Guilt and Compassion: Old Testament versus New Testament?

Friday, 03 Aug 2007

Yahweh never lightly nor arbitrarily punished anyone.
Stereotypes concerning the Bible abound in this day of near biblical illiteracy. One of the most pernicious is the idea that the Old Testament God is a severe, judgmental old man, while the New Testament presents this God's happier and more mellow son. Violence, judgment, and guilt emanate from the Old Testament; love, tolerance, and good feelings from the New. I remember vividly a movie I saw in the early 1970s that illustrates this common misconception. It was called The Ruling Class, and starred Peter O'Toole. At the movie's beginning, Jack, the ...

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