Pastor Andy Stanley makes the case the Old Testament is so bizarre it frightens people away from the faith. He says, churches should stop referring to it.
Then he then claims the Old Testament is “divinely inspired.” I guess he is saying that when God drowned all the people on earth except Noah and his family it was horrific and cruel, but, “divinely inspired.”
It is said the Old Testament has prophesies and the predicted events came about. Some people rely of this proposition so much it becomes their own “proof” of God. A campus minister in my college days was such a believer.
The OT throws curves into the NT that are perplexing to some. For example, in the Book of Acts, allegedly written by Paul, it says Jesus arose on the third day. No where in the scriptures written later does any writer say it was on the third day.
In Paul’s Acts, the assertion it was on the third day is followed by the sentence, “In accordance with the scriptures.” Since the NT was no yet written, the “scriptures” referred to here would have been the Old Testament. This suggests to skeptics the resurrection story was concocted to conform to the Old Testament prophesies and not something observed by anyone. Three days was popular to Old Testament writers, Jonah was in the belly of a whale for three days.
The OT god was more cranky than the one in the NT. But the faith is stuck with him.