Why don’t Christians obey the Old Testament? Can God change His mind?

Acts 15

But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”

The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”

Numbers 15:32-36

A Sabbath breaker Executed

32 While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. 34 They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him. 35 And the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the Lord commanded Moses.


God’s will does not change. Also, Christians should not stone people for picking up sticks on the Sabbath.

So why don’t Christians do so? It is because God’s eternal will is meant for the specific conditions of the Israelites in the wilderness.

If the Israelites are sojourning in the wilderness under these conditions, then stoning is appropriate. God’s will is eternal. It is simply conditional.

Reformed Christianity only follows the law as it is defined in Acts.

Catholicism holds that the Jewish law only applied to Israel.

Dispensationalist Christians sometimes hold that God’s will is eternal, therefore it should always be obeyed.

There is only one correct view. Paul addresses the issue in Acts.


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