I don’t know about many of my readers, but I definitely enjoy the TeamPyro blog. Those guys have their heads on straight and lay down solid, biblical insights day after day. Good writing, and their blog has some of the best image work out there. There’s a reason why TeamPyro gets more hits in an hour than I’ve had this year.
Case in point – Dan Phillips most recent article in his “What did Jesus (not) say about…” series. This time, he tackles Christ and the Old Testament, and suggests that one thing that Jesus never said to anyone was “you take the Old Testament too literally“. Dan walks through some examples, and then kicks the goat through the goalpost with this:
Or let’s go right to the first bail-out point for Christianoids who want the world to think well of them: Genesis 1—3. Is there any hint that Jesus saw these chapters as metaphorical, poetic, mythological? Indeed no; the genre and canonical location clearly identify them as historical prose, and Jesus accepted this. Seamlessly combining Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, Jesus said
“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female [ Genesis 1:27], and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ [Genesis 2:24]? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-5)
As in everything, Jesus puts it down to a lack of faith. Jesus Himself was in no doubt that the entire OT was the very Word of God. What the Torah said, God said. Therefore, the problem of the Pharisees was not that they clung too tightly to Moses, but too loosely. Hear Him:
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. …Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:39-40, 45-47)
Anyone backing away from the full truthfulness and authority of every word of the OT should have the honesty not to appeal to Jesus, for Jesus showed no such spirit. The only Jesus who ever really lived fully affirmed the OT as God’s word.
One may with integrity say he believes Jesus and owns Him as Lord, or he may fret at length about the horrid evils of taking the OT too literally.
Score one for Dan.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “It’s not Plagarism if you cite your source!” Unger