Posted: Apr 21, 2017 12:27 pm
by PensivePenny
I've forgotten most of what I ever knew about the bible (thank god hehe) so I was wondering if there is any requirement in the new testament that requires a belief in the old testament. I don't recall such a thing.

The reason I ask is that it occurred to me that just about every atheist/christian debate I've witnessed eventually descends into a defense of the old testament on the christian part, which is arguably infinitely more difficult to defend than defending Jesus' teachings of love and passivity. The disparity of the teachings in the two collections of books is so great, it is almost like saying one follows a religion based on both the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and the Wiccan Book of Shadows. Well, maybe not quite so dissimilar but you see my point. So, wouldn't it be more advantageous for christians to divorce the teachings of Jesus from the teachings of the old testament? Personally, I can't help think the world would be a better place.

So, disregarding any debate about whether or not Jesus truly existed or whether or not miracles could have been performed, based solely on the scrolls themselves, what scriptures mandate following the old law?

Just curious.