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Why Encourage NT Reading First

Why is it that we encourage people to read the New Testament first, rather than the Old. Without the Old Testament how can people answer "Are you Saved?" if they don't understand what they are to be saved from?

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 ---M.A. on 11/4/05
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I would never tell someone to start out in the NT. I did not start out in the NT, I started in the OT. God directly me there.I could not get over reading about what God is going to do to the wicked. I am serious.My mouth hung open a lot. And I kept saying," JESUS", good grief. "Let me read somemore". Seriously, let God direct His people.
---catherine on 4/16/07


A personal answer. To get to know Jesus. Yes, we need the OT, but meeting Jesus is, to me, the most important thing that we can do. So, start on the gospels.
---David on 4/16/07


One does not have to know or understand all they've inherited to be a heir, just accept the inheritence first, then read/understand what you've inherited by reading what Jesus & the N.T. writers spoke of or pointed back to in The Tenach [Jewish Covenant & writings].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 11/12/05


, well, i used to hand out gospel of John booklets, but i can't recall handing out any gospel of Genesis booklets.
---steve on 11/7/05


I agree with the answer of meeting Jesus first through the NT, but another reason to start there is that NT is easier reading than the OT. If you read NT and get in the habit of reading the Bible, then when you get to the OT, it is easier to get through it because you have that habit of Bible reading established.
---Annie on 11/6/05




M.P., if there were no existing O.T. in the world, but only the N.T., the N.T. would be sufficient to save souls. The story of the first man created and the disobedience and subsequent fall from grace are all expounded within the N.T. Please read Romans 5:12-14,19.
---Eloy on 11/6/05


a. to b. Are you saved? b. to a. From what? a. to b. Your sins. b. to a. Who says I've sinned? a. to b. God does. b. to a. How does He know? How much further could you go in a conversation like this without going back to the Garden of Eden and explaining how sin entered the world? Many do not understand original sin and think that if they've never robbed a bank or committed murder they are O.K. The N.T. without the O.T. doesn't get us very far.
---M.A. on 11/6/05


2. Reading of how Joseph was taken into captivity into Egypt and all that happened to Him, how his family all ended up there and years later God used Moses to lead the (by then) huge tribe of Israel to the promised land, gives me goose bumps. We need to see the workings of God in the O.T. to truly understand the reason for Christ's coming and our need of Him as our Saviour. The bible must be the only book where we tell people to start half way through.
---M.P. on 11/6/05


Those who were saved in Jesus' time and in the early days after He was crucified would, mainly, have been brought up on the teachings of the O.T. They understood the fall of man and why there was sin, and the prophecies about a Messiah to come who would save man from that sin. Starting in the N.T. takes away the teaching of WHY we need a Saviour. It also takes away all the wonderful proofs of how God works things out through those who trust Him, as He prepared the time for His Son to enter the world.
---M.P. on 11/6/05


People know what sin is without reading the O.T., And the N.T. tells exactly what Jesus came to save a person from.
---Eloy on 11/6/05




My feelings is that the O.T. is about Jewish history. About what Jehovah did and expected of the Jewish people. As gentiles we don't enter the "picture" until Jesus lived. THEN the O.T. becomes important. Jesus (therein the N.T.)is important to new believers since He is why we call ourselves Christians. The O.T. is important as it is where He came from as did mankind. BUT, bottom line, what ever it takes to keep us reading. That read.
---mike_fl on 11/5/05


For me, the Old Testament tells me how God planned for Jesus to come, but the New Testament tells me about Jesus Himself, and His awesome love.

The key is a new believer will be under tremendous attack from the enemy, and they will have a stronger foundation for that attack if they are versed in the Gospels and the book of Romans for starters.
---Madison on 11/5/05


I honestly don't know why. because they tie in together. The OT prophecy's about Jesus and how he will come and what he will do. It talks about faith, strenght, endurance. How gracious God is and mercyfull, and to learn about his wrath. to some they want to learn about Jesus but not about the men in the OT. There are some really great stories in the OT.
---Rebecca_D on 11/5/05


2Tim 3:16 'ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:' Paul is referring here exclusively to the Old Testament. [The New Testament had not yet been completed.]
---jerry6593 on 11/5/05


being saved has nothing to do with if you read the old testiment. The New Testiment is a picture of Christ death on the cross to save us from our sin. It is the history of the church and how God expects us to live. It tells us how to be saved. The New Testiment tells of grace and the old tells of law.
---shira on 11/5/05


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