I get this one a lot. Why do Christians only obey parts of the old testaments and emphasize that the new testament is more important? When they quote the old testament, it's only to push their agenda. It sounds like Christians are picking and choosing parts of the Bible they want to obey especially considering that the old testament contains laws that we would deem immoral or amoral (has nothing to do with morality). In Leviticus, for example, the Bible says you may not eat pork, shellfish, have tattoos and wear clothes with two different fabric. Yet Christians ignore all of these laws and say to the homosexual that they aren't allowed to be gay pointing to a scripture in the old testament in the very next chapter. We are introduced to a God who ordered war, slavery and the execution of the innocent in the Old Testament, then He is contrasted by saying things like "turn the other cheek", "love you your neighbor as you love yourself" and "pray for those who persecute you" in the New Testament. How can Christians really say that is the same God and be consistent with their beliefs if all the above applies?
Before we get into it, I need to explain first of all, what is an old or new testament.
We've heard the story before; Jesus came to die for our sins by being crucified on a cross. But really, what is so special about crucifixion? I, myself, did not understand why crucifixion was so emphasized. After finishing research on this topic I wondered, do other Christians really understand what happened on the cross and the events that led up to it? I would like to describe to you the process of crucifixion through looking at what happened to Jesus. I understand not all crucifixions throughout time were done as gruesome and disturbing as Jesus's crucifixion, but I still feel like this will allow you to understand what the significance of the cross and what Jesus went through. I think once you understand what Jesus went through, it changes the way you look at the cross. I also think this is a good topic that can help strengthen a Christian's relationship with Christ. It also gives great insight to why Jesus's crucifixion is highly significant to those who do not believe.
Please be warned. I am going to go into as much detail as I can. I found it difficult to write this because of how graphic it was. I purposefully left certain things out because I couldn't get myself to describe and write it down. So please don't carry on reading if you get disturbed easily.
Jesus was "lucky" enough to be born at a point in time where the Romans had invented the most painful and humiliating way to execute someone. Crucifixion had started approximately 519 years before Christ was born and they perfected it around 19 years before Christ was born. Let's look at what happened to Jesus.
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