posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 08:00 PM
When you look at the Bible, you've got to realise that it is made up of two totally separate books for two totally different religions.
The Old Testament is the book for the Jews and the New Testament the book for the Christians.
The problem I see is that Christians take a book that isn't meant for them and then try and apply it to their religion. The Old Testament is a book
of Jewish politics and religion - it doesn't apply to Christians. The way that they get around this problem is to state that Jesus changed a few
things that he disagreed with in the OT and that it's now OK. They literally pick and choose the bits they want.
So why look to the Old Testament at all if you are a Christian? I'm afraid that this is force of habit. When Christianity began, it needed a base to
build on and to be able to sell itself from. As Jesus was probably a Jew and as most of his followers were Jews, they needed something to back the new
religion up with. They used the Old Testament as a booster to selling the religion. Because people back then were familiar with the Old Testament
stories it wasn't such a big wrench to move from Judaism to Christianity if the whole thing came as a package. They were dealing with familiar
material that was expanded upon in the New Testament. It's like upgrading your car - you may change to a newer model that is totally different from
your old car, it has a new engine, new refinements, new paintjob, but you keep the make, you keep the badge. You've bought that make before and know
it's a comfortable drive. The same goes with Christianity and the Bible. The early Christians said that they bought a new model of the religion, but
they kept the badge of the old so that everyone would know that it was comfortable. The truth is, the new model was a different make as well - they
merely took the badge off the old model and glued it onto the new.
Some Christians will obviously state that no, the whole Bible is the word of God and is pertinent to their traditions and religion. This is clearly
not the case. Time and time again, the Old Testament condemns those who are not Jewish. Time and time again, it specifies that Judaism is the only way
to go. Not only that, but the way any Christian lives his life is totally contrary to the Old Testament. If you follow the rules and the laws in the
OT, you can only be Jewish!!!
It's worrying that people try to adapt this book to the later religion - it's what helps to create most of the contradictions within Christianity
itself. Sometimes, if a Christian can't justify something through the New Testament, he'll go and justify it through the Old - even though that book
wasn't written for him and the laws don't apply to him.
One example is the Judaic belief of an eye for an eye. A Christian will quite often use this passage for revenge. There is no eye for an eye in New
Testament - there is only mercy, forgiveness and the offering of another cheek. But depending on the mood of the Christian and the nature of the
offence committed against him, he will pick from either one and claim that to be the true law of his religion.
Once you start mixing the two you are in a no-win situation.
In my opinion, if you are a Christian, the Old Testament should only be used as a history book. It sheds light on how religion has evolved and how
Christianity may have come about. But reading it as the word of the Christian god is dangerous. One must always remember that one is reading the word
of the Jewish god - not the Christian god. His word may have been pertinent to the early proto-Christians because they came from the Jewish faith and
from a Jewish background, but once the first generation of gentiles was born, free from the constraints of Judaism, the Old Testament became redundant
to the Christian faith as a book of spiritual law.
[edit on 9-3-2005 by Leveller]