Why You Can't Pit Jesus Against His Bible

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Every so often, the champions and foes of "Red Letter" Christianity break out their arguments, sharpen them up, and take to the internet. Champions say we've ignored the words of Jesus—highlighted in some modern Bibles with red lettering—for far too long. They want us to take up the radical call to discipleship Jesus issued in the Sermon on the Mount. The foes say that even printing these words in red creates a false, canon-within-a-canon that distorts the Scriptures.

    Of course, there is a good sense in which we ought to give heightened priority to the words and deeds of Jesus. Unfortunately, some other self-described, "Red Letter" Christians do more than them priority. Instead, they contrast and even set in opposition the words of Jesus from the writings of Paul, or some other similarly ill-tempered and unprogressive disciple. While problematic, that approach is even less concerning than the tendency to pit Jesus against the Bible he grew up with: the Old Testament. Jesus' words and character are contrasted with the Old Testament law, or the various commands of God scattered throughout the narrative sections of the Torah. So where Jesus and the Old Testament seem to conflict on violence, neighbor-love, sexuality, or some other hot topic, go with Jesus, they say. If you have to pick between red or black letters, go with red.

    At the risk of kicking off another round of 'robust dialogue', here are three reasons why that approach doesn't really work.

    Red Letters Tell Us About the Black Ones

    Scripture Says = God Says

    Jesus Quotes . . . Himself?

    http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/10/09/why-you-cant-pit-jesus-against-his-bible/
     
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    you are spot on!

    many seem to think the red letter quotes mean higher inspiration value, but the truth is ALL the Bible is equally inspired from/by God, being a perfect revelation from Him to us!

    and have seen where Christians will say foolish things like "that was just opinion of Paul, jesus did not really mean that, we need to see the Bible thru cultural lens, we know so much more today" etc!

    Even worse, some seem to pit Jesus against God of the OT,as if they were not the same God in both!
     
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    That is right they do. I have seen it on this board for years.
     
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    yes, for that thinking comes about usually when discussing issues like capital punishing, gay marriages, how to interact with other religions, etc, as If God of the OT had only law and harshness, while Jesus meek and mild!
     

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