Join Date: Dec 2001
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I am not trying to offend anyway with this question(it is too late, of course. I have already offended my husband terribly)
But, I have been thinking and thinking about this. And I am just not comfortable with the idea that a loving God could create us only to allow us to sin and then lock us out of paradise bc of it. And then murder babies and command war and not allow the leader of his people into the promised on a technicality. So, I have really thought about it and I definitely do believe that Jesus is the son of God and I obviously believe in God. I believe in the teachings of the new testament. But, I am beginning to believ that the old testament is liberally sprinkled with myths. The stories of the old testament ring true to so many cultures. And there were all sorts of stories of gods and goddesses of that time. So, why wouldnt the jewish people also have myths and legends. Isnt it easier to say that you wiped out a bunch of innocents bc your God told you to.
Now, dh is upset bc he says that Jesus studied from the torah and taught from it. I dont see a problem with that, bc IMO He would use the stories of that time. He says that when Jesus speaks in parables, He does not name the person of the story, but when he speaks from scripture, he does. Again, I have no problem here. His parables are off the cuff stories and the people would not need a name. But if he were talking of the myths of the day, then a name would give more significance.
Now, understand, I am not saying that the events of the Ot did not happen. I am jsut suggesting that there are embellishments and "acts of God" added.
Also, why are the ot God and the NT God so different. Wrath of God, Grace of God. It does not make any sense to me