That means that you agree that the Great Flood was a righteous act on the part of your God.
That means that when God carries out his wrath he has instigated such calamities and atrocities as infants’ heads being dashed upon rocks, women being violated, men being thrust through with swords. (Isaiah 13)
That means that when you are continually found in violation of God’s commands he is well within his rights to make you eat your own children as punishment. (Lev. 26)
Are you comfortable with that? Don’t you agree that God is God and he has the right to give life and take it as he sees fit? Don’t you agree that these judgements are righteous and always good?
No? Then you aren’t an inerrantist. I hadn’t thought of it this way before. I’m reading The Human Faces of God by Thom Stark and he makes this distinction. Oh, that’s Old Testament, you say. This is what you believe your good God has done in the past. And you call it righteous. Sure, as a Christian you may try to sanitize this by saying that God no longer is vengeful in this manner because his blood lust has been satiated for all eternity by the blood of his own child. Think about that for a moment. He was satisfied by blood.
This is the God who, in your inerrantist view, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. When a pregnant woman ran her van, carrying her three children, into the ocean in Daytona Beach she said Jesus told her to do it. People, including believers, think she’s crazy. No sane person, inerrantist or not, would ever believe that God told her to do this. Inerrantists are the same people who believe that God once told his people he would make them eat their own children but now think this is abhorrent behavior. This is the same God you claim when you want to celebrate the sanctity of life. 😯
Even if this god of yours exists, he isn’t good just because he declares himself to be. He isn’t good just because you are breathing air. He isn’t good because he changed his mind about us needing to kill animals and burn them up to satisfy his fetish for the scent of burned flesh. Are you still an inerrantist?
Are you satisfied to call this God good just because you believe he/she/it exists?
I’m not. Thanks, but no thanks.