Have you ever noticed how inconsistent the Old Testament is? Here are two quotes from the translated text of Mendelsohn’s “Elijah”:
Yet does the Lord see it not, He mocketh at us; His curse has fallen down upon us, His wrath will pursue us till He destroys us. For He , the Lord our God, is a jealous god, and he visiteth all the fathers’ sins on the children of the third and fourth generation of them that hate him.
Blessed are the men who fear Him, they ever walk in the ways of peace. Through darkness riseth the light to the upright. He is gracious, compassionate, he is righteous.
Thanks be to God, for He is gracious, and his mercy endureth forevermore.
So what is this gentleman? Kind and compassionate or mean and vindictive? And why is it always necessary to fear God? If he is gracious and compassionate, what is there to fear?
Epicureans put all this fear and manipulation behind them.