Affirming the Old Testament

Rejection of the Old Testament puts one in a difficult position with communion with the Catholic Church. My friendly advice would be not to reject the Old Testament out of hand but study it via Catholic theology and texts until you can come to some accord with it. The New Testament does not deny the Old Testament. The New Testament affirms the Old Testament.

1 John 2
7 Dearly beloved, I write not a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you have heard.

Matthew 5

17 Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

2 Matthew 5

18 For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled.

Luke 2

22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord:

14 Luke 2

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,

2 Timothy 3

16 All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice,

The Church affirms the Old Testament in its entirety:

The unity of the Old and New Testaments

128 The Church, as early as apostolic times,104 and then constantly in her Tradition, has illuminated the unity of the divine plan in the two Testaments through typology, which discerns in God’s works of the Old Covenant prefigurations of what he accomplished in the fullness of time in the person of his incarnate Son.

129 Christians therefore read the Old Testament in the light of Christ crucified and risen. Such typological reading discloses the inexhaustible content of the Old Testament; but it must not make us forget that the Old Testament retains its own intrinsic value as Revelation reaffirmed by our Lord himself.105 Besides, the New Testament has to be read in the light of the Old. Early Christian catechesis made constant use of the Old Testament.106 As an old saying put it, the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.107

130 Typology indicates the dynamic movement toward the fulfillment of the divine plan when "God [will] be everything to everyone."108 Nor do the calling of the patriarchs and the exodus from Egypt, for example, lose their own value in God’s plan, from the mere fact that they were intermediate stages.

You may notice here how the context of the Old Testament–format if you will that the context rests in–allows for Christ’s salvific plan to be seen as the culmination. This would not be the same without the divinely inspired authors and the readers all working with God as opposed to an authoritarian and immutable rule sheet. God, perfect and immutable, condescends in scripture to teach us who are most imperfect and mutable, and in the mystery of the Incarnation, to join us for love.

Viewed this way, it is easy to see that scripture does not give rise to violence based on its own words. These messages are of course absent from the Koran due to its format (as well as its rejection of the Son). as the Koran is a solitary work by its own adherents’ admission


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