Isaiah 15-19 An affirmation of Christianity

Isaiah 13:15 KJB

Every one that is found shall be thrust through
Isaiah is a problematic passage for many it seems and atheists and skeptics have pointed to the Old Testament and this passage in particular as contradicting the idea that God is Love.  I agree that it is a difficult passage.  The problem comes in interpreting the passage and I think in understanding what the Bible is: a divinely inspired collection of books describing God’s wisdom and salvific plan.  Read through this lens I have come to see this Old Testament verse replete with horrors as a proof of God’s love.  On one hand atheists point to religion as wish fulfillment on the next they point to this passage as explicitly denying the primary wish that God is love.  Which is it?  It cannot be both.  Religion cannot be wish fulfillment and then deny the wish.  The contradiction rests on the skeptics here. 
A deeper look into the metaphysics in the Bible shows that it accurately depicts the world and as a loving God would, warns through the authors of a world distorted by evil.  This is no wish fulfillment text but the warning, grave warning, of a loving Father to all His people who will listen to Him.
For my part, I reject none of the Old Testament. Jesus did not, so I will not either, nor is it fair to say this passage is evil. Skeptics and those who attack the Bible (at least from a google search) bring out 15-18 but leave out who 15-18 is aimed at:

11 And I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked for their iniquity: and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and will bring down the arrogancy of the mighty. 12 A man shall be more precious than gold, yea a man than the finest of gold. 13 For this I will trouble the heaven: and the earth shall be moved out of her place, for the indignation of the Lord of hosts, and for the day of his tierce wrath. 14 And they shall be as a doe fleeing away, and as a sheep: and there shall be none to gather them together: every man shall turn to his own people, and every one shall flee to his own land.
Isaiah 13:15-18 KJB
Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined [unto them] shall fall by the sword.
Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and [as for] gold, they shall not delight in it. Their] bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
Does anyone deny that the fruits of wickedness are visited on the children of the wicked?
Have you seen the children raised in Madrassas? The ones who slice off the necks of helpless victims?
The innocent children who are starving around the globe because of wicked tyrants?

Skeptics and atheists condemn God’s wrath and ridicule the Bible as being an innacurate portrait of a Loving God, but would not a Loving God use the Bible to warn you of His providential wrath against sinners? and the wages of sin born on the backs of the innocent, like the children of Darfur? 


Would these massive evils exist if we all followed the Good News?  Imagine.  Take a moment and imagine a human world immersed in a people who follow the beatitudes, who respect the inherent dignity of all human beings exemplified by Christ who sacrificed Himself for each and everyone of us.  Evil evaporated by love.  Food distibutred to the world, children raised in loving homes, medicine distributed across the globe, all the benefits of a loving civilization brought by a humanity following the Good News.  Take a long moment and imagine all humanity following the beatitudes in their hearts and in their lives.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. 
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I stand behind the Bible. It does not exhort its readers to jihad or to lie. The Bible in Isaiah is not exhorting YOU to kill, but is honestly telling you the reality, God’s reality of the effects of the wicked who have free will on this world and the results are a part of His wrath, because He being Omnipotent, could break the free will of the evil, but He allows it. How odd that a passage that reflects the reality of our times could be satanically twisted as fodder for skeptics, when in fact it is a merciful warning we desperately need and a proof that the Bible is not some wishfulfillment, but a stark assesment of reality.  As Christians, God has warned us of the difficulties of a reality distorted by sin and so forewarned we should use our prudence to work to lessen the disorder (sin) in the world and promote authentic love.

The Bible is truth; God’s world is harsh. Someone tell the skeptics and the next time someone tells you about how cruel the Old Testament is: Open up a newspaper.

God warns you it is bad and not to be wicked in no uncertain terms, warns you exactly what happens. Don’t be surprised when you read the Old Testament. Don’t deny its truth. We are the Church militant and these warnings in the Old Testament need to be heeded. Darfur is the result; the Taliban is the result. God permits the evils of the wicked.

I praise God that He inspired Isaiah to warn us the results of wickedness.

Christ did not refute the OT and neither does reality.

The passage speaks of God’s wrath against sin; unlike the Koran this passage is not a moral call of its followers to kill. It is an exegesis on God’s wrath Who Alone is Good as exemplified by His warning to you in the OT. A warning that rings more true today than ever.  Please, don’t ignore it. 

I thought about that Isaiah passage and when I studied it I was blown away at the mercy–yes mercy of God who acknowleges the terrible suffering and devastation of sin and acknowleges his permissive will as reality groans under the weight of sin and innocents suffer for others free will rejection of God’s love. Could we worship a God who pretends that the ugliness of reality does not exist? I don’t want a God of my own wish fulfillment. That He, the Father, warned us in the OT, that He acknowleges this world and how sin kindles wrath leaves with me an important message on the terrible damage of sin, the frightening damage of sin, the proper fear of the Lord, to offend such a Holy God, Who gave us everything Who sustains our very existence by His will, our Father through Jesus.

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