Your Post heading reads,''Christians...how do you justify all of this?''
Why have you chosen to direct your question post to Christians?
I mean, if we are to be fair here, this is really not a concern for Christianity, but only for those that still follow the Old Testament.
Was it not Christ ,who came and offered LOVE for your neighbour,enemy etc.... above all else!
Did He not teach to ''not Judge'',condemn or you shall be 'judged' or condemned?
There are many teachings and parables both in the Old and Old and New Testament that show us many of good examples and also some of which are not so
good if we had chosen our own path...to be away from God.(as did some of the Old Testament people)
All Scripture from the Bible show us humility and Love toward our fellow man,But first we must seek God, for it was not God that made things go
wrong, but man trusting his own judgment and not wanting to follow God and do His will.
Although God had always spoken or appeared in different form or sent His Angel/s(Holy Trinity in the form of three travelers to Abraham and Sarah
under the oak of Mamre) to people in the Old Testament, not all followed or wanted to do Gods will....but chose their own doing.
The Greek Word for Christian is 'Xristianos'....it means to be Christ like!
Christ means the annointed!
Old Testament scripture also refers to the book of Enoch....Wisdom
To quote///"Sophia" translated from the Greek means "Divine Wisdom" or Wisdom.
The whole of the Bible is not only for Christians, but a book for all of mankind!
It teaches us History and more often then not, it repeats itself with the same mistakes known beforehand.
I had previously given an answer to a similar post as yours,
The Orthodox believe that the Bible is the recorded history of God's relationship to man in human history, and man's response to God.
The Orthodox also believe that the Bible was written by persons inspired by God and that it is the word of God.
Christianity only came about after Christ Resurrected as prophesied by the Prophets in the Old Testament!
A great many of greater/lesser Prophets of the Old Testament who prophesied the Word of God and the coming of the messiah.
All prophets in the Old Testament are Saints of the New Testament Church and are all honoured as such, as did the Old Testament times people.
.....'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints' (Psalm 119:6)
Moses could not look upon the face of God ...
Whilst in the New Testament, God is with US in Human flesh and therefore, the Old is made New....The name Emmanuel actually means 'God is With
God spoke to righteous men of the Old Testament as man in human form could not rather then appearing to man in the Old Testament.
God also spoke to evil and good men...so that they may come to their own thinking of right and wrong.
God chose His prophets because His prophets chose Him through their own free will to do the work of God...
God took flesh and became man 'The Son of God' to show Man understanding of what was not
Supposedly the bible is God's word, literally translated and "perfect"
as God's will is supposed to be. IMO if the bible is God's word,
then ALL of his word must be adhered to and taken at face value,
anything less would be hippocritical to say the least.
This is where many falter unknowingly/or many knowingly out of whatever agenda they have in mind!
The Bible is the Word of God,but the translation of which you speak cannot be translated by just anyone.
I don't think one would deny that if.....
one is sick, one then goes to the doctor or the hospital to find a doctor!
The same applies to theology...If it doesn't, then it should!
If you want a proper translation of the Bible(The Word of God)then you go to the Church...not of Modern translation and understanding, but of that of
''Obedience to the teaching of the apostles, i.e. observing God's commands, is a sign of true theognosia.
"Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this, we know the spirit of truth from the spirit of delusion"
(1 Jo. 4:6).
Early fathers have translated all in accordance with the teachings of the 12 apostles, who were taught by Jesus Christ, who came together and
''Understandest thou what thou readest?
He replied, How can I except some man should guide me? (Acts 8:30-31)The The same rule applies today!
A teacher teaches the student and not the student the teacher!
What if we took literally the Written Word or teachings of Christ in His so many wonderful parables/
The Parables of Christ?
Are we to take them literally ?
These are examples of what we should be and should not be.
One example is the parable of the wedding feast.......
The translations are those of Early Christianity....Well known by all Christians is Saint John Chrysostomo(Golden mouth)because his words were
The verses that we heard this morning, from the twenty-second chapter of St. Matthew, are comprised of one of Christ's parables, that in which He
compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a great marriage feast. Christ says that "The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain King, which made a marriage
for his son.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
The Faith of Christians is NOT the Bible(as early Christianity relied on tradition and not the Bible!).....as this is just a BOOK.
It is not the Bible that Saves man from the eternal judgment, but God alone, in His great Mercy.
Once Crucified upon the Cross(Cross bearing four sides,earth's number is four)and Resurrected(fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy),so that ALL men
can be saved(in prophecy),and not for Himself(as other's mocked Him on the Cross to 'get down' and save Himself), for He Had no need to be saved,
but did this out of Love for all mankind.
Just a few Scripture references....
The didactic books ~books of teaching~
The Bible sees true wisdom in humble devotion to God in the most severe sufferings and in recognizing the unfathomable nature of God's ways when
I myself came forth naked from my mother's womb, naked also shall I depart hence; the Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken away.
As it seemed good to the Lord, so hath it come to pass: blessed be the name of the Lord... If we have received good things from the hand of the Lord,
shall we not endure evil things? (Job 1:21; 2:10).
This is the wisdom of the righteous Job. But there is no true wisdom in the dialectical logic of his friends, for the very reason that they
self-confidently consider that they understand God's thoughts.
Here are some prophetic Words of the Old Testament....
Woe, O sinful nation,
a people full of sins,
an evil seed, lawless children...
Why should ye be smitten any more,
transgressing more and more?
The whole head is pained,
and the whole heart is sad.
Herald of the New Testament
I have to be honest and say that I have not seen the video you posted as I am unable to view it...but hopefully it will be justifiable as to what I
wrote(lengthy, I know, no excuses for rambling on...just a few examples to get to where I was going,and sorry,it's an excuse!)
'Im sorry, real tired...if you dont understand any of this, let me know.