Christianity.com: Why does God seem so different in the Old Testament than He does in the New Testament?-David Murray

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  • 2013-11-10T22:01:16

This guy here, Mr. Adams, simply asserts that God of the Old and New Testament are the same, and calls those who do not subscribe to this reasoning as (chuckle) "ignorant". He offers no reason to support his statement other than to chuckle at those be deems to be ignorant. This sucks because it does not provide any basis for those seeking to figure this question out. I am a Christian, but I don't understand Exodus 17:13-16, or 32:33, or Leviticus 26:14-46...where is the Grace which we associate with the New Testament God? This is a serious question, so please don't blow it off in the same manner as this guy does. It doesn't serve to move the question forward.

  • 2011-12-28T06:21:10

Forgive me if it seems like I'm trolling but I don't mean to. While the god of both testaments are the same entity, they are not the same person. What I mean by that is that as a person God changed. He experienced something that has never been spoken of or written in biblical texts explicitly but he did change, his wrath cooled considerably and at least expressed his love more openly. God's heart and demeanor did soften and I know people will hate that I say that but I don't really think it's so terrible to thing that God can change.

  • 2011-10-17T12:14:04

No difference. Those who feel He is different should read the whole Old Testament Bible twice as much more than the New Testament Bible. OT is longer. Not-reading the whole text is the cause of this incorrect impressions.

  • 2011-08-03T21:00:44

It seems to me that theists tend to almost always gloss over the barbary of God in the bible. I am talking about the things that are directly attributed to God, You know them all. God in Egypt killing Egyptian children, and all the other innocent people, who just where in the Jewish peoples way as they conquered their way across the land. But lets not forget the New Testament, that has some nasty stuff in it as well. A partial list, I got tired and disturbed that you folk read this book to kids. Matthew 3:10, 12; 5:17; 5:29-30; 7:13-14; 7:19; 8:12; 8:21; 8:32; 10:14-15; 10:21; 10:28;10:34-36 11:20-24; 13:41-42, 50; 15:4-7; 18:8-9; 18:23-35; 18:34; 21:33-41; 21:44; 22:12-13; 24:37; 24:50-51; 25:30; 25:41; 25:46. Mark 4:11-12; 5:12-13; 6:11; 7:9-10; 9:43-49; 12:1-9; 14:22-24; 16:16. Luke 1:20; 3:9; 3:17; 8:27-37; 10:10-15; 12:5; 12:46-47; 13:3, 5; 13:23-30; 16:19-31; 17:26-27; 17:29-32; 19:22-27; 22:19-20. John 3:14; 3:16; 3:18, 36; 3:36; 5:14; 15:6; 6:53-66. Acts 3:23; 5:1-10; 10:10-13; 11:5-10; 12:23; 13:22; 13:34; 13:8-11. Romans 1:31-32; 5:9; 5:12. 1 Corinthians 3:17; 10:8; 10:9; 10:10. 2 Corinthians 5:11. Ephesians 1:4-5, 11; 1:7; 5:2; 5:6. Colossians 1:14; 1:19-20. 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; 2:8;2:11-12. Too bizarre the rest of it, especially the last book.

  • 2011-08-02T23:52:49

Amen to that brother!

  • 2011-08-02T22:42:01

Amen! God changes NOT!

  • 2011-08-02T22:19:53

(Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT). If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her. This one confuses me? I can rape a girl and she has to marry me?

  • 2011-08-02T16:02:54

Really helpful, we have church members who have a ‘New Testament’ view of God and that is of course not complete and so not true. God shows his covenant (Hesed) love throughout the OT and NT but also that He is a holy God a ‘consuming fire’ who executes justice and punishment throughout both too. There are many many examples. It is madness to think we can pick and choose which of His characteristics we will accept, He is who He is even if we find that hard to accept!

  • 2011-08-02T13:31:20

God is the same yesterday, today and forever! I teach and declare this truth in the name of Jesus. Want to hear more? Tune in to my radio broadcast every Tuesday @ 11:30 a.m. (Central) http://www.Blogtalkradio.com/lalitasmith/turn-2-truth God has given me strategy to share with the body of Christ in light of these challenging times and the debt issues Washington faces.

  • 2011-08-02T11:37:56

God is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and for ever.He never changes.

  • 2011-08-01T11:31:01

god has not changed he still remains god bless.

  • 2011-07-31T12:34:37

It's not that God n the New Testament is more Loving. His tenderness is shown more in the New Testament with the Compassion being expressed through Jesus Christ his son , He himself clothed in flesh in his humanity. In the Old testament they lived under the law but that wasn't the totality of God's Heart. He was and is always about repentance and so willing to forgive and filled with love. It Hurt him to punish those who went into idolitry etc. But he is just and his word is his word. His heart was always tender just wanting his people to love and obey him from free will. He in the old testament spoke through Prophets and it wasn't a direct communication with the peoples. It was through the Priesthood of the Levitical tribe or his prophets. The Priests were the ones who Slayed animals for repentance and remission of sins. In the New Testament His only son the Lamb of God became the ultimate once and for all blood sacrifice. Jesus fulfilled the requirements once and for all. From that point on there were no more animal sacrifices required by God for remission of sin. Jesus Christ The Son of God laid down his life willing to be the Final sacrifice for our sins. Because of Jesus choosing to live a sinless life and choosing to die for us the Veil/access to God became Rent/torn from the top to bottom, In the Holy of Holies, which gave us access directly to God through the Blood of Jesus anyone that would receive Jesus as their Savior they could have total access to God , to Fellowship, commune with him. Jesus had to go and put his blood at he Mercy seat to be the drink offering for our sins and to give us The Holy Spirit to live inside of us. We then become the Temple of the Holy Ghost ( Spirit). This couldn't nor wouldn't of happened if Jesus didn't give him up the Holy Spirit so that he could live in us. The third person hood of God (The Holy Spirit.) Yes, it was a different way than in the Old testament but the Same God. He is the same yesterday , today and forever and what he is still looking for is His people to love and obey Him. Will you?

  • 2011-07-30T02:36:56

well thanks, but actually it doesn't help me. because I refuse to believe that a God( in other words something that is infinetly good, kind and loving), will be so vindictive as to punish a mere mortal who doubts his word with eternal damnation.. that's just cruel! what kind of God is that? a bully? I'm sorry, but the whole concept of Hell just makes it impossible for me to believe that God is anything else but a man made invention to scare believers into behaving propely. to me that's the greatest inconsistency in Christian or rather Abrahamic doctrine. just think about it.. isn't that just mad?

  • 2011-07-29T17:57:08

what if someone lives completely according to the wishes of God, but had never heard of him or her , so couldn't even make the choice whether to have faith or not.. will that person be saved or doomed? and why? can anyone answer that question for me?

  • 2011-07-28T16:25:21

I do not wish to live as a serf and subscribe to this.

  • 2011-07-28T16:22:26

very inspirational and educational as well.

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