Ignoring the Old Testament

“Yep….that was for them, at that time 5,000 years ago. Not for me. Nowhere is there a command to continue to kill in God’s name.”

“You do know that there are 2 testaments….right? You do realize that the Torah is the JEWISH equivalent to the bible? Right? You’re being ignorant.” — Dennis Irwin, posting two comments on a blogpost titled “10 Reasons to Be Afraid of Atheists”

Dennis, a Xian, is perfectly willing to ignore the Old Testament because it contains things he doesn’t think apply to him, but that it applied only to Israelites “5,000 years ago.”

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” — Matthew 5:17

Yet Jesus explicitly states in Matthew 5:17 (and 5:18-19), that the Old Testament can’t be ignored, nor any of the laws therein.

Without Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, the Messiah doesn’t exist and there is no reason for Jesus to die on the cross. Without Adam and Eve and the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, none of Jesus’ story is necessary.

Which of us is really ignorant?

This is the problem with Dennis’ form of cafeteria Xianity. He wants to pick and chose which parts of the bible matter to him and which he can safely ignore. He mentally red-lines out any passage he doesn’t think apply to him, even when his “savior” tells him he can’t, and claims that anyone who calls him on it is ignorant.

But, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for Dennis ignoring the Old Testament.

Maybe someday he’ll ignore the New.