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Isn’t the God of Moses a God of rules and fear and the God of Jesus a God of life and joy?

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Didn’t Jesus come to show us the Old Testament God was not the God of love? Isn’t the God of Moses a God of rules and fear and the God of Jesus a God of life and joy?


Absolutely not. The idea espoused here is not one found on the lips of Jesus or his apostles, but upon the lips of the anti-Semite Marcion, who lived in the second century. It is a grotesque misreading of the New Testament to claim that Jesus repudiated the revelation given to Moses. As Jesus himself says, “Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Mt 5:17).

The Church emphasizes the continuity between how God revealed himself to our elder brothers, the Jews, and how he revealed himself at the beginning of the Christian age-first because it is a fact and second because viewing Old Testament revelation as somehow opposed to Christianity can lead to tragic and sinful persecution of the Jews, as history has borne tragic witness. There is no opposition between the character of God in the Old Testament and in the New. In the Old Testament we are told to “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever” (Ps 136:1), while in the New Testament Jesus commands us to fear God (Lk 12:5).

It is profoundly unjust to both Judaism and Christianity to talk about the Old Covenant as a religion of “rules and fear” and of the New Covenant as simply sweetness and light. Judaism is full of a warm celebration of life and joy and Christianity is quite capable of stressing the towering majesty and even terror of God. Read the book of Revelation or the book of Hebrews or Jesus’ words to the hypocrites of his day (Mt 23) if you don’t believe this.


  1. Rita D Reply

    I find your response complete and enlightening. Thank you for it.

  2. Mario Simonelli Reply

    The law given to the Jews was given to them to make them more like God, because if we do the things commanded by God and don’t do the things forbidden by Him in the law, our character will be transformed. Therefore God’s Law is holy and good; But there was a problem; for no man was able to keep God’s Law intact during his lifetime. There is why God become man and die sinless, in order to fulfill the law for us.
    Now all of humanity has access to God through Jesus Christ: Yes all of humanity, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists, and whatever else is there. If you believe in Christ, you most certainly need repentance, because believe only is not sufficient for even Satan believe. If you belong to any of the other religions of the world; you need to convert and repentance, and if you do not believe in God, there is no hope for you.

  3. haydee Reply

    There is only one God, triune but one God

    1. Reynaldo Banaga Reply

      I agree, the Holy Trinity one God
      The Father in Heaven
      The Son a Redeemer
      The Holy Spirit

  4. Norma Harris-Check Reply

    God IS Love! I’ve been taught that the Fear of God means the reverence of God. We must revere who He is and respect who He is and what He allowed His son did for us on the Cross!!

  5. James Sams Reply

    It was man who divided Scripture into Old and New; God’s Word is one continual revelation. Yeshua [Jesus] didn’t come to abolish any of God’s laws, He fulfilled them. The Older Testament is God’s Word concealed and the Newer Testament is God’s Word revealed.

  6. dante pereira Reply

    Here’s the real question: is the Law of Moses from the same God as the Oral Law of Moses which the Jews at the time of Christ & even today? Did Christ not excoriate the rabbis of his day, denouncing their superseding Oral Law as the “Traditions of the Elders” who make the “Word of God of none effect” by “teaching for doctrine the commandments of men?” Or is there something quite different about the spirit that is in the Babylonian Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, Kabbalistic texts such as the Zohar, Sefer Yetzirah, Sefer Reziel Hemeloch, Sefer HaBahir- all held in the highest regard by rabbis, of course- and Left Hand Path, Black Magick Orders & occultic secret societies (esp. those who have Aleister Crowley & his system of Sex Magick as their main source & influence.) Are these your “elder brothers” something to be proud of? To look up to? To expect honesty & genuine care in what happens to you, your heritage, your rosary, Roman Catholicism & it’s survival as a source for spiritual guidance for this world? Or is it that their interest lies in the vast riches that are procured through the Novus Ordo Church of Usury & Permissible Pedophilia & in gradually bending the traditions & beliefs which were once part in parcel to being “Catholic” until it is to become that caricature which for decades & even centuries, now, protestant churches have accused the Roman Church of being; the very “antichrist’, itself… Popes used to denounce the influence of & goals of the Freemasonic Lodges. Today, they are giving out official apologies to even the fabled (and logically true) progenitors of the Lodge, the Knights Templars; even now wearing, more & more often that red cross of the crusading knights, whose descent into the mystery schools of the East, are all based-on systems of the occultic kaballah. Today’s occult religion which dominates from Hollywood to Tel Aviv, to Charleston, S.C. to Vatican City & Jerusalem.

  7. james hunt Reply

    The law was given thru Moses but grace and truth came thru Jesus Christ.

  8. alfredo jabonete Reply

    you were ALL right,,,,but in a Wrong way,,,

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