I was raised that the Bible is the literal Word of God.
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From: "Buck Calabro" <kc2hiz@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Open discussion among iSeries Users" <cpf0000@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [CPF0000] Old Testament: History or Law?
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 12:51:59 -0500
Don't get me wrong, I do beleave that the
Old Testament is the Word of God,
I never doubted it. In my explanation, I realise I left out some
important stuff because of intimate familiarity. I was raised that
the Bible is the literal Word of God. When it says six days, that
means six days. When it says thou shalt not covet, it means that it's
not just a good idea, it's the Law. More in a bit.
but it is history for Christians because we follow Christ, not the law.
Yes, that is a common implementation (for lack of a better word) of
Christianity. That the New Covenant supersedes the Old because they
only had the Law before the Lamb of God was sacrificed to save the
History is always important yet there are
very few people who are interested
in history or study it.
Yes indeed. It's always struck me as funny that I was raised a strict
Bible believer, a literalist. Because there was a fairly long period
in church history when it was heretical to believe in the literal
Bible. St Augustine was perhaps the best voice for the allegorical
interpretation of the Bible, and his thinking was influential for the
Catholic Church for many years. See
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3296 for his 'Confessions.'
Of course, I have to say Catholic Church to remind readers that before
the Reformation, almost all Christians were Catholics. This, not to
bring down Protestants or Catholics, but to show that history bears
directly upon one's religious understanding. Today, we tend to think
of Catholics and Protestants as brothers with a difference of opinion.
During the Reformation, Protestants were heretics bound for hell.
The 5 solas were a matter of treason back then - who can name them
James I (the force behind the King James Bible) was a Protestant - an
Anglican. James II (almost a hundred years later) was a secret
Catholic, and his faith broke the line of succession. Today, no one
much cares whether you're a Catholic or Protestant; they're viewed as
a minor difference of opinion.
Yes, the Old Testament is history, but depending on your personal
experience it can also be absolute Law as well. Churches have split
over lesser questions.
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