Sunday’s Message: Is the Old Testament Barbaric?

The simple fact is that, to modern ears, much of what we find in the Old Testament can seem, if not barbaric, then at least out of touch, unenlightened and backwards. The problem is that, in many cases, we are reading the Old Testament as if it were a document written by or to people who are much like us, when in fact it was written to people who lived very different lives than we do — lives that we would have difficulty imagining.

When this fact is taken into account, the Old Testament can be seen as much less “barbaric” than many people make it out to be.

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