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God’s Law: too Harsh?

Critics of the Bible sometimes argue that at least some of God’s commandments are very harsh and unloving.  In particular, they often cite examples of Old Testament laws pertaining to penalties for certain crimes.  Adulterers could receive capital punishment (Leviticus 20:10).  Doesn’t that seem harsh by today’s mentality?  Or consider the stoning of rebellious sons (Deuteronomy 21:18–21).  Doesn’t that seem just a bit extreme?  Moreover, the Bible seems to endorse slavery in a number of places (Exodus 21:2).  “How archaic!” says the critic.  “We all know that slavery is morally wrong!”  How are we to make sense of those aspects of God’s law that seem very harsh?