Sometimes when I am reading the Old Testament, I have to stop and say, “Uh…what?” God can come off, well, angry, sexist and racist. It sometimes even seems worse compared to how loving and kind Jesus was in the New Testament, causing people to separate God into the mean, scary Old Testament God verses the nice New Testament Jesus. How do we reconcile these seemingly different portrayals of God?
That’s where David Lamb and God Behaving Badly come in. He wants us to discuss and study the hard questions that most of us ignore because we don’t understand. Each chapter is dedicated to a question about God’s character, like “Is God Angry or Loving?” and “Is God Legalistic or Gracious?” Using biblical references that we are uncomfortable with, he explains the historical circumstances to show how what God does is for good, even though it seems harsh to us.
It is important for us to study problematic texts so we will know how to answer people who question us. While Lamb knows he doesn’t have all the answers, what he does know is that God is good, no matter what He is doing. If you look closely at the Old Testament, you can see that He is characterized as loving, affirming, hospitable, and is the same throughout the whole Bible.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about God and who He is in the Old and New Testaments.
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