Nessa wrote:Do you think the biblical God is a fun God?
or do you think he just likes to ruin people's lives?
Such are two separate questions rather than one either/or.
Is being faithful in marriage to your spouse a fun thing to do, or do you think marriage just ruins people's lives? I'm sure the husband who prefers to dabble with other women on the side (or vice-versa), might perhaps see their spouse as ruining their fun if they considered such unfaithfulness to be unacceptable. To personalise it, what if Kerry did anyhow, and went around sleeping with other women, maybe some men and sheep?
Would you still remain faithful to him, even love him so much that you would also wear his legal consequences and give up your own just entitlements should he divorce from you?
God committed Himself to Abraham. God entered into a covenant alone for both sides, without Abraham committing to anything except that he believe in God's promises. If His people wished to remain faithful back to God, rather than be like other "fun" nations in whoring after their gods (sodomising anyone and everyone, seeking riches and pleasure, taking advantage of and even literally participating in human sacrifices), then God laid out His standard to follow. Yet, equally, God allowed them to depart should they not like Him, and they did, we all did, their/our own natural consequences upon ourselves. Yet, then God eventually wore the consequences of their, ultimately our, everyone's unfaithfulness to Himself so that His promises might be fulfilled, again, like Abraham, to those who believe.
Seems to me like we've always been allowed to have our "fun", disregarding others, disregarding God, being all about ourselves and our own happiness. God nonetheless remains the faithful and responsible one. Would we prefer God to be otherwise, to have His own "fun" sacrificing His love and goodness?