Dear readers of World Religion Weekly,
The Christian holy scripts consist of the Bible. It is split into two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Interestingly, the Old Testament is the same as the Jewish holy book, the Tanakh.
The Old Testament:
consists of the adventures of the Jewish prophets, who came before Jesus. It contains many instructions which modern Christians consider non-essential, like circumcision and not eating certain animals. I read a large portion of it when I studied Judaism, so I refrained from rereading this portion of the Bible. Christians consider it second in accuracy and value to the New Testament.
The New Testament:
contains several accounts of the life of Jesus and his apostles, along with the Book of Revelation. Honestly, I only managed to get through this with the help of a long, boring car ride. The story of Jesus’s life was fairly interesting the first few times. However, the New Testament rehashes it, with fairly similar content and wording, four times. I have to say that my favorite account was Matthew. It has one of my favorite quotes from the Bible, “So, why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin” (Matthew 6:28). I like the language of it best.
After Jesus’s death, the New Testament continued to describe the lives of the apostles. The apostles generally spread the Gospel far and wide, performing miracles and getting persecuted. This part of the Bible rehashed a lot of Jesus’s message and brought in a few new elements.
Then there was the Book of Revelation. It describes the circumstances of the apocalypse in strange, disordered detail. It includes a seven-eyed sacrificial lamb, and a dragon with seven heads and ten horns. Honestly, I did not really understand it. At least I’m not alone in my confusion. My friend’s Christian grandmother assured me that she had no idea what the Book of Revelation was about either. I will have to ask more Christians. I hope some of them know about it.
Thank you for reading,