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|Title||KnoWhy #422 - Why the Book of Mormon’s Depiction of a Loving God Fits with the Old Testament (2 Nephi 26:24)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Disobedience; God; Heavenly Father; Love; Old Testament|
If the Old Testament, which were Nephi’s scriptures, depicts God as simply being angry, as some people assume, one wonders how Nephi might have come to view God as loving (1 Nephi 11:17). However, the Old Testament contains 5,871 verses that show God’s love for His children out of a total of 23,145 verses, roughly one out of every four verses. The New Testament has 7,957 verses in it, thus the verses about God’s love in the Old Testament are ¾ the length of the New Testament. In addition, part of what seems like anger in the Old Testament is simply the punishment the people brought upon themselves through disobedience to God.
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