Even in context, God of the Old Testament comes off sounding a bit like a tyrant dictator.
Very true! Which unfortunate misapprehension God sent His Son Jesus Christ to correct
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life. ...
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free." ...
John 11:9 Seek
and ye shall find.
Matthew 22:37-40 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all
the law and the prophets.
Mark 12:23 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other
Luke 10:26 What is written in the law
? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right
Okay I know from both our standpoints that we'll never agree on why God is allowed to judge and punish.
God is not
allowed to judge or punish. That was a mistake
made by the vindictive Old Testament prophets which God sent his Son Jesus Christ to correct
, as reflected in the three Gospels saying exactly the same thing about the over-riding New
Testament Commandments which God sent Jesus to reveal
Also will highlight that while I don't hold the belief that everything in the OT was seen as rubbish after the coming of Christ and his teachings to fulfil the law, which was laid out in the OT;
Right. God sent His Son, and his infallible
teachings to fulfil the OT law, and correct it, so that we would can know the Truth
that He is Love, and nothing
and that we should love God and our neighbour as we love ourself, as God loves
and seek the Truth
, because the Truth will set us free,
and that God will give us His love and strength to help us do His
and provide us with a purpose in life, which we will find both therapeutic and fulfilling, which will enhance our health and survival, and the health and survival of our species, through the loving
and caring cooperation of its members.