Nosuperstition:Nosuperstition wrote:Jesus said he had come to fulfill not just the Law but also the words and acts of Prophets of Old Testament.frankie wrote:Nosuperstiton:
No he didn't.Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law (of Moses),The Ten Commandments.The heart of this Law is to love God and neighbour.Jesus himself had heated arguments with the religious clerics of his day,who had totally mis-read their own scriptures,and were totally mis-leading their own people.Jesus pointed this out to them,which didn't go down too well.When Jesus said in the N.T that he has come not to abolish but to fulfill them,he is endorsing the instigation of wars of divinely approved conquest.
Perhaps reading the four "Gospels"would provide a more enlightened view.
Now if the prophets of O.T themselves uttered words such as above where is love present in such acts?Deuteronomy 20:13-14
When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies.
Also Jesus said love your neighbour as you love yourself?The question is whether you would love yourself as a Christian or as a non-Christian?If you love yourself as a Christian,you would also love to see your neighbour who is a Christian as you sincerely believe that only a believer equals believer and love of a believer towards a believer would be equal.
Youn bring up some good points.
Deuteronomy is a collection of stories,put into an historical setting.The chosen people of God,under Moses direction were a people travelling to a land promised to them,and whilst travelling came across hostilites,which they had to endure and triumph.Throughout Deuteronomy the people of Israel are continually warned to obey Gods commandments or incur the consequences.This is the reason for so many prophets,to keep reminding the people of Israel to keep Gods Commandments,which they kept failing to do.
The stories in the O.T.then, are not in themselves illustrating a requirement to live like this for all time,they show the progression and evolution of the Jewish race,until the prophesied Messiah,Jesus.
Jesus has an answer for this.We see the answer in the parable of the Good Samaritan.No follower of Jesus can call himself a Christian if he discriminates his actions towards his fellow man.The question is whether you would love yourself as a Christian or as a non-Christian?