Does the New Testament contradict the Old Testament?
The Bible is one unit. The Old Testament looks forward to the coming of the Messiah, and the New Testament tells of the coming of the Messiah, His ministry, and how He took upon Himself all the sins of all mankind on the cross, and paid the price for our salvation. And then it goes on to show how the Holy Spirit worked in the disciples’ lives, to spread the Gospel. It also gives us Christian theology in the epistles, and finally gives us a glimpse of the future, and what is waiting in heaven for us, in the final book, Revelation. The New Testament shows the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies of Christ. Here is an example, which first gives Isaiah’s prophecy about what Jesus would go through, and then what the New Testament reports.
Isaiah 53 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous
Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He (God the Father) made Him who knew no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
People who are shooting down the Bible, even only a part of it, are from the devil, as the Bible is God’s Word, His love letter to us. Why do you even listen to people like that, when they obviously want to cause you to doubt, confuse you, and ultimately turn you away from God? Just walk away, don’t listen to them, and study the Bible for yourself, to see that there is no contradiction. In fact, if you consider that the Bible was written over a period of about 1500 years, by about 40 different writers, the consistency of the message it brings, is absolutely amazing, and shows that God was involved in it. This is also what the Bible itself says.
2 Peter 1 20 … no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness …
1 Peter 1:25 the word of the Lord endures forever.
Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
If you have any doubts about the Bible, study it while praying that God will show you the answers to your doubts. But please don’t let the devil win, by listening to people who are obviously trying to break your relationship with God! God bless!
2 Timothy 3:16
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