As you can imagine, I get asked all sorts of questions about God and the Bible. I sup0se that being a Pastor people suspect that I might have answers regarding those subjects. But to be honest, I regularly have questions myself and often struggle to answer others questions too. Among the most difficult questions that I have been asked (and wondered about myself) over the years goes something like this: “I like Jesus and His teachings, He is so full of love and compassion, but the God of Old Testament seems so angry and vengeful, how can I trust the Bible when it seems so contradictory?”.
You’ll have to admit, that at least on the surface this questions is a valid one. Jesus tells us to “love our enemies and pray for them” (Matthew 5:44). But in the Old Testament God tells the Israelites to kill all (men, women, children, infants and animals) the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:3). How do we make sense of these opposing ideas?
One of the real benefits we have today is the access to a HUGE library of Christian books, Magazines and Commentaries. Many of them just a click away online. These resources have been a real help to me over the years as I have wrestled with difficult questions. Just in the last two years, 3 Books have helped me with this particular question (I put links to them below).
Here is a short article that has a unique answer to the questions about God, violence and salvation in the Old Testament. After you read, I’d love to hear how you would answer the question about the contradictory messages from the Old and New Testaments.
The Three books I mentioned: