I am intrigued by the trend to compare 2 different parts of the Bible that appear on the surface to be, to whatever degree, disparate, and conclude that IF the apparent differences between them is sufficiently great, then one of them must be wrong and the other right. Marcion beat us to that conclusion a bare 150 years after Christ. This is NOTHING new. This appears to me to be dualism at its best.
For example, we see many folks feeling that Jesus is the epitome of God and then contrasting that against the God of Israel who killed off 60,000 of His own chosen people in one day, then concluding that we either MUST be witnessing two different Gods OR that one of the accounts are false. This is a great example of “simple logic” compared to the “dialectic logic” (thesis ~ antithesis ~ synthesis” employed by Paul.
IF as Christianity claims, we are IN Christ and Christ is in us, then it follows as the night the day, that we and God are ONE! Even if we cannot accept this seemingly obvious conclusion, we must at least agree that if we are, as a new creation, incorporated into Christ, then it is God who has evolved, and not humanity. In other words, God is, after the cross, more than He was before the cross.Before the cross, God was a trinity and now He is a quadunity at the very least… God the Father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit and God the YOU. Now if God has evolved, then why must the OT God and the NT God be in any disagreement at all??? Are we not seeing two different facets of the same being? Or at the very least, two different stages?
The second problem I find with the trend to dismiss some parts of the Bible as allegorical or mythical or a version of how man saw God, as opposed to how God sees God is this. If you dismiss some parts of the Bible as mythical, then WHO decides what parts are imaginary and what parts are not? And why? In this version of the creation of God in OUR image, we simply hunt and peck, cut and paste, hit and run and pick and choose our own custom made God, then how is that any different to paganism?
In the end there is another question that goes begging; If one decides that some parts of the Bible are mans mistaken understanding of God, then honesty demands that we apply that opinion to the WHOLE Bible. I think that there is another option that we have not yet fully explored.