Did Jesus trust the Old Testament?

The statement was made, “I can’t take the creation story or Noah’s Ark as a figurative story talking about God’s power or place in our lives. [Someone else] says Noah lived to almost 1,000, which is nonsensical.”

My response was, Genesis 9:29

Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died.

You can believe God or not. We have the genealogy of Christ, which includes Noah. These are not made up names. These people really lived. By choosing to not believe God, you call Him a liar. By choosing to not believe God, you put Him in a box and try to limit His power and the effects of your chosen sins. If you don’t believe in Adam and Eve, or Noah, why believe anything in the Bible at all? 

The response was, “As far as the Old Testament goes, much of it I believe to be fabrication.”

If Noah was not to be taken literally, why would Jesus, who was there (being God), take the story literally?

Matthew 24:36-41

36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

The response was, “Perhaps he knew the people he was speaking to knew nothing of a solar system or that the Earth was not the only thing in God’s creation. He would have sounded crazy had he said “well you all evolved from monkeys, to be honest.””

But this poses a problem.

If He knew it was not literal, yet acted like it was, then He deceived people – lied by implication. But this is a sin.

Leviticus 19:11

Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.

Even Balaam knew that God does not lie.

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Paul knew God does not lie:

Titus 1:2

a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

The author of Hebrews also knew God can not lie:

Hebrews 6:18

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.

Yet, Jesus Christ said He was God.

John 10:30-33

30 “I and the Father are one.” 31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Matthew 26:63-64

63 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

We also know He did not sin.

Hebrews 4:14-15

14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.

So if He acted as if something was true and literal, but knew it was not, then He deceived us, then He sinned and He is not God, nor is He the Christ.

When you pick and choose which verses to accept as being from God and which ones not, then you find the Bible falls apart rather quickly. Either God breathed it into being or He did not. If He did not, then God is not all powerful and not loving (otherwise He would have given us a written record we could trust) and everything about the Bible must be considered with suspicion and each part must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

But the fact is, Christ DID act like the Old Testament was literal, because it IS. He did not lie, and can not lie. Therefore, we can trust it.

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