That's another point of contention. This is an assumption based on perception. Our assumption and perception in modern society is that every document must be read literally. We even read novels that way. Metaphor isn't easily recognized. That doesn't mean that the OT isn't still the word of God. The problem isn't with the writing. The problem is with our own understanding of the writing.<quoted text>
So you dont take the Bible literally? If so, please say clearly that it is not the word of God. Simples.
The OT God is angry and violent, a being unworthy of worship IMO. The NT one, although flawed, is a big improvement.
In the OT, God comes across as angry and violent because of the style of writing and ancient understandings. Hyperbole is a prime example of this. I've written about this before. Hyperbole is a method of exaggeration to make a specific point or highlight a concept.
For example, let's suggest that you are an alien from another planet and have no idea what the sport of ice hockey is. You've never heard of it. Now let's go a step further and suggest that you're visiting Times Square in New York City and you see a newspaper headline that reads as follows:
"Rangers Slaughter Penguins!"
This confuses you. You ask a person who is not a hockey fan or is unfamiliar with today's sports headlines. So the following dialogue ensues:
You: What are rangers?
Local: Rangers are law enforcement officers that protect the environment and wildlife.
You: What are penguins?
Local: Penguins are wild flightless aquatic birds.
You: What is "slaughter?"
Local: Slaughter is killing on an intensive scale.
Because the local is unfamiliar with hockey, current events, and because you're unfamiliar with cultural metaphor, you come to the following conclusion:
"Rangers who are supposed to protect wildlife just killed penguins that are a part of wildlife. This is a contradiction.
The Rangers are evil and that publication is nonsense."
This is exactly the mistake we commit when reading the bible. We don't understand the culture or the metaphoric principles of literacy, and we give up on it.