Matthew 5:18-19: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Ya know catalyst, you seem to use specific quotes about the OT law often. I wonder if you even realize what Jesus was talking about? Try reading all of Matthew and take the comments in the context of the times and what he is saying. When Jesus talks about how we have to be more righteous than the parasises, he is shedding light on the fact that there is NOTHING we can do to get into heaven. Getting into heaven is only by the grace of God - period.
Anyway, I find it hard to understand how anybody who seriously studies the life and teachings of Jesus would be in favor of the death penalty. It goes against the 2nd biggest theme and lesson of tolerance and love (the first being dont worship $$).
When did the book of Mathew get moved into the Old Testament?
Genesis - Gen Exodus - Ex
Leviticus - Lev Numbers - Num
Deuteronomy - Deut Joshua - Josh
Judges - Judg Ruth - Ruth
1 Samuel - 1 Sam 2 Samuel - 2 Sam
1 Kings - 1 Kings 2 Kings - 2 Kings
1 Chronicles - 1 Chr 2 Chronicles - 2 Chr
Ezra - Ezra Nehemiah - Neh
Tobit - Tob Judith - Jdt
Esther - Esth 1 Maccabees - 1 Macc
2 Maccabees - 2 Macc Job - Job
Psalms - Ps Proverbs - Prov
Ecclesiastes - Ecc1 Song of Solomon - Song
Canticles - Cant Wisdom - Wis
Sirach - Sir Isaiah - Isa
Jeremiah - Jer Lamentations - Lam
Baruch - Bar Ezekial - Ezek
Daniel - Dan Hosea - Hos
Joel - Joel Amos - Am
Jonah - Jon Micah - Mic
Nahum - Nah Habakkuk - Hab
Zephaniah - Zeph Haggai - Hag
Zechariah - Zech Malachi - Mal
[b]Matthew - Mt Mark - Mk [/b]
Luke - Lk John - Jn
Acts of the Apostles - Acts Romans - Rom
1 Corinthians - 1 Cor 2 Corinthians - 2 Cor
Galatians - Gal Ephesians - Eph
Philippians - Phil Colossians - Col
1 Thessalonians - 1 Thess 2 Thessalonians - 2 Thess
1 Timothy - 1 Tim 2 Timothy - 2 Tim
Titus - Titus Philemon - Philemon
Hebrews - Heb James - Jas
1 Peter - 1 Pet 2 Peter - 2 Pet
1 John - 1 Jn 2 John - 2 Jn
3 John - 3 Jn Jude - Jude
Revelation - Rev Apocalypse - Apoc
In quoteing the New Testament where it is a quote of the Old Testament kinda blows holes in your theory that the Old Testament isn't relevent anymore eh?
When Jesus talks about how we need to be more righteous than the Pharisees:
"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in...
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these things ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee...." (Matthew 23:13, 23:23-26)
Which says very little about what it takes to go to heaven. If you want to quote scripture that speaks directly to the requirements to enter Heaven then you should read.
Galatians 3:24 says "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith."
"It isn't enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don't love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
"Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Faith is a recurring theme. You come to faith thru obedience to God's laws and thrut he repentance of your sins and then faith you are allowed in the kingdom of heaven.
â€œWhen you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When neither is on your side, change the subject and question the motives of the opposition.â€