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Dr. Bart Ehrman (Chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) wrote a book a number of years ago entitled "Misquoting Jesus - The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why", and he is still on the debate circuit passionately stating his case. Unfortunately for Dr. Ehrman, passion is not a test for truth and there have been many New Testament scholars who have shown the errors he's made in reaching his conclusion. Below is a thorough and scholarly rebuttal by Thomas Howe, Ph.D., who is the head of the Ph.D. program at Southern Evangelical Seminary, which is entitled "A RESPONSE TO BART D. EHRMAN’S MISQUOTING JESUS".
Non-Christians sometimes assert that God is portrayed in the Old Testament as a cruel and ruthless deity that indiscriminately orders the execution of seemingly innocent men, women, and children, or directly carries out their deaths by various means. Such a God, the argument goes, in no way represents the loving Creator or Father figure that the New Testament offers, and should in no way be worshipped or venerated. However, a closer examination of Yahweh in the Old Testament refutes the charge of the Creator being a tyrant and instead reveals a righteous, patient, merciful, and loving God who does indeed mirror the picture painted by Jesus and the rest of the New Testament writers.