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In the same way, textbook logic gives one the framework in which to understand the situation, but it is the details that fill in the gaps. There are many gaps in reality that logic cannot fill in. Logic can only work with the data that is there.
So when this someone says, “Simple Logic: 1. Jealousy is a sin. (Galatians 5:19-20); 2. The God of the Bible is a very jealous God. (Exodus 34:14); 3. Ergo, God is a sinner.“, he obviously eliminated more than half of the background information in order to prove his point.
Most likely, he could only count to three and thus, left off most of the important information in order make it look like he proved something.
The first thing to consider is how to read the Bible. There are many factors that influence how you should read the Bible. Do you read it like an instruction manual? Sometimes. Do you read it like a history book? Sometimes. Do you read it like a book of poetry? Sometimes.
The Bible is a collection of various writings that were not written in one uniform style. Thus, the rules of interpretation vary according to the type of literature. Poetry employs figurative language while historical narrative does not. It would not be productive nor accurate to read poetry with a scientific mind or historical narrative as figures of speech.
Furthermore, there are two basic kinds of writing: descriptive and prescriptive. Descriptive writing simply describes what is happening while prescriptive writing is intended for a certain group of people to follow.
Historical narrative is descriptive; there needs to be some clear indication that it is prescriptive if it has commands that ought to be obeyed.
Another crucial distinction is the target audience. If a set of commands is given to a certain target audience, then only that group of people are supposed to obey it. Other groups of people may read it, understand it and learn from it, but they do not obey it. They are not responsible for carrying out those commands.
A common mistake that people make, especially atheists seeking to discredit the Bible, is to use a word univocally when in fact there is more than one definition.
Galatians 5:19-20 reads, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions”. Here, the word “jealousy” is defined as wanting something that someone else has that we do not have and do not have a right to have.
Exodus 34:14 reads, “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
How should jealousy be defined? Should it be defined as God wanting something that someone else has but He does not have and does not have a right to have?
No. This second jealousy is different. God has a right to be worshipped. He is the only one who deserves to be worshipped. So jealousy in this instance refers to God expecting to be worshipped because he has a right to be worshipped and the false gods do not. The use of the word “jealous” indicates strong exclusive desire for something that is rightfully his.
In this video, Greg Koukl talks about – Does God “hate sin but love the sinner?”
Thus, this atheist trips over the univocal use of the word “jealous” and falls flat on his face. That is the simple logic.