A Demon at Work
Letting Benevolence Slip
Rather than defining God as essentially good, one can attribute a flawed character to the supreme being. Two biblical stories reflect this approach to theodicy, describing YHWH, the special name for Israel’s God, as demonic. In Gen 22:1–19 God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac on a distant mountain, and in Job 1–2 God wrecks human lives through a heavenly agent, the Satan, without cause (khinnam). Other harrowing tales in the Bible describe objectionable divine conduct best viewed as demonic.
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