The Old Testament Is A God Of Wrath Essay

1530 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 7 Pages
“Why is God so different in the Old Testament than He is in the New Testament?” A question that is asked by many who have the misconception that the God found in the Old Testament is a God of wrath while the New Testament portrays a God of love. At the root of this misconception is a misunderstanding of Scripture and the portrayal of God in both the Old and New Testaments. While the revelations found in actions of God in the Old and New Testaments may seem to contradict each other at face value, this misinterpretation hinders many believers and nonbelievers from seeing that the nature and story of God revealed throughout not only the New Testament but also the Old Testament is ultimately one of redemption. The best place to begin understanding the nature of God is at the very beginning, Genesis 1. This not only sets the foundation for the rest of the Bible, but also introduces the idea that God not only existed before the known universe, but also that He created it with intention. John states in John 1 that Jesus, the Word, was present in the beginning. John continues that Jesus was not only present, but declares that Jesus was with God, and is one with God. This idea is continued in John 17 in Jesus’ prayer. A parallel can be seen in Proverbs 8, where Wisdom is described as being present at the very beginning with God before and during Creation. These examples show the external characteristic of God. He existed before anything in the universe and brought…

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