April 27, 1970
Christian: Other Christian Religion
In the old testament rules were set up for our own protection. The 10 commandments were given to try to live by, but man had to realize that he couldn't...therefore he needed GOD, his creator. We were never created to do life alone.
You talk of God's jealousy, judgement, and wrath, which are all reflected in the Old Testament-but you forgot to mention the God of grace who used sinful people, like David to accomplish his works over and over again-when they turned to him. God is like we are to our children. We set guidelines, but our emotions are a mess as our children make decisions-and we hope they make the right ones. As always-there are consequences to our bad decisions. God tells us how to live life...we have to choose which path we'll take. He didn't make us robots.
The God of the new testament is the same as the God of the old. The new covenant was created once Christ died and arose. No more blood had to be shed..no more animal sacrifices. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice who walked the earth reflecting his father's personality. We are able to SEE God through Jesus' ways. He never changed. The rules are the same-except for the foods. I believe he was trying to keep HIS people healthy and as time went on, ways to "keep" food and prepare it changed. Acceptance was always God's way of loving people-but he loved the sinner, not the sin.
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