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.