Are Christians to believe the Old Testament? Are Christians to follow the Old Testament? What relationship does Christianity have with the Old Testament?
God’s word is very clear on how the Old Testament relates to Christianity. According to 1 Cor. 10:6 and Rom. 15:4, Christians are to “learn” from the Old Testament. They do not follow the Old Testament instructions for worship because the Old Testament is no longer in force (2 Cor. 3:14). Rather than “build an ark like Noah did worship according to the Old Testament law, or even “keep the Ten Commandments,” we live under the New Testament. We can, however, learn from the Old Testament. We learn from Noah’s life the consequences of obedience and disobedience. From Moses’ life and the Mosaic law we see that God regulates man’s worship. From the lives of Abraham we learn the need for faith.
We can learn from many Old Testament examples and the Hebrew writer lists many of them in Heb. 11. Follow the New Testament, but do not fail to learn from the Old Testament!
Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.
Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).