Excellent question. Wether one wants to deny the text or not, the FACT of the matter is that that the OT contains inhumane laws such as stoning your insubordinate child.
("If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother ... Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city ... And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
In Addition to this brutality, the OT contains numerous passages that show god ordering rape.
(But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves" (Numbers 31: 18)
There are many more quotes i could mention. I have noticed two types of responses in the answers offered to you, firstly, some xtians simply deny that the OT contains hideous atrocities against humanity (which is why i included the quotes). The second type of response goes something like this, "it was a different time and nobody followed all the rules"... Well this may be true. However, it seems apparent that these laws were perceived as inhumane even in this "oh so different time, (were children needed to be publicly tortured for being rude). This is probably the reason why people did not adhere to the rules. I was under the impression that religion was meant to be a moral compass, what kind of a god would create such horrific laws. So horrific in fact that his own chosen people felt they could not even abide by them (then or now), So horrific, that he had to send his own son to be tortured to death in order to abolish them. This Morbid belief system can't possibly have a positive effect on anybodies psychology. I only hope that we can soon confine these nonsensical stories within the realms of mythology were they belong.