But that's the Old Testament

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"But that's the Old Testament" is an argument used by [[Christians]] when they wish to ignore or glaze over specific [[Old Testament]] laws and stories. (This is a form of [[cherry picking]]). It is often used when [[counter-apologetics]] bring up:
 
"But that's the Old Testament" is an argument used by [[Christians]] when they wish to ignore or glaze over specific [[Old Testament]] laws and stories. (This is a form of [[cherry picking]]). It is often used when [[counter-apologetics]] bring up:
  
The numerous massacres performed by or under the direction of [[God]] as written in the old testament,
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*The numerous massacres performed by or under the direction of [[God]] as written in the old testament.
[[Law]]s regarding the keeping and treatment of [[slave]]s,
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*[[Law]]s regarding the keeping and treatment of [[slave]]s.
The requirement of [[animal sacrifice]],
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*The requirement of [[animal sacrifice]].
The punishment of [[stoning]] to death,
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*The punishment of [[stoning]] to death.
  As well as any individual laws they do not wish to follow e.g.: dietary laws or the prohibition of wearing blended fabrics.
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*As well as any individual laws they do not wish to follow e.g.: dietary laws or the prohibition of wearing blended fabrics.
  
Most Christians will claim that when [[Jesus]] was died, it nullified the Old Testament laws.  
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== Apologetics ==
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Most Christians will claim that when [[Jesus]] died, it nullified the Old Testament laws.  
  
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== Counter-apologetics ==
 
This argument is flawed in two respects:
 
This argument is flawed in two respects:
  
1. They continue to quote the Old Testament laws that they do wish to follow.
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# They continue to quote the Old Testament laws that they do wish to follow.
 
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# According to the [[New Testament]] ({{Bible|Matthew 5:19}}) Jesus is quoted as saying "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
2. According to the [[New Testament]] (Matthew 5:19) Jesus is quoted as saying "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
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Revision as of 20:35, 17 April 2009

"But that's the Old Testament" is an argument used by Christians when they wish to ignore or glaze over specific Old Testament laws and stories. (This is a form of cherry picking). It is often used when counter-apologetics bring up:

  • The numerous massacres performed by or under the direction of God as written in the old testament.
  • Laws regarding the keeping and treatment of slaves.
  • The requirement of animal sacrifice.
  • The punishment of stoning to death.
  • As well as any individual laws they do not wish to follow e.g.: dietary laws or the prohibition of wearing blended fabrics.

Apologetics

Most Christians will claim that when Jesus died, it nullified the Old Testament laws.

Counter-apologetics

This argument is flawed in two respects:

  1. They continue to quote the Old Testament laws that they do wish to follow.
  2. According to the New Testament (Matthew 5:19 Bible-icon.png) Jesus is quoted as saying "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
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