THE OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE IS SUCH A REAL BOOK THAT PEOPLE THINK IT HARSH. The New Testament Is Often Portrayed As A Much Softer Version Of God's Disposition Towards Mankind. Ignorance is so common that people will say anything and do anything and then declare their words wise and actions admirable.
The New Testament was not written to offset the perceived harshness of the Old Testament. That is a false premise peddled by people who do not understand the Bible, or if they do, they have another agenda.
The Old Testament tells how people treated God. Many people think that this was harsh. The New Testament tells us how God has treated us; for rather than judge us, as we would judge God, love was shown to mankind through the death and resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ and promise of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, the New Testament is seen to be not as harsh as the Old Testament—God is love, humans are cruel.
Nevertheless, suffering produces endurance. Endurance produces character. Character produces hope. Hope does not disappoint those who reach out to God and establish a relationship with the Father through the Son, because He pours love in the hearts of all who become recipients of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:1–6)
Was God harsh because He delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, when they were enslaved and desired to be free? Was God harsh when he advised people not to hate (Leviticus 19:17), but to love one another instead (Leviticus 19:18)?
There were many harsh statements made by Jesus. He did not back down when it came to the subject of eternal punishment. Jesus is recorded as having spoken more about Hell than any other person. Since He was God manifest in the flesh, maybe He had good cause to warn people that eternal punishment is real and nobody really wants to be sentenced for eternity (Matthew 10:28).
From a human point of view, the reason why the New Testament was compiled is disciples realized that the letters that were written ought to be saved because the eschatological references to the return of Lord Jesus Christ might not be as imminent as previously thought.
The Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts were written by physician Luke to provide an eyewitness account for Theophilus (Luke 1:1-4). In the book of Acts, Luke begins “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach ( Acts 1:1) and then jumps straight into stating what happened.
The letters of Paul to the Churches all are addressed to them. Romans is written to those who at Rome. The letters to the Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians were written to the saints at Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae and Thessalonica, respectively. The books of Timothy, Titus and Philemon were letters written by Paul to individuals.
The book of Hebrews is a treatise written with the aim of proving that the Son of God came to do away with the impotent sacrifices of the Levitical Priesthood in order to re-establish the Melchizedek Priesthood through His death and resurrection (Hebrews 7:11;Psalm 110:4).
The letter of James is addressed to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion (James 1:1)
The Apostle Peter wrote a letter to those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (1 Peter 1:1) and a general letter to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with him by the righteousness God and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1).
The letter of First John is written for everyone to read, so that the joy of the Apostle might be made complete, as he shares what he has witnessed and come to know (1 John 1:1–5). The letter of Second John is addressed to an elect lady and her children who love the truth. (2 John 1:1). The letter of Third John was written to a man of the name Gaius (3 John 1:1).
The letter of Jude was written to those who are called “beloved” in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ (Jude 1:1).
The book of Revelation has been written for the servants of Lord Jesus Christ, so they might know what is to happen prior to the judgement of mankind, the destruction of the current Universe and the creation of a new Universe (Revelation 1:1–2).
The Gospel of Mark begins by stating, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” and appears to be a general record of what happened after Jesus had made himself known to his disciples.
The Gospel of Matthew appears to be a record of the purpose of Jesus’ preaching, death and resurrection and what it means for the Judahites.
The Gospel of John provides a theological worldview of the purpose of the pre-incarnate Word of God’s appearance, preaching, death and resurrection.
The evidence is the Apostles preached and taught out of the Old Testament, as did Apollos from Alexandria (Acts 18:24-25 ), who only knew the baptism of John the Baptist, as this was the only Scriptures that bore witness to the salvation provided by God through Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God (2 Timothy 3:15). In fact, the Apostle Paul exhorted disciples of Lord Jesus Christ not to go beyond what was written 1 Corinthians 4:6. This is because:
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
When reading the New Testament there is no evidence that it was written because of a wrongly perceived harsh tone expressed by God within the Old Testament at all. Rather, we learn that the Old Testament is vital for learning about Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation from sin and death that He brings to mankind. The Old Testament also included the actions of evil men that needed to be addressed within an Earthly context. The New Testament, on the other hand, has Jesus stating how the actions of evil men and women are addressed eternally.