Jarochai Alabaster wrote:Does the Bible not say God is infinite in his love and compassion?
Not that I know of, but not really the point I guess because you could probably assume that he was perfect in both those traits. However, neither of those are at odds with eternal punishment for people that choose not to accept his love and compassion (which again leads to questions on free will).
As for the coherency of the gospels...I disagree completely. How many people were present at Jesus' tomb on the day of resurrection?
A fairly small number that's pretty consistent with eyewitness accounts you'll find in any court of law, especially given the confusion that must have gone on at the time.
I don't recall saying it did, nor do I believe that Biblical contradictions invalidate Christian faith. I believe Biblical contradictions invalidate the Bible.
No more than having Quantum Mechanics and Relativity in the same Physics text invalidate the entire text, or having multiple eyewitness accounts agreeing for the most part but varying on fine detail invalidate the agreement. They certainly cast questions on the conflicting sections, but not the entirety of the Bible.
My personal view on hell is that it's the absence of God. A true Christian would have to figure that as eternal torment. I wouldn't trust the Bible to be purely objective on that matter. Sometimes I have to wonder if the afterlife is a bit like Pratchett's theory of it being what you believe it is, but for me it's not really a serious issue - I've got better things to think about given I believe I know where I'm going.
Why is lack of intent a qualification for lack of omnipotence?
Because, if you were omnipotent then you couldn't be destroyed by accident. You'd have to exercise your own omnipotence to overcome itself.
As to free will vs the omniscience of God, I'm just happy to leave it as a paradox, which shouldn't be a problem for an omnipotent entity to deal with.