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Originally posted by backcase
reply to post by Akragon
The Spirit is present, but is a different thing than a man's spirit altogether. Born again does not only requir the realization of the bodily spirit, but a life to pursue the goals of the spirit. Many realize the spirit and continue in the ways of the world and of the flesh which is against the spirit. The spirit of a man does not die but to grace.
But the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a different thing all together.
a lot of His teachings use the OT as basis'
You are supposed to draw the OT in through the spirit, not through the senses. The pharisees also thought God was dreadful, but Jesus showed them His mercy. I have also found outside sources of what Jesus said, but I would never claim to have known all of His words as the are endless. St. John said if all the things He had said and done were written the world could not contain them.
The Law is for sinners, people who live by the grace of Christ are not subject to the law.
The punishments were for those who refused to do as God wanted them to do, having known the law
If the God of the OT was wrong why did Jesus comply with His laws and call Him "Abba"?
The Prophets words were harsh because the Law of God is severe.
God is a Father, but He is also the Just Judge towards sinners.
Don't take scripture literally and personally, or you will end up feeling insulted by God every time.
Grace was given by Jesus.
Did not Jesus teach Paul
Is it right for you to judge God's ways?
God of the OT has not left and He is the God Who is. But i will leave you to your thoughts.
But i will leave you with one request from me. Read the book of Wisdom in the OT and you will understand. Solomon pretty much takes in the whole of scripture through his spirit and teaches the Wisdom contained in it.