Have you felt that the Old Testament God was harsh, angry or vindictive, while Jesus in the New Testament seems to be kind and loving, asking people to turn the other cheek rather than resort to violence? Has the violence of the Bible left you with more questions than answers? Why would a loving God do something to seemingly
contradict his very nature?
If God were to appear before a Judicial system, how would he be arraigned, or charged? We tend to accuse him of many misdemeanors, whether accurate or not. He has often been found guilty of being inconsistent to the extent of being different in the OT from the NT. Is he the same God? Judgment has been passed without any chance of appeal. Does the God of the Old Testament differ from the one found within the pages of the New Testament? In what ways? How can we come to terms with our perception of the God of the Bible? These are the types of questions we will address in this new class as we put God on trial. We will examine the particularly troubling passages of the Old Testament in order to gain a better understanding of the God of the OT.