Is the Bible the unchanging word of God, or can we leave behind parts we now find distasteful?
chris p: Why no tithing?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Bible is the Bible, and it will always constitute a valuable and complete holy work.
The new and better covenant that was given to us and empowered by Jesus radically changed the way God and man interacted.
All the old laws, statutes, and ordinances were done away with.
The Church was solely empowered and authorized by Christ to teach, to govern, and to sanctify, until he comes again.
- 1 decade ago
Pick and choose. Then we can leave anything distastful out the bible. Like most of the old testament, including gods penchant for killing.
Whether or not christians think it's relevant today, they have to agree that at some time in history, stoning children to death for being disobedient was not only acceptable, but gods law. As was stoning to death a woman who can't be proved to be a virgin at marriage. As was stoning to death a woman who was raped and didn't scream loud enough.
And since god is unchanging, christians worship that god.
- JedLv 71 decade ago
That's just it- that is the HUGE problem that the churches are having today.
The Bible IS the unchanging Word of God, but many of the mainline denoms are taking their cue from the popular culture.
Instead of being the salt and light to influence the world, the world is influencing and changing the church!
God hasn't changed, neither His word. Human nature hasn't changed, only the cultures change. THAT is something the modern "ministers" (alot of them) have forgotten.
- 1 decade ago
Well i certainly believe it its unchanging, but, as history told us Christians and other weird religions like those had decided not to use what they dont like o what its no convenient for the lie, i mean faith they teach.
So stuff as the commandments, the O.T., all the versicle that say Jesus is no God, and etc, they discard them.
But, what they dont know, is that even if you dont believe on gravity, if you jump off a high building you will fall to the ground, the same the bible, even if you dont believe on it, it still apply.
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- seekfindLv 61 decade ago
The word of God is unchanging. It stands forever. But you must know what applies under the New Covenant. John 1:17 'For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. We now live by grace and truth. All the laws under the Old Covenant governing our relationship with God do not apply anymore, eg animal sacrifices, Levitical priesthood, God's presence in the Ark in the Holy Place in the tabernacle, etc. For instance in the matter of love, under the Old Covenant we are commanded (using our own effort) to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Under the New Covenant we love because God first loves us; we love as God has loved us and we love with the power of God's love that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Under the Old Covenant we are righteous by obeying the whole law. Under the New Covenant God put us in Jesus to walk in God's righteousness. Under the Old Covenant we work (through our obedience to the law) to receive God's blessings. Under the New Covenant we receive by grace and faith all the spiritual blessings that are in Christ Jesus. Under the Old Covenant God was worshipped in a temple. Under the New Covenant we worship God in spirit and in truth. We need to know what has been superceded and what is part of grace and truth
- williamzoLv 51 decade ago
You need to understand the BIG picture
The Old Testament was God dealing with sinful man. The only way a man was made okay in the sight of God was a perfect walk by following the law(NO sin in their lives) or man using a sacrifice to cover his mistakes. This was to show man how much he needed grace and mercy. THUS the New Testament with Jesus Christ showing us mercy and grace.
Gal 3:19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. 20 Now a mediator is helpful if more than one party must reach an agreement. But God, who is one, did not use a mediator when he gave his promise to Abraham.
21 Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises?[l] Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. 22 But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.
God’s Children through Faith
23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.
24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
- 1 decade ago
Your more then welcome to pick and choose which parts of the Bible you want to apply to your personal life. However, doing so does not make one a Christian. It does however violate God's law because you are now worshiping in or believing in a idol/a god of your own image.
- bettyboopLv 61 decade ago
Nope, it's ALL meant for us.
All God's doing is telling us how to be happy, and peaceful.
- chris pLv 61 decade ago
You can move from the old testament to the new.
The Levitical laws are not for us today.
Titheing is not for us today.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Because the Bible is subject to interpretation, you can "change" any part of it you want