Scott Tibbs
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September 20th, 2005

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The Old Testament has not been "repudiated".

Greg Travis makes the following statement on in response to this blog post:
Scott Tibbs makes an argument for human superiority over other animals over at his blog using the following passage from the Old Testament:

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28).

Now I'm not at all religious, but I was under the impression that Jesus repudiated the Old Testment in Matthew 5:38-39:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

So why is a "Christian" using as source material works that Jesus himself said were bogus?
Travis has it wrong: Jesus never said the Old Testament was "bogus". Im fact, Jesus had this to say:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. -- Matthew 5:17-18

The Apostle Paul underscores the point in II Timothy 3:16-17, when he writes: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

Furthermore, God commands the Apostle Peter to kill and eat all manner of animals in Acts 10:9-16. (It is interesting that this was commanded thrice. Peter denied the Lord thrice.)

Human beings are a special creation of God, made in His image. We are part of nature, but we are also placed above nature by the Creator of the universe. While we are to be good stewards of what God has given us, we must remember that we are commanded to have dominion over the earth.