Are Christians allowed to go against what the Old Testament says including worship of false gods and committing murder?

by Howard
(Hampton VA)

Rick Brentlinger Answers

For 2000 years, consistent Christian teaching is that we are not under the Old Testament Law.

Yet Christians have also consistently taught that adultery, idolatry, lying, murder and stealing are wrong.

It works like this. The Old Testament Law contains universal moral principles which are always in effect. These universal moral principles are embodied in nine of the Ten Commandments.

The sabbath commandment is not a universal moral principle since Christians in the New Testament are never told they must keep the sabbath.

Yet the New Testament does warn us against murder in Matthew 19:18, Romans 13:9 and 1 John 3:15 and against idolatry in Acts 17:23-31, Romans 1:23, 1 Thessalonians 1:9 and 1 Corinthians 10:7.

Always remember what the Bible says - we are not under the Law.

Jesus is God's solution for the problem of evil in the world.

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Jan 05, 2012
The whole truth
by: Anonymous

Just finished reading Who was Molech or Moloch? You have presented a partial truth not the whole truth. The whole truth includes:

Numbers 26:62 - Now those who were numbered of them were twenty-three thousand, every male from a month old and above; for they were not numbered among the other children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given to them among the children of Israel.

1 Corinthians 10:8 - Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;

The history of the church confirms the practice of Christian marriage as practiced and understood in the early church - 197a.d.

The Apology - Tertullian

The Christian confines himself to the female sex. I have read also how the harlot Phryne kindled in Diogenes the fires of lust, and how a certain Speusippus, of Plato's school, perished in the adulterous act. The Christian husband has nothing to do with any but his own wife. Democritus, in putting out his eyes, because he could not look on women without lusting after them, and was pained if his passion was not satisfied, owns plainly, by the punishment he inflicts, his incontinence. But a Christian with grace-healed eyes is sightless in this matter; he is mentally blind against the assaults of passion. If I maintain our superior modesty of behaviour, there at once occurs to me Diogenes with filth-covered feet trampling on the proud couches of Plato...

To try and separate sexual immorality from idol worship is half truth. To try and separate law from grace is also a half truth.

Jan 05, 2012
All truth is God's truth
by: Rick Brentlinger

I'm curious - why do folks who assert that I'm teaching half-truths insist on remaining Anonymous? Are you ashamed to associate your name with your views?

You have not demonstrated any half-truths I've taught nor have you made any kind of convincing argument that I'm wrong on anything I teach on this website. I believe we do agree with each other that immorality is wrong and pagan religious practices are wrong.

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