“I got three out of four, but the comedy is in the basic premise : that Christianity’s foundation is The Old Testament.”
Actually, the foundation of Christianity IS the Old Testament (do a close reading of the letter to the Hebrews). That relationship was settled in the struggle against Marcion and the other gnostic heresies that attempted to ditch the Old Testament God as a vengeful primitive unrespectable ‘particularist’ god of the Jews that no self-respecting non-Jew ‘in the know’ could take seriously.
I must not have made myself clear.
I am a Roman Catholic, by birth and later by choice.
I will not get into a ****** contest over sectarianism, not now not ever.
But just to clarify things further, from my perspective, in my personal universe the Old Testament only confirms the monotheistic origin of Christianity, the continued validity of the Ten Commandments, and the history of the Jewish people and the New Covenant. Nothing else.
Faith is a non-negotiable personal thing. I am neither compelled to convert others, and will not countenance proselytizing.
My 22-year Christian/Catholic education, and my later readings of Paul of Tarsus, Thomas Aquinas, CS Lewis and others were sufficient to confirm my faith. I am a bad Catholic. I believe that all can be summarized by two rules for living :
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...
Live your faith by example.
No further discussion will be considered.
Thank you for your opinion, nevertheless.
Indeed. Christianity has it that the Bible must be read as a whole to discern what God has revealed to mankind. The classic story the disciples on the road to Emmaus who encounters the risen Lord. Not recognizing him, they listen with mounting interests as he explains to them quoting from Scripture, the meaning of recent events. Taken the Bible as a whole, we begin to understand the relationship between the human and the divine by reflecting on the story of the people of God. The difference between the Bible and the Koran is great. They try to create a religion based in the testimony of a single prophet, claiming of course, that he is the seal of prohescy. It is ahistorical but paints God as the same god who revealed himself to Abraham. The notion that God reveals himself in history is largely lacking, excerpt for those apocalyptic elements that it seems to borrow from the Jews and Christians.