Does the Old Testament Apply to Christians?

The Bible is one book, but it has two parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament. Reading the Bible can be confusing if we do not understand how to read this book with two parts. As Christians, we tend to focus on the teachings of the New Testament because it contains the written revelation of Jesus––the one whom we follow. However, like all books, one must read the beginning to understand the end. We cannot understand the significance of the New Testament if we do not know the Old. The Old Testament creates the expectation and context for the what happens in the New. This means the Old Testament “applies” just as much to our lives as the New Testament. It can be more difficult to recognize its application, though, because it must be interpreted in light of how Jesus’ fulfilled it. The New Testament is usually easier to apply because it explains who Jesus is and tells us what following him entails. Continue Reading...

How to Live Like You Won’t Stay in Heaven

I don’t like to waste my time learning information I do not use. That is why I don’t follow any sports. When I played football in highschool, I enjoyed watching it. However, while I still like football, I do not regularly watch games or keep track of the regular season. Football does not directly affect my life, so I don’t care to watch it. I saw studying the end times in a similar way. I didn’t see how it impacted my daily life, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. Continue Reading...