Post Author: Bill Pratt
Skeptics of Christianity love to point out all the difficult passages in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. By noting these difficult passages, skeptics explicitly or implicitly imply that Christians are foolish (or even deranged) for worshiping the God described in the Old Testament.
My problem with this implication is that the number of difficult passages are dwarfed by the number of passages that clearly describe the greatness of God. These passages come in a wide variety and they are found all over the Old Testament. The skeptic’s approach is, therefore, totally unbalanced – it does not take into consideration the totality of Scripture.
So, to the skeptics who question why I worship the God described in the Old Testament, it’s not only his wisdom, his majesty, his beauty, and his holiness, but his moral perfection.
The Old Testament affirms in many places that God is morally perfect. According to Norman Geisler in his Systematic Theology, Volume Two: God, Creation, holiness, “Another attribute of God is that of absolute moral perfection. God is morally impeccable: He is not simply an infinite Being; He is an infinitely perfect Being.”
How does the Old Testament connect God with moral perfection?
God Is Morally Perfect
“He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deut. 32:4).
“As for God, his way is perfect” (2 Sam. 22:31).
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect” (2 Sam. 22:33).
“Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?” (Job 37:16).
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless” (Ps. 18:30).
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul” (Ps. 19:7).
“The LORD will fulfill [perfect] his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands” (Ps. 138:8).
“O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago” (Isa. 25:1).