abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh." (Mat. 12:34), though later he restricts the charges to "scribes and
Pharisees" (Mat. 23:29-33).
33 AD: In a familiar act of rent-seeking, the Jewish religious establishment
induces the government (the Romans) to get rid of the competition (all four
Gospels). This is, of course, highly controversial, but as a Public Choice
economist, I know rent-seeking when I see it.
You would think that by this time, God would have offered a covenant more in
keeping with human nature as it is, not what a liberal would like it to be.
before 70 AD (I accept John A.T. Robinson's _Redating the New Testament_ here,
while Scofield assigns 96 AD), God reveals to St. John the Divine that,
nevertheless, "And I saw a new heaven an a new earth: for the first heaven and
the first earth were passed away: and there was no more sea (Rev. 21:1).
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