Since the early days of Christianity, people have made a distinction between how God acts in the Old Testament verses how He acts in the New Testament. Marcion wrote his Antitheses (= contradictory statements) contrasted the Old Testament God of wrath with Jesus’ God of love and mercy. He says that the God of the New Testament and the God of the Old Testament are antithetical, that is They are in direct and unequivocal opposition.
Some people today see it as an irreconcilable difference and thus use it to question the existence of God.
“All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he alone of Jeroboam’s family will come to the grave, because in him something good was found toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam." 1 Kings 14:13 NASB
“There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” – NASB Num. 13:33
I recently watched a show on the History Channel about Kabbalah. One thing that I found interesting was their belief that there are multiple layers of meaning in the text of the Torah. This concept is not unique to Kabbalah they just take it to the extreme. That there is alternative meaning behind the literal read of the text is the subject of Proverbs 25:11.
"A word spoken in right circumstances is like apples of gold in settings (bowls) of silver ."
"Things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ." "For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come" "Shadow of the heavenly things"
I was talking with a friend of mine concerning Jehovah's Witness and Muslim view on the divinity of Jesus. Having discussed this with Jehovah's Witness (JW) friends of mine in the past, this one area is the central division between JW doctrine and that of other Christians (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant). You see you really can't say that Jesus of Nazareth was just a prophet or a great moral teacher if he claimed to be God. He either is or is not God. If He is not God and He claims to be, He is a lair and not to be trusted as a prophet or great moral teacher. In fact a prophet who lies should be put to death (Deu 18: 20-22).
Eipen autois ho Iesous Amen amen lego humin prin Abraam genesthai ego eimiGreek test for John 8:58
Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."John 8:58 (NASB)
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a good moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." C. S. Lewis