If one is obliged to follow all the teachings of the bible then why is engaging in homosexuality or adultery any worse than suffering a witch to live, muzzling the ox that treadeth the corn, reaping the corners of thy field, marring the corners of they beard, plowing with an oxen and an ass, hating thy brother in thy heart or eating frogs, shellfish and eels ?
It’s called buffet Christianity.
Unfortunately the Wholly Babble is so full of contradictions that it’s impossible to believe it all unless you have a split personality with selective amnesia.
":First you must understand that the Old Testament was nailed to the cross with Jesus.":
Sooo…. You are telling us that Jesus, Paul, Peter and Moses all lied in the bible then? When they individually made clear that no part of the old testament (actually ":scripture":, but y’know, since the Nicene councils almost 80% of the scripture Jesus referred to was thrown away) would pass out of validity?
The Bible is a work of fiction. The passages that depict Jesus Christ to have been the ":Son of God": and a holy man with divine powers are completely unfounded and will never be proven. The people who believe these things are hallucinating and suffer from a mass delusion. Agnosticism and Atheism are growing faster than ever and Catholicism and Christianity are deteriorating in popularity, just like the hundreds of other now defunct religions that nobody believes in anymore and laughs off as mere fairytales. The same will happen with all the modern religions such as Islam and Christianity and Judaism. I have a PhD in evolution and anthropology and was raised a strict Catholic. I have come to believe that the Bible is just a work of fiction created to control the population and keep people in line. Use some common sense…it is quite embarrassing to live in a country where so many people believe such nonsense that has been proven to be false time and time again by science and history.
Got a little proof there? I haven’t seen any stars creating anything living lately, so I really did not know we came from stars. You’ve been watching too much ":History": channel again haven’t you! And how do stars explode to create the universe as we know it if the stars didn’t exist in the first place? As for the Bible, it merely says that in the beginning God created the heavens and earth. It’s not a scientific text but just a simple statement that what we see was created by the will of God. You do serve as a good example of how gullible people are when something is presented as ":scientific": thought though. Try thinking for yourself and applying a little logic.
Without going into a very lengthy explanation of G-ds Laws, some laws are given for certain situations and certain peoples (ie: laws concerning the levitical priesthood, laws governing menstruation, etc.). Other laws were given to Israel as a Nation (ie: death penalties): therefore if a believer lives in a nation other than Israel, that cannot enforce moral laws that do not exist, or would violate, the laws of that country. When, Israel was under the power of Rome, it became illegal for them to stone someone to death (although it did happen occasionally) because only Rome had power of life and death. That is why the Sanhedrin had to go to Pilate for the execution of Yeshua.
The other reason for many thinking they do not have to follow the laws, are because of the false doctrine that Messiah/Christ ":did away": with the law. He emphatically states in MAtthew that he did not come to destroy the law, but to be the fulfillment of it. G-ds laws are forever.
You may not have heard of it, but there was a death and resurrection that kind of changed laws and things. I know it may have slipped by you, but when Jesus was resurrected, He was exalted by God to have all authority in Heaven and on earth. He dictated a law known as the New Testament and with it is specific rules. While some things are the same, some are not. Pick it up, it is a good read.
They’ll tell you that the Old Testament no longer applies, except for the passage about homosexuality of course,* but I don’t see them giving up all their possessions to follow Jesus, either. They manage to convince themselves that all the inconvenient passages in the New Testament applied only to one person or church.
Oddly enough, the early Massachusetts Bay settlers believed that more of the Old Testament laws applied. It’s strange that the ":eternal word of God": seems to be re-interpreted and changed every few decades.
*and the ten commandments, which should be posted in every school because no child will know that murder is wrong otherwise.
All of the laws of the old and new Testaments come from a basic law to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. Start with the basic rule and try to see if the situation fits. I find that homosexuality is harmful to society and therefore fails the Golden Rule.
It’s impossible to follow all of the Bible’s teaching, because a lot of them contradict with one another. Even within the same passage there can be glaring contradictions.
So basically, they all make it up to suit themselves.
Christians who dismiss the bad things that Christianity does as ":wayward": believers who aren’t ":following the Bible": are just making up excuses. I’d be willing to bet my life’s savings that the Christians who say that don’t follow the Bible’s teachings either.
Religion is an excuse for lack of responsibility, xenophobia, and hatred. Point blank.
Biblical teachings are more important than man’s traditions if you truly are a Christian. A lot of so called Christians just amend their beliefs to fit them, and in doing so they really screw up what Christianity is. I consider myself a Christian, but I openly admit that the modern mainstream ":Christianity": doesn’t make much sense. Personally, if it is not in the Bible, I do not follow it. Like I said though, many people don’t do this, and they decide to modify it to fit them, and this is why no one respects Christianity. As you can tell, I am slightly critical of ":Christianity":. Also, it does state that every word of the Bible is profitable, and Christ said that He did not come to do away with the laws but to fulfill them, so the idea that the Old Testament was ":nailed to the cross": is false.
You have to learn how to understand what the Bible teaches in the whole context of what it has to say about a matter.
On the one hand, you have God’s eternal will for our lives. His will for human sexuality is for one man to be with one woman as husband and wife as the Lord Jesus reaffirmed. It is not for people to engage in fornication or adultery or homosexual sex.
Matthew 19:4 ":Haven’t you read,": he replied, ":that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.":
1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
On the other hand there were sacrificial and ceremonial laws as well as symbolic ":holiness": laws like eating only certain foods or not planting two types of crops in the same field or not making clothes out of two types of material.
These laws were what is known as ":types and shadows": of the things to come. For instance, Christians no longer sacrifice animals to atone for sins because those sacrifices were foreshadowing what God would do when He sent the Lord Jesus to be the ":spotless Lamb of God": who would offer one sacrifice for all time.
In the same way, holiness laws were symbolic of the inner holiness that God would provide when He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in believers.
Mark 7:18 And he (Jesus) said to them, ":Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?": (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, ":What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.":
Hebrews 10:1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.