Ok. Strap in. Hold on. Here we go. We’re starting a conversation about a complex issue.
It was said that I believe that “the God of the New Testament is different than the God of the Old Testament.”
I believe this: The God of the Old Testament seems different than the God of the New Testament.
I remember one sermon in which I observed, “What’s the deal? When you look at some of the things in the Old Testament compared to the New Testament, it’s like between Malachi and Matthew, God became a Christian.” Now, come on. Be honest. Haven’t you thought that? It’s OK. Admit it. This is a safe place 🙂
If you haven’t thought it, maybe you haven’t read the following verses. Anyone who has taught the Bible has had that “Please God, don’t let them ask about that verse” moment. These verses fit into that category.
That Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady – Exodus 21:7; Judges 5:30
Have to work on the Sabbath? Have your boss read this – Exodus 35:2
I’m sure glad my parents didn’t obey this one – Deuteronomy 21:18-21
And then there’s the big one: What’s up with God giving the command to wipe out the Canaanite residents (including women and children) of the Promised Land?
Deuteronomy 20:16-18; Joshua 6:21; Joshua 10:40; Joshua 11:10-15
How does the picture of God in these passages fit the picture of God we have in Jesus?
It’s not just atheists, agnostics or the unchurched who are asking these questions. Bible reading Christ-followers like me – and maybe you – are asking these questions. I know these Christ-following authors are asking:
Keep asking questions.
Let’s all quit judging people who are asking questions.
Question-askers are in good company – Moses in Exodus 32:11, and, of course, Jesus in Matthew 27:46.
Have you heard the phrase “Faith seeking understanding”? I like that. With a strong faith (dependence) in Jesus, I am seeking to understand. What a journey. We’ll take another step next time.