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The biblical God is mercciful

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Started: 4/14/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The first round is to accept the challenge.

In the second and third round,my opponent should be able to explain how the biblical God is merciful without any biblical verse contradicting the mercifulness of the God of the bible

Simplicity of language is preferable.


You spelt "merciful" wrong. Just thought I'd let you know.
Debate Round No. 1


Thanks to my opponent for calling my attention to the typographical error I made and I plead with the audience not to consider this in voting.

However,we will not deviate from the main topic.this is the second round and as I said in the first round,my opponent must tell us why the biblical God is merciful without any biblical verses contradicting his/her points and here we go!.


1 Samuel 15:3
New International Version (NIV)
3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[ a]all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.

Not only are acts such as the above held out as examples of ruthlessness by those disapproving of God""s behavior, they also incredulously point to what they consider extremely barbaric and harsh penalties instituted by God. For example, a case in point is the punishment for a disobedient son: ""If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown. They shall say to the elders of his city, ""This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard."" Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst"" (Deut. 21:18-21, emphasis added).
Another example often cited is the killing of a man for violating the Sabbath as recorded in the book of Numbers: ""Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation; and they put him in custody because it had not been declared what should be done to him. Then the Lord said to Moses, ""The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp."" So all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, just as the Lord had commanded Moses"" (Numbers. 15:32-36, emphasis added). As can be seen, the verse ends with the endorsement of God being on the Sabbath breaker""s execution. Such examples cause atheist like George Smith to comment: ""The Old Testament God garnered an impressive list of atrocities. Jehovah himself was fond of directly exterminating large numbers of people, usually through pestilence or famine, and often for rather unusual offenses.

Furthermore,we must also know what being merciful means and let the audience conclude if the biblical God matches up the criteria of being merciful

Use the adjective merciful to describe someone who has compassion for other people, especially when he is in a position to punish them or treat them harshly.
If you're caught cheating on a math test, your best hope is that your teacher will be merciful, or that she will forgive you for what you've done. Forgiving someone or relieving a person's pain are both merciful acts. The word merciful also has religious connotations which come from the root word mercy, used since the 12th century to mean "God's forgiveness of his creatures' offenses." The origin is the Old French merci, "pity or thanks."
1 adj
showing or giving mercy
2 adj
(used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious
adj showing or giving mercy
""sought merciful treatment for the captives""
""a merciful god""
(used of persons or behavior) inclined to show mercy
showing or having compassion
compassionate and kind; conciliatory
marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
merciless, unmerciful
having or showing no mercy

With the points I stated above and with the definition of the word "MERCIFUL",the biblical God does not worth being called merciful,and he is not.


Mayne forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


The biblical God even said anyone that works on sabbath must be is ironical to say the biblical God is merciful.

Waiting for the pro.


Mayne forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Yes Valtin, but many of Jesus's teachings originated from Confucius and Buddhism, those were Okay in my books.
The rest can be binned as in bad taste.

Though nobody knows what Jesus really said on the mount, as those were written down 30+ years after his death, so likely nothing said by Jesus actually left his mouth.

All of Sermon on the Mount was made up by the Gospel writers, some of the essence of his sayings may have remained as Oral Tradition is about Essences and not actual words, but there is no accuracy in the Gospels, just a general idea of what might have happened and was taught.
Posted by Valtin 2 years ago
@Sagey actually even if he avoided the whole OT, Jesus still says that he did not come to bring peace, but to bring a sword, not the NT nor OT can be avoided!!
Posted by Valtin 2 years ago
@Sagey I don't think a Christian would give up the entire OT and Rev. who he would accept only about 40% or 30% of the Bible.
Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Hmmm again, it appears Pro has left the building.
Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Hmm, Pro might have a chance if he can avoid the entire Old Testament and Revelations, as in what remains, the God is sort of reasonable there.
Posted by Lucassamson 2 years ago
Berend,for or against?
Posted by Berend 2 years ago
Interesting topic, I wish I took it. lol
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Reasons for voting decision: Don't know what happened to Pro, possibly fell off the edge of our Flat Planet the Creatards on DDO believe exists. But in that case only Con survived this debate which could have been interesting.