It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse comes from the book of Titus and one I discovered while reading through the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. If you have not checked out this source, please do as it is a fantastic source for reading through the Bible.
“Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.” – Titus 1:13-14
Ignore the Jewish myths? The entire Old Testament is a bunch of Jewish myths as is much of the New Testament. As the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible so keenly points out, this verse is telling the reader to ignore everything they’ve already read before. And many Christians do this, but to ignore the Old Testament is to ignore Jesus’ command in the New Testament:
“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
So which is it? Follow the Old Testament or ignore the Old Testament?