Often in Bible class the distinctions or contrasts between the OT and the NT pop up and I always try to express my appreciation for the OT writings. I sense big and small manifestations of Marcionism (that Genesis through Malachi are irrelevant to Christians) and continue to be concerned.
Today, I had an epiphany. I thought of something and I can’t get it out of my head.
Why does Jesus get a free pass whenever someone brings up all the “bad” things God did in the Old Testament?
If we believe that Jesus is eternal and a part of the Godhead, why do we continue to make a distinction between God the Father and the violent acts He commanded and committed,…..and the Son, the eternal Word (John 1:1-4)?
I have already sensed that God’s Violence is part of the reason some minimize the inspiration of Scripture. If we believe that the Israelites inserted God and gave Him the “credit/fault” for their violent actions (like every other nation in the ancient world did), we don’t have to believe that God would do such a thing.
Where was the “Word that was with God in the beginning” when Adonai told the Israelites to utterly destroy the Canaanites-man, woman, and child?
Where was Jesus when Elohim struck down Uzza, Nadab and Abihu, et al.?
Where was the Son when YWHW did/said X? (x being anything that we find objectionable)?
What are the options?
We can say Jesus was created after that and had no part in it. Maybe Parenthood mellowed God out. (I am speaking as a crazy person) Chime in, Laymond, although this is not about you.
We can say that the Father was making the calls and the Son was submissive.
Was the Father trying to keep Jesus out of it so his “hands would be clean”?
We could suggest that the Son was trying to stop His Father from doing this things, maybe pleading with Him, disagreeing, resisting.
I believe that the Eternal Son/Word/Jesus was there in every instance, in total agreement with the Father.
To me, the fact that we bring up God’s violence in the OT in contrast to Jesus in the NT without thinking about the statements above reveal our polytheistic tendencies.
We might as well say aloud that there are two gods, and Jesus is the better one.
We are exposing our Marcionite tendencies and insulting the Godhead in the process (IMHO).
I am not suggesting that my suggestions are comprehensive. Someone help me out.