I have no problem accepting (if presented with proof, of course) a Deity that is capable of making mistakes and doing things that hurts us for no benefit. I may not love such a being, but I can definitely accept their existence.
That would be more in your school of Greek/Norse/Egyptian gods, then - gods that are personal
but not powerful - like what we'd probably be thought of back in the days of those ancient civilizations if we came with all our powerful technology and such.
Sab, what you're asking for for acceptance is impossible from the God of Christianity, because what you asked for is a divine being that is capable of making mistakes, and one of the cornerstones
of the religion is that God is infallible. He never makes mistakes, etc. Even if you look at the other Abrahamic religions - Judaism and Islam - Yahweh/God/Allah is written as being perfect
. No mistakes. No screwups. To remove that from the table is to basically dismantle those religions, mainly because the source of God's authority is that He doesn't make mistakes - if God is
mistake-possible, then we aren't obligated to listen to God any more than we are to any other person on the street. Removing God's infallibility removes God's moral authority.
If a Divine Being - any
Divine Being - is capable of making mistakes, and errors, and such lapses in good judgment, then the only reason we would be compelled to follow such a being, who may or may not be as flawed as we are, is out of fear of being pulverized with the next stray bolt of lightning. In which case, divine beings aren't heavenly or good
at all, but devilish tyrants that we appease each day so that we can go on with our lives.
...I'm sure there's an Immanuel Kant-like saying somewhere in there...
@Passion: Please, please
don't do that. That's cherry picking the Bible for quotes so that you can prove your point. I don't agree with the 'All Hail God' guys I meet on the street when they do it, I don't agree with the guys I see on Fox News when they do it, I don't agree with my real life friends
when they do it (so they've learned wisely not to - I'm still working on Fox News. Damn you Steve Doocy!).
The bit from Exodus - the Ten Plagues - was about one thing. That Pharoah was being a dick to the Jews, the chosen people of God
at that time, and God punished the Egyptians for their dickery. God said that the Jews would be His people, and that He would be their God. Things have changed, changed a lot. The Old Testament way of doing things is long past. So, I'll very politely ask you not to mix the Old Testament in here, because God (in form of Jesus) said that the old ways are gone. God doesn't have a chosen people anymore - He has promises that He made to the Jews, and because of the nature of God, God will keep those promises - but the Jews do not have a monopoly on this God anymore.