"The Old Testament said that children were to be stoned to death for being disobedient. Isn't that rather harsh?"
Key Scripture: "If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken to them." -Deuteronomy 21:18
The men of the city were to enforce swift capital punishment for a stubborn, rebellious, disobedient, gluttonous, drunkard youth (that sounds like the average contemporary teenager).
But here's what is interesting; each year in our country, thousands of youths die through drunk driving, violence, alcohol poisoning, drug abuse, etc., as a tragic result of their rebellious lifestyle. However, there is no record in scripture of even one rebellious youth in Israel being put to death by stoning. The Law of Moses was read to all of Israel, so no doubt all children were made aware of this law's terrifying threat before they reached teenage years.
It is that same merciless Law of Moses that will judge humanity on the Day of Judgment. However, Jesus took our capital punishment upon Himself so that we could leave the courtroom without suffering the consequences of our sins. All that God requires of us is that we repent of our stubborn, rebellious and disobedient lifestyle and trust in the Savior before the great stone of God's law falls on us and grinds us "to powder" (See Luke 20:18).
Taken from Ray Comfort's "The Evidence Bible", page 281 [Bridge-Logos]
Remember: "Grace is what He gives; Mercy is what we need. Relationship & Righteousness is what He longs for; Salvation & Redemption is what we'll receive!" - Terrell D. Jackson