Did the Atonement Pacify God’s Wrath?
Is the God of the New Testament Different from the Old Testament?
The Old Testament has a plethora of verses on the graciousness and mercifulness of God. Yet, many seem to think that the “God of the Old Testament” was full of wrath and anger but the “God of the New Testament” is merciful, loving, gracious, and forgiving. I’ve often wondered how they could get such a false understanding of God. God certainly has wrath and anger in the New Testament and God also has mercy and grace in the Old Testament. His attributes and ways have not changed between Testaments.
Now I realize why many think that way. It is not because they have done an analytical study of the Old Testament on the attributes of God, otherwise they would see how abundantly gracious and merciful God was in the Old Testament. Rather, they have simply heard sermons from the pulpit about how God was angry and wrathful towards men for their sins but Christ has come and has now pacified the wrath of God, appeased His anger, and quenched His indignation, so that now He is mercifully disposed and forgiving towards men.
It was not by reading the Bible that church-goers got the impression that God was different in the Old Testament than He is in the New, but that they have been taught from preachers that the atonement of Jesus Christ has changed God so that God is different in the New than He was in the Old.
My major focus for the rest of the summer is to work on this book and hopefully get it done or at least much closer to completion… A lot of it is already written (319 pages) but there are sections I want to add and chapters I want to rewrite…. I’ll keep everyone posted!