I recently made it a point to read the Quran. I had heard that Islam was the religion of peace, but the Quran was full of violence and there was no tolerance for the unbelievers. In a subsequent discussion I wondered how we can consider Muslims extremists abnormal when they are simply following out the instructions in the Quran- supposedly the word of God. This was countered by someone who said that the Bible was just as bad.
So I read parts of the Old Testament dealing with the Jews and how they were to deal with non-Jews and it was disturbing- not as bad as the Quran but bad enough.
As Christians, we believe in the New Testament, which IS, in fact, a book of peace and love. Is it reasonable to disavow the Old Testament just as one might disavow the Quran? Do Catholics automatically have to accept the Old Testament on an equal basis with the New Testament? Can the Old and New Testament be separated?