(Original post by ihatehannah)
'For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.'
So people who work on Sunday should be killed? This is the student room and I presume we all have a decent amount of intellect- so how can anyone who says the Bible is a great moral compass defend this verse, I'm actually curious for an answer. If the old testament is the sacred word of God, then how can he command such evil deeds. I do not care if you Christians follow the New testament now and disregard the OT because you can't disavow the OT and the fact of the matter is it was written by God. You can't deny that and I want someone to directly answer this.
Hi, direct answer, which you've tried to anticipate but not really managed to at all. The new testament trumps the old, that's the whole point of the new testament existing. The passage which would trump the above would be 'let he who has no sinned cast the first stone', basically meaning don't judge unless you're sure that you're sinless yourself. (So.. don't judge.)
No one is 'disavowing' the Old Testament, it's simply not as relevant as the New, since a huge part of Jesus' coming was to go to the crux of 'being nice' as opposed to being pretentious and following religion to the letter, without kindness, which is what the Pharisees did.
Of course, since you've picked out a passage of the Old Testament, which Christianity has in common with Judaism and Islam, I'm glad to see you're taking the opportunity to ask for their opinions too. (Basically, please do.)
Also - this is my semi-atheistic part kicking in. Of all the weird/bizarre areas of the old testament, that
's the one you choose?
Just one final point, saying 'I do not care if Christians follow the New Testament over the Old' sounds like you're having a tantrum. What do you expect? Do you think people will say 'Oops, sorry OP, we take that back, just because you disagree and it would help your little anger outburst, we'll all start sticking to the Old Testament to the letter, and completely disregard the New?'
Yeah, the Old Testament has issues, luckily the New Testament trumps most of these. If you want to pick on Christianity effectively, look at St Paul's stuff.