Is the God of the Old Testament Different from the Father of the New Testament?

This is a question many people ponder when comparing the portrait of God presented in the Old Testament to what Jesus tells us of God in the New Testament. Some believers make various excuses for God’s angry, violent, and vindictive behavior in the Old Testament, but others have a completely different answer.

Old Testament God and New Testament Father

Tony Grist via Wikipedia Commons

More than two years ago I shared my perspective on the question in my post, The God of the Old Testament vs. the Father of the New Testament. From that time until now, this post has been a perennial favorite day-in and day-out. In fact, other than the About this Blog page, it is the most-viewed item on my blog, with the largest number of comments and interactions.

Today I announce the revision and updating of the popular article, The God of the Old Testament vs. the Father of the New Testament. The graphic is also improved.

Take a look at the improved article. Even if you have read it before, you might consider reading it again! Click the link below to see the article.

Have a great day! ~Tim

The God of the Old Testament vs. the Father of the New Testament

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8 Responses to Is the God of the Old Testament Different from the Father of the New Testament?

  1. Jack says:

    Believing in a split personality God sorta kills the theory of God being “the same yesterday, today, and forever “. So many contradictions in what I was taught growing up…and even though I now recognize the myths, so much irrational guilt I feel for admitting the myths. Was at a church recently where their slogan is, “More curiosity, less judgment “. I’ve been in lots of churches where the slogan could’ve been, “More judgment, especially for curiosity”.

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    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Agreed, I don’t think God has a split personality. I am all for more curiosity and less judgment, but I am very familiar with the Christian circles of “More judgment, especially for curiosity”.


  2. consultgtf says:

    God is God ALWAYS! Hope we know what we are talking about? It is THEE GOD, WHO CREATED US.
    Do You know the meaning of CREATOR? We Humans, only know to copy, but HE has CREATED us, meaning…from a single living cell to systems!
    We are alive, for some time, satisfying our senses and when every sense is either inactive or over satisfied we have time to think about God, We even have time to discuss?about twin personality?

    What do we know about God who is, without space and time, when you don’t know about your own parents or children?


  3. sheila0405 says:

    I still love your blog even though I am no longer a believer. Your other followers might be interested in Pete Enn’s book “The Bible Tells Me So”, which delves into this issue. It’s an easy read, too.

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  4. Chas says:

    The vindictive, violent, hating god of the OT is so different from what we are shown to be the real gentle, kind, loving God shown in the NT, that we might reach the conclusion that we ought never to have had the OT in the Bible at all. However, it is there, so we have to conclude that God knew that men would want to put it there and did not prevent it from happening, so He chose that to be so. It was His Will, so it has fulfilled His purposes. However, He has now given us the confidence to accept that this major contradiction between the OT and the NT means that they cannot both be God’s words, and so are a powerful argument against claims of inerrancy for the Bible.

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    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Chas, I agree that the contradictory perspectives between the old and new testaments generate a lot of confusion for some people. And some do totally disregard the OT. But I think there is a lot of wonderful insight there.

      People write from their own time, culture, and level of understanding. We should embrace the good and understand the deficiencies of the misguided concepts.


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