Key Posted May 10, 2018 Report Share Posted May 10, 2018 Been dwelling on thoughts based on a debate I was reading recently in the comments section of a Facebook post. (Of course, there's always a debate of some kind there.) Thought I might get some better perspective here from my friends and brothers (and sisters). A person commented that with the New Testament, there are only really two commandments: 1. Love thy neighbor as thou love thyself. 2. Honor God above all other gods. The reason stated it was because the Old Testament was intended as a covenant with the Hebrews. Whereas the New Testament was a covenant with the Gentiles. It goes further. God initially gave ten commandments to the Hebrews, which were His laws for them to follow. Leviticus presented the Laws of Moses. Though it might be said it was divinely inspired, it could also be seen as laws of men. Which the Sarducci and Pharisee took to steps further, apparently. This lead to the hypocrisy that Christ took offense to and preached against to place focus back on God, not laws of men. As He commanded that His teachings and good news be spread to the many nations, (meaning preaching to gentiles), He sought to bring about the inclusion of the gentiles without conversion to Judaism. He sought peaceful coexistence, though He knew conflict was still possible because of His radical thinking. Christ had stated He did not come to abolish the laws, but to fulfill them. He did not alter the Old Testament covenant with the Hebrews, but rather presented a new covenant for the gentiles in the New Testament, of which He became the sacrifice required for them. The commenter stated that Christians use the Laws of Moses, though it was never intended to apply to them (as they are not Hebrew or Jewish), but often overlook the two commandments Jesus presented, when preaching their biases. I can see some logic to this thinking, but am not formally educated on theological study. Is he right, or even close? What do you think? (Preemptively, sorry for the inevitable opening of the can of worms here.) Quote Link to comment
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