Christians and the Old Testament, Part 1

February 13, 2015 at 2:38 PM 2 comments

billmaherI’m still amazed – but I shouldn’t be – at how many people believe that Christians are supposed to follow the tenets found within the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), under the terms of the Mosaic Law. It boggles my mind, yet it proves that these individuals have absolutely NO clue, but think themselves wise apparently.

Today, it is not uncommon to hear anti-theists/anti-Christians point out what they consider to be one of the larger “hypocrisies” within Christianity. That is the fact that we do not follow the laws revealed and referenced within the Pentateuch, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.

After all, being a Christian is – to them – the same thing as being Jewish so then it would naturally follow – to them – that all Christians must accept and follow every aspect of Judaism. I’ve tried enlightening these individuals before but to little avail. They’d prefer to stick with their own narrative, no matter how far off base they are when it comes to understanding any portion of the Bible.

History Lesson 101
God chose to create the nation of Israel through Abram (later Abraham) and his first encounter with God is recorded in Genesis 12:1-3. There, God promises to make of Abraham a great nation and that through him, all other nations of the world would be blessed. How was this to be? Through the eventual birth of the Messiah who would offer Himself for the sins of humanity on the cross.

Abraham’s sons were Ishmael and then Isaac. The Bible is clear that Ishmael would also become a great nation of people (Arabs), but he was not the chosen son. Isaac was the chosen son and through him and his descendants, the nation of Israel was born. Following Isaac came Jacob and Esau. Esau – though the first-born (like Ishmael) was rejected (like Ishmael) in favor of Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons who became the patriarchs of the nation of Israel.

A favored son of Jacob – Joseph – got on his brother’s nerves one too many times and so they retaliated by selling him into slavery. He was eventually taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar. Eventually, Potiphar’s wife accused him of trying to rape her and Potiphar sent him to jail. He could have easily killed him but that wasn’t part of God’s plan. After languishing in jail for several years, God brought him out and Joseph was eventually made second in command over all of Egypt

In the meantime, there was a famine coming over the land and Jacob was forced to send his sons down to Egypt to buy grain. Through a series of incidents, Joseph gained control over his brothers because they didn’t realize who he was. He had been sold as a teen and now we’re talking about some 17 to 20 years later. Of course, they wouldn’t recognize him and they certainly wouldn’t expect Joseph to be the second in command in Egypt, would they? That would be the last place they would look for their brother.

Joseph eventually revealed his identity to his brothers and assured them he meant no harm to them. Jacob was brought down to Egypt and the entire family settled in to survive the famine.

After Joseph died, a new Pharaoh rose to power and didn’t even think to remember Joseph. He saw all the “Hebrews” and decided they made great slaves. For 400 years, the Hebrew people languished in slavery until their deliverer – Moses – came on the scene.

It was during Moses’ tenure as leader of Israel that all the Hebrew people were led out of Egypt to the Land of Canaan (where Abraham had lived and where God promised to make a great nation). During this time also, God showed Moses that there were rules/laws that the Israelites would have to obey if they wanted to be on good terms with God. Those rules/laws – called Mosaic Law – totaled 613 in all. Some were specifically for the priests and Levites. Others were for the leaders of Israel. The rest of the laws were for the average person in Israel.

These laws assured God’s blessing on the nation. People often make the mistake of believing that salvation was gained for the average Israelite by following the laws of God. This simply isn’t true. Salvation was gained then the same way it is now – by believing God, which allows Him to credit our account with His righteousness. The laws were given so that the Israelite people would keep themselves set apart from the nations that surrounded them and were heavily involved in all types of idolatry. This rarely happened though.

God provided very strict rules/laws for Israel because of course, He knew how difficult the temptations would be to conform to surrounding nations. It certainly seemed as though God had no mercy on these nations when it came time to conquer them as they did through Joshua.

Within the nation of Israel, judgment was swift when laws were broken. There was grace, but when it was learned that people were involved in witchcraft for instance (necromancy, etc.), God said, “Do not suffer a witch to live,” (Exodus 22:18). Why? Because God knew that like a malignant tumor, if it wasn’t surgically removed completely, it would destroy the host.

But let’s be clear here. As a Christian, the only laws I’m required to follow are those within the moral sphere, which are encapsulated in the Ten Commandments. I am NOT Jewish. I am a Christian. Since I am not Jewish, I am not part of the nation of Israel. I have absolutely no obligation to follow the 613 laws given to Israel unless those laws were repeated by Jesus Himself.

The moral code found within the Ten Commandments represents the way in which I am to live. The reason that atheists, Muslims, leftists, and anti-theists in general do not comprehend this is because they have no interest in truly understanding the ramifications of the Old vs. the New Testaments. For them, they are only interested in trying to find “gotchas” where Christians are concerned. Because of that, they simply flip through the Old Testament and find some verse on never boiling a “kid” (goat) in its mother’s milk, (Exodus 23:19).

When atheists and other liberals find a verse like the one above, they howl with laughter. After all – they reason – it’s so ridiculous to think that if I have a young goat, why CAN’T I boil it in some of it’s mother’s milk? How superstitious!

The problem has to do with the fact that boiling a young goat in its mother’s milk was what some surrounding nations did as a form of WITCHCRAFT and/or IDOLATRY. Yet, it was superstitious, but it was also idolatrous, so God said basically to Israel that they need to avoid it to prove to the nations that they are not idolatrous.

If I were to boil a young goat in its mother’s milk today, it would have virtually NO significance whatsoever, but doing it then in the Old Testament was something that would have highlighted the fact that the people doing it were idolatrous and/or using witchcraft to determine the future.

We’ll be back with more next time, but will anything I’m saying here convince anyone from the left that they are as vapid as a snowflake on a warm day? Not at all. I’m presenting this information for those who actually want to learn something and believe me, I’ve met enough arrogant atheists who know next to nothing but because of their arrogance, firmly believe they know more than any “religious” person.

I personally like it when they start mouthing off because it is so easy to prove just how little they know, not that they would ever admit it, but it does open the door to a response. Who knows, but maybe God will take pity on them and open their eyes to the truth!

Entry filed under: Religious - Christian - End Times, Religious - Christian - Prophecy, Religious - Christian - Theology, salvation.

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2 Comments

  • 1. marie  |  February 13, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Great article Fred, keep spreading the truth! In a world full of lies, it is refreshing to read your articles. God Bless!

    • 2. modres  |  February 13, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      Thanks Marie – doing what I can 🙂


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