Jesus and the Old Testament

I love getting in arguments with people who know only how to parrot what they have been taught. (not for prideful reasons).  The most recent one has been the good old Marcionite heresy that has envolped much of Liberationist, Liberal, and Pentecostal/Broad Evangelical theology that pits Jesus (the “god” of the New Testament) vs. YHWH (the “god” of the Old Testament).  It never ceases to amaze me how grumpy people get when you show them the obvious. In this case we have Jesus and the “love your neighbor as yourself” passage. Many will point to this passage in an attempt to show the supposed difference between the OT Ethic of “eye for an eye” and the NT Ethic of “Love your enemy.” Whereas when you simply point out to them Duet 6:1-9 and Lev 19:18 and show them Jesus was merely reminding us of what the Law already taught. What this attempted argument really shows is that people just plain old do not know their Bibles.

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One thought on “Jesus and the Old Testament

  1. It’s kind of mind-boggling, isn’t it? I mean, that evangelicals swallow this sort of nonsense? It seems to me that Dispensational theology, while not the cause of the problem, exacerbates it by emphasizing discontinuity. That was why I fell in love with Covenant Theology. It helped me realize the Bible is actually one book with one story . . . and one God, as well.

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