Originally posted by zatara
The old testament and the new testament are both inspired by God. But why did He not do it right the first time? Can God not predict the future or
does He not understand His creation that well..?
One of the most important revisions He made is to turn your other cheek and forgive instead of having the right to smash out the teeth of the person
that kicked out yours.
What is that all about..? Why did He not tell us in the old testament what the proper way is to behave and keep the peace? Is the answer simple to
explain with "God is like us" and therefore tweaks and make things up as He goes along?
I mean...in times like these it is important to rely and hold on to His promises. If God is not able to know what is coming and is good for us it is
easy to lose hope and faith when you see the world is going down the drain.
What people fail to recognize in the OT was the condition of mercy. God said that you could punish people, but never said what punishment you would
receive if you did not punish for sins. You never HAD to stone people, but if you chose to punish them, then you could. But ONLY if two witnesses were
in agreement that a sin had occurred, and those two witnesses had to be of high moral character. There was never any such thing as groups of people
just randomly out looking for sinners to stone. The case of the woman caught in adultery is the prime example of this. There were no witnesses of high
moral character, and they did not bring the man she was caught with. They attempted to break the law through a loophole, and loopholes are man's
God is absolute, therefore His laws are absolute. In those days there were cities of sanctuary where a charged person can go to until it is
determined his punishment. Sometimes people were stoned and sometimes they were not.
Take the case of Achan, he was told explicitly what he was to do. He found a loophole and violated the commandment. His whole family was then punished
with him because he brought the curse into his home. Joshua struggled with that but eventually had to follow through. Had Achan simply removed the
curse from his home and acknowledged it, then perhaps only Achan would have been punished.
We know that not all homosexuals were stoned. During the times of Israel's idolatry, they lived near the tabernacle and the temple and even performed
temple prostitution. Again, the stoning was a punishment, but only if after a trial could they be punished. And they were not always punished. It was
up to those presiding at the trial what the punishment should be.
People today look at the codes of punishment and say "aha, God commands stoning". No, stoning was not a commandment, but a remedy. They never look
at what the Bible says about extenuating circumstances.
Another instance of extenuating circumstances in the Bible. People think God promotes slavery. Actually He never did. What the Bible says is this "IF
you buy a slave", that means if you buy a slave then these are the requirements for how you should treat that slave and at the end of seven years you
must release him. If you treated a slave badly, then you would be punished.
People don't read the Bible, they just take other people's words for what it says. I say, go read it for yourself. Read every word for yourself.