I swear some christians make me embarrased to call myself christian. Somewhere in the old testament it says that slavery is OK and women have to marry their rapist but he said those laws are irrelevant because again they are in the old testament. But what it (the bible) says about gay marriage is totally relevant because its stated in the new testament. It sounds like to me he is picking and choosing what he wants to believes in. I have been a Christian for a long time and have never heard this.
Most Helpful Guy
The old testament and new testament are equally valid, but there is a need for understanding that parts of the OT are a documentation of Israeli law and history (as a nation) while other parts of it are commandments from God. So the business about the rapist is more of a "you break it, you buy it" policy on the part of the Israeli central government than what God wants.
Regarding gay marriage there are many beliefs about that. I believe that it does not exist per se beyond that we can legislate it to exist but God does not follow American law (that comes to some as a surprise?). Anyway, all that aside, Jesus overturned the stoning of the woman caught in adultery saying "He who is without sin, cast the first stone", which was acceptable to Jewish law. Why did he overturn Jewish law? I think that on some level He knew this was not the way things should be and be done, even if it meets with his disapproval he knows that we are not wise enough to cast sentence upon sins in our current sinful state.4
Most Helpful Girl
Jesus said in the new testament that the old laws are no longer valid. Normal human beings read books in chronological order. Why people think the Bible is somehow different is strange. Also a lot of the rules that are mentioned in the Old Testament was meant for a specific Church or region. Placing things into context is a great skill to apply when reading the Bible too. With that said, having knowledge of the Old Testament is still important. It provides background and insight on things that follow in the New Testament.1