Is the New Testament an improvement on Old Testament morality?
I find it interesting that Christians, many of who believe the Bible to be the Word of God, so quickly divorce themselves from the Old Testament. It allows them to conveniently ignore many actions by YHWH including genocides, the condoning of rape and slavery, killings and other acts of evil. It also allows them to ignore some very strange laws.
As pj11 stated on another thread:
I’m not going to rehash the OT issue. It’s been asked ad nauseum on this site and answered (not just by me, but by theologians over hundreds of years!). The Law has been superseded. If you want to have a productive dialogue about the morality of the Bible and how it relates to our lives today, let’s stick to the NT.
The New Testament attempted to show us a new and improved version of YHWH. However, old habits are sometimes hard to break as shown by these N.T. events:
Acts 12:21-23 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
Acts 5:1-10 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? … You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. …
About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” At that moment she fell down at his feet and died.
In a previous blog, Jesus and Family Values, I used New Testament scriptures to show the views Jesus expressed on family values.
Of course there is also the little matter of how women are portrayed primarily in the New Testament.
So pj11, please review the above scriptures and blog entries and explain how the New Testament is an improvement on Old Testament morality.
- The de-Convert