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Old testament vs new testament
Many Christians suggest that with the coming and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the old testament laws are no longer valid. Others suggest these laws only applied to the Jews. Historians and all manner of Christians disagree on this issue. The more moderate Christians tend to think of the old testament as somewhat obsolete; the evangelicals do not. There is certainly no universally-agreed idea over whether or not the old testament is less valid, less truthful or whose rules no longer apply.
The Old Testament Laws still stand
Here is the classic KJV translation making the point quite clear:
- Luke 16:16-17:
- Matthew 5:17-18:
Even in the more modern, supposedly less-biased NIV, it's made clear:
- Matthew 5:17-20:
Every Jot and Tittle?
Scripture makes it clear that the Bible's words are to be taken seriously and in detail. Here is one theists' analysis:
The "Jot" is the Hebrew word "Yodh" which is the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is also the smallest letter. It's European or English equivalent is the letter "Y" as in the English term Yahweh or in Hebrew YHVH since there were no vowel's used in the ancient script.
The word "jot" itself is an English transliteration of "iota" which is the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet. "Iota," in turn, is the nearest Greek equivalent for the Hebrew yodh.
The "tittle" is the small decorative spur or point on the upper edge of the yodh. If you can imagine a tiny letter with a slightly visible decorative mark.
Tittle is used by Greek grammarians of the accents and diacritical points. It means the little lines or projections by which the Hebrew letters differ from each other. One example would be the difference between the letter L and I. The difference is only one small mark. We use phrases like "the dotting of the i, and the crossing of the t," and "every iota."
It is interesting that the Jewish scribes who copied the MT (Massoretic Text) of the Hebrew Bible scrolls paid the greatest attention to the minutiae of detail and such marks attached to each consonant throughout the entire text. They even numbered every letter, word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, section, and scroll to insure that the total equalled that of the text being copied before allowing it to enter the holy synagogue.The meaning of the passage is very clear. Not even the smallest letter or even its decorative spur will ever disappear from the "God Breathed" Word until all is fulfilled. In fact when heaven and earth are replaced by a new heaven and earth, the Word of the Lord will have accomplished its purpose and will be fulfilled in every detail even to the very letter.
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