Which religions or strains of religion (if any) follow the Old Testament of the Bible? I'm just reading about some of the stories from the Old Testament and I have to say, they are rather unpleasant! (My understanding is that Christianity follows the New Testament, is that right? Does the OT have any place within Christianity?)
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22-08-2012 13:12 #1
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22-08-2012 13:17 #2
The Old Testament has its place, but is not the one followed. It is referred to when learning about Christianity over the ages, but that's about it. It's still part of the Bible on the whole for us, but not something that we look to for guidance or anything.
22-08-2012 13:19 #3Senior Member
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Judaism and the Isalmic faith both follow parts of the OT but also have other books as well
22-08-2012 13:24 #4
Most Jews use the old testament ( Tanakh) as a guide , from my perspective ( Reform Judaism ) it's more like a history book that you study from and it's interpretation evolves over the years
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22-08-2012 19:07 #5
Please forgive my ignorance on this matter.
22-08-2012 19:09 #6
I thought Christians still would use it, I mean, they believe (usually) in creationism and the 10 commandments are in the ot
22-08-2012 19:15 #7
Christians still use the old testament for guidance etc. some parts are literal think historical books like genesis etc. some are for guidance and inspiration, think psalms, and others were prophecy and speak of Jesus coming. The new testament speaks of the 'new covenant' that happened when Jesus was born/died and rose again. Therefore some parts of what the church practiced in the old testament were abolished as Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice.
Like in OT days people didn't have direct access to God or the scriptures. This part of the church was the inner sanctum behind curtains. People also made living sacrifices to God. When Jesus died on the cross the curtain the church/temple tore, symbolizing that Jesus came so all could be part of Gods church. And Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice so sacrificing animals was unnecessary after that.
Hope I explained that right!
22-08-2012 19:15 #8
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22-08-2012 19:20 #9Senior Member
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The OT disturbs me.
My BF's family is very religious, so I thought I would give the bible a read.
After all the sacrificing and 'kill your son, oh wait no I'm just joking', I lost some faith...
It is like a murderer committing a crime, being caught years later and then held up high because he started a children's charity that does alot of good.
While I do believe in God, it has confused me somewhat...
22-08-2012 19:23 #10
It's not literal at all, some say it's just symbolic, kabbalists think it's more mystical, it was meant to be read with with the Talmud ( oral law) , jews read it differently to christians, I think the Christian churches have changed the order of the books around and some of the translations are wrong which is why I suppose it's hard to understand!
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