Well on my continued journey toward Orthodoxy, I had an interesting conversation with a friend which has caused me some doubt.
He was asking me about God. He asked why I believe in God/Allah/YHWH if the God of the Hebrews had at once commanded His followers to kill homosexuals, I myself being gay:
"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." [Lev 20:13]
My friend asked me "If you were a Hebrew at the time, would you have killed a friend if he told you 'I had sex with another man?" The only answer I could give was yes because, if I were a Hebrew at the time, I would have to follow all of these laws. My friend then asked if I believe having a monogamous relationship with another man constitutes murder, and if I thought Jesus would support killing someone who had sex with a man. I said no. His final question was why would I support a god who appeared to be a hypocrite since Jesus clearly declared He did not come to abolish the Law.
My only answer for my friend was that God's ways are above our ways. What appears to a human as hypocrisy is God actually bringing us to the conclusion He intends. A human estimation of God being a hypocrite is a human passing judgement on something more perfect than Him which is not possible for a creation to do.
Nevertheless this response seemed like an excuse to him. My friend was very polite about this though and I respect the opportunity his point(s) are giving me to further question my faith. So, is God a hypocrite? Or did I just paint Him that way in this conversation based on my personal responses?
The ways of the Hebrews were times of primitive behavior and ignorance. And yet the laws at the time were still quite a long ways ahead against other laws of savages that lived around them. Nevertheless, the Hebrew people didn't even know proper theology or belief in God, and it was necessary to even lay down the law that they shouldn't worship any gods.
The Law also signified that all sin leads to death. If you're not harsh with a primitive people, then the Law will be nothing. The Law solidified this idea that all would die anyway due to falling short to the glory of God, some more than others.
Christ became incarnate when the people finally had a capacity to think in much advanced levels. In this manner, He came to fulfill the Law, not to abolish it. He took the penalty of death of the Law and of Nature herself and destroyed it by His own death. He fulfilled the Law by going further. It is said an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Now that you are more mature, and you're no longer primitive, love your neighbor. It is said that you should stone an adulteress or kill an abominable man, but now, think about your sins and if you are without them, then go ahead and cast the first stone. Before, you carried a certain discipline of eating clean foods and avoiding unclean animals, but now all things God created are now seen as clean because Christ took away all uncleanliness. Before, you circumcised yourselves and became part of Abraham's covenant. Now, circumcise away your sins, and be baptized into Christ's Church. Fulfillment is not an abolishing of the Law, but taking the Law a step further. Before, it was about judging sins. Now it's about improving oneself. Before it's about avoiding sins. Now it's about doing good unto others. Before it's about hating sins. Now it's about loving the sinner.
If God was to reveal to humanity in its primitive state this message, no one would receive Him. Christ came at the right time that the Law might be fulfilled in Him, so that people may be ready to receive Him, and not just receive Him, but to be in communion with Him. The message goes hand in hand with His incarnation. And this Law is not just the written Laws of the Jews, but even the Law that is in the heart of the Gentiles, for they know that there exists in human morality a Principle, a Logos, and this Logos is Christ. Therefore, if in the spirit of the law, one understands there is a Way in Life to seek Truth, Christ came to say that He is the Way, Truth, and Life. He it is whom the Law, Nature, Morality, etc. point to as the source of all, and the advancement for all. And here's the kicker: we've still yet to advance to much further levels of understanding and growth.
Therefore, you can't compare today's humanity to the ones given by the Old Testament. These humans were primitive in thought, and were always rebelling against God anyway at times. They had their ups, but more so their downs, and the stories in the OT shows the failure of the Hebrew to even at least consider the spirit of their own Law. And if you think about it, sometimes it's in failure where Hebrew people were forced to "grow up" in their thought levels, and it was in a time of Roman Imperial subduing where Christ showed up.