Time for a Change
So here we go, off into the forest of the New Testament. As I have wrapped up on my thoughts on the Old as well as provided an update on my headspace, I wanted to instead turn my gaze forward to the future. And as such, it’s time for –
A SUMMARY OF WHAT TO EXPECT
AN EXCUSE TO USE ALL CAPS TITLES
Let’s do it.
I WILL BE READING THE GOSPELS IN “CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER”
Bible aficionados refer to the first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) as the “Gospels,” which characterize the life, works, and death of Jesus Christ from the perspective of the titular disciple. Some may also know that the first three recount many of the same events. So instead of reading each one separately, I will read them in conjunction with one another, going step-by-step through Jesus’ ministry once. John is sort of the odd-one-out Gospel, containing many stories unique to its pages as well as a philosophical undertone throughout. I’ll read that one separately in one fell swoop.
SAY HELLO TO “THE LAW OF JESUS”
One argument against the legitimacy of the Christian doctrine is the contradictions that exist between the Old and New Testament. Additionally, much has been made about “what still counts” as proper rules for our modern society, and many cite the statutes put forth in the New Testament as “canon” while the rest have fallen aside, archaic.
Remember when I catalogued all of the Old Testament Laws, way back in the Torah? Well get ready for round two. As I read through the Gospels, I will take note and categorize every Law that Jesus says. Deflections and implications do not count – only the literal. Let’s see how it compares to Leviticus. (Disclaimer: I already know that Jesus never mentions homosexuality, so that won’t be a “shocker” or point of argument for me)
A SLOWER READ
The Old Testament contains over 75% of the words of the Bible, and yet I read it in a scant six months. I did this in order to spend more of my energy on the New Testament, which explains the vast majority of the Christian doctrine. So expect much deeper analysis of individual stories rather than the sweeping generalizations and summaries of historical events and prophecies. Those days are done.
MOVING TOWARDS SOMETHING
I feel it. I don’t know if its conclusive, but yes, I am moving towards something with this project. I don’t know what it is, but I do feel it.
See you Monday as we dive into Matthew (and Mark and Luke).