You probably came into this thinking I was going to blow your mind with some shocking realization that would contradict the way we saw the Biblical accounts of God forever.
Instead, I’m going to do the complete opposite and thoroughly explain how the Biblical accounts of God all relate and harmonize with each other.
How is the seemingly cruel and barbaric God of the Old Testament the same loving and kind God of the New Testament?
How does Exodus 20 connect with John 3:16?
When atheists or similar non-believers attempt to condemn the significance of God, they often do it by bringing up these questions with the hope of defending their nonbelief by attempting to convince us that our God contradicts himself both in his behavior and in his sense of justice.
Yet what I’m about to explain to you will allow you to prove that argument wrong.
Gods unchanging and eternal sense of justice is as clear as Romans 6:23, the penalty for sin is death.
This justice was true in the Old Testament when God told his people to kill all those who lived in sin against God, and this very same justice is true to this very day as just as Jesus says in his Parable of The Weeds in Matthew 13:36-43, a man who does not repent of his sins will go to hell.
And that’s the bottom line.
But since I’m cool (or… at least, I really hope I am…), I will now offer an explanation as to why the penalty of sin is death so that we all might be more open to accepting the absolute rule of justice that comes from God.
It’s actually remarkably simple.
The penalty of sin death because when we sin, we walk away from God, and as the Bible explains in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, hell is quite simply the only place in the universe where God is not present.
The penalty of sin is death not because God wants us to suffer for turning away from him, the penalty of sin is death because eternal death is the only place we can go if we make the conscious effort to stay away from God because God is life, and life can never reach those who desire an eternal death.
God didn’t create hell to punish us, we choose to go there ourselves when we turn from him.
God sent Jesus because he wants to save us from walking away from him and therefore protect us from unwittingly wandering into the only place where he does not reside, hell.
To sum it all up, the God of the NT and the God of the OT are one in the same for two reasons…
1. They both acknowledge that we as sinful human beings are bound to walk away from God (as even the Israelites frequently did) and that therefore, death is the only way to save us from our own self-destructive nature, be that through the death of burnt offering or (in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah) the deaths of entire cities of people.
God has always known that when we walk away from him, we have already chosen hell to be our eternal resting place since it is the only place where he will not be with us.
2. They both love us so much that they saved from our own self-destruction be that through the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage time and time again even as they continuously forgot him from generation to generation or through the provision of eternal salvation by sending his son to pay our ransom so that we would be bound to the penalty of death no longer.
God has always been there for his people.
Even when they had forgotten him, even when they worshiped other Gods, even when they refused to acknowledge the person of Jesus, during all those times, from then till now…
God has never changed in his endearing love for us.
God may come across as being violent and cruel in the OT but the simple case is that throughout all that time up until the sacrifice of Jesus, he was doing what was necessary to save us from ourselves…
just like any other good father would do for his children.
So be empowered in the knowledge that God is timeless and unchanging not only in his sense of justice but also in his amazing love for you and me.
And trust and believe that as you put your hope in God, eternal life will be yours forever more.
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