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When I read the Old Testament prophets, there are so many references to judgment, punishment, and destruction that I wonder, What’s the purpose of it all?
The passage you refer to reads: "A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this" (NIV).
This is a valid question, and we should be able to provide guidance that will strengthen hope and faith. The question of the coexistence of a loving God in a world of suffering and evil is complex and difficult, but we have enough in the Scriptures to guide us.
The Bible says that in some capital cases the person was to be executed by fire. Is this not cruel?