Here here NW Jim!!!
The Old Testament from Adam to Christ was known as the dispensation of Judgement.
The New Testament from the time that Jesus went to the cross and until now is known as the dispensation of GRACE.
As I have said in previous threads months ago---during Old Testament times (before the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior) SIN was spreading around like a malignant cancer. God did NOT want the SIN to keep spreading around so YES God ordered king David (who slew Goliath) the deaths of men, women and children because he did not want the sin to spread. God practically wiped out the whole human race when He had Noah build the Ark and only 8 people were SAVED from the whole world and practically started over again with these 8 people. He was about to give up on us---but we should be glad He didn't. It is US (the human race) who keeps messing up---NOT God. He came to save us---why can't you guys understand that???It's really not that difficult.
You guys are NOT smarter than God! Let me ask you this: Where were you when God laid the earth's foundation?---were any of you alive when He did this? Or who marked off its demensions? Surely you know---right? Who gave to God that He should pay it back? Have the gates of hell been shown to you? Have you ever seen the gates of the shadow of death? Have you ever comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? C'mon you guys---let's hear it! Where is the way that light dwells?---where did it originate? and where does it end? Do YOU know the mind of the Lord?---Or maybe you can tell us who His counselor was? How about the stars?---did you tell them where to sit? Perhaps you can tell us about the constellations that go beyond your sight! Can you make thunder and command the lightening bolts on their way?---do they report to you, "Here we are"???
YOU and I are like dust compared to the awesome power of God Almighty.
And BTW, yes---I believe in the "BIG BANG" theory; God spoke and "BANG"-------IT HAPPENED!!!