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Here's a "just for thought" question.

Well, i keep seeing how most Chritians say that the Old Testament shouldn't be followed. So, since the Ten Commandments are in there, should we ignore them too? And, if we aren't supposed to follow them, why are they even a part of the bible in the first place?
-Ashley

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spiritguide_23

Asked by spiritguide_23 at 4:39 PM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • No we are not supposed to ignore them. Jesus came to fulfill them. The ten commandments can be summed up by love God with all your heart, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. We need to keep that.

    Other laws of morality we need to keep, they are easy to find because they are listed again in the new testament. (murder, sexual morality, stealing, lying, etc.) But the Jewish laws that are not something that Gentiles need to follow. We gentiles do not become Jewish, we become Christian. So I don't need to circumcise my children, pass up the Weinerschnitzel, or practice the Shabbat in order to go to heaven.

    If we sin, we need to confess and repent and God will forgive us.
    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 4:43 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Christians are saying that it should not be followed physically, but we do follow it in the spiritual.
    The wars fought in the old testament gives us a visual aspect on our spiritual warfare against satanic attacks in our lives.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Not at all - Jesus taught on the importance of the 10 commandments, his entire ministry was based upon them.

    And Cinnamon-mom is completely right on the money.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 4:46 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • When the apostles began spreading the good news of Jesus to the gentiles they knew they weren't converting them to Judaism. You can read int Acts where they talk about which Jewish Levitical Laws they should follow.

    "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these requirements: You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or eating the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell." Acts 15:28-29
    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 4:49 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • And, for the record, the food, meat, and sacrifice references were based on health issues that could arise from consuming these things.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 4:53 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I agree, OP. Either follow the whole thing or don't follow it at all.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 4:57 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I believe that Christ came and took those 10 commandments and made them into a higher law. Follow these commandments but do more than that... There is alot more to do, so I'm not going to post them here. Read the Bible if you want to know.
    Ginanne

    Answer by Ginanne at 5:02 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I fully agree with Cinnamon-mom
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 5:34 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Jesus actually addresses the 10 commandments and adds to them - he says do not just refrain from murder, but from hate/anger as well, do not just refrain from adultery, but from lustful thoughts, too.
    These laws are laws that are reiterated in the NT, and Jesus didn't come to eliminate them, He expanded upon them!
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 6:02 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • And I agree with Cinnamon-mom, too.
    A lot of the laws in the OT are specific to Jews, and were meant as a way for Jews to distinguish themselves (such as circumcision, as was addressed by Paul), which isn't something we of another religion need to worry about.
    The OT offers history and sets the stage for the life and message of Christ, and we have to understand why certain laws were made in the OT and what functions they served, as well as their time relevance/context to understand whether they are something we need to follow today.
    A lot of laws were time relevant/specific , a lot were meant to distinguish Jew from non-Jew, and a then are the ones that are repeated in the NT.
    We also have to remember Christ's message was love, and the greatest two commandments were to love God and man, which are said to support every other law, so those contradictory to these laws of love don't apply. (imo, anyway...)
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 6:09 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

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