Originally posted by Nemesio
But the fickleness
of God's judgment of righteousness in the second story is so ugly.
What do people have to say about this?
It doesn't seem that out of character to me. OT stories about God rendering surprising judgments about what is righteous are a dime a dozen, aren't they?
Isn't this the same God who gave the Levitical laws regarding the permissibility of slavery, who turned a person to salt for merely observing the destruction He had just wrought upon a city containing at least 50 innocents, who sent a bear to maul children acting like children, who hardened Pharaoh's heart so that he could not rid his people of the plagues, who commanded a man to slay his own son as a sacrifice, and on and on and on? It's not really that surprising that if God judged these things as righteous, that he wouldn't find offering up your daughters to be raped unrighteous, is it?
Your surprise derives from your assumption that there exists a standard of righteousness which you can approximately discern and to which God adheres in virtue of being good, coupled with your observation that God is acting contrary to your discernment of that standard. Thus, you can eliminate your surprise in one of two ways. One is to reject that assumption and accept instead that what God does and judges to be righteous is
the standard of righteousness. Alternatively, you can reject your discernment as being a very poor approximation, so bad that you believe offering your daughters to be raped is unrighteous when in fact it is exemplary of righteousness.
I highly doubt the conversation took place anyway, so I get to avoid being gored by either horn of the dilemma.