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:

  • 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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