God is merciful to reach out to rebellious creatures and He makes significant concessions to meet us where we live. His justice makes these concession necessary and His mercy makes them possible.
Should this truth affect the way we view the Bible?
Since the Bible addresses people and times that are violent and evil, we should not be surprised to find some really horrible things in it. The entire human race exists under the merciful concession of God.
The fact of God’s concession started early in history and it set the tone for the ways of God with humanity. If we don’t pause long over this fact, we’ll likely misunderstand God and then misread the rest of the story of God’s dealings with humanity in the Bible.
Look closely at the way God’s concession is explained after God brought cataclysmic judgment against humans for evil early in human history.
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