<quoted text>Hey kid, grfeat to be dialoguing with youn again.I will admit that the Old Testament confounded me with its "vengeful petty God".It seemes, as Marcion said, that there were 2 different Gods- One of the Old Testament and one of the New Testament.This question caused me to question and look and ask more questions and look further.
I believe that one must have both Wisdom and the Holy Spirit to read the Bible. I am not a Fundamentalist.I try to read the Bible prayerfully also factoring context, history, culture, language, genre of literature being used etc.When quotes are ripped out of this amd presented torn from the wholistic view of these factors and the ible itself,we get all sorts of muitations.
As an Orthodox I also have tradition-including tremendous minds and souls who write intricately of sych issues.
With this said I still look to be more enlightened on this Old estament issue.
Think about this statement. When I read it, I think, every christian should believe the same thing! How can they differ when they have the holy spirit to guide them? By adding,'wisdom' in the mix, you are clearly saying that anyone who does not believe as you do, lacks wisdom! And you call me arrogant!I believe that one must have both Wisdom and the Holy Spirit to read the Bible.
That works great! When you are talking about humans. Mark Twain use the 'N' word several times in his writings, did he hate blacks? No, it was a term used in his time period. The big difference that we have here is, Mark Twain was a man, an imperfect, time period locked man, not an loving omniscient god!I try to read the Bible prayerfully also factoring context, history, culture, language, genre of literature being used etc.
If those are your god's laws, then you should say so, without qualifiers, without excuses.