Old Testament God Vs. New Testament God

I use to have a major disassociation between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. It felt very common place that when someone who is not of the faith would mention an event in the Old Testament I would simply respond with, “But that was the God of the Old Testament… we are in a new covenant now!” I now realize just how wrong I was and was simply giving a cliche answer because I didn’t know any better. I simply did not have an answer as to why the God of the Old Testament did what many see as heinous and violent acts. My recent research and studying has brought me to much restoration and growth in my faith bringing the scriptures to new life for me.

The very fact that I use to see two different characters of God in the Bible comes from man’s inability to understand why God does what He does and attempt to use our knowledge of good and evil to describe it. This way of thinking can easily be dismantled by the Word as it completely goes against what scripture says. It is very telling and shows how much of a baby I was in the Word. The God of the Bible, Yahweh, is never changing and is wonderfully and consistently Him. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow [a]cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]” James 1:17 AMP.

As people of the faith it is important to have answers to the tough questions that nay sayers will have about the events of the Old Testament. At first glance it would seem the God of the Old Testament contradicts the God of the New Testament. If you go back to the beginning and dig a little deeper what you once viewed as two different characters of God suddenly becomes one awesome loving God.

“And I will put enmity (open hostility) Between you and the woman, And between your seed (offspring) and her [e]Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, And you shall [only] bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15 AMP

This verse is foreshadowing the coming seed war where the adversary (Lucifer) attempts to corrupt the seed of Adam to thwart to coming of the Messiah. We get a glimpse of what this looks like in Genesis 6:4 AMP… “There were Nephilim (men of stature, notorious men) on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they gave birth to their children. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown (great reputation, fame).” This mixing of the sons of God and women brought forth Nephilim and the earth was soon filled with nothing but wickedness. To learn more in depth about this event I recommend you read the Biblically endorsed extra Biblical text “The Book of Enoch.” Enoch goes into much detail about how a group of watcher angel went against God and conspired together when they took “the daughter of men” as wives and bore offspring. These fallen angels also taught men many things and shared their heavenly wisdom with men.

The book of Enoch also goes into how they began to genetically manipulate things and created hybridization. This is something that would have seemed completely impossible up until recently and gives new insight into the meaning of “as in the days of Noah so shall the coming of the Son of man be.” The book of Genesis goes on to tell of how the earth was engulf by wickedness brought forth from this unholy union. Yahweh saw that Noah, being perfect in his generation, was the only one worthy of saving. The Hebrew word here to explain how Noah was perfect in his generation actually means without blemish and is the same word used to describe the red heifer that was to be used for a sacrifice. In other words Noah was genetically pure and the only one fit to caring on the line of Adam into the post flood world and therefore ensuring that mankind would have it’s salvation in the Messiah.

Once one comes to this realization it automatically connects scripture as a whole. The reason for why Yahweh flooded the earth all of a sudden begins to make so much sense. You start to see Yahweh for who He truly is and the way scripture really portrays Him. You will never be the same and will come into a closer relationship with the Creator of all things once you explore and research this information for yourself. It brings the entire word of God together in one cohesive masterpiece that reveals the unconditionally loving God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Common Misconceptions About Jesus

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As a Christian, I have long claimed to follow Jesus. Most Christians make that claim, despite never opening their Bibles and actually reading his words. I’ve recently held quite a few conversations with self-professed Christians who made claims about our Savior that actually shocked me. I quickly learned that there are many common misconceptions among believers of today and wanted to take the time to dispel them in this post. Here goes …

Misconception #1. His name is Jesus. His actual name, in Hebrew, is Yeshua. Jesus is the Latin translation. Now, I’m not a sacred namer by any means, and there will people who will argue the actual pronunciation of his name with you until they are blue in the face. (I’m not one of those people). But I can tell you that I’ve heard stories of people who used the name Jesus and the name Yeshua in the presence of demons and dark forces and found the latter to be more powerful at getting them to disappear.

Misconception #2. He came to bring peace. He actually said he came not to bring peace but a sword. Seriously. Look it up. Matthew 10:34. He said a lot of hard things like that, which many people would be surprised to hear if they’ve never really read their Bibles (and I’m finding that most people haven’t.)

Misconception #3. His second coming is imminent. In reality, if you want to get technical about it, his second coming has already passed. He was born of a virgin, died, resurrected and ascended into heaven before coming back down and reappearing to his disciples. If you think about it, that was actually his second coming. We are waiting for his third coming. Interesting to note, at least I thought so.

Misconception #4. He abolished the law. Nope, nope, nope. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard well-meaning preachers not only say that he abolished the law, but that he broke the law in order to save lives. This is simply not true. If Jesus broke the law, that would make him a liar, and if he’s a liar, then he’s certainly not the Messiah. Jesus did not break the law, and he did not abolish the law. He lived a perfect, sinless life, and in doing so, fulfilled the law of God, which he never once spoke against. On the contrary, he was the living, breathing example of who we are to be and how we are to walk as followers of Him.

Misconception #5. He was white. This is sort of a joke. Since I haven’t actually seen him, I can’t tell you what color his skin was, but I seriously doubt it was pale. The man was an Israelite. Jews have dark skin. So all you racist people out there who want to claim our Messiah had white skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes are probably in for a serious shock when you see what he really looks like. Just sayin’…

Misconception #6. His last name is Christ. It kind of made me laugh when I heard that there are people out there who actually believe this. Christ is a generic title. It was most certainly not his last name, and in fact, we really should say Yeshua Messiah instead of Jesus Christ. I think the phrase “Jesus Christ” confuses people and leads them to believe things like “Christ was Jesus’ last name.” What a crazy and laughable thing to say. It makes me sad that this is such a common misconception.

What other hilarious assumptions about Jesus have you heard before? Share them with us in the comments below!