The Personality of a Caring God

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Astonishing as it seems, many Christians define the God of the Old Testament as heartless and evil and blatantly disregard his sensitive nature. As confirmed by many casual bible readers, some of the teachings and descriptors of God In the Old Testament may seem harsh and insensible. A more educated bible reader or theologian will plumage into the numerous dimensions of Yahweh's character and discover his very complex personality. After an in-depth look into the Old Testament, one can acknowledge many of Yahweh's interesting and righteous traits.

Contrary to what many think, God in the Old Testament is very much a liberator. God is very compassionate. He hears and pays close attention to the cries of the oppressed and then takes action. Yahweh liberated the Jews that were oppressed God "upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free" (146:7). God let Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses led 600,000 people out of Egypt in the middle of the night. God kept them safe as He did not lead Moses and the Israelites through enemy land. Instead He led them through the desert and they journeyed toward the land God had promised Moses. God took care of his people just as He had promised. The Lord is righteous and "the precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous" (Psalm 19:8-9). This quote clearly indicates how pertinent Yahweh is in His righteousness. He gave us laws that are right and for our benefit and He certainly will not let any of his people be unjustly oppressed.

God liberates those that fear and love him, yet He does ...

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... is a close and compassionate God who trusts in his people.

Some Christians will throw away the Old Testament saying that in it God is heartless. The God of the Old Testament is anything but heartless. He shows compassion for his creation throughout all of the Old Testament, a deeper more complex compassion than shown in the New Testament. Having Christians take a second look at the Old Testament and see Yahweh for who He really is will broaden the image and understanding of God for many people and as Christianity as a whole. This will also prevent people from separating God in both the Old Testament God and New Testament God and especially stop the myth that Christians should only follow one. Yahweh is an integral part of Christianity and being able to understand him will teach Christians valuable life lessons on how to better the world through the word of God.
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