A Failed Beginning: OT vs NT
With approximately the first 20 years of my life spent having never read the bible I can definitely understand where Sarah is coming from with her topic this week. I believe I started reading out of the New Testament when I first began reading the bible. Then one night when our power went out from a storm I was desperate for anything to keep me occupied and I cracked open the bible to Genesis and read by candlelight. There is definitely a different sense of God in the Old Testament versus the New Testament.
I’m not very knowledgeable with the OT because I personally find it to be boring, uninteresting, and difficult to read compared to the NT so I’ve probably only read a few books out of it. From what I’ve read there seems to exhude punishment, wrath, death etc. Everyone is a terrible human being and never good enough. Except for a few chosen people. I will never understand the flood and the need to wipe out the human race. What exactly was the disconnect between God and humanity? It’s like God realized he messed up with humanity and wanted to start over with new humans but that didn’t even work out too well.
Because God realized how much humans fail at life, he sent Jesus, a perfect human/God to save humanity. Jesus is love, hope, peace, salvation, and pretty much every other positive adjective you can think of. He died and resurrected and now anyone that accepts Jesus is saved. I think that is why the tone of the NT is drastically different. As a human, I think that God realized how difficult and terrible it is to live on this planet. Jesus sympathized with humanity and God became slightly nicer. Not as much striking people down to death or killing off most of the human race.
Some of this might sound silly and downright absurd but it’s my unfiltered perspective on the topic. There is no denying that there is a difference of the God from the OT and the God from the NT. If some day I read the whole entire bible my perspective might be different, like that of Sean and Josh, two brilliant biblical scholars here at Empty Church.