Matthew 5:17

I’ve only covered a few chapters in the Old Testament on my blog at this point, but we’ve already seen that the God of the Old Testament is not a nice God and can easily be argued to be an evil God.  There’s murder, rape, slavery, etc, all supported by God.  Many Christian apologists will argue that although this horrible stuff is in the Bible, it’s in the Old Testament.  God changed His ways in the New Testament by sending his one and only son (actually himself) to Earth in the form of flesh.  In other words, the apologist argues that the New Testament trumps the Old Testament.

Not exactly.  As you’ll eventually read on this blog, the New Testament isn’t all love and sweetness.  There are some horrible things taking place in the New Testament as well.  Setting all of that aside, however, Jesus, in His own words, makes it very clear that the laws of the Old Testament continue to stand as the truth of God.  If you’re arguing with a Christian apologist on this, point them to Matthew 5:17.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Mathew 5:17

In the Bible these are the direct words of Jesus (if He existed at all).  All of the laws of the Old Testament (yes, all of that stuff against eating shellfish, having tattoos, etc.) is still the law of the land.  Jesus is NOT changing or abolishing those laws.  He’s come to fulfill them.  It doesn’t get any clearer than that.

5 thoughts on “Matthew 5:17

  1. The wiggle room comes from the word “fulfill”. That could imply the laws no longer apply because they are no longer necessary.
    That doesn’t get around the fact that if the OT is true then God thought all those things were a good idea at one point, including not just ceremonial nonsense but also various atrocities.


  2. The scripture say more than that. You haven’t got a fat chance of getting into heaven if you break or change these laws.

    1) “For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV) Clearly the Old Testament is to be abided by until the end of human existence itself. None other then Jesus said so.

    2) All of the vicious Old Testament laws will be binding forever. “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.” (Luke 16:17 NAB)

    3) Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets. He hasn’t the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Matthew 5:17 NAB)


    1. Agreed. Matthew 5:17 is just one verse stating the validity of the Old Testament laws. Yet too many Christians think it’s okay to ignore those laws because they think Jesus said so. Christians really need to actually READ the bible they worship.


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