As I reflect on some discussions that I have heard recently, it is not hard for me to understand why nonbelievers think we as Christians are kind of hokey. Sometimes we carry on about or dogma to the point that we actually want to hurt each other.
Isn't the point of who we are as Christians the person of Jesus Christ? The only way to salvation is through Him and the cross. 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John 14:6 (NKJV) I reiterate from a previous post. But the particular conversation I was struck by was Old Covenant, New Covenant and Dispensational theology. Now, I am a CPA and an MBA by education and know just enough about all of these to keep my mouth shut, but in the end isn't all about the Word, i.e., the Gospel.
John 1:1-3 tells us that 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3 (NKJV) And further in that passage 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NKJV)
So the question as to whether we are Old Testament, New Testament or whatever is somewhat mute. Jesus is God and God is Jesus and whhatever He said in the Old Testament did not necessarily go away.
I know what the overall take is on the issue, things like circumcision, sacrifice and other "law: issues, but in the end I believe we are sometimes better served, and I know God is, when we just stick to the message: 16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
I believe that we desperately need to spread that message. Again, Hell is real and we have people that are going there if we do not act.
Excellant and I agree with most of it. Yet, the problem is that people confuse the Old Covenant and God's Wrath in it, with the New Covenant. The New Covenant is Peace between Man and God. The Wrath of God ended when He put all His Wrath on Jesus. There is a time for judgement, which is when the only question that will be asked is whether we accepted Jesus. Many Church's welcome in sinners with open arms and say that all sins are forgiven, when we accept Christ and then expect the same person not to sin and judges them, this is not what the Bible teaches. The message is when we are sinners God will and does forgive all sins, then when we accept Jesus, suddenly God is keeping a checklist and we had better be perfect! No Jesus died once for all sins, when we do sin it is paid for in full. This is not to say it's ok to sin, it isn't and there is a price to pay on earth for our sins. We must repent (turn away from) sin, but this is So we don't cut off our relationship with God. Not God cutting His Love off from us. God is constant He isn't a faucet that gets turned on and off. Angry one minute, happy the next no, He is constant it isn't His sender that's broke.......it's our reciever. People constantly blame God for their troubles and it isn't God that sends trouble our way "to teach us". This myth has to be defeated. The four Gospels show us from the Son of God and Son of Man, how we should be acting. Huge, Huge difference how Jesus teaches us and how the majority of denominations teach us. Even the Resurrected Jesus treatment of Peter the first time they met after His Resurrection and after Peter had denied Him, shows us the mercy and longsuffering God has for us. John 21:2-25 In these scriptures where is the condemnation, it's not there. Jesus asked Peter 3 times Do you love me. Each time saying Feed my sheep. Churches today would have kicked Peter out of their congregation!