During the course of my bible studies, I was talking with a man a few years older than me. I had mentioned that there were so many things that I still wanted to learn about the bible, but didn’t know where to start. This man, (who had attended church for the majority of his life) tells me to start in the New Testament. When I asked him why I should start there instead of the Old Testament, he said that because Jesus came and died for our sins that made the Old Testament no longer relevant. He may have just been referring to the new covenant, but he did not say that specifically. Just going by his statement, I found this to be odd.
The fact is that 2Timothy 3:16 states – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” Note that 2Timothy 3:16 says ALL scripture….not just the New Testament. Consider this: You turn on the TV right in the middle of a good movie. The only problem is…you have never watched it before. Naturally, you would be wondering why this happened or why that happened. You would be lost! You would then be wanting to see the entire movie for it to all make sense. Reading the bible is no different. You have to read and learn what happened in the Old Testament to understand how and why everything happened in the New Testament.
Both Testaments are the perfect pairing of the inspirational word of our Heavenly Father. You cannot have one without the other and have a clear understanding of the bible and the lessons it contains. Based on the scripture 2 Tim 3:16, the claim that the Old Testament is no longer relevant is clearly the doctrine of man. Perhaps this line of reasoning actually does stem from the making of the new covenant. In considering that, you still cannot pick and choose which parts of the bible that you find relevant. The bible was written for our benefit….ALL of it 🙂