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Brief Overview OT vs NT

Updated on February 8, 2013

I will try to give it to you in a simple but scriptural way.
Because of the sinful nature of man and esp of those chosen by God- God, through Moses instituted a set of laws which we call the "old testament". These 600 plus laws were designed to keep men until the savior, which they described and told about would come and bring salvation to all that would come to Him His way.
These laws were to be in effect until "all was fulfilled" that is until all of these laws were fully kept (fulfilled) by a man. The old testament tells us who the man that would keep these laws and fulfill them would be. It gives us His name and how to recognize Him. So when this happens, the laws of Moses are fulfilled and no longer have any use to man.
The "new testament" is what we call the scriptures and dipensation of time that follows this Man replacing the laws of Moses.
Under the "new testament" we are given His example to follow and only two commandments which Jesus says CONTAIN ALL the law AND the prophets.

Matt 22:37-41

37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
The new testament actually begins After the resurrection of Christ. All the gospels prior to His resurrection are actually under the old testament which is why before His resurrection He refers to the law of Moses. After His resurrection the law of Moses has been fulfilled and no longer is in effect. as He said on the cross "it is finished".
If a Christian keeps any of the laws of Moses he is saying that Christ did not fulfill the law as He said He did and is calling Him a liar.
However we must understand that because the laws of Moses and esp the 10 commands are no longer in effect for us it does not give us license to sin. In fact we are to live a life that is ABOVE what the law requires. Jesus said that He gave us His EXAMPLE to follow and He lived a better life than the law required . And the 2 commands He gave us are all encompassing.
I hope this helps you to understand. The "new Testament " is not a new thing added later, it was originally given to and understood by Abraham way before Moses.
The whole of scripture was planned in advance by God and that is clearly shown in the Bible.
God bless you as you pursue His truths


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  • celafoe profile image

    charlie 4 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

    sir, you came on my post and trashed my God. My post is 100% correct and scriptural and what you said was 100% error, I responded with the scripture that applies to those who say there is no God. a scriptural reply.

    I do not know why you are mad at God but if you are just lashing out looking for help with understanding God and the scriptures I want you to understand that I will be available any time to answer the questions you asked and any more you have with scripture taken in context to help you and i will even pay for the phone calls. I also do not expect you to believe what i teach until you have proven by scripture that it is correct. and if you can prove what i teach is not correct then you bring me the scriptures (in proper context) that prove it wrong and I will repent and correct it.

    But you will not Trash my God without me responding with scripture showing where you stand.

    Prov 15:10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.

    The scripture you are referring to is talking about something that has not yet happened and the story you use is a lie.

    No angel has yet been cast down from heaven and no angel ever has or ever will defeat God. and I am not stupid enough to follow a god that could be outsmarted by his own creation.

    yes a lie taught by many churches but a lie nevertheless. and it is an example of things that people will believe when taught if they do not check it in scriptures. That is why scripture says "test all things, hold fast to what is good" Most of the churches these days are not following scripture like they should and are more interested in building their little kingdom than in building the Kingdom of God.

    as far as your statement about a child, Adam was not a child, but a man, made in the image of God. He could do anything he wanted except that one thing. The world was his and it was free and there is nothing he could desire that was not there for him. All he had to do was OBEY one command. Any and all trees but one were his to do with as he desired. No child was ever in this position but many children have been told not to do something and immediately went and did it. But that is the problem when you have a free will, you are allowed to do things you should not, then come the consequences.

    is there a parent that has done what you ask for, never left their child with an instruction, and always 100% of the time been with the child to be sure they did what they were told or did not do what they were told not to do. Of course not that is ridiculous to even consider.

    also remember the old is gone, completed, finished and we live under a totally new and different covenant. By reading the old testament we should be even more thankful for Jesus than we are.

    yes I am sure I offended you and i have no apology for that because the scriptures say they are offensive to the unbeliever and I just gave you applicable scriptures.

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    ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

    Your condescending rude statement about me personally is derogatory, demeaning and you think Godly.

    Why would Satan be in the Garden, and no one to help and guide Adam and Eve. How can someone that can read, really believe that make any sense at all.

    That would be like someone taking their young child to the wood, and saying go play but don't pick up anything over there while I go about in another area. The child picks up a snake and the person comes back and see the child with the snake. The person gets mad and say I told you not to pick up anything while I was gone.

    So what should that person do to that child for not listening, and obeying?

    Isn't the person to blame for not supervising the child, or at least having someone else looking after the child. Children need lessons not punishment.

    God punished. That is according to the OT.

    So an evil man took a third of the angels with him.

    and that means that the evil man preceded Adam whom the OT said was the first man, and it also said that man was not God's first choice.

    So how much do we believe and how much do not believe.

    They call it bible study because no one really knows what it means.

    Written by different humans, over hundreds of years, and not contemporaneous with the events written in it.

    The bibles are not self authenticating, so they can't be used as a fact.

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    ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California


    Vengeful God, never seen only heard.

    God having already failed with his angels has now failed with the non super human lifeform of his created humans.

    Gets bored with humans, and hands them over to Jesus


    Jesus now filters for God.

    God having failed with humans now lets this failure be on Jesus, and a new character the Holy Spirit.

    Neither Jesus nor the Holy Spirit were in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve. There were no guardian angels in the garden either.

    Jesus is the loving God that didn't exist in the OT.

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