ISN’T THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE CREDIBILITY OF CHRIST, HIS EMBRACING OLD TESTAMENT TEACHINGS?
Jesus Christ had a great deal of appeal and credibility to the masses that follow him to this day. But doesn’t the fact that he embraced the Old Testament’s twisted teachings including the portrait of a mean, vengeful, jealous God, destroy his credibility? If Christ had chosen to distance himself from the Old Testament teachings, wouldn’t he have been more credible. (Isn’t it possible that he did but that the conservatives within the church hierarchy, chose to tell a different story?)
It was always a wonder to me when I questioned some of the behavior of the god of the OT that my elders would claim "Oh, that's OT. We have a new covenant now in the NT". OK but you have also taught me the scripture “For I the Lord do not change..." Malachi 3: .
I doubt this "logic" will lure xians away towards Atheism.....it is enabling the fiction believed to be historical.....always demand evidence square one....religions and alleged gawds are 7 thousand years old for square one with the first shaman to brain wash women for rape and boys to die in raiding parties.....belief about Vatican lies 12 centuries ago is being stuck in a toilet full of turds
I suppose my Jewish upbringing may be behind some bias, but in any case I think the New Testament is extremely over-rated and not a good selling point for Christ. I sometimes (or often?) run into atheists who will put forth some variant of:
"Well, yes, obviously, there is no more god than there is a flying spaghetti monster to worship, but the moral teachings of the old [and/or new] testament should still be assumed as obviously the very definition of good."
To which I say:
"This is pernicious, harmful, unexamined and unsupported sacred cow nonsense."
I sometimes also say that the best thing about Judaism is that it's not Christianity (which isn't saying much for Judaism, if that really is the best thing about it).
None of this is to say that the originator of this thread is claiming moral excellence in the NT. Maybe they are just trying to look at the narrower question of what sells in certain time periods, which I guess has some validity on its own. It wouldn't have sold with me, but that is not a meaningful measure of aggregated demand estimates.