Respect. Sometimes you gotta give it in order to receive it, unless you’re in the military. Then you just give it. But when it comes to whether or not god can respect you, the bible is quite dubious.
First let’s take Psalm 138:6. Here we see that god can indeed respect you, that is, if you meet the criterion of being a lowly person. In order, the bible shows god respecting Abel, god respecting the children of Israel, god again respecting the Israelites, and god respecting the Israelites a third time. Therefore, god respects two sets of people. One is the Abels, and the other is the Israelis. But maybe there is still hope for the rest of us?
Nope. The bible is at it again with its contradictions. We can start with Romans 2:11. Here we see that god does not respect people. Period. Going in order through the rest of the bible, we can see that god has no respect for anyone. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. And here.
Anyway, I’ve heard many Christian apologists try to skirt around the contradiction by scrutinizing the verses that show god to be disrespectful. In the end they believe these offending verses mean something else entirely. This leaves them with the assumption that god does indeed respect people.
It’s funny. They never try to scrutinize the verses that they like (i.e. those that suggest that god does respect them.) Why do they accept one literal translation over the other?