The Whole Bible

I was just thinking the other day about how we do new Christians a disservice by just giving them a NT and telling them to read it. We should be giving them whole Bibles (you can get entire KJV paperbacks from most any dollar store and Crossway publishes an ESV Economy Bible that sells for less than $2). The OT is extremely important because knowing where the people of God have been and what they’ve been through helps us to understand where the people of God are, where they’re going, and what we can expect.

It was a funny coincidence that just as I was thinking about this I came across a post from Steve Hays quoting Roger Olson’s view on the OT. Let’s just say it doesn’t line up with my own thinking on the subject.

B”H

2 thoughts on “The Whole Bible

  1. I’m not sure that I would agree that the best reason for Christians to read the OT is because

    The OT is extremely important because knowing where the people of God have been and what they’ve been through helps us to understand where the people of God are, where they’re going, and what we can expect.

    I think that the best reason to read the OT is because it is inspired — God-breathed — as 2 Timothy 3:16 says. Shouldn’t Christians want to read God-breathed texts?

  2. Theophrastus: Since I didn’t say that this was the “best” reason to read the OT I’m not sure that you have anything to disagree with. I’d rephrase your “best” reason by simply saying that the OT is in the Christian’s Bible; it’s Scripture, which of course is inspired.

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