Tom with kids in Kuwait

Tom with kids in Kuwait
Tom with kids in Kuwait

Friday, February 18, 2011

You want me to take a new look at the Old Testament? Really?

It’s the Old Testament. Why read it? We have Jesus!
There is too much blood, too much falling away from God, too many sinful people, and the so called hero’s of the Old Testament seem like they are better suited to a modern day soap opera than being lead characters in this part of the Bible.
Then there are the multiple creation accounts. C’mon people, didn’t Adam take good notes?
Then there is all of that begatten. You know, the lineage stuff. Then there are like more than 500 laws, some of them just seem crazy. You mean God really had to tell his people not to do that?
Some of the Psalms are cool and some of the proverbs ring true without much interpretation, but you had better not try comparing your wife to a leaky faucet these days. 
There are prophets but not much certainty about what prophecy was fulfilled in the near term and what is yet to be accomplished.
I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, but I just can’t make sense of everything in the Old Testament.
Perhaps, we need to look at the Old Testament as a story—a very good story. It is a story of faith, history, culture, lineage, wisdom, joy, and sorrow. It is a story of God’s people and God’s continued involvement with his people. It is a story that we might better understand if we remember that we too are God’s people and let this become our story.

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