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Doing by Allowing

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In the Old Testament, God does a violent thing indirectly by allowing an enemy to do it directly. God takes the blame by letting the writer to identify Him for doing some evil act which the enemy actually does. God never commits direct violence or evil against anyone ever. One writer has named this the Bible’s “dual speech” pattern; God’s doing by allowing. See the book Cross Vision by Gregory A Boyd, 166-169. One one hand, the Bible says God does the evil act but, on the other hand, the actual perpetrator is the enemy of both God and Judah.

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