MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 70
Article views: 3
Latest Badges:

View all littlelearner's badges.

Cherry picking should be an Olympic sport

24 January 2013, 16:00

As you know, the battles between theists and atheists on this forum have been going on ad nausea for a very long time. The question always posed by theists is; why do atheists feel the need to ‘attack’ religion? For me, as I can’t speak for others, it is purely to open the eyes of the misled and to free those enslaved by it. (I brace myself for the barrage of thumbs downs)

So I decided to brave it and write another article. Cherry picking is a phrase used often when describing the religious (in fact I am surprised that it is still allowed in these forums)

My favourite topic, where cherry picking features, is the one of the Old Testaments validity in the modern Christians world. This is probably the one topic where Christians seem to differ in their opinions the most.

 If you are having a discussion with a Christian and you ask them if they eat pork, their favourite response is that the Old Testament no longer applies and that when Jesus died it was no longer valid. And the following verses say the very same thing:

Hebrews 8:7-13 quotes Jeremiah 31:31-34, which says that the Old Testament was a covenant or agreement made at Mt. Sinai between God and Israel. But God predicted the coming of a new covenant unlike that old one. That new covenant is the New Testament. Now that it has come, the Old Testament has vanished away.

Hebrews 10:9,10 - Jesus came to take away the first will or covenant and establish the second.

Colossians 2:14 - The Old Testament ordinances were taken away when Christ was nailed to the cross. [cf. v16,17]

So, based on the above they are correct. However if they believe this, how is it that they are still happy to tithe when there are no verses that mention tithing (by this I mean giving a percentage) in the New Testament. Funny how their churches omit to tell them this!

Then we go to the other side (a minority in comparison) where the other team says that the Old Testament does apply. The following verses validate this theory:

“For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished.  Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV)  Clearly the Old Testament is to be abided by until the end of human existence itself.  None other then Jesus said so.

  All of the vicious Old Testament laws will be binding forever.  “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.”  (Luke 16:17 NAB)

 Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets.  He hasn’t the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament.  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.  I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.”  (Matthew 5:17 NAB)

 “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness...”  (2 Timothy 3:16 NAB)

 “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” (2 Peter 20-21 NAB)

So now whose confused? This, I believe, is proof of the inconsistencies that the bible poses. This is why there is so much confusion and so many denominations. For every verse there is another contradicting the very same thing. I suppose based on this, cherry picking is the only option.

This is why I say in my first paragraph; that atheists are not attacking the religious but merely trying to point out the pointlessness of trying to follow a ‘law book’ written by many, at differing times, with differing opinions.

To those of you who are determined to stick it out: I wish you good luck!

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Seun Lenin Mogotji
Death road

The infamous R 25 road of Death that link Bronkhorstspruit and Groblersdal! Read more...

0 comments 673 views
Submitted by
Kobie Nel
Med aids for pets and domestics

Pets cannot take responsibility for themselves and therefore the owner takes that responsibility on themselves. Read more...

0 comments 872 views
Submitted by
Themba Rumbu
The Racism that is SA Rugby

Heyneke Meyer must fall. White privilege within the sporting code must be fought from all angles. The best player must take the field. Read more...

0 comments 1497 views
Submitted by
Bizaboy Shongwe
Selfless leadership

Are politicians addressing the needs of the masses?

0 comments 273 views
The Cosatu conference decisions.....

The Cosatu 12th National Congress ended today in Midrand and two contentious matters that everyone thought may not be discussed actually found their way onto the agenda. Read more...

0 comments 418 views
Submitted by
Michael Ernest Meder
OUTA on EToll Debr

I really believe Outa is "smoking something" - they are now calling EToll laws unjust and irrational, a far cry from their initial stance of lack of public involvement. Read more...

0 comments 1129 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.