Reconstructing Faith
About Lesson

We aren’t really sure who the authors are in the Old Testament. Definitely, they were Jews. At the time they had no understanding of Science like we do. There are some disturbing and incongruent things to take note of.

  1. There are two creation stories.
  2. There are two differing accounts of Israelites history. One given in Kings and one in Chronicles.
  3. God often commanded the Israelites to kill whole nations, women and children as well, but we found out that this was not done. 
  4. Noah was righteous, unlike men of his day, yet he had many issues right after the flood that are very unrighteous. David was called a man after God’s own heart, yet he committed adultery and murder. He also often called out for vengeance to God in the Psalms. 
  5. God constantly changes his mind. He’s often angry and desires to kill the Israelites. He has to be persuaded and begged often not to carry these actions out. 

The Old Testament is not one coherent story that has the same morality throughout. I wouldn’t use it as a rulebook to follow. I wouldn’t say that it always portrays God accurately. 

Yet through all of these things we see an improvement in morality and understanding of God. We see moral laws and treatment that is not apparent in other cultures of the time as far as I know. There is still wisdom and much learning to be gained from the Old Testament.