Originally Posted by MysticPhD
Jesus is the living Word of God (or do you think He is dead?) The OT was necessary to establish the expectation of Jesus and predict the way His life and death would occur and the impact He would have for millennia. Jesus fulfilled all the expectations of His day and for every day since for 2000+ years. That is what fulfilling the OT means and that is what validates Christianity.
I didn't quote the rest of your statement, because it is sacrilegious.
Jesus is the Living Word of God. Jesus quoted the OT to many of His listeners. Jesus would have told us not to pay attention to the OT if he didn't support it. You are wrong about the OT, and that is your choice. I do not accept your way of thinking.
Jesus readily quoted Old Testament scripture. How can Christians justify denying its validity? « the BEattitude
(http://thebeattitude.com/2009/03/12/jesus-readily-quoted-old-testament-scripture-how-can-christians-justify-denying-its-validity/ - broken link)
In a few of my recent posts, numerous Christians have argued that most of the Old Testament should be viewed as allegories or metaphors and not factual historical accounts. And the Bible has inaccuracies because it was written by men that occasionally misquoted god.
Jesus would strongly disagree with you.
During his recorded ministry, Jesus quoted 24 different Old Testament verses.
Jesus believed that the Old Testament was divinely inspired
as he referred to the scriptures as “the commandment of God” (Matthew 15:3)
and as the “word of god” (Matthew 15:6). He also taught Christians the infallibility of scripture when he stated, “Until Heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the law, until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18) and “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
Jesus continually quoted Old Testament scripture to teach his disciples and criticize the Jewish pharmacies. He ridiculed, “Have you not read that which was spoken to you by God?” (Matthew 22:31) and “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” (Mark 12:24). He also used stories from the Old Testament to teach, “Have you not read what David did?” (Matthew 12:3).
Jesus also confirmed many of the historical accounts in the Old Testament, such as the destruction of Sodom and the death of Lot’s wife (Matthew 10:15, Luke 17:29-32), the murder of Abel by his brother Cain (Luke 11:51), the calling of Moses (Mark 12:26), the manna given in the wilderness (John 6:31-51), and the judgment upon Tyre, Sidon and Sodom (Mathew 11:20-24).
Jesus even confirmed the most often rejected Old Testament stories, such as the creation story of Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4-6), Noah and the great flood (Matthew 24:37-39), and the three days of Jonah spent in the belly of a great fish (Matthew 12:40).
If Christians have to discount Old Testament stories to believe in Jesus, then they are not Christian.
If Jesus believed it, Christians must believe it. Otherwise how can you honestly call yourself a follower of Jesus? He would say to you, “are you not in error because you deny the Scriptures?”
I think that last statement says it all.