Hey, I guess my general concern is how does one reconcile the, at times, seemingly contradictory claims of the old testament with the modern Catholic faith. For instance, in the old testament, God is portrayed as vengeful, emotional, one who sends “evil spirits” to torment people, capable of changing His mind, regretful, and orders the killing of innocents. (when Saul was ordered to kill men, women, children, and infants in 1st Samuel 15:3). The Jews seem to see God in a different way than Christians as well as the lack of belief in a hell like the Christian hell and the devil like Christians see the devil. I guess I’m wondering how we got from the Jewish beliefs to the current Catholic beliefs. Also, it seems that having multiple wives is seen as acceptable in the old testament.
To the best of my ability, I can reconcile some of the language such as God sending “evil spirits” to mean simply that someone is sick or has a psychological disorder. I can also say that possibly the Jews were only semi informed of the truth and we came to know the “full” truth after Christ and the Holy Spirt was sent which may explain the change in beliefs. I also know it takes some understanding of the language and Jewish belief which to some degree I’ve studied and am studying so maybe the answers will come in time.
Nevertheless, if someone were to bring up some of these points about the Old Testament, I may be at a loss for a good explanation. I know we aren’t under the old law anymore. Yet, there seems to be a lot of things about God’s nature that doesn’t fit with the Catholic understanding. It seems hard to imagine God ordering someone to kill infants with our current view of God and the objective nature of killing innocents. (of course, God is above our morals)
I guess it would be easier if the Catholic faith was more in line with the Jewish faith. Any opinions or good resources to help with this? Thanks.