I have no idea how to answer a Non-Christian acquaintance and I am having a crisis in my faith with my doubts. We were talking about “If God is God… then how can any evil be good at one time and then changed at another time to be something bad?”
The person in question brought up how in Genesis Chapter 20 you have the story of Abraham telling “Abimelech” that Sarah was not his wife, but, his sister and that in the truth coming out that Sarah was indeed Abraham’s wife. Abraham then told Abimelech that Sarah was his half-sister due to the fact that she was his father’s daughter.
Here is where the original question of how can an evil such as “incest” be condoned with Abraham by God in marrying his half-sister and later be looked at as evil?
I honestly am not well-versed in the OT or in Jewish culture/society during these times. So I had no idea how to respond as in my mind this is indeed incest… unless, in my poor knowledge of OT scripture in Abraham saying Sarah was his father’s daughter has some other meaning like you have in the use of the word “Brother” in the NT that didn’t actually mean a blood relative, but, as a term used for Christian brethern.
If I am mistaken in anything I say or in my assumptions on the OT, then please correct my errors. I just feel attacked with doubts.
I find examples like this and another such as Lot’s 2 daughters deciding to get their father drunk and have intercourse with him in order that their ancestral line does not die out often makes me have doubts as to my faith, but, does this mean I shouldn’t read the OT at all anymore?
This would be as if I am feeding into the fear that if I continue to read the OT I will just keep finding things that bother me and make it hard for me to reconcile Our Lord’s new covenant in the NT and of the salvation that he brought to all when what we condone as evil was thought of as ok in OT times.
Isn’t evil always an evil?
How can God condone such things? How can incest be ok at one period in time or that 2 daughters have sex with their father? We speak as Catholics as having trust in God’s will… doesn’t the acts of Lot’s daughters go against this trust since they feared their lineage dying out and why should Abraham choose his own half-sister for a wife?
I am confused and the devil is playing hardball with my faith.
I hope someone can help me out.