This is really a thread about the nessessity of scripture. so I was reading on another thread about some folks who believe that they want to be like Jesus, but they don't want to follow the New Testament, just some of what Jesus said, that they identify with and feel important about.
But, what on earth are all of the other books there to teach you, and why were they canonized, why is there a canon at all, if all we need are the words of Jesus from the gospels? The writers of the NT I believe thought they were teaching in the spirit of Jesus, and I think most christians would agree with that. It seems to be that you would want to know about those who were close to Jesus and taught in his spirit, as well as what they taught. I mean, that is, if you believe the NT.
Regardless, I dunno what I think of the "new testament" anymore. With the time Ive been spending in the Tanakh, I begin to wonder if the "new testament" has anything at all to offer that I don't already have completely available to me within the "old" system.
The more I begin to compare the front of the Bible, the "Old Testament," with the new, the more I seem to realize I have found the answer to the question, What does God want?
It is to do this and not that. Eat this and not that. Behave like this and don't behave like that. It is a perfect script for life, it fufills the emotional truth, intellectual truth and spiritual truth.
Without this canon, I wouldn't be able to make this kind of a judgement. we cannot use our hearts only to discern truth because the heart is decietful and weak.
I'd like to know everyone's thoughts on this, unless i am simply writing incoherant babbling.