RE: [asa] A question on morals (OT and NT)

From: Dehler, Bernie <>
Date: Mon Nov 02 2009 - 12:18:26 EST

Yes- these questions are serious. In 25 years of attending church and attending seminary, they have never been discussed, and I'm thinking of them now.

If you could answer concisely I'd appreciate it. I'm afraid of getting a rambling sermon in response from some people.


From: Pete Enns []
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 9:03 AM
To: Dehler, Bernie
Subject: Re: [asa] A question on morals (OT and NT)


Forgive me for chiming in. I have been resisting thus far.

In all seriousness, are you serious?

Do you mean to say that you really have no idea how this kind of situation--the differences between the testaments--is to be addressed? Is this ACTUALLY a theological problem for you (which is hard for me to imagine), or are you more being the contrarian here?

Pete Enns

On Nov 2, 2009, at 11:35 AM, Dehler, Bernie wrote:

Since the OT says "eye for eye" but Jesus says in the NT NOT to do "eye for eye," would it be immoral (a sin, "missing the mark") for a Christian to insist on "eye for eye" justice since it is contrary to Jesus' teaching? If yes, then is it also immoral for a Jew to insist on "eye for eye'' justice as God told them (for a Jew, who rejects the NT but accepts the OT)? If no, then does that mean God has different morals for different people?

Remember- 'eye for eye' comes from the Bible (OT) and is from God.

This is related to the thread of the existence of absolute morals being an evidence for the existence of God, the giver of morals. One of my Christian friends says this is the best evidence, he thinks, for the existence of God (his favorite).

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