Do Christians really deny the Old Testament?

While cruising AlphaInventions today, I ran across this post. He starts,

In a few of my recent posts, numerous Christians have argued that most of the Old Testament should be viewed as allegories or metaphors and not factual historical accounts. And the Bible has inaccuracies because it was written by men that occasionally misquoted god.

He has the bullet points,

  • Jesus believed that the Old Testament was divinely inspired
  • Jesus continually quoted Old Testament scripture to teach his disciples and criticize the Jewish pharmacies.
  • Jesus also confirmed many of the historical accounts in the Old Testament,
  • Jesus even confirmed the most often rejected Old Testament stories,

And ends,

If Christians have to discount Old Testament stories to believe in Jesus, than they are not Christian. If Jesus believed it, Christians must believe it. Otherwise how can you honestly call yourself a follower of Jesus? He would say to you, “are you not in error because you deny the Scriptures?”

So, you can understand my worry – until I read a comment,

Jesus did not come to remove the curse of the law:

Matthew 5:17-19
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Go ahead and ignore the law if you want to be called “least in the kingdom of heaven”.

So it started making sense. I for one, who is dead to the Law through the body of Christ (Romans 7.4), do not view the Old Testament as mere allegory or metaphor, but as the very word of God; however, I also see that the Law was fulfilled in Christ, and because of the divorce at Calvary, we are no longer required to obey the Law of Moses.

Why is it that people dismiss the entire corpus of the New Testament, when we are supposed to interpret the Old with the New?

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13 Replies to “Do Christians really deny the Old Testament?”

  1. Howdy,

    I think there’s a couple reasons many of us don’t do this. The first, is that we haven’t been taught how to view the Bible correctly. We’re taught in many of our churches that the Bible is a book about humanity – our condition, our need, our relationship with God. And while that’s an element of the story, what we’re not taught is that the Bible is about Jesus. If we don’t know that first fundamental fact, we can’t possibly interpret it correctly.

    The second is that we’re prideful – we don’t actually like what Scripture says, so deny the parts that we have a problem with (which usually are those that confirm our depravity and hopeless condition without the cross of Christ).

    Thanks for posting this great question.

  2. Polycarp,

    Did you notice it was the author of the article who wrote, “Jesus did not come to remove the curse of the law”? I also noticed many who responded do not have faith. Its sad these people can not study the word of God and still find the integrity inherent within the scriptures and still trust what God has said.

  3. I think you meant “Old,” not “New,” in your concluding question: “Why is it that people dismiss the entire corpus of the New Testament….” It seems to me that the Old Testament is often in direct contradiction with the New Testament, which is Christ’s new covenant with the people.

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