Why is the God of the Old Testament so violent?
Jesus seems so peaceful, loving and serene (except for some outbursts at the religious hypocrites). Yet the actions of God in the Old Testament sometimes border on barbaric and genocidal. What’s up with that?
If you haven’t wondered about this, I promise that your friends have. It’s an important conversation to have in our increasingly diverse and informed world.
I recently came across an interesting video by pastor/author/professor Greg Boyd in which he attempts to answer this question. (Along the way, he promotes his upcoming enormous book, which I didn’t know about.) I think he raises some great points…and probably some other questions, too. Was God condescending and stooping to take on the sin of people both in the ugliness of the cross and in the horrors in the Old Testament? (If you’re in a super hurry, you can start the video around minute 6.)
Take a look at this video and then add your thoughts/comments below. (My apologies if the video won’t play nicely on your smart phone. It certainly wouldn’t on mine.)
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P.S. I tried to get permission to post the actual MPEG on my site, but was declined. You can view it at www.theworkofthepeople.com