Christians are supposed to be in the New Testament. Yes, the New Testament was written in order to make it possible for humanity to receive spiritual salvation. The Old Testament is PART of the Jewish Torah. If you’re not a Jew or better, a Jewish person rooted in Jewish culture and theology, WHAT are you doing in the 21st Century attempting to base your reality on a bygone 1st Century culture… that isn’t yours ethnically, geographically, nor culturally?
“The term “Torah” is used in the general sense to include both Rabbinic Judaism ‘s written law and Oral Law, serving to encompass the entire spectrum of authoritative Jewish religious teachings throughout history, including the Mishnah, the Talmud, the Midrash and more…”
Most–no, 99.9% of Christians don’t know anything about the Mishnah, the Midrash, the Talmud, nor those oral–unwritten– aspects of the Torah handed down through time from Rabbis. The only constant in the Universe is change, yet far too many of today’s “Christian’s” seek refuge in either a post-Civil War version of theology, or one that is as narrow and rigid as their Ego’s can find… probably because thinking confuses them.
“One of the most helpful ways to think about this is to look at the types of laws there are in the Old Testament. The 16th-century Reformer John Calvin saw that the NT seemed to treat the OT laws in three ways. There were Civil Laws, which governed the nation of Israel, encompassing not only behaviors, but also punishments for crimes. There were Ceremonial Laws about “clean” and “unclean” things, about various kinds of sacrifices, and other temple practices. And then there were the Moral Laws, which declared what God deemed right and wrong—the 10 Commandments, for instance.” ~ Pastor JD
Scholars aren’t sure the Exodus actually occurred (Moses parted the Red Sea, etc…) but if the Jews did dwell in Egypt, then they were aware of Egypt’s religion and spiritual laws. The Christian 10 Commandments appear to have been edited and summarized from Egypt’s 42 Ma’ats or 42 Admonition to Goddess Maat. Sadly, this wouldn’t be the last time our beautiful Jewish brothers and sisters “lifted” ideas, art, or music from dark skin people without giving them credit…
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created.” ~Revelation 4:11
Jungian psychologist James Hillman said, “When you have a religion made up of rules and laws, when calamity hits, all you have is rules and laws.” We need compassion and empathy to grow up into wisdom and functionality.
The only– ONLY thing that New Testament Jesus said about Homosexuality, Transgenders, Intersex people, and gay people was Matthew 19:12—
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” ~Colossians 1:16
In some posts I’ve gone into the issues of how complicated–and diverse–a person’s sexuality is. Yes, sexuality is plastic and can be fluid throughout a person’s life. Yes, many people are born so “Intersexed” that doctors have to call in genetic specialist to determine what gender a child is. And yes, the “Over Powering Mother” and the Oedipal and Electra Complexes are the norm in our unbalanced, Materialist, narcissistic culture that thinks beating and shaming children is a “good idea.”
The highest attribute … the greatest virtue of Christianity is … “God is love”. Not that in your shame or inadequacy you puff yourself up as being better than someone else — like “God” broke the mold when your rusty behind showed up late. Mind your business. God is LOVE — Love is love.