Old Testament vs. New Testament

This is most certainly a cannabis blog.  But it started out as “Christians for Cannabis” and I am an ordained minister who has been intensively studying my faith for 11 years.

One thing that constantly comes up in discussions about religion, faith and the Bible is the cruel punishments in the old testament.

So I thought it necessary to put all of my thoughts down on this.  I have had this discussion dozens of times in the past, but I also read this discussion on facebook tonight.  Someone brought up the following verses and used them as her reason for not subscribing to religion.


“”Don’t work on the sabbath, kill anyone who does (Exodus 31:12)
“Never wear clothing made of mixed fibers” (Leviticus 19:19)
“Don’t eat pork, rabbits and shellfish (Leviticus 11:6)
“Men, do not cut your hair and don’t shave (Leviticus 19:27)
“Shun menstruating women; they and everything they touch are unclean (Leviticus. 15:19)
“Kill new brides who are not virgins (Deuteronomy 21:18)
“Force rapists to marry the women they rape (Deuteronomy 22:28) Huh?
“Parents may kill disobedient children” (Deuteronomy 21:18)


Which, in the context that she used them in I can understand why she feels that way. 
But the context of the Bible is like this, especially in matters concerning only Old Testament references. 
There is an Old Testament and a New Testament.  The difference is most clearly defined in Hebrews chapter 7.


Here my post from facebook after reading these verses tonight.


Im guessing no one wants any clearity on OT vs NT?  Well, if you keep reading, you will get my prospective.

To sum it up…


God gave all of the herb that bear seedAfter God led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, Moses spoke to God and got tablets, that he broke on the ground when he came down from the mountain. He broke them,… because his brother Aaron and the Israelites out of fear started paying homage to pagan idols. Moses went back up to the mount and spoke to God again, in which He counciled Moses, and some where came “The Law of Moses”… Notice not “the Law of God”. It’s appropriately titled “The Laws of Moses” because thats what they were.God decided based on the rebellion of the Israelites, that they could do without the “Law of God” and they would instead get “the law of Moses”.Until by priestly order in the first century, Jesus paid the price willingly via the act of atonement. According to Hebrews 7, Jesus fulfilled the law. I.E. “The Law of Moses”. And the gentle, kind, loving, understanding Christ took precedence over the law once again, putting aside the tyrannical law of Moses forever.

I read things here on facebook, and elsewhere about how the Old Testament is proof that Christianity is crazy.

So I wanted to state what I believe on the Old Testament vs The New Testament.

This is my opinion, based on years of intensive study.  The OT was the Law of Moses, not the Law of God per say.

The punishments that the OT described pertained to children of Abraham if they decided to stay within the community. Jews didn’t march in to other non-Jewish cities to deal out punishment on others.So in essence the people who received these punishments under that Mosaic law subscribed to such ideals. They could leave Israel, or leave the Jewish community. Or they could stay, and endure the Law of Moses. Not all of them stayed, many defected and lived their own lives without the tyranny of the laws of Moses.


When Jesus came, he brought a “Better covenant”, because as the Bible says, “the law made nothing perfect”. Thats Hebrews 7.


Hebrews 7:18-28

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+7&version=KJV

For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:

(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.


So people who use the Old Testament to demonize Christianity are off base in my honest opinion. Use Jesus’s words to persecute the beliefs of Christians. Use the words of Moses to persecute Jews and Muslims.?


There are important things to understand about Moses and the Old Testament.  One important thing to know is Moses was a human, and he was even guilty of murder.  He was not perfect.   He was just like the rest of us.  He was just as astonished as anyone that God choose him.  So consider that Moses wasn’t perfect.  Also consider that the events that happened in Genesis did not happen in Moses’s lifetime, or anywhere near his lifetime.  Moses was recalling things that were told to him by a supreme being, in ways that only humans could understand.  The story of creation, etc..   That was from Moses limited point of view, and what he could recall when he put the words down.   I for one do not believe in a 6000 year old earth.  I am not alone in this.  It’s all about context if you ask me.


Shalom,


Reverend Ryan


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